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How 'cybathletes' will reshape human bodies

<i>This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 -- our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers</i> …

Inside the Lab Where Invisibility Cloaks Are Made

Can science compete with magic?<p>Just before Christmas I finally got to see an invisibility cloak. I’ve written a whole book about invisibility—its myths, magic, and technology—but never before had I seen in the flesh one of the new devices that promise to make things vanish.<p>We all know what …

University of California

Brendon McCullum to retire from international cricket early in 2016

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will retire from international cricket after February’s Test series against Australia.<p>The 34-year-old had wanted to wait until after his final match to make the announcement, but communicated the decision earlier than planned due to the imminent naming of the …

Cricket World Cup

Mark Zuckerberg says curing disease is a central aim of new philanthropy efforts

Amid a flurry of both criticism and congratulation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has posted on his own Facebook page once more to clarify that curing diseases is among the goals he intends to accomplish with his personal fortune of $45 billion. "Our country spends 50 times more money on treating …

The best sports books of 2015

Academic writing, not always unfairly, gets a bad rap. But the best combines the passion of the true enthusiast, a forensic eye for evidence and an ability to tell a compelling story. Those qualities are epitomised by Tony Collins’s <b>The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby</b> (Bloomsbury). Collins …

Books

The Best Books Of 2015, According To Goodreads

The readers have spoken.

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

<b>How to talk to… children and teenagers, by family therapist Karen Holford</b><p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them questions. So if you ask, “How was your day?” and you’re met with a grunt or a shrug, …

Siblings

Crying with laughter: how we learned how to speak emoji

The Oxford dictionary has announced its word of the year. It’s spelled ... Actually, it isn’t spelled at all, because it contains no letters, just a pair of symmetrical eyebrows, eyes, big gloopy tears, and a broad monotooth grin. That’s right, the word of the year is the “face with tears of joy” …

Language

Microbiome Monday: How Microbes Make Fermented Food

<i>Welcome to another Microbiome Monday! The Museum’s new special exhibition</i> <b>The Secret World Inside You</b> <i>is now open, and we're bringing you weekly</i> …

Scientists Invent A Liquid With Holes In It

Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules<p>You've heard of holy water, but what about hole-y water?<p>In a paper published this week in <i>Nature,</i> researchers announced that they have developed a liquid with its molecules structured in such a way that they have 'holes' within the …

Surprise! Scientists discover that sperm cells can slither

Scientists have discovered that sperm have a previously unrecognized skill – they can swim in a "slither" mode when they are close to the wall of their environment.<p>The motion of a slithering sperm cell resembles that of a snake wriggling across the desert floor – the head of the sperm points in one …

Twitter Users Express Mixed Reactions Over ‘Like’ Hearts Replacing ‘Favorite’ Stars

Does it really signify a greater frustration with Twitter itself?<p>On Tuesday, Twitter announced it was replacing the ability to 'favorite' tweets, symbolized by a star, with a 'like' option, symbolized by a heart, on both Twitter and Vine.<p>The favorite, with its synonymous star icon, was introduced …

New 'lithium-air' batteries could be 10x more powerful, 5x cheaper

The days of electric vehicles that can only travel 80 to 100 miles per charge are numbered. That is, if a study from University of Cambridge is …

Electric Vehicles

Astronomers Are Excited About the 'Halloween Asteroid'

An asteroid large enough to wreak continent-wide devastation will pass by the Earth. On Halloween.<p>Astronomers could not be happier about it.<p>Nicknamed "The Great Pumpkin" by NASA, the asteroid formally known as 2015 TB145 will provide scientists with needed knowledge of asteroids — valuable both for …

Asteroids

JK Rowling: I'm writing a children's book under my own name

Harry Potter author confirms that she will return to writing children's novels<p><b>J K Rowling</b> is writing a new children’s novel under her own name, the Harry Potter creator has confirmed.<p>The author published her final Harry Potter novel in 2007, and has since branched out into adult literature, …

