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Disney's robot car uses propellers to climb walls

Disney has created this robot car that can climb and drive along walls.<p>The aptly named VertiGo is a small wall-climbing robotic car that uses a pair …

Liberal Priorities All Seem To Hurt The Poor

Liberals and the collection of them that more or less form the Democrat Party frequently express their support for the poor and their intention to fight for them in the form of higher pay, better benefits, and redistribution schemes designed to punish the rich and, therefore, somehow make the poor …

Bill de Blasio

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor believes that it's identified the major trends of the next 10.<p>In many ways, Stratfor thinks the world a decade from now will be more dangerous place, with US power waning and other …

Geopolitics

Memo: To the Republican Party

Memo<p>To: The Republican Party<p>From: Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Francois Hollande, Muslim Leaders, et. al.<p>Subject: Your Trump Problem/Our Trump Problem<p>Summary: Rolling sanctions imposed on America as Trump moves toward the White House.<p>Speaking as a coalition of world leaders (absent the United …

The top 20 tracks of 2015

20. KEITH APE – “IT G MA”<p>If one song could sum up this year’s Korean rap invasion, it would be “It G Ma” – the viral supernova headed up by gold-grilled trap king Keith Ape and backed up by other, equally eclectic members of The Cohort crew he belongs to, including mastermind JayAllDay and Seoul’s …

Miley Cyrus

'Outsiders' Crack a 50-Year-Old Math Problem

In 2008, Daniel Spielman told his Yale University colleague Gil Kalai about a computer science problem he was working on, concerning how to …

Do Americans Prefer a "Democracy" or a "Republic"?

On December 1 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton spoke about voting laws at an event recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She argued that "the right to vote is so fundamental to our democracy." One day later, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio …

Guns Don't Kill People, Complacent Liberals Do

This week a pair of gunmen stormed the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California dressed in dark tactical gear and heavily armed with hand guns, assault-style weapons, and explosive devices. They killed 14 people and injured 17 others.<p>It will go down as the deadliest mass shooting since …

Quantum computing breakthrough: Engineers manage to write quantum code to silicon chip

Engineers have been able to successfully write the quantum version of a computer code to a silicon chip for the very first time – a breakthrough that …

5 Secrets to Managing Your Time, Backed by Research

It’s the problem we all face at the office: how to manage your time. You’re so overwhelmed with meetings and email that you always wonder if you’re …

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution, raising major concerns about degraded soil amid surging global demand for food<p>The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food …

Farming

Photons carry messages from electrons over 1 mile - Futurity

Physicists have used photons to communicate between two electrons through 1.2 miles of fiber optic cable. It's a step toward practical quantum …

Watch ESA explain how it plans to find gravitational waves

In just under a week the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its LISA Pathfinder spacecraft on a Vega rocket. Buried within the vessel are two cubes made of gold-platinum which, scientists hope, can lay the groundwork for measuring gravitational waves in space. The theories and testing …

Leap-second decision delayed by eight years

Some want to scrap adjustment that keeps atomic time in sync with Earth's rotation.<p>A leap second is gone in the blink of an eye. But a long-awaited …

Power plants: how scientists could harness energy from flowers

Researchers at Linköping University have shown it was possible to create an electric circuit within a plant<p>Scientists have woven electronics into the vascular system of living plants for the first time in a breakthrough which could allow them to convert photosynthesis into power.<p>A team at Linköping …

Nanotech

A Coward for President?

Paris was attacked; leading conservative politicians leaped to shamelessly pander to their fearful and timid base. However, the comments of Donald Trump provoked my suspicion that Americans' love affair with the gun and war (with other people's skin in the game) creates cowards. The Donald said:<p>You …

The water wars are coming: Civilization will never survive climate calamity

Delegates from 200 nations are convening in Paris for a climate summit. It should be treated as a peace conference<p>At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris for what is billed as the most important climate meeting ever held. Officially known as the 21st …

Ban Columbus Day? There Shouldn't Be a Debate

As most of us know -- there is no reason on the planet for the United States to observe at least two of its holidays -- Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Both for basically for the same reason.<p>The United States' perception of Christopher Columbus is filled with erroneous information. He was a killer. …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

This tiny country just outlined a plan to completely stop using oil, coal, and gas

This is welcomed news in a world that - despite recent advances in tackling climate change by the US and China - remains relatively paralyzed in its ability to make substantial changes to how it deals with climate change.<p>Earlier this year, Costa Rica met the entirety of its national power demand …

Iran's supreme leader: No more talks with the U.S.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday banned his country from any more negotiations with the United States, less than three months after Iran and six world powers reached a landmark agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.<p>"There is a reason for our objection to negotiations with the …

South Asia

Wildlife thriving around Chernobyl nuclear plant despite radiation

Wildlife is abundant around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, despite the presence of radiation released by the world’s most catastrophic nuclear explosion nearly three decades ago, researchers have found.<p>The number of elk, deer and wild boar within the Belarusian half of the Chernobyl …

Nuclear Energy

'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

The United States' longest, unwinnable war is the "war on drugs." Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA's urging us to "Just Say No," illegal drugs are still as available as ever.<p>But why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest …

Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years

Research has predicted a new solar 'Maunder minimum' in the 2030s<p>The earth is 15 years from a period of low solar activity similar to that last seen during the "mini ice-age" of the 17th century, when the Thames froze.<p>Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of …

100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

WASHINGTON -- When Kalief Browder killed himself last month after being held for three years without trial at Rikers Island, Americans took notice. His death focused more attention on the appalling treatment of youthful inmates at the New York City jail complex. But Browder, who entered the system …

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

Out of control vaping makes Hawaii raise smoking age to 21

Becomes first state in US with smoking limit of 21<p>Hawaii is the first state in the US to raise its smoking age to 21, a measure that was signed into law on Friday and will become effective January 1st. The law bans the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to anyone under 21; it also bans their …