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Miniature "Chipsats" Could be the First Step to Mankind Reaching Another Star

The sticky note-sized spacecraft could let us send man-made objects farther and faster than ever before.<p>To reach another star system, we need a method of propulsion other than current rocket technology. Alpha Centauri, the closest star to us, is about 4.4 light years away, or about 41 trillion …

Why Teleology Isn't Dead

Mention teleology in scientific circles and you’ll usually get a skeptical response. Purpose in the way the world is evolving? Patterns certainly—but purpose? No.<p>Science has gotten along famously over the past few centuries without the need to worry about whether or what a particular process in …

Consciousness

The trouble with big data? It’s called the ‘recency bias’

There’s a counter-intuitive downside to collecting vast amounts of information about economics and human behaviour: it can mean we ignore the lessons of history.<p>You may be familiar with the statistic that 90% of the world’s data was created in the last few years. It’s true. One of the first …

Critical Thinking

The newest tool in the fight against cancer is a huge genetic database driven by algorithms

“This is good news in the fight against cancer.” That’s what US vice president Joe Biden said as 2 petabytes of genomic and clinical data were released to the public last week. The trove features 440,000 DVDs worth of information—including full genome sequences—from 12,000 patients, raw and …

Cancer

Meet Betty of Milton Keynes, Britain’s first robotic office manager

She is punctual, tireless, and always looking to learn new skills.<p>Meet Betty, Britain’s first robotic office manager who has been let loose on an workplace in Milton Keynes to see how well she can integrate with staff.<p>Programmed with the latest artificial intelligence software, Betty will spend the …

Physicists Say They've Figured Out How to 'See' Inside a Black Hole

What lies beyond the event horizon.<p>Physicists have come up with a new way to predict what lies beyond the event horizon of a black hole, and it could …

Physics

Competitive Play coming to 'Overwatch' soon

It hasn't even been a month since Blizzard launched its hotly-anticipated hero shooter <i>Overwatch</i>, so they had little to reveal during E3. Amid their victory lap for snagging 7 million players the week after it went live, the game's director Jeff Kaplan posted plans for releasing content over the …

Last SpaceX rocket landed hard enough to 'accordion' the engines

Don't start thinking that landing a rocket's first stage is routine just yet, as SpaceX has just posted video of its latest attempt. The Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered two satellites to orbit, however when it returned to Earth everything did not go exactly to plan. The live video feed cut …

Microsoft's LinkedIn Corp Acquisition: 3 Reasons to Be Skeptical

<b>Microsoft</b> and <b>LinkedIn</b>surprised investors this Monday when it was reportedthat Microsoft would acquire the social network for professionals in a $26.2 billion cash deal. Does the pricey acquisition, which represents Microsoft's largest in history, actually make sense?<p>Image source: Microsoft.<p>What …

A driverless Rolls-Royce means you can fire your chauffeur

While other electric or autonomous vehicle companies might be content to build a sensible, everyday mode of transport, noted luxury automaker Rolls-Royce is rejecting that notion entirely with its first driverless vehicle concept. In a decidedly lavish announcement, Rolls-Royce says its new Vision …

iPhone Weakened By Apple's Hesitation Over Risking New Technology

Tucked away in a large stack of Apple patents that were granted today by the US Patents and Trademarks Office is another piece of evidence to suggest that 2017 will see a curved screen iPhone released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Apple entering the smartphone market. Is that date too late …

Samsung Galaxy S7

This is what Apple’s differential privacy means for iOS 10

It was probably the most bewildering part of Apple’s WWDC Keynote: in the middle of a rundown of fancy new products arriving with iOS 10, Craig Federighi stopped to talk about abstract mathematics. He was touting differential privacy, a statistical method that’s become a valuable tool for …

Privacy

Facebook wants Messenger to 'reinvent the inbox' with a new Home screen

Facebook is updating its Messenger app today to create a new homepage that will act more or less like an inbox. It’ll place recent conversation threads and users' most frequently contacted friends on the launch screen, which is now called "Home." Messenger currently displays threads like most other …

