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Snakes hunt in packs, study finds
It's rare for animals to engage in what's called "coordinated hunting" — but that's exactly what Cuban boa snakes do, according to new research published in the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition.Coordinating...
Robot co-pilot 'flies and lands Boeing 737'
The automated system was designed by Aurora Flight Sciences and is part of a research project which would promote more automation on existing aircraft.Civilian and military aircraft are expensive to operate...
Snap has hired one of Facebook's machine learning stars
Snap has hired one of Facebook's machine learning stars. The move comes as Snap staffs up its research and development division while it deals with Facebook copying some of its features. Last month Hussein...
Snap underwriter Goldman Sachs defends social network as a 'unique asset' as shares crater
The research arms of Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, both underwriter firms of Snap's initial public offering, told investors to focus on the long-term potential of the social media company and reiterated...
UC Davis sues strawberry scientists over fruits of research
FRESNO — Plant scientist Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip...
How to prepare for an automated future
The logical response seems to be to educate people differently, so they’re prepared to work alongside the robots or do the jobs that machines can’t. Pew Research Center and Elon University surveyed 1,408...
Student creates first synthetic retina for the visually impaired
A synthetic, soft tissue retina could offer fresh hope to visually impaired people. Until now, all artificial retinal research has used only rigid, hard materials. The new research is the first to successfully...
Facebook will research you at the request of marketers
Companies looking to get an edge in their use of advertising on Facebook can ask the social network to conduct research and compile reports about its users' online activities, Facebook acknowledged Monday...
Facebook can tell when teens feel insecure
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook knows when teens are feeling "insecure," "worthless," "stressed" or defeated" — and it quietly shared that information with an advertiser. The social media company says it made...
Scientists march against looming post-fact age
Several celebrities joined the March for Science in London as it passed a series of the capital's most celebrated research institutions.It follows the mushrooming of fake news stories and others that...
Twin research reveals which facial features are most controlled by genetics
New research uses computer image and statistical shape analysis to shed light on which parts of the face are most likely to be inherited. The study examined 3-D face models of nearly 1,000 UK female twins,...
VR haptic feedback hits a brick wall, thanks to new tech advancements
Another day, another potential VR advancement ready to make the virtual world a more immersive, lifelike experience.Today it’s the turn of haptic feedback, with a research team at Germany’s Hasso Plattner...
China is beating the US at innovation, here's why
For decades, America lost factories and jobs to China but retained a coveted title: the world's leader in inventing and commercializing new products. Now, even that status has been eroded, and it's hurting...
Nanoparticle research tested in locusts focuses on new drug-delivery method
A team of engineers has combined nanoparticles, aerosol science and locusts in new proof-of-concept research that could someday vastly improve drug delivery to the brain, making it as simple as a sniff....
Does Uber really prevent drunken driving? It depends on the study
People will be less tempted to drink and drive if they have an easier, safer way to get home after a night out. Uber has plenty of incentive to make this case and has reported on declines in drunken-driving...
How sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions
Enlarge / A mouse.sean dreilinger reader comments 4 Share this story Richard Harris titled his book Rigor Mortis, referring to the stiffening of the body after death, to convey that biomedical science...
One third of NIH grants contribute to commercial patents
Sarah Laszlo puts an EEG headset on a research participant's head.Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University reader comments 0 Share this story In recent years, funding for research provided by the National...
Rare sighting of giant octopus reveals surprise
This week journal Scientific Reports revealed that a seven-armed octopus was observed clutching an unusual type of prey: an egg-yolk jellyfish, Phacellophora camtschatica.Jellyfish is generally thought...
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...
Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change
The future’s set to leave us more hot and botheredChina Photos/Getty By Michael Le PageAs the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey...
Obama anticipates a future economy challenged by driverless cars and automation
Former US President Barack Obama is speaking out on automation and driverless cars, including the impact the futuristic tech – that’s closer to reality than it once was – could have on the economy. Obama,...
Ritualistic body waxing videos on Instagram are going viral, in a relaxing way
Some of Lizbeth's most popular clips, which are seconds long and repeat on an endless loop, have been viewed almost 900,000 times apiece. She currently has more than 311,00 Instagram followers. There's...
Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things
Paying to borrow tools can be a saw pointAnge/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWant to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society...
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