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Solar physicists unlock easier way to observe peculiar particles that reveal the inner workings of the sun

In 2009, applied physicist Peter Sturrock was visiting the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, when the deputy director of the observatory …

You Have a Second Brain

We're controlled by more than just our thoughts.<p>Your brain is made up of billions of neurons that are constantly firing electrical signals back and …

A salty sea could lurk beneath the heart of Pluto

An ocean more than 100 kilometers thick might hide beneath Pluto’s surface.

Astronomy

Want to listen to an iPhone 7 and charge it simultaneously? That'll be £35

Charging while listening to music now requires an adapter – and things get really complicated if you want to plug into power while using old 3.5mm headphones<p>Apple’s removal of the headphone socket on its latest iPhone 7 has had several knock-on effects, but one thing most people might not realise …

Theorists solve a long-standing fundamental problem

Trying to understand a system of atoms is like herding gnats - the individual atoms are never at rest and are constantly moving and interacting. When …

Electrons at the speed limit

Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers at …

French rightwingers call for extension of burkini ban

Undaunted by the suspension of the anti-swimwear decree in a Riviera town, former president Nicolas Sarkozy and others want a nationwide prohibition<p>France’s political row over the burkini continued to rage on Friday, as the French right stepped up its call for the garment to be outlawed nationwide …

MIT engineers human cells to store ‘memories’ in DNA

Score another win for CRISPR. Scientists at MIT are using the ever-intriguing genome-editing system to engineer human cells capable of recording and reporting the intensity and duration past events.<p>The analog memory storage system builds upon past work developed by scientists that programmed cells …

In Idaho, there's no insanity defense for accused shooter who says he was fighting aliens

In most states, the man accused of shooting pastor Tim Remington six times in broad daylight might have a strong defense to offer at trial.<p>Kyle Odom, a 30-year-old Marine Corps veteran, has a history of mental illness and said he believed that Remington was part of an alien conspiracy to enslave …

Google Maps gets cleaner look, areas of interest

Google on Monday unveiled a new version of Maps that has a cleaner look and incorporates smart areas of interest.<p>The new look does away with elements that aren't absolutely required, like road outlines. This allows for more room to display useful information, such as traffic and transit lines. In …

Mexico finds water tunnels under Pakal tomb in Palenque

Archaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque said Monday they have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of …

According To Science, You've Probably Been Pooping Wrong Your Whole Life

Stool, feces, excrement, dung and even poop. It doesn't matter what you call it, you're doing it every day (I hope) and you're probably doing it …

The craziest patent claim yet: $10B for child-like ‘iPhone’ sketches from 1992

Just when I thought that patent trolls couldn’t get any crazier in their claims against Apple, a Florida man has proven me wrong. The <i>Telegraph</i> reports that Thomas Ross is claiming a cool $10B for what he claims is infringement of a patent application he made back in 1992.<p>As if it weren’t enough …

eReaders

New In Small Business Tech This Week: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn And Apple's Going After PayPal

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 – Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.</b><p>The software giant is paying a 50% premium over LinkedIn’s last closing price. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s CEO, says: “Just as we have …

Apple Pay

Gorilla death at Cincinnati Zoo puts debate over captive creatures in stark relief

The young boy wanted a better view of the silverback gorilla living at the Cincinnati Zoo.<p>On Saturday morning, the zoo housed 11 western lowland gorillas. By Saturday evening, the population of the zoo’s Gorilla World had been reduced to 10.<p>As he struggled to find a good vantage point, the boy, …

Stephen Hawking: Donald Trump Appeals to ‘Lowest Common Denominator’

LONDON — Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday that the popularity of Donald Trump is beyond even his understanding.<p>The author of “A Brief History of Time” was asked in an interview whether his knowledge of the universe meant he could explain the presumptive Republican nominee's appeal.<p>…

Intel goes 'extreme' with first 10-core processor, puts tick-tock tactics on hold

Dual-core. Quad-core. Octa-core.<p>Chipset manufacturers have been boosting processing power by leaps and bounds in recent years. Now, Intel is going one better with the next-generation Broadwell-E chip family, its first ever 10-core desktop processor.<p>You heard that right: Intel is going for "10-core" …

WATCH: It's Illegal to Know or Distribute This Number

Just having this number in your possession could get you arrested.<p>Despite the law being one of the most ancient and fundamental aspects of being a …

And The Most Popular Picture In Instagram History Is...

There’s a new most-liked Instagram photo in the world.<p>The photo is a blurry snap posted by Justin Bieber. Captioned “Feels,” it shows the Canadian …

Physicists Built a Single-Atom Engine and It Actually Works

It's the smallest working engine ever created and produces roughly the same amount of energy as your car.<p>Physicists have just built the smallest working engine ever created. It's a heat-powered motor barely larger than the single atom it runs on. Designed and build by a team of experimental …

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau gives perfect answer about quantum computing

Reporters were left shocked and impressed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference conducted after he delivered a budget …

Microsoft says it faces 'difficult' challenges in AI design after chat bot Tay turned into a genocidal racist

Microsoft issued an apology in a blog post on Friday explaining it was "deeply sorry" after its artificially intelligent chat bot turned into a genocidal racist on Twitter.<p>In the blog post, Peter Lee, Microsoft's vice president of research, wrote: "Looking ahead, we face some difficult - and yet …

Chatbots

7 Dead Simple Ways to Make Your Computer Run Like New

You change your car’s oil every 5,000 miles. You go to the doctor for a physical once a year. Every six months you get your teeth cleaned. And every …

South China Sea dispute: British ambassador steps into row over pilot 'intimidation'

Envoy Asif Ahmad says Britain would ignore alerts issued in international airspace after Filipino pilots say China warned them away from disputed area<p>The British ambassador to the Philippines has said Britain would oppose any attempt to restrict freedom of navigation and overflight in disputed …

China

Man who attacked Uber driver while drunk files $5-million lawsuit

A former Taco Bell corporate manager who was captured on video drunkenly attacking his Uber driver is now suing that driver for $5 million, claiming that the recording was made without his consent, according to court documents.<p>Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach, said the now-viral video, which …

EU defends labelling goods made in Israeli settlements

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reinforced on Monday its position that products made in Israeli settlements must be clearly labelled in Europe, despite growing tensions with Israel over the issue, but stressed that the bloc opposes any boycott of the Jewish state.<p>Italian Foreign Minister …

Search off Hawaii finds life rafts but no sign of 12 Marines

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities searching the area where two Marine helicopters crashed off Hawaii have found some life rafts that were carried aboard …

Coast Guard