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Researchers push Moore's Law with a 1-nanometer transistor gate

Ready for some hardcore science about transistor elements that are a fraction of the width of a human hair? Good, because that's what this post is all about. "The semiconductor industry has long assumed that any gate below 5 nanometers wouldn't work, so anything below that was not even considered," …

Is there a limit to how long humans can live?

Humans may live longer and longer, but eventually we all grow old and die. This leads to a simple question: Is there an intrinsic maximum limit to human lifespan or not? There are two equally simple answers. Either there is a limit or there isn’t. Without data you may as well guess and your chance …

Biology

Snapchat is just 'Snap' now

Snapchat is losing the "chat."<p>The company has been renamed Snap Inc., the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported late Friday night. Cleaner, right?<p>That's not …

Leica has released a luxury instant camera

It might be the only Leica many of us can afford<p>Leica is getting into the affordable camera game. Well, not really. But its newest camera comes with a price tag that’s more often associated with low-end compact cameras than elite German photography machines. The only catch is it’s an instant camera.<p>…

Cameras

12 best commencement speeches of all time

Great news, graduates! The job outlook is looking a lot better than it has in the past few years.<p>The U.S. economy has added, on average, 238,000 jobs in the past few months, according to the Labor Department. And, job listings targeted at new grads are up slightly from a year ago on job-listing …

Facebook is actually out to kill the web as we know it

Last year, around this time, I wrote about Facebook’s secret plan to kill Google and become the second trillion dollar company in the process. It generated <i>lots</i> of conversations. But I was wrong. Facebook’s plan is actually much bigger than that. This week, unless you’ve been playing Candy Crush …

These guys created an app that stops college students from using their phones — and it's so successful they dropped out of college

Richardson, a computer science major, noticed something that was bugging him.<p>While in class, everyone was looking at their phones, texting, and doing whatever, with "no one paying attention to the teachers" as Gardner recalls.<p>The more they talked about it, the more annoyed they were. If technology …

Computer Science

Stephen Hawking wants to use lasers to propel a tiny spaceship to Alpha Centauri

When famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tech tycoon Yuri Milner announced a $100 million hunt for alien life last year, they pledged to inject a whole lot of funding and brain power into the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. At a news conference Tuesday, the duo announced …

Astronomy

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the broader financial services system is changing.<p>The fintech industry no longer stands clearly apart from financial services proper, and is increasingly growing embedded in mainstream …

ATMs

Here’s how we could build a colony on an alien world

Whether we make the Earth uninhabitable ourselves or it simply reaches the natural end of its ability to support life, one day we will have to look for a new home.<p>Hollywood films such as The Martian and Interstellar give us a glimpse of what may be in store for us.<p>Mars is certainly the most …

Space Science

Russia's amazing moon base: Everything we know

All your base are belong to Russ

Space Science

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

From rediscovered greats by Octavia Butler to the sixth novel from a prodigious talent, there’s a lot to get excited about this month<p>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The …

Books

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Gravitational Waves

Astronomers now have a way to rank the likelihood of life on other planets — and Earth's score isn't what you might expect

The Kepler Spacecraft is focused on a tiny patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy, hoping to detect planets as they transit in front of their stars.<p>But if alien astronomers are doing the same, and detect Earth transiting in front of the Sun, how habitable would Earth appear?<p>You might think, because, …

Science

Scientists Support Research On Gene Editing Of Human Embryos

Edited embryos should not be used for pregnancy, they caution<p>Following a three-day summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the use of human gene editing, scientists and bioethicists from around the world urged basic research using these technologies to continue, but strongly cautioned that embryos …

Genetics

Zuckerberg and Gates' clean-energy mantra: Invest, invent

Tech industry titans are banding together to try to ensure the world has enough energy, with less of the carbon emissions tied to global warming.<p>Some of the leading lights of the tech industry have issued a call to action on clean energy.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has partnered with …

Tech Industry

World leaders kick off climate talks in Paris: 'Our goal must be a transformation'

Declaring that the future of the planet is at stake, more than 150 world leaders assembled outside Paris on Monday to launch an ambitious attempt to confront climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.<p>After decades of difficult negotiations and an unsuccessful attempt to strike a deal six …

11 Warm Weather Vacation Destinations For People Who Hate Winter

The snow can't get you here.<p>Brrr, it's cold out there! Trade in the snow for some fun in the sun at these tropical and summery escapes.

City Guide: New York City

The capital of the United States for a very short time, New York City would become the cultural capital of the world by the 20th century. Like Paris, it established that position by harboring artists of all stripes: writers, painters, dancers and musicians who carved out “scenes” that would change …

Space Mining Bill Passes In Congress

Now it's up to President Obama to decide whether Earth businesses can own pieces of asteroids<p>According to international treaties, no country is allowed to own things like moons or asteroids. But what about a company?<p>A new bill would allow space mining companies to own pieces of space. Although they …

Space Exploration

The science of human behavior is reshaping the US government

Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.<p>The order, which directs federal agencies to incorporate insights from behavioral science into their …

Behavioral Sciences

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Queen Elizabeth II

Zuckerberg's Fwd.us slams Trump's deportation plan as 'absurd'

Technically Incorrect: The political action group supported by Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer and many others in tech focuses on both the morality and economics of sending 11 million people away.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I worry about …

Immigration

NASA’s New Mars-Bound Space Launch System Is a Go

The rocket that will take the first humans to Mars just passed its design review and is ready for production<p>On Thursday, NASA announced that its Space Launch System, which will be used to carry the first humans to Mars, passed its Critical Design Review (CDR) and is ready for full-scale production. …

Space Exploration

3D-printable ice house could be our home on Mars

NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge has come to an end, with the top prize going to a conical house that would be made of ice.<p>One of the challenges of building a habitat on Mars is going to be materials. Transporting enough materials to build shelter will add to the shuttle payload, so a plan for a …

Architecture

Researchers From Arizona State University Take The War Online Back To ISIS

Data analysts and “information cascade” experts are using their skills to frustrate the spread of terrorist ideology from groups like ISIS, who grow increasingly adept at online recruitment.<p>It’s difficult to equate the image of a group like ISIS, which on the one hand wishes to restore a …

Social Media

The American Pope

Francis may be the first pontiff from the New World, but heirs to St. Peter’s throne have long loomed large in the American imagination.<p>When the chartered Alitalia jet known as “Shepherd One” touches down in Maryland this week, Pope Francis will become just the fourth leader of the Roman Catholic …

Christianity

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

App Store