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This Tiny Fern Is the "Most Economically Important' Fern On Earth

Meet the plant nicknamed 'green manure.'<p>Much like Frodo in <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, the fern <i>Azolla filiculoides</i> proves that the small can certainly pack …

University of California

Ruthenium found to have unique magnetic properties at room temperature: Discovery could have big impact on semiconductor industry

Discovery could have big impact on semiconductor industry<p>A new finding demonstrates that the chemical element ruthenium (Ru) is the fourth single …

Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon

<b>SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—</b>The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a …

Energy

Flying Trains Could Be Coming Your Way

It sounds like something Q, the tech guy in James Bond movies, would create: A plane that lands on a runway, shrugs its wings off, turns into a train …

Mockups

CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in …

CERN

For The First Time, Scientists Achieve 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>In June 2017, physicists achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature for the first time ever, making this …

Quantum Physics

GUNTER: Governments making marijuana legalization needlessly complicated

<i>By LORNE GUNTER</i>Marijuana was supposed to be legalized in Canada this past weekend, but that won’t happen until Oct. 17.As legalization has inched …

Cannabis

Vermont becomes 9th state with legal recreational marijuana

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Vermont, the ninth state to legalize it.<p>Adults over age 21 will be able to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana, two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants.<p>The new law went into effect Sunday and does not set up a system to tax or regulate …

Cannabis

Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs …

3D Bioprinting

Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells

Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use in …

Clean Energy

Russia rips Canada’s ‘high-handedness’ in legalizing recreational marijuana

Russia is not happy with Canada for legalizing recreational marijuana.<p>Moscow issued a stern warning to Ottawa over the impending cannabis …

Cannabis

Canada Reassures Citizens There Will Be Enough Weed For Everyone on October 17th

On October 17th, recreational use of marijuana will be legal in Canada. But some people are worried that there won’t be enough federally licensed …

Cannabis

Bill Gates hails 'huge milestone' for AI as bots work in a team to destroy humans at video game 'Dota 2'

Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed what he sees as a turning point in the development of AI.<p>OpenAI, a company which was cofounded by Elon Musk, has created five neural-networks called OpenAI Five which are capable of playing the online multi-player game "Dota 2."<p>Not only can the bots play …

Artificial Intelligence

Germany's Massive Nuclear Fusion Machine Just Smashed Another Plasma Record

Woohoo!<p>One of the world's leading plasma research facilities just broke a new record, showing we really are getting closer to the wonderful goal of …

Physics

How Canada is following a softening of cannabis laws across the world

Canada voted to legalise the recreational use of cannabis, coming good on a manifesto promise from 2015 and becoming just the second country in the world to do so.<p>But cannabis laws across the world are changing, with many countries decriminalising or legalising possession, sale and cultivation in …

Cannabis

Canada just legalized marijuana. That has big implications for US drug policy.

It’s the second country in the world to legalize pot, following Uruguay.<p>Canada has become the first wealthy nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana.<p>The Senate approved Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, on Tuesday. The measure was already approved by the House of Commons, so the …

Cannabis

‘We made some terrible mistakes’: What Canada can learn from Colorado’s cannabis legalization experience

On a blustery New Year’s Day four years ago, throngs of people in toques and jackets lined up in parking lots and on sidewalks across Colorado …

Cannabis

Quantum entanglement on demand could lead to a super-secure internet

If you're going to create virtually unbreakable quantum networks, you need to create quantum entanglement so that particles, and thus pieces of data, are intertwined at long distances. There hasn't been a reliable way to make that happen, however, until now. Scientists at TU Delft have produced the …

Forget X-Ray Vision. You Can See Through Walls With Radio

Who wouldn’t enjoy a little x-ray vision, really? You could cheat at cards, for one. And that game where someone puts something under one of three …

Artificial Intelligence

Pot legalization battle brewing as government rejects key Senate change

The federal government is rejecting several Senate changes to its cannabis legalization bill, setting the stage for a possible showdown between the …

'Drink a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out': 22 of Anthony Bourdain’s wisest quotes about travel

Anthony Bourdain first rose to fame with his searingly honest memoir about life as a chef, <i>Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly</i>, but as his career progressed, it became evident that travel was a passion he held just as dear to his heart as food.<p>“If I am an advocate for …

Anthony Bourdain

Canada closer to legalized pot after historic vote in Senate

Canada is closer than ever to legalizing recreational marijuana after Senate members passed a bill Thursday ending the federal prohibition on …

Canada poised to legalize marijuana by the end of the week

Blazing it, but politely.<p>Canada is set to become the first G20 country to legalize marijuana in a piece of sweeping legislation that could see weed …

These stunning 3D models are transforming scientists’ raw data

Scientists regularly comb through 3D data, from medical images to maps of the moon, yet they are often stuck using flat computer screens that can’t …

The Marshall Islands replaces the US dollar with its own cryptocurrency

The Marshall Islands made its own cryptocurrency, doing away with the US dollar. The government has signed the change into law, making the “sovereign” its new official cryptocurrency, as spotted by CNBC Africa cryptocurrency trader host Ran Neuner on Twitter yesterday.<p>The bill was signed into …

The NYPD has been told to stop arresting people for using marijuana in public in New York City

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will officially instruct the New York Police Department to stop arresting people who use marijuana in public, the mayor announced Monday in a TV interview with NY 1's Errol Louis.<p>"With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is …

Two Guys Reenact Street Fighter II Match With Their Mouths

The sounds of <i>Street Fighter II</i> are as iconic as anything else in the game, as shown by this incredible reenactment of the game by the two members of …

Scientists are figuring out why fasting helps people live longer — and they say a pill may one day trigger the same benefits

Giving your gut a break now and then can deliver huge health benefits.<p>Calorie restriction, a practice adopted by people from Silicon Valley biohackers to Buddhist monks, has been found to have a long list of positive effects. Periodic fasting can help people ward off diseases like diabetes, high …

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …

Ford showcases smart window that allows blind to 'feel' the view

Ford thinks it has its hands on an idea to help the visually impaired see the view outside.<p>Ford revealed a prototype technology, called Feel the View, that allows the blind passengers to "feel" what they can't see outside a car's window.The automaker released a video this week touting the …

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