Science

  • Why data science matters and how technology makes it possible

    When Hilary Mason talks about data, it’s a good idea to listen. She was chief data scientist at Bit.ly, data scientist in residence at venture capital firm Accel Partners, and is now founder and CEO of ...

    Gigaom
  • Why Your Next Fitness Tracker Will Be Smarter

    The newest fitness trackers are going beyond just a simple accelerometer to carry a host of new sensors, from devices that measure the electrical properties of your skin to optical sensors that can measure your heartbeat. The new devices do provide an incremental improvement over the earlier ones,…

    LiveScience.com
  • What a Child Can Teach a Smart Computer

    Children are remarkably good at coming up with creative concepts in a way that computers can’t even begin to match, writes Alison Gopnik.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

    Associated Press
  • 11 Years to the Day, NASA Mars Rover is Still Driving

    On Earth, the iconic Land Rover Defender marks a significant chapter in its history for 2015, but in space a different type of rover is making history. NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which landed on the red planet exactly 11 years ago to the day, has driven a total of 25.9 miles. That’s farther…

    Boldride
  • Muscular Moves Toward Custom Medicine

    A new study that created lab-grown human skeletal muscles may hasten the day when doctors can tailor drugs and doses to individuals.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • How do I build a profitable strategy when spotting a Fractal pattern?

    Read about some common and simple trading strategies to employ after spotting a fractal pattern, and learn which systems are best suited for fractal analysis.

    Investopedia
  • Is the Personal Robot Finally Here?

    She's a personal assistant, photographer, butler and home security guard all in one — and she's a robot.

    LiveScience.com
  • WATCH: Strange Way Jumbo Squid 'Talk' To Each Other

    Marine biologists have long known that giant Humboldt squid communicate by rapidly changing their body color in flashes of red and white. But what message do the flashes send? A new video brings scientists one step closer to answering that question.Researchers at Stanford University's Hopkins…

    Huffington Post
  • Liberia Ebola vaccine trial "challenging" as cases tumble

    By Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - A steep fall in Ebola cases in Liberia will make it hard to prove whether experimental vaccines work in a major clinical trial about to start in the country, the head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Saturday. The NIH might have…

    Reuters
  • Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water.

    Associated Press
  • Why scientists are growing bones on the International Space Station

    Astronauts at the International Space Station and scientists on Earth are embarking on a bit of a quirky experiment: growing bones in space to test new bone loss treatments. Microgravity is helpful for studying bone loss because of a bone's calcium balance is thrown off in space. A bone's calcium…

    Vox.com
  • Venomous Cone Snails Weaponize Insulin to Stun Prey

    At least two species of cone snailhave turned insulin into an underwater weapon, a new study finds. When these stealthy aquatic snails approach their prey, they release insulin, a hormone that can cause blood sugar levels to plummet. The sudden influx of insulin can enter their gills and get into…

    LiveScience.com
  • Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 11-Year Anniversary with Stunning Photo

    NASA's Opportunity rover celebrated 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot's handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet home. Opportunity landed on Mars on the night of Jan. 24, 2004, a few weeks after its twin, Spirit, made…

    SPACE.com
  • Google Maps Takes Landlubbers on a Visit to Old Ironsides

    Now, users can tour the USS Constitution using Google Maps' Street View. Google published the 360-degree virtual tour Tuesday (Jan. 20), using pictures taken in the fall of 2014. The ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, launched in 1797 and was named by President George Washington himself. The USS…

    LiveScience.com
  • Elon Musk makes peace with U.S. Air Force over satellite contracts

    In a busy year where he retooled his Tesla fleet and launched reusable rockets, Elon Musk also found time to pick a major fight with the defense industry: he sued the Air Force last April, claiming his ...

    Gigaom
  • Gates sees "miracle" tools for AIDS by 2030 in vaccine and drugs

    Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said. The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation has poured millions of dollars into…

    Reuters