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Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland

Alzheimer’s breakthrough: scientists home in on molecule which halts development of disease

Cambridge scientists raise prospect of new generation of treatments after finding technique to limit development of biggest cause of dementia<p>Scientists have found a method which could potentially stop the growth of Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks, raising the prospect of a wave of new treatments …

Facebook Patents Clever Way To Advertise Just To Important People

Celebrities aren’t like you and me. They’re better. Or at least Facebook thinks they’re worth more money.<p>Convince experts and influencers to like something, and everyone will follow their lead. The question is how to identify who these special people are, and Facebook’s just patented one of the …

Marketing

'Doom' selfie mod lets you indulge your ego while slaying demons

Like it or not, selfies in games are officially a "thing" -- and they're now invading classic titles like <i>Doom</i>. Linguica's new <i>InstaDoom</i> mod lets you spin the virtual camera around to take a shot of your <i>Doom</i> (or <i>Doom II</i>) marine, complete with Instagram-like filters and the seemingly inescapable selfie …

Sony tests the waters for self-driving cars with a small investment

Apple and Google aren't the only tech giants exploring the brave new world of self-driving cars. <i>Financial Times</i> tipsters report that Sony has invested roughly $842,000 into ZMP, a Japanese autonomous vehicle startup. While it's a small start, Sony apparently has big plans -- it wants to combine its …

WSJ: Apple struggled to find purpose for Apple Watch after many planned health features were cut, 5 million units ordered

The Wall Street Journal revealed tonight that many of the planned health features that Apple intended to include in its first-generation wearable were cut from the final product.<p>Early reports on the progress of the device’s creation indicated that it would boast an array of sensors for measuring …

This Is What Apple’s ‘Titan’ Car Could Look Like

Ford 021C concept car<br>Ford<p>1 of 6<p>iGiant Apple is reportedly working on a much bigger smart device: a car. After rumors of such a project began making …

Apple Watch

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you

People from around the world can join a campaign to find out if British intelligence agency GCHQ illegally spied on them -- and force it to delete …

Surveillance

Judges to order DNA tests in parentage disputes

The move follows two pilot schemes in Taunton and Bristol which were set up following anecdotal evidence that courtroom arguments led to delays in divorce cases<p>All family court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to determine a child's parentage from September, Justice Minister Simon …

Genealogy

Google Launches A Chinese Version Of Its YouTube Channel For Developers

Google is continuing to open its Android platform to mobile developers in China after it announced a localized version of its Google Developers YouTube channel for the country.<p>The U.S. firm took a major step last November when it began allowing developers in China to make money via Android apps — …

Apps

Smartwatch maker Pebble now supports Android Wear notifications

Starting today, Pebble officially supports Android Wear notifications. This means Android Wear-compatible apps can now communicate with Pebble devices.<p>Technically, the feature isn’t all-new; Pebble’s beta testers first got their hands on it back in December. Now that it’s available for everyone, …

Wearable Tech

AT&T announces new broadband package to compete with Google service

AT&T is planning a new faster broadband service in parts of the Kansas City metro area that will put it in competition with Google Fiber.<p>AT&T announced Sunday that its new fiber optic packages, called GigaPower, will be available to areas where demand is strongest in downtown Kansas City and the …

Net Neutrality

FCC's net neutrality plan alarms critics, but it's nothing new

As<p>AT&TandVerizonprepare to file lawsuits challenging regulation of the Internet as a public utility, here are the three main things the companies don't want you to know:<p>• There's nothing new about what the<p>Federal Communications Commissionis proposing.<p>• The exact regulatory approach has been used …

Google pulls its all-star robot out of military competition to focus on commercial product

The $2 million Robotics Challenge, run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is a competition for the most advanced robots in the world. The three-year competition is less than halfway over, but there was already a clear frontrunner: the Japanese team Schaft, which posted videos …

Great White Sharks Thriving in U.S. Waters

Two new reports find that great white shark populations are recovering after years of fishing pressure on the East and West Coasts.<p>It's a bad time to be a seal. That's because great white sharks are on the rebound.<p><b>In fact, two new studies say that these iconic fish are doing better than expected</b> …

7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Off The Coast Of Japan

A tsunami advisory was issued, but has now been cancelled.<p>A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan earlier today, about 200 miles east of the town of Namie and 6 miles down in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.<p>Initial reports from the USGS put the quake's magnitude …

U.S. Geological Survey

Instagram In Real Life And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Global Perspectives

The Week In Numbers: The Farthest-Ever Confirmed Galaxy, NASA's New Moon Laser, And More

<b>7.5</b>: the redshift of light from the farthest-ever confirmed galaxy (it's so distant, it shows us what was happening just 700 million years after the Big Bang)<p><b>21 days</b>: the time these "pillownauts" spent lying in bed to help scientists study the effects of spaceflight on the human body<p><b>622 megabits</b> …

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Chris Hadfield: in space 'you recognise the unanimity of our existence'

He captured our imagination with a zero gravity cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, but Chris Hadfield's time in space was a multi-facted, 'enriching' experience. The astronaut and Twitter phenomenon talks about the wonder of spacewalking and why he'll never look as good as Sandra Bullock in a …