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Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

LONDON (Reuters) - Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.<p>A shop worker rests in the shade along the beach in Recife June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian …

Biology

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

Experts say findings will help guide the quest to explain what physics cannot<p>For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal</i> …

Physics

A Hindu Temple in the city

Google executives explain why the MBA approach to building things is ‘stupid’

Google’s hiring chief says he doesn’t give much credit to college degrees in the hiring process. So it should come as no surprise that other Google executives also regard staples of traditional business school training at the nation’s elite colleges as downright “stupid.”<p>Former senior vice …

9 Ways Google Is Changing The World

When asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, Nadella retorted that there's always something to learn from "from people who market themselves well."<p>He was right to some degree. Project X creates a lot of hype for Google even though most of those projects aren't quite ready for the …

Artificial Intelligence

World First: Man Controls Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind

Doctors wired them right into his nerves<p>Until recently, losing both arms in an accident would probably have meant the end of a patient's two-fisted grip. Not so for Leslie Baugh, the first shoulder-level double amputee to wear and control two complex, mind-controlled prosthetic limbs.<p>Baugh isn't …

The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that …

Artificial spacetime experiment could show tantalizing effects of gravitational waves

(Phys.org) —Although the curves and ripples of spacetime are suspected to be full of intriguing secrets about the history of the universe, they are …

Physicists Create "Air Laser" In Laboratory

(Inside Science) -- A laser could be created with air in a practical way, a new advance that could one day be used to help spot explosives or …

Nanotech

Flexible implant shows promise for paralysed humans

A flexible implant follows prior breakthroughs with paralysed rats, designed for humans with spinal cord injury.<p>Last year, researchers at the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, successfully demonstrated a system that allowed completely paralysed rats to walk again. Using a …

Neurophilosophy

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

The Brain

Seagate Seven is the world’s thinnest and most beautiful portable hard disk

At just 7mm thick, Seagate calls its new Seven the slimmest 500GB USB 3.0 hard disk drive available. That’s thinner than an iPhone 6 Plus, only with physical platters spinning at incredible speed inside of an all-steel chassis that hints at the mechanics within. The HDD is being launched to …

Seagate Technology

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

Microbiology

Rethinking Work-Life Balance

We all know that having a healthy work-life balance is critical for startup employees – and have read the cautionary tales of how dangerous it can be to have no work-life balance. It’s something we should all strive to achieve.<p>It’s also a worthless concept as it’s typically presented.<p>Everything …

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy An Android Phone Over An iPhone

Android Phones

2015: The Year Virtual Reality Finally Reaches Living Rooms

A handful of VR devices will soon make their way to consumers<p>In the first virtual reality (VR) boom in the 1990s, there were few bigger fans than Jeffrey Travis. The engineer and filmmaker had been waiting for the day he could don a virtual jetpack and explore a virtual world. Then he actually …

See The Most Sophisticated Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Yet

A 55-year-old study volunteer tests a robot arm with new finger movements she can control with her thoughts<p>In 2012, 53-year-old Jan Scheuermann demonstrated for researchers that she could move around blocks, dowels, a ball, and even a bar of chocolate. She did it all with a robotic arm she …

Microscope Uses Holograms Instead Of Lenses To Diagnose Disease

It could be cheaper and easier to use than traditional microscopes<p>A new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies. The result is a microscope that's cheaper and easier to use than traditional, lens-based …

How 3-D printing made the perfect prosthetic legs for Derby the dog

Rapid prototyping and dual-material printing FTW.<p>You should see this dog run. Derby was born with deformed front legs, but recently received a pair of 3-D printed prosthetics, which he is quite good at maneuvering in:<p>3-D printing experts often talk about how helpful printers are for rapid …

Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer

Precision on the smallest scale<p>Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean enemies can hide behind walls or buildings and not get hit, a clearly undesirable prospect for anyone …

Microscope Uses Holograms Instead Of Lenses To Diagnose Disease

It could be cheaper and easier to use than traditional microscopes<p>A new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies. The result is a microscope that's cheaper and easier to use than traditional, lens-based …

Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014

Every year, the tech industry brings us unexpected surprises and long-predicted changes, and among those ups and downs are usually a few endings to …

New arthritis implant hailed as ‘magic’

Trial of electronic device leads to improvement in more than half of patients, raising hopes for an alternative to medicines<p>A new treatment for arthritis sufferers has been hailed as “magic” by a woman who had a pioneering electronic implant fitted.<p>Monique Robroek, who took part in a study at the …

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

7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do

The most-used program on your computer is your Web browser, but there's a good chance you don't know much about it besides how to visit your favorite sites. There are a lot of myths about browsers, some of which I've dispelled in the past, but today I want to help you get the most out of your …

Top 10 Ways To Master Self-Control

From staying up too late, to checking emails obsessively, to eating too many carbs, self-control is something we all struggle with on a daily basis. Although some of us may fail to believe it, we all possess the ability to develop self-control. It is a quality that separates us from the animal …

92% Off the White Hat Hacker Bundle

Become a Web security expert and take your career to the next level, with the ultimate bundle to learn about protecting your WordPress projects, web apps, local networks and Mac desktops.<p>Learn from experts in the know with over 40 hours of video as they take you through the ins and outs of ethical …

The history of the Predator, the drone that changed the world (Q&A)

Longtime Pentagon correspondent Richard Whittle investigated the unmanned aircraft that gave the military the ability to attack targets from the other side of the world. He talked to CNET about the drone.<p>These days, the word <i>drone</i> is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, …

Drones

iOS 8: Apple opens up — and catches up to Android (review)

While last year’s iOS update splashed a fresh coat of paint on Apple’s mobile operating system, this year’s revision is a massive interior renovation.<p>You’d be hard-pressed to see a big difference between iOS 7 and iOS 8, which is being released later today, at first glance. (If you’re not a fan of …

Windows 9 is Coming, but Microsoft Needs Touch-first Office

It’s been almost two years since Microsoft made Windows 8 available for the world, but now, two major updates on and we’ve still not seen any hint of the company bringing its Office suite into the future.<p>Younger generations are growing up in a world where they don’t need to use Office products; can …