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A drug has tricked mice into burning more calories

Scientists have successfully used a drug to trick mice into revving up their metabolisms. The compound prompts the body to act as though it's about to have a meal, even if the meal isn't forthcoming. The researchers behind the medication, led by Michael Downes and Ronald Evans at the Salk Institute, are preparing to move the compound forward to human testing.

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Stretchy synthetic skin has sense of touch and warmth

The first prosthetic skin to simulate the sense of touch is being developed by researchers at Seoul National University. The smart artificial skin can even tell if a baby's diaper is wet. Amy Pollock reports.

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Next Big Future: Understanding DNA repair and cancer resistance genes from Bowhead whales to enable 200 year lives in humans

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have sequenced the genome of the bowhead whale, estimated to live for more than 200 years with low incidence of disease. The bowhead whale is the longest living mammal on earth. The team wanted to understand why they live so long and don't succumb to some of the same illnesses as humans do earlier in life.

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CES 2014: Does it really mean anything to be best in show?

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Expo names one product the Best in Show. It's the one piece of kit which is supposed to sum up the show, and be the highest quality release of the upcoming year. The winners are chosen by the "official media partner" of CES.

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Job survival in the age of robots and intelligent machines

09:40, Technology/Business How to protect your employment prospects as robots take over more jobs. Credit: Flickr/Chris Isherwood, CC BY-SA It is a sobering thought that in ten years, around 65% of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet, according to the US Department of Labor.

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Super-Earths have long-lasting oceans

13:10, Astronomy & Space/Astronomy This artist's depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. New research shows that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)For life as we know it to develop on other planets, those planets would need liquid water, or oceans.

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Made in the Future

Today, people use devices to monitor their behaviors. If we can do it, we can track it-steps taken, food eaten, calories burned. But measurements are only part of it. For this data to mean anything, we have to change our behavior. We have to move beyond the idea of quantified self to an Understood Self.

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Hedge fund robots are crushing their human rivals

The hedge fund robots are winning again. That's a key lesson from 2014, when computer algorithm-led investing produced stellar returns, beating most gut-driven human managers and dramatically recovering most of their losses from 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Our System Is So Broken, Almost No Patented Discoveries Ever Get Used | WIRED

The unspoken reality is that the U.S. patent system creates a market so constricted by high transaction costs and legal risks that it excludes the vast majority of small and mid-sized businesses and prevents literally 95 percent of all patented discoveries from ever being put to use to create new products and services, new jobs, and new economic growth.

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Personal rapid transit: The future of public transportation, maybe

Since writing about Seattle's infrastructure fustercluck, I've been thinking a lot about transportation. It's really a b*tch of a problem. The internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle had its disadvantages from the very beginning, not only relative to public transportation but relative to other types of car.

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Will you find work once the robot revolution hits?

NEW YORK ( Project Syndicate) - Technology innovators and CEOs seem positively giddy nowadays about what the future will bring. New manufacturing technologies have generated feverish excitement about what some see as a Third Industrial Revolution. In the years ahead, technological improvements in robotics and automation will boost productivity and efficiency, implying significant economic gains for companies.

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Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners - Charlie's Diary

Sorry folks, but we're just not. One of the failure modes of extrapolative SF is to assume that just because something is technologically feasible, it will happen: I'm picking on sub-orbital passenger travel as an example of this panglossian optimism because I got sucked into a thread on twitter the other day and I think it's worth explaining my objection to it in a format that permits me to write more than 140 characters at a time.

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Nvidia's new 'superchip' for mobile is the Tegra X1

The folks at Nvidia have been working hard over the last couple of years to blur the lines between their desktop class GPU architecture and their mobile GPU architecture, and at CES this year the company wants to show off how they have raised the bar.

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transportation, But That's Only The Beginning Of The Change It'll Bring

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transportation, But That's Only The Beginning Of The Change It'll Bring 25289 6 San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat-that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream a 60 page white paper.

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Expected Cool Gadgets 2015: The World is Changing - Latest Tech Trends | Cool Gadgets | Android

2014 was the big year of technologies. Tech giants makes lots of promises about the tech in 2015, so people have expected a lot about cool gadgets 2015. Well this new year 2015 is not bringing your past time back by goggling in technologies neither making your home fully loaded with the high and tech gadgets because it needs more improvements.

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