• 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…

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  • Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

    By Jim Finkle and Bernie Woodall BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. "White-hat" hacker…

  • Why Challenges Excite Me

    As any one of us sits in the middle of a challenge, the first thing that comes to mind is never a big "Thank you" to the universe, usually, it's more like "What the heck?", "Why me?", or the deep desire for us to just get through it already. In the same way, I now understand why life is set up in a…

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  • Court dismisses lawsuit seeking personhood for 2 NY chimps

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two chimpanzees will not be freed from a New York state university where they're used in locomotion studies after a court decision Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that had sought to afford them legal personhood rights.

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  • Minority Report-type insect robots jump on water

    The spider robots that invade the bath of Captain John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, were one of the highlights of iconic 2002 film Minority Report. Now a team of international researchers has created a similar insect android that can launch itself easily from the water. "I'm just fascinated by…

  • How did you get that job: designing a parachute for NASA’s Mars rover

    You might not be familiar with Anita Sengupta, but you’re definitely familiar with her work: she helped design the 70-foot parachute for NASA’s Mars Rover, Curiosity. After getting a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from Boston University, she went on to receive a master’s and PhD from 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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…

  • How to Engineer a Lady MacGyver

    Engineering (n) : the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people.Hollywood's quintessential TV show engineer - who was somehow both an 80's everyman complete with feathered haircut and also an action hero…

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  • 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,…
  • 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…

  • 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 ...

  • How Fake Data Could Protect Real People’s Privacy

    Since then, the Census Bureau has expanded its mission, collecting information about occupation, education, income, geographical location, and other personal data, which researchers use to inform economic and social policies. As more detailed information is collected, the datasets become more…

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  • ​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.

  • 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…

  • Drones for Good: These Bots Can Save the Whales by Collecting Their Snot

    When Iain Kerr started his career in whale and ocean conservation 30 years ago, the field’s approach to research was grim. “Let me be blunt,” said Kerr, CEO of marine conservation nonprofit Ocean Alliance. Kerr is calling it the “next generation” of data gathering—appropriate since Star Trek actor…
  • 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…