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Ebola now threatens the whole world

The latest outbreak of the lethal disease is very different – worse still, it could mutate into something even more deadly, says Tim Butcher, who knows the infected area of west Africa well<p>He is called ''S1’’ by scientists. He was two years old, born in a bush village called Meliandou, a …

Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.<p>One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

This machine can write a grade-A paper in less than a second

Machines fooling machines<p>Les Perelman, a now retired former director of writing for MIT, has long been against the idea of using machines to grade essays. "I'm a skeptic," he told the <i>New York Times</i> in 2012 — and now he's built his own machine to prove his skepticism right.<p>Called the Babel Generator …

Education

BAN ALL THE BANKS: Here's The Wild Idea That People Are Starting To Take Seriously

Economists have begun seriously discussing the idea of banning banks. That seems ridiculous and far-fetched, but the idea might not be as crazy as it sounds.<p>But before we get to the idea, there's something important that needs to be addressed, which is that people tend to have a gross misconception …

Paul Krugman

Mark Cuban Just Invested In A Pot That Charges Your Smartphone By Boiling Water

The makers of the device snagged a $250,000 investment from billionaire Mark Cuban on the show that features inventors and entrepreneurs pitching to investors. They were initially offering to sell 10% of their company, Power Practical, for that sum — a $2.5 million valuation.<p>Cuban liked the company …

Mark Cuban

NBA Mailbag: This Is the End

The league is at a fever pitch, and the only way for Bill Simmons to survive it is to empty his inbox<p>I know, I know … we’re two days late with the …

Mike D'Antoni

UConn's Sweep Of Basketball Titles Highlights Conundrum Of Paying College Athletes

The University of Connecticut captured both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball titles this year. The former beat Kentucky Monday night 60-54 and the latter defeated Notre Dame last evening 79-58. UConn swept the same championships in 2004. No school has done it once.<p>The titles bring great …

What Makes This Substance Boil And Freeze At The Same Time?

Lauren Davis

Aging Successfully Reversed in Mice; Human Trials to Begin Next · Guardian Liberty Voice

Scientists have successfully reversed the aging process in mice according to a new study just released. Human trials are to begin next, possibly …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

Interns at top tech companies make more than $5,000 per month

When it comes to pay, internships can be a struggle -- that is, of course, unless you work at one of the world's top tech companies.<p>Nineteen out of the top 25 highest-paying companies for internships come from the tech industry, according to a Friday report by Glassdoor, a jobs and careers website. …

Employment

Metta World Peace Tweets Jokes About Firing Agent on Twitter

<b>UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:20 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal</b><p>I give up.<p>Is he joking? Is he being serious?<p>I'd strongly lean toward the former explanation, but again, you never know with Metta World Peace. Only he can tweet about starting a sewing company just hours after a double-overtime loss that …

Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Now more than ever before, we have the tools to study the mysteries of consciousness. Memory, dreams, the self are now being examined using high-tech brain scans developed by physicists on the cutting edge of their field.<p>Dr. Michio Kaku, professor at the City College of New York, is among them. In</i> …

States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much

Jean Leising admits she's no expert on brain development, but she still hopes to do something about the way kids learn.<p>Leising serves in the Indiana state Senate. Last month, she convinced her Senate colleagues to pass a bill that would restore instruction of cursive writing to the state's …

This Will Shatter Your View of Apex Predators: How Wolves Change Rivers

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Have a look at this amazing video showing how one species can have a massive cascading effect on the entire ecosystem in which it lives… and even alter the geography of the area.</b><p>UPDATE: Here is an alternative view of the story and research expressed in the above video – Is the …

Wildlife

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Mark Twain once said: "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes."<p>He was making an unknowing reference to the jet stream, which drives the weather over North America and Europe like a high-altitude conveyor belt. But increasingly, the jet stream is taking a more …

Apple's Remote Desktop software is secretly bundled for free with every Mac!

I’d always used Apple’s built-in VNC server for remote system administration via Chicken of the VNC, but today I learned there is a better option …

Report: NFL paid Roger Goodell $35.1 million last year

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a very good year. According to a report, he pulled down $35.1 million in 2013.<p>Two years ago, when NFL commissioner …

NFL

This is What Happens When Americans are Asked to Label Europe and Brits are Asked to Label the US

At the end of last year, the BuzzFeed team asked students and co-workers to label a map. Those in the UK were asked to label a map of the United …

How feds use one “seed” and 3 “hops” to spy on nearly everyone

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>The U.S. government has tried to reassure critics of its massive phone surveillance program …

Surveillance

Fake Lawrence Frank 'Game Report' Account Hilariously Trolls Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have been a near-constant source of comedy throughout the 2013-14 season.<p>Whether it's their inability to look even remotely competent, Jason Kidd's "coaching" on the sidelines (he's better at spilling drinks than drawing up plays) or the sadly humorous Kevin Garnett commercials, …

By Tricking the Brain, Disney’s Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

The iconic media company that brought you "Fantasia" and the aspiring magician Mickey Mouse now has a nifty trick of its own: bringing digital sight to the blind.<p>New technologies being developed and studied by Walt Disney Co. (DIS) are expected to add new dimensions -- literally -- to …

America's New $100 Bill Is Awesome (but Still Nowhere Near as Awesome as Kazakhstan's Currency)

Needs more Liberty Bell. (Holograms, too.)<p>You're looking at it: Our new $100 bill, the product of more than a decade of research and development, and the most sophisticated piece of currency technology in U.S. history.<p>The note, which debuts today, includes two new features to thwart counterfeiters: …

Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

The Bed That Uses Robotic Arms to Make Itself

After a full day of operating mill machinery in Spain's Basque country, Ascensio Zubeldia used to fall into bed drained. Each morning he mulled over the perfect bed—one that makes itself—and then he finally built it. Sensors under the mattress detect when the sleeper rises, and three seconds later, …

The Best Of The Internet's Reaction To Obama's Plans To Bomb Syria

The memes are running 10-1 against, Mr. President.

The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …

Internet of Things

Transparent gel speaker plays music through the magic of ionic conduction (video)

It may be hard to believe, but that transparent disk in the photo above is actually a fully functioning speaker. A team of researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have pioneered a never before seen application of ionic conductivity by creating a see-through artificial …