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Creator of xkcd Reveals Secret Backstory of His Epic 3,099-Panel Comic

When <i>xkcd</i> creator Randall Munroe first posted a new installment of his webcomic titled "Time" on March 25, it looked deceptively simple: a picture of …

Why aliens might understand the universe very differently than we do

We assume that the way humans see the world has some correspondence to objective truth. That’s not necessarily correct. Let's do a thought experiment …

Black Holes

These Unresolved Ethical Questions Are About to Get Real

As our technologies take us from the theoretical to the practical, a number of thorny moral quandaries remain unanswered. Here are important …

Great Depression

Google ordered to comply with unconstitutional demands for data

The judge who ruled National Security Letters are unconstitutional says Google must give FBI customer data<p>Natasha Lennard<p>June 3, 2013 3:09pm (UTC)<p>The very same judge who this year ruled it unconstitutional for the government to demand, without warrants, that telecom and Internet firms hand over …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Engineering students design a shoe that harnesses energy from walking

Could your shoes someday help power your devices? A team of Rice University engineering students think so, thanks to a prototype sneaker that …

Hacker serving 5-year sentence invents ATM add-on to prevent theft

Device rotates ATM cards, prevents skimmers from stealing data.<p>A criminal serving a five-year sentence "for supplying gadgets to an organized crime …

Printable A3-sized solar cells hit a new milestone in green energy

Printing 10 meters of solar cells in a minute means good things for solar.<p>Imagine a future where solar panels speed off the presses like newspaper. …

Google's Deep Learning project and the search for a brain-like computer

Stanford Professor Andrew Ng is bringing back the idea of an artificial intelligence that can think like a person. With Google's Deep Learning project, he's creating machines that take a multi-layered approach to information, building up knowledge and figuring out concepts by passing data between …

Successful Launch for Antares

Eric Schmidt calls for drone regulation to keep neighbors from spying on you

Google may be one of the world's largest collectors of information, but Eric Schmidt thinks people would be uncomfortable with drone surveillance by their neighbors — and that this discomfort will spur tighter regulation. In an interview with <i>The Guardian</i> (available for subscribers only), Schmidt …

China, U.S. to form working group on cyberspying issue

The U.S. and China have agreed to form a working group on cybersecurity, after a recent volley of cyberspying accusations from both sides.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced from Beijing that the two countries will ramp up action on cybersecurity, Reuters reported.<p>Cybersecurity "affects …

Can We Avoid an Antibiotic Apocalypse?

More and more diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Within a few decades, we’ll enter the “post-antibiotic era,” a time when even the most …

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Won't Survive Another 1,000 Years On Earth

Physicist Stephen Hawking, speaking at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said if humans don't migrate from the planet Earth to colonize other planets, they'll face extinction in 1,000 years. So, phew, we're good, guys. We've got like 900-plus years to just sit on this. That's a …