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Quantum computer could have predicted Trump’s surprise election

Ve, 16/02/2018 - 18:47
Quantum computers can improve election forecasts by taking into account how states affect one another, allowing one to predict Trump's slim 2016 election win

Facebook may guess millions of people’s sexuality to sell ads

Ve, 16/02/2018 - 16:46
Three-quarters of all EU users may have had sensitive data inferred about them by Facebook, including things like sexual orientation, religion and political leanings

Will a new wave of smart glasses make us ‘glassholes’ again?

Ve, 16/02/2018 - 12:51
A second round of mass-market facial computers looks less likely to inspire public anger than Google's Glass but it will be a fragile truce, says Jamais Cascio

We thought gorillas only walked on their knuckles. We were wrong

Ve, 16/02/2018 - 10:00
Modern gorillas can walk in a variety of styles, not just the famous “knuckle-walking”, suggesting our common ancestor was similarly resourceful

Three photons stick together to create a new form of light

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 20:00
Photons don’t normally make friends, but now three have been bound together into a brand-new form of light by tricking them into acting like atoms

Shampoo is causing air pollution, but let’s not lose our heads

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 20:00
In Western cities, household products like deodorants and paints are a bigger source of air pollution than vehicle exhausts – so here’s what we need to do

People are slaughtering orangutans and wiping them out

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 18:00
The population of Bornean orangutans fell by almost half in just 16 years, and it was not a sad by-product of deforestation: many apes were killed deliberately

CRISPR has fixed the genetic cause of a learning disability

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 18:00
CRISPR gene editing has been used to alleviate the genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, but the technique has only been tried in cells in a dish so far

Stem cells zapped with radiation can protect mice from cancer

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 18:00
Injections of killed stem cells, designed to help the immune system recognise cancers, have been found to protect mice from developing tumours

Bats’ hairy tongues are perfectly adapted for lapping up nectar

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 16:30
If you're a greedy bat, it helps to have a hairy tongue. The hairs will ensure that you can slurp as much nectar as possible from flowers into your mouth

Surgical instruments may spread Alzheimer’s proteins

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 13:00
Amyloid protein, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, may be spread via surgical implements, but there isn’t evidence yet that this can transmit the disease

Virtual reality walking stick tutors blind people to cross roads

Gi, 15/02/2018 - 12:51
Microsoft's “canetroller” offers vibrating feedback in a virtual environment, letting people who are blind experience digital simulations of risky scenarios

Cape Town is about to run out of water – how did this happen?

Me, 14/02/2018 - 19:00
Cape Town's water reserves are so low that it may soon have to turn off the taps. We’ve known for a decade that this could happen, but almost nothing has been done

Was SpaceX launch about progress in space, or just a giant ad?

Me, 14/02/2018 - 19:00
The Falcon Heavy launch was more than just spectacle – it set the stage for a future Mars mission. Now we need to think about who's in the driver's seat

Oceans on alien worlds may form when the air explodes in flames

Me, 14/02/2018 - 17:00
When hydrogen and oxygen combine in a planet’s atmosphere, they can ignite into a ball of fire and then leave behind liquid water oceans that would be good for life

Drone dogfight crowns a winner in the battle against rogue UAVs

Me, 14/02/2018 - 16:16
Illegal or unwanted drones put air travellers at risk, so a competition called DroneClash is calling for new ways to tackle them

A single atom is visible to the naked eye in this stunning photo

Me, 14/02/2018 - 15:19
This photo shows a strontium atom suspended in electric fields. A blue laser makes the tiny dot visible, though it’s only 215 billionths of a millimetre wide

Transgender woman is first to be able to breastfeed her baby

Me, 14/02/2018 - 12:20
An experimental treatment regimen has enabled a transgender woman to exclusively breastfeed her baby for six weeks, during which time the baby grew healthily

Valentine’s Day seems to cause a mini baby-boom 9 months later

Me, 14/02/2018 - 11:41
National Health Service data reveals that around Valentine’s Day there is a 5 per cent rise in the number of babies conceived in England

China’s reckless attitude to space debris needs to change

Me, 14/02/2018 - 11:13
Recent near misses show China's pursuit of space prowess seems to trump debris risks. The re-entry of its space station is another looming drama, says Paul Marks