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Astronomers Trace Solar System’s History to Its Cosmic Womb

Astronomers have traced the growth of Earth's solar system back to its cosmic womb, before the sun and planets were born.<p>The solar system coalesced from a huge cloud of dust and gas that was isolated from the rest of the Milky Way galaxy for up to 30 million years before the sun's birth nearly 4.6 …

Universe

Cognitive computer chip apes brain architecture

Computer science is getting stunningly close to granting the wish of the Scarecrow, not to mention the needs of the modern soldier.<p>The Pentagon has long sought what the Wizard of Oz could not manufacture: a brain, or at least an electronic cognition machine that operates as closely as possible to …

Organ donations on the rise among Latinos at County-USC Medical Center

Latinos who die at<p>Los Angeles County-USC Medical Centerare donating organs for transplantation at increasing rates, according to a new study.<p>Minorities have long been less willing than whites to donate their organs, a disparity widely attributed to mistrust of the medical system.<p>But among Latino …

Do Your Potato Chips Have A Security Flaw?

The microvibrations of a nearby snack food bag can let observers eavesdrop on conversations.<p>Well, this is a bit creepy: Researchers have shown that they can recover various types of audio, including human speech, by filming and analyzing the tiny vibrations that sound creates in objects nearby. In …

Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

This can allow a chip installed in a car or smartphone to perform supercomputer calculations in real time without connecting to the cloud or other …

IBM Chip Processes Data Similar to the Way Your Brain Does - MIT Technology Review

A new kind of computer chip, unveiled by IBM today, takes design cues from the wrinkled outer layer of the human brain. Though it is no match for a …

Quantum Computing

This discovery about female sexuality will make conservatives’ heads explode

Right-wing traditionalists love claiming that more equal relationships are doomed sexually. Shocker: They’re wrong<p>Ever since the second wave of feminism kicked off, women—straight women, anyway—have been darkly warned that embracing sexual liberation and demanding equality in their relationships …

Penis Size: Women Prefer An Average Size Penis

Last week we decided to delve into the somewhat touchy topic of penis size. For one, does it matter? And if you could pick your ideal penis proportions, what would they be? You might assume the bigger the better...but you'd be wrong. Here are the surprising results:<p><b>We asked readers: If You Had Your</b> …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

Interesting Facts About the History of the Bra

It's National Underwear Day, guys, and in honor of the holiday, it's time to take a better look at the much-ignored but much-relied-upon bra. A rather fabulous history was assembled at Ozy.com, and I'm not joking when I say it's <i>fascinating</i>.<p>The bits most likely to wind up as conversational factoids …

Steve Jobs had plans to make free, shared Wi-Fi the norm to improve iPhone experience

There were lots of hints that Steve Jobs was interested in changing the way we all access the internet on the devices he helped create. Back in 2011 there were reports that Apple considered developing its own network for the original iPhone that could potentially replace traditional carrier …

10 Ways to Fundraise for Your Volunteer Travel That Actually Work

You want to travel abroad, learn about a different culture and make a difference in your local community. You have only two weeks of vacation time and very little savings. Do you: (a) not take the trip, or (b) defer the trip to when your financial condition improves?<p>The answer is (c): …

Flying