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An illustration of the possible layout of quarks in a pentaquark particle such as those seen at LHCb

Hadron Collider discovers new particle

Source: BBC Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark. It was first predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC. The discovery, which amounts to a […]

The Machines Are Coming

Source: NY Times CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — THE machine hums along, quietly scanning the slides, generating Pap smear diagnostics, just the way a college-educated, well-compensated lab technician might. A robot with emotion-detection software interviews visitors to the United States at the border. In field tests, this eerily named “embodied avatar kiosk” does much better than […]

HIV vaccine that transforms cell DNA brings fresh hope

Source: BBC By James Gallagher, Health editor, BBC News website A radical new approach to vaccination seems to completely protect monkeys from HIV, US scientists report. Vaccines normally train the immune system to fight an infection. Instead, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California have altered the DNA of monkeys to give their cells HIV-fighting […]

Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater Sues Swiss Watchmaker Swatch For Plagiarism

Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater Sues Swiss Watchmaker Swatch For Plagiarism Coline Milliard, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Ahmed Mater’s Magnetism (2012) is emblematic of the vibrant new art scene emerging from the Gulf. The etching print, which exists in several versions, pictures a black cubic magnet neatly encircled by steel dust—a poetic evocation of the pilgrimage to Mecca, known […]


Stephen Hawking: Beware smart machines

Source: BBC Dismissing the implications of highly intelligent machines could be humankind’s “worst mistake in history”, write astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, computer scientist Stuart Russell, and physicists Max Tegmark and Frank Wilczek in the Independent. “Self-aware” machines have received the Hollywood treatment in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence, but the subject should receive serious consideration, they say. Successfully […]

Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don’t Believe Us Here’s Proof

Huff Post: by Taylor Casti — A marketing stunt for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Watch Dogs” is inadvertently allowing users to check how well they’ve set up their Facebook privacy settings. The campaign called “Digital Shadow”, which currently is available only in the US, requests permission to access a user’s account and then pulls information to […]


Wi-Fi speeds are about to triple

Source: CNN Money By James O’Toole  @jtotoole April 4, 2014: 3:53 PM ET The ultra-slow Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop could soon be getting a big boost. Qualcomm (QCOM, Fortune 500) announced plans this week for new technology that it says could triple Wi-Fi speeds in homes, offices and on public networks. At the moment, Wi-Fi networks can only serve one […]

A Mighty Girl Today in Mighty Girl history, Hedy Lamarr, the glamorous movie star from the black-and-white era of film who co-invented a device that helped make possible the development of GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi technology, was born in 1914.  Originally from Austria, the mathematically talented Lamarr moved to the US in 1937 to start a Hollywood […]


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