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Accessible Synthetic Biology Raises New Concerns for DIY Biological Warfare

For a few hundred dollars, anyone can start doing genetic editing in the comfort of their own home.<p><i>Written By Joseph Neighbor</i><p>This December, the signatory nations of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) will meet, as they do every five years, to discuss the state of bioweapons globally. In at …

Genetics

Fear of the light: why we need darkness

Light pollution conceals true darkness from 80% of Europe and North America. What do we lose when we can no longer see the stars?<p>Every civilisation we know of has devised a system – scientific, religious, what have you – to make sense of the night sky. The mystery of what’s up there, where it came …

Natural Gas

Study Says That Men Have The Better Sense Of Direction

The idea that men have a better sense of direction than women is one of the oldest gender cliches. But new research suggests that men really might employ better navigational strategies than women.<p>Previous studies -- including many decades-old experiments on rats in mazes -- have shown that men tend …

The Brain

‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online

In the wake of widespread celebrity hacking, a third-party Snapchat client dubbed SnapSaved was reportedly breached, leading to the biggest leak of …

The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper

Family of 22-year-old says independent report they requested contradicts police statement that says officers thought Mr Clark was approaching them …

European Union

Cancer tumours destroyed by berry found in Queensland rainforest

Drug derived from the fruit of the blushwood tree kills cancerous tumours long-term in animals in 70% of cases<p>Scientists have managed to destroy cancerous tumours by using an experimental drug derived from the seeds of a fruit found in north Queensland rainforests.<p>The drug, called EBC-46, was …

The Physics of Wireless Charging

What if you could charge your phone (or device) without having to worry about the charging cable? Well, you can. This is the idea behind wireless …

Why is the speed of darkness faster than the speed of light?

Michael Stevens explains why darkness moves faster than light in this new episode of Vsauce. I usually find these explainers interesting because they …

Want to train your brain? Play StarCraft

A new study has found that real-time strategy gaming can increase the cognitive flexibility of the player.<p><i>(Credit: Blizzard)</i><p><b>A new study has found</b> …

First Drive: Volkswagen XL1The future is now

It’s not very often that you get a chance to take a peek into the future. We live in the now, and all future products and practices are being …

This is what F1 racing will sound like in 2014

Formula One is making a switch from the current naturally aspirated 2.4-liter V8 found in the back of every car, to a new, 1.6-liter turbocharged V6. Suffice it to say, things are going to change. The new engines are having such an impact on the teams of F1, that at least one manufacturer, Ferrari, …

BMW unveils i3 electric car in NYC (pictures)

Electric Vehicles

Low-cost iPhone seemingly confirmed as plastic-bodied and not yet in mass production from Pegatron working conditions report

The report on working conditions at Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron appears to confirm that the low-cost iPhone does indeed exist, is plastic and is not yet in mass production.<p>The introduction to the report (PDF), which provides a background to Pegatron, contains this statement:<p>Its assembled …

Plastic Casing For Apple’s Low-Cost iPhone Gets Confirmed In A Supplier Responsibility Investigation

Apple’s plans to release a low-cost iPhone got a solid confirmation from a new report by China Labor Watch this morning. The unlikely source of the new product info was an undercover investigation into Pegatron to shed light on working conditions at the Apple supplier (which also acts as a partner …

Xbox One Vs. PS4 Launch Title Line-Up

<i>Both the Xbox One and PS4 have a lot of exclusives in the works. Here are the ones coming during the systems’ launch.</i><p>Both the Xbox One from Microsoft and PlayStation 4 from Sony have a number of exclusive games you won’t be able to get anywhere else.<p>Both consoles have even more content that will …

Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra used in cover-based shooter

Oculus Rift developer forum user Teddy0K, has developed a first-person cover-based shooter demo using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the Razer Hydra motion controller.<p>As demonstrated in the video above, a Hydra wand is attached to the user's chest while the Hydra joystick is used as …

Xbox One Vs. PS4: Why Sony Is Still The Best Choice For Gamers

<i>The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are increasingly difficult to tell apart, but Sony’s system is still the better pick for gamers.</i><p>Microsoft has backtracked on almost every issue that upset consumers since the company revealed the Xbox One earlier this year.<p>Gone is the noxious online DRM. Gone are the …

Cosmic gas cloud fights supermassive black hole | Stuart Clark

If gas clouds could think, this one would class itself as the luckiest bunch of atoms in the universe. The front portion of a giant gas cloud called …

The Surprising Origin Of Earth's Gold

New observations suggest your jewelry may have originated from colliding stars. Twinkle, twinkle!<p>Pirates have hunted it. Monarchs have exploited it. Jewelers have sold it. But where did gold come from?<p>Research by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggests that the Earth's supply …

Om Nom Nom: T. Rex Was, Indeed, A Voracious Hunter

<i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> is perhaps one of the most famous animals to have ever roamed the Earth. This huge, fierce meat-eater has graced Hollywood films as the perpetual villain, and it has played a notorious role in the science community that studies it, too.<p>Despite its vicious depiction in pop culture, …

This 3-D Printed Tarantula Robot Is Actually Kinda Cute

Aww. Come here, little guy.<p>Robot spider! Sounds terrifying. But the T8--an octopod 'bot made from 3-D printed parts--is actually charming. For your viewing pleasure, watch it dance like a drunk high-school kid.<p>The company behind the T8, Robugtix, is taking pre-orders for the robot now, if you're …

Sabre rocket engine could open up access to space as never before | Stuart Clark

Imagine taking off from a runway as you would in a normal aeroplane but flying so high and so fast that when you unclip your seatbelt, you float …