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Sony forms genome analysis company in move towards personalized medicine

Sony is forming a new company to focus on genome research with a view towards realizing personalized medicine and healthcare. The venture, currently called P5 Inc, is a collaboration with M3, a medical company in which Sony is the majority stakeholder, and Illumina, a US-based manufacturer of …

Tested: An App That Authenticates You By The Shape Of Your Ear

A taste of the biometric future<p>How unique are your ears? Maybe only Mom ever noticed them before, but, according to Michael Boczek, the particular way your ear touches your phone when you use it is unique to every person. Boczek's startup, Descartes Biometrics, has developed an app that lets you …

The Higgs boson does a new trick (probably)

At a seminar at CERN this morning, Aliaksandr Pranko announced an interesting new result on the Higgs boson from the ATLAS experiment.<p>In brief - we know the Higgs boson is there, and is involved in giving mass to some fundamental particles. Today we saw strong evidence that it gives mass to all of …

Oldest Javelins Predate Modern Humans, Raise Questions on Evolution

The oldest stone-tipped projectile weapons date to 280,000 years, study says.<p><b>The oldest known stone-tipped projectiles have been discovered in Ethiopia. The javelins are roughly 280,000 years old and predate the earliest known fossils of our species, Homo sapiens, by about 80,000 years.</b><p>These …

65 Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

OK, "blow your mind" is a bit dramatic. But 65 Amazing Facts You'll Probably Enjoy and Likely Consider Mentioning to Your Friends didn't fit.<p>1. …

Secret Service

Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You?

Dear Google: What’s wrong?<p>I ask because last weekend, while in San Francisco, I asked Google Maps for “hot chocolate mission” — and was promptly directed to an ARCO station in Fremont, 40 miles away. Similarly, last month I searched for “coffee” while in the Embarcadero Center, one of the denser …

First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted From Earth

Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map those out, despite the planet’s great distance from Earth (at least 1,000 light-years away.)<p>It’s …

Moth tongues, orchids and Darwin – the predictive power of evolution

The theory of evolution has some wonderful predictive powers and because attempting to verify or falsify hypotheses is a core part of any science, setting up ideas for testing is fundamental to research. Some of these hypotheses are rather harder to work on than others, especially in the case of …

A Beginner's Guide to the IPCC Climate Change Reports

The first installment of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was published on Friday, Sept. 27, with more sections to be rolled out over the next year. The IPCC's broad conclusions have been remarkably consistent since the first report was published in 1990, although details …

How a cat virus could lead to an HIV vaccine

Blood from people infected with HIV shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus protein, a finding that may help scientists find a way to …

Public Health

Is Breaking Bad's Walter White one of TV's truly evil characters? http://bbc.in/193mkPU Dr David Koepsell, co-editor of the American drama, says the series created a talking point in showing "Walt's transformation from meek chemistry teacher to murderous drug kingpin". Once you've read Dr Koepsell's article, let us know if you agree or disagree with him. #BreakingBad

5 Cool Ways to Become a Citizen Scientist

The rise of modern hacker culture is putting science back in the hands of curious laypeople.<p><b>It's easier than ever for creative types to perform serious science as a hobby.</b> You don't need a doctorate or the backing of a federal agency to ask a novel, worthwhile scientific question. You just need …

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