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Scientists Decode Dreams With Brain Scans

It used to be that what happened in your dreams was your own little secret. But today scientists report for the first time that they've successfully …

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …

Google boosts customer access, functionality of Compute Engine

Google introduced somewhat of an overhaul for its Compute Engine virtual machine today, making the cloud service more readily available to more users.<p>Marc Cohen, a software manager on the Google Cloud Platform team, outlined in a blog post that today's update essentially boils down to three things: …

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Researchers testing nuclear fusion technology that could power NASA's rockets

NASA-funded researchers at the University of Washington will test a unique approach to nuclear fusion this summer, in the hopes that the technology will replace rocket fuel and power spacecraft that are faster and less expensive to operate. The research team has already confirmed that discrete …

The rise of the bitcoin: Virtual gold or cyber-bubble?

LONDON — A currency surging in value at a breathtaking rate this week belongs to no nation and is issued by no central bank. It can be used to buy gold in California, a hamburger in Berlin or a house in Alberta. When desired, it can offer largely untraceable transactions.<p>The coin in question now …

Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: A self-employed world

If we let people control technology rather than being its slave, it will lead us away from a world where we work for large corporations and towards one where we can turn our own ideas into reality, thinks Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton.<p>For the last 20 years we’ve become alienated from technology, …

Ionic thrusters could power the ultra-efficient, stealth drones of the future

Stealth drones and other aircraft of the future could be powered by engines that don't have any moving parts, can't be detected by infrared, and are more efficient than what we have today. A new study by MIT researchers demonstrated all of these capacities and more for ionic thrusters and now at …

Internet takes education to new level: Will universities make the grade?

More and more universities have made a place for the Internet in today's educational offerings, but will universities still have a place in tomorrow's educational environment?<p>"We're about to undergo a tectonic transformation in education," Caltech astrophysicist George Djorgovski, a pioneer in …

Iain M Banks, and what we might be when we have nothing to fear | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

The terrible news that Iain Banks is officially Very Poorly arrived on Wednesday. Unlike others on these pages, I don't know him personally, but his …