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Police want to use your home security cameras for surveillance

A proposal in California suggests that local residents should contribute their security camera video for the societal good.<p>We're all in this together.<p>The authorities are peeking in on our progress thought life, and we accept it as part of our security.<p>But they don't want us to feel left out. So now …

RemoteAccess

Watch Steve Jobs demonstrate the Macintosh to the public for the first time

Steve Jobs debuted the first Macintosh computer before a packed room of shareholders on January 24th, 1984. But that wasn't the end of the story: only days later, Jobs appeared before the Boston Computer Society to show the Mac to the public for the first time. <i>Time</i> has recovered the full, 90-minute …

By this time next year, you could be 3D printing custom comfortable inserts for your shoes

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Sols<p>For nearly a year and a half, Kegan Schouwenburg ran the enormous Shapeways factory in Queens, New York. Her …

Ball Lightning Video Presents First Evidence of Strange Phenomenon

A ball lightning video from China offers the first evidence that the elusive glowing orbs form from vaporized dirt.<p>Stories about the ball lightning …

The Asteroid That Thought It Was a Comet

Astronomy buffs know very well that asteroids and comets are entirely different animals. The former are made mostly of rock and metal, and live in a …

A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

A naturally occurring substance called epidermal growth factor appears to reverse a type of brain damage that's common in very premature infants.<p>It was really amazing. These mice looked identical to the mice that were not exposed to the injury. - Vittorio Gallo, Children's National Health …

Where the Swastika Was Found 12,000 Years Before Hitler Made Us Uncomfortable About It

The earliest known swastika was found in 10,000 B.C. in the Ukraine, carved on mammoth ivory.<p>Its meaning has been a good one for thousands of years. …

Prosthetics: Meet the man with 13 legs

From robotic legs to laser arms, the owners of artificial limbs are no longer content with only one replacement, as Frank Swain discovers.<p>When Jozef Metelka gets up in the morning, one of his first decisions is which leg he’ll be wearing that day. After losing his right leg in a motorbike accident …

3D Printing

Images of closest supernova in years, in galaxy M82

You’ll understand why astronomers say a supernova can outshine a whole galaxy.<p>Amateur astronomers are capturing the first images of the supernova, or …

This date in science: Sweden goes first to ban aerosol sprays

What happened when scientists realized aerosol sprays were harming Earth’s ozone layer, plus … an update on the Antarctic ozone hole.<p><b>January 23, …

Climate Change

"Doughnut Rock" Added to Mars's Mystery Object Hall of Fame

Folks have been seeing funny things on Mars for a very long time.<p>Crumbling canals, a mysterious sphinx, and now something that looks like a crumpled jelly doughnut... Mars has a way of serving up mystery objects that befuddle and delight us earthlings. (See video: "Exploration: Mission to …

Will This Go Faster Than Light?

China's polluted air is changing the weather - Futurity

Air pollution over Asia, most of which is coming from China, is affecting the world's weather.

Station astronauts talk long distance with Texas students

Supermoon 2014 Dates: Next Supermoon on January 30

One of the supermoon dates in 2014 has already passed, and another is coming up on January 30.<p>January is the only month with two supermoons until …

Zoology

Hundred Years of Dry: How California's Drought Could Get Much, Much Worse

As he gave his State of the State speech yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown had reason to feel pretty good. The 75-year-old governor has helped …

South Korea's 5G To Let Citizens Download A Full Movie In One Second

And the country's science ministry wants people on the fastest bullet trains to be able to surf the Internet.<p>South Korea's science ministry is investing $1.5 billion in building 5G wireless service for the country by 2020, AFP reports.<p>Some of the things the ministry wants 5G to do include …

New Beetle Genus and Species Discovered in Brazilian Amazon

A new genus and species of the Neotropical pselaphine tribe Jubini has been described from Manaus, Brazil. Dr. Joseph Parker, a UK biologist based in …

New River Dolphin Species Found in Brazil, First Since 1918

True river dolphins are amongst the rarest and most endangered animals.<p>Researchers have discovered a new species of river dolphin in Brazil, named the "Araguaian boto," the first such finding in nearly 100 years. Genetic work shows that it diverged from other river dolphins more than 2 million …

10-year-old Opportunity rover finds old 'drinking water' on Mars

Old rovers can indeed learn new tricks. Rolling into its 10th anniversary on the Red Planet, Opportunity has discovered clay minerals showing that life-friendly water flowed on Mars in the earliest epoch of its history.<p>The findings indicate that Curiosity’s groundbreaking discovery last year of …

Astronomers say Monet's 'Sunset' masterpiece was painted at 4:53PM on February 5th, 1883

Forensic astronomy sheds new light on impressionist work<p>Researchers from Texas State University have used forensic astronomy to uncover new details about Claude Monet's <i>Étretat: Sunset</i> — a stunning seascape that the impressionist master painted during a trip to the Normandy coast in 1883. Their …