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Loneliest known exoplanet and its star

The exoplanet labeled 2MASS J2126 has the widest orbit of any planet ever found. Its “year” is nearly 1 million Earth-years long.<p>The planets in our …

Are These 7 Superfoods Actually Super?

Kale, chia seeds, seaweed: these trendy superfoods have garnered a lot of buzz for their health benefits. But are any of them actually a “magic bullet” nutrition solution? We get to the bottom of it.<p><b>Tyler MacNiven</b>, <i>Bon Appétit</i>'s grub guru and food explorer, just debunked the myths surrounding the …

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Jailbreak attack reportedly stole more than 225,000 Apple logins

Researchers for Weiptech and Palo Alto networks revealed today that more than 225,000 valid Apple accounts were stolen from jailbroken users without their knowledge.<p>The credentials were stolen via malware that was distributed using the popular jailbreak tool Cydia, which makes it easy to install …

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Phones Make Us Jerks, but We Love Them Anyway

Phones > everything.<p>Phones > everything.<p>New data from the Pew Research Center found that while the vast majority of people (82 percent) agree that using a phone in social settings “frequently or occasionally hurts the conversation,” most of us (89 percent) don’t seem to care and use our phones …

'Spam King' guilty of posting 27 million Facebook messages

One of the web's all-time notorious spammers is facing jail after pleading guilty to sending 27 million unwanted messages to Facebook users. Sanford Wallace, aka "the Spam King," aka "Spamford Wallace," admitted that he unlawfully accessed over 500,000 accounts on the network between 2008-9 in …

3D-printed robotic prosthetic wins 2015 UK James Dyson Award

Low-cost 3D-printed prosthetics, such as the e-Nable open-source prosthetic hand, are doing wonderful things for amputees. Over time, more groups are attempting their own designs, advancing the technology while keeping costs low.<p>Open Bionics from Bristol, England, and its Dextrus design, originally …

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

Google is doubling down on biotech

The company is turning the team that develops smart contact lenses and other healthcare initiatives into a full-fledged, standalone company rather than a lab project.<p>The life sciences group will "graduate" from the Google X labs and become its own separate company under the new Alphabet corporate …

'Smart drug' taken by one in four students really does boost performance

Scientists say it is time to have an ethical debate about whether Modafinil should be 'condoned or condemned.'<p>A ‘smart drug’ taken by one in four students at Oxford University really does boost brain power and colleges need to consider whether it should be banned, scientists have said.<p>Modafinil is …