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Samsung Unveils 360-Degree Virtual Reality Camera

Samsung unveils 360-degree virtual reality camera at its developer conference.<p>Samsung Electronics took the wraps off a 360-degree camera that captures images in 3-D.<p>The camera, called Project Beyond, captures panoramic views with its 16 high-definition cameras positioned around the edges of the …

Combining The DNA Of 3 People Raises Ethical Questions

In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front of her. She carefully maneuvers a long glass tube that she uses to manipulate early human embryos.<p>"It's like microsurgery," says Laura Irving of Newcastle University.<p>Irving is part of a …

If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday

Think this election doesn’t matter? Then just wait to see what damage a GOP Senate will do, especially when it comes to climate change.<p>Well before …

Inhofe refutes climate science with scripture

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading opponent of climate science, appeared on a Christian radio talk show this week to present an odd argument: the …

Apple and Facebook are now paying for women employees to freeze their eggs

Attempt to delay childbirth and recruit a more diverse workforce is both encouraging and dystopian<p>It sounds like a plot out of a <i>Gattaca</i>-like dystopian movie: giant corporations that pay for the women on their workforces to freeze their reproductive eggs, allowing them to spend more of their most …

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Brain

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …

How computers change the way we learn

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.<p>“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. …

Learning

William Burroughs’s drugs cure inspires Alzheimer’s researcher

Author’s search in South America for the shamans’ plant hallucinogenic yagé and use of apomorphine to control his addiction leads neurologist to call for clinical trials<p>Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease are the perennial neuro-degenerative afflictions which remind an ageing …

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Why The Best Leaders Are Self-Aware

You can’t be a really effective executive if you’re not fully aware of the effect your actions and personality have on others. It’s that simple. All too often leadership analysis focuses only on results, and not how those results are attained. Which has implications for how long and effectively one …

Is working at night bad for you?

How much does working in the small hours harm the mind and body? Claudia Hammond investigates the evidence.<p>In some jobs, working the night shift is unavoidable. There are hospitals to run, planes to fly and shops to keep open as we move towards a 24-hour society. With careful planning and a bit of …

Sleep

Send your tweets to space with NASA's Asteroid Time Capsule

As part of the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu, NASA will be including tweets and Instagram photos from the public as part of a space time capsule.<p>Humans are sending messages into space all the time (albeit unwittingly in the form of radio waves), but the opportunity to deliberately send …

Space Exploration

Microsoft says it will mass produce super-sized touchscreens

Microsoft is full of surprises these days. Two years after it bought large-touchscreen company Perceptive Pixel (PPI), it will start to productize the technology under the Microsoft brand.<p>Steven Elop, Microsoft’s VP of devices, dropped the news at a partner conference in Australia Wednesday.<p>Part of …

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

Is the universe a 2D hologram? Fermilab intends to find out

An experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer intends to test several theories about the universe, including the holographic principle.<p>Do we live in a 2D hologram? There's no short answer, but physicists believe it may be possible. The holographic principle -- a …

Physics

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

The H2Pro turns dirty water and sunlight to clean water and power. What were you doing when you were 17?<p>Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don’t have clean drinking water also don’t have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both …

How would you change the OUYA (founding backer edition)?

OUYA was one of Kickstarter's biggest success stories, and in a way, we all felt a little chunk of pride. After all, this was a console that <i>the community</i> had created, which would topple Sony and Microsoft's duopoly at the top of the gaming market, all for just $100. The higher the promises, and our …

YouTube is coming to cable TV set-top boxes, with a little help from the cloud

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: YouTube<p>Right now, a grandma in Hungary is watching Gangnam style for the very first time. Her introduction to Psy has …

A 74-Year-Old Man Created These Beautiful Works Of Art Using Excel Spreadsheets

We don't blame you — Excel is typically associated with bland spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and boring charts.<p>But Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 74-year-old man from an area in Japan called Nagano Prefecture, has discovered how to make stunning works of art using Excel spreadsheets.<p>Horiuchi's art has been …

Data Visualization

The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code

Shortly after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, liberal activist Van Jones was talking with his friend Prince—yes, that …

Computer Science

Beyond Verbal: Developing Software With a High Emotional IQ | Inc.com

Artificial intelligence is learning how to improve its emotional IQ.<p>Open an app called Moodies, created by Israeli company Beyond Verbal, as you're speaking, and it will analyze how you're feeling. Moodies gives feedback on the emotions behind whatever is being said, in real time. It not only reads …

Artificial Intelligence

First Transatlantic “Scent Message” Sends Smell of Paris To New York

The aroma was, well, undeniably smelly.<p>At 11:31 EDT on Tuesday, an email message encoded with the scent of Paris, winged its way across the ether to land in the inbox of a Harvard professor waiting eagerly in a skull-littered basement room in New York’s American Museum of Natural History.<p>The sense …

App Store

Broccoli-Sprout Beverage Can Detoxify Pollutants

China has a serious pollution problem and it’s harming the health of people who live there—even those living outside of the biggest cities.<p>But …

Los Angeles

China's Plan For The Tallest Building Ever Could Save The World

While the architectures of yesteryear are often blamed for urban decay, today's buildings could be responsible for its renewal.<p>Jutting from the ground like two giant stalagmites, the latest design from UK architecture firm Chetwoods is going to blow the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, …

Skyscrapers

This new mobile app uses big data to analyze your face

Do you know what your true skin tone and undertone are? What about how your skin has changed over time? Beautiful Me is a new mobile app that applies big data and a deep neural network to make your skin profile only several taps away. This app was created by ModiFace, the company behind the Sephora …

IMAX shows why its 4K camera could get you watching 3D movies again

Is 3D video on the decline, destined to return to the realm of novelty? Not if you ask IMAX. The company has just detailed a large-format 4K camera that could give 3D movies a (frankly needed) visual boost. The trick, the company says, is that the camera is fully integrated; since it doesn't need a …

3D-printed corset turns see-through the more time you spend online

Corsets are typically used to squeeze torsos into shape, but designers Xuedi Chen and Pedro Oliveira had other ideas in mind. Instead of making another waist-pinching underwear, they've designed a 3D-printed corset that demonstrates how the internet has rendered us naked and vulnerable... by …