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City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”<p>Quartz was the first to report on the …

Privacy

Ten weird and wonderful transport concepts of tomorrow

US entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled his vision for the Hyperloop, transporting people in a tube between cities at supersonic speed. Here we look at some of the other transport concepts pushing the boundaries of what's currently possible.<p>Elon Musk is a man who thinks big. He has already pioneered …

Beautiful, minimalist periodic table probably won't get you through chemistry class

London graphic designer Allison Haigh has designed what could easily be called the pinnacle of minimalist periodic tables. While it probably won’t get you through your chemistry mid-term, its elegant entries lay out the atomic structure of each element, making it a lot more suited to hanging on …

Herpes Virus Shoots DNA Into Human Cells With Crazy High Internal Pressure

Herpes, having a blast.<p>Scientists have long theorized that herpes viruses are so stuffed with genetic material that infecting a host cell is as easy as popping a balloon. Or exploding a powder keg. The internal pressure within the virus is so great, it explodes its genetic material straight out of …

Woolly mammoth DNA may lead to a resurrection of the ancient beast

The pioneering scientist who created Dolly the sheep has outlined how cells plucked from frozen woolly mammoth carcasses might one day help resurrect the ancient beasts.<p>The notional procedure – bringing with it echoes of the Jurassic Park films – was spelled out by Sir Ian Wilmut, the …

Hangovers can make you stupid

A hangover can leave you with more than a sore head in the morning – it impairs the way your brain holds and processes information, according to new research.<p>Anyone who has woken up after a heavy night of drinking will have suspected it already, but it seems a hangover really does affect your …

First humans on the moon

Were you alive when this happened? Can you remember how exciting it was?<p>NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in 1969 took the first humans to the surface of the …

Astronomy

BeerSci: How Beer Gets Its Color

Meet the two chemical reactions that most influence the malt character and color of your brew.<p>Before you read this column, I urge you to pop open a belated birthday beer. Pour that beer into a clear glass (pint or tulip, your choice), hold it up to the light, and take a good look at the color.<p>Two …

FYI: Why Is It Funny When A Guy Gets Hit In The Groin?

Shouldn’t we feel sorry for the victims of painful physical humor?<p>"Tragedy is when I cut my finger," the Mel Brooks adage goes. "Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die." Or when a guy gets hit in the groin.<p>In real life, we don't usually find another person's pain so hilarious, but in …

Peering at bright screens after dark could harm health, doctor claims

Watching TV or using computers, tablets or smartphones after dark may cause sleep loss and resultant health problems, a leading doctor has …