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How to Become a Powerful Negotiator Overnight

I have spent a great deal of time over the years in negotiations.One of the most interesting things is that the perceptions and realities of …

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The reason we sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours - our brains actually change states when we sleep …

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

Microbiology

This is the one! Super-Earth 40 light years away is our 'best chance of finding alien life yet'

A newly discovered exoplanet is causing excitement among astronomers as it has the potential to give us the best opportunity ever to find alien …

A New Device Could Utterly Transform How We Produce Energy

Renewable Energy Technologies<p>Much of the world’s energy still comes from fossil fuels — for now. More people are becoming aware of the damaging …

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life

You can achieve amazing things if you stay focused on the right things.<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and …

The best and worst countries in the world when it comes to air pollution and electricity use

Air pollution has become so bad in Beijing, for example, that Chinese officials aim to slash its local coal consumption by 30% in 2017.<p>Meanwhile, the US — which currently ranks eighth on the list of countries with the <i>lowest</i> air pollution — could be headed in the opposite direction.<p>President Donald …

A new analysis shows a surprisingly simple relationship between the way galaxies move, and the distribution of ordinary matter within them. Unexpectedly this seems to hold however much mysterious dark matter they contain. That’s funny.<p>On 25 August 2003, a Delta II rocket launched the Spitzer Space …

Dark Matter

Genetic diseases may soon be a thing of the past thanks to nanotechnology, which employs tiny particles to manipulate cells and change our DNA<p>Here’s how cancer treatment often runs today: a patient develops an aggressive tumor. A surgeon operates to remove the tumor, but a few cancer cells remain, …

Nanotech

Study: Antibiotics Kill Gut Bacteria, Stop Growth of New Brain Cells

Our lives are intertwined with microbes. These creatures have developed a symbiotic relationship with the plants and animals of this Earth, evolving …

13 Incredible Science Facts You Probably Didn't Learn at High School

Science just gets better.<p>We learn about some awesome science in high school - like Einstein's theory of relativity, the Periodic table, and DNA …

Astronomers Might Have Just Solved a Key Mystery About the Origin of Life

If a massive solar storm struck the Earth today, it could wipe out our technology and hurl us back to the dark ages. Lucky for us, events like this …

Universe

Why Physics Experiments at the Subatomic Level May Cause 'Unknown Unknowns' to Destroy the World

<i>Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, a simulated particle collision at the Large Hadron Collider, Lucas Taylo</i>r<p>"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown …

Simple brain hack from Harvard can stop you forgetting important tasks

Remembering to turn the gas off, or water the plants before a weekend away, can prove an impossible feat when the mind is churning with other tasks.<p>But Harvard University has uncovered a simple ‘brain hack’ to bring back those forgotten to-do lists - the mental equivalent of tying a piece of string …

Your Android smartphone will get rid of passwords this year

Project Abacus will use the phone's sensors to gather data about the person using it. Your typing patterns, walking gait, location, and face could all be matched against information Google knows about you.<p>The machine intelligence will calculate a "trust score" based on that data, determining how …

Facebook auto-translates 200 million lines of text every day

Facebook reaches more than 1.6 billion users in every corner of the Earth. Making sure everybody understands one another, at least at the linguistic level, has fallen to the company's machine learning algorithms. According to Alan Packer, Facebook's Director of Engineering for language technology, …

Algorithms

DJI drones can start streaming live aerial videos on Facebook (update)

DJI has updated its Go app to add a feature it promised in April: the capability to stream videos over Facebook Live using compatible drones, including the latest Phantom and Inspire. Sure, you can already stream aerial footage of sprawling landscapes, events and whatever you usually cover on …

Drones

4 ways Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop will change how we travel

If you are like most, you probably find air travel to be a stressful experience.<p>There's the commute to the airport, the long lines to check your bag, the security check, and then once you're finally on the plane, there's the tight squeeze of sitting for several hours with barely any legroom.<p>And …

Where'd that building go? Korea to get 'invisible' skyscraper

If you're among those eagerly awaiting a working invisibility cloak, get ready to be jealous. A South Korean skyscraper may get one before we humble (and highly visible) humans do.<p>International architectural firm GDS Architects reports that it's received a construction permit to begin building "the …

Architecture

How Big Can Entanglement Get? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

Our intuition has evolved to deal with the macroscopic world: the world of things you can hold in your hand and see with your naked eyes. But many of …

Swirling mystery of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly over Jupiter for the past 150 years, but scientists still aren’t sure what causes the gigantic storm’s …

Universe is losing its twinkle as stars die out, say scientists

The universe is 'sliding into old age' and will lose its twinkle in the future, scientists have predicted<p>The universe might seem vast and never ending, but it is slowly dying and losing its twinkle, scientists have concluded.<p>An international team of astronomers has analysed starlight from 200,000 …

New GIF Shows Far Side of the Moon Passing by Earth

The images come from the same spacecraft that recently captured new views of the entire Earth’s surface.<p>While the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft was keeping an eye out for solar storms, it caught a glimpse of the mysterious far side of the moon passing over the Earth’s sunlit …

Space

Eye Shapes Of The Animal World Hint At Differences In Our Lifestyles

Take a close look at a house cat's eyes and you'll see pupils that look like vertical slits. But a tiger has round pupils — like humans do. And the eyes of other animals, like goats and horses, have slits that are horizontal.<p>Scientists have now done the first comprehensive study of these three …

Zoology

A close look at the eyes of 214 types of animal has revealed a relationship between the shape of the pupil and the animal’s ecological niche<p>The eyes say it all. They answer questions about a creature’s social scale, and its place in the pecking order. The geometry of the eye indicates whether an …

Biology

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New Japanese Glasses Block Facial Recognition

Like glasses people might actually wear — for $249<p>Computers are really, really good at recognizing faces. Refined through work on millions of uploaded and tagged faces at sites like Facebook and elsewhere, algorithms that identify faces can place people in locations based just on a photograph. …

Creepers' peepers: Why animals' pupils have different shapes

There's a reason why the domestic cat's pupil has its distinctive, vertical slitted shape and the grazing goat's its horizontal, flattened look. In both cases, the eye's shape has evolved to help its owner navigate everyday life. The cat needs to be able to hunt at night with precision; the grazing …

Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?

Studying how adorable animals can turn us aggressive<p>Seeing something cute actually does bring out aggression in us, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in New Orleans last Friday.<p>Researchers found 109 people to look at pictures of animals …