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The Week In Numbers: The Brightest Explosion Ever, A Ticket To The Moon, And More

<b>3.6 billion light-years</b>: the distance from Earth of a recently observed gamma-ray burst, the brightest explosion NASA scientists have ever seen<p><b>$25,000</b>: the fine internet providers face per day if they refuse to spy for the FBI<p><b>200 horsepower</b>: the oomph in the turbodiesel engine of this …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Engineering

Epecuen, Argentina Resurfaces 25 Years After Being Submerged by Flood Waters

Epecuen, Argentina was a bustling resort town on the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake, in the 1950s to early 1980s. The town, which had a …

Do we need to change the way we are thinking about mental illness?

NO Simon Wessely, member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists<p>Next week the American Psychiatric Association is publishing its fifth take on the …

Cambridge-based scientists develop 'superwheat'

<b>British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%.</b><p>The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.<p>In early trials, the resulting crop seemed …

Administrative Law

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

Dyslexic girls have different brain anatomy from dyslexic boys

The study found less gray matter volume in parts of male brains used to process language. It found less gray matter volume in parts of females brains …

WHO says new coronavirus may be passed person to person

<b>The World Health Organization says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact.</b><p>This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.<p>Two more people in Saudi …

Disease

'Dramatic decline' warning for plants and animals

<b>More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.</b><p>New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C.<p>But the scientists say that the losses …

Climate Change

Starwatch: Saturn's north pole hurricane

A close-up of the hurricane raging at Saturn's north pole appeared in the Guardian on 1 May. This image, also by Nasa's Cassini probe, shows a wider …

Obama administration announces manufacturing institutes

<i>Posted on behalf of Chris Palmer</i><p>The administration of US President Barack Obama announced this week that it is committing US$200 million to create …

Printable bionic ear sends hearing to the dogs

Using off-the-shelf 3D printing tools, silver nanoparticles, and cell culture, scientists at Princeton University have created a functional bionic …

Princeton University

Washington State Courts Hacked: 160,000 Social Security Numbers Potentially Accessed

Hackers may have grabbed as many as 160,000 Social Security numbers and up to one million drivers license numbers from the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, according to information provided on the Court’s website yesterday. The hackers responsible for this breach used a flaw in …

Vin Diesel: Facebook 'Owes Me Billions Of Dollars'

But how did the action star create such a successful online persona? He got in the game early.<p>"What Facebook didn't realize is something very big was about to happen, and that was — for the first time in history, and it's kind of a fluke they didn't see this coming — when I jumped on that page in …

Social Media

This Is A Gorgeous Redesign Concept For Apple's iPhone Software

This year's iOS is widely reported to be getting a the first major redesign in the history of the software. The new look is said to be lacking in the glitz and the gloss that's been prevalent throughout iOS's life.<p>Instead, we're supposed to get a cleaner, simpler design.<p>Simply Zesty decided to whip …

Widgets

Newt Gingrich is 'really puzzled' by cellphones that take pictures and needs your help

After losing his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and his chance to build a manned moon base by 2020, Newt Gingrich is turning his sights on pressing issues a little closer to home. "We're really puzzled," Gingrich says in a new video, clutching a small handheld device. "Here at …

Microsoft: Chrome Extension, Firefox Add-on Hijack Facebook Accounts

Microsoft has discovered a new piece of malware in the form of a Google Chrome extension and Firefox add-on that can hijack Facebook accounts. It does not appear that there are equivalent plugins for Internet Explorer nor Safari.<p>The threat, detected by Microsoft as Trojan:JS/Febipos.A, was first …

Android 4.3, Google Babel, and the Nexus 7: What’s in store for Google I/O?

Here's a peek at the rumors (and evidence) surrounding the developer conference.<p>Google’s annual developer conference is mere days away, so expect a …

Facebook makes break-ups harder to take, study says

It hurts when your lover casts you aside.<p>Especially when you know that he or she is acting out of self-loathing, personal inadequacy, or a complete lack of appreciation for your hidden joys.<p>And yet, in this world where everything is recorded by a social network (and/or a government), there are …

Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu, …

Can Congress Blow Up the TV Bundle? John McCain Is Going to Try — Again.

Lots of people say they want to break up the bundle — the economic model that keeps the TV Industrial Complex intact — but no one has been able to do …

News Corp

Facebook Previews New Features For Home, Which Is Near 1M Downloads And Increases Users’ Time Spent On Facebook By 25%

“Home is the first product we’ve released that’s really about ‘mobile-best’ and the transition beyond ‘mobile first'” said Facebook’s VP Cory Ondrejka. To further that, Facebook previewed some new features Home will get eventually including a “Dash Bar” buddy list for starting chats, an improved …

No iTunes for Windows 8 devices anytime soon

Microsoft Windows 8 users will likely get access to all the most popular apps in Apple's iTunes store. But it's doubtful they'll get iTunes anytime soon, according to a recent interview a Microsoft exec gave to CNN Money.<p>Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft's Windows division, said …

Stunning Google Earth photos show our planet changing

Google (s GOOG), along with the US Geological Survey, NASA and TIME, has shared a quarter-century of photos taken from space that show the surface of …

Ahead of I/O, Google Wallet Drops Plans to Introduce a Physical Card

Google will update its Wallet product at its I/O developer conference next week, but will not include the physical credit card that the company had …

Google Wallet

On a MacBook Air with Retina display

image via Apple PR<p>It seems that more and more, people are clamoring for a MacBook Air with Retina display.<p>And for good reason. Retina displays are …

Microsoft: Google Docs Is Not Worth The Gamble, Makes You Less Productive

After Bing and its Scroogled campaign, Microsoft is now taking aim at Google Docs. Jake Zborowski, Microsoft’s senior product manager for Office, actually published two anti-Docs blog posts today: one homes in on document fidelity, and the other, which includes a number of user testimonials, argues …

PayPal's chief information security officer says passwords' days are numbered

Recently speaking at the Interop IT conference, PayPal's chief information security officer, Michael Barrett, stated that passwords and PINs were operating on borrowed time. Barrett hopes to replace online security keys with a setup that's a blend of software and hardware-based identification. He …

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you’re probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering. It can be broken down into many discrete parts—a URL bar, a set of bookmarks, perhaps a built-in video player. But the most important component is hidden: the “rendering engine” is the specific part of the …