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Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells

After a chance observation in the lab, researchers found a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells in the lab to mature into harmless immune …

Is Google working on a cure for cancer?

Google has filed a patent application, suggesting development of its anti-cancer technology is well under way<p>Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the blood.<p>The patent application, …

How the Senate Republicans’ letter gave Iran a boost in nuclear talks

The Great Debate<p>« Previous Post<p>Coming attractions: How long before most movies are translated from Chinese?<p>Next Post »<p>Lithuania prepares for a feared Russian invasion<p>24 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that …

Google's wireless service will only work with the Nexus 6

We’ve heard rumors about Google launching its own wireless service for a few years now, and speculation has been gaining more and more momentum over the past few months. Then at MWC 2015, Google’s Sundar Pichai finally put those rumors to rest, confirming that the company is in fact launching its …

15 Life-Changing Books You Can Read in a Day

Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton, 77 pages. The title character of Wharton’s novella gets caught in a love triangle between<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Charles …

Books

GOP lacks votes to challenge FCC's Net neutrality ruling, senator concedes

Senate Republicans appear to have largely abandoned efforts to fight an FCC vote later this week that's expected to reclassify broadband as a public utility-like service.<p>After years of grappling with how much or even whether the federal government should be involved in regulating the Internet, the …

What is full disk encryption in Android Lollipop?

There's a lot of information out there about Android 5.0 Lollipop's "default" full disk encryption (FDE). Some of it is good information, some of it …

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland residents can now generate green electricity simply by turning on their water taps and flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the …

Water

Google fights rule that would let the US hack devices worldwide

The US is <i>already</i> snooping on computers around the world, but Google is worried that it might be sneaking in a rule change that would sanction more nosy behavior. The search firm has filed comments protesting an advisory committee proposal that would let the government get warrants for "remote …

The New York Times Calls For Cheney To Be Prosecuted For Torture

Under a headline reading, "Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses," the board criticizes the administration of current President Barack Obama for failing "to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," during the period following the attack on 9/11.<p>The editorial notes …

Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world

Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would open the door to US “government hacking of any facility” in the world.<p>In a strongly worded submission to the Washington committee that is …

Surveillance

Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Oil Spill

A train carrying crude oil in southern West Virginia derailed Monday, setting at least one house on fire and spilling oil into the state’s largest …

Oil Spills

5 Myths and Facts About Your Microwave

Microwave cooking has sparked a number of myths since the “space oven’s” creation. Read up on the most common microwave myths, and which ones are …

Microwaves

'Saturday Night Live' app puts 40 years of sketches on your iPhone

Practically everybody has at least one favorite <i>Saturday Night Live</i> sketch. Whether you lean more toward Wayne's World than Father Guido Sarducci, Brian Fellow or Stefon, though, now you can stick 'em all in your pocket with the <i>SNL</i> app for iOS. As <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> notes, the application …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

At stake in immigration debate: Billions of dollars

The House’s strategy widens the deficit by $7.5 billion — and that's just the start.<p>In Congress’ standoff over immigration policy, Republicans seem to be battling not only President Barack Obama but their own rhetoric on government spending.<p>Immigration riders attached to the Homeland Security …

Microsoft researchers say their newest deep learning system beats humans — and Google

Microsoft Research has outdone itself again when it comes to a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning.<p>In a new academic paper, employees in the Asian office of the tech giant’s research arm say their latest deep learning system can outperform humans by one metric.<p>The Microsoft …

The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all.<p>You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists …

Psychology

Samsung’s smart TV privacy policy should scare you to death

If you’re already worried about your smartphone or PC spying on you, just wait until you see what smart TVs are capable of. <i>The Korea Times</i> reports …

Obama won't return 'torture report' without court OK

The Obama Administration is pledging that it won’t destroy or return copies of the full-length Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA detention and interrogation practices without permission from the federal courts.<p>In a court filing Friday night, the Justice Department asked U.S. District …

The FCC will reportedly try to ban internet 'slow lanes'

It's only been a few months since President Barack Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission to start treating the internet as a utility, but it's enough time to have gotten the gears of policy a-spinning. According to a pair of new reports from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and the <i>New York Times</i>, …

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

Google Earth

Carriers just torpedoed their strongest argument against net neutrality

TimeDotCom<p>Several months ago, AT&T threatened the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they were thinking of withdrawing from the upcoming spectrum auction if the FCC imposed rules that didn’t allow carriers like AT&T to purchase and hoard significant chunks of spectrum. According to AT&T, …

We now have "4.5G" and "Pre-5G" technology

As I have written about a number of times, companies are seemingly trying to one-up each other with ridiculous 5G technology claims without any idea what 5G means since it has not even been defined yet. Some are even marketing their so-called 5G wireless packages which include speeds that barely …

Warrant canaries: A way for tech companies to get around government gag orders.

Let’s imagine a world where telecommunications providers and online services pay more than lip service to users’ privacy and security. In such a …

Surveillance

2016 Dems — Silicon Valley's fight — The 'kiss of death'? — Koch cash — Christie gets busy

<i>With Ben Schreckinger, Tarini Parti and Sandhya Raman</i><p><i>The following newsletter is an abridged version of Campaign Pro's Morning Score. For an earlier morning read on exponentially more races - and for a more comprehensive aggregation of the day's most important campaign news — sign up for Campaign</i> …

Government

A Carrier Website Might Have Just Leaked Samsung's Next Galaxy Phone

The company is likely to unveil a second version of the Galaxy S6 with a curved display, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Sources confirmed this to Business Insider's Steve Kovach earlier this month, but now a page that appeared on Vodafone's Dutch website provides further …

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Why the Planet Is Doomed

One solution to carbon pollution is a more economical lifestyle. Sharing cars, living in smaller homes, and generally saving energy are obvious ways to mitigate global warming. Will we adopt them, or will we continue with a more wasteful lifestyle that destroys the only planet we can live on?<p><b>Reagan</b> …