Rather than avoiding harmful pesticides on plants, bees might actually be deliberately targeting them. For many years now bees have been in steady dec… —> Read More
Stephen Hawking answers One Direction query with a multiple universe theory about Zayn Malik
Last year was a notable one for scientific achievements: In 2014, European researchers discovered a fundamental new particle that sheds light on the origins of the universe, and the European Space Agency successfully landed the first spacecraft on a comet. Chinese researchers, meanwhile, developed the world’s fastest supercomputer, and uncovered new ways to meet global food demand. —> Read More
The quake-struck mountains north of Kathmandu are heavily populated, with villages on very steep, landslide-prone slopes. —> Read More
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A new study by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame, shows that the growth rate in industrial electricity usage negatively predicts next one-year stock market returns. —> Read More
Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain. He also predicted that Moore’s Law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every 18 months, would apply for 60 years — until 2025 — giving way then to new paradigms of technological change.
Kurzweil, a renowned futurist and the director of engineering at Google, now says that the hardware needed to emulate the human brain may be ready even sooner than he predicted — in around 2020 — using technologies such as graphics processing units (GPUs), which are ideal for brain-software algorithms. He predicts that the complete brain software will take a little longer: until about 2029.
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Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback. —> Read More
Fossil evidence suggests it wasn’t climate change that killed off the enigmatic Ediacarans, Earth’s first complex life, but competition from Cambrian life forms
The $39.99 (£26) Nanoheat Wireless Heated Mug (pictured) was created by Michigan-based Design HMI and Green Lama. It keeps hot drinks at between 68°C and 71°C (155°F and 160°F). —> Read More