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Robots and sex: creepy or cool?

Sex with robots may currently be restricted to fiction, but with advances in technology this could eventually change. Despite how some may react, this is something that should be accepted, maybe even embraced<p>Consenting adults’ private activities seem to get a lot of other people very cross. Almost …

Designed Like We Give A Dam: New Proposals To Protect New York Coastal Communities

Adaptation measures would strengthen local resilience to sea level rise and the next Superstorm Sandy.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery.</i><p>Ten proposals are vying for funding to prepare the New York metro region for disasters like Superstorm Sandy and make recovery from such events easier, cheaper, and …

Navy lab makes gasoline from seawater, as low as $3 per gallon

The Science of How Memory Works

<i>“Whatever becomes of [old memories], in the long intervals of consciousness?”</i> Henry James wistfully pondered upon turning fifty. <i>“They are like the lines of a letter written in sympathetic ink; hold the letter to the fire for a while and the grateful warmth brings out the invisible words.”</i> James was …

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

Dark Matter

The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie

Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts …

Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

From plant factories fueled by the magenta glow of blue and red LED lights, to the 30-foot tall Ferris wheel for plants in Singapore, we've shown you the design possibilities for growing vegetables up instead of out.<p>But critics ask, what kind of stresses does that put on the plant? And how do you …

Britain's first cloned dog born after £60,000 test-tube procedure

Dachshund cloned in Seoul after owner wins competition advertised in UK offering procedure free of charge<p>Britain's first cloned dog has been born after a £60,000 test-tube procedure, a television programme will reveal.<p>The tiny dachshund puppy, weighing just over 1lb, was born in Seoul, South Korea, …

The brain's need for justice is based in reason, not emotion - Futurity

People who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion, according to new research based on brain scans.

Emotions

Your reality is actually 15 seconds long

The present moment, as you are experiencing it this very instant, is directly influenced by the previous 15 seconds of your life, reports <i>Quartz</i>. Researchers from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, have dubbed this phenomenon the "continuity field," and according to a study they …

Your Brain On Jazz

Growing up poor makes kids' DNA look old

Children who grow up in underprivileged households show signs of premature chromosomal aging, reports <i>New Scientist.</i> Moreover, this form of genetic aging might explain why adults who grow up in poor or otherwise stressful environments are more likely to develop serious health problems, such as …

Russia and US take their petty war of words over Ukraine on to Twitter

Official communications from both sides suggest teenagers trying to wind each other up<p>There was a time when working out what countries really thought required parsing texts and reading between the lines to get to the point, hidden behind a myriad of diplomatic niceties.<p>No longer – at least when it …

Ten things you need to know about the Internet of Things

Televisions, cars, washing machines, smartphones, smoke alarms … everything you can think of is getting connected<p>From fridges and thermostats to cars and cities, everything around you is getting connected. But what will it mean for your life?<p><b>1 It's about connected computers in everything</b><p>As …

Muso – a friendly way to fight piracy

Finding your music on infringing sites feels like being burgled, but a producer and songwriter has come up with a solution<p>Imagine if you downloaded a file from an illegal filesharing site or cyberlocker and, when you tried to open it, you were greeted by a message saying something along the lines …

Online students can't help being sociable

<b>It was a revolution moving higher education from bricks to clicks… and now it's started to go back to bricks again.</b><p>Online university providers, which offered people the chance to study from home, are turning full circle by creating a network of learning centres where students can meet and study …

Higher Education

Microsoft teaches robots how to deal with groups and draw from memory

Us humans are good at predicting how people will behave, particularly in groups, but artificial intelligence routines still have trouble dealing with much more than controlled, one-on-one discussions. They'll be far more flexible if Microsoft's Situated Interaction project pays off, though. The …

Google Trains Its Lenses On Cambodia's Ancient Temples

Google has created a virtual trek through Cambodia's jungle temples that aims to transport cyber-travelers to a wonder of the ancient world.<p>In July 2013, Google began photographing the ancient Angkor World Heritage Site, sending in Street Cars, tripods and "Trekkers" — backpack-mounted devices with …

Tech and Science

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Science

Self-Powered Remote-Controlled Cockroaches Are An Actual Thing

As if cockroaches weren't gross and unsettling enough already some Japanese scientists have inexplicably created an army of self-powered cyborg …

Barbara Taylor: 'Waking up in a mental hospital isn't something you plan for'

Barbara Taylor is an academic known for her brilliant books on history and feminism. She is also a former psychiatric patient. In this extract from her powerful memoir, she describes daily life inside one of Britain's last mental asylums<p>Ward 16 of Friern Barnet mental asylum was an "acute …