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15 Songs With Misunderstood Meanings

Here's a look at some songs that got their meanings twisted and misconstrued—and the original intentions put forth by the artists who wrote them.<p>1. …

Music

Cell Phone Location Data Is Private, Court Rules

A case for warrants in the 21st century.<p>Even disregarding the content of a call, cell phones reveal a wealth of information about the person making the call. Called "metadata," that bundle of other information can include the time the call took place, the call duration, the company that carried the …

Lie Like A Lady: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots Of The Turing Test

By now, you may have heard that the Turing Test, that hallowed old test of machine intelligence proposed by pioneering mathematician Alan Turing in 1950, has been passed. In a contest held this past weekend, a chatbot posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy fooled a third of its human judges into …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Engineering

New Study Uncovers Why Stress Leads To Depression In Some, But Not Others

In response to stress, some people cope easily while others succumb to depression or other mood disorders. While depression can develop from a wide variety of biological and genetic factors, stressful events are often a major trigger. But why does stress make some people develop mood disorders …

What I Learned Hunting Decoy-Weaving Spiders In The Amazon

Unraveling a mystery about a spider that makes spider-shaped decoys in its web.<p>TAMBOPATA, PERU -- In a remote area of the Peruvian Amazon lives a type of spider with a peculiar habit: It builds a spider-shaped "decoy" in its web out of dead insects and other detritus, and which resembles an …

How To Set Up Your Endangered Leopard On A Date

Plus, a gallery of endangered zoo babies born this year. Squee!<p>June may be wedding season among American humans, but for other members of the animal kingdom, it's a different—perhaps related—time of life. In the springtime is when many animals give birth. For the Smithsonian's National Zoo, that …

No Rest For The Wicked

What is the anthropic principle?

You've just checked into your hotel room for a weekend's getaway. Thrilled by the accoutrements, you immediately walk onto the room's balcony to take …

Fish Just May Be A Lot Smarter Than We Thought

Are fish smart? Yes, according to a new paper published this week in the journal Animal Cognition.<p>They also have more complex social lives than you might realize, too. For instance, some fish even give backrubs.<p>There's a kind of fish -- the cleaner wrasse -- that eats parasites and other nasty …

Are sewers flooded with illegal drugs?

Wading through sewage promises to reveal illegal drug use in a city, says Philip Ball, but are we getting a true picture?<p>“Sewage epidemiologist” doesn’t sound like the kind of job that will have applications flooding in. But it is a rapidly growing field. One of its primary goals is to figure out …

Research

How mapping the human proteome reveals new insights into our bodies

Professor Kathryn Lilley explains the science behind recent progress in working out when and where our proteins are made<p>Researchers recently announced that they had created an inventory of all the proteins in the human body – proteins that are encoded by the genome. We ask expert Professor Kathryn …

The Man Who's Making A Home 3-D Metal Printer

Plus other ways to get your ideas cast in steel, bronze, and bismuth alloy<p>Sure, manufacturing companies have 3-D printers that are able to weld metal pieces. You can even send designs to Shapeways to get them printed in steel. But wouldn't you want your own metal 3-D printer at home? One California …

3D

Is Mauna Loa volcano beginning to stir?

Over the past 13 months, the Volcano Observatory in Hawaii has recorded increased activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa, the largest volcano …

Placenta can send stress signals to baby's brain - Futurity

An enzyme in the placenta appears to play a role in how stress during pregnancy increases a baby's risk of developing autism or schizophrenia.

Seeing the inner workings of the brain made easier by new technique

Last year Karl Deisseroth, a Stanford professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a …

Longitude Prize 2014: We must reject the apocalyptic, nihilistic narrative around dementia

With the deadline for the Longitude Prize 2014’s public vote rapidly approaching, we take a closer look at the issues it is asking you to vote on in our six-day series. Today, Dr Kevin Fong makes the case for a focus on dementia<p><i>Dr Kevin Fong, Consultant Anaesthetist at UCL Hospitals, is a doctor</i> …

Q&A: Creating Global Wi-Fi--With Balloons

How Mike Cassidy of Google's Project Loon wants to get internet airborne.<p>Mike Cassidy works at Google X, the company’s self-described <i>moonshot factory,</i> as the leader of Project Loon. His team’s goal is to deploy a global network of thousands of Wi-Fi–connected balloons that will provide affordable …

Project Loon

International Space Station sends a laser message from space

On June 5, astronauts aboard ISS used a beam of laser light to send an HD video to researchers waiting below.<p>Anyone who remembers dialup internet can …

Mountain top blown up to make way for world’s largest telescope – watch again

Construction of the E-ELT monster telescope starts on Thursday with the blasting of a million tonnes of rock from a mountain top. Watch the livestream below<p>It was one of the last places on Earth I expected to get a mobile signal. And in a few hours' time it won't exist at all.<p>Between 17:30 and …

7 Awesome Astronomical Sights You Can See Without a Telescope

Think you need to buy an expensive telescope to do some backyard astronomy? Think Again.<p>Think you need to buy an expensive telescope to do some backyard astronomy? Think Again.

Astronomy

Angus & Julia Stone - Heart Beats Slow

There was a point in time where no one expected that Angus & Julia Stone would be joining forces for a new album. But -- they're siblings -- so, like …

New Albums

10 New Artists You Need to Know: June 2014

10<p>Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This …

New Music

You & Me (feat. W. Darling)

Lana Del Rey - West Coast (Four Tet Remix)

JavaScript is disabled<p>You need to enable JavaScript to use SoundCloud<p>Pre-order West Coast now: http://lanadel.re/WESTCOASTsc Ultraviolence Box Set: …

La Roux - Let Me Down Gently (Playless Club Mix)

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

More than 500 at-risk Afghans declared refugees in humanitarian program

More than 500 Afghans whose safety was jeopardised by their support of Australia's military mission in Afghanistan have been granted refugee visas under a discreet immigration program.<p>The Afghans, mainly interpreters, were assessed as being at risk of insurgent attacks in the war-ravaged country …