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Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

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Visited WikiLeaks? NSA and GCHQ know about it

Efforts undertaken by the NSA and GCHQ to target groups including WikiLeaks, Anonymous and Pirate Bay using internet surveillance and prosecution …

‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’ Is Expanding Massively

WinCo Foods is pushing into one of the country’s hottest grocery store markets, Texas—and the competition is quaking in their boots.<p>This week, WinCo …

South Korea and the U.S. Reacted Much Differently to a Credit Card Theft Scandal

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Residents in both the U.S. and South Korea were recently hit with a major security breach that let …

Giant Screens Display Fake Sunrises in Beijing When Smog Blots Out the Real Sun

<b>UPDATE</b> – It turns out that the screens are actually an ad for tourism in China’s Shandong province and not a way to provide a fake sunrise during …

Obama: Pot not worse than alcohol

Citing his own experience as a kid with marijuana, President Barack Obama is weighing in on the legalization debate, saying it isn’t more dangerous than alcohol or different from cigarettes.<p>“I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the president told The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a …

Planning For A Future Of Robot Ships

The technology is getting there, but the law is the real obstacle.<p>When it comes to shipping, humans crews are inconvenient. They need places to sleep and to take care care of bodily functions, they probably require food and a place to prepare that food, and they can only work so many hours a day. …

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New artificial, bionic hands start to get real feelings - ExtremeTech

By on December 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Simple tasks, like plucking the …

Android has secret camera features, but Google won't let you use them yet

Buried deep inside Google's mobile operating are hidden two features that would make for a far more refined Android photography experience. Raw image …

Before You Take Another Selfie in the Name of Personal Branding, Read This | Inc.com

The guy who sat down beside me noticed my shirt and said, "Hey, are you a cyclist?"<p>"I like to ride bikes, but I wouldn't call myself a cyclist," I said. "I'm nowhere near that good."<p>"Still," he said. "What's the toughest climb you've done?"<p>I thought about it. "I guess the back side of Reddish Knob."<p>…

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5 Signs You Should Run From An Interview And Never Look Back

A common job-hunting aphorism observes, “a job interview is as much about interviewing the company you’re applying to as it is about the hiring managers interviewing you.” But, we all know that’s not exactly how it goes. Mostly, we’re too obsessed with looking and acting the part to reflect upon …

The world's oldest runner, Fauja Singh, on life since his retirement

The London-based runner, who ceased competitive racing at 102 in February this year, on his running life, his celebrity status and how he won't touch cauliflower<p><i>Fauja Singh is 102 and is believed to be the world's oldest runner. Since taking up running, aged 89, he has run nine full marathons.</i> …

Curved Handheld Displays Almost Ready for Market

Both LG and Samsung plan to release phones that feature curved displays in the near future, reports <i>Reuters</i>. Flexible curved displays, which have been utilized in television sets, are a developing technology for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices.<p>Curved displays are in the early …

Researchers Find A Gene For Obesity

Just what we always wanted: a empirical reason why we binge-eat that isn't our fault.<p>Researchers at the University of Copenhagen set out on what seemed like a simple task: to find out if overeating is linked to any genetic difference. Four years and 1,200 pigs later (yeah, we'll get to that), they …

Google's Self-Driving Cars: A Quest for Acceptance

Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.<p>Every morning, at about 8 a.m., Anthony Levandowski walks out of his house in Berkeley and folds his six-foot-six-inch frame into the driver's seat of his white Lexus. Levandowski is embarking on his daily commute to …

My friend gave me a bitcoin. Now what?

Use this crypto-currency to fund ambitious projects<p>So you've got yourself a bitcoin. Congratulations! Its value was hovering around $100 at press time. But what can you do with your newly acquired digital riches? Quite a lot, as it turns out—especially if you have a penchant for projects.<p>More and …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Monkey in a Tiny Green Coat Hops Around in the Snow

A monkey bundled up in a little green coat and warm pants hops around the snow in this cute video.

Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought

Operator of Japanese nuclear power plant claims there has been no leak but has yet to discover cause of radiation spike<p>Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported have been found near a water storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing fresh concern about the …

Five Ways To Reduce College Costs

Unless you’ve been in a cave somewhere, by now you’re aware that last Thursday President Obama put forward a proposal to reduce the cost of higher education. The basis of this initiative is a ratings system that will help the federal government better allocate taxpayers’ $150 billion in student aid …

Dishwasher Cooking: Make Your Dinner While Cleaning The Plates

My mom is a creative cook. And a darn good one at that.<p>But when she told me and my sister — way back in 1995 — that she had started cooking salmon in the dishwasher, we just rolled our eyes and shook our heads. Here comes a kitchen catastrophe.<p>An hour later, mom proved her teenage daughters wrong …

How does a 3D printer work? The science and engineering behind this emerging technology

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>There is a lot of excitement building around what 3D printers can and might do. But how does a 3D …

Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Refrigerator

Artist Quentin Devine (aka “Q4nobody“) created this photoshopped image of a refrigerator that shows Han Solo frozen in carbonite on the doors. …

Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

Medtronic Is Changing Its Business. Will The System Let It?

Earlier this month, <i>Forbes</i> contributor David Shaywitz asked a necessary question: “Are Medical Product Companies Finally Serious About Business Model Evolution?” This was in response to medical-device giant Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) friendly acquisition of Cardiocom, a patient-monitoring firm. CEO Omar …