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Scientists show telephone metadata can reveal surprisingly sensitive personal information

Most people might not give telephone metadata – the numbers you dial, the length of your calls – a second thought. Some government officials probably …

Why Your Knees Perform Like Aging Water Fowl

Every exercise is potentially injurious.<p>There isn't a single major exercise in the strength training world that can't be contraindicated, if you look …

Physicists Discover a New Form of Light

Physicists from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics and the CRANN Institute, Trinity College, have discovered a new form of light, which will …

Shape-shifting modular interactive device unveiled

A prototype for an interactive mobile device, called Cubimorph, which can change shape on-demand will be presented this week at one of the leading …

Life In Our Solar System Could Survive Earth's Destruction

Billions of years from now, after the Sun has expanded into a red giant and obliterated Earth, new life could spring up in our Solar System.<p>The hunt for habitable worlds has often focused on systems like our own, with middle-aged stars supporting warm inner planets surrounded by frozen outer …

AI made quantum experimentation easier for our feeble brains

Is the cat in the box alive, dead or... alive-dead? Questions like the one posed by the Schroedinger's Cat thought experiment have vexed mere mortals for far too long, and the scientific community knows that quantum mechanics is pretty tough to wrap our human brains around. So, a group of …

Quantum Physics

Monkeys drive wheelchairs using only their thoughts

The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement and …

Amputee feels texture with a bionic fingertip

An amputee was able to feel smoothness and roughness in real-time with an artificial fingertip that was surgically connected to nerves in his upper …

What's Your Greatest Video Game Achievement?

Did you catch 'em all?

A drone that can fly, float and dive underwater

In the future, there will be no escape from robotic observation. Proof (if proof were needed) comes in the form of Loon Copter, a drone developed by Oakland University's Embedded Systems Research Laboratory that can not only fly, but also land on and even navigate <i>under</i> the water's surface. The Loon …

This New Fiber Can Shock Like an Electric Eel

Electric eels may be the most shocking animals on earth, but don’t be too quick to disregard the slimy creatures. Someday their self-defense …

Intelligent people are genetically predisposed to be healthier, experts find

Some people really do win the genetic lottery.<p>For the first time, scientists have shown that intelligence is linked to good health, so those blessed with brains are also less likely to become sick, develop disease or die early.<p>The reason is down to genes. An international team, led by the …

Here’s What Happens When You Train A Neural Network To Design Typefaces

This neural network, developed by a former Spotify engineer, knows 50,000 fonts–and can create its own.<p>Typography has its roots in the earliest days of machines, yet type <i>design</i> is deeply personal. So can a machine–a <i>very</i> smart one–design a font? Or even understand the basic qualifications of a …

Here's where iPhones are the most expensive -- and the cheapest

iPhones are ubiquitous around the globe. But there's one huge difference: The price.<p>How much you'll pay for one can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the country where you buy it.<p>In the U.S., Apple sells the iPhone 6s for $649 at its online store. In other countries that have online Apple …

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Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe

How did the universe begin? And what came before the Big Bang? Cosmologists have asked these questions ever since discovering that our universe is …

Scientists prove key aspect of evolutionary theory

Evolutionary theory predicts that pairs of chromosomes within asexual organisms will evolve independently of each other and become increasingly …

Acoustic tweezers manipulate cells with sound waves

Engineers at MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a way to manipulate cells in three dimensions using sound waves. …

Scientists Are Working to Drill a Mile-and-a-Half Hole Into the Earth

Geologists have been trying to drill down into the Earth's mantle for more than 50 years—and they may finally get there.<p>On the seafloor at a location in the Indian Ocean called the Atlantis Bank, about 800 miles southeast of Madagascar, scientists are working to drill 1.6 miles through the Earth's …

Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back

<b>(CNN) —</b> Never heard of the quagga? You're not alone. The animal, a relative of the zebra, went extinct over 100 years ago. Now, a group of scientists outside of Cape Town are bringing it back.<p>Like zebras, the quagga has stripes, though these only appear on the front half of their bodies. Unlike the …

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Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Make the World 'Thrive'

Hollywood loves to give us stories of super-intelligent robots running wild with their orders. And we love to watch these stories. If artificial …

5 Things That Made No Sense in the New 'Star Wars' Movie

<b>SPOILER ALERT: SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS AHEAD</b><p><b>5. The Mystery of the Mask</b><p>In the original trilogy, Darth Vader wore a mask for life support reasons. Why does the new bad guy Kylo Ren, who has no such issue, wear a dorky helmet and a mask? <i>(Cynical hypothesis: it helps evoke Darth Vader nostalgia, so he</i> …

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Titan helps researchers explore explosive star scenarios

Exploding stars may seem like an unlikely yardstick for measuring the vast distances of space, but astronomers have been mapping the universe for …

Scientists demonstrate DNA-based electromechanical switch

A team of researchers from the University of California, Davis and the University of Washington have demonstrated that the conductance of DNA can be …

Scientists teach machines to learn like humans

A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that captures our learning abilities, enabling computers to recognize and draw simple visual concepts …

The New York subway system runs on 100-year-old technology

But every day, hundreds of trains run through the largest subway network in the world on century-old technology. When things go wrong — as they have been doing more and more often— the delays pile up.<p>Let us not forget that we're heading into one of the most challenging times of year for the NYC …

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Heat radiates 10,000 times faster at the nanoscale

When heat travels between two objects that aren’t touching, it flows differently at the smallest scales—distances on the order of the diameter of …

The quantum computing era is coming… fast

Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be?<p>‘The world is not only queerer than we suppose,” said JBS Haldane. “It is queerer than we <i>can</i> suppose.” Haldane was a …

Quantum Computing

Dinosaur relatives and first dinosaurs more closely connected than previously thought

A new study by a team of scientists from Argentina, Brazil, California and the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah has …

The Greatest Unsolved Problem In Theoretical Physics: Why Gravity Is So Weak

Our standard model of elementary particles and forces has recently become as close to “complete” as we could conceivably ask for. Every single one of the elementary particles — in all their different conceivable incarnations — has been created in the lab, measured, and had its properties …

Mapping the brain: Probes with tiny LEDs shed light on neural pathways

With the help of light-emitting diodes as small as neurons, University of Michigan researchers are unlocking the secrets of neural pathways in the …