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Robot taught to navigate with simulated brain cells

A robot has been taught to navigate using simulated neural cells.<p>A team at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR) in Singapore found …

Robotics

Discovered: A Brand-New Species of Giant Galapagos Tortoise

And there are only about 250 of them<p>Ever since a young Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 during his circumnavigation of the globe, the archipelago has been indelibly linked with the theory of evolution by natural selection. The incredibly specific and varied adaptations of …

Zoology

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Software Update Released

Samsung has released a new software update for their Galaxy Note 5 smartphones, unfortunately this is not the Android Marshmallow update.<p>The latest …

Space Archaeologists Search For Dead Alien Civilizations

Extraterrestrial life might exist, but there’s no guarantee that it hasn’t destroyed itself. Here’s how to detect an apocalypse on another world.<p>Archaeology has gone interstellar.<p>The peculiar behavior of KIC 8462852—a star 1,500 light-years from Earth that is prone to irregular dimming—has prompted …

BlackBerry might have leaked the Priv's specs and release date (update: confirmed)

BlackBerry's been drip-feeding data about its first Android phone for the last few weeks, but it looks as if someone's spilled the rest of the beans a little bit early. An eagle-eyed member of the <i>Crackberry</i> forums found a page on the firm's website that shared the spec list and price for the US and …

Mobile Technology

The Forgotten History of Autism

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Teacher Edition

Samsung Shows Off At IFA 2015 With Gear S2, SmartThings Hub, And More

All the biggest unveilings from the South Korean electronics giant<p>Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA for short, is the biggest tech trade show in Europe (not to mention one of the oldest). It's a place where numerous leading tech companies come to show off their latest and greatest …

Macroscope Video: A Cure for the Colorblindness Blues

Purified wastewater triggers release of arsenic within aquifer, study finds

When it comes to the science of transforming sewage into tap water - or potable reuse - engineers say there's no question the product is clean enough to drink.<p>The trouble is, researchers are now learning that this drinking water may be too clean to store underground without special treatment.<p>A …

CST-100 Starliner spaceships will be used to fly crews to the International Space Station, with a test flight targeted for 2017<p>Boeing Co took the wraps off an assembly plant on Friday for its first line of commercial spaceships, which Nasa plans to use to fly crews to the International Space …

Space Exploration

Care To Buy An Island Off The Hamptons? Don't Mind The Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Plum Island lies just off the tip of Long Island, not far from the Hamptons. It sports miles of unblemished shoreline, hundreds of acres of undeveloped forest, a lighthouse — and the federal government is planning to put all of it on the auction block.<p>But before you go putting your bid down, you …

A British Man Built A Chariot Out Of Drones

Just look at this thing<p>“Never intended for making a significant journey or flying much above head height” reads the disclaimer below the video of “Swarm Man.” The aircraft looks improbable - the kind of machine a middle schooler would sketch out, then attempt to build from old childhood toys. It …

Will Self-Driving Golf Carts Steer the Way For Autonomous Cars?

More college students and senior citizens may soon get rides on golf carts equipped with sensors and cameras—but no drivers.<p>As Google expands testing of autonomous cars, self-driving golf carts have been zipping around a college campus and public garden. The carts are slower, but they might just …

Exercises Reduce Eyes' Natural Blind Spot

That could be useful for people with some kinds of vision impairment<p>Even if you have normal vision, you have a blind spot in your retina. Usually that doesn’t affect how you perceive the world because your brain fills in the gaps. But now a team of researchers has found that eye exercises can …

‘I have only myself to fight with and answer to’

<b>The language of imagery is very strong in your narrative. How difficult was it for you to let go of the characters after the book was over?</b><p>The …

Triumph of humanity

Calcutta, the city of contrasts, has withstood many an upheaval in its history of more than 300 years. From a position of being the premier city of …

The Patels of Filmindia: A delicious potboiler

The story began, as author Sidharth Bhatia writes in his introduction, in 2010, when he was researching for a book on Navketan films. With typical …

Mirror to our society

Why do people living in the age of non-involvement, unconcern and deceit tend to set their restless eyes on the future wrapped in untold layers of …

This Simple Writing Habit Changed My Life

by Joe BuntingI’m often asked,”How did you become a writer? Did you always dream about being a writer as a kid? How did you actually make it …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

Phyllis Grosskurth: Brilliant biographer relished a challenge

In the weeks before she died, on Aug. 2 at the age of 91, Phyllis Grosskurth constantly chivvied her son about booking a trip for them to Bermuda. Incapacitated and in a wheelchair after a stroke paralyzed her left side 12 years earlier, still she yearned to stay at a lovely hotel and take a ride …

Elizabeth Hay: ‘I never managed to convince my children that Canada was an exciting place to live your life’

Elizabeth Hay is the author of four previous novels, including the Giller Prize-winning <i>Late Nights on Air</i>, three volumes of non-fiction and a collection of short stories. Her latest novel, <i>His Whole Life</i>, was recently published by McClelland & Stewart and immediately vaulted onto The Globe and …

Review: David Lagercrantz stands-in for Stieg Larsson in The Girl in the Spider’s Web

In November, 2004, Stieg Larsson, editor of the Swedish political magazine Expo, arrived at his office in Stockholm to find the elevator out of service. We can imagine Larsson cursing his lost time before climbing the seven flights to his desk. He was notorious for working long hours in his battle …

The Golden Son: Read an exclusive preview of Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s new novel

<i>Every Saturday in August, Globe Books will preview some of the fall's most anticipated novels. Our summer fiction series concludes with an excerpt from Shilpi Somaya Gowda's forthcoming novel, The Golden Son.</i><p>After thirty-six hours straight at the hospital, Anil was relieved to find no one home when …

The people v. Jonathan Franzen: Love him or hate him, he’s not changing

Last Friday, social media erupted when it was reported that the novelist Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting “an Iraqi war orphan.” His rationale was a hope it would alleviate his “sense of alienation from the younger generation.” Within minutes, Twitter was inundated with one-liners from …

Purity: An exclusive excerpt from Jonathan Frazen’s new novel

<i>An exclusive excerpt from Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Purity</i><p>Renewable Solutions didn't make or build or even install things. Instead, depending on the regulatory weather (not <i>cli</i><i>mate</i> but <i>weather</i>, for it changed seasonally and sometimes seemingly hourly), it "bundled," it "brokered," it "captured," …

Device Revives Disembodied Hearts That Have Stopped Beating

It could save a lot of lives<p>There are two ways you can die, from a transplant surgeon’s point of view. Your brain could die while your heart continues beating, or your heart could fail, starving the rest of your body of oxygen. It used to be that only the former could donate their organs—because if …