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Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

A Human Gene Turns Mice Into Faster Learners, May Have Triggered The Evolution of Language

A new study in mice suggests that a human gene known as Foxp2 may have played a key role in the evolution of humans’ unique communication abilities. …

Asteroid Science: How 'Armageddon' Got It Wrong

WAIMEA, Hawaii — In the 1998 movie "Armageddon," an asteroid the size of Texas threatens to collide with Earth in 18 days. To save the planet from …

Bruce Willis

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.<p>If humans ever set up permanent bases on the Moon or Mars, we'll need to be able to grow our own food there. To find out whether that’s actually possible, a team of scientists in the Netherlands planted 14 plant …

NASA's Robonaut 2 Droid Gets Its Legs on Space Station

Look out, astronauts – your companion robot on the International Space Station is now mobile! NASA's Robonaut 2 has received a set of legs that will …

Space Exploration

There Are Now Over 1 Billion Websites On The Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter -- one of the most prominent websites in the mushrooming but sometimes murky Internet world.<p>It comes as the agency responsible for managing addresses on the Internet expands choices far beyond ".com" and …

iPhone 6 review: thinner, faster and slightly cheaper

According to Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the reason iPhone users have had to wait until now for a 4.7in (12cm) and larger screen is because Apple wanted to do it right: keep the phone thin and light, and keep the screen quality up.<p>Without doubt the iPhone 6 achieves this. The screen quality is …

Samsung SD590C 27 Inch Curved Monitor Announced

We have already seen a number of curved UHD TVs from Samsung, and now the company has launched a new curved monitor in South Korea, the Samsung …

Microsoft announces Bluetooth mobile keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows devices

Microsoft has launched a new Bluetooth keyboard with support for not only Windows tablets, but Android and iOS devices, too.<p>Called the Universal …

What you missed on 9.16.14

<b>Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience</b><p>Ever wonder what it's like to have so much money that you can literally buy anything you want? What would that be like? Our man Basem Wasef gets to play the part of the rich distinguished gentleman as he learns what it's like to be courted by Bugatti, and it sounds …

Apple has written a guide for people switching from Android to iPhone

Company suggests you use third-party apps<p>Apple releases iOS 8 tomorrow, and its next generation of iPhone later this week. With the new models approaching larger Android phones in terms of screen size, the company appears to be expecting a lot of people will make the switch from Samsung, HTC, and …

Android's new flatter design is taking over the Play Store app soon

Google may have already given Android's Play Store a big makeover this summer, but it's not done yet -- there's another revamp coming this year. <i>Android Police</i> has posted shots of a pre-release Play Store 5.0 update that's very clearly guided by Google's Material Design concept. While it's not quite …

ZTE's new supersized phone packs a two-day battery and a low price

If you like the prospect of a giant smartphone but find even LG's G Vista too rich for your blood, ZTE might have something that's more up your alley. It just unveiled the ZMAX, a 5.7-inch device that hopefully <i>won't</i> crush your bank account. The 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 16GB of …

Vivametrica launches health data aggregation platform for fitness trackers, Apple Watch, Google Fit

Imagine a fitness tracker like a Fitbit, Up, or Misfit Shine on every person on the planet. Imagine all that data flowing up into an anonymized cloud-based platform. Imagine connecting that with health data from medical sensors. With location and altitude data from smartphones. With health …