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Should we engineer animals to be smart like humans?

What if it were possible to engineer animals to be as intelligent as us? As Tim Maughan discovers, we may have already started.<p>Human beings have long believed that it is our unique level of intelligence that separates us from other animals. Our ability for higher learning, creative thought, and – …

Artificial Intelligence

Genetically-modified fruit flies could control wild populations by producing only sons

Mediterranean fruit flies are responsible for extensive damage to fruit and vegetable crops, not only in the Mediterranean region but also in …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

A Bite From This Tick Could Make You Allergic To Meat

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.<p>This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the …

The truth about smart drugs

Are we asking the right questions about pills designed to boost brainpower? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t.<p>“You know how they say that we can only access 20% of our brain?” says the man who offers stressed-out writer Eddie Morra a fateful pill in the 2011 film …

The Brain

The Deadliest Animal in the World

The Deadliest Animal in the World is an infographic posted by Bill Gates on his blog as part of Mosquito Week.<p><i>What would you say is the most</i> …

Typing trackers: the five best free keylogging tools for Windows and Mac

Keyloggers are designed to record each keystroke performed on the computers on which they are installed. Some keyloggers even automatically record …

Constant arguing 'increases premature death risk'

<b>Having frequent arguments with partners, friends or relatives can increase the risk of death in middle-age, say Danish researchers.</b><p>Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, they said men and those not in work were most vulnerable.<p>Dealing with worries and demands from close family …

Psychology

Premier League title (horse) race: Can Manchester City see off Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and a potential late surge from Manchester United?

Jose Mourinho says the Premier League is not a three-horse race but between "two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump". In light of the Chelsea manager's comments, here are your runners and riders:<p><b>Wembley<br>3.00 Premier League It's All About The Money Handicap Chase</b></b> …

Soccer

Starting fire with water

Astronauts on the ISS are experimenting with “supercritical water,” a form of water with a strange property: it can help start fire.<p>When firefighters …

What's That Clinging To The Towering Wall And Why Doesn't It Fall Off?

Maybe you've seen this, (it's gotten around), but I'm still gobsmacked. Totally amazed. We're in northern Italy looking at the face of the Cingino Dam, and here and there on the vertical stone wall, you'll see a few dark specks.<p>Here they are again, a little closer. They look like protruding rocks, …

Why pressing ‘upload’ means losing your rights

If you store your precious photos and documents online, then you may be disturbed to discover the rights you give away, says Tom Chatfield.<p>“The cloud” is one of my least favourite internet neologisms. It suggests something fluffy, white and weightless: a global atmosphere within which our email, …

Personal Data

Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?

We form such strong emotional bonds with machines that people can’t be cruel to them even though they know they are not alive. So should robots have rights?<p>Kate Darling likes to ask you to do terrible things to cute robots. At a workshop she organised this year, Darling asked people to play with a …

Robotics