Dan Bishop

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Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution

Researchers have read strands of ancient DNA teased from the thigh bone of an early human who died 400,000 years ago in what is now northern Spain.<p>The genetic material was pieced together from a clutch of cells found in bone fragments – the oldest human remains ever to yield their genetic code.<p>The …

A Surgeon’s Review Of Google Glass In The Operating Room

Dr. Pierre Theodore of UC San Francisco has completed a three-month trial of using Google Glass during surgery.<p>For a little over three months now, Dr. Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been using Google Glass in the operating room. Although he’s tapped the functionality during …

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Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There's water in them thar planets – five massive "hot Jupiters" spied by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

Universe

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

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Starwatch: The December night sky

Reports of the death of Comet ISON as it brushed within 1,165,000 km of the Sun last Thursday were premature. Something survived, but as I write this we don't know whether ISON still has an intact and productive icy nucleus or whether we are left with only a flying bank of rubble that may dim and …

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New water-repellant surface destroys drops that hit it

Water-repellant materials are everywhere. Inspired by structures found in nature, these materials excel at staying dry by making water "bounce" off their surface. Now, a new structure detailed in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> improves water-resistance even more by shortening the time fluid makes …

What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

Researchers develop 3D-printed, urine-powered robot heart

The fictional human-powered machines that appear in the <i>The Matrix</i> trilogy are still far from reality — but maybe not that far. Last month, scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK announced they had successful create a prototype robotic "heart" that runs on human urine, fabricated …

The incredible physics of the archerfish, nature's aquatic sniper

Lurking just beneath the surface of estuaries across many parts of Asia are archerfish, natural-born assassins who overcome a shocking number of challenges as they shoot targeted streams of water at nearby insects, knocking them down into the water where they become easy dinner targets. <i>Wired</i> takes …

UK man tries to retrieve $7.5 million in bitcoins from dump

A man from Newport, Wales, is searching the dump for a hard drive he threw away despite it having $7.5 million worth of bitcoins.<p>Bitcoins are a digital currency whose value has benefited from intense attention and speculative investing. They can be stored as data in digital wallets using online …

Speculators pay attention to bitcoin virtual money

The price of bitcoin surpassed $1,000 on the Mt.Gox online exchange Wednesday, fueled by speculators snapping up the virtual currency as it gains wider acceptance.<p>Bitcoins, which exist as software and aren't regulated by any country or banking authority, surged to a record $1,073, up more than …

The 8 Greatest GIFs Of BigDog In Action

Our favorite shambling robotic pack mule has come a long way over the years.<p>The BigDog family of robots, developed by Boston Dynamics, has come a long way since it was first created in 2005. To celebrate some of the headless robot's coolest technological achievements, I made these eight GIFs. Enjoy.<p>…

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Virgin Galactic Now Takes Bitcoin for Private Spaceflights, Sir Richard Branson Says

Have a few hundred bitcoins lying around? Now you can use them to buy a ticket to space.<p>British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said his company …

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Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

J Craig Venter sequenced the human genome. Now he wants to convert DNA into a digital signal

J Craig Venter has been a molecular-biology pioneer for two decades. After developing expressed sequence tags in the 90s, he led the private effort …

Faces to order: how 3D-printing is revolutionising prosthetics

A giraffe wearing a frilly ruff, an Escher-like puzzle of interlocking cogs and a homoerotic Batman figurine are just some of the strange items on display at the 3D Printshow in London this week, a trade fair which proves that where high technology goes, novelty trinkets follow. But wade through …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Clean Energy

Bringing Back the Unconscious: The Latest Science on Awakenings

Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. languish in unconsciousness, cut off from the world by severe brain injuries. But the latest research …

This Bug-Inspired Rescue Robot Can Bounce Off Walls And Keep Flying

Instead of being weighted down with expensive sensors, this little drone is based on resiliency: It hits an obstacle and moves on, unscathed.<p>Watch an insect fly around a room looking for a way out, and you’ll notice something interesting: No matter how many times it crashes into a wall or window, …

New archeological evidence pins down Buddha's date of birth

Archeologists investigating a site long believed to be the birthplace of Buddha have found new evidence to establish when the profoundly influential sage was born. The discovery marks the first time, researchers say, that any firm link has narrowed Buddha's date of birth to within a certain century.<p>…

NASA teams up with Planetary Resources to launch asteroid-finding contest next year

Asteroid mining startup Planetary Resources has partnered with NASA as part of the agency's mission to track rogue asteroids and find a candidate to pull into orbit around the moon. The company has been chosen as the first partner for NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge, building on existing …