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How having worms could ward off diabetes

Worms could be the next weapon in the fight against autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and lupus.<p>The …

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

More Than 200,000 Sign up for One-Way Trip to Mars; Next Phase Launched

More than 200,000 people have expressed interest in traveling to Mars and never coming back, Mars One announced on September 9.<p>Mars One announced in …

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Outer space demilitarisation agreement threatened by new technologies

Developments in satellite technologies and cyber-warfare are threatening the internationally agreed demilitarisation of outer space, according to legal and security experts.<p>Weaknesses in existing treaties and military exploitation of GPS location systems are compromising the prohibition against …

New camouflage coating uses squid protein to become invisible to infrared, night vision

Researchers at UC Irvine have created a new camouflage coating inspired by the pencil squid that is invisible to infrared cameras. The university developed the coating with military applications in mind — a tool to hide from enemies. Alon Gorodetsky, an assistant professor at Irvine who led the …

Gigabyte's tiny new gaming PC is smaller than an Xbox controller

It used to be difficult to find a computer that could play games and still fit underneath your TV. Now, devices like the Alienware X51, Falcon Northwest Tiki, and Digital Storm Bolt can handily fill that role. But what if you want a gaming PC that can fit in your hand? That's where the Gigabyte …

Sony's PlayStation 4 Coming to Japan on February 22 2014

Sony is launching the PlayStation 4 in the US on November 15 and Europe on November 29, but Japanese customers will have to wait until February 22 2014. That’s nearly three months later than the American public, as Engadget reports.<p>That announcement, made today at the SCEJA Press Conference, is …

NSA Has Secretly Been Hacking, Cracking, And Circumventing Encryption For Years

If you're using encryption with an American company, you might as well forget about any actual privacy.<p>Newly disclosed documents from leaker-on-the-run Edward Snowden reveal that the National Security Agency has been fighting a secret war on encryption...and winning.<p>We wrote about secure email …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

The weird world of the incredibly small – in pictures

This month's collection of postcards from the nanoworld includes bleached hair, a component from a quantum computer, a fleck of Victorian paint and one of the creatures that helped build the White Cliffs of Dover

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Researchers use a video game to test mind reading

Researchers at the University of Washington used the internet, a video game and a "human-to-human brain interface" to test a kind of mind reading, according to the published accounts of the recent experiment.<p>Rajesh Rao, Computer Science & Engineering professor at the University of Washington, …

Move over, Oculus: Sony reportedly building virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4

According to separate reports from <i>Eurogamer</i> and <i>CVG,</i> Sony is currently working on a virtual reality headset that could launch as an accessory for the PlayStation 4. <i>Eurogamer</i> says "multiple sources" confirm that the device takes after the Oculus Rift in functionality and would ramp up the sense of …

Japan building mile-long ice wall around Fukushima plant to stop radiation leaks

Japan is set to construct a nearly mile-long ice wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to stop the continuing leak of radioactive water. The plan was first proposed in May, and the Associated Press reports that it's now been adopted. The construction will place a series of thin …

Google Glass: Surgery Tool Of The Future?

A surgeon transmitted the first Google Glass video of a live surgery to colleagues and med students across town.<p>We've been waiting for a while to figure out what practical uses will come out of Google Glass, besides, of course, making dudes look silly. And aha! A surgeon at The Ohio State …

Scientists create ‘quantum inverted pendulum’

Scientists have found a way to maintain an unstable quantum system by applying bursts of microwave radiation.<p>The feat is a quantum analogue to …