Sikandar Azam Khan Alizai

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Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist

When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of …

Surveillance

New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study of the fossil record by paleo-biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico.<p>Smith studied fossils going back 65 million years, when dinosaurs died …

Anthropology

Planet Earth doomed to become ‘hellish’ death world like Venus, Nasa researchers fear

We love to grumble about life here on Earth, but it’s basically the nicest place in the known universe.<p>But it could one day follow in the footsteps …

Astronomy

Bill Gates backs $1bn plan to cover earth in video surveillance satellites

A satellite company planning to launch a $1bn (£700m) network of satellites to provide "live and unfiltered" coverage of the Earth has been backed by former Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates and Japanese tech giant Softbank.<p>The tech leaders are backing EarthNow, which plans to launch 500 …

Bill Gates

Truecaller now has over 100 million daily active users who don’t care about privacy

Truecaller, the popular caller ID app, now has more than 100 million daily active users as announced by the company in a blog post. It is a major milestone for a mobile-only product that was first launched in 2009 for BlackBerry devices of the time.<p>While Truecaller started as a caller ID and …

Daily Active Users

Great Barrier Reef 'cooked' by extreme temperatures: report

In 2016, rising water temperatures caused a mass bleaching event on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Now, researchers know just how bad the damage was.<p>Extreme water temperatures that led to a massive coral bleaching event in 2016 effectively "cooked" large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and …

Great Barrier Reef

Human Mini-Brains Implanted Into Mice Didn't Just Survive, They Integrated

But the mice didn't seem any smarter than usual.<p>The future of personalized medicine will very likely involve human “spare parts” to replace …

Bioengineering

You cannot escape poop bacteria

Bathrooms are gross, but so is everything.<p>You may have heard there’s poop bacteria getting sprayed all over people’s hands by bathroom hand dryers. But did you know there’s poop bacteria <i>everywhere!?</i><p>That’s right. While you’ve been freaking out over individual headlines suggesting that a tiny amount …

Biology

Ketamine Nasal Spray for Suicide Prevention Raises Serious Concerns

The new drug has serious potential for abuse.<p>The notorious party drug ketamine has enjoyed a revival in the past few years as a legitimate treatment …

Clinical Trials

A salmonella recall is affecting 207 million eggs across the US

A recall of 206,749,248 eggs has occurred in the US, following 22 reports of illness linked to salmonella contamination.<p>The eggs were distrubuted to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The US …

Environmental Health

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream

SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Now he has made it a reality by creating a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise.<p>Developed at Sakakibara …

Robotics

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Microbiology

Origin of Mysterious 2,700-Year-Old Gold Treasure Revealed

New analysis unveils the origin of the storied Carambolo Treasure, and despite previous claims, it has nothing to do with Atlantis.<p>New chemical analysis has solved the mystery regarding the origin of the Carambolo Treasure, a magnificent hoard of ancient gold objects discovered by Spanish …

Archaeology

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

Box that unlocks iPhones is the hottest new gadget for police

Law enforcement agencies — despite protests from privacy advocates — have long lobbied to get access to your smartphone.<p>Now a mysterious U.S. startup …

Mobile Technology

The New Science of Smog

Other things pollute the air more than gasoline exhaust does.<p>Liberals are claiming that the Trump Administration’s plans to roll back the Obama fuel-mileage rules will increase pollution. Perhaps they should read up on the latest scientific evidence about the sources of air pollution.<p>A recent study …

Pollution

NASA's X-Plane is designed to fly at supersonic speeds without the sonic boom

NASA wants to prove that it can fly a plane faster than the speed of sound without blasting American neighborhoods below with sonic booms.<p>Previously, …

Aviation

This Is the Farthest Star Humans Have Ever Seen

The discovery could help astronomers better understand the evolution of the universe.<p>A bright blue giant nicknamed Icarus is now the farthest star humans have ever seen.<p>The supergiant star (officially named MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1) lives more than halfway across the observable universe. It's …

Universe

Antarctic ice size of London lost in 6 yrs

A region of ice the size of Greater London vanished from the edge of Antarctica between 2010 and 2016, a new British-led study has shown.

Global Warming

Tiny ‘hearing’ device is 100,000 times thinner than your eardrum

Finding long-range, low-powered sensors for wearable devices is the next scientific frontier. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working on atomically thin transducer "drumheads" that can send and receive signals at radio frequencies even greater than those we can hear with our …

Case Western Reserve University

Scientists Explore The Possibility Of Life Hidden Inside The Clouds Of Venus

In a new study, scientists are exploring the idea that life could be lurking high up in the clouds of Venus, and suggest that the planet’s atmosphere …

Astronomy

We just Discovered A Galaxy Without Dark Matter, Proving it Exists

Credit: Pixabay<p>Dark Matter has been a persistent thorn in the side of physicists. It shouldn’t be there, but it has to be, and obviously is. And, …

Dark Matter

The final straw: Drinking through plastic is on the way out

Straws have become the latest target in the Government’s war on plastic, following a crackdown on single-use carrier bags and disposable coffee cups.<p>In the Spring statement last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the Government would hold a consultation on plastic litter, and is …

Pollution

Toxins from the world’s longest animal can kill cockroaches

Bootlace worms can stretch up to 55 meters long and ooze toxins that can kill cockroaches and green crabs.

Biology

Interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua' never should have left home, theories say

An interstellar object that whizzed through our solar system last year is confounding astronomers trying to understand how planets, comets and asteroids form.<p>The object, called 'Oumuamua, has a composition that suggests it should have formed close to its parent star. But in a twist, astronomers …

Astronomy

We asked a neural network to bake us a cake. The results were...interesting.

It, uh, had blood in it?<p>When computers try to imitate humans, they often get confused. But simulated brain cells in so-called neural networks can mimic our problem-solving skills. An AI will look at a dataset, figure out its governing rules, and use those instructions to make something new. We …

Recipes

Fossils Reveal an Ancient Climate Catastrophe, And We Need to Pay Attention

Incredible.<p>Scott Wing had spent more than a decade in the badlands of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, most of it thirsty, sunburned, and down on his hands …

Climate Change

Why Smoking Weed Makes You Tired And Lazy

Even as the body of evidence of cannabis' potential as a potent medical precursor grows (especially with the development of CBD-rich strains), …

Neuroscience

Hyundai's Genesis Motors Reveals Its Eye-Popping High-Performance Electric Car

Hyundai’s Genesis brand revealed its Essentia Concept electric vehicle on Wednesday, and it looks incredible. The concept, unveiled at the New York …

Auto Shows

2018 New York Auto Show Mega Photo Gallery | Start spreading the news

Hundreds of photos of Manhattan's most interesting cars<p>NEW YORK — Here it is, our traditional car-show mega gallery of galleries — hundreds of photos of, in this case, 36 of the most interesting, fastest, most luxurious, coolest cars direct from the New York International Auto Show at Javits Center …

Autos