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Pregnant women who wear perfume have kids that struggle to grasp ideas

Pregnant women who wear perfume and use plastic containers are more likely to have children that struggle to grasp complex ideas, new study</b> …

University of Illinois

The Death of a Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically and Physically

Grief is both real and measurable. Scientists now know that the death or your father or mother will forever alter your brain chemistry and may also …

Psychology

Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos.<p>In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an …

Genetics

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa

Google Duplex could soon take over call centres

Google is reportedly targeting call centres for its Duplex AI<p>Earlier this year, Google unveiled Duplex – an AI personal assistant with convincingly …

Customer Service

The entire planet could literally be fueled by star power as soon as 2030

Your electric bill could end up being obsolete if one company succeeds at harnessing the energy of superhot plasma with a mega-reactor that could …

Energy

Elon Musk: No aliens means more planets for us

Elon Musk just really wants us to get out and see the universe, even if there are no aliens waiting to greet us anywhere.<p>It's often assumed there must be intelligent life somewhere else in the universe simply because the place if so unfathomably huge. And yet, we've surveyed an awful lot of space …

Universe

Bill Gates: Everyone should know these 3 facts

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says you need to know three facts to better understand the world.<p>Those statistics are the global rate of …

Demographics

This AI Just Beat Human Doctors On A Clinical Exam

The lights were dimmed in an auditorium packed with doctors on Wednesday night at London’s Royal College of Physicians. They were there to find out how AI might fundamentally change the way they work.<p>On stage Dr. Mobasher Butt, a director at digital healthcare startup Babylon Health, stood before a …

Artificial Intelligence

Still a mystery: How does the brain make the mind?

How do molecules, cells, neurotransmitters, and other brain “stuff” create the abstract experience of self-awareness? Despite massive breakthroughs …

Consciousness

The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all

Billions of years ago, life crossed a threshold. Single cells started to band together, and a world of formless, unicellular life was on course to …

Biology

Interstellar space travel will require lots of sex

A pair of scientists from France developed an algorithm to determine the minimum amount of sexually active couples it would take to maintain a human crew inside of a spaceship for 6,300 years – the time it would take to reach the nearest star beyond the sun.<p><b>Let’s get it on:</b> The Heritage algorithm, …

Space Travel

Our first contact with aliens might be with their robots

Cyborgs, and interstellar probes, and AI.<p>Researchers working on Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) efforts hunt for the same thing that their predecessors sought for decades—a sign that life arose, as Carl Sagan would say, on another humdrum planet around another humdrum star and rose …

Singularity

Thousands of Swedish citizens have adopted biochips over wallets

Biohacking is as lively as ever in Sweden, with thousands of citizens now opting for surgically implanted microchips to access their personal …

Personal Information

Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way

The latest iteration of the popular SD memory card standard, the SD Express, could see future cards come with enough storage capacity to hold a lifetime’s worth of memories in high definition.<p>The SD Association, a group of nearly 900 companies that come together to prescribe SD memory card …

Gear & Gadgets

Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells

Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use in …

Clean Energy

A Lonely Universe Could Be Humanity's Greatest Blessing

There’s a recent paper that claims we could very well be the only civilization in the universe. As Ethan Siegel has pointed out, the paper is more speculation than science, but it has generated a lot of buzz in the media, often with sad laments over our lonely fate. But how bad would it actually …

Universe

Ocean spray on Saturn moon contains crucial constituents for life

Blasts of ocean spray that erupt from a moon of Saturn contain complex organic molecules, making it the only place beyond Earth known to harbour crucial constituents for life as we know it.<p>Astronomers detected the compounds in plumes of water and ice that shoot from huge fractures in the south pole …

Astronomy

This could be the last year you'll want to buy headphones — a new audio technology is coming in 2019 that could make them obsolete

Headphones may start to look like old technology in 2019 when Noveto, a startup based in Israel, showcases its new "focused audio" devices to attendees of the biggest tech show of any year, CES.<p>Noveto has come up with a technology that can do exactly the same thing as headphones — deliver sound …

Consumer Tech

Bill Gates hails 'huge milestone' for AI as bots work in a team to destroy humans at video game 'Dota 2'

Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed what he sees as a turning point in the development of AI.<p>OpenAI, a company which was cofounded by Elon Musk, has created five neural-networks called OpenAI Five which are capable of playing the online multi-player game "Dota 2."<p>Not only can the bots play …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists say humans are alone in the universe

Humans are alone in the universe and will never meet other intelligent life forms, according to a cosmically depressing new study.<p>Scientists at …

Oxford University

Why smiling for a passport photo could prevent identity fraud

Travellers should be encouraged to smile on their passports to prevent identity fraud, a new study suggests.<p>Previous research at the University of York showed that it is difficult for people to match a pair of unfamiliar faces in photographs, which presents significant issues for authorities trying …

Identity Fraud

If you're scared of artificial intelligence, you should know it's already everywhere

From sandwich pics to real estate.<p>In March, the dating app Bumble banned guns. Daters swiping left or right on each other’s alluring poses now aren’t allowed to use a photo of themselves holding a firearm on their profile. The ban came over a year after the service put a restriction on shirtless …

Real Estate

There’s at Least a 39 Percent Chance We’re Alone in the Observable Universe

A new report from researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute reworked the Drake equation to include scientific uncertainty and found there’s a pretty good chance we’re the only intelligent life in the universe.<p>Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that has rankled philosophers and …

Universe

Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

The planet is pretty much ready to go 100 percent renewable by 2050.<p>The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has …

7 Creepy Things Robots Have Already Done That Shocked Their Makers

Maybe the likes of Elon Musk are right to be in a panic about A.I.<p>There's a great debate going on in Silicon Valley about artificial intelligence and unfortunately the stakes are rather high: Will we accidentally build a super smart A.I. that turns on us and kills or enslaves us all?<p>This might …

Artificial Intelligence

We Are All Getting Dumber, New Science Proves, and No One Is Sure Why

Are our terrible diets, bad schools, tech obsession, or even increasingly trashy media to blame?<p>Whatever incredibly dumb things humanity got up to in the 20th century (and there were, as you know, some doozies), we all had at least one thing to crow about: as measured by IQ tests humans were at …

dumber

What’s the Minimum Number of People you Should Send in a Generational Ship to Proxima Centauri?

Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight became a reality. And with the discovery of thousands …

Space Travel

Scientists Have Invented a Software That Can 'See' Several Minutes Into The Future

Taking predictions to a new, borderline creepy level.<p>Most of us are used to technology predicting the words we want to type. Soon this kind of …