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Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions

Quantum Physics

A Rare Virus Without a Cure Has Emerged in India And Is Killing People

It has the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.<p>At least nine people in southern India have died in cases linked to an outbreak of the rare and …

Disease

Viewpoint: Landauer Principle Stands up to Quantum Test

May 21, 2018• <i>Physics</i> 11, 49<p>A fundamental limit on the heat produced when erasing a bit of information has been confirmed in a fully quantum …

Quantum Physics

How domestic abusers use smartphones to spy on their partners

There’s more creepy spyware out there than you think — and regulating it is a legal and technological challenge.<p>More and more people who commit violence against their intimate partners are using technology to make their victims’ lives worse.<p>Consider one case we came across in our research: A woman …

Apps

London hospitals to replace doctors and nurses with AI for some tasks

One of the country’s biggest hospitals has unveiled sweeping plans to use artificial intelligence to carry out tasks traditionally performed by doctors and nurses, from diagnosing cancer on CT scans to deciding which A&E patients are seen first.<p>The three-year partnership between University College …

Radiation Therapy

15 Years Ago, the Military Tried to Record Whole Human Lives. It Ended Badly

Before Facebook, the military tried to make an all knowing 'cyberdiary' called LifeLog.<p>In mid-2003, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched an ambitious program aimed at recording essentially all of a person's movements and conversations and everything they listened to, watched, …

Social Media

Sex trafficking taking place on an 'industrial scale' as government strategy 'failing', MPs warn

Sex trafficking is taking place on an “industrial scale” across England and Wales as the government’s strategy for tackling the issue fails to …

Northern Ireland

What Is Empathy and Why Is It so Important?

The homeless man stood on the street corner in a ragged coat that was much too thin for the brisk winter day. He looked weary as he held up a simple …

Empathy

Stress of chronic social isolation poses health risk

Man is by nature a social animal, so begins the legendary quote by Aristotle, the famed ancient Greek philosopher. It has long been proven that …

Neuroscience

This Cannabis-Based Drug Is On the Verge of Making History

If approved by the FDA, this cannabidiol-based drug may have an opportunity to (partially) reform federal law.<p>Every time we turn around, the …

Biotechnology

Earth's Magnetic Field Is Drifting Westward, and Nobody Knows Why

Over the 400 years or so that humans have been measuring Earth's magnetic field, it has drifted inexorably to the west. Now, a new hypothesis …

Earth Science

The Seven Phases of a Cyber Attack

In the cyber security industry, we are seeing a change in the way that hacks are being performed.<p>A recent set of attacks against critical …

Cybersecurity

Banks Adopt Military-Style Tactics to Fight Cybercrime

O’FALLON, Mo. — In a windowless bunker here, a wall of monitors tracked incoming attacks — 267,322 in the last 24 hours, according to one hovering dial, or about three every second — as a dozen analysts stared at screens filled with snippets of computer code.<p>Pacing around, overseeing the stream of …

Cybersecurity

India Working On Unmanned Tanks, Vessels, Robotic Weaponry For Future Wars

In an ambitious defence project, the government has started work on incorporating artificial intelligence to enhance the operational preparedness of …

Artificial Intelligence

Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster

A billion operations per second isn't cool. Know what's cool? A million billion operations per second.<p>That's the promise of a new computing technique …

Quantum Computing

This Study Confirms How Important Forgiveness Is. Here's How To Do It

Forgiveness isn't always easy: If someone has hurt you, you may carry feelings of anger and bitterness for a long time. And forgiving <i>yourself</i> for …

Positive Thinking

Donald Trump said 11 false things in just 5 tweets Sunday morning

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted. And tweeted. And tweeted.<p>Between 9:04 am and 9:37 am, Trump sent 5 tweets -- all around the same basic theme: He is being unfairly persecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller even as Mueller and the broader FBI overlook crimes by Democrats.<p>…

Donald Trump

This Nightmare Shark With a Snake Head And 300 Teeth Is Absolutely Horrifying

Found off the coast of Portugal.<p>Maybe it's time we <i>Homo sapiens</i> reevaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.<p>It has been a good few …

Fish

Suspected sex offender re-employed by MSD to work with vulnerable children

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is being accused of bullying survivors of state abuse and sweeping their claims under the carpet.<p>One …

Sociology

'I couldn't return to my home' - mother made homeless after leaving abusive family home

Mother was made homeless after leaving a domestic violence refuge as she was not recognised as needing rent assistance or other supports - despite …

Sociology

Why some people resist authority: Neuroimaging research provides new insight into urge to rebel

Neuroimaging research provides new insight into urge to rebel<p>Control aversion -- the urge to rebel against control over one's decisions -- can be …

Neuroscience

Specific Brain Abnormality Tied to Risk of Mental Illness

A specific brain abnormality may indicate a person’s general risk for mental illness, according to a new study at Duke University.<p>The signature …

Mental Health

Tech firms can't keep our data forever: we need a Digital Expiry Date

Requiring companies to erase our information quarterly would offer us greater freedom online – without destroying profit margins<p>It’s taken a long time, but people have finally discovered how much information companies like Google and Facebook have on them. We cannot keep sacrificing our privacy and …

Privacy

One third of 'protected' land worldwide damaged by humans: study

By Jonathan Hair on AM<p>More Information<p>Featured:<br>James Watson, professor of conservation science, University of Queensland<br>Dr Martin Taylor, protected …

Conservation

Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and their collaborators have developed a technique that allows them to speed up …

Nanotech

Why a “genius” scientist thinks our consciousness originates at the quantum level

Human consciousness is one of the grand mysteries of our time on earth. How do you know that you are “you”? Does your sense of being aware of …

Consciousness

Ghostly 'Lightning' Waves Discovered Inside a Fusion Reactor

Mysterious, ghostlike "whistler waves" that are normally created by lightning could protect nuclear fusion reactors from runaway electrons, new …

Nuclear Energy

A New Theory Based On Quantum Entanglement Says Your Mind Exists In Another Dimension

Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers once phrased the question: “how can something immaterial like subjective experience and …

Consciousness

Octopuses are officially the weirdest animals on Earth

Octopuses have blue blood, can change colors, and regrow their tentacles. But what really makes them stand out is even weirder: they can edit their own RNA. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Octopuses are the weirdest animal on earth. I know what you're thinking... Is it because they have …

Biology

Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches

Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company, specializing in providing and monitoring calls to prison inmates. Securus came into the spotlight …

Privacy