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Google is developing a cancer and heart attack-detecting pill

Google is working on a nanoparticle pill that could identify cancers, heart attacks and other diseases before they become a problem.<p>The pill would contain magnetic particles approximately 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. These tiny particles will have antibodies or proteins …

Bill Gates explains how he thinks about tech's biggest problem: inequality (in 4 quotes)

America is becoming a very unequal place, with the top 1 percent of earners controlling more than one-third of the wealth. As the increasingly powerful billionaires create software that automates middle-class jobs out of existence, the technology industry is struggling with how to deal with rising …

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster insist their innovation is more than just a boy’s toy dreamt up by science fiction fans. …

Grad Student Invents Flying Ambulance Drone To Deliver Emergency Shocks

Drones have been used to kill people in war zones and to spy on people. Now a sharp young graduate student in the Netherlands has come up with an innovative new use for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives.<p>The American Heart Association estimates that about 360,000 people in the …

Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed on Tuesday.<p>The White House is seen with the Washington Monument (L) behind it and the Jefferson Memorial …

UNC report finds 18 years of academic fraud to keep athletes playing

<b>Chapel Hill, North Carolina (CNN) —</b> For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.<p>"These counselors …

Printer Turns Photos Into 3-D Objects So Blind People Can Hold Onto Treasured Memories

Glance at an old photograph, and all of a sudden the memories come rushing back: The ski trip you took with your family as a child; the first time you rode a bike without training wheels; a beloved grandparent, perhaps.<p>Simple, right? Not for the blind, who are unable to "see" the photo in question. …

Milk Grown in a Lab Is Humane and Sustainable. But Can It Catch On?

Would consumers rather get milk from cows or from genetically engineered yeast?<p>The world's first test-tube hamburger has already been synthesized and cooked at a cost of more than $300,000. Now a pair of young bioengineers in Silicon Valley are trying to produce the first glass of artificial milk, …

This Technology Could Change the Way Deaf People Live

Ryan Hait-Campbell says his San Francisco company’s invention is really about jobs. Deaf people like himself, explains the MotionSavvy CEO, are too …

Coroner: Dad collapses on infant daughter, she survives 3 days

<b>(CNN) —</b> It easily could have been a double tragedy, the coroner said.<p>Jason Fields, 43, of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, placed his 11-month-old daughter, Betty Jean Kelly, at the head of his bed while he sat on the edge of the bed with a laptop, Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said.<p>Fields had a …

Serbia, Albania game abandoned after drone sparks brawl - CNN.com

<i>Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Ethnic tensions in the Balkans and an incident involving a drone led to the abandonment of a major European international football game Tuesday.<p>Serbia's European Championship qualifying match with Albania was abandoned after 41 minutes …

Indian officials investigated for child labour

Just days after Kailash Sayarthi won the Nobel Peace Price for his campaigns against child labour, Indian officials were caught hiring children to clean a polluted river bank<p>Indian officials are being investigated by police after they were caught using child labour to clear a polluted river …

India

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Government regulators have approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They're the latest weapon in an arms race between farmers and weeds, and the government's green light is provoking angry opposition from environmentalists.<p>The actual decision, at first glance, seems …

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty, according to a special report by the Census Bureau Thursday. It provides an alternative look at the worst off people in the nation than the official numbers that come out in September.<p>Government programs such as food stamps do help some people, especially …

Satellite Images Reveal Severity of California's Water Loss

Imagery from a NASA satellite project paints a dramatic picture of California drought stretching back a dozen years, according to scientists. A compilation of three images from the GRACE project show loss of water storage in the state from June 2002 to June 2014, using April 2002 as an arbitrary …

Water

Elon Musk: We Need a Million People to Colonize Mars

Space Travel

Grammy Award Winner Roger Linn Unveils A Next Generation Electronic Instrument

It doesn’t look like the guitars worn by rock gods of old. In fact, it doesn’t look much like a traditional instrument at all. But to those who know what they’re looking at, this strange collection of lights and buttons might just herald the arrival of a brave new world of electronic music which …

How To Create a Social Network That Makes Money

Creating a successful social network is no easy task. Making money from it is arguably even harder. Peter Ward knows this better than most. Ward is co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of WAYN (Where Are You Now?) a British-Polish startup and social network for travellers.<p>WAYN is a veteran …

Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees

Robert Wood says that medicine and agriculture could be transformed by micro and "soft" robots.<p><i>Editor's note: Robert Wood is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …

Why Tesla & SolarCity’s planned factories are quite different

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Tesla.<p>Tesla and SolarCity might both be building what they’re calling “gigafactories” — huge, …

The Dangerous Impacts of Social Media on Mental Illnesses

<i>Mariel Norton is a copywriter for a digital marketing agency, and is also a relationship blogger for WeLoveDates.</i><p>Less FaceTime, more face-to-face time.<p>Tallulah Wilson was just 15 years old when she took her own life back in October 2012. The gifted ballerina had been receiving treatment for …

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie | US & Canada

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The …

Surgeons replace a 12-year-old's cancerous vertebra with a 3D-printed implant

According to market-based research firm IDTechEx, the medical and dental market for 3D-printers is set to grow from US$141 million to $868 million by …

Numb

Apple Is Putting In Its Biggest-Ever Order For iPhones

The Journal cites unnamed supply chain sources claiming that Apple has ordered 70 million to 80 million iPhones to be produced by the end of the year.<p>The size of Apple's order suggests its confidence in the forthcoming device. Last year, Apple ordered around 50 to 60 million for the iPhone 5S and …

This may make you uncomfortable, but it’s good to look into a mirror now and again

THIS THOUGHT-PROVOKING animation takes a stab at a serious social problem today. Are our values in the right place? Are we mistaking “connecting” …

Loneliness

9 out of 10 Americans are completely wrong about this mind-blowing fact.

We're pretty bad at predicting how reality works.<p>At 1:05, I get a rude awakening. At 1:41, he starts talking about you. At 2:24, he says a "bad" …

Neurophilosophy