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Trump flips science the bird with new budget
Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: US President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers brief remarks before signing an executive order entitled, 'Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch', beside...
DeepMind's new AI learns like a human
We have plenty of AIs that are better than humans at specific tasks (like playing chess, for example), but none that have the breadth of ability that the human mind does – a phenomenon that researchers...
Snap has fallen enough for a Wall Street firm to almost recommend the stock
Snap popped. Then it sank, and much of Snapchat's parent's IPO excitement began to fade. Now, though, the outlook might be a little better, one Wall Street research group believes. On Tuesday New York-based...
Trump’s assault on climate science will not make America great
America lastJim Lo Scalzo/EPAA CHILL wind of change is blowing through climate research. To nobody’s great surprise, given President Trump’s rhetoric to date, the White House is said to be ready to gut...
Squid, eyes, and blood, oh my! 2017’s best biology images
reader comments 6 Share this story The Wellcome Trust is a major funder of biomedical research in the UK. But part of its remit is improving the public's understanding of health and medical research....
Can renaissance in psychedelic drug research survive Trump era?
1960s LSD research fell foul of the “war on drugs”AP PhotoResearch into psychedelic drugs has been undergoing a renaissance. In the past decade, preliminary trials with the likes of LSD have shown their...
Brain cells show teamwork in short-term memory
Nerve cells in our brains work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory, and are not solo artists as previously thought, new brain research has determined. The research has implications...
Deep cuts to environmental research in Trump’s budget proposal
US agencies doing climate research see concerning budget proposal that would eliminate funding for government science on air, energy and water within EPA, and slash satellite and coastal research at N...
A Facebook-style shift in how science is shared
That is what Ijad Madisch, who founded the social network ResearchGate with three partners in 2008, had in mind when he ditched his budding scientific research career in Massachusetts to return home to...
The value of duck sex research versus a skeptical Congress
Enlarge / You don't want to know what this guy's been evolving.Washington Fish and Wildlife reader comments 20 Share this story BOSTON—"The national debt is a big structural problem," former Representative...
Snap's IPO is based on the idea that teens don't watch TV — but they do
Snapchat is telling investors that TV viewership is plummeting among teens — but one analyst said that's not the full story. Snapchat's parent company, which plans to trade on the stock exchange, told...
We need slow science to sow the seeds of future prosperity
Easy does itJason Edwards/GettyA SCIENTIST’S work is never done. They build on the work of others, and leave their own work for others to build on. Scientific progress is a bit like a tree with deepening...
Is eco-tourism the future of science funding?
ANTARCTICA -- There are things you can do as a tourist here that you can’t do anywhere else. A plunge into the freezing Antarctic Ocean water is something you may only want to try once.A tourist reacts...
German carmakers invest in surfing a digital wave
[...] he packed up and took his team to new digs in Berlin, where increasingly urgent attempts to tap into a growing tech scene are part of German carmakers’ efforts to ride a digital wave sweeping the...
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $50 million research program
The $600 million scientific research initiative announced last year by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, has named a team of 47 researchers and engineers to study the prevention...
Social environment has sizable impact on health of mice
For the first time, research in mice shows that the genetic makeup of an individual's social partners contributes to their state of health. Unexpectedly, the genetics of social partners were found to affect...
Newly discovered Mac malware found in the wild also works well on Linux
reader comments 15 Share this story A newly discovered family of Mac malware has been conducting detailed surveillance on targeted networks, possibly for more than two years, a researcher reported Wednesday....
“OK Facebook”—Why stop at assistants? Facebook has grander ambitions for modern AI
Enlarge / Even as the rare tech company without one of these on the market, Facebook could be pioneering everyday AI for users.Nathan Mattise reader comments 1 Share this story Facebook will one day have...
Research supports role of supernovas in measuring pace at which the universe expands
A team of research scientists recently published a paper marking the importance of Type Ia supernovas in measuring the pace at which the universe expands. Type Ia supernovas are among the very brightest...
Samsung tries to shake off Note 7 debacle as it looks to Galaxy S8 to boost confidence
Samsung appears to be shaking off the Note 7 saga. The firm said 93 percent of the Note 7 devices in the market had been returned with 75 percent of users deciding to exchange it for an S7 or S7 Edge....
Runners' brains may be more connected, research shows
Runners' brains appear to have greater functional connectivity than non-runners' brains, according to new research. MRI scans show that running may affect the structure and function of the brain in ways...
Mysterious "crater" in Antarctica has ominous cause
A “crater” in Antarctica once thought to be the work of a meteorite impact is actually the result of ice melt, new research finds.The hole, which is in the Roi Baudouin ice shelf in East Antarctica, is...
Microsoft Ventures Investing Globally in AI Startups
Microsoft sets up a fund specifically for artificial intelligence companies that are setting out to solve societal problems. Microsoft Ventures, the Redmond, Wash. software maker's venture capital arm,...
Shipments of Airpods delayed — possibly past Christmas
The company told the Wall Street Journal that it wouldn’t release the new $159 wireless headsets quite yet. Last month, CEO Tim Cook reportedly apologized to a customer for the delay in an email and wrote,...
Wind turbines may have beneficial effects for crops, research suggests
Turbulence created by wind turbines may help corn and soybeans by influencing variables such as temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, according to research. The project drew on data generated by...
Apple is going to start publishing its AI research to improve Siri
For the first time Apple is going to allow its AI researchers to publish their research, a move which could help the company make significant advancements in its AI technology. According to a report from...
AI Platforms Welcome Devs With Open Arms
Two leaders in the field of artificial intelligence have announced that they're open sourcing their AI platforms. After investing in building rich simulated environments to serve as laboratories for AI...
Factors to Consider When Evaluating OpenStack for Your Cloud Platform
Since Rackspace and NASA joined forces to launch it six years ago, OpenStack has achieved widespread adoption by IT teams for its flexibility and ability to integrate with nearly any cloud platform. It's...
DirecTV wants to be the next online substitute for cable
Cheaper online live-TV services, like Dish Network’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, remain relatively unknown compared with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. “No one has really delivered the right combination...
The shape of post-Brexit science is becoming clearer
Science funding: the devil is in the detailFSG/Getty“LET’S see the fine print and the context… if it’s not written on the side of a bus I don’t believe it.” That was the acerbic reaction of one academic...
Bacteria communicate to ramp up collective immune response to viral threats
Bacteria can boost their own immune systems by "talking" to each other, surprising new research shows. This research provides new insight into how groups of bacteria collectively defend against viral threats....
BMW, Baidu joint project on self-driving cars breaks down
GUANGZHOU/WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - German automaker BMW and Chinese internet giant Baidu will end their joint research on self-driving cars, executives for the two firms said on Friday, with Baidu now...
Astronaut warns of aliens before suicide attempt
French cosmonaut Claudie Haignere waves inside the landing capsule near the village of Zhayrem, some 400km south west of Karaganda, A SHOCKING video claims France’s first female astronaut screamed “Earth...
Climate change may prevent volcanoes from cooling the planet
New research shows that climate change may impede the cooling effect of volcanic eruptions. Previous research has shown that as the planet warms, the lower layers of the atmosphere will expand, making...
Apple said to be readying three new iPads for the spring
With MacBook Pro and iPhone updates out of the way, Apple is turning its attention to the iPad for its next product refresh, and if the rumours are to be believed it's got some very interesting plans...
These 700 job cuts will hurt all 24 million of us
Science and medical research is at a crossroads warns the sector as labs increasingly sit vacant. Picture: Mark Brake AUSTRALIA faces an impending healthcare crisis and a mass exodus from the scientific...
Studying marijuana remains a drag
EnlargeGetty | FREDERIC J. BROWN reader comments 8 Share this story Whatever happens November 8, marijuana won. It’s hit an all time high in popularity—60 percent of Americans now support legalization....
Carbon nanotubes turn spinach plants into a living bomb detector
Plant biodetectors could signal the presence of explosives pixal/imageBroker/Rex/ShutterstockBy Timothy RevellThere’s something odd in the water – a slight taste of a landmine nearby. You won’t notice...
Amazing tiny things
A microscopic image of a fish face by Oscar Ruiz took first prize in the 42nd Annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition in 2016. The contest comprised fascinating submissions from 70 countries...
10 best business hands-free and AR headsets
Google Glass bombed. Everyone knows that, but while some got in a fluster about privacy concerns and others wondered if wearable Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) could ever become socially acceptable, the...
MIT president on turning innovative research into real results
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), university president Rafael Reif sees the future. Universities like MIT are now about more than just higher education; they’ve become a source of groundbreaking...
Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump on science, energy, and the climate
EnlargeAurich / GettyCampaign 2016 Clinton blasts Russian cyber-attacks as bid to install Trump as a “puppet” If elected, Clinton would support an “Encryption Commission” to help feds Report: Tech investor...
Microsoft reaches "human parity" in speech recognition
Artificial intelligence just keeps getting smarter and smarter. Now Microsoft researchers say they’ve developed speech recognition technology that can grasp a human conversation as well as people do. The...
Computers should be named on patents as inventors, for creativity to flourish
New research is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. The research states that the rapid increase in computer power is posing new challenges when it comes to patenting an invention....
Robotic arm allows paralysed man to feel again
Tiny chips implanted in Nathan Copeland's brain bypassed his damaged spinal cord, relaying electrical signals governing movement and sensation to and from the arm.In a medical first, the 30-year-old was...
Are virtual reality headsets safe for kids?
Virtual-reality headsets are likely to be at the top of many kids’ wish lists this holiday season, but with many VR devices coming with age restrictions, is the technology safe for youngsters?The Oculus...
The value of marine waste
Scientists are using squid, fish and algae waste to obtain new materials. This line of research is offering a fresh take on plastics aligned with the principles of the circular economy, which is based...
Game theory research reveals fragility of common resources
People are naturally predisposed to over-use "common-pool resources" such as transportation systems and fisheries even if it risks failure of the system, to the detriment of society as a whole, new research...
Microsoft merges Bing, Cortana, and Research to make 5,000-strong AI division
reader comments 17 Share this story Microsoft wants to "democratize artificial intelligence" and bring AI to systems that everyone uses. So to reflect that desire, the company is shaking up its organization....
House Science Committee now wants to see SEC’s e-mails, too
Enlarge / Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, R-Texas.Getty Images reader comments 31 Share this story From his position as Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space,...
Microsoft Creates AI and Research Group
The company combines several research and artificial intelligence units, creating the new Microsoft AI and Research Group. Microsoft is consolidating several of its research and artificial intelligence...
Microsoft sharpens AI focus with new research group
Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it created a new artificial intelligence unit, as the company pushes deeper into the fast-growing field.Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence (AI)and machine...
Why the biggest names in tech just formed an AI alliance
Artificial intelligence (AI) is equal parts cool and terrifying. Yes, it's great to have machines become smarter so we can become dumber (we kid), but there are lots of unknowns and misunderstandings about...
Here's how Android users could help create better mobile networks
UK communications regulator Ofcom has launched a crowdsourced research project for the 20 million UK Android users in the hopes of creating better mobile networks. Taking part in the project doesn't actually...
Used coffee grounds can pull toxins from contaminated water
Here is a handy new use for those old coffee grounds: pulling lead out of drinking water. A group of researchers has designed a foam made from coffee grounds and silicone that can remove lead and mercury...
Microsoft Taps AI, Cloud in Fight Against Cancer
Microsoft researchers are using artificial intelligence technologies and the Azure cloud computing platform to advance cancer research. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be nearly...
Amsterdam to get driverless 'roboats' on canals
With 165 canals running to a combined length of more than 62 miles (100km), Amsterdam is seen as the perfect place to develop and test autonomous floating vehicles known as "roboats".The Amsterdam Institute...
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Fighting cancer with space research
For the past 15 years, the big data techniques pioneered by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been revolutionizing biomedical research. On Sept. 6, 2016, JPL and the National...
Biobank storage time affects blood test results
The amount of time a blood sample used for medical research has been stored at a biobank may affect the test results as much as the blood sample provider's age, new research finds. Until now, medical research...
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Update: New Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus price information and release date information has become available, so we've added it to our ongoing review.The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the new Android phone that's...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 'comeback' phone
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus bump up the screen size by doing away with a physical home button and dramatically reducing the frame - or bezel.Taking up nearly all of the front of the phone, the screen curves...
Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: Samsung produces a stunning redesign
reader comments 15 Share this story Jennifer Hahn NEW YORK CITY—After tons of leaks and speculation, the Galaxy S8 is finally here. Samsung took the wraps off its newest flagship at the swanky Lincoln...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8, after Note 7 fiasco
NEW YORK -- Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark