wbink

76 Flips | 6 Magazines | @wbink | Keep up with wbink on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “wbink”

Could Robot Aliens Exist?

Ask an astrobiological philosopher!<p>The existence of a race of sentient alien robots might be not just possible, but inevitable. In fact, we might be living in a "postbiological universe" right now, in which intelligent extraterrestrials somewhere have exchanged organic brains for artificial …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

Hawk Drones Could be Used in Florida to Stalk Mosquitoes

Drones that resemble hawks could be put into action soon to stalk mosquitoes.<p>The plan is to try to have the unmanned drones tail mosquitoes to the …

California governor vetoes egg-payment law

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed payments to women who give their eggs to scientific researchers, a …

New Clues for How to Remember Dreams

A new study suggests that there are distinct differences in brain function between people who remember their dreams and those who don't.<p>This morning, I woke up with a very strong memory of staging a political coup in my sleep. Why I happened to remember my dream so vividly when I woke up, it's hard …

Every Night You Lose More Than A Pound While You're Asleep (For The Oddest Reason)

<b>Editor's Note: Robert has added an update to this post. Scroll down to read it.</b><p>Here's a simple question: Why do you weigh more when you go to sleep than when you wake up? Because you do. In the video below, you'll see the evidence. You can check this yourself. Somehow, while doing absolutely …

'Game Of Thrones': Behind Catelyn's Death Scene With Michelle Fairley

<b>Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 3, Episode 9 on HBO's "Game of Thrones," "The Rains of Castamere."</b><p>Earlier this season, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) delivered a monologue suggesting that there is a curse on House Stark -- and that it's all her fault.<p>But the Irish actress …

Loonie closes slightly lower amid strong housing data

The Canadian dollar closed little changed Wednesday amid a strong housing report and weak American jobs data.The loonie was off 0.01 of a cent to 96.66 cents (U.S.) as Statistics Canada reported that municipalities issued $7-billion (Canadian) worth of building permits in April, up 10.5 per cent …

Why northern Europe is home to surprisingly large “shadow economies”

It’s easy to look at southern Europe and see why workers might choose to do informal work without paying taxes. With record unemployment and steep barriers to entry to some professions (e.g. taxi guilds in Italy), it’s often easier for both would-be employers and would-be employees to skip the …

Economics

The US has sent nearly $2 million worth of bull sperm to Iran this year

The United States shipped $45.7 million worth of goods to Iran in April. That’s a tiny sum compared with the $26.2 billion the US sent to its largest trading partner, Canada, but nonetheless interesting since most forms of trade with Iran are illegal in the US. There are exceptions for humanitarian …

Exports

Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant

For Carmen Tarleton, the day started out normally enough. Tarleton, 45, had errands to run, a piano lesson to get to, a house to tidy. Tomorrow was Valentine’s Day, and for the first time in a long time — the first time since the attack five years earlier — she looked forward to spending it with a …

Map shows where entrepreneurs thrive in US

<b>U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) —</b> Researchers have identified regions in the United States where a feeling of entrepreneurial spirit is “most at home.”<p>Founders …

Entrepreneurship

Does your girlfriend claim her memory is better? It probably is

New research suggests women can remember faces better than men, in part because they spend more time studying features without even knowing it.<p>New …

The Brain

What’s the difference between comets and asteroids?

Asteroids tend to be rockier or more metallic. Comets tend be icier. But some objects blur the distinction between asteroids and comets.<p>Asteroids are …

Mathematics prize ups the ante to $1 million

<i>Posted on behalf of Devin Powell.</i><p>A billionaire businessman from Dallas, Texas, has sweetened the pot for a number-theory prize that has remained …

Does online dating lead to a happier marriage?

<b>U. CHICAGO (US) —</b> More than a third of marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online, and research suggests those couples appear to be happier and to …

Relationships

Least Productive Time of Day is 2:55 PM, Survey Finds

Researchers said the least productive time of the day for workers is 2:55 p.m.<p>The firm LondonOffices.com surveyed more than 400 workers and …

Is it true that Jupiter protects Earth?

Jupiter’s gravity slings long-period comets out of harm’s way, while nudging some asteroids closer to Earth. And, in 1770, Jupiter took aim on Earth …

How Will Police Regulate Stoned Driving?

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in two states, lawmakers and law enforcement have to grapple with how best to deal with cannabis-impaired drivers.<p>When Colorado and Washington state each passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use late last year, one legal challenge was …

'Jellyfish' UFO Spotted Over Lima, Peru

A news cameraman in Peru caught an apparent UFO that when looked at from a distance, appears to move like a “jellyfish.”<p>A video of the object was …

'God's Bathtub' Found in Australia: Scientists

Australian scientists say they have discovered “God’s bathtub”—a remote lake with clear waters that look to have the same chemical markup as around …

MLB reportedly planning massive 100-game drug suspensions for 20 players

Major League Baseball is reportedly on the brink of suspending some of its biggest stars on allegations of doping. According to <i>ESPN</i>, the MLB is looking to suspend about 20 players who it believes took performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) they received from Biogenesis, a now-closed Miami clinic that …

Smelly socks join fight against malaria infected mosquitoes

New research suggests the odor of smelly feet could prove instrumental in the fight against malaria. Scientists have long studied how body odor attracts mosquitoes, but a new study conducted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests mosquitoes carrying the deadly disease are …

One for the road? The hidden risks of roadside alcohol availability

In the UK, you can purchase and drink alcohol in bars, restaurants, cafes, at the cinema, at the theatre and on planes and trains. However, how often …

Leading scientist attacks university over 'outrageous' IVF treatment patent

A fresh international row has erupted over granting US patents to processes which many scientists believe are basic aspects of human …

Why did dinosaurs evolve feathers?

A common creationist canard is the supposedly unanswerable "what use is half a wing?". Apparently there to confound biologists, what it generally …

FYI: How Do Mosquitoes Survive Rainstorms?

Raindrops are to mosquitoes what falling VW Beetles would be to humans. Yet incredibly--maddeningly--mosquitoes survive rainstorms all the time. How?<p>Imagine you are walking through a park and suddenly thousands of Volkswagen Beetles start falling from the sky. They are falling at a speed that is …

How ‘camo’ fish hide in plain sight

<b>U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) —</b> The lookdown fish can camouflage itself in the ocean by manipulating how light reflects off its skin.<p>Scientists say the …

National Academy of Sciences

Island Formations Might Make Tsunamis Worse

A computer simulation found nearby islands can amplify the severity of a tsunami by as much as 70 percent.<p>While it seems like the more barriers between you and a ginormous wall of water, the better, new research shows the same islands that can insulate a beach against your average wind-driven wave …

Pregnant women have enough worries without adding sunscreen to the list

Tobacco, check. Alcohol, check. Camembert and gorgonzola, check. As if the list of things pregnant women should avoid wasn't long enough, they can …