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Scientists Just Found Cells They Thought Could Never Exist

We may have to rewrite the textbooks.<p>Two mitochondria. (Photo: Louisa Howard/Public Domain)<p>On Thursday, scientists made a surprise announcement. From …

Robot learns dexterity by spinning a jar and other news

BBC Click's Stephen Beckett looks at some of the best of the week's technology news, including Google engineers designing a set of emojis that they say better represent women in the world of work.<p>An early test of a proposed high-speed transport system Hyperloop One is successful and a robotic arm …

Robotics

22 Science Jokes Only Smart People Will Understand

Old statisticians never die. They just get broken down by age and sex.

The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

Scientists Discover That Our Brain Waves Can Be Sent by Electrical Fields

Whoa.<p>Most biology students will be able to tell you that neural signals are sent via mechanisms such as synaptic transmission, gap junctions, and …

Australia scientists develop 'bionic spine' which could help paralysed patients walk

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone”<p>Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper …

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

"For future civilizations — or whatever else is out there"<p>Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one …

Astronomers Discover The Biggest Object in The Universe So Far - The BOSS Great Wall

It's 1 billion light-years long.<p>As if staring up at the night sky didn’t make us feel small already, astronomers have recently announced the …

This guy just built a working miniature Death Star

It could be that the Death Star, of Star Wars fame, doesn't only exist in a galaxy far, far away.<p>German inventor and laser fanatic Patrick Priebe equipped a large, disco-ball-size model of the Galactic Empire's planet eraser with enough laser power to actually do some real damage while also …

The One Feature In 'Fallout 4' That Totally Changes The Game

We’re almost ready to go back to the Wasteland. Bethesda gave us an extensive look at Fallout 4 last night, capping off its first ever E3 press conference with the bombshell that the new game is going to be landing in just a few months, on November 10, 2015. It also showed off a whole lot of …

Fallout 4 trailer is live, watch it right here

<i>Fallout 4</i> was confirmed a bit prematurely today when the official site for the Bethesda game went live for a few minutes.<p>Here's our first look at the game's official trailer.<p><i>Fallout 4</i> is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. We'll find out more the week of E3 during Bethesda's big press …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Singularity

We interrupt May the 4th for a little Friday the 13th in Mortal Kombat X

<i>Mortal Kombat X</i> apparently doesn't get it that today is May the 4th, not Friday the 13th. Here's Jason Voorhees in action in the game, anyway. Warning: This is some grody stuff.<p>Jason is available beginning tomorrow for those who put up the $29.99 for the "Kombat Pack" season pass of DLC. Those who …

No more dodging a bullet, as U.S. develops self-guided ammunition

<b>(CNN) —</b> You know the phrase "dodging a bullet"? Forget about it. Probably not going to happen anymore.<p>The U.S. military said this week it has made great progress in its effort to develop a self-steering bullet.<p>In February, the "smart bullets" -- .50-caliber projectiles equipped with optical sensors …

DARPA

Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

Children throwing tantrums should be given time to calm down on their own rather than distracted with tablets or smartphones, say researchers<p>It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.<p>But child psychologists say it may be stunting …

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists<p>A giant doorway to another galaxy may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe that dark matter at the centre of our galaxy could sustain a wormhole that we …

'Elder Scrolls Online' finally arrives on consoles this June without subscriptions

After suddenly delaying the title last May, Bethesda is finally giving us a release date for its <i>Elder Scrolls</i> MMO. Mark your calendars: June 9th is the date <i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> (now subtitled <i>Tamriel Unlimited</i>) comes to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and there are a few welcome changes to …

New batteries charge 70 percent in 2 minutes

The freedom to hold computers in our hands, pop wireless headphones in our ears and pilot drones through our backyards is all brought to us by batteries -- especially rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The portable powerhouses are a critical component of our march toward tech mobility, yet most …

Alien: Isolation Review

An Eternal Terror<p>Thanks to a slick opening that includes nostalgic narration and busted-tracking-on-the-VCR visual effects, the first five minutes of …

Watch the first full trailer for 'Star Wars Rebels'

After a long line of teasers and featurettes, first full trailer for <i>Star Wars Rebels</i> has arrived all too fittingly on Star Wars Day. The new series, which will follow characters like Hera Syndulla and the "Cowboy Jedi" Kanan, will take place in the years between <i>Episode III</i> and <i>Episode IV</i>, showing …

'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new …

'Bash' bug could let hackers attack through a light bulb

Say hello to the bash bug, a lesson in why Internet-connected devices are inherently unsafe.<p>Computer security researchers have discovered a flaw in the way many devices communicate over the Internet. At its most basic, it lets someone hack every device in your house, business or government building …