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Stick insect's propulsion joint discovered

Dallmann works in the Biological Cybernetics research group, which is a participating member group in CITEC and is headed by Volker Dürr from the …

Singularity

Russia shuts arctic border to Norway over 'security reasons'

Moscow has confirmed the closure of the Storskog border crossing. The announcement comes a day after Oslo said it was temporarily suspending its …

Border Crossings

China is building malls of the future that could come to the US soon

As the mall as we know it declines across America, a new era of shopping is emerging on the horizon.<p>High-end, futuristic malls in China and parts of the US are upgrading technology, hoping to attract customers with “smart” shopping centers.<p>“In the US, the malls look exactly the same they did 20 …

Fossils provide link in dino crest evolution

“Superducks” once roamed the Montana landscape. Montana State University paleontologists Elizabeth Freedman Fowler and Jack Horner described the …

The new X-Files is stuck in the ‘90s, for better and for worse

Series returns with mix of unenthusiastic Duchovny and delightful "monsters of the week."<p>Warning: The following review contains minor spoilers to the …

What Does A Jobless World Mean?

Last week at its annual gathering in Davos, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released “The Future of Jobs,” an assessment of the changes that technology is making on employment (the full report can be found here, and an executive summary here). Describing the coming disruption not only to business …

Reboots, remakes, and sequels need not apply—Ars’ most anticipated games of 2016

Only original ideas allowed in this selection of upcoming titles.<p>The game industry is a quick-moving beast. Before you even have a chance to really …

Technology explained: What is encryption?

<b>Encryption is a way of scrambling computer data so it can only be read by the people you want.</b><p>It is an essential part of online shopping and banking, and can make emails and instant messages illegible if they are intercepted.<p>Encryption has been in the news recently. Some governments want service …

British wage growth slows as worries grow over oil and Europe

UNEMPLOYMENT in Britain is just 5.1%, the lowest since 2006. Economists expect that when joblessness falls, wages will rise, because employers have …

Economics

Why chess upsets religious fundamentalists

Chess is a “waste of time” and causes enmity between players, according to the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh. It is …

British Museum

11 words capture how turbulent and tech-obsessed the US was over the last decade

New ones emerge, existing ones change in meaning, and some inevitably fall out of usage.<p>To celebrate the power of words within American culture, the American Dialect Society has released its "Word of the Year" every year since 1990. This year's word is "they," in the context of a singular …

16 bizarre truths I learned as a bikini fitness competitor

Competitive fitness is blowing up among general fitness connoisseurs, thanks to Instagram stars like Paige Hathaway and Michelle Lewin. Their bods …

Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age? | John Naughton

The technology behind Bitcoin could revolutionise the way governments provide healthcare, deliver benefits, collect taxes – you name it…<p>There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion. Last week, Sir Mark …

Blockchain

The moment Truman announced the bombing of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, US B-29 aircraft the Enola Gay unleashed unprecedented power when it dropped the world's first atomic bomb, "Little Boy" on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.<p>Three days later, the US dropped a second nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki.<p>The bombings caused unrivalled destruction and …

How a bunch of government space geeks at NASA won the internet

In an era when the media whips itself into a frenzy over how to make things go viral, and marketers take their cues from big brands, a government entity has quickly and quietly become the darling of the internet.<p>Those searching for proof need look no further than this week’s Pluto flyby. After a …

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