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Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

Longer breastfeeding tied to better development | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who were breastfed for more than six months scored the highest on cognitive, language and motor development tests as toddlers, in a new study from Greece.<p>Earlier research tied breastfeeding to better thinking and memory skills. But how it’s related to language …

Krista Donaldson: The $80 prosthetic knee that's changing lives

Rose George: Inside the secret shipping industry

The ten best albums of 2013 – readers choice

10. The Fall – Re-Mit<p>"Inventive, fun, and crept up on the listener in revealing its qualities. It was not a 'great first listen' album, its an album that repays perseverance - greatly." Jeremy<p>"The Fall continue to make great records, and Re-Mit is another great addition to the canon – makes the …

Amazing Facts To Blow Your Mind Pt. 3

The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It

Forget decriminalization or medical marijuana. Bolstered by state ballot victories, top-tier contenders in 2014 are seeking full legalization, the …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …

North Korea 'summons business people from China'

<b>North Korean business people are being recalled from China following the execution of top official, Chang Song-thaek, says a South Korean report.</b><p>Leader Kim Jong-un may be purging associates of Mr Chang, who was in charge of economic ties with China.<p>Mr Kim has been pictured by state media for the …

US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

Incident which saw USS Cowpens have to take evasive action arose with the US ship operating near China's only aircraft carrier at a time of heightened tensions in the region<p>A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last …

Jolla plans to eventually bring Sailfish OS to Android devices

When you think of mobile operating systems, it’s likely that two platforms come to mind: Android and iOS. Although there are other operating systems out there including Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS and Ubuntu — it’s Apple and Google’s operating systems that rule the roost.<p>So how does a newcomer …

Gear & Gadgets

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

10 Reasons You Should Take A Gap Year

With the recent news that Malia Obama will take a gap year before her freshman year at Harvard, the world will surely watch with anticipation to learn how she will spend the 365 days between high school and college.<p>While it's not common in the U.S., taking a gap year is considered the norm in some …

The internet of everything–annihilating time and space

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: ESA/NASA/Hubble<p>Which modern technology “enables us to send communications…with the quickness of thought, and to …

OPPO N1 smartphone with ColorOS, CyanogenMod to launch Dec. 10

The highly anticipated OPPO N1 is set to be released Dec. 10, OPPO announced this evening. The phone will come with ColorOS, an operating system …

Mobile

No respite for Qatar's migrant workers, international trade union finds

The appalling conditions faced by thousands of migrant workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 football world cup in Qatar have not improved despite a growing outcry, according to the International Trade Union Confederation [ITUC].<p>Human rights organisations, Fifa and the European …

Tech and Science

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Science

Iran deal could shake up Middle East after generations of conflict

The interim deal between six leading world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme, agreed in late-night talks last weekend, could – if it bears fruit in the long term – transform the wider region; it could redraw the map of an area that has been gripped by conflict or the threat of conflict for …

Grégoire Courtine: The paralyzed rat that walked

New archeological evidence pins down Buddha's date of birth

Archeologists investigating a site long believed to be the birthplace of Buddha have found new evidence to establish when the profoundly influential sage was born. The discovery marks the first time, researchers say, that any firm link has narrowed Buddha's date of birth to within a certain century.<p>…

Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world

Bringing Back the Unconscious: The Latest Science on Awakenings

Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. languish in unconsciousness, cut off from the world by severe brain injuries. But the latest research …

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Obama Helps 2014 Democrats One Way He Still Can — With Cash

Should President Obama be as unpopular once the 2014 midterm campaign is in full swing as he is now, there are likely to be more than a few vulnerable Democrats who'd prefer that he stay as far away from their districts as possible.<p>But the money he's raising for their campaigns is an entirely …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

BBM Channels hits BlackBerry phones today

Today BBM Channels is finally shedding the beta tag, and bringing its version of feed-based social networking to all BlackBerry users. In a few …