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Qualcomm's New Fingerprint Sensor Uses Ultrasonic Waves To Know Who You Are

Sound waves "directly penetrate the skin"<p>Fingerprint sensors have quickly become a staple of the modern smartphone. They're quick, simple to use, and (if encrypted properly) relatively secure.<p>Usually, these fingerprint scanners use images to determine the contours of a fingerprint. Qualcomm's new …

Researchers Just Found The Easiest Way To Help You Lose Weight, And It's Something You Already Do Every Day

<i>By Samuel Blackstone for DETAILS</i>.<p><i>(photo: Getty Images)</i><p>Everybody knows the importance of drinking enough water. Aside from its benefits to your skin, muscles, organs, and digestion, it detoxifies, prevents certain cancers, and can improve your post-workout mood. Heck, when you're a baby, you're 75 …

Software Automatically Takes Out Distracting Items From Your Photos

You should have composed it better in the first place though<p>The internet is flooded with photos—of your brunch, of your cat, of your estranged elementary school friend’s cousin’s wedding. 1.8 billion photos are uploaded daily, and most of them are objectively pretty terrible. Now a team of computer …

Google Filed A Patent For A Wearable To Zap Cancer

A closer look at Google's plan to attack diseases by putting tiny particles into your body.<p>Google's plans for a wearable that would zap harmful particles in the body are shaping up.<p>In a recently issued patent application, Google provided details on a novel medical treatment that would involve …

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.<p>It's no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you …

Singularity

Insect-Like Robot Can Jump On Water

Jump! Go ahead an' jump<p>Since Biblical times, people have been fascinated with the idea of walking on water. Now researchers have built a robot that can jump on it.<p>In a study published today in <i>Science</i>, researchers from Seoul National University and Harvard University built an insect-sized robot that …

Tesla's robo-snake charger prototype is our new car overlord

In the future, we will all drive electric cars, and semi-sentient robots will refuel them for us. That seems to be the way things are heading after Tesla Motors shared a video Thursday of a prototype charger attaching itself to a Model S. This would be no big deal, except the charger requires no …

This Robot Builds Other Robots, Learns From Failures, Builds Better Robots

Darwin probably didn’t expect basic principles of evolution to apply to machines, but here we are: Researchers have created a “mom” robot that …

Robotics

Lexus Teases A Real, Liquid Nitrogen-Cooled Hoverboard

Everyone’s now racing to make a hoverboard because we decided some time in the last couple of years that proving <i>Back To The Future II</i> prescient was the best way to highlight technological achievement. Lexus is the latest to throw its hat into the ring, posting a teaser for its own hoverboard …

Hoverboards

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

Hyde Park

The 'impossible' EmDrive could reach Pluto in 18 months

<i>This is a guest post by David Hambling, a freelance journalist and author based in South London, specialising in science, technology and strange</i> …

Physics

Researchers Found A Way To Erase Memories Of Meth In Mice

A major stepping stone for treating addiction<p>The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive …

DNA could be used to store data more efficiently than computers, scientists find

Scientists exploring archiving potential of DNA conduct test to cope with threat of 'digital dark age' find potential solution<p>DNA could be used to store digital information and preserve essential knowledge for thousands of years, research has shown.<p>Scientists exploring the archiving potential of …

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Brain game 'improves lives of schizophrenia patients'

<b>A computer-based brain-training game could improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia, say University of Cambridge researchers.</b><p>Tests on a small number of patients who played the game over four weeks found improvements in memory and learning.<p>This could help people to get back to work or …

Octopus Genome Reveals Secrets to Complex Intelligence

The elusive octopus genome has finally been untangled, which should allow scientists to discover answers to long-mysterious questions about the …

Biology

Rocks' Balancing Act Gives New Insight Into Earthquakes

Precariously balanced rocks: a different kind of PBR<p>Conventional wisdom in a large earthquake is that large unstable objects tend to fall down in the midst of all the shaking. But not always. In one area of California, close to the famous San Andreas fault, there are a few delicate geological …

Scientists link DNA variations to major depression for the first time

'The beginning of a trail that can lead us to clarifying the underlying biology of depression'<p>For the first time, researchers have identified two genetic variants that predispose humans to major depressive disorder, according to a study published in <i>Nature</i> today. The finding is specific to Han …

Blind Americans can now ‘see’ with a device that uses their tongues

A new device that helps the blind "see" by using their tongues has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.<p>The BrainPort V100, cleared …

RIP Leonard Nimoy, a cultural icon who taught us all about friendship

Leonard Nimoy — husband, father, photographer, poet, director, musician, and, of course, abundantly talented actor best known as the original Mr. …

Novel battery uses light to produce power

To move the world toward sustainability, scientists are continuing to explore and improve ways to tap the vast power of sunlight to make fuels and …

Clean Energy

This 20-Year-Old Inventor Said He Could Clean Up The Ocean–Now He’s Really Doing It

The giant ocean trash cleanup machine will begin its work in 2016.<p>Boyan Slat first proposed his giant marine cleanup machine three years ago when he was just 17 years old. During a TED talk, he sketched a vision for a massive floating boom that would collect trash using the ocean’s own currents.<p>The …

Experiment Confirms That Reality Doesn’t Exist If You're Not Looking at It

Anna LeMind, <i>Guest</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>According to a well-known theory in quantum physics, a particle’s behavior changes depending on whether there is an …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Astronomers discover 11 'runaway' galaxies that are fleeing into intergalactic space

A team of scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Moscow State University have spotted 11 runaway galaxies that have been …

Galaxies

Depression Can Physically Change Your DNA, Study Suggests

More evidence that the disease is much more than a mood disorder.<p>Researchers from the UK have found evidence that depression doesn't just change our …

Graphene Inks May Lead to 3D Printable Body Parts and Implantable Electronics

The physics researchers who discovered graphene said, while they were picking up their Nobel Prize, that its discovery would change the world. …

Nanotech

Personal jetpacks cleared for take-off with Australian stock market listing

New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company is already taking orders for ‘world’s first practical jetpack able to be flown by a pilot or via remote control’<p>A mainstay of popular science fiction and futurist conventions since the 1920s, the personal jetpack will move a step closer to reality on …

Google's New AI Plays Atari Games As Well As You Can, Or Better

Conquering the world, one videogame at a time<p>Researchers at Google's DeepMind team have developed an artificial intelligence that's loosely inspired by how the human brain works… and that's able to play 49 classic Atari 2600 games, including Space Invaders and Pong.<p>The AI doesn't need to know the …

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes