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This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour — and it's already being prototyped

Move over, Elon Musk. A German startup developing an electric, car-sized aircraft that can take off and land vertically just received a prestigious award — and the technology is seriously impressive.<p>Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 2015, Lilium is developing the aircraft as a new form of …

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

LONDON — The amount of energy used by computers "mining" bitcoin so far this year is greater than the annual usage of almost 160 countries, according to new research.<p>Research by energy tariff comparison service PowerCompare.co.uk shows that the amount of energy expended mining bitcoin globally has …

Russians tried to use Pokémon Go to influence election

A campaign with links to Russia, named "Don't Shoot Us," attempted to "exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans" by using platforms …

Intel just challenged IBM and Google in a type of supercomputing that uses temperatures 250 times colder than deep space

On Tuesday, Intel came out with its state-of-the 17-qubit superconducting test chip, matching the biggest quantum computer chip ever to be produced, by IBM.<p>Until now, quantum computing has been, in some regards, a two-horse race between IBM and Google. In April, Google showed off its research on a …

Ottawa to examine possible changes to asylum system after Edmonton attack

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is examining its asylum system and will consider whether changes need to be made in light of the terrorist attack in Edmonton allegedly committed by a Somali refugee who had been ordered deported from the United States.<p>"We are looking into exactly what …

Former Liberal MP accuses party of ‘undemocratic’ — and illegal — nomination practices

OTTAWA — A former Liberal MP is accusing his party and current government members of being involved in illegal nomination practices in the run-up to …

Toronto city council votes 24-11 against renaming stadium after late mayor Rob Ford

Toronto city council has voted against naming a stadium after former mayor Rob Ford.Council voted 24-11 against renaming the stadium at Centennial …

Severe Liver Damage Case Study Shows The Dangers of Naturopathy

Natural isn't always best.<p>One for the medical text books; a 38-year-old male with gallstones presents with dark urine and loss of appetite, and after …

Law Society to drop ‘Upper Canada’ from its name after report calls it elitist and offensive

The Law Society of Upper Canada will change its name because a majority of its elected benchers, 38-11, agreed with an internal report that the term …

Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone …

Robotics

Ice Age bones discovered inside inescapable "black hole"

Around the end of the last Ice Age, about 13,000 years ago, animals could roam through subterranean passageways in what is now Mexico. But the …

Alabama jailbreak: Inmates used peanut butter to trick door guard

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A dozen inmates escaped from an Alabama jail by using peanut butter to change the numbers above a door and trick a new employee …

BBC pay: Male presenters could face wage cut

<b>The BBC's most highly paid male presenters could be asked to accept lower wages as the corporation tries to close the gender pay gap.</b><p>The BBC has defended high salaries which were revealed in its annual report on Wednesday.<p>The corporation has pledged to achieve equality between men and women on air …

Abby Lee Miller Tearfully Admits She 'Probably Won't Survive' Prison in New Tell-All Interview

Before Abby Lee Miller reported to prison to serve her 366-day sentence on July 12, the <i>Dance Moms</i> reality star gave an emotional interview to <i>The …

Canada spy service workers sue agency over alleged racist, sexist bullying

Five employees of Canada’s spy service have launched a C$35m lawsuit against their employer, seeking damages after years of alleged bullying in a workplace they claim is rife with racism, homophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment.<p>The allegations against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, …

Employment

Audi knows millennials will have to deal with self-driving boredom

During Audi's elaborate introduction of its new (Level 3 autonomous) A8 in Barcelona, it also talked about the 25th Hour, a research project it says will "define the premium mobility of the future." Simply put, now that you're not driving, what do you do in an autonomous car?<p>The automaker teamed up …

The Brain

Trudeau defends apology and $10.5-million payment to Omar Khadr

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defended the government's apology and settlement for Omar Khadr, saying his rights had to be defended.<p>"The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all Canadians, every one of us, even when it is uncomfortable," Mr. Trudeau said at the end of the Group of 20 Summit …

This New Gene-Editing Technique Can Spot CRISPR’s Mistakes

Editing The Editor<p>The CRISPR gene-editing tool is already in use by scientists all over the world who are racing to cure deadly diseases by editing …

Genetics

A New Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Forever Change Life on Earth

by nbcmach June 26, 2017 Enhanced Humans 27062<p>Munir Atalla & Brenda Breslauer<p>CRISPR<p>The discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR came, in part, …

Genetics

Edges of Black Holes Re-Created in a Bathtub of Water

Mathematicians and scientists have simulated the region around a black hole using waves as they circled a drain in a simple tub of water.<p>The new …

Physics

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

by Karla Lant June 24, 2017 Hard Science 24764<p>CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State …

antibioticresistant

This worm grew a second head after a trip to space

There are all kinds of experiments going on aboard the International Space Station, but they all probably don't produce results as strange as this one. An article published today in the journal <i>Regeneration</i> details a recent experiment in which an amputated flatworm grew two heads -- twice.<p>Planarian …

Biology

Cultural appropriation: Make it illegal worldwide, Indigenous advocates say

Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to ban the appropriation of Indigenous cultures — and to do it …

Intellectual Property

How ‘Wonder Woman’ Tackles the Superhero Movie’s Greatest Foe: Sexism

<i>Wonder Woman</i> is the first female-driven superhero movie to hit multiplexes since 2004’s disastrous <i>Catwoman</i> – and in between these two …

Comic Books

X-ray laser turns molecule into tiny ‘black hole’

When scientists focused the full intensity of the world’s most powerful X-ray laser on a small molecule, they got a surprise: A single laser pulse …

Black Holes

UK comes bottom of G7 growth league as Canada takes lead

The UK has slumped to the bottom of the league table of advanced economies after Canada registered stellar growth in the first three months of the year.<p>Canada was the final member of the G7 to report its growth figures, which confirmed the UK as officially the joint worst performing member so far …

Economy

Canadians 'reluctant' to accept new police powers, prefer privacy online, government finds

Last fall, the government asked Canadians to weigh in on the future of the country's national security legislation.<p>It was, in part, a response to …

Surveillance

Judge rules emoji are proof of intent

A landlord in Israel has successfully sued a couple who mislead him with emoji, with the judge ruling that the tiny pictures constituted a statement of intent.<p>The landlord, Yaniv Dahan, posted an ad on a classified site for his home, and received a response from a couple. After giving him the …

Emoji

Ethics committee recommends expelling Senator Don Meredith over sex with teen

OTTAWA — The Senate ethics committee is recommending that disgraced Sen. Don Meredith be expelled for engaging in a sexual relationship with a …

CNN: We didn't run Trump ad because of 'fake news' graphic

CNN declined to air an ad by President Donald Trump's campaign because it included a graphic that called the mainstream media "fake news," the network said Tuesday.<p>Trump's campaign committee had blasted CNN, saying the network refused to run an ad about the first 100 days of the Trump …