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  • Autonomous Flatcars Could Help Drones Deliver Goods
    A research company is seeking funding to build a prototype autonomous, battery-powered flatcar that would serve as a platform for package-delivery drones.Cambridge Research & Development in New Hampshire has applied for a patent for the concept. T…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 9:40am -
  • Robotic Insect Finally Flies Wirelessly
    We've seen robot insects fly, land and even swim. But they weren't doing that all by themselves. Until now, a tether of wires held them back.A group of researchers from the University of Washington made the first wirelessly powered robotic insec…
    - 6 days ago, 16 May 18, 2:25pm -
  • Bitcoin Will Soon Use More Energy Than Austria
    By now, we’re all tired of hearing about the virtual currency turned investment craze known as Bitcoin. Created in response to the 2008 financial crisis, anarcho-capitalists hailed it as the decentralized future of commerce.But as prices soared a…
    - 6 days ago, 16 May 18, 11:00am -
  • US Program Aims to Open Airspace to More Drones
    Many stories about drones are sensationalized. It’s easy to use broad language that gives the impression that drones will soon be zooming over us delivering goods. That’s not true.Now that I’ve beaten down your dreams, let me build you up jus…
    - 7 days ago, 15 May 18, 4:47pm -
  • New App Lets You Invent A Language for Science
    Phone apps often get a bad rap for being distracting time-wasters (I’m looking at you, Reddit), but some seek to challenge the minds of their users and put the resulting data to good use. And maybe even invent a new language in the process.The Co…
    - 7 days ago, 15 May 18, 4:20pm -
  • Updated Secret Code Hides Messages in the Letters Themselves
    I remember passing notes in grade school. Oh, the thrill of exchanging “secret” messages with friends. In reality, teachers and classmates saw it happening and were probably super annoyed. Not to mention the repercussions if the message were inte…
    - 11 days ago, 11 May 18, 3:54pm -
  • Researchers Reconstruct Videos Just From Neural Signals
    Using artificial intelligence techniques, researchers successfully took signals from the retinas of rats and reconstructed movies of what they saw, a new study finds.The retina is the layer of cells at the back of the eyeball that helps the eye sen…
    - 12 days ago, 10 May 18, 2:00pm -
  • Why Scientists Taught A Spider to Jump on Command
    Spiders may give you the creeps, but they’re pretty cool critters. They create silk that scientists are still learning from, and use them to spin webs that are natural works of symmetric art.And, uh, some spiders can jump. That might not seem as…
    - 14 days ago, 8 May 18, 1:15pm -
  • Boycott Threat Terminated 'Killer Robot' Project
    Notable tech leaders and scientists have signed open letter petitions calling for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence technologies. But a group of AI researchers recently went a step farther by using the threat o…
    - 16 days ago, 6 May 18, 3:58pm -
  • Drones Defy Commands During Light Show, Still Break Record
    Drones have flown over blowholes and detected heartbeats from the sky. They’re also good entertainers.Ehang, Chinese drone manufacturer known for its autonomous flying taxi, flew 1,374 drones over the Xi’an City Wall. The company reclaimed th…
    - 19 days ago, 3 May 18, 3:13pm -

Geek.com

  • newGenome Editor CRISPR Targets AIDS Virus HIV

    Genome Editor CRISPR Targets AIDS Virus HIV

    Thanks to genome-editing system CRISPR/Cas9, Japanese researchers are one step closer to curing HIV. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) is a chronic disease affecting more than 35 million people worldwide. The infection can be […]The post Geno…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 May 18, 5:00pm -
  • newGeek Deals: $150 off Dell’s New G3 6-Core Gaming Laptop, Amazon’s Top Rated Robot Vacuum under $200

    Geek Deals: $150 off Dell’s New G3 6-Core Gaming Laptop, Amazon’s Top Rated Robot Vacuum under $200

    For a limited time, you can pick up the 15.6-inch six-core Dell G3 gaming laptop for just $800 – 15 percent off the list price. Better yet, the folks at TechBargains have created […]The post Geek Deals: $150 off Dell’s New G3 6-Core Gaming Lap…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 May 18, 4:30pm -
  • newEU Parliament Embarrasses Zuck by Asking Relevant Questions

