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Phones are giving away your location, regardless of your privacy settings

Sensors in your phone that collect seemingly harmless data could leave you vulnerable to cyber attack, according to new research. And saying no to apps that ask for your location is not enough to prevent the tracking of your device.<p>A new study has found evidence that accelerometers—which sense …

Research

Google claims big progress in self-driving cars' street smarts

The robo-cars can now handle sticky situations like signaling bicyclists and navigating through railway crossings and construction zones. That means, says Google, they've got a better sense of handling real-world risks.<p>Google on Monday said that it has made major progress in how well its …

Driverless Cars

Legalise marijuana, says former US supreme court justice

• John Paul Stevens, 94, draws parallel with alcohol prohibition • Stevens also proposes ban on capital punishment<p>The former supreme court justice John Paul Stevens said on Saturday that the federal government should legalise marijuana.<p>Stevens, 94, was speaking to National Public Radio, in an …

Iranian mother who spared her son's killer: 'Vengeance has left my heart'

Interview Samereh Alinejad tells the Guardian she had no intention of sparing her son's killer, Balal, until the moment she asked for the noose to be removed from his neck<p>The idea she might pardon her son's killer first came to Samereh Alinejad in a dream. It was a message she didn't want to …

New Georgia Gun Law Sparks Controversy

A new gun law in Georgia is giving gun owners the go-ahead to pack heat in some pretty surprising places. A bar owner must now opt out if they want guns banned on the premises. And unless a police officer witnesses a crime, they are banned from asking individuals who brandish a gun to show their …

Why a deadly virus in the Middle East has the entire world on alert

A recent spike in MERS cases could be the beginning of a global outbreak<p>A deadly new virus for which there is no cure and about which little is understood could present a global threat, officials say. It's called Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus -- or MERS-CoV -- and a recent upswing …

15 Brilliant Hacks from the TNW Conference Kings of Code Hack Battle

The ‘Kings of Code Hack Battle‘ is always a highlight at TNW Conference. The projects – developed over 30 hours – are often quirky, inventive, beautiful, or a mixture of all three. The batch this year were equally impressive, stunning the crowd and our expert jury.<p>We had nine API partners for the …

Zoomed-out photos give new perspective to famous landmarks

Famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal and Mount Rushmore look startlingly different outside of travelogues. <i>PolicyMic's</i> photo compilation shows zoomed-out portraits of 15 iconic tourist attractions and their postcard shots. The collection shows how small the Forbidden City, once the political center …

Gramofon

Like the gramophones of old, Gramofon is designed to bring your favorite music into your home. Unlike an actual gramophone, however, this sleek …

10 things you can do with your old Android phone

Smartphones could be the fastest growing technology we’ve ever seen. More than one in seven people worldwide currently own a smartphone. Some of us have already upgraded our smartphones several times over the years. The technology just keeps advancing and the top manufacturers are adept at …

Android Phones

With ingenuity and a 3-D printer, group changes lives

Rebuilding limbs with ingenuity and a 3-D printer<p>Led by a film producer with no engineering background, Not Impossible helps people overcome physical limitations through technology, including making prostheses with 3-D printers.<p>Mick Ebeling arrived in Sudan with little more than a toolbox, rolls of …

Anonymous' radio-based networking keeps protesters off the grid

Despite being an internet activist group, Anonymous knows the value of avoiding traditional communication; it's sometimes the only way for dissidents to elude surveillance and service disruptions. Accordingly, the group has just unveiled AirChat, a networking system that uses any available radio …

Saudi Arabia cracking down on local YouTube producers

Saudi Arabia's youngish population isn't crazy about local TV, so they've naturally turned to a substitute: YouTube. As a matter of fact, the country features three times the per-capita viewing as the US, to the point that Google reps conducted a roadshow teaching local producers how to make money. …

Google Wants To Bring Its Wi-Fi Networks To Google Fiber Cities

Google is looking at ways to bring its Wi-Fi networks to cities where it offers Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet service it offers selected metro areas in the U.S., starting with a free plan and ranging up to $120 per month bundled with TV services. The Google Wi-Fi networks that currently are …

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

Microsoft Surface Mini tipped but it already faces a challenge

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Months of speculation and rumors around a small Microsoft(s msft) Surface Mini tablet could culminate in a product soon. …

Breaking Political News, Video & Analysis

Sources: Former FBI deputy director had launched a criminal probe into Sessions<p>Trump fights back against backlash over Putin congratulatory …

Refugees Head to Sicily in ‘Biblical Exodus’

Old dying towns are seeing new life thanks to thousands of refugees seeking asylum from Syria. With aid from the government, they’re rebuilding …

Extra sleep may help us feel better faster - Futurity

When we get sick, it feels natural to try to speed up our recovery by getting some extra shuteye. New research with fruit flies suggests it's a good …

Scientists discover new rare genetic brain disorder | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - International teams of researchers using advanced gene sequencing technology have uncovered a single genetic mutation responsible for a rare brain disorder that may have stricken families in Turkey for some 400 years.<p>The discovery of this genetic disorder, reported in two papers …

Does the Sky Have a Faulty Filter?

Just when scientists thought the ozone layer’s worst days were behind it, it turns out they may have been missing a big threat to its health. …

The (Psychic?) Dreams of Psychologists

Look, I blame myself. I took a few weeks off from writing Unpopular Science posts because I was traveling and then deathly ill (I couldn't talk, which for me is a kind of death). And what happens? Rick Dyer admits he didn't murder Bigfoot, a Texas couple shot a chupacabra, and Jesus appeared on a …

Massive Iceberg Six Times The Size Of Manhattan Breaks Off Antarctica (VIDEO)

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan - one of the largest now in existence - that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean.<p>NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt said on Wednesday the iceberg …

Nanorobots that hide in your blood like viruses could someday fight cancer

When it comes to fighting disease, your body’s defense system doesn’t like enlisting outside help. Overcoming this “locals only” attitude has been a huge handicap for scientists trying to make medical nanorobots, but now a team from Harvard thinks they’ve developed a disguise that will help the …

Immune System

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

Space Elevator Closer to Liftoff With New Cable

Space

Teen stowaway’s dad: He was homesick for Africa

The father of the teen stowaway who flew to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane speaks out for the first time, saying his son wanted to return to Somalia. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports.

Africa