Japanese diplomatic records declassified on Thursday indicate that the Foreign Ministry concluded in 1971 that no passport would be required for the Japanese emperor to go abroad. Before Emperor Hirohito went to Europe on his first ever overseas trip that year, the ministry agonized over whether he would require a passport. ...

Oxford and Cambridge in the race to eliminate passwords

07.08.2014 [14:26]
More novel approaches to authentication have been gaining media attention this week, each linked to major universities. Cambridge University are working on a technology-oriented approach where multiple small devices create an "electronic aura", enabling a main device to transmit a unique ...

Silent film tops documentary poll

01.08.2014 [19:07]
A 1929 silent film has been voted the greatest ever documentary in a poll of some 300 film-makers and critics. Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov, was picked by more than 100 cineastes who took part in the inaugural Sight & Sound poll ...

Scientists explain mystery of our 'lemon Moon'

01.08.2014 [14:50]
It might look like a perfect sphere to you and I but scientists have declared that the Moon is most definitely “lemon-shaped”. Researchers from the University of California published a new study in the journal Nature that uses advanced laser technology to smooth over the craggy lunar surface (one of the traditional ...

Giant waves found in Arctic Ocean could be accelerating sea ice loss

01.08.2014 [12:57]
Huge areas of ice-free water are leading to massive waves in the Arctic Ocean, according to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters. As the Morning Mix reported earlier today, swells of 16 feet were recorded in the Arctic in 2012 during peak wave times ...

Jane Goodall: Man's closest animal relatives face extinction

01.08.2014 [12:03]
The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out. "If we don't take action the great apes will disappear, because of both habitat destruction ...

Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, study finds

01.08.2014 [11:38]
Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern a ...

'Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression'

29.07.2014 [13:55]
Scientists say a part of the brain, smaller than a pea, triggers the instinctive feeling that something bad is about to happen. Writing in the journal PNAS, they suggest the habenula plays a key role in how humans predict, learn from and respond to nasty experiences ...

‘A third of all people are millionaires in Mocano’

27.07.2014 [20:17]
If you want to hang with the rich, head to Monaco, where nearly a third of the people are millionaires. The city-state boasts a higher percentage of millionaires than any other place in the world, according to a recent report by Spear's magazine and wealth consultancy company ...

Queen Elizabeth II’s horse fails doping test

24.07.2014 [10:32]
A horse owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, which won one of England’s most prestigious races, has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. Estimate, which lifted the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in this year’s ...

Harry Potter turns 25

23.07.2014 [21:28]
British actor Daniel Radcliffe has turned 25. The Harry Potter star has grown up quite a bit since he first picked up his wizard wand in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone back in 2001. The former child star made his name playing Harry Potter in the blockbuster franchise but ...

Mars rover Curiosity finds 'Lebanon' on Red Planet aka huge iron meteorite

22.07.2014 [17:45]
NASA says its Mars rover Curiosity has come across its first meteorite on the surface of the Red Planet, and reports it's a whopper. The iron meteor scientists have dubbed "Lebanon" is almost 7 feet wide, and sits next to a smaller meteorite tagged as "Lebanon B," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena ...

Apple Patents Behavior Recognition Technology For Future iPhones

22.07.2014 [17:25]
Future iPhones may be so smart that they will be able to recognize their owners. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) may adopt behavioral recognition technology on its mobile devices, which would allow its smartphones and tablets to analyze their owner's behavior as well as aspects of their environment and use this knowledge as a security measure ...

EC 'confident' in human brain project

20.07.2014 [13:37]
The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied. The statement also defends the ability of the project to set its own scope, which critics have said is too narrow ...

Neuroscience: ‘I can read your mind’

18.07.2014 [20:34]
Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you. Gallant, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, has a brain decoding machine – a device that uses brain scanning to peer into people’s minds and reconstruct ...

Pollution in China: Precious art from toxic waste

17.07.2014 [16:33]
The readings, with ‘good’ defined by US standards, demonstrate the single most pressing issue facing China’s population today: pollution. In this city shrouded in smog, where thousands go about their daily lives wearing masks to fend off the toxic fumes, air quality readings regularly reach hazardous levels ...

Nvidia readies new Android/PC games machine

15.07.2014 [13:23]
Nvidia is to launch a new gaming device that can link up to a PC's graphics card to supercharge its own processing power when used in a different location, the BBC has learned. The company will offer a budget-priced separate controller for the Android device, which ...

The Next New Miracle Superfood: Insects, Scientists Say

12.07.2014 [14:53]
Want to boost your energy with high-quality, low-fat protein? Look no further than bugs. According to panel discussions held at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) meeting late last month in New Orleans, insects are the food of the future. Not only are they good for you, they`re a low-cost alternative to animal protein with far less impact on ...

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

11.07.2014 [20:21]
China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species. ...