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Amazon's 'Hub' is a delivery locker for residential buildings

The storage service is a residential version of the Amazon Locker that's been available at retailers for years.<p>Amazon wants to make deliveries easier for residential buildings with no doorman, concierge, or mailroom service.<p>The company quietly released a new set of lockers designed for apartment …

Architecture

When Does Your Intelligence Peak?

My PhD supervisor, a brilliant and inspiring man, used to jokingly tell me that he had passed his prime and that it was up to me to make the …

Nobel Prize

Space travel leads to two-headed worm

<i>The Two Headed Worm From Space!</i> It certainly sounds like a good pulpy science fiction story from the 1950s, but in fact, when researchers from Tufts …

Biology

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drug Survey.<p>Of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2% of them said they needed emergency medical treatment – a rate at least five …

American trees are migrating west, and no one knows why

That's weird, because scientists have long predicted that the effects of climate change would send species towards the poles in search of familiar climates, but since 1980, more eastern trees have been moving west instead of north.<p>And at this stage, it's not entirely clear why.<p>And the fact that …

Ecology

Elon Musk's SpaceX Can't Afford To Send Humans To Mars, According To Neil deGrasse Tyson

<i>This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool.</i><p>A Harvard graduate, with a doctorate from Columbia and a post-doc from Princeton, Hayden …

How We Define Distance In An Expanding Universe

Recently the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has completed the largest map of the universe thus far. The map focuses on the positions of quasars. These objects are powered by supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, and are so bright they can be seen from the farthest regions of the …

Universe

See the Fortune 100 Companies Doing the Most to Stop Climate Change

President Trump has made it clear that boosting business is his priority, not combating climate change. In March Trump signed an executive order to …

Climate

iOS 11 concept imagines new productivity features, Finder app, and more for iPad users [Video]

We’ve seen a few concepts imagining what iOS 11 could look like, but today the folks at MacStories have put together a video highlighting new features that could come to the iPad as part of the update. The incredibly well thought out concept imagines features such as system-wide drag and drop, a …

Space tourism companies are going to write their own safety rules because the US government can’t

Within a year, says Blue Origin, it will begin flying humans to the edge of space. That would grant the company, founded by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, a symbolic victory over competitors like SpaceX, Boeing and Virgin Galactic, who are also pursuing plans to fly paying passengers beyond earth’s …

Space Travel

A mysterious force is pushing the universe apart — here's how it could rip our galaxy to shreds

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains one of the most prominent theories of how our universe will meet its fate.<p>You can learn more fascinating science at this year's 10th annual World Science Festival in NYC …

Universe

Android O is supposed to make Android updates arrive faster

Google is once again trying to solve the problem of slow Android updates, and this time, the company says it has a solution that’ll make it “easier, faster, and less costly for manufacturers” to update their phones to new versions of Android.<p>The answer is a feature inside of Android O called …

Android News

Single atom feels the quantum heat | Ars Technica

Gold climbs a thermal staircase, platinum climbs a thermal hill.<p>Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very …

Nanotech

TRAPPIST-1: How Long Would It Take to Fly to 7-Planet System?

The discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, TRAPPIST-1, is certainly exciting news. But what would it take to visit one of these …

Is Dark Matter Made Of Axions? Black Hole Mergers May Yield Clues

When researchers associated with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) — which consists of two detectors, one each in …

The Success of Horses Suggests a Key Assumption About Evolution Could Be Wrong

It's more complicated than we thought.<p>Scientists have made some big assumptions when it comes to explaining the rapid evolutionary success of horses …

Evolution

Barcelona cracks down on tourist numbers with accommodation law

Spanish city passes law to limit number of beds on offer and impose moratorium on building new hotels<p>The city of Barcelona passed a law on Friday to curb tourism as visitors have begun to overwhelm the city and anger local residents.<p>Last year the city’s 1.6 million residents were heavily …

Tourism

Galaxy-Sized Lenses Confirm It: The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than We Ever Expected

Physics can't explain it.<p>By measuring the way light bends around distant galaxies, a group of astronomers have verified earlier findings that our …

Universe

The Science Behind Why You Should Keep Reading Print Books

Every time we move, my husband and I have the same argument. “Do we have to take ALL of these books?” (The answer is always a dirty scowl and a “YES!”)<p>I have a ton of physical books that I insist on carting from house to house, state to state. It drives him crazy. Boxes of heavy books are not …

Books

Hacker breaches the US agency that certifies voting machines

In the year of "rigged" election claims, security firm Recorded Future says it identified a Russian-speaking hacker attempting to sell accounts that have access to the US Election Assistance Commission. While may not be familiar with the EAC, it's the agency in charge of certifying voting machines …

Ageing process may be reversible, scientists claim

New form of gene therapy shown to produce rejuvenating effect in mice, although scientists say human clinical applications are decade away<p>Wrinkles, grey hair and niggling aches are normally regarded as an inevitable part of growing older, but now scientists claim that the ageing process may be …

Aging

Scientists create liquid light, get one step closer to spintronics - ExtremeTech

By on August 18, 2016 at 9:40 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Strange things go on when you push …

A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold the key to quantum gravity

It's pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.<p>You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein.<p>R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein's most …

Quantum Mechanics

80% of Android devices are vulnerable to remote spying

A bug that was first found in version 3.6 of the Linux OS kernel (released in 2012) allows attackers to terminate a device’s connections to servers and applications. It could also be exploited to spy on unencrypted traffic or inject malware into the user’s data stream.<p>The security flaw, which was …

This BBC documentary is the spookiest thing you'll see today

Since the 1970s, thousands of people across the globe have reported hearing a strange humming sound incessantly pulsating in their ears – and we’re not talking about tinnitus.<p>In fact, some claim the weird sound has persisted for so long that it has started driving them nuts, disturbing their …

Uber drivers are under criminal investigation in Finland

Finland isn't the best place to be an Uber driver right now.<p>Drivers in Finland are under criminal investigation and facing possible prosecution over …

Koreans enjoy best mobile internet, and the Dutch spend most time on Wi-Fi, says OpenSignal

A new report from OpenSignal shines a light on the state of mobile networks around the world, using billions of crowdsourced readings from the OpenSignal app in 95 countries.<p>For the uninitiated, OpenSignal passively monitors the speed, coverage, and reliability of mobile networks on users’ phones …

Intel launches wireless Project Alloy headset for 'merged reality'

The increasingly crowded virtual reality market has a new player. Tech giant Intel has unveiled its take on VR with the launch of Project Alloy.<p>At …

Augmented Reality

Pfizer's Bold Bid to Conquer Cancer

Image source: Getty Images.<p><b>Pfizer Inc.</b> (NYSE: PFE) came up strong last quarter, topping analysts' estimates by a hefty margin. In particular, the world's second biggest drugmaker by revenue is gaining traction in the therapeutic market of cancer -- one of the most intriguing and most lucrative …

Reliable Tech News

Boardroom Games<p>FinTech Player RainFin Buys stake in South Africa’s new 4AX Exchange<p>April 3, 2018<p>Fintech online market lending platform RainFin has …

South Africa