Fossil Whale Found Surrounded by Prehistoric Puke

Spread along the southwestern coast of Peru, the 9.9 to 8.9 million year old rock of the Pisco Formation has yielded some stunning fossils. Paleontologists working there have found the bones of enormous predatory whales, delicately-preserved shark jaws, and sea turtles, just to name a few …

African lions might go extinct sooner than we thought

There is nothing as awe-inspiring as watching the brutal power of a lion capturing its prey. At close range, their throaty roars thump through your body, raising a cold sweat triggered by the fear of what these animals are capable of doing now, and what they once did to our ancestors. They are the …

Mushrooms' Spores May Help Bring Rain To Forests

When it rains, it spores<p>Fungal spores are all around you. Even now, as you read this, there are likely spores floating and dancing around your head. Millions of tons of them are dispersed into the atmosphere every year. Some spores, such those from molds, can be harmful to breathe in, but the …

Plague has infected humans since Bronze Age, DNA study shows

Plague has been a human scourge for more than twice as long as had previously been thought, new research suggests.<p>Scientists say <i>Yersinia pestis</i> bacteria were infecting people in Eurasia at least 3,000 years before causing their first known pandemic, the Plague of Justinian, in 541 AD.<p>Ancestral …

Environmental Health

Top tips for writing to frighten

When I was a child I lived in a large, old house on the edge of a village in Suffolk. It had three storeys, a cellar, winding stairs, crooked corridors – and seemed to come alive at night. That was when floorboards creaked in empty rooms and shadows shifted in the corners. It was obvious to me that …

Horror

Here's The Most Popular Halloween Candy In Each State

Do you live in a Candy Corn state or a Kit Kat state?<p>Americans will spend between $2.1 billion and $2.6 billion on candy this Halloween. But what's the best kind of buy if you're passing it out to trick-or-treaters and party guests?<p>Well, perhaps it all boils down to geographical preferences. …

Absinthe Used to Be Malaria Medicine: The Secret Medical History of Cocktails

Créme de menthe settled rebellious stomachs and absinthe fended off malaria. This is the secret medical history of the speakeasy cocktails we've come to know and love.<p>"We don't create cocktails now to cure venereal diseases or to relieve gout, but there's that history there," says <b>Matthew Rowley</b>, …

Alcohol

Kohli's batting evolves in response to ODI rules

Virat Kohli's 23rd ODI century was the cornerstone of India's series levelling victory in Chennai and it was also a sign of his evolution as a …

Jadeja returns for South Africa Tests

South Africa in India 2015<p>Play 04:24<p>Chopra: Selectors unlikely to go back to Harbhajan in Tests<p>Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has made a comeback to the …

Sarah Taylor enters preserve of the Australian male

Sarah Taylor, the England women's wicket-keeper batsman, has broken into what was previously a jealously-guarded male preserve by becoming the first …

India's revival lends Rajkot clash edge

India v SA, 3rd ODI, Rajkot<p>Match facts<p>Sunday, October 18, 2015<br>Start time 1330 local (0800GMT)<p>Play 03:44<p>Agarkar: Kohli and Raina's form a big concern …

The iPhone 6S: How Is It Different?

Apple's latest smartphone is here. Should you buy it?<p>The new Apple iPhone 6S, released in September 2015, follows the company's distinct "Tick-Tock" pattern when it comes to smartphones: refresh the phone’s look one year ("Tick") while improving internal specs, features and adding an "S" to the …

Rabada holds his nerve to seal thrilling win for South Africa

India v South Africa, 1st ODI, Kanpur<p><i>South Africa 303 for 5 (de Villiers 104*, du Plessis 62) beat India 298 for 7 (Rohit 150, Rahane 60, Rabada</i> …

Good Jobs: former Apple CEO says company co-founder would have liked new biopic

Former Apple CEO John Sculley has revealed that he thinks Steve Jobs would have been mostly impressed with Danny Boyle’s Oscar-tipped new biopic.<p>iSorry: Aaron Sorkin apologises to Apple's Tim Cook over Steve Jobs biopic<p>Read more<p>The film, called Steve Jobs, stars Michael Fassbender as the Apple guru …

Tim Cook