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Elon Musk is founding another company

Elon Musk is founding another companyNeuralink is expected to develop the "neural lace" Musk has discussed.



03/27/2017 - 04:43 PM

 

US Military's 'Gremlin' Program Lets Pilots Launch and Snag Drones in Midair

US Military's 'Gremlin' Program Lets Pilots Launch and Snag Drones in MidairThe U.S. military is developing a fairy-tale-inspired "Gremlin" program that aims to launch and retrieve drones in midair. "Gremlins" are a swarm of drones that can be deployed from a manned aircraft, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. military charged with developing new and innovative technologies for the nation's war fighters. DARPA announced the Gremlin concept in 2015, when the agency called for proof-of-concept designs for the first phase of the project.



03/27/2017 - 09:24 AM

 

The Royal Mint's top-secret security patents behind the new £1 coin

The Royal Mint's top-secret security patents behind the new £1 coinThe UK is set to introduce a brand new £1 coin. Over 1.5 billion coins have been produced in the Royal Mint's high-security facility in Wales, and these are intended to replace the old £1 coins many of which have been in circulation since 1983. The old coins will cease to become legal tender on 15 October and so savers have only a few months to fish these old coins out of their piggy banks before they become worthless.



03/27/2017 - 08:05 AM

 

New calls for tech companies to monitor suspicious activity

New calls for tech companies to monitor suspicious activityReaction from Ron Hosko, former FBI assistant director



03/27/2017 - 04:40 PM

 

What I Really Worry About When It Comes to North Korea

What I Really Worry About When It Comes to North KoreaOur preventative measures are looking less preventative.



03/27/2017 - 11:58 AM

 

The next cyberattack could come from sound waves

The next cyberattack could come from sound wavesUsing sound waves to disrupt sensor functions is just one of a growing number of "side-channel attacks" that could affect our devices.



03/27/2017 - 10:53 AM

 

Study predicts significant Southern California beach erosion

Study predicts significant Southern California beach erosionLOS ANGELES (AP) — More than half of Southern California's beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100 as the sea level rises, according to a study released Monday.



03/27/2017 - 07:31 PM

 

Concorde 2.0 edges closer as startup Boom completes $33m funding round

Concorde 2.0 edges closer as startup Boom completes $33m funding roundOver 13 years since Concorde was retired from service, a US startup from Denver, Colorado believes it can offer supersonic flights between London and New York which take just over three hours and cost the same as today's business class seats. Boom Technology has now completed a $33m (£26m) funding round, taking its total funding to $41m, and has begun wind tunnel tests on a model of its plane. After this, the cash injection means Boom now has enough money to finish its first prototype, begin its flight test programme, and set a new speed record for civilian aircraft.



03/27/2017 - 08:34 AM

 

Shrine Over Jesus' Tomb in Danger of 'Catastrophic' Collapse

Shrine Over Jesus' Tomb in Danger of 'Catastrophic' CollapseA shrine built over a cave that is revered as the tomb of Jesus is in danger of "catastrophic" collapse, according to a report by National Geographic. The shrine (or the "Edicule," as it is often called) is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. According to legend, Helena, the mother of emperor Constantine the Great (A.D. 272-337) visited Jerusalem in the fourth century and discovered the cave where Jesus was buried after being crucified.



03/27/2017 - 11:40 AM

 

'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia

'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in AustraliaAn "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park. Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, said the tracks were "globally unparalleled".



03/26/2017 - 11:29 PM

 

Surprise! Space Has a New Unicorn Stock

Surprise! Space Has a New Unicorn StockThis space pioneer just passed $1 billion in market cap.



03/27/2017 - 11:13 AM

 

Archaeologists Reconstruct Face of Medieval Man Who Died 700 Years Ago

Archaeologists Reconstruct Face of Medieval Man Who Died 700 Years AgoThe medieval man was buried along with hundreds of others in a graveyard underneath what is now the Old Divinity School building of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. By studying his remains and piecing together his facial features and biological history, archeologists said they hope to understand the lives of anonymous poor people in the 13th century. "Most historical records are about well-off people and especially their financial and legal transactions," study lead researcher John Robb, a professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement.



03/27/2017 - 10:40 AM

 

Yuval Harari on why humans won’t dominate Earth in 300 years

Yuval Harari on why humans won’t dominate Earth in 300 yearsYuval Noah Harari’s first book, Sapiens, was an international sensation. In this excerpt, which has been edited for length and clarity, Harari and I discuss the rise of artificial intelligence, whether digital consciousness is a necessary byproduct of digital intelligence, and what it will all mean for human beings. As you’ll see, I’m a bit less convinced than Harari is that the computers are coming for our jobs, and that human beings are on the edge of economic uselessness.



