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This Robot Just Won The DARPA Robotics Challenge

Schaft, which is owned by Google, took top honors at the competition.<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge, a search for the rescue robot of tomorrow, just ended its two-day competition, and the machine you see here is the glorious champion. Team Schaft, a Japanese start-up acquired by Google, not only won, …

Robotics

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Judge: NSA program likely unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment …

Unarmed Man Charged With Assaulting Bystanders Who Were Actually Shot by Police

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A police shooting incident near Times Square back in September, has led to a unique legal situation …

Overweight And Healthy: A Combo That Looks Too Good To Be True

Overweight or obese people are indeed more likely to die prematurely than people of normal weight, say researchers who've analyzed the data. Their conclusion throws cold water on recent studies that have found some excess weight isn't so bad.<p>Earlier this year, researchers at the Centers for Disease …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

China

Political protests in Bangladesh turn violent

Bangladesh's opposition blocked roads, railways and waterways to protest government plans to hold a general election on January 5, the latest turn in a violent political crisis that has paralysed the country.<p>The opposition, led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, is demanding that the government, …

U.S. sends B-52s over China-claimed waters

Japan and the USA will challenge China's claim to a stretch of the ocean during military exercises this week.<p>NAHA, OKINAWA, Japan — An American carrier battle group and a flotilla of Japanese warships will arrive Wednesday near a vast stretch of ocean claimed by China in what is shaping up as a …

SCOTUS to weigh contraceptive rule

The Supreme Court has agreed to revisit Obamacare, this time to review the requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans.<p>On Tuesday, the court accepted two cases centered on the issue of business owners’ religious expression.<p>It’s another …

NASA's Tips For Interpreting Satellite Images

Example tip: Farmed vegetation often looks brighter green than natural vegetation<p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love satellite images. They offer cool views of Earthly phenomena such as plankton blooms and erupting volcanoes. They give important perspective on the impact of natural disasters such as …

Landscape Photography

FDA to 23andMe: Stop DNA testing

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>23andMe has made a name for itself providing a service many people didn’t even know they needed: a complete …

Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple: A Mini Course from Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Hans Bethe

An émigré from Nazi Germany, Hans Bethe joined Cornell's physics department back in 1935. There, he built a remarkable career for himself. A nuclear …

G4S admits overcharging MoJ £24m on electronic tagging contract

Company has apologised to Ministry of Justice and issued credit notes for £23.3m incorrectly billed between 2005 and 2013<p>Private security company G4S has admitted it has overcharged the Ministry of Justice more than £24m on its contract for the electronic monitoring of thousands of offenders in …

JPMorgan Chase Inks $13B Settlement, Admits Misrepresenting MBS

In the largest-ever settlement with the U.S. government, banking giant JPMorgan Chase (JPM) officially agreed on Tuesday to shell out $13 billion and admitted making serious misrepresentations over mortgage-backed securities that fueled the financial crisis.<p>The formal announcement ends months of …

Facebook defends allowing beheadings footage to continue

<b>Facebook will continue to allow users to show footage of beheadings as long as it is posted in "the right context", MPs have heard.</b><p>The social network site has been criticised for allowing such images to be shown, amid warnings they could cause psychological damage.<p>But Facebook's UK and Ireland …

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Indian police chief's rape analogy causes outrage across country

Ranjit Sinha, head of India's Central Bureau of Investigation, apologises for remark about unlicensed betting<p>One of India's most senior policemen has been forced to apologise after comparing rape to unlicensed betting which, because it cannot be prevented, should be enjoyed.<p>Ranjit Sinha, who leads …

Two admirals face investigation in Navy bribery scheme

Two U.S. Navy admirals have reportedly become ensnared in a far-reaching bribery scandal involving the alleged sale of classified information to a Malaysian defense contractor.<p>The Washington Post reports Vice Adm. Ted Branch and Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless have both taken forced leaves of absence …

Snowden leaks ‘very damaging,’ U.K. spy heads warn

Britain's spy agencies usually shun the limelight and operate in the secret world of espionage where the tricks of their trade are rarely publicized. That changed for 90 minutes on Thursday as the heads of the country's three spy services emerged for the first time to explain what they do and shoot …

Surveillance

Surgeons Discover Quirky Knee Ligament All Over Again

About 150 years ago, a prestigious surgeon in Paris found a new body part while dissecting cadavers. He described the structure as a pearly, "fibrous band" on the outside of the bones in the knee.<p>That sure sounds like a ligament. But nobody really gave it much thought. And poof! Over the next …

More And More Egyptian Women Are Casting Aside Their Veils

Amid revolution and upheaval, women are staking their claim to the right to choose.<p>CAIRO — For most of her life, Jehad Meshref covered her long black hair with a veil.<p>Now, disappointed by a failed revolution, she has cast it off, tired, she says, of fulfilling other people's ideas of what a "good …

Ex-Microsoft creative director Adam Orth on dealing with internet hate and toxicity

Adam Orth, the former Microsoft Studios creative director who left the company after a series of sarcastic, ire-raising tweets about the Xbox One's planned "always on" nature, spoke for the first time about the "internet firestorm" he helped create and ultimately lead to his departure from the …

FEDS: Navy Commander Sold Secrets To Malaysian Businessman For Hookers, Gaga Tickets

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nicknamed "Fat Leonard," the gregarious Malaysian businessman is well known by U.S. Navy commanders in the Pacific, where his company has serviced warships for 25 years.<p>But prosecutors in court papers say Leonard Francis worked his connections to obtain military secrets by lining …

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White House rejects clemency for Edward Snowden over NSA leaks

Obama adviser and heads of House and Senate intelligence signal hard line despite European support for whistleblower<p>The White House and leading lawmakers have rejected Edward Snowden's plea for clemency and said he should return to the United States to face trial.<p>Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama …

So what's next for Edward Snowden after leaking NSA secrets? Apparently, a job

Edward Snowden is apparently pretty popular in Russia, the country that has granted him asylum. And now, he reportedly has a job there.<p>"The assumption is that he'll be working for Vkontakte, which is essentially a copy of Facebook," says Charles Maynes, an independent journalist based in Moscow. …

China captures five suspects over Tiananmen Square 'terror attack'

After days of silence Beijing claims explosion of jeep at heart of China’s capital was “carefully planned organised and premeditated” attack carried out by “ferocious” criminals<p>The explosion of a car in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Monday that killed five people and injured nearly 40 was a …

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and …

NSA chief defends its spying programs

The agency has been in the spotlight over accusations that it monitored the phone calls of leaders who are U.S. allies.<p>WASHINGTON — Army Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, defended his agency, saying what his staff does "is bring back more U.S. soldiers, airmen and …