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Forest fires threaten to spread Chernobyl's fallout over Europe, report says

Nearly 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, Chernobyl's fallout continues to cast a long shadow over Europe.<p>A new study says that wildfires could release radiation that remains in the upper layers of soil in the dense forests near the former nuclear plant in Ukraine and Belarus, New …

Urban Engines app can help people catch buses and trains in big cities

It can be downright nightmarish having to squeeze and force your way into trains or buses during rush hours in big cities. A company founded by former Google employees called Urban Engines says its app can help you look for alternate routes, or even help you get around if you're not familiar with …

Right Now, You're Breathing A Potentially Dangerous Substance

Air: It's one of the world’s most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances<p>The air man needs a fresh hit. It’s a beautiful summer morning. Dew shines on the grass. Birds chirp. What a glorious day to contemplate the air. I had con­tacted the air man—he has a name: Steven …

Microbiology

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024

From more than 200,000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only 660 remain in the running. They now face a more stringent astronaut selection process. Those who make the final cut earn a seat on the Mars One mission, a one-way trip to the red planet.<p><b>How will the astronauts be …

Space Science

World's Biggest Particle Smasher Gears Up for Next Run

Physics

Geologists solve tectonic plate mystery with half a tonne of explosives

Geologists may have finally explained how tectonic plates shift by blowing up hundreds of kilograms of dynamite in New Zealand.<p>Half a tonne of explosive slurry was pumped into a dozen, steel-cased holes spread nearly 100km across New Zealand’s north island.<p>The seismic waves produced by the …

New Zealand

Kraftwerk Fuel Cell Lets You Charge Your Phone With Butane

Now you're cooking with gas<p>What if you could replenish your phone's battery while you were nowhere near the electrical grid? Sure, there are plenty of external power packs that will do this kind of thing, but what if you also didn't need to recharge <i>those</i> from the grid? Then you'd have the …

Alternative Fuel

LatestFreeStuff.co.uk 'Freeganism' Site Is Coming To America

The very best entrepreneurs are successful because they love what they do. There really is no substitute for a passionate founder, so perhaps that’s why Deepak Tailor has succeeded in building a site that receives more than 400k hits per month, with 75,000 email subscribers, simply by recommending …

Entrepreneurship

WATCH: This Is The First Video of a Laser Zooming Through Thin Air

Shot at 20 billion frames per second, this six-nanosecond-long clip has been slowed right down so we can actually see it. And good, because it's …

Former Opera CEO launches a feature-packed browser called Vivaldi

John S. Von Tetzchner, founder and former CEO of the popular Opera browser, has just announced a new way to browse the web. It’s called Vivaldi, and it’s aimed at power users. When von Tetzchner created Opera back in 1994, the startup browser began gaining some traction and soon became one of the …

Software

The Pirate Bay set to return on 1 February

Pirate Bay’s revival seems certain after the torrent site has started to display a logo of phoenix with a timer counting down to 1 February.<p>The timer was unveiled last week along with a revived but non-functioning site. Now the phoenix, a symbol of rebirth used by the Pirate Bay in previous …

Battleships

Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time

Astronomers in Australia have picked up an “alien” radio signal from space for the first time as it occurred. The signal, or radio “burst”, was discovered on May 15, 2014, though it’s just being reported by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “The burst was identified within 10 …

Video games can be good for you, new research says

Imagine a hardcore video game fanatic, and the picture you summon probably won't resemble Roman Rivera.<p>He grew up captivated by games from "Pokemon" to "Call of Duty," and evaded his mom's screen time limits by covertly playing his Game Boy after lights out. Now that he's 21, he spends up to four …

11 Ways Science and Technology Are Waging War on Winter

Fighting snow with sugar beet juice, snow-pooping robots, geoengineering and more<p>Here in New York City, we've just been hit with yet another round of snow, and it got us thinking: There must be somebody working on a way to get rid of this fluffy white menace. As it turns out, there are lots of …

This App Wants To Help You Get Rid Of People Who Stress You Out

Pplkpr is an art project and real app meant to give us a peek into our quantified future.<p>Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald are artists who create tech-based projects exploring the possibilities of the near future. In the past, projects of theirs have hired Amazon’s Mechanical Turks to rate their …

Go to sleep: Why all-nighters don't work - Futurity

Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here's a tip: put down the coffee and get some sleep.