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Impregnable – 14 Brilliant Defensive Features of Medieval Castles

“Great efforts were made by builders to ensure that their castles could withstand an enemy onslaught.” By Dr. Dan Spencer IN THEIR DAY, Medieval …

Hackers are attacking the electric grid

And computer scientists are trying to stop them.<p>Last September, news broke that hackers had laid siege to the U.S. power grid, probing deep into dozens of energy firms, looking for weaknesses to exploit. The Department of Homeland Security issued a threat warning about an ongoing stream of malware …

Cybersecurity

A cheap, portable skin cancer detector has won the Dyson Award

Meet sKan<p>Detecting skin cancer early isn’t easy. Currently, it’s done through visual inspections or biopsies, but some doctors may not pick up on the …

This New Robot Will Help Keep Hearts Pumping

You don’t want to be among the first human cyborgs. Because doctors won’t be replacing all your limbs with super-strong robotic ones, and they won’t …

Science has outgrown the human mind

<i>The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and… attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either</i> …

Scientists created a synthetic molecule, and it could end antibiotic resistance

Transfer Prevention<p>Antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which includes both common bugs and so-called superbugs, is a serious and globally recognized …

Ghostly Cosmic Neutrinos Are Stopped Cold by Planet Earth, New Study Shows

Subatomic particles called neutrinos are notoriously hard to catch because they pass right through regular matter like ghosts. But a new study shows …

Air Pollution Tied to Decline in Sperm Quality That Could Lead to Male Infertility

Air pollution may decrease the size and shape of sperm, according to a newly published study in <i>Occupational and Environmental Medicine</i>. Such …

Either stars are strange, or 234 alien species are trying to contact us

by Universe Today November 21, 2017 Hard Science 57107<p>Evan Gough<p>We all want there to be aliens. Green ones, pink ones, brown ones, Greys. Or maybe …

Universe

Male Dolphins Give Sponge Gifts to Females so They'll Have Sex With Them

Like humans, dolphins have complex mating rituals. They sing, jump in the air, and now it appears that some dolphins will give sponges as gifts in …

New mind-controlled prosthetics are poised to transform humanity

Prosthetics and Mind Control<p>According to studies presented at Neuroscience 2017, the annual gathering of the Society for Neuroscience, technology …

Robot-driven Ubers without a human driver could appear as early as 2019

By Peter Holley<p>, Reporter<p>In just over a year — in a city somewhere in the United States — your Uber could pick you up without a driver behind the wheel.<p>That’s one of the major revelations from Uber’s announcement Monday that the technology company plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from …

American Cities

Behind the Scenes as NASA Tests the Most Powerful Rocket Ever | WIRED

SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>Behind the Scenes as NASA Tests the Most Powerful Rocket Ever<p><b>NASA wants to send a human to Mars in the next two decades. And</b> …

Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries

<b>A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.</b><p>Between 2012 and 2016, the planet's artificially lit outdoor area grew by more than 2% per year.<p>Scientists say a "loss of night" in many countries is having negative …

Breakthroughs

Ancient Human Skeletons Reveal the Plague Got to Europe During the Stone Age

By sequencing the genomes of ancient human skeletons, scientists finally have a likely explanation for how the Stone Age plague entered Europe. The …

Flies more germ-laden than suspected

<b>Scientists have discovered that flies carry more diseases than suspected.</b><p>The house fly and the blowfly together harbour more than 600 different bacteria, according to a DNA analysis.<p>Many are linked with human infections, including stomach bugs, blood poisoning and pneumonia.<p>Flies can spread …

We're living longer but in poorer health, warns thinktank

Adults are spending an increasing number of their retirement years in poor health, a thinktank on ageing and population has warned.<p>The report, which focuses on the situation facing those approaching retirement, also highlights the growing inequalities in life expectancy around the country.<p>“We need …

Hydrogen-powered trains are coming to Germany in 2021

All Aboard the Hydrogen Train<p>As the shift from diesel engines to clean energy continues, German and French engineering company Alstom have signed a …

Holograms come to life in the world's first interactive display

Interactive Holograms<p>Hologram technology has come a long way since Princess Leia delivered a hologram message to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. …

Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

It’s time to start getting excited about the Samsung Galaxy S9.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S8 enjoyed months of uninterrupted attention following its April …

Why the sky turned bright red for 9 days over East Asia in 1770

For multiple days in 1770, a swath of sky over Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the eastern coast of China looked as if it had been set ablaze, illuminated in a scorching red light. No one knew what caused it, and we only knew it happened thanks to a few scant recordings that survived the …

Asia

Shock Study: Sperm Counts Have Dropped By Half Since 1973

In a shocking new article from Haaretz, Netta Ahituv writes that "in the past 40 years, Western men’s sperm count has declined by half."<p>In 2015, Dr. …

High-tech neuroprosthetic ‘Luke’ arm lets amputee touch and feel again

“When I went to grab something, I could feel myself grabbing it. When I thought about moving this or that finger, it would move almost right away,” …

Last Days? How NASA Monitors Space For Events That Could End the World

About 17,000 undetected asteroids that are large enough to be a concern to NASA may be lurking near Earth, according to a recent report. That doesn’t …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

• David Ugwoegbu<br>• WDE / 6-4.5 / 225<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: Demetric Warren<p>Jaydon Hill<br>• CB / 6-0 / 172<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: Paul Jones<p>Aeneas DiCosmo<br>• WDE / 6-3 / …

College Football

CD Projekt RED Clarifies 'Games as a Service' Approach for Cyberpunk 2077

"No hidden catch, you get what you pay for."<p>The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has come forward to assure fans excited for Cyberpunk 2077 that its …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

• David Gbenda<br>• ILB / 6-0 / 212<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: Gus Ramos<p>Nate Leskovec<br>• SDE / 6-3 / 250<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: Gus Ramos<p>Jaydon Hill<br>• CB / 6-0 / 172<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: …

College Football

Archaeologists find 'cremated remains of Buddha' in ancient Chinese box alongside 260 statues

The discovery was reportedly first made by Chinese villagers repairing roads.<p>Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Chinese box, which according …

World Ends On Sunday, November 19: Planet Nibiru Earthquake Apocalypse Wipes Out Civilization, Theorists Warn

Conspiracy theorists are once again busy online stirring the pot of mass hysteria with warnings that the world will end on Sunday, November 19, when …

Germany bans smartwatches for kids and asks parents to destroy them

‘prohibitive listening devices’<p>Germany’s telecommunication agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, has banned smartwatches for kids, and is asking parents to destroy them. According to <i>Bleeping Computer</i>, (via <i>Gizmodo</i>) the regulators have deemed smartwatches targeted at kids “prohibitive listening devices” and …