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Facial Recognition: Now Helping You Find Hot Dates, Cute Pets

Introducing the services Three Day Rule and PetMatch<p>Facial-recognition software cut its teeth on criminal mugshots, but now it offers an arguably more civic service: uniting people with potential life partners. Algorithms search for a match based on your prior dating or pet-ownership preferences. …

Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants

The bot led to 133 restaurant inspections and 21 shutdowns in a 10-month period.<p>Those <i>moules frites</i> you had at the French bistro last night were delicious, but now you're feeling kind of funny. Worse than funny. Actually, you're trapped in your bathroom, suffering from food poisoning. Who are you …

Social Media

Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided. Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before.<p>The type of Ebola causing the outbreak — called Zaire — is the deadliest strain. Until …

Q&A: An Ecologist's Passion for Preserving the Ocean's Pristine Places

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala leads a project that aims to identify and protect the world’s most unspoiled marine environments.<p>Enric Sala, leader of National Geographic's Pristine Seas project, took time out from packing for a voyage to the Galápagos Islands to answer a few …

Simple measures made hospital patients 70% more likely to quit smoking

A free supply of nicotine replacement medication and a handful of automated phone calls made smokers who wanted to quit much more likely to succeed, according to results of a clinical trial published Tuesday in the Journal of the<p>American Medical Assn.<p>The researchers who designed the trial said they …

Toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs once ruled skies worldwide, study says

Ancient winged reptiles called pterosaurs were so successful that they ruled Earth's skies for tens of millions of years, according to a study published in the journal ZooKeys.<p>The fearsome fliers, part of a family of pterosaurs named Azhdarchidae, get their name from <i>azdarha</i>, the Persian word for …

Female Turtles “Talk” to Their Hatchlings, Scientists Discover

Changing Planet<p>A giant South American river turtle. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Creative<p><b>The first time Richard Vogt tried to catch a giant South American river turtle (Podocnemis expansa), the hundred-pound (45-kilogram) reptile dragged him 30 feet (9.1 meters) down to the</b> …

If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Here's a puzzle I bet you've never pondered.<p>Imagine you are very, very pregnant. For the purposes of this mind game, you are a married American woman (with an American spouse) and you are about to board a plane and, pregnant as you are, they let you on.<p>Your flight, on Lufthansa Airlines, will leave …

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.<p>The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.<p>These …

A Volcanic Asteroid Roamed Our Solar System Billions Of Years Ago

Even small, early Solar System objects hosted volcanic activity, a new study finds.<p>The objects that dominated the Solar System early in its history may have been small…but they didn't lack flair. A new study has found that at least one early Solar System object -- likely hundreds of kilometers or …

Turning Old Lead Batteries Into New Solar Energy

MIT team's work could curb toxic waste while contributing to clean power<p>Used car batteries can leech chemicals and create lead pollution when they're incorrectly trashed. A team at MIT believes that this lead can be cut out of the waste stream entirely -- and put to good use creating emissions-free …

James Foley's murder, and the psychology of our fascination with the gruesome

We find the horrible images and video of things like beheadings appalling – yet we are drawn to them. Dean Burnett examines why<p>After <b>Islamic State militants in Iraq murdered reporter James Foley</b>, they released a video of his beheading, the New York Post put a picture of it on its front page, and …

How Many Doses of Experimental Ebola Drugs Do We Need?

Tens of thousands of people need access to experimental drugs or vaccines, but supplies are unlikely to reach West Africa in time.<p><b>The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has climbed</b> to an estimated 1229 deaths and 2240 infections, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) August 19 report. Despite …

Disease

What Happens When A Volcano Erupts Under A Glacier?

In Iceland, a question of ice and fire<p>When Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano blew up in 2010, the relatively small eruption belched out a 30,000-foot-tall plume of ash that shut down airports throughout most of Europe for six days.<p>Now Iceland is warning airlines that another volcano named …

Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex.<p>An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new …

Experimental drug shows promise against Ebola's cousin, Marburg virus

An experimental drug designed to halt replication of the deadly Marburg virus -- a relative of Ebola -- has proved effective in monkeys, even after they had been infected for three days, research shows.<p>In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists said the …

Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Everything in Alaska is a little bit bigger — even the produce. A 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska's soil in recent years.<p>At the annual Alaska State Fair, which opens Thursday in Palmer, the public will …

Scientists Explain Mystery Behind Sand Dune That Swallowed Boy

Decomposing trees and homes may be responsible for the sand dune hole that swallowed a boy in June 2013.<p><b>Decomposing trees, dilapidated houses, and other items buried over 70 years by a rapidly moving sand dune could be responsible for a sudden and mysterious hole that swallowed a six-year-old boy</b> …

City living makes spiders big, fat and fertile, researchers say

City living can really have its perks – if you're a spider. Golden orb-weaving spiders that lived in urban areas were bigger and more successful than their country-dwelling counterparts, according to a team of Australian scientists.<p>The findings, published in PLOS One, detail the complexity of …

Can Artificial Insemination Save Endangered Species?

Wildlife<p>These Magellanic penguin chicks, hatched in May 2014, are the second group of penguins bred using artificial insemination at SeaWorld. The penguin on the right was the first penguin to be conceived using frozen-then-thawed semen. The two on the left were conceived using chilled semen. …

Neanderthals walked among us – study

Modern humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.<p>Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain …

Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.<p>The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph …

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.<p>NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions …

EE will be raising its prices slightly on May 28th

UK carrier EE will be increasing its prices by 2.7 per cent come May 28th.<p>An increase in price whilst on a phone contract is never going to go down …

Human Geography

Living Materials Research Paves Way for Self-Repairing Clothes

Scientists are developing ways to produce "living materials" that could potentially be used to grow fabrics and create clothing that can self-repair …

Google Glass Just Became an Excellent Way to Live Stream

Google Glass Explorers have a new way to live stream events through Glass.<p>Livestream.com launched its first app for Google Glass, which app allows …

Who’s a jerk? The site that tagged millions of Facebook users ‘jerk’

Napster co-founder John Fanning found a new calling with Jerk.com, but the FTC alleges the site dishonestly harvested photos and names from more than 73 million people.<p>Debates have raged over whether to include a "dislike" button on Facebook, so imagine a site with "jerk" and "not a jerk" tags. …

HTC One M7 or One M8: what's the difference and which should I buy?

Last year’s five-star HTC One (M7) smartphone just got a sequel, the also-five-star HTC One (M8), but what’s the difference between these two …

EE, Orange and T-Mobile customers hit with 2.7 per cent price hike

EE, Orange and T-Mobile customers in the UK today received word their monthly tariffs would be going up by nearly 3 per cent at the end of next month.<p>…

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