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How to Lie With Data Visualisation

Data visualisation is one of the most important tools we have to analyse data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at three of the most common ways in which visualisations can be misleading. Read More >>

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Americans are Surprisingly Optimistic About the Future of Technology

Even in an age of security leaks and government surveillance, amazingly, Americans still feel pretty good about the role that technology will play in their lives, according to a new study. However, when you ask them about the specific advances—like bioengineering, wearable tech, drones, and robots—Americans are a bit more wary of welcoming the future. Read More >>

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What Will Happen When the Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth's magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no. Read More >>

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The Future of Interstellar Communication Goes "Pew, Pew, Pew"

It's no subspace transceiver but this prototype communicator bound for the ISS could revolutionise how we share data over the vast expanses of solar space. It will deliver Gigabit speeds through deep space. Read More >>

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How Yesterday's Drugs Became the Medicines of Today

My sister is a witch. Or, more precisely, a Wiccan astrologer and tarot reader. Growing up as a kid who worshipped Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, I found it hard to square her worldview with my own. Read More >>

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This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters the Neighbourhood Air

Let's take rooftop farming to a whole new level—a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and façades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture? Read More >>

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What Happens to Marshmallow Peeps in a Vacuum

Anyone familiar with American springtime tradition will know about sending Peeps to their noble deaths via microwave. For everyone else, Peeps are marshmallow sweets, and microwaving them is apparently a thing over in the States (god knows why). Apparently microwaving is getting a bit old. How about a total vacuum instead? Read More >>

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10 Amazing Discoveries That Remain Unexplained by Science

Science is our route to understanding the world around us—but sometimes, even the sharpest minds need a while to explain the weirdest discoveries. Read More >>

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Google X's Crazy Failures: Space Elevator, Hoverboards, Teleportation

We've all wondered excitedly about exactly what Google might be cooking up in its X lab. But now, Fast Company has taken a peek inside its workshops to found out what happens to the ideas that don't make it off the drawing board. Read More >>

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A Rare Genetic Mutation in These Siblings Makes Them Immune to Viruses

Viruses are incompetent but smart little things. Unable to make proteins on their own, they hijack ours for their own nefarious purposes. But what if we gave the viruses broken proteins? An incredibly rare genetic disorder in a brother and sister pair does exactly that, making them immune to many classes of viruses—and suggesting new possibilities for antiviral treatments. Read More >>

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Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth. Read More >>

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Everyone Has Haemorrhoids (Yes, Even You)

Much like toilet-humour at the dinner table, hemorrhoids can be a taboo subject. The truth is, everyone has them. Read More >>

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Astronauts Will Grow Their Own Food (or Weed?) for the First Time Ever

NASA is sending a really cool garden to the International Space Station on April 14, on board the SpaceX Dragon. For the first time in history, astronauts will grow their own food in space using this groovy disco box, an important step towards future long-term space travel and extraterrestrial colonies. Incidentally, this must be great to cultivate weed. Read More >>

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The Cool Promise of Machines That Run on Body Heat

The human body at rest radiates 100 watts of heat—heat that does nothing other than make crowded rooms stuffy. But body heat can be converted to electricity, and new technology is always improving the process. With the rise of wearables, the body heat-powered device becomes an ever more tantalising promise. Read More >>

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Scientists Say They've Created Artificial Blood for Humans

Somebody ring the bell at the blood factory, because it's almost time to get those assembly lines running. Almost. A team of British scientists say they've created red blood cells suitable for transfusion into humans, a breakthrough that could change the lives of millions—if it works. Read More >>

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Can You Create a Perfectly Silent Space?

Imagine a place with no noise whatsoever: no sound, no light, no radio—hell, no Wi-Fi. How on Earth would you go about creating it? Read More >>

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