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Behind boxing's brain damage crisis

Dr. Charles Bernick, a neurologist and associate medical director at the center, leads the study. He’s disarmingly candid about how little certainty science has regarding CTE. How does a series of static injuries become a progressive, degenerative disease? Why can some people fight an entire …

Will we ever… travel in wormholes?

Leaping between galaxies through tunnels in space may sound crazy, but physicists have yet to rule it out. So how could this possibly work, asks Marcus Woo.<p>The universe is huge. Travelling at light speed to the nearest star would take more than four years. Venturing to the other side of the galaxy? …

Gibberish is spreading like a virus from academia

Bad writing has spread beyond the ivory tower, into every corner of modern life<p>Exciting news! I’ve just produced my first academic paper. Called “The Impact of Amphibious Models on Interposable Algorithms”, it begins (if I say so myself), with a memorable opening line: “The exploration of lambda …

Nuclear fusion: The ‘most complex machine ever built’

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the quest for nuclear fusion, the invasion of the taxi snatchers and new uses for Bitcoin.<p>Cognitive science explained<br>Jason Shepherd | The Conversation | 27 February 2014<br>Brisk tour of current research. There may be effective treatments for …

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A Waterwheel That Picks Up Floating Trash

Down, dirty, and wet<p>This spring, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy …

How computer-generated fake papers are flooding academia

Like all the best hoaxes, there was a serious point to be made. Three MIT graduate students wanted to expose how dodgy scientific conferences pestered researchers for papers, and accepted any old rubbish sent in, knowing that academics would stump up the hefty, till-ringing registration fees.<p>It …

The business of bleeding horseshoe crabs

Every year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive by biomedical companies, according to a fascinating story in <i>The Atlantic</i>. The blood, colored baby blue because it contains copper, coagulates when it detects bacteria and can therefore be used to test for contamination. The …

Does London's financial centre boost or harm the UK economy?

Bank of England governor Mark Carney surprised his audience at a conference late last year by speculating that banking assets in London could grow to more than nine times Britain's GDP by 2050. His forecast represented a simple extrapolation of two trends: continued financial deepening worldwide …

Asha Mirje, Indian Politician, Says Women Invite Rape With Their Clothes, Behavior

NEW DELHI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - An Indian female politician and activist has said rape victims may have invited attacks by their clothes and behaviour, fuelling a national debate over a series of incidents of sexual violence against women.<p>Asha Mirje, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in …

Why the US needs tax reform to avoid a 'Downton Abbey' economy

The United States may be on course to becoming a "Downton Abbey" economy. There are valid causes for concern about inequality: sharp increases in the share of income going to the top 1% of earners, a rising share of income going to profits, stagnant real wages and a rising gap between productivity …

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …

What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like?

Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji was once approached by a reporter for an interview. When Banaji heard the name of the magazine the reporter was writing for, she declined the interview: She didn't think much of the magazine and believed it portrayed research in psychology inaccurately.<p>But then …

U.S. Air Force reveals ‘neighborhood watch' spy satellite program

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The United States plans to launch a pair of satellites to keep tabs on spacecraft from other countries orbiting 22,300 miles above the planet, as well as to track space debris, the head of Air Force Space Command said.<p>The previously classified Geosynchronous …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

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How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

This Full-Color 3-D Printer Sounds Too Good To Be True. Is It?

Popular Science sat down with botObjects to ask some questions about their controversial 3-D printer. We left with some answers, and some new questions.<p>Back in May, a startup called botObjects unveiled what seemed like a stunning consumer gadget: the world's first full-color, desktop 3-D printer, …

Giant New Jellyfish Species Washes Ashore Down Under

According to researchers, we can expect a lot more of this sort of slimy event.<p>What appears to be a giant living blob washed ashore a beach in southern Tasmania, where it was discovered by a family. Turns out it is a new species of lion's-mane jellyfish.<p>Government scientist Lisa-ann Gershwin told …

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture | Colossal

<p>Anyone who follows Colossal knows that digital animation and motion graphics are a rarity here, but this clip is a solid exception. Created by …

How LED lighting changes the way cities look on film

As major cities like New York and Los Angeles make the switch over to LED lighting, the change is having a somewhat unexpected impact — changing the way these cities look in movies. As Dave Kendricken explains in <i>No Film School</i>, nighttime LA looks completely different under LED lights than it does …

New Plane-Based Surveillance System Sees Practically Everything

And this time it's not on a drone.<p>A new surveillance camera system can track movements in a city center for over six hours. Made by the aptly named "Persistent Surveillance Systems," the HAWKEYE II can watch a 4-mile square, and because it goes on the bottom of a manned airplane like a Cessna, it …

Uzbekistan Will Test Kids' Genes To Find Future Olympians

The (controversial) plan will go live in early 2015.<p>To spot future olympians, it's common practice to wait to see if youngsters are actually good at any given activity. But the central Asian country of Uzbekistan will begin testing the genes of kids as young as 10 to try and find future champion …

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Ask Anything: Is It Worse To Be Licked Or Sneezed On?

Either way, both are gross.<p>Different diseases affect different fluids in the body, so it’s hard to give a simple answer to this question. HIV, for example, shows up at infectious levels in blood, semen, vaginal and rectal secretions, and breast milk. But an HIV-infected patient’s sneeze or spit …

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Female 'Viagra' pill claims to boost women's sex lives

Dubbed the 'female Viagra', a new herbal pill called Lady Prelox claims to boost women's flagging sex drive but at £37.95 for a pack of 60 little pink tablets, pleasure doesn't come cheap<p>A new pill dubbed ‘the female Viagra’ could boost women’s sex lives, according to scientists.<p>The herbal pill …

Why I want a microchip implant

With a chip under your skin, you can do everything from unlocking doors to starting motorbikes, says Frank Swain, who has been trying to get his own implant.<p>A few years ago, I perched on the edge of my bed in a tiny flat, breathing in a cloud of acetone fumes, using a scalpel to pick at the corner …

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9 Utterly Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Moon landing deniers have nothing on these people.<p>From lizard people to the Denver airport being a portal to Hell, some of our favorite far-out conspiracy theories.

NASA Begins Acoustic Tests On The Space Launch System

Using a cute little scale model!<p>NASA's Space Launch System will have some pretty strong engines. As a result, the engines produce enormously loud sounds. The SLS is slated to be the most powerful rocket in history. The heavy-lift launch vehicle is set to carry the Orion capsule beyond low-Earth …

This Leech Can Survive A 24-Hour Submersion in Liquid Nitrogen

100 percent of the leeches also survived extreme cold (-130°F) for nine months!<p>At first glance there is nothing overly special about <i>Ozobranchus jantseanus</i>, a small parasitic leech of freshwater turtles in East Asia. But throw them into a vat of liquid nitrogen, and they can survive for 24 hours. …

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A Little Acid Turns Mouse Blood Into Brain, Heart And Stem Cells

The heart beats in a mouse embryo grown with stems cells made from blood.<p>Credit: Courtesy of Haruko Obokata<p>Back in 1958, a young biologist at Cornell University made a stunning discovery.<p>He took a single cell from a carrot and then mixed it with some coconut milk. Days went by and the cell started …

Beyond The Boom

How one company’s business jet could usher in a new age of supersonic air travel.<p>On an October afternoon in 2003, a Concorde airliner descended from a cloud-dappled sky and touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport. The plane had taken off from New York’s JFK International Airport just three and a …