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The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

Are we in the final days of small farms?

<b>(Modfos/Shutterstock)</b><p>Corporate farming is on the rise in Texas<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>January 3, 2014 3:27pm (UTC)<p>A "growing number of Texans" are selling the family farm, the Texas Tribune reports, causing the state to hemorrhage small and midsize farms and ranches at a rate of 250,000 acres per year. As …

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

Sh*t Non-Birders Say | video

Not only is today caturday, but it's the FIRST caturday of the year! So let's watch a video!<p>The traditional Christmas Bird Count ends this weekend (the CBC is the largest and longest-running citizen science project in the world), and most people I know are talking about the last bird species they …

Billboards That Drop Angels On Your Head

There you are in the middle of the city, traffic all around, planes buzzing above and you notice a little boy on a giant screen pointing up.<p>"Look," says the boy. And you look, and the on-screen boy is pointing at an actual plane flying in the sky. He knows its flight number, its destination. This …

A Goose-Powered Moon Lander And Other Imaginary Spacecraft From The Past

Three hundred years of dreaming about space<p>The year is 1638. The Puritans are still settling New England. You're probably wearing some pretty weird stuff. Galileo is still alive.<p>In fact, Galileo published his first observations of the moon's surface, as viewed through a telescope, less than 30 …

From Untold Billions To None: How Passenger Pigeons Went Extinct

Their population plummeted with the advent of the railroad and logging in the late 1800s.<p>It's hard to fathom how many passenger pigeons there once were, but writer Joel Greenberg tries to paint a picture in his book, <i>A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction</i>, as …

Q&A: How Legal Is The NSA's Interception Of Computers?

Cyberlaw expert Kit Walsh explains the consequences of the National Security Agency's so-called interdiction of computers in transit.<p>On Sunday, German newspaper <i>Der Spiegel</i> published a story about the National Security Agency's “Tailored Access Operations” unit, based in San Antonio, Texas. The NSA, …

Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic]

Hint: not pot<p>In 2010, there were 80,000 drug and alcohol overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database. The database, maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics, keeps a tally of all the deaths listed on certificates …

Week in Photos: January 4, 2014

Lens<p>From the bone-chilling Northeast blizzard to air strikes’ aftermath in Aleppo and a Tuareg festival in Libya, a look at the most striking images …

Steve McQueen: my hidden shame

Steve McQueen has known about slavery for as long as he can remember. To the son of West Indian parents, slavery's history is the story of his very existence: "So there is a weight on your chest, on your back, from a very early age." Yet he cannot recall having ever felt angry about it.<p>"Angry?" He …

A man from Ontario gives us a brief science lesson by demonstrating what happens when you fire a water gun full of boiling water into -41 C air. Watch here: http://fw.to/UGmVAZY

Kerry sees progress on Israeli-Palestinian framework deal

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a “framework agreement” to guide their talks on a formal peace deal but still have some way to go, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a meeting at …

From the steppe to central Spain, Europe echoes to the howl of the wolf

A twig snaps, a crow calls, but nothing moves in the dense pine forests of Spain's Guadarrama mountains. Vultures and eagles soar over the snowcapped peaks and wild boars roam the valleys below, as they have for centuries. But for the farmers who work this land, a threatening and worrying comeback …