According to the EPA, acute (short-term) exposure to methyl iodide by inhalation may depress the central nervous system (CNS), irritate the lungs and skin, and affect the kidneys. Massive acute inhalation exposure to methyl iodide has also led to
Joshua Kopstein for the Motherboard reports With widespread adoption among law enforcement, advertisers, and even churches, face recognition has undoubtedly become one of the biggest threats to privacy out there.
Using a Polariton Bose-Einstein condensate form of "liquid light", researchers have created a nanoscale switch that could help vastly improve the speed and efficiency of future electronic components
Back in 2011, we wrote about a fascinating new way to heat-treat regular, cheap steel to endow it with an almost miraculous blend of characteristics.
Ah, water. Healer, destroyer, carver of rivers and shorelines, future of electricity. And now, bridge repairman.
The Simulated Multiverse is a theory; we asked a theoretical physicist how real is it
Tesla (TSLA.O) said on Wednesday that one of its cars had crashed in Beijing while in 'autopilot' mode, with the driver contending sales staff sold the function as 'self-driving', overplaying its actual capabilities.
Facebook has a new way of getting your eyes on its ads.
Russia is working on new, advanced surveillance satellites. But U.S. spooks are already a step ahead. The Russian military is apparently getting ready to launch a new generation of high-tech spy satellites.
Lichens have an important place in biology. In the 1860s, scientists thought that they were plants. But in 1868, a Swiss botanist named Simon Schwendener revealed that they're composite organisms, consisting of fungi that live in partnership with m
Neural Dust – "Smart Dust" – has entered the mainstream via the Independent's article: "Tiny implant could connect humans and machines like never before."
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When you're an elite runner, something as small as ill-fitting sunglasses can distract you from the task at hand--covering leg-deadening distances as fast as humanly possible.
The US ban on research involving chimeras - human-animal hybrids developed by adding stem cells from a person into the embryo of a different species could soon be at least partially lifted, according to a proposal released Thursday by the Natio
Scientists have found birds are capable of sleeping in flight, according to a new study.
A mob of mosquitoes is a "scourge." And the cardboard tube Jodi Holeman holds in her hands buzzes with more than enough mosquitoes to fill a scourge's ranks--a thousand, to be exact.
Fitness trackers have become some of the more popular types of wearable technology in recent years, but engineers at the University of California, Berkeley want to take the concept one step further by developing miniscule, wireless sensors to monitor
By: Justin Gardner / (The Free Thought Project) If anyone needs a reminder on the absurdity of the U.S. approach to drugs, consider the fact that cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 drug with "no currently accepted medical use" and a "high p
Having all but mastered landing their reusable Falcon 9 boosters, SpaceX on Thursday test-fired one of those rockets at full thrust for 150 seconds (the same amount of time they have to function during an actual trip to space) to demonstrate that the
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Some people might have heard about Smart Dust; nanoparticles that can be employed as sensor networks for a range of security and environmental applications. Now, however, literal Smart Dust for the brain is being proposed as the next step toward esta
It's a questions that has baffled humans long before The Matrix; do we exist and what if we are living in a simulation?
The contrarian venture capitalist believes transfusions may hold the key to his dream of living forever.
In recent years, concerns that Moore's Law is about to fall apart have been intensifying as engineers have just about squeezed the maximum amount of processing power possible out of each atom in intricately fabricated silicon chips.
Spoiler alert: it worked
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Norway has an ambitious plan to install the world's first floating underwater tunnels to help travelers easily cross fjords.
Delivery drones may still seem a ways off because of new U.S. commercial drone regulations requiring drones to stay within sight of their human operators on the ground. But such rules pose no problem for a U.S. startup that developed a drone capable
To avoid severe weather pilots used to carry 40 pound briefcases with piles of paperwork and information for their flight. Not anymore.
Twenty miles east of Sparks, Nevada, a factory is rising from the red dirt of the high desert. It doesn't look like much--a few completed structures amid exposed steel girders--but this building, dubbed the Gigafactory, is the key to Elon Musk'