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Will Google (And The US Government) Permit Google Glass To Recognize Faces On Sight?

"Okay, Glass. Who's that?"<p>TechCrunch has a nice look at a new API from Lambda Labs, an "early-stage startup" (meaning, brand-new) from San Francisco, that's causing a bit of consternation. Lambda Labs makes a facial recognition API, which you can actually try out here in your browser. But now …

Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City

Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.<p>At first glance, Masdar City appears a mirage. From a distance it looks like a single multicolored building, standing lonely on the horizon. Part of the illusion is due to the …

NASA Invests In 3-D Food Printer For Mars Missions

Making pizza out of insect meal, instantly<p>It would take a lot of food to get astronauts to Mars, but what if they could get whatever they wanted at the push of a button?<p>NASA is funding an ambitious 3-D printing food project that wants to make that happen, <i>Quartz</i> reports. The space agency's handing …

Scientists Reveal The Cause Of The Irish Potato Famine

One of the most deadly pathogens in human history has been pinpointed.<p>It's widely acknowledged that <i>Phytophthora infestans</i>, a sort of fungus-like pathogen also known as potato blight, was responsible for the mid-19th-century potato famine that reduced Ireland's population, through death and …

These Self-Assembling Nanoflowers Are As Beautiful As They Are Tiny

Harvard researchers grew these lovely microscopic gardens using delicate chemical reactions.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>A nanorose may not smell as sweet as an organic one, but the red petals on this micron-scale flower are unquestionably just as beautiful. At Harvard University, materials …

Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It

Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.<p>The colloquial medical advice "rub some dirt in it" appears to have some merit. Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in …

FYI: How Does Chewing Gum Freshen Breath?

And which gum gives you the sweetest-smelling breath?<p>You're driving home from a first date, and it went great: You didn't sweat too much, your jokes worked 50 percent of the time, and she didn't get an "emergency phone call" in the middle of dinner. Only one thing stands in the way of your …

Pasta Fails: The Internet's Most Spectacular Disappointments (PHOTOS)

We hear people tell nervous cooks all the time, "Pasta is easy. No one can screw it up." Nervous cooks, we do not mean to make you more nervous, but that is a total lie. Pasta can be finicky if you don't know what to look for. The good news is, no matter how spectacular your pasta fail, someone …

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

Roll over Einstein: meet Weinstein | Alok Jha

There are a lot of open questions in modern physics.<p>Most of the universe is missing, for example. The atoms we know about account for less than 5% of …

Dreaming of animals and other warning signs of neurodegeneration

The latest issue of <i>Nature</i> contains an Outlook supplement about the health impacts of poor sleep, including a feature I wrote about the link between …