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Driver’s License Chips Soon Will Allow Government To Track You

image credit autoblog.com<p>Some state governments are adding a new technology called radio frequency identification chips (also known as RFIDs) to …

NASA-backed SpiderFab robot aims to build 3D-printed spaceship parts in orbit

NASA has always built its spacecraft on Earth, but aerospace startup Tethers Unlimited is hoping to change that process by developing a system that combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build spaceship parts in orbit. NASA is kicking in $500,000 in funding to the project, called SpiderFab, …

Stroke Victim Doesn’t Feel Sadness

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

As the 'Star Wars' sets decay, fan photos are helping scientists learn how sand moves

The home of young Anakin Skywalker is about to be lost to the desert winds. A large sand dune is now about 30 feet away from enveloping the set of Mos Espa near Tozeur in Tunisia, which was constructed in 1997 to serve as Anakin's home in <i>The Phantom Menace</i>. But while that may be a loss for <i>Star Wars</i> …

Genome of 700,000-year-old horse sequenced - Futurity

U. SOUTHAMPTON (UK) — Scientists have set a new world record, sequencing the oldest genome …

World Records

First-ever human head transplant is now possible, says neuroscientist

<i>Update: New Scientist reported Feb. 25, 2015, that Canavero will announce at a conference in June a project to make the first human head transplant possible by 2017.</i><p>Technical barriers to grafting one person’s head onto another person’s body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of …

Central Nervous System

What Do You Do When Your Son is Gay?

“Mom, I’m gay.” Earth-shattering words to many conservative Christian parents — tragically, many view it as right up there with, “Your child has a …

Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>To Stein's credit, he has some sociological research to make his case — he brings "the cold, hard …

Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe

Google has released a stunning cache of satellite images that show how the globe has changed in recent decades. Thursday's announcement came from the search giant's official blog:<p>"Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we're releasing more than a quarter-century of images of …

New advances with E. coli bacteria could eventually improve biofuel production

Currently, producing fuel directly from biological products can lead to some tough choices. The resulting biofuel usually either needs to be mixed with regular petroleum or the vehicles themselves need to be modified to work with it. New research published recently details the work of scientists to …

Sandy Hook mom makes plea for 'common sense' gun controls

A mother who lost her 6-year-old son in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School made an emotional plea for national gun-control legislation in an address from the White House.<p>Francine Wheeler made her appeal in lieu of the president’s weekly address. Her appearance is the only time President …

Ariz. town OKs same-sex unions, gets challenge from state

"It's time to stand up" against discrimination, the city attorney said.<p>BISBEE, Ariz. — Hours after the City Council in this small southeastern Arizona city became the first in the state to approve of civil unions for same-sex couples, the state's attorney general said he would challenge the new …

45 P&G plants send zero waste to landfills

One plant converts Pampers into upholstery filling; another composts waste from shaving foam.<p>CINCINNATI -- Forty-five Procter & Gamble Co. plants around the world -- a third of all factories, including six in the U.S. -- now send zero manufacturing waste to landfills.<p>Instead, a U.S. plant is …

Six feet greener

THE grounds at Hinton Park in Dorset make a pretty spot for a picnic. Patches of bluebells spread out under trees; streams and pathways wind through …

Scientists create transistor-like biological device

Scientists have used biological tissue to recreate one of the main components of a modern computer inside living cells.<p>The biological device behaves …

Common Drug Has The Potential To Slow Aging, Boost Cancer Recovery

Some exciting research from the University of Montreal has found that the drug metformin, commonly prescribed for diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), has the potential to slow aging and fight cancer. The study, published in <i>Aging Cell</i>, found that metformin reduces the body’s production of …

Beyoncé and Madonna come out in support of equal marriage

Beyoncé and Madonna have both come out in support of equal marriage on the first day that the US Supreme Court has taken on two cases challenging …

The Day I Had to Face My Republican Father Over Gay Marriage

I relate to the family of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on many levels. Like Will Portman, I am also the son of a staunch Republican dad to whom I came out. My dad is older than Sen. Portman, and he adheres to the viewpoints of Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, but Sen. Portman presumably …

LGBTQI

Hey, New Yorkers: 1993 is calling. From a payphone. It wants its history back.

"Recalling 1993" art project offers oral history from residents of the era.<p>Starting this week, the city is turning all Manhattan payphones into “time …

California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

This week, Santa Clara broke some new ground by blanketing its entire city with free public WiFi. The public WiFi network spans across 19 square …

Wi-Fi

Supreme Court tackles federal Defense of Marriage Act

An 83-year-old former IBM programmer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a law that cost her more than a quarter of a million dollars and deprived her, and thousands of other gay couples, of federal marriage benefits.<p>At issue is the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, passed by …

Berlin Wall section removed despite protests

Construction workers backed by German police have removed a section of the Berlin Wall to make way for a building project, despite calls for the …

Avatar activism: are social media avatars effective in showing support?

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the United States, has been encouraging supporters to switch their Facebook and …