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EXPERTS URGE U.S. TO CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR NUCLEAR FUSION RESEARCH

An international fusion project could help the nation eventually develop its own, smaller reactor

JOIN BLUE PLANET II LIVE-TWEET

Starting December 16, ocean scientists will live-tweet the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, available via Netflix.

 
 
 

YOU CAN'T SAVE A SPECIES IF IT DOESN'T HAVE A NAME

A newly discovered plant genus could be wiped out by dams and mining. Could giving it a name save it from extinction?

IN THE NATURE-NURTURE WAR, NATURE WINS

Environmental influences are important, too, but they are largely unsystematic, unstable and idiosyncratic

 
 
 

SATELLITE SPIES METHANE BUBBLING UP FROM ARCTIC PERMAFROST

Radar instrument aboard a Japanese probe can spot signs of gas seeping from lakes that form as the ground thaws

HUGE BRAIN STUDY UNCOVERS "BURIED" GENETIC NETWORKS LINKED TO MENTAL ILLNESS

Enormous genomic analysis yields tantalizing insights into mechanisms behind conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

 
 
 

"SPY" VIRUS EAVESDROPS ON BACTERIA, THEN OBLITERATES THEM

Viruses use bacteria's chemical language to time their destruction; this might lead to new ways to fight infections

HOW BIG DATA CAN HELP IN DISASTER RESPONSE

Technology is enabling better management of risks and crises

 
 
 

BIG-BONED CHICKENS MAY BE HUMANS' GEOLOGIC LEGACY

Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the 'Anthropocene' will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones....

PEOPLE LIVING ON MOUNTAINS FACE AVALANCHE OF CLIMATE RISKS

As higher elevations warm, melting glaciers and disappearing snow will create major challenges

 
 
 

SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS MIGHT NOT BE SUCH A BAD THING

Every generation faces disruptive technologies, yet many see today's version as the end of civilization

COULD MEDICAL PROCEDURES TRANSMIT ALZHEIMER'S?

A protein associated with the degenerative disease was passed to eight patients decades ago in contaminated growth hormones

 
 
 

LOOK UP! GLEAMING GEMINID METEOR SHOWER OF 2018 PEAKS TONIGHT

The celestial display is expected to be the best meteor shower of 2018

HEART RATE VARIABILITY : WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT

Researchers at Harvard University have gone as far as to say that measuring your Heart Rate Variability is “a visual insight into the...

 
 
 

NASA'S INSIGHT MARS LANDER SNAPS SELFIE, SURVEYS WORKSPACE

The Red-Planet-probing spacecraft is on course to deploy its instruments in early 2019

HOW THE BRAIN'S FACE CODE MIGHT UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF PERCEPTION

Doris Tsao mastered facial recognition in the brain. Now she's looking to determine the neural code for everything we see

 
 
 

A MATH FUNCTION DESCRIBES HOW WHOLE SOCIETIES REMEMBER-AND FORGET

A Neruda masterpiece-and a bi-exponential curve-define the dynamics of the fast then slow fade of our greatest collective sorrows and...

EXPERTS AREN'T TAKING A SHINE TO CALIFORNIA'S ROOFTOP SOLAR RULE

Energy economists say the new home requirement is inefficient and benefits wealthier people; supporters say it's just one piece of...

 
 
 

THE RISE OF KNOWLEDGE ECONOMICS

What is knowledge? How does it disseminate? And what's its value?

THE ARCTIC IS BREAKING CLIMATE RECORDS, ALTERING WEATHER WORLDWIDE

The Arctic climate is shattering record after record, altering weather worldwide

 
 
 



Another Facebook privacy scandal: devs had access to the photos of 6.8...

Another Facebook privacy scandal: devs had access to the photos of 6.8 million users

Facebook has posted on its blog for developers about yet another privacy issue, this time involving photos. 6.8 million users were affected over a 12 day period in September... Read more ...

Epic Removes Infinity Blade Weapon From Fortnite

Epic Removes Infinity Blade Weapon From Fortnite

Just the other day, Epic both announced the removal of Infinity Blade from the iOS app store and added the eponymous sword to Fortnite. Now the latter is also getting removed... Read more ...

Dishonored 2 and Death of the Outsider get black-and-white modes

Dishonored 2 and Death of the Outsider get black-and-white modes

Well, this is a surprise. Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider are two fantastic first-person stealth experiences. They can be played without killing anyone and... Read more ...

Amazon's Echo Wall Clock now shipping for $30

Amazon's Echo Wall Clock now shipping for $30

Amazon's $29.99 Echo Wall Clock is now here to complete the set of minimalist Alexa devices ( including a smart microwave and outlet plug) that the company announced earlier... Read more ...

A new Facebook bug compromises users' private photos

A new Facebook bug compromises users' private photos

Another bug hits Facebook and this time according to the official figure it is 6.8 million users whose private photos have been compromised. A total of 1500 apps took advantage... Read more ...

Huge Geminid meteor shower fireball caught on police dashcam

Huge Geminid meteor shower fireball caught on police dashcam

This week brought a treat for astronomy enthusiasts: the Geminid meteor shower. The shooting stars were visible last night in areas where the sky was clear, and now content is... Read more ...

The very best tech gifts this Christmas - for every budget

The very best tech gifts this Christmas - for every budget

If you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet, don't worry - if you move quickly, you can still get your gifts delivered in time, and to make things even easier, we've picked... Read more ...

Apple Music is now playing on Amazon Echo speakers with Alexa

Apple Music is now playing on Amazon Echo speakers with Alexa

At the end of November Amazon announced that Apple Music would soon be supported by its Echo smart speakers with the Alexa virtual assistant built-in. Today the integration has... Read more ...

Old Automatic Renewal TidBITS Memberships Need Manual Updating

Old Automatic Renewal TidBITS Memberships Need Manual Updating

If you set up an automatically renewing TidBITS membership before April 2018, our new membership system will require a one-time restart from you. Sorry for the inconvenience! Read more ...

The best iPad deal is back on for $250

The best iPad deal is back on for $250

If you're looking to pick up the latest iPad - and why wouldn't you, they're great for browsing and binging media - now is the best time to pick one up. Amazon has its $80 off... Read more ...