Paul Allen, that other Microsoft founder, announced a $100 million donation today that will establish a cell science institute in Seattle. The…
Sure, there the usual assortment of “X for Y” startups, but science and bitcoin companies abounded at startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 demo day.
The London startup’s product, Overleaf, lets researchers collaborate on scientific papers that use the LaTeX markup language.
Facebook is constantly experimenting on its users by tweaking the newsfeed in both large and small ways, a former member of the company’s data science team confirms, and some of the social network’s defenders argue that it isn’t doing anything media companies don’t also do
A study manipulated the news feeds of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users in an attempt to show that emotional responses can be affected by the behavior of our social connections, and many are outraged by what they see as an ethical lapse by the company in doing so
NASA is launching a new challenge, hosted on Amazon Web Services, that gives the public access to a trove of earth sciences data and computational resources in the name of discovering new uses for all that information.
Can a computer identify aesthetics? A research group within eBay explored how a user-guided algorithm could identify good fashion.
The UK-based Wellcome Trust, the world’s second-largest funder of medical research behind the Gates Foundation, has launched a free online magazine called…
Circuit Stickers light up, sense and even twinkle when placed on conductive material.
The team’s lead said he expects the open-source invention to kickstart the creation of more metal printers. While he’s worried about the implications of printing metal, he believes it will do more good than harm.
A futuristic sci-fi computer may be just one crystal — and plenty of light — away.
The second half of the final season begins tonight. University of Oklahoma chemistry professor Donna Nelson, plus other experts, explained why meth really wouldn’t be blue and the best way to melt down a body.
Researchers have developed a technique to create and destroy skyrmions, which are stable even when densely packed in a hard drive.
HeLa cells are the most widely used in scientific research. Now, the family of Henrietta Lacks has a new way to ensure they are used in a respectful way.
When Tim Berners Lee started the World Wide Web, he envisioned scientists sharing their work globally. Madisch thinks that will become more and more important as global issues emerge.
The Large Hadron Collider produces 600 million particle collisions a second that must be sifted through to find the most interesting physics, allowing physicists to spot interesting particles such as the Higgs boson.
Bio, Tech and Beyond opened today in Carlsbad, Calif. They want to make basic biology research accessible to the advanced amateur and incubate product ideas.
The leading cause of blindness in adults over 50, AMD causes very blurry and distorted images. But a telescopic lens could help those who suffer see better.
Everything from robots to spaceships will fall into the beat of Signe Brewster, GigaOM’s newest reporter.
Researchers think the low-cost, portable technology could be used for personal safety and to locate survivors in collapsed buildings.
Cicadas are in full swing right now, but one species seems to be missing. An app developed by researchers uses crowdsourcing to find it.
Science has a data problem, There’s been a rash of experiments that no one can reproduce and studies that have to be retracted, But there are some nascent efforts to address this credibility crisis by changing the way the data is handled.
There’s an epidemic going on in science: experiments that no one can reproduce, studies that have to be retracted, and the emergence of a lurking data reliability iceberg.
Blind trust in black box, or click-and-run, software is a growing problem in science, and the concern extends to big data and high performance computing.
Apple’s iPhone and other smartphones are full of rare earth minerals China is one of the biggest producers (and consumers) of these rare earth minerals, which are becoming such hot commodities that entrepreneurs and investors are thinking about mining the moon for them.
Trying to write something that people will remember? Maybe you should consider a short and sweet Facebook status update, rather than posting a photo or more formal text. A new study found that your status updates are more memorable than you might think.
Government plans to make publicly-funded research available for free online will be great for citizens but terrible news for journal publishers. One could lose up to 60 percent of its profits, an analyst warns.
A year after opening its API, Mendeley — the document manager and social network for scientists — has seen a blossoming of apps that hook into its system… often in innovative ways. Now it’s looking to the future.
The controversial world of paywalled academic publishing has been hit by a major shift, with the British government saying it will make open access to scientific research a condition of public funding by 2014.
Somewhere in the mountains of Chile scientists want to build a telescope capable of taking roughly 1,400 photos daily of the night sky consisting of 6 gigabytes of information each. But getting all that data off the mountain will require better broadband and smarter algorithms.
The UK government has told academic journal publishers it will make freely available online the publicly-funded research they currently charge for, labelling “paywalls” “deeply unhealthy”.
Bina Technologies emerged from stealth mode last week and is bringing an Apple-like business model to genomics. The company relies on its Bina Box to make genome analysis faster than ever before possible without the benefit of having a supercomputer and a research network on hand.
By pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into big data research and development, the Obama administration thinks it can push the current state of the art well beyond what’s possible today, and into entirely new research areas. It’s a noble goal, but also a necessary one.
Employees who are super active on social networking sites have a very different idea of what is appropriate workplace behavior than other workers, and run into on-the-job ethical violations more often, according to a new study published this week by the Ethics Resource Center.
Beyond Hadoop, there’s a lot more to think about when it comes to big data, ranging from where companies will actually find workers to how they’ll deal with an impending privacy-policy onslaught. The answers won’t be easy to come by, but they could be critical.
Award-winning quantum physicist Michael Nielsen says that the closed and disconnected nature of most research is holding back scientific progress in important ways, and that we need to help foster a new kind of networked “open science” if we want to make new discoveries faster.
Your body and your smartphone don’t speak the same language: one uses electrons, the other protons to send information. But scientists at the University of Washington are working on ways to help the two understand each other through a new type of transistor.
Not sure how this one slipped past us, but last month Science magazine challenged its readers to translate their PhD research into…
Obama’s Science Test: Obama has responded to the group’s 14 question science exam. Clean energy research and development feature prominently in his…
In my ongoing search to finish the process of making my Mac the only object I need to do anything at all…
Ready? OK! Liz already linked to our George Carlin memorial earlier, but today we also have Karina Longworth’s review of the new…
Google is offering click to call service to its Indian users. VoIP Inc. emailed us and let us know that they are…
So you have an iPod and would like to use it with the radio in your car but you don’t know the…