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Brain 'can classify words during sleep'

<b>The brain is still active while we are asleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words during their slumber.</b><p>Researchers from Cambridge and Paris introduced participants to a word test while awake and found they continued to respond correctly while asleep.<p>The sleeping brain can …

The Brain

2014: The year of encryption

<b>"The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything."</b><p>So said Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, in response to revelations about the activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) made by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.<p>Special Report: The Technology of Business<p>Stress test: Are you …

Floating Schools Would Enable Students to Adapt to Flood-Prone Areas in Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria, life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for …

Wearing Super-Cold Hat During Chemo May Prevent Hair Loss

A team of U.S. researchers are investigating the possibilities.<p>What's the first thing you'd want to know if you learned you had to undergo chemotherapy? Oncologist Susan Melin of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina told the Associated Press that often, her patients ask first …

Injecting competition

WILL the world eradicate polio? If it does, some of the credit may go to a 73-year-old billionaire horse-breeder from the Indian city of Pune: he …

Biggest Virus Yet Found, May Be Fourth Domain of Life?

Pandoraviruses opening up new questions about life as we know it.<p><b>Scientists have found the biggest viruses known, and these pandoraviruses have opened up entirely new questions in science—even suggesting a fourth domain of life, a new study says.</b><p>Each about one micron—a thousandth of a millimeter—in …

Vintage Big Pic: The Cameras That Captured The First Men On The Moon

Yep, these are photos of cameras. Enjoy!<p>This smooth and shiny camera captured the video that folks at home watched live on TV during Neil Armstrong's moonwalk. It's called the Apollo Lunar TV Camera, and the U.S. engineering firm Westinghouse designed it. It withstood vibrations between 10 and …

Flavor-flipping neutrinos: Key to universe's anti-matter mystery?

Using an underground neutrino detector in Japan, physicists may have found the key to answering a fundamental question: Why does our universe, as we know it, exist at all?<p>Scientists have caught tiny, ghostlike particles called neutrinos in the act of turning from one type into another using the …

Physics

An environmentally friendly battery made from wood

Scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming an environmentally friendly energy …

Clean Energy

How Yoga Could Help Keep Kids In School

Scientific evidence is mounting daily for what many have long sensed: that practices like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can help us address certain intractable individual and societal problems. Prominent companies – Google, General Mills, Target, Apple, Nike, AOL, and Procter & Gamble among …

“Angry Birds” Comes To The Kennedy Space Center

The 4,485-square-foot, seven-exhibit attraction includes making your own digital Angry Bird, playing the Eggsteroid Slingshot, and traversing the …

Angry Birds

Smart Streets Soon Will Know You're Walking On Them

Cities are using microradar to count bicyclists, and they may soon be detecting pedestrians, too, as America’s transportation agencies follow a public migration away from the automobile and toward alternate modes of transporation.<p>“We want to be able to measure bikes, pedestrians, transit users, …

NASA wants to bring a 3D printer to the International Space Station in 2014

Next year, a 3D printer is set to boldly go where no MarketBot or RepRap has gone before — beyond the earth's atmosphere and aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has approved a custom shoe-box sized 3D printer — which it helped design — for the micro-gravitational conditions of space …

This Wi-Fi-Enabled Tooth Sensor Knows If You’re Still Smoking Or Overeating

Scientists at the National Taiwan University have developed a tooth sensor to analyze oral activities. But is it safe?<p>Scientists at the National Taiwan University have taken wearable computers to a whole other level with the development of a small circuit board designed to fit into dentures, …

A breakthrough in cryptography could thwart a favorite attack of hackers

Microsoft, Apple, and every maker of mobile and desktop apps on the planet all have a problem: The moment they issue a security “patch,” or an update to their software designed to plug a hole that could be exploited by hackers, those same hackers work feverishly to reverse-engineer that patch in …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Check Out The Document That Created NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 started it all. Happy birfday, NASA!<p>This document is the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which created NASA. It was signed into law by President Eisenhower 55 years ago yesterday. The document outlines NASA's policies, guidelines, …

Join the fight against extreme poverty

<b>Last week, leaders of the African Union member nations made an ambitious pledge to end the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics in their</b> …

African Union

Breast cancer risk can be predicted using new technique

A new way of predicting a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has been developed.<p>Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, US, have produced a statistical formula that calculates a woman’s risk of developing the disease over a 10 and 20 year period.<p>The technique, which examines …

Tiny Poisonous Trees Could Fight Climate Change In The Desert

Like something straight out of Dune, but the boring, terraforming parts.<p>Five German scientists have proposed a new strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change: turn coastal deserts into forests. Why? Forests, full of trees that consume carbon dioxide, are a great bulwark against the gas …

The app that makes music from your heartbeat could also save you a trip to the doctor

BioBeats, the big data company that made it possible for you to dance along to music tuned to your heartbeat, announced today that it now hopes to venture into more serious health and wellness apps. With $650,000 in seed funding, its team wants to get people thinking about their health before (and …

Apps

Meet the robot dancer and the mechanical portrait artist

A human-like robot that can dance, another that can paint portraits and others that behave like animals such as shrews and fish have been unveiled.<p>Engineers are creating robots that mimic biological organisms including fish, mammals and even plants in an attempt to produce machines that can operate …

Last Person To Get Smallpox Dedicated His Life To Ending Polio

So far, the human race has eliminated just one disease in history: smallpox. But it's on the cusp of adding a second virus — polio — to that list.<p>One special man in Somalia was at the battlefront of both eradication efforts. He died last week of a sudden illness at age 59.<p>Ali Maow Maalin was the …

Watch The Mars Rover Curiosity's First Year In Only 2 Minutes

A busy, if slow-moving, year in the life of a robot we crashed onto an alien world.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity has spent the past year driving around the surface of of its new home, drilling and digging and collecting samples and every once in awhile drawing inappropriate body parts for fun.<p>It's not a …

DNA sequencing goes mainstream as 23andMe begins TV ad push

It's become easier and easier to discover who you are and where you came from thanks to DNA analysis, and now 23andMe is trying to expand those interested in their genes from a group of dedicated enthusiasts to the general public. The company, which has been analyzing DNA for seven years now, …

Coding cognition: IBM needs apps for its digital brain

A far fetched idea inches ever-closer to reality<p>IBM wants to see researchers writing programs for the digital equivalent of a human brain. It's a lofty, almost sci-fi task that's likely a far way out, but IBM announced on Wednesday that it had made some significant steps toward making it happen: …

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise In Human Test

A viable, effective vaccine against malaria has long eluded scientists. Results from a preliminary study have ignited hope that a new type of vaccine could change that.<p>The experimental vaccine offered strong protection against malaria when given at high doses, scientists report Thursday in the …