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Scientific study: real vampires don't want to be stereotyped

People who claim to be real vampires and must drink others' blood for energy are hesitant to talk to psychological counselors and other helping …

Control a robot with your thoughts

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a new method through which people can control a robotic arm with their mind.<p>Earlier this year the technique was used by Erik Sorto to move a robotic arm holding a beer.<p>BBC Click's Farshad Bayan spoke to Prof Richard …

Google AI chatbot threatens human master

<i>Human: what is the colour of blood ?</i> <i><br>Machine: it is the same as a black eye .</i><p>Artificial intelligence just got threatening. A chatbot has learned how …

Robotic vines illustrate chaos theory and the Butterfly Effect

We've seen capacitive-touch-enabled plants before, but the robotic vines and leaves of <i>Branching Systems</i> are something altogether different. And, perhaps craziest of all, they respond to your presence. The leaves react to your inputs, and then nearby leaves react to those reactions and so on.</i> …

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

The strange expertise of burglars

How do you break into a house without breaking a sweat? David Robson delves into the “flow state” of professional robbers – and finds how to beat them.<p>At first, it feels almost too easy. Against the gentle rustling of leaves, I walk through the back gate, across the lawn, and open the door, all of …

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Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep

What do machines dream of? New images released by Google give us one potential answer: hypnotic landscapes of buildings, fountains and bridges merging into one.<p>The pictures, which veer from beautiful to terrifying, were created by the company’s image recognition neural network, which has been …

Machine Learning

Say hello to your inner molecules

I’d like to show you your inner molecule but, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think you’re interested. Which is rather frustrating for scientists like myself who have spent a career in structural biology working out what the molecules of human life look like. You know – proteins, nucleic acids, …

Atoms

Ovulating women slim down 'to attract men'

Researchers find a woman may boost her attractiveness to men by managing her weight when she is most fertile<p>Women eat less when they are in the most fertile stage of their monthly cycle so they can slim down to attract men, a study has found.<p>Researchers found that those who wanted to maintain an …

Ovulation

Do you speak dog? The idea's not barking mad, say scientists

It's not just Dr Dolittle who can talk to the animals – researchers have developed a computer program that translates woofs into words<p>They are known as man's best friend and the British are famously dotty about them. But how can you tell if your dog is happy, lonely, anxious or sad?<p>The answer is in …

Cognitive Science

Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Lets Paralyzed Man Drink A Beer On His Own

A man paralyzed for 13 years can finally have a drink on his own again, thanks to a robotic arm he’s able to control using his brain.<p>“I joke around with the guys that I want to be able to drink my own beer -- to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to …

Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever

The brain works like a complex circuit board which could be recreated on a computer<p>Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion …

Singularity

Supervoid May Explain Gargantuan Cold Spot Lurking In Distant Universe

The biggest thing in the Universe is a cosmic hole<p>If you’re wondering what the biggest structure in the universe is, astronomers have said it’s nothing, really.<p>That’s not false modesty on their part--astronomers now have evidence that the largest known structure in the Universe is a “supervoid,” or …

Universe

Animals May Be Able to Predict Earthquakes 3 Weeks in Advance

Animals may be able to sense an earthquake coming as long as three weeks before it happens, well before humans can, a new international study …

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

What Einstein termed "spooky action at a distance" has been successfully demonstrated in split single particles.<p>Quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition …

Quantum Mechanics

A scientist who wants to contact aliens has a plan to beam the entire internet into space

One scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, doesn't want to send just one message: He wants to broadcast billions of messages by transmitting the entire internet into space.<p>"Such a large corpus — with its text, pictures, videos and sounds — would allow clever …

This smart cookie jar will only open if you deserve it

It's generally understood that being able to delay your gratification helps you to become more successful. Resisting everything but temptation can be difficult, which is why the kSafe is stepping in when your resolve weakens. Essentially, the kSafe is an oversized cookie jar, but one that'll only …

Extraordinary Things That Can Go Wrong With Your Brain

Bizarre but true stories of remarkable ways your brain can go wrong.<p>By all accounts, Charles Joseph Whitman was, for much of his short life, a model citizen. He was a polite, intelligent youth; he was an Eagle Scout; he married his childhood sweetheart at age 17; he joined the Marine Corps and …

Tumors

Man’s best friend may truly love us after all

Scientific evidence proves that dogs know when we're happy or sad. And they prefer us to be happy<p>I keep laughing out loud on the London Underground. The cause is a series of posters featuring an egotistical dachshund. Sausages are some of the most expressive dogs around, having an imperial …

Researchers Have Found That Plants Know They Are Being Eaten

That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try to stop it from happening.<p>The study was carried out on thale cress, or …

Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

Could Particle X Explain Dark Matter? Scientists Have a Plan

Dark Matter

This app tells you what to wear — based on your wardrobe and the weather

We've seen hundreds of apps devoted to organizing your finances or fitness. How about fashion — specifically, harnessing the power of technology to …

Oculus Is Making 5 Virtual-Reality Movies This Year

The closest you can get to being at Sundance without your SAG card<p>Virtual reality's appeal has risen and faded over the decades, but 2015 seems like the year it might finally deliver--via motion pictures.<p>Oculus, the Facebook-owned company behind the Oculus Rift VR goggles, is in the midst of an …

Scientists 3D print cartilage to repair damaged windpipes

Believe it or not, scientists aren't yet finished discovering new ways to 3D print body parts. A team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has developed a 3D printing technique that lets them produce cartilage for repairing damaged tracheas, better known to you and I as windpipes. They …

Scientists Work Out How To Unboil Eggs

You can’t un-bake a cake, but it turns out you <i>can</i> now unboil an egg. Well, part of it anyway. Chemists from UC Irvine have worked out how to return …

Forget hybrid cars, hybrid airplanes are the next big thing

Researchers from Cambridge University have teamed up with Boeing to build and successfully test the world's first hybrid airplane engine.<p>Engineers around the world are seeking to address our reliance on fossil fuels before they become too scarce or carbon emissions have an irreparable effect on the …

Deep-fried graphene may be the key to long-lasting batteries

The deep frying process isn't just useful for livening up your food -- it might also be the ticket to better batteries in your mobile devices. South Korean researchers have created highly conductive, stable electrode materials by spraying graphene oxide droplets into a very hot blend of acid and …

This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type

“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!”<p>Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger. Hell, it’s not a charger at all. It’s actually a little spy device <i>disguised</i> as a phone charger, capable of sniffing out every key you type …

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