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Samsung’s true Face ID rival won’t arrive until 2019

Apple’s huge lead over Samsung in mobile facial recognition won’t be threatened anytime this year.<p>Samsung is supposedly working on adding a 3D mapping facial recognition sensor to its next flagship smartphone, but according to a report from Asia, the supplier won’t have it ready until 2019.<p>Israeli …

North Korea may have as made much as $200 million from Bitcoin, according to expert

North Korea may have raked in more than $200 million in digital cryptocurrency transactions last year, diluting the impact of stiff international sanctions over its nuclear and missiles programme.<p>The huge haul of an estimated 11,000 Bitcoins was revealed by Priscilla Moriuchi, a former US National …

The 'Genome Hacker' Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person Family Tree

Huge crowdsourced genealogy databases are inspiring new genetics research.<p>Yaniv Erlich has been a white-hat hacker and a geneticist at Columbia University, and now he works for a genealogy company.<p>This unusual career trajectory has led, most recently, to a 13-million-person family tree unveiled …

Genealogy

Arsenic, Lead Found in Popular Protein Supplements

Whether for weight loss, muscle building, or simply as a convenient quick meal on the go, many Americans turn to protein powders and drinks.<p>But a new …

These Viruses Found in Brazil Are So Huge They're Challenging What We Think a 'Virus' Is

This could change everything.<p>Scientists have discovered two new kinds of virus in Brazil that display such size and genetic complexity we may need to …

Rheumatoid arthritis: Scorpion venom compound may halt progression

The Indian red scorpion is one of the most dangerous scorpions in the world. Without treatment, a sting from this creature can kill a human in just …

What Amazon’s acquisition of Ring means for the smart home market

Amazon’s acquisition of smart doorbell Ring marks a sea change for the smart home market.<p>Amazon has been upping its smart home game in recent years …

MIT Engineers Have Built a Device That Pulls Electricity Out of Thin Air

It doesn't need sunlight, batteries, or wind.<p>Temperature changes large and small are happening around us all the time, and scientists have come up …

Perfectionism Can Literally Kill You. And It Makes You Worse at Your Job

Most perfectionists think perfectionism is a good thing. They're very, very wrong.<p>Are you a perfectionist? And if the answer is yes, are you secretly proud of your perfectionism? You may think the fact that you never accept second best from others or yourself is behind all your career and personal …

Self-improvement

Anti-bacterial wipes pointless as bugs grow back in 20 minutes, scientist says

Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is "an absolutely redundant" exercise, a scientist has said.<p>Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting …

Just How Bad Is Sugar For Your Heart And Body?

Sugar is important for us... in small doses.<p>Still nibbling Valentine's Day goodies? Munching packaged cereals, pancakes or muffins for breakfast? …

Alzheimer's protein 'could be transferred by surgical tools'

A defective protein that is one of the most common causes of strokes and is present in many people with Alzheimer's could be transferred by contaminated tools during brain surgery, new research has found.<p>The study discovered the amyloid beta protein in the brains of healthy patients in their …

Study finds link between processed food and cancer

Those of us who eat highly-processed food are more likely to develop cancer.<p>According to a group of French scientists who've studied the diets of more than 100,000 people, eating highly-processed (or ultra-processed) food puts people at a higher risk of developing cancer.<p>Ultra-processed foods …

A Strange Link Between Parasitic Wasp Venom And Parkinson's Could Lead to New Treatments

The venom that turns cockroaches into zombies.<p>Scientists say the venom of the emerald cockroach wasp (<i>Ampulex compressa</i>) – which it uses to control …

Wallpapers of the week: aerial photography for iPad, iPhone, desktop

By popular request, we are refocusing some attention on iPad and desktop wallpaper sets. Since iPhone X launched, most of the walls were specific to …

Aerial Photography

Plastic chemical linked to male infertility in majority of teenagers, study suggests

A plastics chemical linked to reduced fertility in men is in the majority of teenagers, research has found.<p>More than 80 per cent of teenagers have traces of the chemical compound in their bodies, according to the study involving 94 young people aged between 17 and 19.<p>The chemical known as Bisphenol …

Pollution

High-Cholesterol Diets Can Speed Up Tumour Growth 100-Fold, Scientists Say

But we might be able to stop it.<p>Diets high in cholesterol can ramp up the speed of cancer tumour growth by up to 100 times, a new study has revealed …

Asus 2018 Mini PC Range Showcased At CES 2018

At this years CES 2018 technology show Asus has been showcasing its range of mini PCs some of which are already available to purchase and others that …

Raspberry Pi

What Foods Kids Eat Around the World in Photos

What Kids Eat Around the World<p>In the face of rising global obesity, photographer Gregg Segal traveled around the world to ask kids what they eat in …

Kuala Lumpur

Food additive to blame for C. difficile epidemic

When <i>Clostridium difficile</i> infections rear their ugly head, patients are at serious risk. But no one knows what is behind the soaring number of …

Microbiology

New Fish Species Lives 5 Miles Underwater—a Record

Scientists have formally identified a new species of snailfish, the deepest ever caught in the Mariana Trench. A related species has been filmed but never collected.<p>It's cute, almost pink, and about twice as long as a cigar, with flesh so translucent you can see its liver from the outside. And it …

Deadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problem

ST. LOUIS -- Some doctors say sugar may be the number one killer in America right now. That may sound like a stretch, but you can see why they make …

CDC report warns Lyme disease is slowly spreading throughout and beyond the East Coast

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sheds light on the expansion of Lyme disease cases in the United States.<p>The report suggests that the infectious disease -- which was once thought to be confined to the Northeast of the U.S. -- has established a much larger foothold in …

Disease

A professor of medicine explains why eating fat won't make you fat — but sugar will

"Eat fat, get fat" has been the conventional wisdom guiding American diets for the past two decades. Yet more and more research suggests that thinking is dangerously misguided.<p>"There is one thing we know about fats," Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of …

Nutrition

The number of teens who are depressed is soaring — and all signs point to smartphones

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.<p>In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless - classic symptoms of depression - surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more …

Mental Health

How to turn your iPad into the best digital photo frame

You can easily spend between $100 and $200 on a Wi-Fi digital photo frame, but these often have clunky interfaces for syncing photos and the displays can be quite poor. A better solution may be repurposing an old iPad or putting your current iPad in photo frame mode for special occasions.<p>Apple used …

New research suggests Alzheimer's starts outside the brain

A Complex Understanding<p>Scientists from Canada and China have found evidence that the neurological disorder Alzheimer’s starts outside the brain. …

Dementia

Why You Must Stop Using This Cheap Everyday Object Immediately | Inc.com

A lot of things in our lives seem cheap and harmless, but they really aren't. BPA-containing plastic water bottles, for instance. Styrofoam cups. And now, plastic straws. Not that plastic straws will necessarily harm you, but they're not recyclable which means they wind up in landfills and …

Green Living

Daydreaming Might Be a Sign of Higher Intelligence

If a teacher ever told you off for daydreaming, then today you can feel soundly justified.<p>Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently …

The Brain

Germans could be paid to use electricity this weekend

(Bloomberg) -- German power producers are poised to pay customers to use electricity this weekend.<p>Wind generation is forecast to climb to a record on Sunday, creating more output than needed and driving electricity prices below zero, broker data compiled by Bloomberg show. It would be the first …

Renewable Energy