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Ericsson: Biometric Smartphones Will Go Mainstream Next Year

In September, Apple launched its iPhone 5S which was the first smartphone with a sensor to recognize fingerprints, improving security and ease of use.<p>"A total of 74 percent believe that biometric smartphones will become mainstream in 2014," Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, wrote …

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Steam Mobile iOS app (partly) updated for iOS 7, gets offline chat & more

Steam Mobile, the iOS app that lets you buy games and stay in touch with the Steam community from your iPhone or iPad, has been given a new UI for iOS 7. It also adds some new features (notably offline chat) and stability improvements.<p>The user-interface retains the dark color scheme, but has a …

Redox Power Plans To Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells That Cost 90% Less Than Currently Available Fuel Cells

Redox Power Systems, a Fulton, MD-based start-up company founded last year, sealed the deal on a partnership with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a potentially game-changing distributed generation technology.<p>Redox says that it plans to bring to market a fuel cell that is …

Why Steam Trading Cards Should Embarrass Microsoft and Sony

A system where everyone wins.<p>Steam’s recently introduced trading card system might just be the most brilliant consumer loyalty program ever devised …

Dolphins parallel human communication with use of distinct names

Dolphins are known to use complex, human-like communication, and new research has pushed our understanding of that even further with the finding that some can even respond to individual names. Biologists at the University of St Andrews found that bottlenose dolphins create "signature whistles" for …

Researchers Retract Study Saying Hormone Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

<i>Editors' note: The study this story covers have retracted their work, saying that they made errors in conducting the experiment that invalidate the results. The study prompted controversy when it was published in 2013, and study author Douglas Melton collaborated with some of those critics to</i> …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

We all deserve a break from the past week's news. This NASA video could be just the right thing.<p>According to the space agency, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) "captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths." The video features images from the past three years, "at …

Missouri House Passes Gun Nullification Bill

The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives advanced legislation Wednesday that would make it a felony to enforce any federal gun-control laws.<p>The House voted 117-43 to approve legislation that would prohibit the enforcement of all federal gun laws enacted after Jan. 1, 2013, either …

Cruel Irony

In less than 24 hours, a story about a shady, secret bipartisan effort to rescue members of Congress and their staffs from the rough seas of …

What's Tylenol Doing to Our Minds?

The same pathways that help with physical pain seem to moderate existential distress.<p>A scene from David Lynch's <i>Rabbits</i><p>The active drug in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is one of the best medications we have for helping people in pain. It's also one of the most commonly overdosed substances in the world, …

Nanosponges In Your Blood Could Soak Up Infections And Poison

Mice who got nanosponge injections survived lethal doses of toxins.<p>A newly invented "nanosponge," sheathed in armor made of red blood cells, can safely remove a wide range of toxins from the bloodstream. Scientists at the University of California-San Diego inoculated some mice with their …

'Living fossil' coelacanth genome sequenced

<b>The genetic secrets of a "living fossil" have been revealed by scientists.</b><p>Researchers sequenced the genome of the coelacanth: a deep-sea fish that closely resembles its ancestors, which lived at least 300 million years ago.<p>The study found that some of the animal's genes evolved very slowly, giving …

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Science In A Scoop: Making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Robyn Sue Fisher's ice cream shop, Smitten, in San Francisco's Hayes Valley, may at moments resemble a high school chemistry lab, but that's because Fisher uses liquid nitrogen to freeze her product.<p>Nitrogen is "a natural element," she notes. "It's all around us."<p>What makes it essential to Smitten …