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  • Japanese scientists fire a 2 quadrillion-watt laser, the most powerful ever

    Lasers. They’ve captured our imaginations for decades and were even at the center of one of Dr. Evil’s most beloved running gags in the Austin Powers movies. And now a team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan claims that they’ve fired the most powerful laser in the history of the world for…

    BGR News
  • NASA Working to Avoid Traffic Jams at Mars

    With two more Mars orbiters sent into space last year, traffic has picked up around the Red Planet — so much so that NASA recently bolstered its monitoring process to avoid future traffic jams. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began…

    SPACE.com
  • Ocean currents may trace origins of MH370 debris

    There are two main Indian Ocean currents which may have caused debris from missing flight MH370 to wash up on the French island of La Reunion, experts said Thursday. With either one, it should be possible through satellite images to retrace the journey of the debris, and zoom in on the site of the…

    AFP
  • FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog

    The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats. As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had…

    Reuters
  • Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way

    Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. However, other African Pygmy tribes grow differently: In East Africa, the Sua and Efe peoples give birth to smaller-than-average babies.

    LiveScience.com
  • Davis company wins European patent for crop water-efficiency trait

    Davis biotech company Arcadia Biosciences Inc. said Wednesday that a genetic trait it has rights to develop has won a European patent. The trait, developed in Israel and at the University of California Davis, can produce drought-resistant plants. Arcadia (RKDA) holds the exclusive license to the…

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    The Science Of Surfboards - DNews

    Athletes often aren't perceived as being nerdy, but a LOT of science goes into sports! Here's what it takes to surf.

    DNews
  • Reform in Costa Rica signals new strategy against lethal epidemic

    The president of Costa Rica announced a national regulation to limit heat stress and dehydration among manual laborers.

    Center for Public Integrity
  • Delivery Drones Could Be on Your Doorstep in a Decade, Google Says

    The Google concept, called Project Wing, would enable people to get products delivered "in short order," even in the most populated areas, Dave Vos, the project's leader, said here today (July 29) at a NASA-sponsored conference on drones. Project Wing was first described publicly in August 2014,…

    LiveScience.com
  • How Fake Data Could Protect Real People’s Privacy

    The first U.S. Census was carried out in 1790 to count the population in each state and assign seats in Congress accordingly. Since then, the Census Bureau has expanded its mission, collecting information about occupation, education, income, geographical location, and other personal data, which…

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  • See the Philae lander descend onto a comet

    Now you can get a glimpse of what it looks like to land on a comet. The European Space Agency (ESA) just released this amazing GIF of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending upon comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The GIF is a compilation of images taken by Philae's ROLIS imager in November,…

    The Verge
  • NASA crashed another Cessna to improve emergency locators

    Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center have completed the second phase of a project that aims to improve the reliability of Emergency Location Transmitters (ELTs). These devices are meant to send ...

    Engadget
  • GlaxoSmithKline sees staged roll-out of malaria vaccine

    The world's first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday. "We believe that there should be a thoughtful, staged roll-out of this vaccine, particularly because it is important that we…

    Reuters
  • ​Cut the marketing nonsense: Will the real data scientist please stand up?

    Marketing people are just muddying the waters by misappropriating the 'data scientist' job title, according to former CERN physicist Dr Paul Schaack.

    ZDNet
  • Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers - report

    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. In a public…

    Reuters
  • Panel scales back new oil rules for North Dakota reservation

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders from a prolific portion of North Dakota's oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation are scaling back proposed drilling regulations that industry officials warned could slow crude production.

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    Should We Be Excited For 'Earth 2.0'?  - DNews

    Recently, NASA's Kepler space telescope discovered the most Earth-like planet yet! Should we prepare to move there?

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  • Will artificial intelligence destroy humanity? Here are 5 reasons not to worry.

    Movies like the Terminator franchise and the Matrix have long portrayed dystopian futures where computers develop superhuman intelligence and destroy the human race — and there are also thinkers who think this kind of scenario is a real danger. Others include singularity theorist Ray Kurzweil…

    Vox.com
  • Corrected - No new contact with comet lander, scientists say

    European scientists said on Wednesday they had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain a reliable communication link since coming back to life last month. The fridge-sized robotic lab, which landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko…

    Reuters