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Where Have All The Frogs Gone? New Study Illuminates Killer Fungus

Scientists have found a new clue as to why amphibians can't fight off a skin infection that threatens entire species.<p>More than 80 percent of the world's sharp-snouted day frogs died off in the decade leading up to 2004. In 2002, the International Union for Conservation of Nature placed the little …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

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How Dick Cheney Took His Heart Offline To Thwart Hackers

It sounds like science fiction, and was actually a plot on Homeland, but he's not wrong.<p>Former Vice President Dick Cheney worried about a cyber attack against his heart. The 72-year-old man has a pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat, and in 2007 he took an unusual step: he asked his doctors to …

Most Breast Milk Sold Online Is Contaminated

A look into the world of internet breast milk commerce<p>When organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization tell moms to breastfeed their infants, they may not be considering the role of internet milk. Yet, driven by their conviction that "breast is best," …

Doomsday in 2032 from asteroid 2013 TV135? Not likely

Asteroid 2013 TV135 is big. But it’s not likely to hit us.<p>There’s a new scary asteroid on the scene, but it’s not likely to strike us in 2032, …

Astronomy

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

Big nanotech: building a new world with atomic precision

Atomically precise manufacturing has implications for everything from medicine to economic development to climate change<p>Suppose we could build everything that today's industry can, more cleanly and efficiently, starting with materials as common as sand and carbon dioxide. Cars, aircraft, computers, …

Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

The Brain

High-Tech Manhole Covers Will Charge Parked Electric Vehicles

HEVO Power's pilot program will be tested in New York City next year.<p>New York City startup HEVO Power aims to make charging an electric car as easy as finding a parking place. The company, collaborating with New York University, plans to roll out a pilot project by early next year that uses …

The Moon And NASA Now Communicate Via Lasers

Our favorite space agency has just set a new communication speed record. With lasers!<p>In January, we wrote about an impressive feat—when NASA sent the Mona Lisa to the moon using lasers. In the accompanying video, NASA noted that they've been using lasers to track satellites, and in the future, …

NASA Shoots Lasers at the Moon to Create Insanely Fast Internet

NASA has set a new record for communication in space, beaming information to and from a probe named LADEE that is currently flying around the moon …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

Iran's New Drone-Like Guided Missile Is Held Together With Duct Tape [Video]

No, really<p>Iran's latest drone isn't one. The "matchstick with wings" body, camera slung beneath the fuselage, and remotely piloted nature of the Ra'ad 85 all obscure the vehicles' true nature: it's a flying bomb, slapped together with duct tape and meant for one use only. Built from the body of …

Why the wallet-free world is closer than you think

In the near future, we could be paying for everything – from a movie ticket to our morning coffee – with phones and apps, if plans by PayPal are successful.<p>Imagine a world where you could leave home without a wallet – and still spend money. You would be able to go shopping, catch a movie or grab …

Paypal

Inside Paul Allen’s Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain | WIRED

In 2003, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen spent $100 million to build the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. With laser-equipped microscopes …

Brain decoding: how scientists can read your mind – video

This animation shows how researchers are learning how to decode what someone is thinking from an MRI scan of their brain, by identifying subtle patterns of activity associated with viewing particular images. The brain-decoding technology can already provide crude reconstructions of what a subject …

Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or <i>Star Trek</i>'s omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, "machines that behaved like people, …

Big Pic: A Bright Flash From The Sun

A mid-level burst of radiation looks like a twinkle in the sun's eye.<p>At 8:30 p.m. Eastern time yesterday, a solar flare peaked on the surface of the sun, emitting an intense burst of radiation. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the M9.4-class event at a wavelength of 131 Angstroms in order …

Your brain would be less brainy without these proteins - Futurity

A USC study identifies proteins that allow neural stem and progenitors cells to differentiate into neurons and glia when the brain is forming.

Element of the week: meitnerium

This element wasn't even named until roughly 200 trillion half-lives had passed after the birth and death of the original atom.<p>This week's element is meitnerium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Mt</b>, and the atomic number, <b>109</b>. This element is named in honour of physicist and mathematician Lise Meitner …

The trickle-down case for designer babies

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the decline of Wikipedia, biology’s brave new world and an astronaut fact-checking the film Gravity.<p>Death in space<br>Olaf Stampf | Spiegel | 23 October 2013<br>An astronaut fact-checks the film "Gravity". Getting a puncture in your space-suit isn’t all …

Paul Krugman

Nano gold's edges could make CO2 recyclable - Futurity

Finely tuned gold nanoparticles can turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into fuel or useful industrial chemicals, say researchers at Brown …

Chemistry

The Real-Life Walking Dead

Cotard's syndrome, also known as Walking Corpse Syndrome, is a rare disorder that causes sufferers to believe they are dead. The exact cause is unknown. Doctors Thomas Linden and Andres Hellden describe effects of the syndrome that they observed in patients who took a common antiviral …

Two X-flares, and two radio blackouts, Friday

The sun was very active on Friday! It released two X-flares, the most powerful kind of solar flares, causing two temporary radio blackouts.<p>The sun …

Astronomy

At Fukushima, 'nuclear gypsies' struggle with low wages and steep risks

The massive 2011 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan catalyzed meltdowns, explosions, and dangerous radiation leaks at the country's Fukushima power plant complex. More than two years later, the process of cleaning up that mess has become something of a disaster itself: an estimated …

7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Off The Coast Of Japan

A tsunami advisory was issued, but has now been cancelled.<p>A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan earlier today, about 200 miles east of the town of Namie and 6 miles down in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.<p>Initial reports from the USGS put the quake's magnitude …

What's Going On With the Sun This Week?

Solar flares, canyons of fire... it seems like it's trying to get our attention.<p>Our sun has really got a flair for flares lately. The third solar flare in two days peaked at 11:03 a.m. Eastern time Friday, and it was ranked as an X2.1. Solar flares come in classifications according to their x-ray …

Astronauts And Mice Return From Space With Altered Eyes

About one in five astronauts report vision changes after space missions. A new, small study in mice takes a look at what might cause those changes at a molecular level.<p>When he rocketed up to the International Space Station in March 2009, NASA astronaut Mike Barratt needed glasses to see things in …