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Space radiation: Should frequent flyers worry?

We’re bombarded with the radiation of supernovae and other cosmic sources when we fly – how concerned should we be?<p>One day, shortly before boarding a flight from Paris to Montreal, I began to think about the risks of flying for the first time. It was not the fear of engine failure or crashing into …

Alfred Russel Wallace: Evolution’s unsung hero

Why do we airbrush out some of history’s most important scientists, wonders Quentin Cooper.<p>Recognition at last. The first ever statue of Alfred Russel Wallace was erected outside the Natural History Museum in London last week. Sir David Attenborough unveiled the statue, and I’m hosting a …

Obstructed artery. The stenosed section of artery is represented by the break in the dark red vessel at top center

Obstructed artery. The stenosed section of artery is represented by the break in the dark red vessel at top center.

Wireless Beats Studio Headphones Trade Flashy Colors for ... Decent Sound?

It's not hard to recognize a pair of Beats by Dre headphones from across a room. That's by design, of course. And your reaction to these …

How to Get the Emoji Keyboard on Your iOS or Android Device

You've seen them before. The cars and bicycles. The clinking beers. That bizarre, smiling pile of poo. You want to reply back with a semi-nonsensical …

Let Doorbot, the HAL 9000 of Doorbells, Deal With Your UPS Deliveries

It's a common struggle for urban internet shoppers: You order plenty of great stuff online, but you're at work during the day, and your apartment …

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T To Get Android 4.3 Update on November 18th

Back in September, ASUS unveiled their 10.1-inch Transformer Pad TF701T tablet, which went on sale in late October and comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly …

Element of the week: copernicium

This week's element is copernicium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Cn</b> and the atomic number, <b>112</b>. Originally known as ununbium, this element was named in honour of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who discovered that the Earth orbits the Sun. Probably the most interesting aspect of this element is the …

Against Medical Recommendations, FDA Approves Potent New Painkiller

The FDA's medical advisory board voted against approving Zohydro, an opioid painkiller drug with up to 10 times more hydrocodone than Vicodin.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers prescription painkiller overdoses a public health epidemic, calling prescription drug abuse the …

Big Pic: A Star's Bright Birth

Supersonic jets blow gas out of Herbig-Haro 46/47.<p>Hellooooo colorful baby star! NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly finished Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile were able to get us this stellar look inside the gas and dust surrounding Herbig-Haro 46/47. Herbig-Haro …

Imaging

Earliest life on Earth: scientists find evidence in WA rock sediments

Evidence of what could be the earliest forms of life on Earth has been unearthed in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.<p>Researchers from Australia and the US have discovered signs of “complex microbial ecosystems” within rock sediments dated at 3.5bn years old.<p>The microbes were found in …

Build A DIY Soldering Stencil Out Of A Soda Can

A cheap way to make clean electronics<p>Taking an electronics prototype to the next level often means soldering tiny components onto a custom-printed circuit board. Solder paste applied without a stencil, however, can ooze, cause shorts, and end a project in flames. Systems engineer Felix Rusu devised …

Are Crocodiles Secret Fruit-Lovers?

Seed dispersal by animals is important for plants to help them occupy new areas of land. Usually bugs, birds, or intrepid kittens do that job. Now we can add crocodiles to that list. A new study reviewed the diets of crocodiles and showed that 13 of 18 species ate fruit of some sort and a wide …

What are these sea slugs doing?

It’s “the first-known instance of ‘cephalo-traumatic secretion transfer’,” we are told in the abstract. This sounds like a head fuck.<p>I jump to the introduction.<p>“Traumatic mating often serves to inject prostate fluids or other gland secretions with putative allohormonal functions into the …

Yellowstone’s White Dome Geyser, midnight

White Dome Geyser, in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park, erupting at midnight, by Zack Clothier.<p>Zack calls this photo “Dragon’s …

How gullible are we when it comes to robots?

The Tokyo international robot exhibition (iRex), which opened last Thursday, showcases the world’s latest robot technology and applications. Already robots are replacing humans in industries such as manufacturing, military battle and search and rescue. But there are increasing demands for robots …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Hello, Kitty! The Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found

Plus, the out-of-Asia theory for big cats and Ice Age animals<p>Six million years ago, the Himalayas were still pretty darn cold. The terrain was probably a bit rougher than they are nowadays, having had less time to weather. Yet, just as they do today, animals lived in that inhospitable climate, …

ZAGG Arsenal: Rugged Protection For Your iPhone 5/5s [Case Review]

ZAGG has come a long way since it first started making protective shields for your electronic devices. It now offers an iPhone case to compliment the …

Mobile Technology

Apple May Top Its Own $1.05 Billion Samsung Verdict Record

Last week, we predicted Apple may snatch the second largest patent infringement award in history if it wins the forthcoming retrial against Samsung. …

No Credit Card? Buy Your Retina iPad mini Online with an Apple Gift Card

The Retina iPad mini launched in the early morning last night and is only available online at the moment. Retail stores have no idea when they will …

The threat from a modern global epidemic is real - especially in a connected world<p>Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at the centre of Cao Lanh city's market, a woman is doing a brisk trade in selling rats for food. Two cages …

How honey bees may one day help detect signs of cancers

Honey bees have a powerful sense of smell and can pick up on a plethora of odours, from concealed explosives to telltale chemicals, or biomarkers, that signal disease.<p>Harnessing such sensitivity, the designer Susana Soares recently created a buzz at Dutch design week with a series of dual-chamber …

Scottish boy surprises parents with fluent backwards speech

A video has emerged of a ten-year-old Scottish boy speaking English backwards fluently<p>A ten-year-old Scottish boy has discovered an amazing ability to speak English backwards fluently.<p>Cameron Bissett reels off words in reverse with the same fluency that most people speak normal English.<p>His parents …

Google sells out of black 16GB Nexus 5 smartphones

After shipping dates gradually increased over the last two weeks, the black 16GB model of Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone is sold out.<p>"We are out of inventory. Please check back soon," the Google Play store said of the 16GB black model on Monday.<p>Shipment times have increased for other models, too. …

Google Nexus

Capture 360-degree panoramas with the throwable Panono ball

Two years ago, Jonas Pfeil posted a video to YouTube about a funny-looking ball he’d created that was filled with cameras and could capture panoramas of the entire world around it. Three and a half million people have watched that video in the time since, and with all the attention, Pfeil has been …

Google Glass Expanding Into Music

The futuristic online glasses known as Google Glass will add music functions over the next two weeks for the few thousand "Explorers" beta-testing …

Tips for watching North Taurid meteors

Photo top of post: Taurid fireball on the evening of October 21, 2017 from Joanne West at Gold Canyon, Arizona. Read more about this photo.<p>This …