    EU Parliament Embarrasses Zuck by Asking Relevant Questions

    “We haven’t done enough to prevent … tools for harm,” Zuckerberg said today in front of the EU Parliament. “That goes for fake news and influence in foreign elections. We didn’t take a […]The post EU Parliament Embarrasses Zuck by Aski…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 May 18, 4:00pm -
  • new6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading

    6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading

    Han Solo is a man who seems to have lived many different lives among the galaxy. In the Star Wars universe, there’s a couple of ways writers, artists, developers, creators and more have […]The post 6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading appeare…
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 18, 3:00pm -
  • newThey Swim Among Us: Are Octopuses Actually Extraterrestrials?

    They Swim Among Us: Are Octopuses Actually Extraterrestrials?

    Anything with eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and seemingly vast intelligence has to be alien, right? So says a team of 33 international scientists, who recently published a paper suggesting octopuses may […]The post They Swim Among U…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 18, 2:00pm -
  • newGEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Buzz Bee Thermal Hunter

    GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Buzz Bee Thermal Hunter

    We like Nerf guns here at Geek.com. Nerf itself is a brand owned by Hasbro, but colloquially “Nerf” refers to any toy that can shoot foam darts. It’s the Jello or Band-aid of […]The post GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Buzz Bee Thermal Hunter appeared…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 18, 1:00pm -
  • newA History Of Comic Book Characters Breaking The Fourth Wall

    A History Of Comic Book Characters Breaking The Fourth Wall

    With Deadpool once again dominating the box office, I thought it might be time to revisit one of the gimmicks that made him famous: his continual breaking of the “fourth wall,” that invisible […]The post A History Of Comic Book Characters Brea…
    - 7 hours ago, 22 May 18, 12:00pm -
  • newReal-Life CIA Card Game Makes Toppling Governments Fun!

    Real-Life CIA Card Game Makes Toppling Governments Fun!

    Maybe it’s because I’m a games journalist, but I really do believe that everything is a game. It’s just that some games have vastly higher stakes than others. There’s a big difference between […]The post Real-Life CIA Card Game Makes Toppl…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 May 18, 11:00am -
  • newTake On The Real World With These Geeky Graduation Gifts

    Take On The Real World With These Geeky Graduation Gifts

    Graduation time is almost here, and as your geeky grad heads out in the world, they’re going to need all the help they can get to be successful. School was only one part […]The post Take On The Real World With These Geeky Graduation Gifts appear…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 May 18, 10:30am -
  • newEnvironmental Pressures Linked to Antibiotic Resistance

    Environmental Pressures Linked to Antibiotic Resistance

    Climate change is real, and it’s increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria. A team of epidemiologists from Boston Children’s Hospital discovered that higher local temperatures and population densities correspond to higher antibiotic resistance…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 May 18, 10:00am -

