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Facebook Buys Oculus VR, A Virtual Reality Headset Company, For $2 Billion

The company said it would acquire the makers of Oculus Rift in an announcement today. It's spending $400 million in cash, and the rest in stock.<p>Mark Zuckerberg is not afraid to get out his check book these days.<p>A little more than a month after paying $19 billion for messaging service WhatsApp, …

Virtual Reality

Burglars Beware: New Material Steams, Foams Upon Break-In

The material was inspired by bombardier beetles.<p>When bombardier beetles are attacked, they mix chemicals in their body to create a rapid and violent reaction, squirting out a concoction that's corrosive and hot, near the boiling point of water. Inspired by this defense mechanism, Swiss engineers …

Strong Link Established Between Trust and Intelligence

If you don't trust this study's conclusions, you must not be smart. (Joking.)<p>Conventional wisdom has a few things to say about trusting strangers--all things being equal, it isn't generally considered a wise thing to do. Perhaps surprisingly, then, new research has found a strong link between …

New Computer Program Creates 3D 'Mugshots' From DNA

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face. Researchers have developed a computer program that can create a crude three-dimensional (3D) model of a face from a DNA sample.<p>Using genes to predict eye and hair color is relatively easy. But the …

New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

A group of scientists has developed a doping test 1,000 times more sensitive than those currently used. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead researcher Daniel Armstrong about how the test works.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>At almost all levels of competition, athletes look for an edge to will help …

Skin-Tight, Gravity-Mimicking Suit Gets Ready To Go To Space

Astronauts are supposed to wear the suit while inside spacecraft, to get a dose of gravity-like pressure while they're performing their daily tasks.<p>It's not just for the sexiness. (Although obvs it is very stylish and attractive, right??) This experimental space outfit's skintight design compresses …

Space Exploration

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Cancer

Smog in Paris is so bad, the city is offering free public transportation

Authorities say unusual weather patterns are to blame for worst air pollution in years<p>Paris and much of northern France have seen dangerously high pollution levels this week, forcing authorities to offer free public transportation to Parisians for the next few days. On Thursday, the French capital …

A natural glow: these plants produce their own light

Daan Roosegaarde invites me into a cramped, pitch-black photo booth no more than a couple feet wide. "Hold on," the Dutch designer whispers into my ear. "Just give it a minute." Soon, the tiny cucumber plant in his hand begins to emit a faint glow.<p>As my eyes adjust, it gets brighter. Roosegaarde’s …

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Biotechnology

Today in science: Discovery of Uranus

It was the first planet found since ancient times. William Herschel noticed it in 1781 during a routine survey of the stars.<p><b>March 13, 1781</b>. The 7th …

Growing old stressfully: chronic stress and prematurely aged cells

Forty years ago, the Whitehall Study of men working for Britain’s Civil Service famously revealed that those at the bottom of the pecking order were much more likely to die prematurely than those at the top – regardless of other risk factors such as smoking. They had higher mortality rates from all …

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Self Defense

Rare Diamond Reveals Earth's Interior is All Wet

A battered diamond that survived a trip from "hell" confirms a long-held theory: Earth's mantle holds an ocean's worth of water.<p>"It's actually the …

Earth Science

To remember a song, don't just listen - Futurity

The brain's motor network helps people remember and recognize music that they have performed in the past better than music they have only heard.

The Brain

The nanotechnology in your sunscreen

The Consumer Products Inventory lists over 1,600 products which are identified by the manufacturer as containing nanoparticles – particles between one and 100 nanometres (between one and 100 billionths of a metre) across. So let's take a look at what's inside your household items. Last month in …

Brain scans are fascinating but behaviour tells us more about the mind

Imagine you’ve suddenly been given a job as a car mechanic but there’s a slight hitch: you know nothing whatsoever about cars, there are no books to help you, no internet and no-one who is willing to tell you anything. You’ve got some cars that work perfectly and a handful that seem not to work so …

Your Job Taught to Machines Puts Half U.S. Work at Risk

Who needs an army of lawyers when you have a computer?<p>When Minneapolis attorney William Greene faced the task of combing through 1.3 million …

Experience life, love, and death through emoji in this haunting music video

Experimental musician Daniel Lopatin, also known as Oneohtrix Point Never, released an entirely emoji-based music video for his song "Boring Angel," the opening track on his newest LP. Emoji have been taking over recently, especially in music videos: Katy Perry used them in a lyric video for her …

Xperia Z2 tested in audio comparison with HTC One and Xperia Z1

Superior sound quality is one of the main features that Sony promotes when it comes to the new Xperia Z2. According to the company, the Xperia Z2 delivers “a crisp and clear audio experience,” with its stereo speakers that offer “a more dynamic sound with a depth that replicates real, natural …

HTC One

Use iPads and Kindles to get infants to read, experts say

A study from the National Literacy Trust says that touch-screen technology such as iPads can "offer a route" into reading for many children aged three to five<p>Parents should turn to smartphones, iPads and Kindles to get young children interested in reading amid concerns that growing numbers of …

Touchscreens

Facebook Continues Redesign Rollout With New Look for Pages

Facebook redesigned its news feed last week, but the company isn't stopping there. Next up for a makeover is Facebook Pages.<p>Facebook announced a new …

Disney In Talks To Buy One Of The Largest YouTube Content Producers For $500 Million

Maker Studios creates content aimed mostly at millennials.<p>Re/code reports Maker receives 5.5 billion views per month on its channels.<p>Maker is home to one of YouTube's biggest stars, "PewDiePie," a 24-year-old Swedish videogame commenter, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjelberg.<p>All together, Kjelberg has received …

Do Without Your Phone For Just A Minute And Improve Someone’s Water

UNICEF’s innovative new campaign gets smartphone addicts engaged in clean water issues by challenging them to simply disengage.<p>For technology addicts, doing without a phone can be trying, even just for a minute. But as part of a new fundraising challenge, the sacrifice may be worth the effort. …

Developing Countries

Vodafone Offers Encrypted SIM Cards In Germany

Drug dealers, pimps and other criminals should be getting excited right now, of they live in Germany at least – their burner phones are about to get a whole lot more secure.<p>Why? Vodafone Germany has announced an encrypted SIM that will secure your precious data as it leaves the phone. The “digital …

Encryption

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

The '60s Are Gone, But Psychedelic Research Trip Continues

In 1966, psychedelic drug advocate and former Harvard professor Timothy Leary appeared on the <i>Merv Griffin Show.</i><p>"I'm in the unfortunate situation of being about 20 years ahead of my time," Leary said. When asked how many times he'd taken LSD, he answered 311. The audience gasped.<p>Leary was fired for …

Should You Stay Up Late?

Come on, one more episode of Scandal couldn't hurt.<p>So you want to keep bingeing on Netflix, but you need to wake up early tomorrow. What’s the worst that could happen?<p><i>Click here to read more about the science of sleep.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Science