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Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

Image copyright The Cancer Genome Atlas.Swiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it …

Genetics

Six productivity apps you’ll never want to be without

Optimize your inbox<p>Boomerang<p>I love using Boomerang even more than I love <i>saying</i> “Boomerang.” This plugin has changed my entire e-mail behavior. It’s a genius tool that adds a “send later” button to your messages, allowing you to schedule your e-mails to go out at a chosen time in the future. It also …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

Need to wrangle SQL, NoSQL data? Espresso Logic says it can help

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Rajbeer Sandhu Samgeet<p>Espresso Logic, which offers a backend service to help businesses connect applications with SQL …

Databases

Seldon Wants to Make Life Easier for Data Scientists

It feels that these days we live our whole digital lives according mysterious algorithms that predict what we’ll want from apps and websites. A new open-source product could help those building the products we use worry less about writing those algorithms in the first place.<p>As increasing numbers of …

The Best Apps For People Who Don't Like Spending Money

Whatever you use — debit card, ApplePay, Bitcoin — one way or another, you’re really just giving up cold, hard cash. And with an average personal …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

27 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Should Check out Today

We love the Web. Seriously, we do. But sometimes, achieving what you want is a little harder and takes a little longer than you’d really want. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a list of 27 of the best Chrome extensions you can find around.<p>We’ve broken them down into groups of a few per …

Now We Know How This Giant, Earth-Bound Asteroid Is Held Together, We Can Learn How to Destroy It

An asteroid pointed toward Earth set to arrive in the year 2880 AD may not destroy all life as we know it after all, now that scientists know what’s …

Synthetic molecule uses salt to trigger self-destruction of cancer cells

A team of international researchers has developed a molecule capable of triggering cancer cell death by carrying chloride into cancer cell membranes. …

Robin Williams Has Died of Apparent Suicide

Prolific actor Robin Williams has died.<p>The actor “passed away [Monday] morning. He had been battling severe depression of late,” his rep said in a …

Comedians

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Hello, Dave. I control your thermostat. Google's Nest gets hacked

[Updated with a comment from Nest]<p>“Hello, Dave.”<p>The immortal words of Hal, the rogue computer in <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, showed up on the display of a Google Nest appliance control system. That’s not supposed to happen.<p>But hackers at the Black Hat security conference this week made those words appear …

Hackers Unveil Their Plan to Change Email Forever

The creator of an ultra-secure email service once said to be used by Edward Snowden unveiled his next project at a major hacker conference Friday: he …

Leadership

According to Michael Wolff's forthcoming book.<p>According to Michael Wolff's forthcoming book.<p>He says 'Fire and Fury' includes a Trump-blasting …

Argentina threatened with contempt order by U.S. judge

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina’s economy ministry once again defiantly asserted the country has made a required debt payment on restructured sovereign bonds on Friday night, just hours after a U.S. judge threatened a contempt-of-court order if Argentina did not stop issuing such …

FCC chairman asks other US carriers to justify data throttling policies

After a very public grilling of Verizon over the company's decision to start throttling some customers on unlimited plans, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is now asking every other major US carrier to provide some answers. This whole saga began last month, when Verizon announced that the top 5 percent of …

Plugging The World’s Water Leaks With Sophisticated Analytics

This software can help utilities distinguish between a water leak and everyone simply flushing their toilets at the same time.<p>Given the impending shortage of water in the world, it seems crazy we waste so much of the stuff. Estimates show that demand for fresh water could outrun supplies by 40% by …

World Economic Forum

Beam raises $5M for its smartphone-connected toothbrush

I brush everyday, but I’ve never learned to enjoy it. I also don’t do it right, as my dentist never fails to tell me.<p>Beam Technologies wants to make brushing more interesting and fun by connecting a smart toothbrush to a smartphone. Beam’s toothbrush measures how long and how often you brush. It …

Fast Radio 'Bursts' From Beyond Our Galaxy Baffle Astronomers

A split-second burst of energy that erupted in deep space is giving astronomers important new clues about a mysterious class of astrophysical phenomena.<p>Only a handful of these rapid, millisecond-duration events, known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs), had been detected previously, all of them by a …

Navdy’s Heads-Up Display Wants To Be The Safer Alternative To Using Your Smartphone While Driving

Frustrated with using the built-in infotainment system and his phone in his car, Doug Simpson, CEO and founder of Navdy, decided to create a Google Glass-reminiscent heads-up display to create a new and safer way to interact with smartphones while driving.<p>Now I know what you’re thinking — why is he …

Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

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Squishy, Lego-Like Blocks Could Build The Robots Of The Future

Imagine a biomimetic robot that can inflate itself, bend at odd angles, and channel liquids through itself in any direction. That’s what scientists at Harvard University have created. By using squishy little Lego blocks with channels built-in, a team at Harvard has created robots can move like …

Why businesses that pass on data-driven marketing & sales tools might get left behind

SAN FRANCISCO — Salespeople and marketers at a few companies have been testing out marketing startups’ data-powered tools, and some have found impressive results. These companies’ competitors might want to get in on this whole notion of data-driven sales, just to keep up.<p>This means that these …

Low Vitamin D Increases Risk for Dementia and Alzheimer's, Study Says

Elderly people with a moderate-to-severe Vitamin D deficiency are significantly more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to …

Google strengthens web encryption drive by making HTTPS a ranking issue

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Google(s goog) has begun giving better search rankings to websites that use secure, encrypted connections to transmit customer …

Amazon Same-Day Delivery Selection Grows in New York. Are Groceries Next?

Clues point to preparations for an Amazon Fresh-equipped warehouse in New Jersey.<p>Amazon shoppers in New York City now have a wider selection of products they can order for same-day delivery, the company announced today. And it’s increasingly looking like groceries could be the next category of …

Researchers Can Now Listen To Voices In A Room By Videotaping A Bag Of Chips

Yes, they can hear the sounds simply by looking at the bag, even through a sound-proof glass door, no sound recording needed whatsoever.<p>"That's the results of the astounding visual microphone," project done by researchers at MIT, reports by Sarah Lewin for IEE Spectrum's blog.<p>It works like this: …

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