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Not Sci-Fi anymore: Navy’s 'fully operational' laser gun blows up boats, drones (VIDEO)
The US Navy continues to tout its sophisticated warship laser system, saying it has performed above expectations for the last four months of operational testing aboard the USS Ponce during its deployment in the Persian Gulf.

11.12.2014 15:06

Superbugs could kill 10mn per year by 2050, more than cancer – study
Superbugs with a high resistance to antibiotics could kill 10 million people worldwide each year by 2050 unless more action is taken, a study has warned. The figure is higher than the global impact of cancer, which currently kills 8.2 million.

11.12.2014 09:21

Asteroids brought water to Earth - Rosetta space probe finds
Data from the Rosetta spacecraft says asteroids and not comets are likely to have formed the Earth’s oceans. The probe found the water vapor it’s been studying on Comet 67P is significantly different to that found on our planet.

11.12.2014 06:08

‘Anti-Nazi’ tracker app launched to fight far-right rallies in Berlin
German activists have released a new mobile app that tracks ultra-nationalist rallies happening in the city. The ‘Anti-Nazi’ app has been devised to help fight against far-right extremists who are gaining ground in Berlin.

11.12.2014 03:45

Facebook AI ‘mediator’ will analyze every upload…to warn against drunk selfies?
Facebook says it is developing artificial intelligence that will not just monitor – but will also understand – every single action you make on the social network, so that it can guide and control your online behavior.

10.12.2014 21:19

Chicago activists claim police used 'Stingray' surveillance during Garner protests
Stingray surveillance technology is increasingly being used by police departments in routine law enforcement, but Chicago protesters claim police used the technology to keep a close eye on demonstrators and disrupt their movement.

09.12.2014 21:44

Magic pill for obesity? Harvard scientists working on drug to ‘replace treadmill’
Dieters are constantly told that there is no ‘magic pill’ to make them skinny, that they need to watch what they eat and exercise. But researchers at Harvard University think they have found a way to turn bad fat into good, helping people lose weight.

09.12.2014 20:53

Forbes names YotaPhone 2 'Most Disruptive Smartphone' of 2014
For once being disruptive is a good thing. Forbes magazine describes the new Russian designed YotaPhone 2 as 2014's Most Disruptive Smartphone. The review calls it exciting and innovative and is “a rare beast” with both a radical and conformist design.

09.12.2014 14:35

Cyber espionage predicted to worsen in 2015 – security experts
With hackers becoming increasingly proficient at their trade, a number of entities – from healthcare industries to average homeowners – will be more vulnerable to invasions of privacy in the coming year.

09.12.2014 12:22

Ancient Mars had massive lake, was potentially a wet planet
The landing site of the Mars curiosity rover robot, the Gale Crater, is believed to have once been a lake, NASA announced, presenting evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years – potentially long enough to sustain life.

09.12.2014 00:16

Apple’s new patent dreams of laser beams on iPhones
Apple is developing a new laser-based system for future iPhones, enabling the ubiquitous devices to map their surroundings. The newly submitted patent would bring NASA-like technology to the masses.

08.12.2014 21:27

Fight against terror should not trump privacy rights – Human Rights Commissioner
National security concerns, including the fight against global terror, don’t justify US and UK intelligence services’ clandestine and indiscriminate mass surveillance programs, the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe has warned.

08.12.2014 16:09