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Daughter of detained Hong Kong bookseller fears for safety in UK after 'scary' incident

The daughter of a Hong Kong bookseller being detained by Chinese authorities says she does not feel safe in Britain and fears she is being monitored.<p>Angela Gui, a swede who is a student at the University of Warwick, said she had begun to feel “nervous” since a mysterious incident when she was …

Hong Kong

Prayer and pain: why gay conversion therapy is still legal despite dangers

Brian Nesbitt’s therapist made a suggestion in one of their sessions: put a rubber band around a wrist. Every time he had self-destructive thoughts he should snap it so it stung. “That was supposed to help curb my desires,” he said.<p>But Nesbitt was not aiming to give up smoking or quit alcohol. He …

LGBTQI

DNA Is Perfect For Data Storage, How Samsung Beat Apple

<i>This is Change Log — my semi-weekly observations and links on the intersection of tech, commerce, health, culture and markets</i><p>The first stop is elevators… <b>Microsoft</b> purchased 10 million strands of DNA from a San Francisco bioscience company for data storage. Mr. Softie and others believe actual DNA, …

Artificial Intelligence

Obama administration already preparing for successor

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even as President Barack Obama has started issuing regular condemnations of Donald Trump, his administration is already months into a process that could help ease the presumptive GOP nominee into the Oval Office should he prevail in November's general election.<p>Obama has said repeatedly he …

Donald Trump

San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy

San Diego is not waiting for Washington to get its act together on climate change. The southern California city is moving forward with an ambitious …

San Diego

These top twelve inventions could one day change the world

The European Patent Office (EPO) today announced its annual shortlist for its European Inventor Awards, which honors a range of scientists across industries. Much like last year, it’s packed with some inventions that could be truly groundbreaking.<p>The twelve finalists are grouped into four …

Engineering

We Need a Code of Ethics for Virtual Reality

By Darrell M. West at the Brookings Institution<p>By Justin Fox in Bloomberg View<p>By Leslie Macmillan at the Harvard Gazette<p>By Dylan Matthews in Vox<p>By …

The cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal in this country

In recent times, the nation has unveiled a string of ambitious solar projects, including the world's first 100 percent solar-powered airport and what is slated to become the world's largest solar power station.<p>One of the consequences of all this ongoing investment in infrastructure is that the cost …

I want Bernie Sanders to win. But it's more vital that his movement persevere

I was caucusing for Bernie Sanders at Washington State’s Democratic event last month, but when I stood up to speak to my peers, I found that I wasn’t specifically praising Sanders himself.<p>Rather, I spoke passionately about our need in this country for political imagination and for vibrant …

Middle-class

How Americans Became So Sensitive to Harm

A recently published paper explains how “concept creep” in the field of psychology has reshaped many aspects of modern society.<p>A mother leaves her son in the car while popping into a store at a strip mall. She is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A high school senior …

Actually, Justin Trudeau doesn't get quantum computing

Over the weekend, a video of the boyishly handsome Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, briefly discussing quantum computing at a news conference made the rounds. “A bit of genius,” rhapsodized New York magazine, while Gizmodo’s headline said, “Everyone Should Be Able to Explain Quantum …

Quantum Computing

How Shrooms Work and Affect the Brain: What Psilocybin Is Really Doing to Your Head

In a 2014 study, the psychedelic effect of magic mushrooms on the brain was found to bear similarities to the brain activity displayed when we're in …

Presidential candidates are selling nostalgia. Don't buy it.

