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Newswire: Philadelphia GameStop stores now require your fingerprints when you trade in games

GameStops in Philadelphia are now requiring customers who want to trade in their used games to undergo a thumbprint scan, according to a report from …

Secret language of penguins decoded

African penguins communicate feelings such as hunger, anger and loneliness through six distinctive vocal calls, according to scientists who have observed the birds' behaviour in captivity.<p>The calls of the "jackass" penguin were identified by researchers at the University of Turin, Italy. Four are …

How To Prove That Light Can Be Converted Into Matter

A decades-old hypothesis gets closer to solidity.<p>In 1934, two American physicists theorized that if one could make two photons collide, the collision would produce two positron-electron pairs—and thus convert light into matter. If proven in a lab, the process would be a pure demonstration of …

Physics

Deep-sea octopus guards her eggs for nearly 4.5 years

This Octomom was observed to set a new record – 53 months – for the longest brooding period of any known animal.<p>The video above, from Monterey Bay …

World's first man-made photosynthetic 'leaf' could produce oxygen for astronauts

Breakthrough technology could make long-distance space travel feasible, clean our air here on Earth, and even combat global warming.<p>To say that an …

Genomics: what it could mean for the future of medicine

David Cameron has announced a £300 million project which could 'unlock the power of DNA'. Here are six must-reads for those who want to know more about this extraordinary development.<p><b>From the New Scientist – Your genomic future: Personalised medicine is here</b><p>Families afflicted by rare genetic …

Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.<p>In this month’s issue of <i>Physics</i> …

Solar Cycle

End of chemotherapy within 20 years as pioneering DNA project launched

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Genetic disorders: 'It is devastating to watch your child lose every ability'

Lewis was fine until the age of two-and-a-half. A lively toddler, brilliant at sports, he gave his parents no cause for concern. But then began a decline that was both swift and brutal. At first he began to limp. Then one morning his legs gave way. He began to have fits. Six months later he was …

Change Your Hair Color By Etching Nano-Patterns Into Each Strand

In a weirdly serious bit of hair research, engineers have figured out how to change hair color without an ounce of hair dye. The only catch? You need …

How Cultures Move Across Continents

Where were the artists, politicians and religious leaders? A blue light denotes a birth while a red light signals a death. The lines connect the two.<p>Credit: Maximillian Schich and Mauro Martino<p>They may look like flight paths around North America and Europe. Or perhaps nighttime satellite photos, …

A Common Virus Is Eating Your Gut Bacteria

The only time you’re completely human is before you’re born. For the rest of your life, microbes from the environment colonize ecosystems around your body, outnumbering your 37 trillion human cells by about 10 to one.<p>Over the past decade, scientists have been exploring how the microbes living on …

The Entire History Of Western Civilization... In 5 Minutes

If you could compress 2,600 years of cultural history into one moment, it'd look something like this.<p>The stunning visualization created by Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, depicts the birth and death locations of history's most influential people.<p>Schich's …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Toxic Ohio tap water tested as 500,000 residents wait

Water in Toledo, Ohio, and surrounding areas remained officially undrinkable Sunday evening, more than 36 hours after a do-not-drink order went into place for 500,000 people.<p>Water at a Toledo treatment plant tested positive for a toxin on Saturday, leading the governor to declare a state of …

Environmental Health

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Online To Work Across US and EU, Boxart Revealed

Capcom revealed today that the online and local multiplayer in the upcoming 3DS title Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate would feature cross-region play in …

This fan-made Super Smash Bros. trailer is amazing ... and a little creepy

Equal parts intriguing and creepy, this fan-made trailer for <i>Super Smash Bros</i>. stars Nintendo's iconic Mario making his way through the streets of the real Tokyo on his way to a race.<p>Creator Dean Wright said it took him about a month to create the mash-up.

How well does PlayStation Now work on PS4?

PlayStation Now promises an ambitious networking feat, hoping to bring select games not only across platforms, but across generations. But is it a promise Sony can keep?<p>We gave PlayStation Now a test run after the launch of its beta on PS4 earlier today, and despite a perplexing pricing model and a …

Google Glass thief unknowingly live streams his day

When it comes to thieves and technology, the latter usually proves to be their biggest nemesis. Earlier this summer, for example, one thief was …

Google Glass

A Lick Of The Tongue Changes This Ice Cream’s Color

By the time you're done, it's like a whole new ice cream.<p>At first, it’s a delightful shade of periwinkle blue. Then, it turns into a lilac purple before settling on a vibrant magenta.<p>No, these aren’t the stages of your old mood ring. Believe it or not, this is the colorful transformation of the new …

Ice Cream

With Qi wireless charging, you'll soon be able to charge your device from a small distance

It's becoming more and more common to find mobile devices with wireless charging capability, either as a built-in feature or integrated into third-party cases. Progress has been somewhat hampered, however, by the fact that no universally adopted standard is available. Of the three major groups …

USB drives are a security nightmare

Plugging in a USB drive could be one of the most dangerous things you do on your computer, according to new research reported by <i>Wired</i>'s Andy Greenberg. A new species of malware, dubbed "BadUSB," can use the drives to take over computers completely, altering files or redirecting web traffic, and …

Lifeform of the week: Hairy pink squat lobster

It’s always a good hair day for a hairy pink squat lobster (Lauriea siagiani). These little guys live on sponges in the western Indo-Pacific.<p>Say hi …

Study suggests probiotic to prevent obesity possible

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee have raised hopes for the possibility of developing of a probiotic to treat obesity and …

Could We Ever Build an Artificial World?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Death Star and replica planets.<p><b>Name:</b> Artificial world<p><b>Selected Science Fiction Portrayals:</b> The two Death Stars from the <i>Star</i> …

7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to win

We don't know much of anything about Apple's upcoming smartwatch, or even if such a thing exists. But as hype, rumors, and expectations reach the pre-release fever pitch we've come to associate with a new Apple product, it seems all but certain that Tim Cook will take the stage this fall to …