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'Nanobionics' aims to give plants superpowers

Plants are an engineering marvel of nature. Fueled by sunlight, they recycle our carbon dioxide waste into fresh oxygen for us to breathe. Plus, they make the world prettier. But, with a little help from us humans, can they be coaxed to do even more?<p>Researchers at MIT have been experimenting with …

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Freud was a pioneering neuroscientist

Penis envy. Repression. Libido. Ego. Few have left a legacy as enduring and pervasive as Sigmund Freud. Despite being dismissed long ago as pseudoscientific, Freudian concepts such as these not only permeate many aspects of popular culture, but also had an overarching influence on, and played an …

Next Silicon Valleys: Small Estonia has big ideas

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1054000/1054255_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524696946_d62d5f70d93ea4c7d97e842374c9e566<p><b>Estonia may be tiny but in tech terms it's a giant. It has a population of just 1.3 million, yet produces more start-ups per head than any other</b> …

Lockheed Uses Robot Arm To Build F-35s

Manufacturing machines for future fighters<p>Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a super-expensive and technologically complex futuristic fighter. Magellan Aerospace, the Toronto based Lockheed-Martin supplier working on the plane, uses a fancy mechanical arm with a milling tool in their …

How to invest in the 'Mint' emerging markets

Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey have been tipped as the next economic giants. Can savers make money or is this the latest investment fad?<p>The chances are you have probably heard that Mint is no longer just a peppermint sweet; it is now also an investment acronym which in the next decade or two …

Chilean communities struggle after halts at Pascua Lama, other mines

Real estate broker Patricia Cortés began a small corporate events business in the northern Chilean town of Vallenar four years ago, with her eye on a gold mine.<p>Her hopes for success were pinned on the vast Pascua Lama gold-copper project that had begun taking shape 150 kilometres away in a …

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A New Look At An Old Epilepsy Drug Yields Treatment Clue

About one-third of people with epilepsy aren't helped by existing drugs.<p>But a commonly prescribed medicine used for almost 50 years to treat the disorder has revealed new information about how the disorder works that could lead to improvements in treatments.<p>That drug, valproic acid, is used to …

Results Mixed on Colorado and Ohio Fracking Ban Initiatives

Recount is likely ahead for Broomfield, as moratorium fails by 13 votes.<p><b>Voters in three Colorado cities and one in Ohio on Tuesday passed ballot measures banning or temporarily halting fracking within their borders.</b><p><b>But in the Denver suburb of Broomfield—a location viewed as an active prospect for</b> …

Soylent: An Offbeat Food Idea Investors Are Taking Seriously

Back in April, we described Rob Rhinehart's experiment concocting something that could give him all the nutrition and none of the hassle of food.<p>Rhinehart, you see, is a 25-year-old electrical engineer in San Francisco who'd grown exceedingly frustrated with the time and effort of purchasing, …

Steroids can benefit athletes for a decade after use

<b>New research suggests that athletes who use steroids for a short period can benefit for their entire careers.</b><p>Experiments with mice showed that a brief exposure to testosterone allowed the mice to rapidly regain muscle later in their lives.<p>The scientist behind the study says that if a similar effect …

US surpasses Russia as world's top oil and natural gas producer

The US was on pace to achieve global energy domination on Friday, overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil and natural gas producer.<p>New estimates released on Friday by the Energy Information Administration showed America pulling ahead of both countries in oil and natural gas …

Swiss war game envisages invasion by bankrupt French

Hordes of bankrupt French invade Switzerland to get their hands on their “stolen” money — such is the imaginary scenario cooked up by the Swiss military in simulations revealed over the weekend.<p>Carried out in August, the apparently outlandish army exercise was based on the premise of an attack by a …

How to pick up women (with science)

It's a sad fact, but women lack free will. Although they appear as complex and individual as any male (often much more so), it seems women are slaves to inherent biological "programming" which means they will be physically intimate with any man who employs a specific set of behaviours and phrases. …

Apple looking to hire engineers with solar experience to work on mobile devices

<b>Update:</b> Apple has removed the job listing from its website, but we grabbed a screenshot below.<p>Apple appears to be investigating the use of thin film solar technology for future mobile products with a new job listing on the company’s website looking to hire an engineer with experience in the solar …

Promise of 3D printing may be overhyped

3D printers put the resources of a manufacturing plant within the comfort of your home or office, but will the technology ever take off?<p>For an industry rife with chewy buzzwords such as "the Internet of things" and "augmented reality," it's refreshing to come across a concept as intuitive as "3D …

Apprenticeships ensure that young people in Switzerland are employable

Imagine a teenager advising a hedge fund client or running a retail phone store.<p>It may sound like a class project, but at Credit Suisse and Swisscom, up to 800 teens take on responsibilities like these throughout their three-year apprenticeship at each company.<p>In Switzerland, small and large …

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US auto fuel efficiency hits record high

Even with SUV and crossover utility vehicles sales surging, the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles sold in August set a new high for the U.S., according to a new report.<p>Overall, the mileage for new cars and trucks averaged 24.9 MPG, according to Michael Sivak with the University of Michigan.<p>"I …

Guest post: can China help Kazakhstan to diversify? | Financial Times

<i>By Usen Suleimen of the Kazakh foreign ministry and Xiaojiang Yu of Hong Kong Baptist University</i><p>The visit of Xi Jinping, China’s president, to …

Chart of the week: China trade balance doesn’t always add up | Financial Times

Chinese trade balance rose 8 per cent in August from 2012, up to $28.5bn from $17.8bn in July. The improvement was due to higher than expected …

The Best Places for Recent College Grads Looking for Work, Mapped

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's September, which for many of us is synonymous with heading back to school or back to work. And …

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China's industrial output growth adds to recovery hopes

<b>China's industrial production rose by more than expected in August, the latest sign that the world's second-largest economy may be on the mend.</b><p>Factory output climbed by 10.4% from a year earlier. Most analysts had forecast a figure closer to 9.9%.<p>Other data released on Tuesday showed that retail …

China could become the first country to legalize parcel delivery by drone

In building drones that kill people, the US has a couple-decade head start on China. But when it comes to domestic uses, US businesses are hamstrung because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn’t required to issue commercial drone rules until 2015. In the meantime, one of China’s biggest …

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Poverty Reduces Brain Power: Study

LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday.<p>The mental strain could be …