Sue McMahon

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What's that Jupiter-like thing doing so far afield from nearest star?

The huge orbit of a Jupiter-like gas giant has researchers scratching their heads over how the thing could ever form so far from the nearest star and …

Alien planet 11 times bigger than Jupiter found in bizarre, massive orbit

An enormous alien planet — one that is 11 times more massive than Jupiter — was discovered in the most distant orbit yet found around a single parent star.<p>The newfound exoplanet, dubbed HD 106906 b, dwarfs any planetary body in the solar system, and circles its star at a distance that is 650 times …

Hydrogen squeezed from stone could be new energy source

<b>Scientists from the University of Lyon have discovered a new way to split hydrogen gas from water, using rocks.</b><p>The method promises a new green energy source, providing copious hydrogen from a simple mixture of rock and water.<p>It speeds up a chemical reaction that takes geological timescales in …

Norway is starting to have more electric cars than it can handle

When Hilde Charlotte Blomberg reached the University of Oslo last Friday, the first thing she did was to send a mass email to the Department of Informatics:<p>I arrived at work now and all the spaces for electric cars are taken. If you think your car is charged, I would appreciate if you could park …

14 Pointed Predictions For 2014

After recapping the hits and misses and misses of last year’s predictions (I did well on oil, less well on Apple; scored on the movies, struck out in sports), it’s time to look ahead to 2014. The recent budget deal in Congress makes fiscal shenanigans less likely, but the Fed’s decision to begin …

The NSA Intercepts Laptops Purchased Online to Install Malware

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> on the National Security Agency's top team of hackers, the …

8 Unexpected Ways Technology Will Change The World By 2020

Six years isn’t that long, but the rapid pace of innovation means everything–from education to health care to the Internet itself–could look a lot different by then.<p>How will technology change life by the end of the decade? That’s the subject of a new book, called <i>Shift 2020</i>, which explores the …

Future diets and the world's expanding waistlines

Where is the best place in the world to eat? It all depends, as new calculations from Oxfam show, on what you mean by "good". Food in the United …

Previously unknown DNA code could help humanity defy aging and death

Scientists have discovered a second code that’s been hiding within DNA that could change the way genetic instructions are read.<p>A team of University …

A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

There may be an answer for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It's a device called a brain-machine-brain interface — and it has the …

Seeing The Forest Through Big Data: Satellite And Cloud Combine To Show Wilderness Loss

A research team using Google Cloud to analyze the last 12 years of satellite imagery has uncovered “unprecedented detail” in forest loss and gain …

How do you solve a problem like food waste?

January 21, 2014 — Around the world, one-third of the food produced for human consumption is not actually consumed, according to the United Nation’s …

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