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PBS: Science & Technology

  • Can failure actually improve innovation?
    Innovators rarely travel a straight path to arrive at a new idea. Failure — lots of failure — often paves the way. At least eight out of every 10 new consumer products that enter the market will fail, according to one estimate. That can be frus…
    - 11 Sep 15, 4:17pm -
  • Trove of fossils from a long-lost human ancestor is greatest find in decades
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Researchers announced a fossil discovery today that some consider one of the greatest in the last 50 years, and one that could provide an important link in the family tree for all humans.Jeffrey Brown has…
    - 10 Sep 15, 6:25pm -
  • Dwarf planet Ceres seen in mesmerizing new detail
    This image taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDANew images of dwarf planet Ceres show oddly shaped mountains, collapsed crater wa…
    - 10 Sep 15, 3:51pm -
  • Cave divers uncover new humanlike species in South Africa
    Skeleton of the newly discovered Homo naledi. Courtesy of eLife 2015;4:e09560.Paleontologists have discovered an ancient human relative in South Africa thanks to a tricky cave diving excavation that recovered close to 1,550 fossils buried 100 feet u…
    - 10 Sep 15, 11:40am -
  • Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox buys National Geographic media
    James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox Inc., pauses during a panel session at the Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity in Cannes, France, on June 25, 2015. 21st Century Fox and National Geographic announced it would expand its partnersh…
    - 9 Sep 15, 4:04pm -
  • Can Alzheimer’s proteins be spread via medical procedures?
    This computer artwork shows the brain’s neural network represented by lines and flashes. A new study indicates Alzheimer’s markers in the brain may have been spread via a protein. Photo by Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library and Getty ImagesFro…
    - 9 Sep 15, 1:26pm -
  • Can Denmark make energy demand follow renewable supply?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The nation of Denmark has been a pioneer in wind energy production. Last year, nearly 40 percent of its electricity came from wind power, and, by 2050, it’s set an ambitious goal of having renewable e…
    - 7 Sep 15, 6:25pm -
  • Sea turtles deliver record nesting seasons in Southeast U.S.
    A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. This summer’s hatching season has hit new records alongside the Southeast United States coast. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region.Sea turtles have delivered a nesting season for the record b…
    - 7 Sep 15, 4:57pm -
  • Why humanity is essential to the future of artificial intelligence
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Now another new addition to the NewsHour Bookshelf. Tonight’s focus is the brave new world of artificial intelligence. Jeffrey Brown has that. JEFFREY BROWN: Is it man against or with machine? Do m…
    - 4 Sep 15, 6:20pm -
  • Did wolves help restore trees to Yellowstone?
    Photo by Arthur Middleton/University of Wyoming/Via U.S. Geological SurveyTwenty years on from their reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park, wolves are still howling. But does their presence spell good or bad tidings for other wildlife?“Si…
    - 4 Sep 15, 3:30pm -

Phys.org: Feature Stories

  • newGiant molecules shaped like Kandinsky circles are toxic to MRSA bacteria

    Giant molecules shaped like Kandinsky circles are toxic to MRSA bacteria

    Nested structures are commonly found throughout nature and art, whether they be in the form of tree rings, Russian dolls, or Wassily Kandinsky's famous 1913 abstract painting Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles. Now in a new study, chemists…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 May 18, 11:20am -
  • newBonobo females found to protect and support a female giving birth

    Bonobo females found to protect and support a female giving birth

    A team of researchers from the University of Pisa and CNRS/Université Claude Bernard Lyon has observed captive female bonobos helping one of their own give birth. In their paper published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, Elisa Demuru, Pi…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 May 18, 8:40am -
  • newNew hydrogel developed to remove tape from centuries old drawing

    New hydrogel developed to remove tape from centuries old drawing

    A team of researchers from the University of Florence, Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase and Paper Conservator has developed a new type of hydrogel for safely removing pressure tape from paper. In their paper…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 May 18, 8:30am -
  • Stronger-than-binary correlations experimentally demonstrated for the first time

    Stronger-than-binary correlations experimentally demonstrated for the first time

    For the first time, physicists have experimentally demonstrated ternary—rather than binary—quantum correlations between entangled objects. The results show that the quantum measurement process cannot be described as a binary process (having two p…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 9:30am -
  • Two bright high-redshift quasars discovered

    Two bright high-redshift quasars discovered

    Astronomers have detected two new bright quasars at a redshift of about 5.0. The newly found quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) are among the brightest high-redshift quasars known to date. The finding was presented May 9 in a paper published on the arXiv p…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 9:00am -
  • New evidence for existence of Planet Nine

    New evidence for existence of Planet Nine

    A large international team of researchers has found what they are describing as more evidence of the existence of Planet Nine. In their paper posted on the arXiv preprint server, the group describes the behavior of a newly discovered distant object a…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 8:50am -
  • Magnonic interferometer paves way toward energy-efficient information processing devices

    Magnonic interferometer paves way toward energy-efficient information processing devices

    Researchers have designed an interferometer that works with magnetic quasiparticles called magnons, rather than photons as in conventional interferometers. Although magnon signals have discrete phases that normally cannot be changed continuously, the…
    - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 11:10am -
  • Wisdom of the protists; electron flow tricks for controlling cancer