If Donald Trump's presidential campaign had an official theme song, it would probably be "The Way We Were," or maybe Archie and Edith Bunker's rendition of "Those Were the Days." More than anything else, Trump's campaign rests on nostalgia for a bygone era when America was indisputably "great," …

Why Bernie Sanders' movement is much larger than this election

A political revolution can’t be built in a single election cycle. What matters is that the movement continues after the election – whether or not he wins<p>The US media and political establishment insist on reading Bernie Sanders’ presidential run as a Don Quixote story – an underdog’s doomed, if …

Middle-class

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Teslaphoresis-activated self-assembling carbon nanotubes look even cooler than they sound

Not all important scientific research is cool looking, or has a cool name. But now and then you get something with both. These self-assembling carbon nanotubes are created with a process called Teslaphoresis. If you’ve read a more impressive-sounding sentence today, I’d like to hear it.<p>Even the lab …

‘Allumette’ proves that virtual reality cinema is no joke

<i>Allumette</i>, a lovely animated feature by Penrose Studios, illustrates why virtual reality film should be taken just as seriously as traditional film.<p>The folks at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival have already figured this out — both festivals showcased virtual reality this year. But in such …

Virtual Reality

Sarah Palin Doesn't Think Bill Nye Is A Real Scientist

"Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am."<p>Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin argued Thursday that Bill Nye is not actually a scientist.<p>"Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am," Palin said at an event in Washington, D.C., according to The Hill. "He's a …

Global Warming

Game of Thrones’ opening title sequence looks absolutely amazing in 360 degrees

If you thought <i>Game of Thrones’</i> Emmy-winning credit sequence was epic enough on television, you haven’t seen it in virtual reality. During a session …

This 3D Printer Makes Robots That Can Walk Away as Soon as They're Done

Bringing the world one step closer to having real-life replicators like <i>Star Trek</i> promised, researchers at MIT’s CSAIL lab have developed a new 3D …

First lady hopes successors will continue her garden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she hopes future presidents will continue the project she calls "my baby," her vegetable garden on the White …

Gardening

Newly discovered magnetism is a big boost for quantum computers

Until now, humanity has only known two forms of magnetism: ferromagnetism (the kind you see on your fridge) and antiferromagnetism (a sort of negative magnetism found in hard drives). However, MIT researchers just confirmed the existence of a third kind... and it could be the key to making quantum …

Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't blow when we need it to.<p>This challenge has sparked a technology race to store energy — one that goes beyond your typical battery.<p><b>Heat</b> …

Clean Energy

'Biopen' lets doctors 3D print cartilage during surgery

If you need knee replacement surgery in the future, doctors may be able to create a custom-made joint from your own stem cells. A team from St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, have developed the Biopen, a type of 3D printer that uses "ink" made from hydrogel and stem cells. While 3D printing stem …

Infertile Mice Give Birth, Thanks To 3D-Printed Ovaries

A similar technique might help restore human fertility<p>Whether it’s because of a treatment like chemotherapy, a result of age, or for other reasons, women's bodies can stop producing the eggs that, when fertilized, can become babies. Now researchers have developed a 3D-printed scaffolding that could …

Eggs

The Panama Papers Could Lead to Capitalism's Great Crisis

It’s hard to know where to start in tallying up the explosive revelations in the Panama Papers, an analysis of leaked documents from global law firm …

End of China’s one-child policy is slowly giving ‘ghost children’ identities

For two years since her second child was born, Eva Kuang debated how to make her son legal.<p>Because he was born in contravention of China's one-child policy, local authorities demanded that she pay a $60,000 fine before they would assign him a <i>hukou</i> household registration. Without that, he would have …

The world's first cyborg Olympics is coming

A group of scientists in Europe want to know if electronically enhanced humans have an unfair advantage over regular people – beyond night vision and a skeleton made of steel of course.<p>The cyborg Olympics, or Cybathlon as it has been dubbed, will take place in Zurich this October. Its aim is to …

Robotics

The creeping fascism of American literature

Every few years, a public figure proposes repression and violence in the name of patriotism, and we go back to the dystopian novel <i>It Can’t Happen Here</i>. Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 book is currently being read in the context of Donald Trump’s presidential run, built on bare-faced xenophobia and an …

LG G5's best feature isn't its modular design, but its second back camera

In the coming weeks and months, you're going to hear LG boast about all the features that make its new flagship G5 Android phone better than its …