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To Find the Egg, Sperm May Follow Their Noses

For more than a decade, scientists have known of about a thousand genes that code for odorant, or chemical "scent", receptors in vertebrates, …

Nasa finds strange, shiny mountain on Ceres

A strange, four-mile tall limpet-like mountain on dwarf planet Ceres has been photographed in unprecedented detail by Nasa's Dawn spacecraft.<p>The …

Consumer Reports Just Issued a Horrifying Warning About Ground Beef

In testing 300 packages of ground beef, Consumer Reports found some scary results.<p>In testing 300 packages of ground beef from grocery stores, big box stores, and natural food stores nationwide, <i>Consumer Reports</i> found some disturbing results. Regardless of whether the beef came from conventional …

"That was no flare": 90,000 UFO sightings combined into one awesome map

I found it: this is the greatest map of America.<p>There's one problem, though. It's about something I don't believe exists. Let me explain: I don't believe that aliens exist, but let's say I did and they come in UFOs — and let's assume you believe in them, too. This map is one of the best data …

Robot learns via trial and error like a human

Robot "brains" are very different from human brains, and teaching robots how to do tasks is usually just a matter of writing the right code. It may sound simpler than the way humans learn, but it's actually very difficult -- without human intuition, things like flexibility and adapting to changing …

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future: Ashlee Vance: 9780062301239: Amazon.com: Books

<i>The New York Times</i><p><i>Forbes</i><p>When I walked into Barnes & Noble two weeks ago, I wasn't actually looking to purchase a book. Usually, I go in, browse for 30 minutes, and get out. But when I walked around to the Physics and Science section, the first thing I saw was Elon Musk's face.<p>Inevitably, I picked …

Farthest flight by hoverboard - Guinness World Records

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Lily Isn't a Drone — It's A GoPro That Follows You Around

That's because the drone is made to follow around its user completely automatically — no controller necessary — tracking a GPS wristband and following commands issued from a smartphone app.<p>The camera is built right into the drone, and shoots video at up to 1080p.<p>It's waterproof, small enough to fit …

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After Major Nepal Earthquake, Himalayas Drop Several Feet

They won't stay down for long<p>Moving a mountain is considered about as possible as emptying an ocean with a teaspoon. Sure, over time, the rocky peaks of a mountain can be worn down and moved by millions of years of weathering and erosion, but moving it in one fell swoop? Impossible.<p>Or not. In the …

US Christians numbers 'decline sharply', poll finds

<b>The number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen nearly eight percentage points in only seven years, according to a new survey.</b><p>Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 - down from 78% in 2007.<p>In the same period, Americans identifying as having no …

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The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

The era of real cyborgs has begun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first approval for the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm …

High-Speed Bionic Arm Catches Objects in Mid-Flight (Video)

Researchers want to use the robotic limb to snatch space debris.<p>It’s no Willie Mays over-the-shoulder-at-the-warning-track catch*, but it’s still pretty impressive for a robot.<p>Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have unveiled a bionic arm with three joints and …

Now There's A Drone That You Can Control Using Oculus Rift

Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux demoed the new drone, which is very lightweight at 380 grams, and includes a 14-megapixel fish-eye camera that has a 180-degree field of view. The full-HD camera has a three-axis stabilization system, which basically means that the picture doesn't look wobbly or off-center, …

The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors and colored Stormtrooper black and white, …

The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist?

When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer …

Jury in Loud Music Murder Trial End Day 1 Without Verdict

A Florida jury was unable to reach a verdict in its first round of deliberations today in the trial of a man accused of shooting a teenager to death …

The story behind the enormous hangar Google bought to fill with robots

<b>Update, 11/11/2014:</b> NASA announced today that it had approved Google’s plans to lease Moffett Airfield for 60 years, in exchange for $1.16 billion in rent, $200 million in capital investment and responsibility for maintenance.<p>Planetary Ventures, a Google shell company, will lease an airport—and an …

The Dash Builds Wearable Fitness Sensors Into The Headphones You’re Using Anyway

We’re finally starting to see some real consolidation around wearable tech, and Kickstarter project The Dash is a great example of that trend in action. It’s a pair of Bluetooth in-ear headphones that also offer up performance tracking via in-built health and body sensors. With passive noise …

Iranian warships heading to USA to show reach

Iranian vessels sail for U.S. coast to protest U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf.<p>Iranian warships headed to the U.S. coast pose little danger to the United States but could be a dry run for the future, according to former U.S. military and security officials.<p>The mission shows the danger …

US Department of Transportation will require car-to-car communications systems to prevent crashes

The connected car got a major push from the federal government today, as the Department of Transportation announced plans for a regulatory proposal that would require vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices in a future year. The proposal comes after a yearlong pilot program by the National Highway …

Podcast: Meet Skynet, an open source IM platform for the internet of things

Chris Matthieu, the creator of Skynet, a communications platform for the internet of things hopes his creation doesn’t turn out like its namesake. …

Why has Google bought an AI company?

<b>Earlier this week Google spent £400m buying a UK firm that specialised in artificial intelligence.</b><p>DeepMind is a privately-held company founded by Demis Hassabis, a 37-year-old neuroscientist and former teenage chess prodigy, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.<p>According to DeepMind's website …

BT's breakneck broadband test hits unimaginable speeds over plain ol' fiber

BT still has a long way to go until it connects all of Britain's homes to its fiber-optic network, but that hasn't stopped the company from exploring new ways to squeeze some extra speed out of it while it does. With a little help from friends at Alcatel-Lucent, BT boffins have created what they …

Mars One Picks 1,058 Potential Astronauts for One-Way Mission

Getting into Harvard might be a cakewalk compared to getting a spot on Mars One's 2024 manned mission to the red planet. The nonprofit organization …

The NSA Intercepts Laptops Purchased Online to Install Malware

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> on the National Security Agency's top team of hackers, the …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Memphis, Tennessee Allegedly Failed To Process More Than 15,000 Rape Kits

The victim, who's identified only as Jane Doe, claims her own sexual assault evidence kit went untested for 13 years. She's suing on behalf of herself and other Memphis rape victims who are in similar situations, claiming the city violated their right to due process by failing to test the kits.<p>Her …