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Syria imposes shawarma 'sandwich tax' among raft of measures to pay for war

Government levies increasingly reach into every corner of life as four-year conflict, sanctions and plunging currency drain Assad regime’s coffers<p>Syria’s government has brought in a new tax on shawarma sandwiches and a raft of other levies on everyday life as it struggles to fill its coffers more …

Middle East

Study Says That Men Have The Better Sense Of Direction

But it's not for the reason you may think.<p>The idea that men have a better sense of direction than women is one of the oldest gender cliches. But new research suggests that men really might employ better navigational strategies than women.<p>Previous studies -- including many decades-old experiments on …

The Brain

Newly released image reveals how dolphins 'see' people

In a scientific first, researchers have just reproduced what a dolphin saw as it encountered a male diver.<p>This "what the dolphin saw" image of the …

hippocampus Archives - Page 3 of 57

Neuroscience NewsMarch 16, 2018<p>A new study reveals the role the hippocampus plays in language acquisition.... Read More...<p>Neuroscience NewsMarch 14, …

Neuroscience

Robots Made Fast-Food Workers Obsolete: Now They Are Coming After These 791,200 Jobs

One month ago, during the latest minimum wage protest by fast food workers, we presented the machine that would soon put most of them out of a job. …

Fast Food

Epson wants to put a paper recycling center right in your office

Even if you don't own a printer or use one all that much at work (you probably don't), the fact is: We're still using <i>a lot</i> of paper.<p>In 2013, the …

A startup that finds discount flight tickets 'hidden' on airline websites just launched in the US

So when Oliver Dlouhý and Lucie Brešová told me their startup, Skypicker, helps people find flights that cost as much as 90% lower than those booked via a regular flight ticket, I was skeptical, but definitely interested.<p>If you're like me, you probably use a flight aggregation service to buy your …

Handcrafted Jewelry Contains Delicate Pieces of Nature Encased in Resin

Artist Sarah Smith designs jewelry that allows anyone to carry a bit of nature with them at all times. For up to three weeks, Smith spends her time planning, pouring resin, curing, and shaping a single creation for someone who can't get enough of Earth's pure beauty. Within her wearable works of …

Wearable Tech

It's Time to Reinvent the Pencil

A class of Israeli design students take their shot at the iconic tool.<p>The yellow #2, a six-sided stick of wood and paint with a graphite core, is the image evoked when we talk about the pencil, but a class of Israeli students are designing themselves out of that old paradigm. Led by design teachers …

Programmable plants: Synthetic biologists pave way for genetic circuits

Taking genetic engineering to the next level, researchers are creating modular, programmable genetic circuits that control specific plant functions.

Zero to 76,000 mph in a Second

Scientists at the Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico have accelerated a small plate from zero to 76,000 mph in less than a second. The …

Magnetism

Researchers create magic sponge to clean up oil spills

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University claim to have developed a new material that's capable of cleaning up large oil spills in a flash. A team, led by Professor Ying Chen, has created a new method that uses boron nitride powder as the building block for a sponge that can absorb oil separate …

Backyard biogas converter turns household food scraps into cooking gas

An Israeli startup is looking to help families turn their food scraps into cooking gas. HomeBioGas Ltd has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to …

Toshiba Machine Announces a Metal 3D Printer Ten Times Faster Than Others on the Market

It’s rare to see technology sectors advance as quickly as metal 3D printing has. Until very recently, the technology was lagging a bit behind other …

Toshiba

Rudeness Can Spread Like a Disease, Says Science

A new study finds that rude behavior is susceptible to the "contagion effect" just like an actual disease.

Research

US military has released video of its airstrikes pounding ISIS oil trucks

The airstrikes, which were conducted on over the weekend in eastern Syria, destroyed 283 oil trucks belonging to the militant organization. According to the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) responsible for anti-ISIS operations, the strikes are part of the broader Operation Tidal Wave II.<p>The …

Syrian rebels kill two Russian pilots in plane downed by Turkey and destroy rescue helicopter

Both pilots in a Russian jet shot down by Turkey died after being fired on by Syrian rebels, a commander has said.<p>They also claim to have destroyed a …

Inside Ikea’s Innovation Lab For The Future Of Better Living

The open-source lab in Copenhagen will help Ikea come up with the catalog of 2026, not 2016.<p>Ikea usually keeps a close lid on what it is working on next. But with Space10, an innovation lab recently opened in Copenhagen’s hip meatpacking district, Ikea is looking to change all that. The Swedish …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Google Analytics

Loneliness triggers biological changes which cause illness and early death

Danger signals activated in the brain by loneliness ultimately affect the immune system, scientists have found.<p>Loneliness is not just an emotional state of mind, it actually triggers genetic changes which cause illness and early death, a study shows for the first time.<p>Previous studies have found …

Nine Quiet Exercises You Can Do In Your Hotel Room Without Any Equipment

Travel can take a toll on you mentally and physically, especially when you skip out on your normal exercise routine. If your hotel doesn’t have a …

Why are these 32 symbols found in ancient caves all over Europe?

Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn't just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed …

Scientists Create Electronic Circuits In Living Roses

A circuit by any other name would smell as sweet<p>Fusing machines and animals is a fairly common theme in both science and science fiction. You've heard of cyborg cockroaches, DIY cyborgs, and the Borg.<p>But what about melding plants and machines? That's something that hasn't been attempted as much. In …

Breakthroughs

This could be the next weapon of mass destruction

The atom bomb took more than 10 years to go from scientific conception to reality. The next weapon of mass destruction could take much less.<p>On Thursday (Nov. 19), a special agent from the FBI met with researchers in Washington, DC to talk to a scientific panel about the risks of a powerful new …

Genetics