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Bringing the lightsaber from Star Wars—the ultimate toy—to life

Like many American children of his generation, Mike Goslin grew up watching <i>Star Wars</i>. He saw the first movie in theaters when he was a boy, and remembers the seminal moment in <i>A New Hope</i> when Obi-Wan Kenobi introduced the lightsaber. As Kenobi described it to Luke Skywalker: “This is the weapon of a …

Obi-Wan Kenobi

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Gene therapy: What personalized medicine means for you

From CNET Magazine: What if the next pill you took were tailored to your genetic makeup? That day is almost here.<p>Thuy Truong thought her aching back was just a pulled muscle from working out. But then came a high fever that wouldn't go away during a visit to Vietnam. When a friend insisted Truong, …

In a science fiction-like twist, scientists are weaponizing humans to passively kill mosquitoes

By one estimate, mosquitoes are the single biggest killer of humans. Each year they infect more than 700 million people with a host of diseases from malaria to Zika. We’ve tried hard to rid ourselves of the buzzing monster, but with limited success. That could change, if a science fiction-like idea …

Public Health

Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over marijuana

The White Houseon Thursday put states that have legalized recreational-usemarijuanaon notice that federal law enforcement agents could be targeting them soon.<p>It was the clearest warning yet that the Trump administration may move to disrupt the marijuana trade in the eight states, including …

Cannabis

Dinosaur embryos reveal remarkable secrets of life – and extinction

A new study shows many dinosaurs may have taken many months to hatch from their eggs, leaving them vulnerable to sudden environmental changes<p>Cut a tree trunk in half and you can count the rings to reveal the age. Slower growth in winter (when conditions are poor) means a thin and relatively dark …

Mexican museum shows off dino discovery

Mexico's Desert Museum has unveiled a replica of a new dinosaur species, Yehuecauhceretops.<p>The dinosaur, whose name means “ancient horned-face,” is a small herbivore, measuring 3.2 feet in length, Reuters reports. Its remains were found were found in Ocampo, Coahuila in 2007. It is the newest …

Paleontology

Cottonmouth vs. Copperhead: Watch First Mating Duel Seen in the Wild

Surprising video shows venomous vipers fighting over a female, raising questions about mating between the two species.<p>Most people would run if they happened across a pair of yard-long vipers twisting and thrashing in the weeds. But Dawn Kelly of Searcy County, Arkansas, reached for her phone.<p>“I've …

Air Pollution

9 hidden Xbox One features only power users know about

Televisions

Campaigners to list White Lives Matter as a hate group

White Lives Matter, an organisation set up in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, is to be listed as a race hate group by campaigners.<p>The Southern Poverty Law Centre said it will include the organisation when it produces its hate map next February.<p>"I can't speak to how many chapters will …

Crystal unclear: Why might this uncanny crystal change laser design?

Laser applications may benefit from crystal research by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and China's Shandong …

Quantum Mechanics

Resurrecting Extinct Animals Won't Be as Fun as You Hoped

Less Jurassic Park, more fully integrated ecosystems.<p>The movies may have filled your mind with visions of wooly mammoths and velociraptors walking the Earth once more, but de-extinction—that is, bringing extinct species back to life—is probably going to be a lot more boring than that. Now that the …

Paleontology

This Twitter bot generates a new fantasy world every hour

All the maps you ever needed, plus the code that made them<p>Pop quiz: how many elaborately detailed, scientifically generated topographical maps have you created in the last day or so? Chances are the answer is "none," unless you're writing or publishing a series of old-school fantasy novels. Those …

Brazil

Assange: WikiLeaks will reveal 'thousands' more Clinton documents before the election

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised he’s not done leaking information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton. During an interview yesterday with Fox’s Megyn Kelly he said the documents would be “significant” in perhaps turning the tide of the 2016 election by giving voters a better …

Julian Assange

How to get a first-class flight upgrade every time

by Eric Rosen<p>Until recently, if you had even mid-tier elite status with an airline, you could bet on getting upgraded from economy to business or …

Meet the Silicon Valley-ites taking tiny hits of LSD to boost performance

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Science Says These 3 Mindsets Can Bring You Massive Success

Does it feel like, no matter how hard you work or how much you accomplish, you never feel truly satisfied? You can fix that.<p>Sometimes, does it feel like, no matter how hard you work or how much you accomplish, you never feel truly satisfied? Do you feel like you experience mental blocks that …

Self-improvement

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a …

Think You Can Guide a Virtual NASA Droid on Mars? You Could Win $1 Million

NASA is offering $1 million to teams that can coax a virtual robot through tricky tasks to save a simulated habitat on Mars.<p>The robot, based on NASA's Robonaut 5 (R5, also known as Valkyrie), will have to repair the habitat after a dust storm by aligning a communications dish and fixing a solar …

Space Exploration

DEA Ignores Science, Refuses To Loosen Restrictions On Marijuana

On Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) formally refused to reconsider its classification of marijuana, which is officially regulated as a …

Cannabis

Researchers 'reprogram' network of brain cells in mice with thin beam of light - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Neurons that fire together really do wire together, says a new study in <i>Science</i>, suggesting that the three-pound computer in our heads may be more …

The Gaming Touchpad You Can Wear on Your Wrist

It can stretch and stretch and still work.<p>A team of Korean scientists has just developed a clear, jelly-like computer touchpad you can wear. Just as you would on a smartphone screen, you can use the soft pad to scroll and click, bang out a tune on a virtual piano, play a game of chess or Angry …

Retrogaming

Scientists Discover Sharks That Can Live for 400 Years

Nobody knows if the Mayflower sailed by a baby Greenland shark when the Pilgrims made their crossing to the new world in 1620. But if the Mayflower …

Biology

Science says that if you stay up late, you’re probably smarter

<i>The New York Times</i> just published the cutest article about President Obama’s work habits, and how he works alone late into the night, snacking on …

The future of genetic enhancement lies in China — here's why we should care

As the state of the science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called smart pills, brain implants and gene editing.<p>This discussion has only intensified in the past year …

Molecular Biology

Beyond Fitbit: 'Neural dust' puts invisible cyborg tech deep inside you

New, tiny sensors could create superpowerful fitness trackers, move prosthetics forward and lead to treatments for conditions like epilepsy.<p>Monitoring your heart rate and VO2 max (maximum oxygen volume) with the latest fitness tracker is nifty, but researchers are developing new, tiny tech to keep …