03/27/2017 - 09:10 AM

 

New species of 'Maerdy Monster' millipede found in South Wales coal mine

New species of 'Maerdy Monster' millipede found in South Wales coal mineA group of naturalists surveying the Maerdy colliery site in the Rhondda Valley has unearthed a new species of arthropod. The brown-hued millipede has been nicknamed the 'Maerdy Monster' and is thought to be the first arthropod found in Britain for over 33 years. Scientist Liam Olds said: "It's not every day that you find a species new to science.



03/27/2017 - 07:35 PM

 

British WWI Stash Uncovered: Hundreds of Liquor Bottles

British WWI Stash Uncovered: Hundreds of Liquor BottlesHundreds of World War I-era liquor bottles have been uncovered at a buried British barracks in Israel. The excavators unearthed the foundations of an agricultural building from the Ottoman Empire — which ruled Israel from 1517 until the end of World War I — that had apparently been repurposed as housing for British soldiers during the war. At some point, the building had been burned down, but lots of artifacts from the British soldiers remained inside the foundation walls, including buttons and belt buckles from their uniforms and pieces of riding equipment.



03/27/2017 - 09:23 AM

 

Agtech startup Arable raises $4.25m to mass produce IoT and communication tools

Agtech startup Arable raises $4.25m to mass produce IoT and communication toolsNew Jersey startup Arable has raised $4.25 million, which will support the mass production of its crop and weather monitoring IoT device, as well as international expansion.



03/27/2017 - 08:56 PM

 

How our autistic ancestors played an important role in human evolution

How our autistic ancestors played an important role in human evolutionUnlocking the mystery of autism's origin.



03/27/2017 - 09:05 AM

 

Did an astroid strike a Martian ocean and create a cataclysmic tsunami?

Did an astroid strike a Martian ocean and create a cataclysmic tsunami?

There's no shortage of theories about what Mars was like billions of years ago. The prevailing guess is that water was abundant, and there may have even been enough to form huge oceans. New research into an existing geographical feature on the red planet could provide new evidence of not only the existence of a massive body of water, but also an astroid impact that could have generated multiple devastating tsunamis.

Evidence that water existed on Mars is ample, and many researchers believe that telltale signs of tsunamis are also present. In an effort to explain how a tsunami might have been generated, scientists have been looking for the spot (or spots) on the Martian surface where an astroid or other celestial object could have come crashing down.

One particularly interesting spot on the planet, which NASA describes as "thumbprint-looking," was long thought to be the result of mud or other debris sliding downward after being pushed up by a glacier or other geographical shift. It's called the Lomonosov crater, and new research supports a very different theory as to how it got there.

Instead of being simply the result of gravity pulling dirt downhill, scientists now believe it could very well be the last remaining mark of an astroid that violently struck Mars billions of years ago. What's more, the characteristics of the crater support the idea that when the rock struck the planet, the spot it hit was actually an ocean, leading to multiple huge tidal waves as the displaced water was pushed from and pulled into resulting crater.



03/27/2017 - 09:01 PM

 

'Sound hatred' a genuine problem, say UK scientists

'Sound hatred' a genuine problem, say UK scientistsScientists from the UK's Newcastle University say their research on misophonia shows the hatred of sound can cause noticeable changes in the brains of sufferers, as Jim Drury reports.



03/27/2017 - 05:21 AM

 

Why People Say 'You' When They Mean 'Me'

Why People Say 'You' When They Mean 'Me'Instead, in these instances, people say "you" to make it easier to talk about a negative experience, according to the study. The study included nearly 2,500 people who were asked to write about personal experiences and answer questions.



03/27/2017 - 12:36 PM

 

Giant ancient palace unearthed in Mexico was the ruler's home and the seat of government

Giant ancient palace unearthed in Mexico was the ruler's home and the seat of governmentThe remains of an ancient palace complex dating back 2,300 years have been unearthed Mexico's Valley of Oaxaca. It is the oldest royal building excavated to date in the area, providing some of the earliest evidence of early states' emergence in Mesoamerica. Finding evidence for the emergence of early state societies is a major challenge for archaeologists.



03/27/2017 - 03:00 PM

 

Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancers Are Due to Random DNA 'Mistakes'

Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancers Are Due to Random DNA 'Mistakes'The mistakes, or mutations, cause cancer to happen because even a tiny error in DNA can make cells multiply out of control, the study said. In the new study, the researchers wanted to calculate what percentage of cancers were due to heredity, the environment and random mistakes.



03/27/2017 - 12:34 PM

 

Science festivals: knowledge making an exhibition of itself

Science festivals: knowledge making an exhibition of itselfScience festivals are booming and with their mixture of music and art they are opening the field to a whole new audience who are keen to be amazed.



03/27/2017 - 08:17 AM

 

Aliens have never been to Earth, claims former astronaut

Aliens have never been to Earth, claims former astronautCommentary: Alan Bean, one of only 12 people who have walked on the moon, insists he has good reasons for believing that we have never had a visitation.



