Sean Flaherty

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Could Prehistoric Bugs Thaw And Kill Us All?

Then, just three years ago, Jean-Michel Claverie of the University of Aix-Marseille in France found a virus at least 30,000 years old, deep in the …

‘Artificial atom’ created in graphene

In a tiny quantum prison, electrons behave quite differently as compared to their counterparts in free space. They can only occupy discrete energy …

This Chemist A.I. Will Invent New Drugs With Deep Learning

A new artificial intelligence aims to create new drugs by learning what molecules already work and what may fit with existing patterns. The success …

Machine Learning

Scientists Use Squeezed Light To Cool Objects Down To Zero Kelvin

How do you cool down further what’s already super cool? By bending the laws of physics, of course! For the first time, physicists cooled a mechanical …

Quantum Mechanics

Synthetic Cells Have Passed A Turing Test

Fake It ‘Til You Make It<p>Amid rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), humans use the Turing test to determine if a machine is truly …

Biology

Scientists Simulate a New Material That Could Be Even Weirder Than Graphene

Get ready for one-dimensional boron chains.<p>We all love graphene - the one-atom-thick sheets of carbon aren't just super flexible, harder than …

Here's how American workers' wages have changed since 1960

When we talk about the money that the “average” American worker makes, we are usually referencing a “median” or “mean” income statistic.<p>While this number can be useful in many different contexts, it can also be extremely limiting. The reality is that there’s a very wide range of incomes out there, …

Equality

Snap Inc. quietly created a foundation to support arts and education

We've known for a while that Snap Inc. confidentially filed for an IPO, but the official paperwork (also known as the S-1) is out and full of juicy new details. In addition to insight on how many people use Snapchat on the daily and how much ad revenue the company has brought in, the document also …

Education

Researchers discover blood vessels in lab-grown mini-brains

Growing brains in laboratories was just the start for scientists. Next up is vasculature. By studying the naturally occurring capillaries discovered on the mini-brains, researchers from Brown University say that they will be able to conduct bigger investigations into things like strokes and …

Biology

Google blurs the line between websites and Android apps

With its latest Chrome Beta release, Google has given app-like websites called "Progressive Web Apps" a higher status on Android. If you launch a site like Flipkart Lite in the latest Android Chrome beta, you'll now get the option "add to home screen," where it'll appear like any other app on your …

Google

Scientists produce electricity by evaporating water from a chunk of soot

Water evaporates from carbon layer, generates electrical current.<p>In today's odd science news, researchers have shown that they can produce …

Graphene

ISIS is dropping bombs with drones in Iraq

The quadcopter menace<p>The latest bomber to make its debut over Iraq has four engines, no cockpit, and a flight time limited by the length of its battery. ISIS, the radical insurgent group holding territory in both Syria and Iraq, is fighting for its life in Mosul, the large city in Northern Iraq it …

China's new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks

An electronics-killing ray has a variety of uses in war.<p>For over 6 years, Huang Wenhua and his team at the Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in Xi'an have been working on a potent microwave weapon. This one, which recently won China's National Science and Technology Progress Award, is small …

Armed Conflict

Robotic food delivery is rolling into the United States in February

Will the Starship bot be the future of takeout?<p>Starship Technologies, co-founded by Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis of Skype fame, raised $17.2 million in January to build a fleet of six-wheeled delivery robots. More feasible for large-scale rollouts than drones, these delivery bots are scheduled to …

Robotics

The AI that learns our habits and knows when we cheat

Detecting online crime typically means knowing what to look for. Artificial intelligence that looks for any unusual behaviour can do it better – and step in when habits get out of hand.<p>For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of …

Machine Learning

The surgeon giving his patients VR instead of sedatives

In Mexico’s most violent state, a surgeon is using virtual reality to relieve the pain and stress of operations when sedatives are not possible. Jo Marchant watched him as he works.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-oldalways wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers …

Virtual Reality

The New Loyalty Card Is Just Sewn Onto Your Purse

In a clever coup for fashion, all Rebecca Minkoff bags will soon have QR codes to unlock rewards in store, and even across cities.<p>We carry burrito punch cards, download rewards apps, and flash our American Express cards to get specially reserved concert tickets. Why? Because we’ll do just about …

Loyalty

Behold Bat Bot, the First Flying Robot Bat

It mimics the flying mammal and doesn't even need to be remotely controlled.<p>A team of scientists has just built the first robot that looks and flies like a bat. They named it, of course, Bat Bot.<p>Bat Bot is nothing short of an engineering marvel. It weighs in at only 3.3 ounces—about as heavy of two …

Robotics

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

Quantum Mechanics

Inside the Poker AI That Out-Bluffed the Best Humans

For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. But Kim wasn’t just any poker player. This wasn’t …

MIT Made a Wearable That Knows How a Conversation’s Going

No matter how debonair you are at your best, conversation can be awkward for anyone. That’s especially true for those who struggle to pick up on …

Wearable Tech

Spill-Proof Cups Aren’t Magic. They’re Physics!

They call it the Mighty Mug—and the idea is that it isn’t easily knocked over. Of course, you can tip just about anything over if you try hard …

Physics

Boston Dynamics adds wheels to its already chilling robots

Alphabet subsidiary Boston Dynamics doesn’t have much to prove when it comes to producing the robots of your nightmares. Previous iterations of the company’s prototypes have been kicked over by humans only to stand right back up, for example. But at an event this week, founder Marc Raibert managed …

Robotics

Look Who's Running IT Now!

As CIO Executive Partners at Forrester, we meet technology leaders in almost every industry sector. One theme is clear: The typical career path, …

CIOs

Effective Code Conventions Don’t Rely on Effects

Our new Spec Mode feature gives designers and front-end developers control over the final code. But as the saying goes, with power comes …

Web Development

Navigation is more important than search

<b>Recently, we did some extensive task testing with a technical audience. 70 percent started the task by clicking on a link, 30 percent used search.</b><p>The …

SEO

The Rules for Modern Navigation

Websites provide access to all sorts of information. Whether we want to to learn more about an organization, purchase an item, donate to a cause, or …

Usability

Gaming the System…and Winning

Good intentions usually drive the “gamification” of websites—adding points, badges, and leaderboards to make them more engaging. It sounds like a …

UX Design

75+ type driven sites

When we talk about the visual elements of a website, we are usually referring to images: photos, illustrations, icons, possibly the UI. What we tend …

Design