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The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days or million-dollar …

Earth-like planet that ‘could be habitable’ discovered

<b>Good news.</b><p>If we use up all the earth’s resources and predictions of a global warming Dooms Day type-scenario do come true, there might be a get out …

Universe

'Game of Thrones' star Isaac Wright drops hints about future Bran visions

<b>Warning: Contains spoilers aplenty from Game of Thrones Season 6, episode 3.</b><p>LONDON — So, that Tower of Joy scene, eh?<p>The long-awaited flashback …

TV Series

MegaBots raises $2.4 million to create league of human-piloted, giant fighting robots

Oakland, Calif. startup MegaBots Inc. has raised $2.4 million in seed funding to bring the robot-fighting stuff of manga and anime to a venue near you.<p>According to MegaBots cofounders, Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Brinkley Warren, the startup aspires to follow in the footsteps of major sports …

How Jellyfish, Nanobots and Naked Mole Rats Could Make Humans Immortal

We spoke to the world's leading experts in the field of human life extension to get an update on how close we are to living forever.<p>Dr Chris Faulkes is standing in his laboratory, tenderly caressing what looks like a penis. It's not his penis, nor mine, and it's definitely not that of the only …

Want a Better Memory? Science Says Do This

A study suggests this dead simple trick can double the amount you recall.<p>What do you do when you need to commit some sort of information to memory?<p>Let me guess: You take notes.<p>It's a habit most of us learned way back in school when some teacher stuck her lecture notes up on an overhead projector …

Watch An Entire Lake Disappear Down A Hole

Environment Photo credit: It's a lake with a drainage hole! YouTubeThere is a lake in Oregon that disappears every spring. This ephemeral water …

Chemist in State Drug Lab Got High at Work Every Day for 8 Years; Defeats Drug War

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GoPro attached their camera to a sub-orbital rocket — and the results are stunning

In a giant leap for the company, GoPro has released footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,000ft (120,700 meters) and hit speeds up to Mach 5.5 (3800 mph or 6115 km/h) at engine burnout.<p>The launch in the video took place at Spaceport America in New Mexico on November 6, 2015, …

'Giant step' in search for life in the rest of the universe as scientists discover three Earth-like planets

Three potentially habitable planets the size of Earth have been discovered in what scientists say is a significant step towards finding life elsewhere in the universe.<p>The three exoplanets orbit an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth, so close that astronomers should eventually be able to …

NASA Invests Into Solar Electric Propulsion For Space Exploration

Aerojet Rocket has been selected by NASA to develop a Solar Electric Propulsion system and the project is worth $67m. It will be used for robotic …

Three Potentially Earth-Like Exoplanets Have Been Found 40 Light Years Away

40 light years is a long way away. We’re talking more than 200 trillion miles. But in the relative terms of our insanely large universe, it’s virtually the distance from your couch to your TV. And scientists have just discovered three Earth-like exoplanets that close in.<p>Researchers at Université de …

Universe

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Scientific Research

Artificial intelligence now fits inside a USB stick

Movidius chips have been showing up in quite a few products recently. It's the company that helps DJI's latest drone avoid obstacles, and FLIR's new thermal camera automatically spot people trapped in a fire, all through deep learning via neural networks. It also signed a deal with Google to …

Deep Learning

10 old cables you should keep around (and 6 to toss)

Microsoft is turning DNA into the ultimate storage device

Imagine that future civilisations are looking for evidence of us. Digital human life. And they find nothing.<p>No Buzzfeed. No Slack. No GitHub. Nothing.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018”Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May?Join us<p>That’s actually a distinct possibility as …

Genetics

Car accident victim sues Snapchat for role in high-speed crash

The victim of a car accident is suing Snapchat after his Mitsubishi was rear-ended by a Mercedes traveling in excess of 100 mph.<p>The plaintiff, Wentworth Maynard, was struck “so violently [the car] shot across the left lane and into the left embankment,” according to his lawyers.<p>The driver of the …

Apps

Recovered iPhone, waterlogged from months at sea, divides families searching for answers about sons’ disappearance

From the beginning, their tragedies ran parallel.<p>Together, the parents mourned the loss of their sons, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, Florida teens who left for a fishing trip one summer afternoon and never returned. They watched authorities locate the 19-foot boat that carried the boys onto the …

10 Daily Habits That Will Radically Improve Your Life

Practical daily things to bring real positive change in your life.<p>Platitudes won't help you. I know, I've tried to implement them all. They're frustrating.<p>Go for it! Live for today! Stay motivated!<p>No kidding.<p>I'm more interested in how we can radically improve our lives. How can we stay truly …

WISP Is A Tiny Wireless Computer That Draws Power From Radio Waves

Batteries not included or required<p>Power is a limit. When creating an electrical device, it needs some way to draw energy, or else it might as well be an awkward, inert rock. The easiest way is to tap into the grid, limiting the device's mobility to the length of a power cord, or using batteries, …

The 8 fastest-growing tech skills worth over $110,000

Job-hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of 80,000-plus tech jobs from April 2015 through April 2016 to determine the fastest-growing skills based on job openings.<p>We then cross-checked those skills against …

I'm Starting to Think the Greatest Hero in Game of Thrones Is Brienne of Tarth

Last night’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> begins with the sightless gaze of Jon Snow, right where we left him last year. But the most striking moments of the …

TV Series

The Biggest Moments from Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 1 [SPOILERS]

The sixth season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> kicked off this week, and most fans are wondering "is Jon Snow alive or truly dead?" The opening episode briefly covered the aftermath of Jon Snow's betrayal, while delving into the rest of the characters and stories in this world.<p><b>Warning: Spoilers from the season</b> …

Add 128GB of flash storage to any PC for under $30

The cloud is great and all, but local storage is still important. That's typically where you store your media libraries, to say nothing of the data you'll still need access to when you can't get online. (Hey, it happens.)<p>So here's the problem: Many a modern PC -- especially if it's of the …

Gear & Gadgets

Creating Hallucinations Without Drugs Is Surprisingly Easy

Try this at home, but don't blame us if things get weird.<p>The human brain is a remarkable thing. It can do things our primate relatives are thousands …

Why Mark Cuban Called Futuristic Startup uBeam a 'Zillion-Dollar Idea' | Inc.com

We have wireless internet. We can send wireless data. Why don't we have wireless power?<p>That simple-sounding question sparked Meredith Perry, then a student at the University of Pennsylvania, to try to come up with a complex solution.<p>The result is uBeam, a wireless charging device that uses sound …

Film Festivals

Will we know extraterrestrial life when we see it?

In a 1967 episode of <i>Star Trek</i>, Captain Kirk and crew investigated the mysterious murders of miners on the planet Janus VI. The killer, it turned out, …

Interstellar Dust Found at Saturn

Some of the dust swirling around Saturn comes from beyond the solar system, a new study reveals.<p>NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has sampled …

Alien 'Wow!' Signal Could Soon be Explained

The story behind the famous "Wow!" signal has an eerie quality that has inspired countless science fiction alien encounters and is often lauded as …

Universe