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Tech & Science
Learn to Share, Cabs
Hard data could put an end to curbside fights over cabs
Hundreds of Intimate Celebrity Pictures Leaked Online Following Alleged iCloud Breach
The pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence were leaked to notorious image sharing site 4chan
Shipwreck of S.S. Central America Yields More Gold
More than 2,900 gold coins and 45 gold ingots have been recovered as well as luggage pieces, a pistol, a pocket watch, and several daguerreotypes
Gadget Lust: Nothing to Sneeze At
New weapons to keep germs (and hypochondria) away.
Israel Bans Water Fluoridation
While water fluoridation is not practiced in most of Europe or most countries worldwide, it has become widespread in the United States
A New Yacht, or a Whole Ecosystem
The amount of money needed to save the Atlantic forests is 6.5 percent of what Brazil spends on agricultural subsidies.
Can Electric Stimulation Improve Your Memory?
New research from Northwestern Medicine suggests the answer is "yes."
Human Trials to Begin for Fast-Tracked Ebola Vaccine
Twenty volunteers will be injected with the experimental vaccine beginning next week
Human Microbes Quickly Colonize People's Surroundings
Your personal microbiome travels with you wherever you go.
The Shock-Therapy Diet
An electric zap to the brain can improve your willpower
Controversy Over Student Nail Varnish Date Rape Drug Detector
Four students have created a nail varnish that detects date rape drugs by changing colour, but have attracted criticism from charities and commentators
Monarch Butterflies Have Declined 90%; Conservationists Seek Extra Protection
Monarch butterflies are in trouble due in part to a decline of milkweed plants, on which their young feed.
Xenon Gas Could Erase Traumatic Memories
Xenon gas, already used in humans as an anesthetic, might be able to treat PTSD more effectively than drugs.
Want to See the Earth After Global Warming? Move to the City
New research suggests that pollution in cities produces environments that mimic earth's future climate.
Government Physicists Think We May Be Living in a 2-D Hologram
Einstein’s theory of relativity only makes sense if our world is a hologram, scientists say.
How Junk Food Discourages Balanced Diets
New research with rats suggests that junk food overrides an innate behavior to seek novel foods.
Eye on the Sparrow
Transparency is taken to new heights with this TSA-friendly travel bag
World’s Oldest, And Possibly Largest, Wombat Turns 29
The world's oldest wombat, “Fat Pat from Ballarat,” is one large creature.
Leaked U.N. Report Warns of Irrevocable Climate Change
The world may already be approaching a temperature at which complete loss of the enormous ice sheet that covers Greenland would “become inevitable”
We’ve Been Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions All Wrong
While we focus on annual carbon dioxide emissions, we ignore the long-term pollution newly built power plants will cause in the next 40 years.
Putin Pops Russia’s Tech Bubble
Putin’s actions in Ukraine have exiled Russia to the economic backwaters
1 in 7 People Experiences ‘Sleep Drunkenness,’ Study Says
Next time you’re late to work, blame it on this.
Direct Air Capture Makes Pollution a Cash Cow
Carbon dioxide pulled from the air could satisfy a $1 trillion unmet market demand
In States With Medical Marijuana, Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%
Researchers suggest that substituting pot for pills could be saving lives.
Quake and Wake
Thanks to wearable tech, we know almost exactly how many people in Napa woke up when the ground shook.
The Earth Moved, and It’s Our Fault
Oklahoma just passed California as the most earthquake-prone state
The Cyber Wealth of Nations
The Internet could lead to many more breakaway republics
All Meshed Up
A people-powered network of smartphones can topple the broadband monopolies
A Future Powered by Fusion Draws a Little Closer
Star power could yet be the technology that solves humanity’s energy crisis, and everyone wants a piece of it