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Scientists create ultra-thin membrane that turns eyes into lasers

It will still be a while before scientists are able to harness Superman-like laser vision, but the technology is now closer than ever before thanks to a new development from the University of St Andrews. The team there have created an ultra-thin membrane laser using organic semiconductors, which is …

A new physics discovery could change the game for quantum computing

From tunneling through impenetrable barriers to being in two places at the same time, the quantum world of atoms and particles is famously bizarre. Yet the strange properties of quantum mechanics are not mathematical quirks—they are real effects that have been seen in laboratories over and over.<p>One …

Quantum Physics

Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections.<p>The Vatican Secret Archives is one of the grandest historical collections in the world. It’s also one of the most useless.<p>The grandeur is obvious. Located within the Vatican’s walls, next door to the …

Fresno State professor calls Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist,' stirs online backlash

A Fresno State English professor didn't mince words in a series of tweets she posted an hour after the passing of the former first lady Barbara Bush.<p>Randa Jarrar said Bush was smart and generous but also called her an "amazing racist" who raised a "war criminal." She did not offer examples to back …

When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

FaceTime

Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.<p>Researchers at Germany's Neumayer Station III say they've picked 3.6 kilograms (8 …

Space

How to survive a nuclear bomb: 3 steps to save you in case of a missile or attack by North Korea

How likely is the threat of nuclear war? Despite escalating tensions with North Korea, some experts say fears are overblown. Others caution that the …

Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us

New report blames elitist national party for alienating voters, and threatening the party's chances in 2020.<p>AUSTIN, Ind.—Steering his white Dodge Ram while wearing a tan knit cap, a drab green Carhartt coat and a smear of brown livestock feed on his cheek, Terry Goodin jounced over frozen-hard mud …

Democratic Party

The Radio Reporter Who Lost His Voice But Still Covers Congress

Jamie Dupree was the voice thousands of people woke up to. Then a rare disorder made talking almost impossible.<p>Ileana Ros-Lehtinen had a plane to catch. The House of Representatives had already called last votes on Thursday afternoon, and the Republican congresswoman from Miami was hustling to get …

Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that.

Iceland is cold. But it sits atop one of the world’s hottest underground regions, giving the country the ability to tap into a massive store of geothermal energy held by live volcanoes beneath Icelanders’ feet. Drill down only a few hundred meters, and trapped water will come gushing out as …

Natural Gas

15 Powerful Money Habits to Adopt Before the Year Is Over

Set yourself up for future success by adopting these habits now.<p>Content Provider<p>This story originally appeared on GOBankingRates<p>Holiday spending and end-of-year expenses can throw anyone's finances out of whack. That's likely why saving more and spending less is such a popular New Year's resolution.<p>…

Personal Finance

Researchers have created an AI system that teaches itself new languages

Language-Learning AI<p>Computers have become much more adept at translating from one language into another in recent years, thanks to the application of …

Scientists Pinpoint The Real Differences Between Human and Ape Brains

It's more than just brain size.<p>Brain size is the most obvious advantage we have over our primate relatives, but it turns out that’s just where the …

Evolution

Quantum computers are very close...

Researchers have invented a device considered crucial for scaling up quantum computing, potentially paving the way for scientific breakthroughs using …

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria — and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce proteins unlike those found in nature.<p>It's a step toward designer drug development.<p>One of …

Protein

How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down

In the summer of 2015, Stan Transkiy was 16 years into a life sentence, and he had finally found a way to occupy his time. Inside the Marion Correctional Institution, which sits on green farmland off a series of quiet roads in rural Ohio, he had carved out a job running a recycling program, a gig …

How tbh hit #1 by turning anonymity positive

“If we’re improving the mental health of millions of teens, that’s a success to us,” says Nikita Bier, co-founder of tbh. His team has scored a surprise hit, rocketing to the top of the App Store by letting teens send each other compliments anonymously. While most anonymous apps like Secret and Yik …

In-App Purchases

CCleaner was hacked to spread malware to millions of users for a month

Now this is an ironic flub-up. Popular utility tool CCleaner (short for ‘Crap Cleaner’), which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports.<p>The app, which touts more than two billion downloads and over two …

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. By Alex Blasdel<p>A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose …

Anthropocene

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Dutch kids aren’t stressed out: What Americans can learn from how the Netherlands raises children

<b>Balance tech with time together (Getty/Imgorthand)</b><p>UNICEF rated Dutch children the happiest in the world, and American kids aren’t even in the top 25. Here’s why<p>Rina Mae Acosta • Michele Hutchison<p>March 26, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>An adapted excerpt from “The Happiest Kids in the World” by Rina Mae Acosta & …

Kids

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

It's really easy to stray from the path. Like airplanes, we constantly need to make course corrections.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive at the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon …

Self-improvement

This $5 device can hack password-protected computers in just 30 seconds

Even the strongest passwords are fallible, and as Samy Kamkar demonstrates, sometimes it doesn’t take much.<p>Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In …