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An Animated Guide to Nature’s Best Wayfinding Secrets

Learn to navigate with the moon, stars, trees, and more.<p>Tristan Gooley is an expert at what he calls “natural navigation.” In a series of fascinating …

Italian Bank Robbers Wear Trump Masks During Heists

Italian police said on Monday they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of President Donald Trump.<p>The stunt evokes the 1991 film "Point Break" starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, in which a gang of surfers don masks of ex-U.S. presidents …

Two Canadian men found guilty of polygamy in first test of 127-year-old law

Two men, including one who has 25 wives and 146 children, were convicted of polygamy on Monday in a landmark ruling that upheld Canada's longstanding ban on the practice.<p>Winston Blackmore and James Marion Oler, who has five wives, face up to five years in prison after being found guilty in the …

Ingenious Lightbulb Hack Can Cause Seizures, Spy On 'Air-Gapped' Networks

It’s now a given: the Internet of Things is horribly broken.<p>Connected lightbulbs, though one of the few possibly-justifiable products in the gross melange that is the IoT market, are sometimes contributors to that rank unsecurity. And now researchers have shown just how evil attacks on lightbulbs …

Light Bulbs

Will no one stop Poland destroying Europe’s most precious forest? | Patrick Barkham

If the EU can’t save Białowieża from the loggers, its protections are meaningless<p>Białowieża is “the misty, brooding forest that loomed behind your eyelids when, as a child, someone read you the Grimm brothers’ fairytales”, in the words of American ecologist Alan Weisman. This unique place of …

Ice Age

This New Wi-Fi Can Prevent Neighbours From Stealing Your Bandwidth

Wi-Fi that knows where you are.<p>One of the things that's great about modern Wi-Fi is how far-reaching signals from your router can be, especially if …

Here's how Apple says it would create 'GovtOS' if it loses its battle against the FBI

The filing includes testimony from Erik Neuenschwander, manager of user privacy at Apple.<p>It's the best look Apple has provided at what it would have to do on a technical basis to give the FBI access to the encrypted data on Syed Farook's iPhone 5C.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook called what the FBI wants the …

Privacy

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

Hackers attacked Linux distribution network in a way the FBI can only dream of

Hackers took control of the official website for the Linux Mint distro over the weekend, resulting in some users downloading a build of the OS that had been modified to include a backdoor that would give attackers full access to a user’s system.<p>Announced in a blog post, the organization said it …

You've heard of string theory. What about knot theory?

"The central question is pretty much the same as when I started: How do you tell two knots apart?" Menasco says.<p>Even when two knots look very …

Rise of human civilization tied to belief in punitive gods

Beliefs in all-knowing gods that punish wrongdoers helped enable the rise of modern civilizations, a new cross-cultural study suggests.<p>Cooperation …

University of California

A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either …

Neuroscience

Exercising in your forties could stop brain shrinking

A new study has suggested that exercising in your 40s could stop the brain shrinking, adding years to life expectancy<p>Exercising when aged between 40 and 50 could help prevent the brain shrinking, potentially adding years to life expectancy, a new study has revealed.<p>The research suggests that people …

The Brain

The science of air guitar and car karaoke: How music teaches our brains to imagine what’s coming next

<b>(bowie15 via iStock/beccarra via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Salon speaks to a cognitive scientist about neuroscience research, and music as a universal human activity<p>Scott Timberg<p>February 10, 2016 11:59pm (UTC)<p>What part of the brain responds to music? Neuroscientists have been looking for this zealously …

The Brain

Scientists Modified This $40 Cotton Candy Machine To Spin Artificial Organs

An off-the-shelf cotton candy machine from Target spins together gelatinous cubes of living capillaries.<p>Go to your local fair and watch a carny spin you a cone of candy floss. You might not know it, but that’s how your body is put together: the structure of cotton candy is remarkably similar to the …

How Different Seasons Affect The Way Your Brain Works

We use our cognitive resources differently based on the season, study finds.<p>You've probably experienced fluctuating moods with the seasons, but there's a good chance you never realized that your brain activity also differs based on seasonal changes -- varying between spring, summer, fall and winter …

The Brain

Stubborn And Rebellious Children Tend to Earn Higher Incomes

No kids, don't listen to your parents.<p>School-age children are continually taught to follow rules and listen to what their teachers and parents are …

Belief in all-knowing, punitive gods aided the growth of human societies, study says

Belief in moral-watching, all-knowing, punitive gods might have helped human societies grow far beyond small, close-knit groups, a new study shows. Researchers who ran an experiment with a total of 591 people in eight different small-scale societies around the world found that people who believed …

Research

Gravitational waves: Could this be the biggest physics discovery in decades?

Scientists may have proven Einstein’s last unproven theory. Watch Perimeter Institute panel right here at 1pm ET to understand why this changes the …

Scientists to make gravitational wave announcement 100 yrs after Einstein's theory of relativity

US scientists will make a presentation about the search for gravitational waves – and will possibly announce their discovery. Astronomers have been …

Do Languages ‘Think’ Alike?

02/05/2016 · by carylsue · in Classroom Ideas, Current Event Connection. ·<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p>Very different languages seem to organize the world in surprisingly similar ways—scientists say the ways humans describe nature transcends culture and geography. (Quartz)<p>How well do you know your own language? Play …

Scientists discover prehistoric 'Jurassic butterfly'

Scientists have discovered an insect that went extinct for more than 120 million years and featured many of the traits associated with modern butterflies including markings on the wing called eye spots.<p>Known as Kalligrammatid lacewings, paleobotanists for the past century have known they lived in …

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice.<p>Xiaoice …

We're One Step Closer to Creating Hydrogen Gas from Solar Energy

Solar panels of the future could produce clean-burning hydrogen gas in a one-step process.<p>Its one the biggest questions facing the solar power industry today. How do you get a solar panel to supply a reliable, steady supply of electricity—even after nightfall or during cloudy days?<p>One way is to …

Why do people go bald? Science finally has an answer

If you were wondering why your hair was looking somewhat less lustrous than in previous years, we finally have an answer for you: it's because your …

Science says that charisma can be learned — here are 9 proven strategies

"Charisma is simply the result of learned behaviors," says Olivia Fox Cabane, author of "The Charisma Myth."<p>Here's a rundown of the skills you can learn to become more charismatic:

Public Speaking

New Light-Activated Nanoparticles Kill Over 90% of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A new solution in the fight against superbugs.<p>Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem around the world, responsible for some 2 …

Ants Write Architectural Plans Into The Walls of Their Buildings

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Imagine constructing a building with no blueprints or architects, and no inkling of what the finished edifice should look like. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, and yet that’s what ants and termites do all the time—and the results speak for …

How an algorithm helped global tennis match-fixing investigation

Buzzfeed’s John Templon has just unveiled 15 months of hard investigative work conducted with the BBC that reveals possible match-fixing at the top echelons of men’s tennis, facilitated by a few handy algorithms.<p>Using data from the Association of Tennis Professionals along with Grand Slam matches …

Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal'

<b>Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.</b><p>Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios he singles out.<p>And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go …

Singularity