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More than 100 Nobel laureates are calling on Greenpeace to end its anti-GMO campaign

This week, 109 Nobel laureates signed onto a sharply worded letter to Greenpeace urging the environmental group to rethink its longstanding opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The writers argue that the anti-GMO campaign is scientifically baseless and potentially harmful to poor …

Samsung launches Gear 360 VR camera in the U.S., costs $350

Samsung today announced that it will launch its Gear 360 virtual reality camera in the U.S. later this week, but on a limited basis. The device will only be available for purchase during the VidCon event in Anaheim, Calif. and is priced at $350. Those who aren’t in attendance at the conference will …

Hasselblad's X1D could change mirrorless cameras forever

Hasselblad is one of the most venerable names in photography – its cameras have gone to <i>the</i> <i>moon</i>, after all <i>–</i> but some would argue the value of their $30,000 cameras has been diluted by modern DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, which constantly improve their image quality in much smaller, cheaper …

Cameras

Refusing to Forgive Is Terrible for You, According to Science

How learning to let go of resentment can reduce your risk.<p>It appears that there are more benefits to "letting it go" than you might realize.<p>All of us get hurt from time to time--but when we forgive, we often feel better about ourselves. As it turns out, recent scientific research indicates …

Paul Allen's space company nears debut of world's biggest plane

MOJAVE, Calif. (Reuters) - A space launch company bankrolled by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) co-founder Paul Allen intends to compete with space entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts by launching satellites into orbit from the world’s biggest airplane.<p>Stratolaunch Systems, a unit of Allen’s privately …

10 things you should know about sea level rise

Sea level rise has been in the news a lot lately. Recent research has raised concerns about the possible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and …

Sea Level

We just got better at detecting this quantum phenomenon that Einstein thought was too ‘spooky’ to be real

That's because entanglement, a voodoo-like phenomenon in quantum physics linking particles that once interacted, seems to surpass the speed of light, violating the cosmic speed limit.<p>Because of this, it doesn't fit in with Einstein's theory of relativity, so he concluded that it was too ludicrous …

Quantum Physics

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Lucasfilm is opening a 'secret' lab with Magic Leap

Imagine putting on a device and seeing R2-D2 and C-3PO suddenly walk around your room in intense debate, as the droids beam a hologram of the Millennium Falcon taking flight off your desk.<p>Lucasfilm is joining forces with Magic Leap to open a "semi-secret" lab in June, aiming to wash the Star Wars …

A bowl of oatmeal a day could be the secret to a longer and healthier life, say scientists

A large bowl of oatmeal each day could protect against death from cancer, the biggest ever analysis of the benefits of whole grains has shown.<p>Oats …

Nutrition

Our bodies don’t need meat. So why can’t we give it up?

Imagine a post-apocalyptic world in which resources are so scarce that the government decides that all grain must go to people rather than animals. …

Einstein’s Brilliant and Unusual Life, in a Graphic Novel

From relativity to romance, an illustrated chronicle of genius.<p><b>Albert Einstein</b> (March 14, 1879–April 18, 1955) is celebrated as “the quintessential modern genius” and his groundbreaking discoveries have changed the course of science, but he was also a man of enormous and thus inescapably fallible …

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A hack will kill someone within 10 years, and it may have already happened

Where once hacks only affected computers, they now bring down everything from cars to power grids and thermostats to secretive nuclear enrichment programs.<p>So how long until a hack doesn't just cause a nuisance or monetary losses but actually <i>kills</i> someone?<p>One well-respected security expert thinks …

Cybersecurity

How Driverless Cars Will Take Over Roads, Hearts And Minds

Most drivers fear driverless cars, but those fears will subside as autonomous features debut in cars piloted by humans, a panel of transportation experts agreed in Chicago Friday. The driverless takeover will be so gradual, they suggested, we’ll hardly notice it.<p>“I think what we’re likely to see in …

Polymer repairs nerve damage in animals with spinal injuries

February 2000<p>WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A brief application of a polymer commonly used in medicine and cosmetics has been shown to immediately repair …

What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar in the wormlike squiggles and folds. It looked like brown dust; a distinctive pattern of tiny scars. Perl was intrigued. At 69, he had examined 20,000 brains over …

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On the road with George Hotz’s $1,000 self-driving car kit

In a splashy <i>Bloomberg Business</i> feature published late last year, Hotz was less conciliatory. Otherwise known as geohot, the programmer first earned worldwide fame by cracking the iPhone and the PlayStation 3 as a teen. Now, he is the CEO and founder of Comma.ai, a company that aims to get …

Can Monsanto Save the Planet?

Photograph by Ryan Donnell for Fortune Magazine<p>The world’s most vilified company—now a takeover target—has a plan to feed us all. Will it work?<p>All it …

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Within Your Mind, Is There a Super Mind? Renowned Scientist Says Yes

<b>Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal</b><p>At a time when people everywhere are embracing yoga, meditation and self-development, Dr. Norman Rosenthal's new book, "Super Mind," comes as a welcome guide--not only for the seeker but anyone wishing to achieve peak performance. Dr. Rosenthal, a former 20-year …

Meditation

Jeff Bezos on Peter Thiel: 'Seek revenge and you should dig two graves'

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has spoken out against Peter Thiel and in defense of Gawker, telling a Los Angeles audience: “Beautiful speech doesn’t need protection. Ugly speech needs protection. That’s where the rubber’s gonna meet the road.”<p>In reference to Peter Thiel’s recent efforts to punish …

Peter Thiel

Amazon and Goldman Sachs Are Investing Millions in This Cybersecurity Startup

Ionic Security, a data protection startup based in Atlanta, said it raised $45 million in a venture capital funding from Amazon (amzn), Goldman Sachs …

This Crazy Sponge-Filled Injection Just Saved Its First Life on The Battlefield

Technology FTW!<p>Those of you who've been following us for a while might remember that, last year, we reported on the development of an awesome …

Amazon And Alibaba Bet The Future On Supply Chain Management: eRetailers Invest Big In Logistics

The world’s largest retailers are planning to not only grow into the world’s biggest logistics companies, but to completely revolutionize the industry. Both Amazon and Alibaba have recently made significant investments to their supply chain capabilities and in the not distant future they will soon …

eCommerce

Neil deGrasse Tyson says this is what you should invest in 'if you don't want to die poor'

The doldrums, he explained, are a region on the earth's surface where air doesn't move horizontally.<p>"It either goes directly down, directly upward, or doesn't move at all," he said. "If you accidentally sail into that zone and all you have is wind power, you die there."<p>So it's safe to say that the …

High School

Scientists say men with one intriguing characteristic are more attractive to women

And yet new research suggests that <b>storytelling prowess is a desirable quality in a guy — possibly because it signals that they're high-status</b>. Men, on the other hand, don't seem to be fazed by women's ability to tell a good tale.<p>Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and …

University at Buffalo

Thousands of Bees Chased This Car For 2 Days Looking For Their Queen

BEES!!<p>If you've been online today, you might have heard the news about the crazed swarm of bees that chased down a poor woman in a Mitsubishi …

Science reveals what happens as you get drunker

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. But while we have a general understanding of alcohol's effects — most …

Alcohol