Venkat Subramanian

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With Cortana on Windows 10, Microsoft's bringing its virtual assistant full circle

After watching early footage of Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana in Windows 10 (below), its impending takeover of the Microsoft Borg seems inevitable. There's a lot riding on Cortana, after all. After being released in the U.S. earlier this year, it's now slowly rolling out across the globe. …

Meet the first lady of graphene, turning harmful gases into the wonder stuff

Catharina Paukner is building a supersized graphene factory in Cambridge that can turn methane from landfill - or even cows - into modern-day black gold<p>The birthplace of graphene – the one-atom-thick carbon – is Manchester University, where it was created by two physicists. But Cambridge could …

New Lead? Possible MH370 Wreck Site Found 3,000 Miles Away

Officials will investigate possible aircraft wreckage spotted thousands of miles away from the area where searchers have been hunting for missing Flight MH370, Malaysia's transport minister said Tuesday.<p>“We are aware of a report citing the detection of potential aircraft wreckage in the Bay of …

Exams! Don't panic

Exam season approaches. A tense time for many students and pupils, which always reminds me of particularly bad time I had about 25 years ago. I relate it here on the off-chance it might help someone in a similar situation. Or just amuse you.<p>I did a degree in physics at Oxford University. This was …

The world’s newest mineral is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before

Putnisite is completely unique and “unrelated to anything,” scientists say<p>Sarah Wolfe<p>April 26, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>It's purple and pretty and composed of cube-like crystals just 0.5 mm in size.<p>But what really makes putnisite, the world's newest mineral, …

Sailfish Use Inescapable Face- Swords to Wound, Then Kill

Meet the sailfish—a predator that combines teamwork, ninja-like stealth, record-breaking speed, chameleonic colour changes, and a weapon that looks like a sword, works like a sword, and is mounted <i>on</i> <i>its face</i>.<p>It is surely one of the most spectacular hunters in the ocean. Thanks to a new study by Jens …

Hints To Longevity Found In Blood Of 115-Year-Old Woman

She maintained clear cognition until near the end of her life.<p>Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died at the age of 115 in 2005, leaving her body to science. Until very close to her death, she remained in relatively good health and cognition, and was for example able to carry on a …

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Not long ago, we heard about a catchy idea for a cookbook: "Fart-free food for everybody."<p>In theory, these recipes would be helpful for some people — and those in their vicinity.<p>But being a bit gassymay actually be a small price to pay for a lot of benefits to our health.<p>We know that air often …

Tornadoes: The Science Behind the Destruction

Atmospheric scientists aim to improve their forecasts.<p>At least 29 people are dead after a string of tornadoes hit states in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. over the past few days. The National Weather Service predicts more severe weather on Tuesday.<p>How tornadoes form and how they die is not fully …

Scientists Create Personalized Stem Cells, Raising Hopes for Diabetes Cure

Insulin-producing cells could one day replace cells damaged by diabetes, a step toward curing the disease.<p>Regenerative medicine took a step forward on Monday with the announcement of the creation of the first disease-specific line of embryonic stem cells made with a patient's own DNA.<p>These cells, …

The Brain Waves For Knowing What You Know

A certain type of brain activity shows up in mice who are about to make the right choice in a little maze they're trained in.<p>Researchers found the brain activity that happens when mice that are learning make the right choice—and know it.<p>A new study links this specific type of brain activity with …

Neuroscience

New moon is June 13

The upcoming new moon is June 13, 2018, at 19:43 UTC. Will you see it? No, it crosses the sky with the sun during the day. The difference between new …

What has science got in common with opera? Oil | Alice Bell

As a new graphic from Platform London demonstrates, oil money flows through science in culture. Should we be concerned?<p>Question: What has science got in common with opera? Answer: They are both cultural pursuits favoured by the oil industry.<p>This comes via the NGO Platform who produced a new …

Embryonic cloning shows promise for treating diabetes

Researchers said they created an embryonic clone of a 32-year-old woman with diabetes, extracted healthy stem cells from the clone, and then changed those cells into fresh ones that produce insulin.<p>The long-term hope would be to transplant new insulin-producing cells back into a patient and treat …

How 3-D Printing Can Help To Cure Cancer

This 3-D printer can print living tumors, and the technology may revolutionize the treatment of cancer.<p>When scientists test drugs on cancer cells, they do so in the two-dimensional confines of the Petri dish. If the drug being tested works well, the next stage is to shift to the 3-D environment and …

To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs

If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginally harder to breathe. This won’t matter in the short term but in the long run, you’d spend a lot more …