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We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

Too Cold<p>For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. …

Universe

Greenpeace Declares Apple 'Greenest Tech Company' For Third Year Running

Greenpeace has declared Apple to be the most environmentally friendly technology company in the world for the third year in a row.<p>The conclusion was reached in the environmental organization's latest report, entitled <i>Clicking Clean: Who is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet</i>, which awarded …

Earth - Plants can see, hear and smell – and respond

Plants, according to Jack C Schultz, "are just very slow animals".<p>This is not a misunderstanding of basic biology. Schultz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and has spent four decades investigating the interactions between plants and …

Botany

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

The Brain

Physicists Just Found a Link Between Dark Energy And The Arrow of Time

Is dark energy the reason time moves forward?<p>For years, physicists have attempted to explain dark energy - a mysterious influence that pushes space …

Dark Matter

Humans are still evolving—and we can watch it happen

Many people think evolution requires thousands or millions of years, but biologists know it can happen fast. Now, thanks to the genomic revolution, …

Genetics

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

The Brain

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

University of Maryland

Fear our new robot overlords: This is why you need to take artificial intelligence seriously

Killer computers determined to kill us? Nope. Forget “Terminator” — there’s something more specific to worry about<p>There are a lot of major problems today with tangible, real-world consequences. A short list might include terrorism, U.S.-Russian relations, climate change and biodiversity loss, …

Singularity

The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback

The social network had a grand plan to connect millions of Indians to the internet. Here’s how it all went wrong<p>Until Mark Zuckerberg arrived in a bright orange helicopter in October 2014, Chandauli had never seen a celebrity visitor. One of 44,795 villages in the state of Rajasthan, Chandauli is …

Internet

*Captain America: Civil War’*s Most Impressive Digital Effect Is Being Used to Subtly Beautify Hollywood

The uncanny valley grows ever wider.<p>The most jaw-dropping special effect in Marvel’s <i>Captain America: Civil War</i> had nothing to do with Spider-Man’s web-slinging prowess or Scarlet Witch’s reality-bending skills. No, it was the sight of a digitally de-aged <b>Robert Downey Jr.</b> playing a very young Tony …

Comics

Civilization 6 is coming in October, with big changes | Polygon

In Civ 6, it's the city itself that is being altered.<p>Buildings require some sort of geographic condition in order to exist.<p>Your progression through the game is aligned with where you are in the world.<p>"He’s going to be obsessed with building more wonders than anyone else."<p>"We had too much congestion …

Report: Apple could shutdown iTunes music downloads in favor of Apple Music within two years

[UPDATE: Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr has denied this report in a statement to Recode, simply saying it’s “not true.”]<p>A report from Digital Music News today citing sources close to Apple claims the company is currently considering a plan that would see it shutdown its iTunes Store music download …

Maybe It's Not Such A Great Idea To Bring People Back After Brain Death

The reasons have nothing to do with zombies<p>A trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of patients who have been declared clinically dead has been approved. Reanima Advanced Biosciences aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death as …

The Beginner’s Guide to Google’s Material Design

Advertise here with BSA<br>You may be the type who struggles to keep up with web speak, confused by phrases like “UX (user experience) design” – or the …

UI Design

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

Physics

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Brain

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will

It happens hundreds of times a day: We press snooze on the alarm clock, we pick a shirt out of the closet, we reach for a beer in the fridge. In each …

Consciousness

Fact: It Only Takes One Minute of Intense Fitness to Get Results | Women's Health

<b>Sign up for Women's Health's new newsletter,</b> <b>So This Happened</b><b>, to get the day’s trending stories and health studies.</b><p>The study, published in <i>PLOS ONE</i>, divided 27 sedentary men into two groups. (Yep, one downside of this study is that it was only done on a small group of men.) The first group did …

These old black-and-white photos were colorized by artificial intelligence

Researchers at Waseda University in Tokyo have created a way to realistically colorize black-and-white photos without any human intervention for the first time ever. The team's approach is based on convolutional neural networks — a type of machine learning originally inspired by the visual cortex …

Artificial Intelligence

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

The Brain

NSA spying scares people away from reading about terrorism

If you’re in doubt about whether the US government’s various programs to spy on its citizens has made people more paranoid, this should clear things up.<p>Jonathon Penney, a fellow at the University of Toronto’s interdisciplinary Citizen Lab, analyzed traffic on Wikipedia and found that visits to …

Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.<p>Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that …

Car accident victim sues Snapchat for role in high-speed crash

The victim of a car accident is suing Snapchat after his Mitsubishi was rear-ended by a Mercedes traveling in excess of 100 mph.<p>The plaintiff, Wentworth Maynard, was struck “so violently [the car] shot across the left lane and into the left embankment,” according to his lawyers.<p>The driver of the …

Deep learning: the future of recommendations

An informative talk about deep learning and its potential uses in recommender systems. Presented at the Budapest Startup Safary, 21 April, 2016.<p>The breakthroughs of the last decade in neural network research and the quick increasing of computational power resulted in the revival of deep neural …

Holy schnikes, this HD footage from 1993 NYC looks like it was filmed today

In the next decade, we as a culture will become, for the first time, nostalgic for a period captured in high-definition video. This HD, 60-frames-per-second footage taken in New York City in 1993 is a test run for grappling with the weirdness of that fact. If not for fashion of the time, the clip …

New York City

How GE used science to make a hot sauce so spicy, it's bottled in jet engine materials

GE is not typically a name you’d associate with food, but with its big data brisket party back at SXSW 2015 and now a new scientifically-developed hot sauce, the company might soon be more than just an appliance supplier for your household.<p>The company today launched 10^32 Kelvin, a sauce created in …

The Division Netcode Reveals Some Scary Development Secrets

One YouTuber breaks down <i>The Division</i>‘s netcode, and the data he uncovers is more troubling news for the already frustrated playerbase in Ubisoft’s …

The ultimate guide to 3D technologies

We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time.<p>It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s first commercialized first 3D TV system in 2010 to our present day fascination with VR/AR, it has become more and more of a focus for both our …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …