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Car dealers don't want you to have electric vehicles

The <i>Nature Energy</i> analysis shows that salespeople steer people away from EVs to get them behind the wheel of a traditional gasoline car. Because plug-in vehicle technology is still new, and people’s experience at a car dealership influences their decision, the dismissive attitude of dealers towards …

Electric Vehicles

These anti-aging pills look like they’re actually working

Pills hailed as the first real “anti-aging” drugs inched a little closer to the market after a study found they cut the number of respiratory …

Biomedicine

New drug shows promise for preventing and even reversing damage from age-related dementia and stroke

Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is one of the most commonly associated causes of age-related dementia and stroke. New research, led by the …

Dementia

Why so many elderly people are still working

On the heels of Friday’s good employment report, this interesting bit of information came out: The number of people over 85 years old who are still …

Jobs Report

AI can now ‘listen’ to machines to tell if they’re breaking down

Sound is everywhere, even when you can’t hear it.<p>It is this noiseless sound, though, that says a lot about how machines function.<p>Helsinki-based Noiseless Acoustics and Amsterdam-based OneWatt are relying on artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand the sound patterns of troubled machines. …

Artificial Intelligence

Bitcoin Bloodbath Nears Dot-Com Levels as Many Tokens Go to Zero

Bitcoin’s meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency’s 2018 crash may …

Cryptocurrency

Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs …

3D Bioprinting

Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise

That mournful sound you hear? It’s the funeral procession of yet another cryptocurrency.<p>As the digital money frenzy of the past few years cools, the …

Cryptocurrency

Interstellar space travel will require lots of sex

A pair of scientists from France developed an algorithm to determine the minimum amount of sexually active couples it would take to maintain a human crew inside of a spaceship for 6,300 years – the time it would take to reach the nearest star beyond the sun.<p><b>Let’s get it on:</b> The Heritage algorithm, …

Space Travel

Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells

Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use in …

Clean Energy

Scientists discover a new mechanism that prevents the proliferation of cancer cells

Canadian researchers have discovered a new and direct molecular mechanism to stop cancer cells from proliferating. In the prestigious journal Nature …

Cancer Cells

Revolutionary 'magic bullet' for prostate cancer

Revolutionary 'magic bullet' for prostate cancer: Treatment cured the disease in patients given just weeks to live<p><b>Six out of 10 patients are is</b> …

Cancer

Ant Financial Raises $14B To Fund Global Expansion

China’s Ant Financial, the payment affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has completed a mega-funding round that raised a total of $14 billion from domestic and international investors.<p>The fundraising was made up of a yuan-denominated tranche that came mainly from existing shareholders, as well as …

Financial Services

Did Most Men Die Off 7,000 Years Ago?

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA—<i>Live Science</i> reports that population geneticist Marcus Feldman of Stanford University has proposed a new explanation for the …

Diabetes Study: Spice More Effective Treatment Than Drug

A recent study published by <i>Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications</i> found that curcumin, a component of the popular East Asian spice …

Spain’s New Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, is an Atheist

It's the first time in modern history that a leader of Spain didn't swear his oath on the Bible.

Something Weird Happened to Men 7,000 Years Ago, And We Finally Know Why

The women, on the other hand, were fine.<p>Around 7,000 years ago - all the way back in the Neolithic - something really peculiar happened to human …

Anthropology

The death of the internal combustion engine

“HUMAN inventiveness…has still not found a mechanical process to replace horses as the propulsion for vehicles,” lamented Le Petit Journal , a French …

Black Magic Powder: Sila Nanotechnologies Gives Lithium-Ion Batteries A Double-Digit Power Boost

Sila Nanotechnologies has all the trappings of a typical Bay Area startup: an open floor plan, conference rooms named for Atari games, healthy snacks in the kitchen. Two Portuguese water dogs, Ångström and Lumen, rule the boss’ office.<p>Walk through the entrance and open the door, however, and you …

Clean Energy

Richard Branson plans to visit space in 'months'

It's no secret that Richard Branson would like to go to space aboard Virgin Galactic's ships. However, it's now clear that he's eager to hasten the process. The tycoon told BBC Radio 4 that he expects his flight to be "months away, not years away," and that he's going through astronaut and fitness …

Jeff Bezos outlines Blue Origin's space colony ambitions

It's no secret that Jeff Bezos wants humanity to return to the Moon and otherwise spread its wings beyond Earth. Now, though, he's offering a clearer sense of what that entails -- and it's evident that his ideas stretch well into the long term. In an interview with <i>GeekWire</i>, he explained that he …

VTOL drone can evacuate wounded soldiers and disaster victims, deliver cargo

Evacuation by drone could soon appear on the readiness checklists of rescue and first responder groups worldwide. Tactical Robotics’ Cormorant …

​Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: The whole world is now a computer

The cloud, IoT and AI are turning the whole world into one great big computing opportunity, says Microsoft's chief executive.<p>Thanks to cloud …

How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.

<b>BAD BLOOD</b> <b><br>Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup</b><br>By John Carreyrou<br>352 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95.<p>In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden visited the Newark, Calif. laboratory of a hot new start-up making medical devices: Theranos. Biden saw rows of impressive-looking equipment — the company’s …

Silicon Valley

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re probably not a good leader

I learned that there’s something wrong with feeling like the smartest person in the room from a man with a third-grade education—from my grandfather Luther, who along with my father founded the Dollar General Corporation, which I headed for 37-1/2 years.<p>It’s with more than a touch of shame that I …

Leadership

Coffee Waste Is Now Fetching a 480% Premium Over Coffee Itself

Aida Batlle grows coffee on her family’s farm in the hills surrounding El Salvador’s Santa Ana Volcano. Like generations before her, she had little …

What is the multiverse?

Is our universe one of a kind — or, as some scientists argue, one of an infinity of universes?<p>Advances in physics over the past 30 years have led some physicists and cosmologists to the mind-boggling conclusion that the universe we inhabit is just one of many in existence — perhaps an infinite …

Dark Matter

Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Cold

Finland’s Arctic circle might not seem like a great place to run a marathon barefoot and in shorts—unless you’re Wim Hof. Hof, better known as "The …

Pizza Study Reveals Biological Differences in People Who Can Maintain Weight

It could be hard-wired.<p>Scientists cruelly observed in January that the more weight you have to lose, the harder it can be to lose it. For people …

Diabetes

If renewable energy can power entire countries, why isn't everyone doing it?

This is not science fiction, this is for real.<p>Mark Diesendorf, associate professor, University of New South Wales