Apps

The Fallen have gone crazy in Destiny: Rise of Iron

At its core, Destiny is all about exploration. And possibly getting completely wrecked in that bar beneath the hangar. But back on track, it’s a game …

Comics

Pascal pushes down pricing on GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980, and 970 graphics cards

It was inevitable.<p>In a bid to move inventory and renew interest in previous generation Maxwell cards, Nvidia and its hardware partners have cut the …

VR at E3 2016: Virtual reality still has a long way to go

Virtual-reality games came thick and fast at E3 2016, but not all VR experiences are created equal.<p>It may have been 2015 when we first saw the promise of virtual reality, but this year at E3 2016 we got to see what the all game developers had been working on. There was a mixed bag on offer, with …

Virtual Reality

PlayStation boss: console manufacturers must take risks on developers like Hideo Kojima

Founding member of Sony’s flagship console Andrew House comes clean about Death Stranding, virtual reality and yelling at Nintendo<p>It was certainly not a conventional E3 game trailer. The forthcoming release from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and his self-named studio saw actor Norman Reedus naked …

Virtual Reality

Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest account hacked

This weekend, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the world’s largest social site (Facebook), showed us just how important a strong password is after having his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked by a group known as OurMine.<p>Celebrities, CEOs and world leaders are all major targets for hackers, but …

These are Elon Musk's favorite video games

It should come as no surprise to anyone that one of the biggest names in the tech world is also a pretty big video game nerd.<p>Aside from the fact that he just tweeted his love for "Overwatch," a new and ridiculously addictive multiplayer shooter, Elon Musk previously expressed his love for other …

Saints Row

PlayStation Now Adds 50 New Games, Offering 3-Month Subscription for $30

Streaming service PlayStation Now is getting a huge game dump this week, as 50 new titles will be added tomorrow, June 7.<p>Among the new games are several from 2K, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Spec Ops: The Line, Duke Nukem Forever, and The Darkness II. With these additions, Now's total …

Is the Jetpack Movement Finally Taking Off?

Personal flight, once a pipe dream, is now within our reach. But futuristic transportation does not come cheap<p>DAVID MAYMAN’S RIGHT THIGH is covered by a skin graft, the aftermath of a jetpack crash. In 2010, a “rocket belt” he bought in Mexico shot 1,300-degree steam down Mayman’s leg after he …

Engines

Airbnb faces outcry after transgender guest was denied stay by a host

A Minneapolis woman, who later became a ‘super host’, denied TV producer Shadi Petosky’s request because of fears of having a trans guest around her son<p>Airbnb is under fire after a transgender guest was denied a stay by a host who felt “uncomfortable”.<p>When the guest complained privately to Airbnb …

LGBTQI

Will these games be missing E3 again? | Polygon

We reminisce about some of the biggest titles we can't wait to hear more from<p>Every year before E3, we talk about the games we expect to see, along with the ones that we hope we'll get to take another look at.<p>These include the obvious ones, like big games announced at the previous year's conference. …

Gaming

Uber seeks to placate drivers with a host of new app features

More control, more perks<p>Being an Uber driver can be a pain in the ass. Just ask, well, any of them. They'll start out by saying, "Sure, I love the flexibility," but then pepper you with a long list of complaints. Some want to get paid more. Others want employee benefits and the right to unionize. …

Transportation

Tiny sea creatures are saving us from hell on earth. So why are we endangering them?

Deep in the ocean where the sun don’t shine, fissures in the earth’s crust spew super-heated geothermal water and gases of up to 400 degrees …

Seafloor

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Uber reduces the chances that drivers will cancel your ride

When you're hailing an Uber, few things are as frustrating as a driver cancelling your trip -- there may be a good reason, but that still leaves you high and dry. You won't have to deal with those headaches quite so often going forward, thankfully. Uber is introducing a range of driver app and …

Facebook is targeting the remaining Messenger holdouts, and they're furious

When Facebook first started pushing its users to use Messenger, the responses weren't very positive. Many people weren't a fan of needing to use two …

Norway moves closer to banning sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

<b>UPDATE: June 6, 2016, 3:33 p.m. EDT</b> The agreement political parties in Norway reached won't "ban" fossil fuel-powered cars, according to Norway's …