    Wisdom of the protists; electron flow tricks for controlling cancer

    All schoolchildren learn that the difference between eukaryotes and prokaryotes has something to do with a nucleus. This is usually around the same time they learn that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. The real difference between these…
    - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 9:30am -
  • A new way to make biaxial nematic phase liquid crystals

    A new way to make biaxial nematic phase liquid crystals

    A team of researchers from the University of Colorado in the U.S. and Université Paris-Saclay, in France has developed a new way to make biaxial nematic phase liquid crystals. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the…
    - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 8:33am -
  • Study of prepublication disclosure shows some do and some don't

    Study of prepublication disclosure shows some do and some don't

    A quartet of researchers affiliated with Harvard University, the University of Passau in Germany and the University of Missouri, has found that a majority of researchers disclose details about their research prior to publication. In their paper publi…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 8:45am -

Smithsonian: Technology & Space

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The Economist: Science & Tech

  • Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy

    Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy

    GREENLAND’S icy mountains are not an obvious place to search for an archive of economic history, but a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that they provide one. Joseph McConnell of the Desert Resear…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 10:51am -
  • What makes good music?

    What makes good music?

    HIT songs are big business, so there is an incentive for composers to try to tease out those ingredients that might increase their chances of success. This, however, is hard. Songs are complex mixtures of features. How to analyse them is not obvio…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 10:51am -
  • The two ways to measure how fast the universe is growing do not agree

    The two ways to measure how fast the universe is growing do not agree

    Edwin Hubble in his natural habitatONE of the most basic facts about the universe is that it is expanding. This observation, made by Edwin Hubble (pictured) in 1929, leads to all sorts of mind-stretching ideas. That the universe is growing implie…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 10:51am -
  • Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious

    Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious

    “BLOODY plants! Always in the way.” That is not the sort of expostulation expected of a researcher from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. But Lee Davies is not a botanist, he is a mycologist—an expert in fungi—who, at home in London, helps c…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 10:51am -
  • The world’s lightest wireless flying machine lifts off
    Where’s the swatter?DRONES are getting ever smaller. The latest is the first insect-sized robot to take to the air without a tether delivering its power.To get their device aloft, Sawyer Fuller of the University of Washington, in Seattle, and…
    - 7 days ago, 15 May 18, 12:33pm -
  • How do you define “safe driving” in terms a machine can understand?

    How do you define “safe driving” in terms a machine can understand?

    WHEN people learn to drive, they subconsciously absorb what are colloquially known as the “rules of the road”. When is it safe to go around a double-parked vehicle? When pulling out of a side street into traffic, what is the smallest gap you s…
    - 12 days ago, 10 May 18, 10:54am -
  • A better way to transmit messages underwater

    A better way to transmit messages underwater

    RADIO waves cannot penetrate water, so cannot be used for submarine communication. That is why the sea is probed by sonar, not radar. But, as people and their machines venture ever farther into the deep, ways of building underwater communications…
    - 12 days ago, 10 May 18, 10:54am -
  • The idea that women are cyclical cuckolders bites the dust

    The idea that women are cyclical cuckolders bites the dust

    Equally unattractive at any time of the month?ONE of the more intriguing findings in the field of evolutionary psychology over the past two decades has been that ovulating women are more strongly attracted to men with faces that have pronounced m…
    - 12 days ago, 10 May 18, 10:54am -
  • Evolution sometimes leads up blind alley
    This picture is of an Edith’s checkerspot butterfly laying her eggs on some blue-eyed Mary, the plant usually eaten by its caterpillars. This week’s Nature, however, describes the fate of a population of the insect in Nevada that evolved to…
    - 13 days ago, 9 May 18, 2:49pm -
  • Scratches on a stone may evince Neanderthal creative urges

    Scratches on a stone may evince Neanderthal creative urges

    The scratches on this flake of flint may not look much but they were made with deliberation by a Neanderthal man or woman. That is the conclusion of Ana Majkic of the University of Bordeaux and her colleagues, in a paper just published in PLOS ONE…
    - 19 days ago, 3 May 18, 10:49am -

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