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The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel

Technically savvy scientists and engineers have put much effort into conceiving far-future technologies that might make possible near- light-speed …

Scientists Raise Doubts About Higgs Boson Discovery, Say It Could Be Another Particle

Was all the Higgs hoopla a bit premature?<p>In a new paper that has raised eyebrows around the world, an international team of scientists says there is no proof that the particle whose discovery was confirmed last year by physicists at CERN is the long-sought Higgs boson.<p>"The CERN data is generally …

The science of why we lie

We tell 10 lies every week – but what’s the reasoning behind so many untruths?<p>Lying can often be easier and kinder than the truth, and anybody who claims they’ve never lied is probably lying right then. But it’s surprising to see the stark figure that we lie, on average, <b>ten times a week</b><b>.</b> The small …

Psychology

The Molecule That Might Give Us All Super-Memories

At the very least, FXR1P should be able to help treat Alzheimer's and autism.<p>Total recall would be a pretty sweet special skill, particularly if the recaller finds themselves witnessing crimes and/or playing poker on a regular basis. It's probably handy in other situations too … like quoting movies …

Neuroscience

Should I Put My Selfie On That?

The "dos" and "don'ts" of displaying your duck face<p>The world has gone selfie-crazy. Four new phones -- and counting -- announced this fall have wide-angle, front-facing cameras, specialized apps, and accessories to make the most of these self-inflicted photos. You're going to put them somewhere, …

Apps

Nine good reasons to be an engineer

Recently I asked the question, “Why be an engineer?”<p>A report just issued by the Brookings Institute’s Hamilton Project answers that question nine …

'Valkyria Chronicles' Tops The Steam Charts

The recent release of Valkyria Chronicles on Steam has resulted in it topping the platform’s charts, ousting the current mainstream games also released during this holiday season.<p>Understand that this is a port of a PS3 game from 2008, hardly a big budget or mainstream title (albeit a wonderfully …

Leaked images look like a first glimpse of Telltale's Game of Thrones

What looks like the first images of Telltale Games' take on <i>Game of Thrones</i> have leaked out, showing many of the series' familiar faces even if this game will concern the story of a new character from a minor house.<p>The provenance of the images is not confirmed; this PlayStation 4 website from France …

Facebook Reportedly Wants to Be Your Office’s Social Network

A report from Financial Times today indicates that Facebook is working on a new service called “Facebook at Work” that aims to get a piece of the business social networking space.<p>According to the report, Facebook at Work will look similar to the main service, complete with news feed and groups, but …

IBM and Nvidia win $425M to build two monstrous supercomputers for the Department of Energy

The Department of Energy has awarded $425 million in federal funding to IBM, Nvidia, and other companies who will build two giant supercomputers many times more powerful than today’s most powerful machines.<p>Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy, announced Friday that the government will fund two …

Forget quadratic equations, play 'Super Smash Bros.' on your TI-83

The geniuses that guided Rosetta's lander onto a freaking comet no doubt put their TI-83 programmable calculators to good use, but you know what the rest of us were doing with them? Yeah, playing <i>Wolfenstein</i>. Now you can misspend physics class with another game: <i>Super Smash Bros</i>. Programmer Hayleia …

43 Facts About Your Brain That Will Blow Your Mind

If this year's iPhone release taught us anything, it's that we're a society which craves new technology, jumping at the chance to replace last year's …

Nobel Prize

Today in science: 1st intentional radio message to space

What do you think? Should we be advertising our presence in space?<p><b>November 16, 1974.</b> This is the anniversary of the most powerful broadcast ever …

Cholera Gave a British Doctor the Idea for IVs

Patients need fluid, somehow.<p>Physicians have been trying to stick fluids into patients—or experimental animals—for hundreds of years. In 1656, Sir Christopher Wren wanted to see what would happen if he took a quill and a pig's bladder and used it to send intoxicants—beer and wine and opium—directly …

The new “Assassin’s Creed” game is reviving an ancient debate over the French Revolution

The latest “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” video game allows you, the player, to roam freely around an ancient city as part of its usual, incomprehensible plot about assassins, conspiracy, and revenge. But this time, the game is set in Paris during the French Revolution, and the game is ruffling a few …

France