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Microsoft pledges $1bn in cloud computing resources to benefit nonprofits and universities

Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new initiative designed to ensure its cloud services, including Azure — a platform designed for building, managing and deploying applications and services — are accessible by those that stand to benefit most from the additional resources, universities …

Nonprofits

Watch online ads and this startup will give money to charity

Online ads have a seriously bad rap — banner ads are annoying and no one likes sitting through a video about diapers before tucking into a <i>Saturday</i> …

Time In Nature Helps Curb Impulsivity And Boost Self-Control

New research may pave the way for nature-based addiction treatments.<p>Spending time in nature -- aside from being one of life's greatest simple pleasures -- comes with a whole host of mental health benefits, from lower stress levels to reduced depression and anxiety to improved memory and focus.<p>Now, …

Psychology

You Can Now Do Science In 'EVE Online'

Gaming meets the human proteome<p>Project: Project Discovery in EVE Online<p><i>EVE Online</i> is what's known as a MMORPG ... a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game. In progress now for more than a decade, the game is science fiction's answer to <i>World of Warcraft</i>. Set some 21,000 years into the future, …

Science

25 years, 36,000 postcards: How one doctor’s gesture helped India’s rural poor stay healthy

While in his teenage years, a poor village boy in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh wanted to join the postal service. With no money for higher education, a job with the government agency could have made his life secure.<p>But a relative supported him financially and sent him to medical school. …

India

This Flexible Sensor Sticks To Your Skin And Measures Your Blood Flow

To better monitor diseases that may affect how blood flows<p>The blood coursing through your arteries and veins bring necessary nutrients to organs throughout the body as well as take waste away. But conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and certain types of inflammation can limit blood flow to …

Nanotech

No Man’s Sky Treads New Ground In Game Design

Arriving June 2016<p>It's been a big month for one of the biggest game worlds ever planned. <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, the mysterious and long-anticipated space exploration game, has released a trailer, appeared on <i>The Late Show</i>, and set a release date of June 2016 for its huge, untested universe-sized experience. …

No Man's Sky

Update: 2015 TB145 likely a dead comet

Last week heralded as largest known asteroid to pass Earth until 2027. Swept within 1.3 times the moon’s distance on October 31. Now thought to be a …

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

British Columbia

How hand-washing dishes may prevent kids from getting allergies

Moms and dads -- grab a sponge and step away from the dishwasher.<p>A new study suggests that hand-washing dishes (and leaving some microbes on a fork, bowl, or plate in the process) may help reduce the risk of allergy development in young children.<p>In a paper published Monday in the journal …

Personal Hygiene

The Tumor Within A Tumor

Biologists who study cancer have been borrowing a lot of concepts from evolution in recent years. That’s because the changes that occur inside a tumor bear some striking resemblances to what natural selection does to a population of animals, plants, or bacteria. Evolutionary biologists who study …

Cancer

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

How awe and beauty could boost your health - Futurity

Experiences that bring out feelings of awe, wonder, and amazement may improve the body's defense system, report researchers.

Birds flying in a V take turns in the top spot, study finds

It take a flock to fly. Over grueling, dangerous flights, Northern bald ibises will take turns at the toughest job during their migration -- leading the V-shaped formation, a new study finds.<p>The findings, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed fresh light on how …

Birds

This Spider Weaves A Web Of Charged Silk

It's electrifying!<p>Spider silk is legendarily strong and light. So much so, that researchers are incorporating (or, at least, attempting to incorporate) variations of the material into everything from garments to electronics. Now, it turns out that in addition to being as light as a feather and as …

Oxford University

Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity, Cambridge University finds

Even a small amount of exercise, such as brisk daily 20 minute walk, reduces the risk of premature death.<p>Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity, but a brisk 20-minute walk each day is all it takes to avoid an early death, Cambridge University has said.<p>A study of more than 334,000 people …

Biomedicine

Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins

The most important job inside any cell is making proteins, and they are all made using instructions from DNA. This process is practically gospel in …

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Why do people sometimes give generously to a cause — and other times give nothing at all?<p>That's a timely question, because humanitarian groups fighting the Ebola outbreak need donations from people in rich countries. But some groups say they're getting less money than they'd expect from donors …

How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain

Your brain is complicated. Understanding how it works can help you make better decisions.<p>What role do our emotions play in decision-making? Some might say it’s a fairly contentious one. Acting on emotions without reason can be dangerous. 17th-century French philosopher Descartes would have you …

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us …

The Brain

The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 100,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

A lithograph of the eruption (circa 1888).<p>On 27 August 1883, the Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history. Emanating from the island of …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Ebola fighters named Time Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola through "tireless acts of courage and mercy" have been named Time's 2014 Person of the …