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Facebook data used to predict users' age, gender and personality traits

In the age of social media, people's inner lives are increasingly recorded through the language they use online. With this in mind, an …

Battle-Ready: 5 Insects Prepared for War

<b>Last week we learned about an insect that can leap up to three feet (almost a meter) in a single bound. The planthopper (Issus coleoptratus), a common garden bug found all over the world, is able to take these giant leaps because its legs are powered by an interlocking gear system.</b><p>It’s the first …

Google Science Fair Winner Makes Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

Many of us stash a flashlight for emergencies, only to find that when the time comes to use it, the batteries have run out. The problem of how to achieve efficient, lightweight energy storage plagues everything from flashlights to electric cars. But what if you could bypass it altogether? That’s …

Marine Animals Keep Time With Multiple Clocks

The circadian clock is not the only timer ticking away in some animals.<p><b>From fungi to farm animals to humans, organisms across a broad spectrum experience daily cycles controlled by a circadian clock. This internal clock tells us when to sleep or rest, and when it's time to wake up.</b><p><b>But it turns out</b> …

Technology News, Analysis, Comments and Product Reviews for IT Professionals

Just In<p>Today on ZDNet<p>The New Zealand government has called for swift action to create an ethical framework and plan for how the country will deal …

Sizing Up the Viral Threat

Ebola, HIV, influenza, MERS. Plenty of animal viruses cause devastating diseases in humans. But nature might have many more in store. In a new study, …

Experimental compound reverses down syndrome-like learning deficits in mice

Researchers have identified a compound that dramatically bolsters learning and memory when given to mice with a Down syndrome-like condition on the …

Could People Hibernate? Lemurs Give Clues

<b>Ever wished you could hibernate? Ask a fat-tailed dwarf lemur how it’s done.</b><p>These mini-primates have a talent that could help save human lives. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs are the only primates that can hibernate, according to a new study published in the journal <i>PLoS ONE</i>. And lemurs are unique in that …

ScienceShot: The Best Reason Not to Pester Mom

The burying beetle <i>Nicrophorus vespilloides</i> is, honestly, kind of gross. It lays its eggs on the carcasses of mice, birds, and the like. When the …

The 10 Most Awesome College Labs Of 2013

ScienceShot: Fairy Circle Mystery Gets New Explanation

Every time a scientist thinks he’s solved the mystery of the fairy circles, someone else comes up with another answer. The bare, circular patches of …

Bat Out of Hell? Egyptian Tomb Bat May Harbor MERS Virus

Scientists say they are one step closer to understanding the origins of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the deadly viral disease that has …

Mother's genes can impact aging process

Researchers have shown that aging is determined not only by the accumulation of changes during our lifetime, but also by the genes we acquire from …

Want Better Biofuels? Get the Wood Out

Wood is strong, abundant, and cheap. But when it comes to the hot prospect of turning trees and agricultural waste into an energy source for cars and …

Computer can read letters directly from the brain

By analysing MRI images of the brain with an elegant mathematical model, it is possible to reconstruct thoughts more accurately than ever before. In …

7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, More

<b>For some diabolical-looking animals, “you look like hell” may not be so much of an insult.</b><p>From birds to beetles to snakes, nature has a lot of devilishly creepy creatures—including the recently discovered “demon” ants named for gods of the Maya underworld. Here’s a roundup of animals that would …

[Updated] Study: Sugar-Munching Mice Die Earlier

An unusual "semi-natural" lab setup quantifies ill effects in mice drinking the equivalent of three sodas a day.<p><i>Update: I've changed the headline and some sentences in this post. Previously, the headline and one of the text highlights in this post called the mice "soda-drinking." As the post</i> …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

Breastfeeding for six months can delay breast cancer onset by a decade

Breastfeeding is so protective against breast cancer that it can delay the onset of the disease by 10 years – but only among women who do so for over six months and do not smoke, new research has found.<p>The authors of a Spanish study of 504 female breast cancer patients aged 19 to 91, published in …

Breaking up the superbugs' party

The fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs has taken a step forward thanks to a new discovery by scientists.

Decellularized mouse heart beats again after regenerating with human heart precursor cells

For the first time, a mouse heart beat again after its own cells were stripped and replaced with human heart precursor cells. The findings show the …

Musk's Hyperloop Plan Draws Praise, Skepticism

Is 'fifth mode' of transportation just hype?<p><b>Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk on Monday unveiled his long-awaited plans for a potentially revolutionary "fifth mode" of transportation. Dubbed the Hyperloop, the new mode of transport would complement planes, trains, cars, and boats as a means of …

Eating Worms in Antarctica

Cells eat themselves into shape

To quickly smooth out their surface, cells in the fruit fly embryo ‘suck in’ long tubes of membrane in a specialized type of endocytosis, scientists …

Synthetic Cactus Needles Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers looking for a better way to clean up oil spills are taking a cue from the humble cactus. A new study shows that synthetic needles based …

Why You Shouldn’t Trust Internet Comments

The “wisdom of crowds” has become a mantra of the Internet age. Need to choose a new vacuum cleaner? Check out the reviews on Amazon. Is that …

New study redefines how plaques grow in heart disease

The growth of deadly plaque inside the walls of arteries may not happen as scientists believed, researchers have found. New research also suggests a …

Percentage of cancers linked to viruses potentially overestimated

The results of a large-scale analysis of the association between DNA viruses and human malignancies suggest that many of the most common cancers are …

How to achieve a well-balanced gut: 'Peacekeeper' in the gut identified

Creating an environment that nurtures the trillions of beneficial microbes in our gut and, at the same time, protects us against invasion by …