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What zombies can teach us about infectious diseases

If someone you know exhibits the following symptoms, you may want to steer clear of them at your next holiday gathering: shambling gait, moaning, loss of personality traits, rotting of the flesh.<p>These are not signs of a food coma; they're symptoms of zombiism -- and a new report is sounding the …

Our Sun Could Release Superflares As Powerful As a Billion Megaton Bombs

By studying a nearby sun-like star, astronomers have concluded that the Sun is capable of releasing solar flares a thousand times greater than …

Google's new computer 'vision' tech is very cool and somewhat terrifying

The tech is called the Google Cloud Vision API and it allows any app developer to tap into Google's smart "machine learning" service that can identify objects, including faces and emotions.<p>Cloud Vision solves a hard computer problem of "seeing." For instance, your computer can scan and reproduce an …

Apps

46-Gigapixel View of Milky Way is Largest-Ever Image of Space

Space is big, but it's never been quite <i>this</i> big. This composite image taken by astronomers at Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is, they claim, the largest image of space to date. It shows a long swathe of the Milky Way, photographed piece by piece over a period of five years from the university's …

Universe

Israeli rights group urges soldiers to refuse orders in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading Israel human rights group urged Israeli forces in a rare step Wednesday to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters pose an imminent threat to soldiers' lives.<p>B'Tselem said the appeal is a last-ditch attempt to prevent more bloodshed on the volatile Gaza-Israel …

Israel

UK winter FREEZE and food cost HIKES alert as experts say 'El Nino' weather effect started

GETTYUK is on alert for 'big freeze' like 2010 winter after the El Nino weather effect began<p>The last time an El Nino occurred in 2010, the UK was …

Weather

Space crab? Mars object in NASA pics totally thrills red planet fans

“Spider”, “Alien”, “John Carter”, “awesome Martian space crab” – these are a few suggestions by social media users who apparently thoroughly studied …

Disney unveils the first official Star Wars mobile app w/ lightsaber training, themed selfies, more

<b>Update (9/9 3:30pm):</b> Star Wars: Uprising is now live for iOS and Android, a day before its official release.<p>As we ramp up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to hit theaters in December, we are getting Storm Trooper Bluetooth speakers, a new mobile RPG and a SW themed playset for the upcoming Disney …

'Bullet Time' App Lets Ordinary Smartphones Take Photos Like In 'The Matrix'

'CamSwarm' looks great; may not help you dodge bullets in real life<p>Back in 1999, <i>the Matrix</i> was a groundbreaking film in many ways—including its special effects, for which it won an Academy Award the following year. The most memorable scene was when the main character played by Keanu Reeves dodges …

Keanu Reeves

Back Up And Sync Your Files Inside A Mason Jar With Raspberry Preserve

Do you like the concept of backup services like Dropbox or Box but don’t want to relinquish control of your data? Well now you can keep your files safely stored in your own pantry, right next to your jars of fruits and vegetables.<p>An innovative DIYer has figured out a way to skillfully merge a …

Raspberry Pi

Nasa spots 'intriguing' pyramid on dwarf planet Ceres

New images taken by Nasa's Dawn spacecraft have captured an odd, pyramid-shaped peak protruding from the flat surface of Ceres.<p>The craft has been …

Astronomy

Experience the OnePlus 2 cellphone launch July 27th in VR

OnePlus has heard your frustration about the drip-feeding of information leading to its next phone, but according to co-founder Carl Pei, it's going to "keep doing things differently." For the OnePlus 2, that means taking advantage of new technology just to announce the thing. On July 27th at 10PM …

Earth has entered sixth mass extinction, warn scientists

Humans are responsible for so many species dying out that we are now in a sixth mass extinction, Stanford University has warned<p>Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction with animals now dying out at 100 times the normal rate, scientists have warned.<p>Humans have created a toxic mix of habitat loss, …

Extinction

26 essential science fiction novels to get you ready for tomorrow

Tomorrow's world isn't that far away. Here's our selection of sci-fi novels that think about the world we are making - books both old and new.<p>A while …

Science Fiction

Experience a perpetual ocean

In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world.<p>This visualization from NASA Goddard Space …

Global Warming

Would YOU have a robot in your house?

