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Mediterranean diet 'as effective as statins' in reducing heart attack risk

Leading doctors call on medical bodies such as Nice to do more to promote healthy lifestyles rather than relying on cardiovascular drugs<p>People at risk of a stroke or heart attack should reduce that risk by adopting the Mediterranean diet rather than necessarily taking statins, leading doctors are …

Start Your Humanoids: Today's DARPA Robotics Challenge Is Historic, And Hilarious

These bots are made for walking<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals are simultaneously the most important event in the field of robotics in years, and one of the most childish things ever cooked up by the Pentagon. On the one hand, the two-day contest being held at the Fairplex in Pomona, …

Alarm.com files to raise $75 million through initial public offering

Security and home automation company Alarm.com, riding the interest in the smart home, has filed to raise up to $75 million through an initial public …

Rogue Microwave Ovens Are the Culprits Behind Mysterious Radio Signals

Let’s be clear about one thing: Reheating coffee in the microwave is always a poor life choice. But it becomes especially unwise if you’re using a microwave oven near a radio telescope and you’re so eager for that icky, burnt and wholly unsatisfying taste that you prematurely pop the coffee out …

Astrophysics

DARPA is working on something way better than GPS

When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking -- something that'll work despite blind spots or …

This Camouflage Coating Hides Submarines From Sonar

Sound waves bounce around the vessel, even if it has sharp corners<p>Imagine a material that wicks sound across its surface like water droplets sliding over a windowpane. For submarines, such a coating would mean an entirely new way to slip past sonar without detection as sound waves pass harmlessly …

Military

Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

LED touchscreens and laser projections promise a safer, more luxurious commute.<p>It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your …

DARPA taps golden age computers to solve tough simulations

If you thought modern computers were fast enough to solve any problem, nope! While certainly powerful, modern supercomputers aren't always great at complex fluid and plasma dynamic simulations, and DARPA, the outfit that does science for the US defense department, wants to fix that. To do so, it's …

Springtime for appliances and the smart home: A look ahead (pictures)

Apple HomeKit<p>Canary Smart Security<p>Edyn Garden Sensor<p>FNV Labs Mellow<p>iDevices Switch<p>Keurig K200<p>Kwikset Kevo Plus Gateway<p>KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer<p>Lockitron Bolt<p>Netatmo Welcome<p>Panasonic Prestige Plus Microwave<p>Whirlpool Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer<p>Whirlpool Double Drawer French Door Refrigerator<p>…

How the internet of things will power the Intelligence Age

We’re currently shifting from the Information Age to the Intelligence Age. The Intelligence Age will be characterized by autonomous communication …

Internet of Things

Concept faucet makes saving water beautiful

A faucet designed by a Royal College of Art student employs cunning perforations to create a gorgeously patterned flow of water.<p>Water may be a liquid, but that doesn't mean it can't be shaped. If you've ever mucked about looking for water experiments on YouTube, you would have seen that it can be …

Beam is an Android-powered projector that fits into a light socket

We’ve certainly seen some awesome projectors in the tech world lately, but none quite like this. The Beam smart projector is powered by your Android device, and has a ton of functionality like waking you up in the morning with the latest news, showing you your social updates when you come home, and …

Gear & Gadgets

Why deep learning is at least inspired by biology, if not the brain

Image copyright Shutterstock / Max Krasnov.As deep learning continues gathering steam among researchers, entrepreneurs and the press, there’s a …

Machine Learning

The computing system that won 'Jeopardy!' is helping doctors fight cancer

Microscopic view of pancreatic cancer cells. Getty<p>IBM Watson famously hit the big time when it beat two "Jeopardy!" grand champions for a million-dollar grand prize in 2011.<p>That victory brought the cognitive system a lot of publicity, but it doesn't tell the whole story. "'Jeopardy!' was only the …

Artificial Intelligence

Human Language Adapted to Climate

CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA—A group of researchers from the University of Miami, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Max Planck …

How Cooking Has Changed Us - Eat: The Story of Food Article

In a cave in South Africa, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a million-year-old campfire, and discovered tiny bits of animal bones and ash from plants. It’s the oldest evidence of our ancient human ancestors—probably <i>Homo erectus</i>, a species that preceded ours—cooking a meal.<p>It’s a long …

Nutrition

Brain-to-brain technology allows for partial 'mind control'

Humans could be much more efficient communicators if they could bypass language altogether and directly transmit thoughts, ideas and instructions …

On The Importance Of Forgetting

The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget.<p>Our technology …

The Future Of America’s Roads: Smart Streets, Cars That Communicate

Population growth paired with a lack of “appetite for investment” in transportation systems means big challenges for Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. His solution? Creativity, cars that talk to each other, and a data innovation challenge.<p>When Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the …

Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

We know that spending all day hunched over laptops is shortening our lifespan and expanding our waistlines. Still, the threat of never growing up to be an Anderson Cooper-caliber silver fox may not be enough to motivate young tech workers to switch to a treadmill desk and sign up for some daily …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

Off mass-shell: Pythagoras to the LHC, via Einstein and Feynman

When a particle physicist describes something as "off mass-shell", they could be referring to a precise bit of quantum mechanics, or denouncing an unrealistic budget estimate. Either way, it's a bit of jargon that connects Pythagoras to the Large Hadron Collider, via Einstein and Feynman<p>A few days …

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'<p>Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered …

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Sleep: Why We Need It and What Happens Without It

Primate Brain Development Follows a Predictable Pattern

<b>Primate Brain Development Follows a Predictable Pattern</b><p>In a breakthrough for understanding brain evolution, neuroscientists have shown that differences between primate brains – from the tiny marmoset to human – can be largely explained as consequences of the same genetic program.<p>Researchers used computer modelling to demonstrate that the substantial enlargement of some areas of the human brain, vital to advanced cognition, reflected a consistent pattern that is seen across primate species of …

IBM brings in academic superstars to move cognitive computing beyond Watson

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / agsandrew<p>IBM’s famous Watson system kicked butt on <i>Jeopardy!</i> and is already making a name for itself in …