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Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.<p>The connection bolsters the prevailing theory that the sole route of human migration into North America took …

At Drone Conference, Bots That Bop

The latest in remotely piloted dance moves from the UAV industry's biggest event.<p>This week in Orlando, Florida, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held a gathering of drone industry people, from manufacturers of parts to autopilot software coders to the big aviation …

Drones

British Military Seeks A Hack-Proof, Quantum Physics-Based GPS

Such a location system would work underwater and indoors.<p>Your smartphone always knows where you are because it communicates with GPS satellites in space. But one day, perhaps, it won't need that anymore. Instead, it may figure out your location using the effects of gravity on atoms right here on …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Lucid Dreaming, The Science Of Lucky Streaks, And More

<b>40 hertz</b>: the frequency of electrical brain stimulation most likely to induce lucid dreaming, according to a a recent study<p><b>$65</b>: cost to hack your Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures<p><b>2030</b>: the year Russia plans to colonize the moon<p><b>1969</b>: year of NASA's Apollo 10 mission (here's …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Singularity

Panasonic Will Try Again To Popularize Hospital Robots

Hospitals are surprisingly "robot friendly" places. Now you know.<p>When hospital doctors don't have a certain drug on hand but need it, somebody may have to go down to the pharmacy to fetch it, a waste of time for increasingly overburdened doctors and medical staff. That's just one example of where a …

Robotics

'World's heaviest' dinosaur bones discovered in Argentina

Palaeontologists in Argentina believe they have found bones belonging to the heaviest dinosaur to ever have walked the Earth - which had an estimated body mass of 77 tonnes.<p>They found bones belonging to seven individuals from a new species of titanosaur, which has yet to be named - and calculated …

Dinosaurs

Hubble catches Jupiter's Great Red Spot in the act of shrinking

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a little less great than it used to be.<p>New images of the spot taken in April by the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that it's about 10,250 miles across, according to Amy Simon, an expert on Jupiter's atmosphere at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. …

Electrons' split 'personalities' help solve physics mystery

Electrons, the negatively charged particles around atoms, have split "personalities," and act one way or the other depending on how many of them are around, new research suggests.<p>The finding could help to solve a long-standing mystery about electrical currents in superconductors, which carry such …