Hannah Sky Richards

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The real robot economy and the bus ticket inspector

While driverless car pilot projects get going across the UK, the robot economy has already started on the top deck of a London Bus<p>“I can only go on what the machine says.” My ears prick up. The Oyster card inspector on my bus to work has found someone who (apparently) hasn’t paid her fare. He …

A new protein looks like Christmas lights and helps us track brain activity

CaMPARI could help researchers get quick feedback when neurons fire<p>Neuron activity is used as everything from an indicator of our most fundamental impulses to a model for computers, but our understanding of it is basic at best. The methods we use to detect brain activity are limited as well — even …

It’s official: GM’s 200-mile, $30K electric Bolt car will be produced

Last month GM showed off an electric concept car called the Bolt, which was widely seen as a competitive shot at Tesla’s planned lower cost Model 3 …

Electric Vehicles

The southwest will be drier over the next century than any time in the past millennium

The driest part of the US may see more drought risk in the next century than it faced in the previous thousand years, according to a new report published today in <i>Science Advances</i>. Led by NASA climate scientist Benjamin Cook, the team tracked three different drought indices for the American …

'Public alienation undermines scientific efforts to improve human lives'

Deepening gulf between public and scientific views is the greatest problem facing scientists, says Alan Leshner, chief executive of American Association for the Advancement of Science<p>Public tensions over the progress of modern science are at their most intense for decades and threaten to undermine …

Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Love growing potatoes and tomatoes? This spring, gardeners in the U.S. (and Europe) will be able to get both tuber and fruit from a single plant.<p>It even has a catchy name: Ketchup 'n' Fries.<p>"It's like a science project," says Alice Doyle of SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables, the company that's …

'Megadroughts' Will Bake the Plains, Southwest for Decades: Study

As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades. "Unprecedented drought conditions" — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central …

This Driverless Car Can Beat a Race Car Driver (Sometimes)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Driverless cars are all well and good, but surely they can't outdrive flesh-and-blood race car drivers, can they? Actually, it depends on the day.<p>"The typical male response is, it'll never beat me," David Vodden, chief executive officer of Thunderhill Raceway Park near Willows, …

Clot-removal device paired with drug shows benefits for stroke patients

In most patients suffering a potentially devastating stroke triggered by a blood clot, retrieval of the clot with a medical device along with the standard drug therapy restored blood flow to the brain and reduced rates of death and disability, four new clinical trials have demonstrated.<p>The latest …

Medicine

Alien search won't doom planet Earth, say scientists who want to contact ET

Fears that a major program to contact alien life could spell disaster for planet Earth were dismissed as “paranoid” on Thursday by scientists who hope to beam messages to distant worlds from powerful radio telescopes.<p>Researchers at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) Institute in …

Southwest and Great Plains at risk of 21st century 'mega-drought'

Global warming will bring the "unprecedented" risk of a decades-long mega-drought in the American Southwest and Great Plains during the second half of the century, researchers claim.<p>The forecast, which was published online Thursday in the new journal Science Advances, contrasts sharply with other …

Steven Weinberg on the history of science - podcast

Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Prof Weinberg talks about his new book, To Explain The World, and explains how we learn to learn about the world Continue reading...

Driverless car beats racing driver for first time

Scientists predict motorists could soon be transported by autonomous cars with the driving skills of Michael Schumacher<p>Driverless cars now out-perform skilled racing drivers, engineers at Stanford University have shown, after pitting their latest model against a track expert.<p>The team has designed a …

How love and heartache affect the body

Falling in love – and suffering a broken heart – have some powerful effects on the body.<p>“Love is the drug” sang Roxy Music back in the early 1970s, and it turns out Bryan Ferry and team were on to something.<p>When you fall in love, the same areas of your brain affected by alcohol or drugs like …

Diet and exercise alone are no cure for obesity, experts say

At long last, a group of respected physicians and obesity researchers has stepped forward to challenge the facile bromide that America's weight issues can be easily fixed by diet and exercise.<p>Take note, glib-talking doctors and legislators, rail-thin commentators, and fat-haters of all stripes: For …

Smoke from fires fueled 2011 tornado outbreak

Scientists say smoke particles likely played a role in a deadly tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011.<p>The weather event produced 122 tornadoes, resulted …

Weather

Some Viruses Gang Up, Research Shows

Viruses such as EV-D68 and its distant cousin polio gang up to infect cells, researchers reported Friday.<p>Then these gaggles of enteroviruses cloak themselves in pieces of the infected cell to sneak out and infect other cells.<p>The findings, reported in the journal Cell, may help lead to treatments …

Are Decades-Long Megadroughts on the Horizon?

To Be or Not to Be Signaling the Aliens: That Is the Question for SETI

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For more than 50 years, scientists have been listening for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, to no avail. Now some experts on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, think it's time for a sustained effort to send signals out to extraterrestrial …

Paranormal

Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness

They may lie in, act selfishly and take risks, but research by a leading neuroscientist suggests that adolescents may be right when they say nobody understands them<p>Teenagers really get a bad time,’ says Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. ‘It is amazing how it seems to be totally acceptable – even …

To Keep Bacteria Off Medical Devices, Coat Them In This Slippery Liquid

Back off bacteria, you'll get no traction here<p>With antibiotic resistant microbes on the rise, plenty of researchers are looking into ways of thwarting the stubborn little devils. Scientists are working on everything, from air cocoons and electrical implants, to many other complicated alternatives. …

Scientists go high and low for data on drought-fighting 'sky rivers'

Finally, it had arrived: the long band of atmospheric water vapor from the tropics that scientists were eager to examine from every conceivable angle.<p>"This is the big blockbuster event," Cmdr. Mark Sweeney said shortly before he guided a federal research plane named Miss Piggy into a puffy, …

Wear A Heart (Monitor) On Your Sleeve

Its LEDs will flash a symbol of affection with your every heartbeat<p>This Valentine’s Day, scrap the overrated roses and chocolate for a more personal token of love. By combining a cardiac monitor with LEDs, you can flash a symbol of affection with each heartbeat.<p>To contract the heart muscle and pump …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Space Smiley Face, Mercury Megacrater

A star smiley face seems to form a cosmic grin, a Space X rocket launches, and a giant iceberg breaks free in Antarctica in this week's roundup of space photos.

Soldiers could have their bones copied and 3D printed in case of injury

Experts say that soldiers could be scanned before deploying and a 'twin' kept online so that new bones could be 3D printed if they are injured<p>Soldiers could be scanned before they enter the battlefield and a virtual 'twin' kept online so that new bones could be 3D printed when they get injured, …

Virtual cadavers may help surgeons save limbs and lives

Photograph: Reuters<p>British surgeons and nurses operate on a soldier in Afghanistan. A virtual twin could be used to help army medics do urgent reconstructive surgery.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/14/1423909682395/11acfdc8-a68e-4a8a-b71a-05400108f76a-460x276.jpeg<p>…

Surgery