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Your next Comcast bill may be priced per gigabyte

Beginning tomorrow, residents of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys will become part of what feels like a never-ending experiment in pricing …

NASA and ESA Will Move A Small Moon By Slamming A Spacecraft Into It

Preparing for 'Deep Impact'<p>We've smashed into the moon, and bounced onto a comet, but a whole 17 years after <i>Deep Impact</i> and <i>Armageddon</i> debuted in 1998, we still haven't managed to change the course of an asteroid.<p>Sure, we landed the NEAR-Shoemaker orbiter on an asteroid in 2001, but we didn't even …

IBM's Watson supercomputer will have a second home in San Francisco

IBM is bringing its Watson supercomputing technology out west by opening a new San Francisco office to help grow its data analytics business, the …

Chinese Air-To-Air Missile Hits Targets, Spooks USAF General

PL-15 is China's best and baddest aerial weapon yet<p>Beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAM) are long-range missiles used by fighters to knock out enemy fighters, bombers, tankers, drones and other aircraft from ranges beyond 30km. On September 15, 2015, China successfully test fired its …

Dispute arises over circumstances of death of woman at Israeli checkpoint

Israeli forces say 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon was shot dead after pulling out a knife at a checkpoint in Hebron, but eyewitnesses dispute this account<p>Contradictory accounts have emerged over the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Palestinian student, Hadeel al-Hashlamon, by Israeli forces at a …

Israel

'Zuckerberg had no idea what he was getting himself into' with his $100 million donation to Newark public schools

With a hyped-up announcement on "Oprah," he pledged to donate $100 million to Newark under the agreement that another $100 million would be matched from other sources.<p>But the turnaround hasn't gone as expected for a number of reasons, and journalist Dale Russakoff has tracked the five years since …

Silicon Valley

The CEO who jacked up the price of a drug by 5,000% has done this before

Almost exactly a year ago, Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli pulled virtually the same stunt he recently tried with Daraprim, a critical parasitic-infection-fighting drug whose price he attempted to raise overnight from $13.50 per pill to $750.<p>Only last year, hardly anyone noticed.<p>In 2014, …

Biotechnology

DARPA Tests Exoskeletons On Soldiers

Is it possible to carry a backpack that makes walking...easier?<p>Since the dawn of time humans have donned specialized clothing for war. From ancient helmets through medieval platemail to modern camouflage, a soldier’s clothing shows evolution both in need for protection and styles of warfare. In our …

Mind-Reading Experiment Sends Thoughts Over the Internet

Breaking News Emails<p>Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.<p>SUBSCRIBE<p>Researchers have managed to send thoughts over the Internet, using a direct brain-to-brain connection and a big magnet.<p>It’s not very efficient — the volunteers …

The Brain
Government

Senior government adviser 'undermined Alzheimer's study' which claimed the disease was infectious

Dame Sally Davies is understood to have approached the editor of a rival scientific journal to discredit the study, The Independent reports<p>A senior government adviser attempted to discredit a controversial study which suggested that Alzheimer’s might be infectious, before it was published.<p>Dame …

FBI confident Clinton emails being recovered: source

An intelligence source close to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s server told Fox News that the FBI maintains “the highest degree of confidence” emails are being recovered, adding that “shadows and ghosts” were on the server after messages were deleted.<p>“Shadows and ghosts remain even after a …

Government

Paraplegic man walks with own legs again

American man, 26, completes 3.5-metre course thanks to computer system that reroutes signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees<p>A man who lost the use of his legs to a spinal cord injury has walked again after scientists rerouted signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees. The …

Feds acknowledge more than 5M fingerprints stolen in breach, far more than thought

The number of people whose fingerprints were stolen in a historic breach of federal files has skyrocketed -- from just over 1 million to an estimated 5.6 million, according to the federal agency that was hacked.<p>The Office of Personnel Management acknowledged Wednesday that the number of …

Ben Sasse

Wherever You Go, Your Personal Cloud Of Microbes Follows

Remember Pig-Pen? The little kid from Charles Schulz's <i>Peanuts</i> cartoons who walked around in a cloud of dirt? Well, the human body does spew a cloud, but instead of dirt it contains millions of microorganisms.<p>"It turns out that that kid is all of us," says James Meadow, a microbial ecologist who led …

Biology

Zoom in on metallic glasses to find fractals - Futurity

Metallic glasses look like stainless steel, but, unlike metals, appear to have a jumbled structure. However, if you zoom in enough you'll find …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Breakthrough could help battle diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's but ethical concerns remain over animal testing<p>Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the …

How China Profits From Our Junk

In this excerpt from the forthcoming Junkyard Planet, author Adam Minter explores China's central role in the world's vast global recycling trade.<p>China’s reputation as the “world's factory” is well-established. But what happens to everything the world throws away? Since 2002, the Shanghai-based …

European watchdogs order Google to rewrite privacy policy or face legal action

Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the …

Steve Wozniak: 'I felt about Edward Snowden the way I felt about Daniel Ellsberg'

The Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has backed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and admitted he feels "a little bit guilty" that new technologies had …

NSA chief drops hint about ISP Web, e-mail surveillance

A secret interpretation of the Patriot Act led to the National Security Agency vacuuming up all of Verizon's phone logs. The NSA may be doing the same for e-mail and Web-browsing logs too.<p>The head of the National Security Agency hinted Wednesday that logs of Americans' e-mails and Web-site visits …

Gaming PC Review: Origin's Chronos Stays Cool Under Pressure, Outperforms Competition

My continuing coverage of small form factor gaming PCs wouldn’t be complete without including a system housed by the sexy Bitfenix Prodigy. Origin PC stepped up to fill that role with a custom <b>Chronos</b>, a system boasting a first-place podium finish in a few crucial categories.<p>Origin PC’s Chronos …

Stratfor hacker faces 10 years in jail after pleading guilty

A self-described anarchist and hacker activist has pleaded guilty in the US to charges he illegally accessed computer systems of law enforcement …

Cybercrime

Ghost Army: The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

The Allies saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war.<p>These props -- "advanced technology" as advanced technology -- were amazingly effective, doing what all good theater props will: setting a believable scene. The Ghost Army, some 1,100 men in all, ended up staging more than twenty …

Consciousness; it's a science thing | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

TEDxCERN was a lot of fun. The speakers were amazing, covering cosmology, cancer cures, underwater earthquakes, gender politics, ignoble bras, the …

How to hire good people instead of nice people

Usually, employers rapidly scan the resume of each job applicant looking for relevant education, skills, and work experience. They select 10 candidates for telephone calls, invite three in for interviews, and hire the one they <i>like</i> the best.<p>This is a bad way to hire because at best it gets you <i>nice</i> …

Employment

Each Family May Have Schizophrenia In Its Own Way

Schizophrenia runs in families, but scientists have been stymied in their efforts to nail down genetic changes that could be causing the often devastating mental illness.<p>By zeroing in on just one pathway in the brain, scientists say they've found genetic variations that are shared in families, and …

Bird Flu Shrugs Off Tamiflu In 'Concerning' Development

Chinese doctors report they've seen signs that the bird flu virus infecting humans is able to overcome one of the few drugs used to fight it.<p>In a report published online Tuesday by <i>The Lancet</i>, doctors report on 14 patients infected with the H7N9 virus and admitted to the Shanghai Public Health …