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The Single Pancake

One of life’s small pleasures: sharing breakfast with someone.<p>I mean… if you can find someone who will order the savory breakfast, but then let you …

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

Why Peter Thiel Pays Students To Drop Out Of School

Dream investor Peter Thiel is giving budding scientists a financial leg up, but with a controversial twist.<p>Four years ago, billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship, a two-year start-up accelerator for young science and tech prodigies. The program awards 20 kids under age …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

IBM lets scientists pay to play with its thinking supercomputer

IBM's Watson promises to usher in a new era of "cognitive computing," but, so far, all the system has demonstrated is a knack for game shows. Now, however, IBM has announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud-based service that'll enable researchers to harness those smarts to do more than put Ken …

The Headphone of the Future Is Almost Here

1<p>SHARES<p>We’ve come a long way from those clunky headphones that spent the nineties playing wingman for your CD player. Today, we’ve got Beats for the …

The Future Of Urban Planning: Zoning For Drones

How we can make our lives with flying robots not suck.<p>A century ago, as cars first emerged into the world, cities and laws that were designed for horses suddenly had to adapt to a whole new presence in their space. Cities didn’t know how to handle these fast machines, and fatal accidents in the …

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

Every smart phone has a secondary OS, which can be hijacked by high-tech hackers<p>Like many of the ultra-secure phones that have come to market in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks, the CryptoPhone 500, which is marketed in the U.S. by ESD America and built on top of an unassuming Samsung Galaxy …

Robo Brain teaches robots how to understand the world

For a robot to be able to wash clothes, vacuum carpets or serve you cocktails on a Friday night, it needs to be loaded with the appropriate software and data. In the future, though, a robot will easily be able pull info they need to do those things (and more) from a single online service called …

Coin digital credit card now ready, comes with big catch

Remember Coin, the one card to rule them all? They’re nearly ready to ship their digital credit card, and are expanding their beta testing base just …

Morgan Stanley's Apple Analyst Recommends Adding To Holdings

Morgan Stanley’s Apple Analyst, Katy Huberty, has written two reports this week recommending owning Apple shares and adding to any positions in it. Huberty has multiple reasons that the shares should hit her price target of $110 and she has an upside case to $132 with the downside being $74.<p>This …

Isn't one Internet enough?

The late linguistics and political columnist William Safire used to write delightfully about retronyms—words or expressions that change because newer …

Plane, Car hacks will be shown off at BlackHat conference

One of the last things you want to hear is that your chosen mode of transportation can be hacked, but that’s what is on the docket at the BlackHat …

Proof: Walmart Ice Won't Melt, Even in Hot Weather

(Video Link)<p>You may have heard of the disturbing result of a recent experiment. KIKN Radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota discovered that the ice cream …

How DARPA’s Brain Chip Could Restore Lost Memories

The newly launched $40 million Restoring Active Memory program aims to develop a neural prosthesis.<p>You drive to the supermarket as if in a dream, guiding your car without really thinking about it, piloting from memory. Details like the path to the market’s address that can be recalled as facts and …

Is our universe a bubble?

The multiverse hypothesis – the idea that there are other universes – can be tested, scientists say.<p>Never mind the big bang; in the beginning was the …

Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes – in one of a number of moves focused squarely on billions of dollars of potential revenue available across the total digital healthcare market.<p>As technology moves further into treatment …

Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

If you’re interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We’ve heard before that Samsung was working on its own …

Watching This Robot Trying To Open A Door Will Blow Your Mind

Meet HERB.<p>HERB is a robot butler featured on the awesome new show Going Deep With David Rees. He appears in the July 28 episode, titled "How To Open A Door."<p>You can see HERB is well equipped to open doors, with two flexible arms and three fingers on each hand:<p>"A door is a device that allows ingress …

With phones in its pocket, ARM eyes the Internet of Things

ARM, the British company that makes instruction set architectures for computer processors, is certainly not a household name—not the way Apple’s …

Shervin Pishevar And Scott Stanford’s SherpaVentures Closes $150 Million For Its First Fund

SherpaVentures, the venture firm founded by former Menlo Ventures partner Shervin Pishevar and former Goldman Sachs banker Scott Stanford, is finally ready to be less vague about what it’s doing. After a year of raising money and simultaneously making investments, the firm is announcing that it has …

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons'

Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as "lethal weapons".<p>In an unclassified but restricted report obtained by the …

Privacy can be lucrative – Silent Circle just pulled in $30M in funding

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Proving there’s money in privacy these days, secure communications firm Silent Circle has announced a $30 million funding …

Friends of Snowden Turn Against Liberal Anti-NSA Lawmakers

A co­hort of Ed­ward Snowden’s con­fid­ants are now cast­ing verbal stones at a pair of lib­er­al law­makers long thought to be among their biggest …

White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data

The White House has asked legislators crafting competing reforms of the National Security Agency to provide legal immunity for telecommunications firms that provide the government with customer data, the Guardian has learned.<p>In a statement of principles privately delivered to lawmakers some weeks …

Dark Matter Might Be Hiding In Microscopic Black Holes, Astrophysicists Say

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says a team of Russian astrophysicists.<p>No one knows what dark matter is. But scientists do know that it must exist, because there is not enough visible …

What A Tornado Looks Like From Space

NASA released an animation yesterday showing the development of a storm system that generated several violent tornadoes in the South over the weekend. A few seconds into the video, disparate clouds converge, then burst back out, moving rapidly to cover entire states. From there, the storm system …

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story."<p>The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization's first global report on …

NYC eyeing WiFi hotspot network via upgraded payphones

Payphones are all but entirely obsolete, relics left over from an age where a smartphone wasn’t found in nearly every pocket. Back in the summer of …

Paperfold is a foldable, transformable smartphone prototype

If Kyrocera's folding smartphone Echo didn't have enough screens for you, try this on for size. The Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University has created a fully functional smartphone that uses not two, but <i>three</i> different snap-together e-ink displays. The result is a gigantic device called …