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RoboCop? How About RoboPenguin!

At the American Physical Society's fluid dynamics conference this winter, there was a healthy infusion of biology. In between talks on propellers and plane wings, there were presentations about flying snakes, fire ants, humpback whales and hummingbirds. Physicists from all over the world are …

The bitter truth about making a natural sugar substitute

Sugar in soft drinks and other processed foods may be bad for us, but cheating our taste buds has proved difficult — and the substitutes we do have (like the coal derivative found in Sweet'n Low) can sound even worse. A more "natural" solution is sweetener derived from plants like stevia, which has …

Discontinuing soon, Bump is the latest in Google’s acquisition graveyard

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Bump, the mobile app that gained traction nearly four years ago for its “magical” information transfer when two phones touched …

FCC Complaints Never Fail to Disappoint

CBS may clean up with its prime-time comedies, but if the volume of complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission is any indication, …

HP's 'Earth Insights' Is A Great Example Of How Big Data Can Change The World

Big data refers to collecting vast amounts of data in all shapes and sizes from tweets to images and analyzing it to come up with fresh insights.<p>Time again we heard about big data projects and startups using the tech to help salespeople close deals or help companies target their ads better. Those …

Big Data

Skype hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, told to “stop surveillance”

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has voiced some loud opinions on the social media platforms of its latest …

Bitter cold coming to Green Bay on Sunday

AP<p>When the 49ers beat the Packers in the playoffs last year, it was in the comfortable confines of the Bay Area. If the 49ers are going to beat the …

NFL Playoff Preview: Can Green Bay figure out San Francisco’s offense?

Aaron Rodgers' return from a broken collarbone and his contribution in the Green Bay Packers' NFC North-winning victory at Chicago was a great …

Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off …

Israeli Startup Mines Data To Solve Global Water Crisis

<i>Note: the story was updated on January 1 to remove a reference to Thames Water</i><p>U.S. intelligence services agree: A major global water crisis is less than ten years away. Some time in the second decade of second millennium, countries important to the United States will start to suffer shortages and …

2014 Movies: The 44 Most Anticipated Blockbusters, Comedies, Dramas, & More

Marvel<p>2013 was, by almost everyone's account, a pretty stellar year for movies, which it didn't necessary look like it was going to be from the outset, what with the high number of sequels, spin-offs, and "shared universe" titles on the calendar. (You can read our own recap of our 50 favorites …