The Big Future: What is the future of sex?

Arielle Duhaime-Ross November 20, 2014 08:30 am11.20.2014 104

Sex is central to human life and has been from the very start, but the act and its aftermath aren't exactly perfect. Despite the technological advancements that have taken place over the course of the last...

Virtual sex is going to feel a lot more physical

In search of the starfish killer: the quest to save the original keystone species

Elizabeth Lopatto November 18, 2014 10:41 am11.18.2014 25

The starfish are reduced, finally, to goo

Keystone XL pipeline defeated by Senate

Elizabeth Lopatto November 18, 2014 07:25 pm11.18.2014 70

A bill to begin construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,179-mile-long method of delivering oil from tar sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, was defeated in the Senate 59 to 41 today.

Production from oil sands is dirty

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How to build a new global web, secured by quantum physics

Russell Brandom November 18, 2014 09:29 am11.18.2014 17

Last October, leaked NSA documents confirmed a massive privacy violation: government spies were tapping into private networks run by Google and Yahoo which were running unencrypted between data centers....

"You have to ask yourself why the Chinese want to do this." Don Hayford, Battelle engineer

Philae lander enters deep sleep after sending last transmissions from comet surface

Dante D'Orazio November 15, 2014 04:09 pm11.15.2014 25

The Philae lander has gone into hibernation on the surface of a comet roughly 300 million miles from earth. After its bouncy (and unprecedented) landing earlier this week, the lander has run out of power,...

"It has been a huge success, the whole team is delighted." Stephan Ulamec, Rosetta mission

The ESA lander is phoning home, now watch a GIF of it landing on the comet

Sean O'Kane November 14, 2014 05:58 pm11.14.2014 36

The European Space Agency has just announced in a series of tweets that it has regained contact with the Philae lander and is receiving data from the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The l...

Despite the crash landing, Philae is alive (for now)

Why I'm most critical of the things I love

Chris Plante November 14, 2014 03:37 pm11.14.2014 484

Most writers don't enjoy writing critical pieces. I certainly don't. I understand whenever I open my text editor that the people I cover have their own personal battles happening just off stage. Even...

Critical of criticism

The not-so-glamorous life of a robot operator

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I learned to type using only my thoughts

Arielle Duhaime-Ross November 14, 2014 02:21 pm11.14.2014 41

I always wanted to control a computer with my mind, and this week I got to do just that. I was at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, where brain injury researcher Jonathan Wolpaw is developing a...

Typing with your thoughts and translating sign language has never been this easy

Virgin Galactic was reportedly too aggressive with commercial launch timeline

Jacob Kastrenakes November 14, 2014 01:35 pm11.14.2014 10

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson may have been too aggressive when announcing timelines for when his company would begin ferrying passengers up into space, according to The Wall Street Journal....

A 2015 launch may not have been in the cards

Google-backed initiative will pinpoint illegal fishing in near-real-time

Amar Toor November 14, 2014 05:30 am11.14.2014 9

Environmental groups have developed a sprawling new surveillance system to help track illegal fishing across the globe. A prototype of the Global Fishing Watch system was announced today at the IUCN World...

"This could be a tool for positive reinforcement." Brian Sullivan, Google Ocean and Earth Outreach

Philae lander shrouded in darkness for most of the day after bouncy comet landing

Josh Lowensohn November 13, 2014 08:39 pm11.13.2014 22

It turns out that landing on a comet moving at 84,000 miles per hour is not without its potential pitfalls, and the Philae lander appears to have ended up in something close to an actual pit. In a mission...

“Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires.” William Shakespeare

Teen e-cigarette use is on the rise, CDC says

Colin Lecher November 13, 2014 03:58 pm11.13.2014 65

Like the rest of the United States, teens' tobacco use has been generally declining over the years. But right now, e-cigarettes are on the rise in high schools, according to just-released CDC data.

E-cigs smokers went from 2.8 to 4.5 percent
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