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Tracking Tag Uses Cell Towers Instead Of GPS To Find Your Stuff

Suggested music for the TV ad: Daft Punk's "Around the World"<p>Knowing where you are--or where your stuff is--is sometimes a challenge. iTraq wants to help fix that by providing a tag about the size of a credit card that can report its location anywhere in the world.<p>Existing location tags mostly use …

Daft Punk

UN urged to ban 'killer robots' before they can be developed

Fully autonomous weapons should be banned by international treaty, says a report by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School<p>Fully autonomous weapons, already denounced as “killer robots”, should be banned by international treaty before they can be developed, a new report urges the United Nations …

Human Rights

Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites

Levels of radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since the controversial practice of fracking started there, researchers reported Thursday.<p>The study cannot directly link fracking with the raised radon levels. But whatever is going on, residents need to …

Natural Gas

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are No Match For Medieval Potion

Recipe from Bald's Leechbook found to be highly effective against MRSA<p>Bloodletting, mercury cures, holes drilled in the head—many ancient medical remedies seem ill-advised based on our modern understanding of medicine. But researchers recently found that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment …

Microbiology

This ancient 'remedy' actually kills MRSA - Futurity

Researchers test a 10th century potion on "superbug" bacteria. They report that it works as well, if not better, than today's antibiotics.

Antibiotics

Women Are Less Likely to Harm One Person To Help Many

But not for lack of rational thinking<p><i>You are hiding from enemy soldiers when an orphaned baby begins to cry. Do you smother the baby, if it's the only way to save yourself and the others from the enemy from being captured? What if you will all be killed if you don't?</i><p>In the face of such a …

Psychology

Physicists Figure Out Why Honey Falls In Twists

A delicious physics problem<p>A stream of honey falls onto a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit. Before you devour this breakfast treat, you might notice that the honey you poured formed a wavy pattern on the biscuit's surface, an unintentional decoration for your morning snack.<p>Most people might think …

Physics

Physicists Prove Einstein Wrong With ‘Spooky’ Quantum Experiment

Quantum mechanics is one of the best-tested theories in science, and it's one of the few where physicists get to do experiments proving that Einstein was wrong.<p>That's what a team at Griffith University and the University of Tokyo in Japan did this week, showing that a weird phenomenon — in which …

Quantum Mechanics

Amsterdam Police Respond To Death Threat Created By A Twitter Bot

Who's responsible when a robot says something hostile?<p>It's always a good idea to be careful about what you say online, and it seems that notion goes for your robot creations, too. Dutch developer Jeffrey van der Goot received a visit from the police after one of his Twitter accounts appeared to …

Law & Order

Right Now, You're Breathing A Potentially Dangerous Substance

Air: It's one of the world’s most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances<p>The air man needs a fresh hit. It’s a beautiful summer morning. Dew shines on the grass. Birds chirp. What a glorious day to contemplate the air. I had con­tacted the air man—he has a name: Steven …

The New England Journal of Medicine

China's baddest billionaire builder

By the time the VIP guests arrive, the meeting hall at the Yunnan Zhenzhuang Guest House in the southern city of Kunming is jammed with Communist …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Cooking

Without this equation there would have been no internet

It showed how to make communications faster and take up less space on a hard disk, making the internet possible<p>This equation was published in the 1949 book <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication</i>, co-written by Claude Shannon and Warren Weaver. An elegant way to work out how efficient a code could …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Is DEET Safe To Use?

Yet another review of the science answers: Yes.<p>DEET is a popular insect repellent—an estimated 30 percent of Americans use it every year—yet it sounds like a good number of people are wary of it, too. A Google search of "DEET dangers" found a Mercola article saying DEET kills mosquitoes, although …

Public Health

Xbox One creator: how to design a games console

Carl Ledbetter led the team that designed Microsoft's latest games console. But how did he set out to create a games machine? And did he mean the new Kinect to look like a smiling face?<p>You might not know Carl Ledbetter by name but you'll have seen his work. After all, it's plastered across …

Astronaut: Musk's capsule a good addition to Soyuz (Q&A)

Space Shuttler and social-media star Chris Hadfield praises SpaceX's Dragon but says the NASA-Russia bond remains strong.<p>Elon Musk is an engineering and business genius along the lines of Howard Hughes, and he's accomplished things with SpaceX that rocket scientists have been trying to solve since …

Space Exploration

A Design History Of The Life-Saving Triage Tag

The simplicity of the triage tag has gone largely unchanged since the Cold War. Can it be upgraded for the War on Terror?<p>When a massive gas line explosion leveled two buildings in Harlem a few months ago, first responders found a scene of chaos. At least a few people had already been killed. Others …

War

Chemists Decree: Don't Pee in the Pool

Urine reacts with the chlorine in swimming pools, creating potentially dangerous chemical byproducts.<p>Here’s the thing. One-piece bathing suits, when wet, are very annoying to take off. And when you’re swimming three hours a day, as I did for practice on my high school swim team, climbing out of the …

First Look: Festool's Amazing Dust-Free TSC-55 Cordless Track Saw!

We headed up to the JLC Live show in Providence last week, so we just had to stop by Festool Connect, the awesome one-day outreach event where the …

Cool Stuff

Monocle Thailand Illustration by Studio Hey

Monocle Thailand Travel – Editorial Illustrations.<p>Studio Hey from Barcelona, Spain has worked frequently for the popular Monocle magazine. They often …

The Naked House in Thailand – Architecture by Marc Gerritsen

The Naked House – Architecture Project.<p>Oh my goodness, I want to live in a house like that! Photographer and architect Marc Gerritsen designed this …

Calif. bill would stop orca shows

A California state lawmaker has proposed legislation that would prohibit San Diego’s SeaWorld from featuring killer whales in entertainment performances.<p>The bill, released Friday, would also ban captive breeding and the import and export of orcas, according to U-T San Diego.<p>Richard Bloom, a …

Striking ISS Photo Shows How Dark North Korea is Compared to Its Neighbors

A new photo released by NASA and taken from the International Space Station shows just how dark North Korea really is, and we don’t mean …

Chris Hadfield on Twitter: "Fusion power. This is really important; 2 big steps forward from the Livermore scientists. http://t.co/fMb5erPsAK http://t.co/X1cz7H4DBx"

Replying to @<b>Cmdr_Hadfield</b><p>“@<b>Cmdr_Hadfield</b>: Fusion power; 2 massive steps forward from the Livermore scientists. http://fw.to/smoq4RW …

What is radiocarbon dating?

At a very steady rate, unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth’s …

Good morning! Who and what is where in the British Isles? I found this to be a helpful summary. Is it all correct? http://t.co/h3cPCC8NlN

The Rise and Fall of the Battleship (And Why They Won't Be Coming Back)

Those who cover the militarized aspects of the ocean eventually will encounter a group of people who want the U.S. Navy to get back into the battleship business.<p>The argument goes like this: The four remaining World War II Iowa-class battleships are cheaper to operate, cheaper than building new …

Military

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including limb transplants, space firsts and the end of the line for a much-loved car.<p>To see all the winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition, click here.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Coldest place on …

Photos