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Boss Jeff Bezos is ahead of the game again, spying an opportunity for big data to transform the system<p>‘Health groups suffer as Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan team up,” proclaimed the front-page headline in Wednesday’s <i>Financial Times</i>. The report below the line revealed that the online giant had …

Enterprise Tech

We're at a crossroads in digital identification: here's why

Most of our current technology revolves around straightforward means of identification; most of your log-in options, for example, require you to conjure the username and passwords you’ve decided upon in the past.<p>For most systems, this is sufficient information to guarantee your identity. For more …

Scientists Are Drilling Holes in Antarctica's Largest Ice Shelf to Explore The Ocean Beneath

So much we still don't know.<p>Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf is the world's largest floating slab of ice: It's about the size of Spain, and nearly a …

Antarctica

Tesla is about to start selling solar panels at Home Depot

With all the focus on the Model 3 and Tesla’s new Semi truck, it’s easy to forget that Tesla Motors has an entire division dedicated to …

This genius bit into a phone battery and it exploded in his face

<b>A smartphone user in China miraculously escaped serious injury after biting into a smartphone – and having its battery explode in his face.</b><p>Before we …

NASA might actually modify the DNA of astronauts going to Mars

Astronauts are some of the bravest men and women on the face of the planet, but the first crew to venture past the Moon and head all the way to Mars …

Researchers detect 100-million-year-old virus in pregnant women's blood

Here’s a startling thought: the human genome contains ancient viruses. Researchers recently detected a 100-million-year-old virus called a human …

Researchers find "executioner protein" that causes cancer cells to self-destruct without hurting healthy cells

Killing Cancer with Apoptosis<p>Albert Einstein College of Medicine scientists have induced cancer cells to commit suicide with a new compound that …

Google has built earbuds that translate 40 languages in real time

Google is the first major tech company to build the Babel fish.<p>The search company, which is now making a slew of its own hardware products, announced the Google Pixel Buds at a San Francisco event today (Oct. 4). The earbuds connect wirelessly with Google’s latest smartphones, but more importantly, …

Artificial Intelligence

Xiaomi's $45bn formula for success (and no, it's not 'copy Apple')

There's an easy-to-miss showroom on Maofang Road, in north Beijing's Haidian District, where you can lean over long pale-wood Apple Store-type …

Why the long-lost planet Vulcan holds lessons for Planet Nine

In the late 1800s, French mathematical astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier announced he’d discovered a new planet. He didn’t find it with the help of a telescope, however.<p>His discovery was based on a series of mathematical calculations. He decided to name the new planet Vulcan.<p>The only …

Repairing Your iPhone Home Button From An Unofficial Repair Shop Can Brick Your Phone

Going to an unauthorized Apple technician to repair your home button can cost you a lot of money. On Friday, The Guardian reported that thousands of iPhone users encountered a mysterious “Error 53” error due to a new security feature to protect your Touch ID data. This error renders your iPhone …

Vaio wants to be the premium Windows laptop maker

Vaio has been slowly making its way back into the US after splitting off from Sony, and today it's taking a big step with the introduction of three more laptops targeted at pros — or, really, anyone who wants a higher-end machine. Of the three, the highlight is the Vaio Z Flip, which includes a …

Germany is stockpiling gold

According to a statement, in the past year, the Bundesbank, Germany's central bank, has moved 210 tonnes of gold into its vaults in Frankfurt, bringing 110 tonnes back from Paris, and just short of 100 tonnes from the Federal Reserve building in New York.<p>That now means that more of the country's …

Film director’s estranged father Tony has pledged to donate some of the proceeds of his film to the Los Angeles Police Protective League<p>Related: Tarantino's pops props cops and our Sundance selects – the Dailies film podcast<p>Quentin Tarantino’s father has promised to give 10% of the proceeds of …

Law Enforcement

15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

Fan Hui, three-time champion of the east Asian board game, lost to DeepMind’s program AlphaGo in five straight games<p>When Gary Kasparov lost to chess computer Deep Blue in 1997, IBM marked a milestone in the history of artificial intelligence. On Wednesday, in a research paper released in Nature, …

Artificial Intelligence

What is the Doomsday Clock and why does it matter?

The Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight, from two-and-a-half minutes to two minutes. In announcing the decision, the Bulletin of the Atomic …

Doomsday

The presenters of Radio 4’s comic science show The Infinite Monkey Cage help our readers grapple with cosmic microwave background radiation, the linear superposition of winning the lottery and why Jedi knights are rubbish<p>When I arrive at a large country house in Cheshire to meet Brian Cox and Robin …

Time Travel

Apple patent hints at potential solar cell embedded touch screens

Apple tends to patent every one of its inventions that could possibly be used in a future product, so it can be difficult to read the tea leaves on which ones will eventually translate to product features. A new patent from Apple highlighted by PatentlyApple today, though, describes a technology …

Google Self-Driving Car Slammed Into From Behind, Minor Injuries Reported

Google's self-driving car project has become the victim of yet another rear-ender accident — and like the other collisions, Google says it wasn't at fault. But unlike the others, there were minor injuries.<p>According to the blog post by Chris Urmson, director of Google's driverless car program, one …

New Horizons Used A Playstation CPU To Fly By Pluto

The PlayStation 4 may be the latest and greatest video game console, but the chip from the original PlayStation has gone where no video game console has gone before: To Pluto.<p>According to The Verge, the CPU from the original Sony video game console was used in NASA's New Horizons space probe, that …

Self-Aware Robot Shows Progress of AI

A Small Self-Aware Robot Showed Minimal Intelligence During a Test<p>We’re a long way off from having a self-aware robot with an artificial intelligence close to what is seen in movies such as <i>Her</i> or <i>Ex Machina</i>. But for the first time, three humanoid robots showed a glimmer of self-consciousness by …

Google continues to make money thanks to mobile and YouTube

While Google has been enjoying consistent financial growth for quite some time, it was dinged the last two quarters for not living up to Wall Street expectations. But in today's Q2 earnings announcement, the Mountain View firm has made significant strides in rectifying that reputation. It reported …

Android was 'probably the best decision Google ever made' says its former leader

"Android was probably the best decision that Google ever made — you know, years ago," Barra told Chang. "And, of course, the fruit of that will be around for many decades."<p>Barra's comment was made in response to Chang's question about Android's free business model, and whether making it an open …

Photos: The world’s most impressive outdoor mazes and labyrinths

Outdoor mazes and labyrinths have captured our imagination for centuries, harking back to King Minos of Crete’s elaborate, winding structure to corral the hulking Minotaur in Greek mythology.<p>Corn mazes, especially plentiful in the US, provide farmers an additional source of revenue. From the 14th …

Photograph: Harold Clements/Getty Images<p>Kim Philby holding a press conference after being cleared of spying charges by foreign secretary Harold Macmillan in …

Books

For This Town, the MH17 Nightmare Never Ended

It’s been almost a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky. For the ordinary people of Donetsk, the latest revelations about …

Why have we yet to be enchanted by the internet of things?

One of the leading thinkers in the new computing sector known as the internet of things (IoT) can’t help but look at all the flashy, expensive, feature-packed gadgets on the market today – things like Google Glass or the Apple Watch – and keep coming away with the same thought: too many device …

Internet of Things