Rahmah Ghazal

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Control Your Smartphone With Stickers On Your Skin

For those times when your pocket is just too far<p>Fumbling for a cell phone that rang during a meeting can be pretty embarrassing, and tapping out an email on a smartwatch is always a frustrating experience. To make mobile devices even simpler to control, a team of German and American computer …

Five Reasons The ISIS Fight Isn't About Islam

Over the last several weeks, there has been a highly partisan debate in Washington about the proper characterization to apply to ISIS, the terrorist group that last year changed its name to Islamic State after declaring a caliphate in seized sections of Iraq and Syria. President Obama has resisted …

Artificial Enzymes from Artificial DNA Challenge Life As We Know It

In the decade or so since the Human Genome Project was completed, synthetic biology has grown rapidly. Impressive advances include the first bacteria …

Scientists are making incredible movies of molecules using X-rays

If you thought you knew what high-res slow-motion video looks like, think again.<p>Researchers have recently captured images of biomolecular activity so …

Lawyers say iPods deleted songs not purchased from Apple

Songs on iPods not purchased through Apple mysteriously disappeared on some devices, say consumer advocate lawyers in the current suit against the …

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

In Xiaolin Zheng's version of the future, installing solar panels could be as simple as applying a sticker.<p><i>Editor's Note: Xiaolin Zheng is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and</i> …

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 …

I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

With too much to account for, direct-to-consumer genetics isn't ready for prime time.<p>It’s a situation many have faced before or will in the future: …

Leaked Windows 9 screenshots hint at a redesigned desktop

Slowly but surely, we're starting to get a clearer idea of what the next version of Windows will look like. Microsoft already teased a classic-style Start Menu, while <i>ZDNet</i>'s usually-reliable Mary Jo Foley has reported that the Charms Bar might be removed. Today, we're sifting through what might be …

First Intel Core M Broadwell Performance Tests Show Big Promise For Tiny Mobile Chip

Previously, I reported on Intel’s low power, 14nm Core M mobile processor, formerly known by its architecture code name, “Broadwell.” I came away impressed with my first look at what Intel has done both at the silicon and platform architecture level. In a nutshell, Intel has succeeded at taking …