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Scientists Just Made Human Egg Cells from Human Blood for the First Time

It’s the first step toward being able to mass produce human eggs using other people’s body tissues or blood.<p>Scientists in Japan have used human blood to successfully create immature human egg cells in a lab for the first time, according to new research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>. The work is a …

George Clooney

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid

The coolest mission you haven’t heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? …

Asteroids

The newest public-speaking world champion beat 30,000 other competitors by using a body-language trick she learned from a past winner

Last month, a high-school teacher from Houston named Ramona Smith was crowned the Toastmasters world champion of public speaking.<p>Smith outlasted 30,000 other competitors over six months and seven rounds of competition before being named the winner at the Toastmasters annual convention in Chicago. …

Public Speaking

After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside

The e-mails of the celebrated programmer Linus Torvalds land like thunderbolts from on high onto public lists, full of invective, insults, and demeaning language. “Please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place,” he wrote in one. “Guys, this is not a dick-sucking contest,” he …

Linux Kernel

Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 09.08.18.<p>Time of Publication: 8:50 am. 8:50 am<p>Yuval Noah …

Singularity

Award-winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks

It sounds unbelievable, but each day around 20 percent of clean water produced in the world is lost as the result of leaky pipes. According to the …

UI Animation: 30 Creative Concepts of Animated Icons

Motion isn’t just a piece of entertainment in user interfaces. Used wisely, UI animation can strengthen usability and navigability of the layout, …

UI Design

New tool turns Google into a colour-picker

Colour tools are many and varied, but we've never seen anything like this before. Picular is a new online tool that gets its data from Google Images, …

Image Search

This AI Fakes Footage To Make It Look Like You Have Bruno Mars' Dance Moves

By now we have a lot of worrying examples of how AI-powered image processing software can flawlessly alter faces, or make someone appear to say …

Artificial Intelligence

Spaghetti mystery that stumped famous physicist is finally solved

<b>(CNN) —</b> Richard P. Feynman was one of the brightest minds of the 20th century. He was a key player in inventing quantum electrodynamics, which describes the behavior of light and matter. He invented what are now called Feynman diagrams, hieroglyphic scribbles that make it easier for lesser minds to …

Richard Feynman

This Is the Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken From a Commercial Airplane. Now, a Southwest Passenger Explains How He Did It

Remember the Great American Eclipse of 2017? For a few minutes, it seemed the entire country was relaxed and focused on the same thing.<p>Jon Carmichael was focused all right. But he wasn't exactly relaxed. Instead, he was in Seat 1A on a Southwest Airlines flight, taking more than 1,200 photographs …

Southwest Airlines

This Guy Flipped an Element in an Old Lens and Got ‘Magic’ Bokeh

Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami has been studying and tinkering with lenses for years, and a few years ago he made a discovery: by reversing one …

New website format is so revolutionary its creator doesn't know its potential

<b>A new web tool has made it possible to format an entire website as a URL string, but it’s such a different way of making websites that even its</b> …

For The First Time, Scientists Achieve 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>In June 2017, physicists achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature for the first time ever, making this …

Synthetic Diamonds Lead Princeton Team to Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Natural diamonds didn't work, so they made their own from scratch.<p>Storing quantum bits of information, or qubits, is a lot harder than storing …

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Cambridge Analytica

Mexico's World Cup Win May Have Caused a Man-Made Earthquake in Mexico City

You could say Mexico fans were shook.<p>The 2018 FIFA World Cup had its first major upset on Sunday after Mexico beat Germany — the 2014 World Cup …

The Titan underwater drone promises to go deeper than its rivals

The majority of drones are designed for the sky, hence the phrase UAV (read: “unmanned aerial vehicle”) being used as a synonym. However, there are …

This book imagines what animals might look like if humans went extinct

A new edition of the 1981 book After Man: A Zoology of the Future is here<p>If humans disappeared from the face of the Earth, letting evolution run its course, what would animals look like in 50 million years? That was the premise of the book <i>After Man: A Zoology of the Future</i>, published in 1981 by …

GM Has a 2 Word Dress Code and It's Actually Brilliant

It used to be 10 pages. Now it's just two words. Here's why they made the change.<p>This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense.<p>It's about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years--the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down …

It’s not Terminator time yet, but robots with living muscle tissue are on the way

We’re more than two decades removed from August 29, 1997, the date that <i>Terminator 2: Judgment Day</i> predicted the fictional Skynet artificial …

Muscle

I watched an entire Flat Earth Convention for my research – here's what I learnt

Speakers recently flew in from around (or perhaps, across?) the earth for a three-day event held in Birmingham: the UK’s first ever public Flat Earth …

Flat Earth Society

It’s Impossible to Prove Your Laptop Hasn’t Been Hacked. I Spent Two Years Finding Out.

Evil Maid Attacks<p>If you don’t use full disk encryption on your laptop, anyone who gains physical access to it, even for just a few minutes, can …

Linux

It's been 20 years since Microsoft's most embarrassing moment (besides Vista, obviously)

Forgive me if this article makes you feel old, but I feel it’s my journalistic responsibility to inform you that this video of Windows 98 shitting the bed in a most public fashion turned 20 years old this weekend. Let’s revisit it:<p>Let me set the scene. Twenty years ago, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and …

China's 'social credit' system bans millions from travelling

It sounds like the plot line from an episode of Black Mirror set in a dystopian future, but China's “social credit” system has already seen over 12 million people slapped with domestic travel bans as punishment for bad behaviour.<p>Nine million Chinese have been banned from buying domestic flights, …

Affectiva's Automotive AI could keep distracted and drowsy drivers from causing accidents

Affectiva this week announced its Automotive AI platform for monitoring humans. If the idea of a robot watching you while you drive bothers you, consider that most accidents are caused by distracted drivers. An AI that knows whether you’re paying attention or not could potentially save as many …

When You Can Make 'JFK' Say Anything, What's Stopping Him From Selling Doritos?

On Friday, <i>The Times</i> of London teamed up with a tech company and a creative agency to digitally recreate “the speech JFK would have made in Dallas had …

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking's fitting final role: How he literally became the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

One thing has gone unmentioned in all the eulogies for Professor Stephen Hawking, who died this week at the age of 76. Sure, he was a physics legend …

Stephen Hawking

Pi is the key to a beautiful, impossible formula that shows math is scarily perfect

In high school, I studied advanced mathematics. This has two uses: Firstly, I can tell people that I once studied advanced mathematics. Secondly, I know about Euler’s equation.<p>Euler’s equation should not exist. A science fiction author would never imagine a formula so mind-blowingly perfect; it’s …