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US tells diplomatic staff to leave Lahore after security threat

The United States has ordered its diplomatic staff to leave Lahore, citing a specific security threat amid soaring terrorist violence in Pakistan.<p>Even though the US consulate in Pakistan's second largest city was closed for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, non-essential staff were told it would …

NASA: Sun Getting Ready For A 'Field Flip'

Our nearest star is about to pull a once-in-11-years move by swapping its north and south magnetic poles.<p>The sun's polarity switch is a natural part of "solar max" — the period of peak activity during what averages out to be roughly an 11-year cycle. According to NASA, this year will mark the …

Microsoft patent application details Illumiroom-like projection system

Normally, patent applications have us guesstimating at future implementations, but not so with this particular Microsoft filing. The USPTO doc, which surfaced just today and dates back to February 2012, has a very direct purpose: it uses two cameras to capture an environment, process the images and …

Mozilla’s Persona Login System Now Supports All Gmail Addresses Out Of The Box

One of Mozilla’s lesser-known projects is Persona, a login system that aims to eliminate site-specific passwords so you can log in with your existing email accounts without having to type in a password. Its aim is somewhat similar to what Google, Facebook and others are doing with their login …

Why Google Glass costs $1,500 now and will likely be around $299 later (Updated)

If the $1,500 price tag for Google(s goog) Glass is a budget buster for you, don’t give up hope just yet. When the wearable gadget arrives on the …

Email service used by Edward Snowden abruptly shuts down, to avoid 'crimes against the American people'

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked details of the NSA's controversial PRISM surveillance program, reportedly used a secure email service called Lavabit to send messages from Russia. Now, Lavabit has abruptly shut down, in what its owner says was a difficult decision. Ladar Levison says …

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.<p>…

The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips

Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek<p>In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They …

Perplexing Spike in Dolphin Deaths Hits Atlantic Coast

<i>Update, 8:30 a.m. Pacific: This morning, NOAA declared the increase in dolphin deaths an Unusual Mortality Event, which means the federal government</i> …

Grinding 20-Ton Mirrors For The Giant Magellan Telescope

One of the largest telescopes ever made will reveal previously unobservable facets of our universe's past.<p>The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be one of the largest telescopes ever made, and will allow scientists to observe distant realms in unprecedented detail. It will display the far reaches …

Crossrail digging unearths diverse and ancient London burial ground

Every day hordes of London commuters have passed unknowingly over the bodies of thousands of their predecessors, buried a few metres under the roaring traffic and rumbling trains at Liverpool Street, and which are now being exposed for the first time by the huge Crossrail construction project.<p>The …

Afraid of spiders? Try sleeping on it

Do you suffer from a phobia? Are you fearful of heights, or dogs, or the sight of blood? Does the mere thought of lightning, or enclosed spaces, or snakes, induce panic? If so, getting your head down for a nap may help you conquer your anxiety.<p>Phobias are one of the most common forms of …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Louisiana parish claims incarcerated 14-year-old consented to be raped by a corrections officer

<b>(sakhorn via Shutterstock)</b><p>“These girls in the detention center are not Little Miss Muffin,” remarked one official<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 7, 2013 10:24pm (UTC)<p>A Louisiana parish is arguing that it should not be held liable for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a juvenile detention center because the …

Here's what Samsung's iWatch rival could look like

This is what the Samsung Galaxy Gear could look like. The mock-up above shows what we could expect from the hotly-anticipated smart watch that talks …

Levchin’s Glow Fertility App Hits the App Store, Raises $6 Million in Funding

If a) you’ve recently decided you’re ready to start a family; b) you’re frustrated with the current health-care system and wish there were methods …

Heightened Concern After First Reported Case Of Human To Human H7N9 Bird Flu Transmission

A new report published August 6 in the journal <i>BMJ</i>, likely details the first human-to-human case of transmission of the deadly H7N9 bird flu in eastern China.<p>Based on reports thus far, the virus first killed a 60 year old man who was exposed to live poultry followed by his 32 year old daughter, …

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 …