IT Crowd star Katherine Parkinson on her creepy new sci-fi drama Humans, from the makers of Mad Men and Broadchurch<p>The advert for “Persona Synthetics” recently broadcast on Channel 4 caused a social media sensation.<p>It was selling “Sally”, a “synthetic human” who is maid, nanny and housekeeper …

TV

For Autonomous Robots, The School of Hard Knocks Is In Session

The Future of Self-Sufficient Robots Starts at the DARPA Robotics Challenge<p>It's impossible to watch the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals without getting frustrated. What the robots are expected to do in the open-air course at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, which is meant to loosely …

Robotics

Scientists Aspire to Nature's Genius With 'Biomimetic' Research

Engineers and researchers looking for the next big thing are turning more than ever to their own back yards for inspiration.<p>Some are taking clues from the elegance of a falcon's flight, the efficiency of a beetle's muscles and the extraordinary sensory system of a bat on the wing. Biomimetics, a …

Virginia Tech

Waxworm Bacteria Could Hold Key to Global Waste Problem - NBC News

Bacteria

NASA Prepares 'Flying Saucer' for Take Off

<b>Correction appended, June 4</b><p>NASA will launch a disc-shaped vehicle into space on Wednesday, in order to test a roomier spacecraft designed for …

Long Haul

‘We’re Not Going To Fake It’: America’s Top Two Oil Companies Reject Climate Change Measures

Shareholders of ExxonMobil and Chevron — the United States’ top two oil companies — voted down proposals aimed at getting the companies to focus a …

Watch MIT's Robot Cheetah Jump Over Obstacles

Cat-like reflexes<p>Cheetahs are known for their speed, but the robotic Cheetah 2 created by the brilliantly twisted minds at MIT's Biomimetics Robotics Lab has another skill to brag about: its jumping prowess. As shown in a new video, the Cheetah 2 robot has been "trained" to detect and jump over …

Robotics

Wearable bracelet analyzes the most stressful parts of your day

What if your wrist could confirm that your Monday meetings actually cause you stress? And what the heck are you supposed to do about it?<p>WellBe is a …

The people who keep us safe from hackers fear new regulations could put them in jail

That hashtag refers to the international arms treaty known as the Wassenaar Arrangement, named for the European town where it was first signed in 1995.<p>Wassenaar restricts the export and transport of weapons, dangerous chemicals or potentially dangerous technologies.<p>Wassenaar is updated regularly …

Security

Watch This Robot Suck Up Fruit Flies Like A UFO [Video]

Robo-flycatchers can speed up research, keeping scientists sane<p>If I hadn’t worked in a fruit fly genetics lab in college, I might still be a scientist today. Our lab studied how sperm compete inside the female fruit fly’s reproductive tract, which was cool, but the actual work was monotonous. I …

The Brain

NASA’s Futuristic Fuel Free ‘EmDrive’ Will Help Spacecraft Reach the Moon in Just FOUR Hours

Scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas have successfully tested a revolutionary power source that will enable spaceships to cut …

Space Travel

Coding by the Book: The 7 Books Every Software Developer Should Read

Just like programming trends and languages, programming books come and go. But these seven classics have stood the test of time. Some are newer than …

Could extinct species be brought back to life? Podcast

Is de-extinction scientifically viable?<p>Beth Shapiro is an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new book, How To Clone A Mammoth, takes us through the controversial process of de-extinction, from how you would go about it, which species might be restored and - if …

Biological Species

Don't Inject Yourself With Baby Mouse Blood Cells Just Yet

Young blood may have healing properties, but we don't know why<p>You might be under the impression that young blood is the fountain of youth. A number of studies conducted in older mice (and, once, humans) over the past 10 years have shown benefits from transfusions of young blood, or parabiosis, …

Harvard