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Most highly paid programmers know Python. You can learn it via an online course for just $44.

Contrary to what <i>Silicon Valley</i> portrays, you’ll need more than drive and intelligence to land a high-paying job in the tech world. You’ll need to be …

Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes

Defence pamphlet shows how population can prepare in event of attack and contribute to country’s ‘total defence’<p>The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to …

The World Health Organization labels gaming disorder as a mental condition

In what can be described as a sign of the times, the World Health Organization recognized a new kind of mental health condition. It’s a familiar …

World Health Organization

Did a teen discover a lost Maya city? Not exactly.

By Rachel Feltman<p>Rachel Feltman<p>Bio<p>It’s no fun when a feel-good story has to get debunked, especially when it’s a story about a smart, science-loving kid. But, unfortunately, it seems obvious that reports of a Quebec teen “discovering” a lost Maya city have been overblown.<p>William Gadoury, a …

Archaeology

All-weather solar cell design generates electricity come rain or shine

Numerous research efforts have already demonstrated the potential for graphene to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Now a team of researchers in …

Clean Energy

Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab

Want to know if you have the “athlete gene” or if you’re actually related to the weirdos who claim you as a family member? Get your collection tubes ready, citizen scientists, Bento Lab’s DIY DNA analysis kit is here and ready for the in-home lab.<p>Normally you’d order a kit somewhere like 23andMe, …

Anonymous Launches 'Biggest Operation' Against ISIS in Response to Paris Attacks

Responding to the Paris attacks, hacker collective Anonymous has declared war against ISIS by launching what they call their “biggest operation” …

Anonymous drops names of KKK members online, including US politicians

Anonymous has released four separate drops that allegedly include the names and information of members of the Ku Klux Klan — a Christian white supremacy organization identified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The list, so far, has apparently …

Anonymous intends to unveil names of up to 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members

The so-called “hacktivist” group Anonymous announced on Wednesday its intentions to name up to 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan.<p>In a press release, Anonymous says it is right for the group to unveil the hoods behind the Ku Klux Klan. Anonymous said it has been watching the group for so long and …

Civil Rights

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Photographer Documents the Beautifully Uncommon Friendship Between a Wolf and a Bear

Finnish Photographer Lassi Rautiainen expertly captures the beautiful relationship that's shared between a gray wolf and a brown bear. One wouldn't normally see this type of companionship in the wild, but these two seem to have a perfectly symbiotic connection. “No one can know exactly why or how …

Nearly Half of America Lives Paycheck-to-Paycheck

The economic picture is looking brighter these days. The federal government announced Thursday that economic growth had picked up to its fastest pace …

No Black Holes Exist, Says Stephen Hawking—At Least Not Like We Think

Black holes do not have "event horizons" beyond which there is no return, according to renowned physicist.<p>Black holes do not exist—at least, not as we know them, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, potentially provoking a rethink of one of space's most mysterious objects.<p>A new study from …

Run from Zombies with the Race Yourself Google Glass App

Fitness apps seem like a perfect fit for Google Glass, given that the head-mounted computer is devoid of wires and requires a minimal amount of input from your digits.<p>Race Yourself is a promising piece of Glassware that, using augmented reality, gives you an avatar to compete against in the real …

A Kit To Build Your Own Computer Controls

What if you could snap together a customized desktop of knobs, sliders, and buttons as easily as building with Legos?<p>Touch screens and gesture technologies can seem like the end-all-be-all of interface. But they aren’t. You only need look so far as MIT or Disney Research to see that in the digital …

Travelers Rent Their Cars Out At Airports, In A New Business Model

At a few U.S. airports, travelers have a new option besides paying for long-term parking or finding a ride. A service named FlightCar allows them to leave their car in the company's lot — and rent it out while they're away.<p>In exchange, the travelers get a ride to their terminal and, after their …

Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they're now worth $886k

• This article was originally published on 29 October 2013. Due to a technical fault, it has been republished here, on a new page.<p>The meteoric rise in bitcoin has meant that within the space of four years, one Norwegian man’s $27 investment turned into a forgotten $886,000 windfall.

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

China creates 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year—and it plans to quintuple that

Back in 2150 BC, Emperor Yu sealed his place in China’s history of eminent rulers by controlling the Yellow River’s annual flood, saving waterlogged crops. Today China’s rulers face the opposite problem: It’s water scarcity that threatens farms. So instead of the Yellow River, the Chinese …

China

US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International

US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading human rights group warns. Amnesty International has highlighted the case of a grandmother who was killed while she was …

Bright eyes, clean brains: sleep might scrub away gray matter waste

A new theory on why we need shut-eye<p>It's long been known that sleep, much like eating or breathing, is a vital process for humans and animals. Insufficient shut-eye in people impairs cognition, curbs energy levels, and has been linked to a bevy of illnesses. But while scientists have explored …

Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The federal government is considering whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.<p>Mark Sauer of the Columbia University Medical Center, a member of one of two teams of U.S. …

Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system, CDC confirms

A rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system, state health regulators said Tuesday.<p>The state Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release that the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Narrative raises $3M to launch its tiny, $279 life-logging camera

When Narrative launched its life-logging camera on Kickstarter last year, the company raised $550,000 in 38 days. Now, it’s getting another big boost in funding — this time from institutional investors.<p>The Swedish company, which was formerly known as Memoto, has raised a $3 million funding round …

24 Iconic Celebrities Photographed During The 1970's

In the 1970's there was certainly a lot of new trends in fashion emerging, but when we look back on patterns, shirts, flares and haircuts some 40 …

Facebook Is Building A $120 Million Town For Its Employees

Facebook is partnering with a Sacramento-based development company to build a 394-unit housing complex within walking distance of both its Menlo Park HQ and its new West Campus, which is under construction. Aside from 15 low income units required under agreements with local government, the rest of …

Fight to patent human genes goes to Supreme Court