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Facebook's working on facial verification that's 'nearing human-level performance'

Identifying faces is a relatively simple task if you're a human, but it's been a long road for computers to do the same thing. Now Facebook says it's developed a technology for verifying whether two people in side-by-side photos are the same that comes pretty close to replicating human abilities. …

New Type Of Bird Flu Kills Woman In China

This is the first time scientists have seen a human with an N8 flu.<p>A 73-year-old woman in China has died after contracting an entirely new bird flu virus, researchers from China reported yesterday. The new virus is an H10N8 flu, and this is the first time scientists have seen a human with an N8 flu.<p>…

See HIV Infecting Gut Tissue

The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.<p>Highlighted in blue and purple in this electron microscope image are HIV-1 virions. As you can kind of tell from their surroundings, they're embedded in living tissue—this is HIV in the middle of …

HIV

Big Pic: An Electronic Membrane Thin Enough To Drape Over Human Hairs

A step toward electronic contact lenses<p>What's this? It's an electronic membrane that's so thin and flexible, it can drape itself over human hairs and continue to work. Yep, those long sticks are hairs. The membrane is one micrometer thick, while the hairs are about 100 micrometers thick.<p>This device …

Nanotech

Insanely lifelike Morgan Freeman portrait painted on an iPad

Artist Kyle Lambert created an incredibly photorealistic portrait of actor Morgan Freeman using nothing but the Procreate app on an iPad Air.<p>A …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Invisible Girl

Throughout photography’s history, mirrors have often been used to create spooky or magical effects. In the age of Photoshop, it can be difficult to …

Photography

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

What might be one of the worst video games ever released has now been withdrawn

Cricket is often accused of being rather dull. Not so if you played Ashes 2013, a video game so bad it makes the sport entertaining even for those who don’t know how it works. Produced by 505 Games in time for the biennial England-Australia bilateral series known as “the Ashes,” the game has …

New Mexico

Computer gets smarter by looking at online pics 24-7 - Futurity

A computer program named NEIL is running 24 hours a day, searching the internet for images, and gaining common sense on a massive scale.

Mellon

Graphene - the new wonder material

The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared to devote €1bn ($1.3bn) to it between 2013 and 2023 to find out if it can transform a range of sectors such …

Comet Ison expected to be visible to the naked eye - video

Solar visit threatened to vaporise the comet but the remnant may be visible from Earth in December<p>Published: 29 Nov 2013<p>Scientists thought comet had crumbled, but European Space Agency says it 'continues to surprise'<p>Published: 29 Nov 2013<p>A shadow of its former self, thanks to a brush with the sun, …

See Comet Tails Flap In Solar Wind

Or, giant space sperm swim toward Planet Ova.<p>Last Thursday, NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) captured images of two comets passing through solar wind. At the center is Comet Encke, and emerging later is Comet ISON.<p>STEREO consists of two sun-orbiting observatories, one ahead …

Solar Wind