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A Brief History of Everything, feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scientists Can Now Control Mice Brains Wirelessly

Small but powerful tool provides manipulation of mice’s neural networks<p>Researchers have a hard time understanding how tiny changes to networks of neurons in an animal's brain can affect its behavior. Now a team of researchers has figured out a way to tinker with the neural networks of mice in real …

Neuroscience

Alien Animals and Tortured Seascapes off the Galápagos

"Worms" that aren't actual worms, super octopus moms, and collapsed lava formations populate the seafloor surrounding the Galápagos.<p>Nearly 40 years ago, boiling water, towering chimneys, and a menagerie of weird creatures stunned researchers who were trying to study the seafloor 250 miles (400 …

Let's listen out for alien life – and remember we might not understand it

Photograph: Bryan Allen/Corbis<p>We may detect signs of alien life through radio waves, but won’t necessarily understand how to decode it.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/20/1437395901897/7c69ea7d-82dd-45cb-b477-d530ea0f0b8e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Bryan …

Why The Pig Is The Most Loved And Most Loathed Animal On The Plate

In 1849 an American farmer watched a sow give birth and was moved to record a diary entry: "Pigs! Pigs! Pork! Pork! Pork!"<p>The writer's enthusiasm — dug up by historical geographer Sam Bowers Hilliard for Hog Meat and Hoecake, his examination of Southern foodways — is understandable. Swine reproduce …

Donald Trump Calls Neil Young a "Total Hypocrite"

<i>Photo via Donald Trump's Twitter</i><p>When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States, he walked out to Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World". Young, of course, was not OK with this and wrote a statement explaining why he didn't approve. Today, Trump wrote a series of …

Ford unveils smart bike with pothole warnings and 'no sweat' mode

Ford Motor Company announced Tuesday it is entering the implementation phase of its Ford Smart Mobility Plan, and the company is bringing its …

Ford Motor Company

Why the U.S.-France Spying Scandal Will Quickly Blow Over

Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images<p>Susan Walsh—AP<p>Jim Watson—AFP/Getty Images<p>Olivier Douliery-—Getty Images<p>Jewel Samad—AFP/Getty Images<p>Pablo Martinez …

Facial recognition technology: Is Orwell’s fiction our reality?

Talks on a code of practice for facial recognition technology have fallen apart in the US. So, who is watching us and why?<p>Smartphones can track our movements, credit cards have a record of our purchases, and now, thanks to advances in facial recognition technology, companies and governments will …

Horses that heal: how equine therapy is helping people find peace of mind

Horses make great companions for psychotherapy because they can mirror and respond to human behavior. And crucially, ‘there’s no judgment with a horse’<p>It’s Saturday night in downtown Long Beach, California, and laughter can be heard from the streets below. Sarah Smith is sprawled on her bed, …

Psychotherapy

Could these piglets become Britain's first commercially viable GM animals?

Pigs ‘edited’ with a warthog gene to resist African swine fever could help spawn GM animal farms in the UK<p>On an isolated farm outside Edinburgh, pigs grunt eagerly as their food arrives. The barn has a typical farmyard whiff, and a litter of tiny piglets, born just hours earlier, lie with trotters …

Feeling Anxious? Have a Pickle

The Plate<p>I’m from northern Vermont, and am the descendant of a long line of uptight Puritans and taciturn ice fishermen. Chattiness is not our bag. At parties, we’re big on nail-biting reticence and we tend to have an over-developed concept of personal space. A lot of us, as kids, hid behind the …

Man who created the pink flamingo lawn ornament dies

Don Featherstone created the kitsch icon that is still beloved today back in 1957<p>The Massachusetts man who invented the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, which went from a 1960s craze to a kitsch icon, died this week aged 79, his widow said on Tuesday.<p>Donald Featherstone was just out of art …

Russian 'troll factory' sued for underpayment and labour violations

The secretive Russian agency that hires people to write pro-Kremlin propaganda on the web stepped into the public spotlight for the first time on Tuesday as a former employee took it to court.<p>The Agency for Internet Studies, which runs what has been called a “troll factory” from a nondescript St …

Russia

Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

<b>This post was updated at 1:25 p.m. ET to include comment from the White House press secretary.</b><p>The Obama administration is preparing to announce changes in the way it deals with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage by terrorist groups such as the self-declared Islamic State militant …

NASA May Use Nukes To Defend Earth From Asteroids

Cue Armageddon soundtrack<p>In 2013, a 60-foot-wide meteor exploded over Russia, and no one saw it coming. The Chelyabinsk impactor was relatively small by interplanetary standards, but the blast injured about 1,500 people and damaged 7,000 buildings. If a larger rock were headed for Earth, how would …

Hillary Clinton Dominates 2016 Democratic Field, Leads GOP Rivals

News<p>Hillary Clinton is leading her nearest Democratic competitor by a whopping 60 points, and she holds the early general-election advantage against the top Republican White House contenders, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>Seventy-five percent of national Democratic primary …

NSA Has Reverse-Engineered Popular Consumer Anti-Virus Software In Order To Track Users

The NSA and its British counterpart the GCHQ have put extensive effort into hacking popular security software products to “track users and infiltrate networks,” according to the latest round of Snowden docs unearthed today by The Intercept.<p>Cybersecurity companies, including the Moscow-headquartered …

11 states affected in bottled water recall, company spokesman says

California-based water bottling company Niagara Bottling recalled 14 of its brands Monday after one of its spring sources detected E. coli bacteria in its water supply on Wednesday, June 10. The company said in an updated news release Monday that it recalled its products out of an abundance of …

Israel: U.N. report on Gaza war is biased

Israel's sharp rebuke of a U.N. report that accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes last summer points to that country's increasing strains with the world body.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily rejected the report Monday.<p>"Israel does not commit war crimes," Netanyahu said. …

Rwandan military general arrested in London in connection with war crimes

Police take Karenzi Karake, accused of ordering civilian massacres as well as killings of Spanish NGO workers, into custody on behalf of Spanish authorities<p>One of Rwanda’s top military figures has been arrested in London in relation to alleged war crimes against civilians, police have said.<p>Karenzi …

John Oliver just took on one of the biggest, most disturbing problems of the internet

One of the worst aspects of the internet can be the way it can magnify the worst aspects of interacting with others. Oliver took the time recently to explore the frighteningly specific threats of violence women get online and how the legal system deals with it.<p>Oliver illustrates this with clips of …

John Oliver