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50 Years Ago: NYC World's Fair in Pictures

Cherry trees blossom six years early after a trip to space

In 2008 Japanese scientists decided to take a handful of cherry tree seeds (and by "handful" we mean over 250) to space. The embryonic plants spent eight months aboard the International Space Station as part of an educational project aimed at children. When the stones returned, 14 of them were …

Samsung patents multitouch fingerprint authentication, gesture control

With new fingerprint scanning features, smartphones are starting to offer better security for authentication and online transactions. Apple incorporated a touch-based fingerprint scanner in its flagship iPhone 5S in 2013. Samsung has also included a fingerprint scanner in its latest hero phone, the …

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Russia warns it will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine

Russia accuses Ukraine and US of distorting deal in Geneva to defuse crisis as Moscow announces military exercises<p>Russia issued a blunt warning on Wednesday that it would respond if its interests were attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the east of the country braced for a new military …

Seeing red? The mind-bending power of colour

One person sees a blue and black dress, another a white and gold one. Why? Once dismissed as hippyish, the science of colour is finally being taken seriously<p>If you give the patient one pill, he perks up. If you give him another pill, he calms down. That might not surprise you. What might, though, …

Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

Genetic differences highlight how the path of these ancient humans diverged from ours.<p>Modern humanity's ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, lived in small groups that were isolated from one another, suggests an investigation into their DNA. The analysis also finds that Neanderthals lacked some human …

Corn Waste for Biofuel Could Boost Emissions, Study Finds – The Great Energy Challenge Blog

The U.S. Department of Energy has been counting on leftover residue from corn cultivation—such as stalks and cobs—as an abundant future source of renewable clean energy, and touted it as a potential goldmine for farmers as well.<p>But University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) researchers may throw a damper …