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. ...

Our skin’s mysterious sense of smell may one day be the answer to wound repair

10.07.2014 [19:46]
Of all the five senses, our sense of smell is arguably the most taken for granted. Often, we don’t even realize that we can smell until we get a whiff of something we wish we hadn’t. According to a new study from Germany, our noses aren’t the only part of our bodies capable of smelling. Apparently, our skin has scent receptors ...

Skin's ability to 'smell' seems to help it heal itself

10.07.2014 [11:41]
How does your skin smell? Pretty well, as it turns out, thanks to receptors dotted all over you. What's more, they could help you heal. There are more than 350 types of olfactory receptors in the nose, tuned to different scents. About 150 are also found in internal tissues such as those of the heart, liver and ...

LG's child-tracking bracelet stokes parental fears

10.07.2014 [11:08]
Korean firm’s new wearable device uses GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile internet to track a user's location in real time. LG has unveiled a new tracking device for children that allows parents to locate them in real time using a smartphone or tablet app. ...

Giant mushroom tower sprouts at MoMA PS1

09.07.2014 [13:58]
A giant building made of mushrooms and corn has sprouted in Queens at MoMA PS1 as part of the annual Young Architects Program, co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art and PS1. As reported by the New York Times, the tower, titled Hy- ...

Ancient dinosaur DNA may hold key to cure cancer, other human diseases

09.07.2014 [11:37]
The DNA of dinosaurs could unlock the key to a powerful method of healing for humans. According to reports, researchers from Manchester University have discovered evidence while examining ancient dinosaur fossils. Lead researcher Professor Phil Manning, along with colleagues, studied the fossilised ...

GE device measures the calories on your plate

09.07.2014 [11:22]
Low-energy microwaves can tell you the caloric content of food, providing a more accurate estimate of what is on your plate. Self-tracking devices like the Fitbit do a fair, if imperfect, job at measuring how much you move and then inferring how many calories you’ve burned in a day ...

Scientists translate the meaning behind chimpanzee gestures

07.07.2014 [14:55]
Scientists have decoded for the first time the meanings of chimpanzee gestures. Researchers at the University of St Andrews observed the behaviors of more than 80 wild chimps in Uganda. They found that the animals use 66 gestures, from arm raises to ground slaps to foot stomps, to communicate 19 meanings. When one chimp taps ...

Roman Coliseum Facts Reveal How Colossal Building Was Exploited

07.07.2014 [14:54]
This article will acquaint you with some outstanding Roman coliseum facts but before heading forward in this regard, let’s have a look at what the term ‘Roman coliseum’ actually stands for. The word Roman reveals classical era, while the term coliseum is used for a large building of stadium with spacious field/arena, utilized either for sporting events, execution, or entertainment in the Roman era. Though ...

Are you too good-looking to get sick? From high blood pressure to asthma, research says looks affect our risk of illness

05.07.2014 [17:05]
Attractive people are less likely to get tinnitus — and asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure, according to new research. The more physically attractive men and women are rated, the more unlikely they are to suffer from a wide range of health problems, from high cholesterol to depression. ...

Ocean on Saturn Moon Could be as Salty as the Dead Sea

05.07.2014 [14:42]
Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Earth's Dead Sea. ...

Colony of insects help scientists develop new strains of antibiotics in fight against superbugs

05.07.2014 [12:22]
A colony of ants could help scientists develop a new strain of antibiotics to help fight the growing global menace of resistant superbugs. Prime Minister David Cameron has today warned that the world could be plunged back into the 'dark ages of medicine' because of lack of new antibiotics. Bacteria is becoming increasingly ...