03/26/2017 - 07:12 PM

 

What primates eat predicts how big their brains will be

What primates eat predicts how big their brains will beThe brain size of primates may be best predicted by what they eat, rather than by their social organisation, scientists have discovered. New findings have revealed that non-human primates who feed on fruits are more likely to have larger brains than those with a diet based on leaves. This has long intrigued scientists, leading them to come up with different hypotheses for the emergence of big brains in the primate lineage.



03/27/2017 - 11:00 AM

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anna Kendrick and more celebs 'audition' to be Stephen Hawking's new voice

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anna Kendrick and more celebs 'audition' to be Stephen Hawking's new voiceStephen Hawking's synthesized voice is perhaps just as famous as his brilliant mind. The theoretical physicist and cosmologist has "spoken" using the same Intel-made computer system for the past two decades. Now, however, Hawking says he's ready for a replacement. SEE ALSO: Stephen Hawking has a message for Trump: Don't ignore climate change In a spoof video, the English scientist sifts through audition tapes from celebrities vying to provide Hawking's new voice. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his pitch with a rap, proclaiming his own voice "dope as hell" while Hawking's is "mad robotic, if I'm being honest."  Actor Liam Neeson tells Hawking, "Listen to my voice. It's deep. It's sexy. It's got a tinge of ... physics." Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick give it a go, as does Bill Gates.  Even Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, aims for a second chance at Hawking-related fame, though he didn't go the flattery route. "The man literally has one topic of conversation: Black holes," Redmayne says. British charity Comic Relief produced the video for Red Nose Day. Since March 24, the day of the event, the charity has raised about 73 million pounds, or nearly $91 million, to support "people living tough lives" in the U.K. and certain parts of Africa. The money you give to #rednoseday reaches over 12 million people in the UK. Please help us reach even more: https://t.co/dU697UuxyE pic.twitter.com/efMcU5fT5S — Red Nose Day (@rednoseday) March 25, 2017 Hawking was diagnosed with ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig's disease — in 1963, at age 21. Although his physical abilities deteriorated, he still retained some ability to speak.  But in 1985, when he caught pneumonia, doctors were forced to cut a hole in his neck and place a tube in his windpipe. The tracheotomy saved Hawking's life but stole what was left of his voice. WATCH: Stephen Hawking, Russian billionaire launch $100 million search for extraterrestrial life . 



03/26/2017 - 02:54 PM

 

Astronomers seeking help from amateur stargazers to discover hypothetical 'Planet Nine'

Astronomers seeking help from amateur stargazers to discover hypothetical 'Planet Nine'Astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU) are seeking help from amateur stargazers in searching for a ninth planet in our Solar System. The stargazers have also been promised a say in naming the planet if they spot it on a website that shows digital images of space. A northern sky search was organised by Nasa last month.



03/27/2017 - 07:49 AM

 

Titanic open to public exploration?

Titanic open to public exploration?Tourist companies set to transport passengers to the bottom of the ocean floor, to explore the wreckage site and remains of the Titanic



03/27/2017 - 05:34 PM

 

Scientists get 3D-bioprinted human cells to grow inside live mice

Scientists get 3D-bioprinted human cells to grow inside live miceRepresenting a potential breakthrough advance for the dream of 3D-printed body parts, scientists have demonstrated the successful implantation of 3D-bioprinted human cartilage in mice.



03/27/2017 - 05:58 PM

 

Stephen Hawking: 'With Brexit and Trump we are witnessing a global revolt against experts'

Stephen Hawking: 'With Brexit and Trump we are witnessing a global revolt against experts'Stephen Hawking appeared as a hologram before an audience of hundreds in Hong Kong on Friday (24 March) as he discussed the possible existence of alien life on other planets, his life and career, Brexit and US President Trump, according to reports. "Can you hear me?" Hawking asked the audience. "Yes!" came the enthusiastic response from the hundreds of people at the Hong Kong Science Park, who eagerly cheered and clicked pictures as the cosmologist spoke about politics and the future of science and technology.



03/26/2017 - 04:43 AM

 

The Mysterious Origin of Our Galaxy’s Gold

The Mysterious Origin of Our Galaxy’s GoldAcross history and folklore, the question of where Earth’s gold came from—and maybe how to get more of it—has invited fantastical explanation. The Inca believed gold fell from the sky as either the tears or the sweat of the sun god Inti. Aristotle held that gold was hardened water, transformed when the sun’s rays penetrated deep underground. Isaac Newton transcribed a recipe for making it with a philosopher’s stone. Rumpelstiltskin, of course, could spin it from straw.



03/27/2017 - 11:46 AM

 

How Humans May One Day Travel To Mars

How Humans May One Day Travel To MarsA Norwegian mathematics expert may have just discovered how humans will one day travel to Mars in just three minutes.



03/27/2017 - 12:12 PM

 

 

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