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Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or <i>Star Trek</i>'s omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, "machines that behaved like people, …

Vitamin B2 Can Be Used To 3-D Print Medical Implants

The essential vitamin found in many foods could be used to create non-toxic scaffolds for custom medical implants.<p>Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, a vitamin commonly found in cottage cheese, green veggies and meat, could be used to 3-D print medical implants that are more compatible with the human body, …

Don’t believe the hype: Who authors our futures?

Last month, a group of Stanford researchers led by chemical engineer Dr. Zhenan Bao published a paper explaining a way to make very small transistors from the carbon-based wűndermaterial graphene; the latest in a chain of technological developments set into motion by chemist and physicist Gordon …

Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat …

After NSA leaks, businesses seek security in quantum physics

Cryptography is having a rough few months. On September 5th, leaked NSA documents revealed a systematic effort by the agency to undermine encrypted communications across the board, breaking accepted standards like SSL and systematically weakening others. But while the news has been unsettling for …

A real nuclear deterrent: US, Russia may team up to use weapons against asteroids

When geophysicist H. Jay Melosh attended a meeting of U.S. and ex-Soviet nuclear weapons designers in May 1995, he was surprised by how eager the Cold Warriors were to work together against an unlikely but dangerous extraterrestrial threat: asteroids on a collision course with Earth.<p>After Edward …

NSA reportedly collecting millions of email address books and IM contact lists worldwide

<i>The Washington Post</i> has just published another revealing scoop about the National Security Agency. The paper is reporting that the NSA is currently collecting contact lists from email and instant message services from users worldwide — and Americans are among those whose data is being harvested.<p>The …

6 Things That Make Water Unhealthy

Water is one of those things just assumed to be good for you at all times, in all quantities. It's up there on the list of quintessentially nutritious foods and drinks with apples and broccoli and oatmeal. Water is so important and awesome, Michelle Obama wants you to drink more of it and she has …

FYI: Can Wireless Electricity Kill People?

Probably not. Even when it's nipping at our toes, wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899, Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. …

New electric fish found in murky waters

Scientists have identified a new kind of eel-like electric fish, the Akawaio penak, in a remote region of Northern Guyana that is known for its …

Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection

Google Glass competitor Recon, which sells the Recon Jet heads-up display and bills itself as the Google Glass for athletes and professionals, has secured an investment from Intel Capital.<p>In perhaps bigger news, the company announced that it has already shipped 50,000 units worldwide of its Snow …

SteamOS: could Valve's game console challenge Windows?

The Steam Box should have Microsoft worried<p>On Monday, the developer responsible for possibly the most critically acclaimed video games of the modern era — <i>Half-Life</i> and <i>Half-Life 2</i> — announced that it was building its own Linux-based operating system to deliver PC games to the living room. Sooner or …

New Icon Trends

With the launch of iOS7 we have been noticing an increase in some particular icon style and illustrations. From skeuomorphism to flat vectors and …

Gecko Is One Small Step For The Internet Of Things, One Huge Leap For Your Smartphone

The Internet of Things — like true mobile wallets or Internet-connected coffee makers — is on the horizon. It awaits us, a world where all of our devices are connected and communicate with each other in some sort of futuristic circle of life.<p>But as with any major shift in technology, we’re …

How to pick up women (with science)

It's a sad fact, but women lack free will. Although they appear as complex and individual as any male (often much more so), it seems women are slaves to inherent biological "programming" which means they will be physically intimate with any man who employs a specific set of behaviours and phrases. …

Programmable glue made of DNA directs tiny gel bricks to self-assemble

Now, he and Khademhosseini sought to create a similar programmable, self-assembling system for mesoscale components—those with edge widths ranging …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

The NSA files,NSA,GCHQ,Surveillance,US news,World news,US national security,Privacy,Technology,Internet,Data protection,Data and computer security,UK news<p>• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records<br>• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies …

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Mark Zuckerberg on NSA spying: 'The government blew it'

Facebook CEO calls for more transparency in interview at TechCrunch Disrupt<p>The federal government has done a bad job recently in balancing its job protecting US citizens from terrorism with its role in defending civil liberties, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said today at TechCrunch Disrupt. …

Our complicated relationship with cats

It would seem that I've made an unforgivable error. Last week, I wrote about a new study that suggested a possible function for sleep. The research in question was a mouse study, so it seemed to make sense to stick up a picture of a mouse alongside the article. However, lots of commenters were …

Microsoft now owns Xbone.com, the Xbox One nickname it hates

Microsoft took control of the xboxone.com and xboxone.net domain names earlier this year after unveiling its new console, and the company is adding another to the list. Fusible notes that Xbone.com is now owned by Microsoft, a nickname that is being widely used to shorten the Xbox One name. News of …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Astronomer royal calls for 'Plan B' to prevent runaway climate change

Launching mirrors into space, triggering algal blooms in the oceans and seeding clouds are among experimental "Plan B" schemes world leaders would have to consider if the rise in carbon emissions cannot be curbed within a couple of decades, according to one of Britain's most senior …

Outer space demilitarisation agreement threatened by new technologies

Developments in satellite technologies and cyber-warfare are threatening the internationally agreed demilitarisation of outer space, according to legal and security experts.<p>Weaknesses in existing treaties and military exploitation of GPS location systems are compromising the prohibition against …

Catalyst makes tiny rods ‘swim’ to target

Putting a bit of catalyst on the ends of microscopic “matchsticks” can propel them through water to a specific chemical, report researchers.<p>The new …

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Down syndrome: Single dose of drug boosts learning in mice

An experimental compound dramatically bolsters learning and memory when given to newborn mice with a condition similar to Down syndrome.<p>One dose on …

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