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Post-fire mudslides problems may get worse

A watershed scientist explains why post-wildfire landscapes are so susceptible to landslides – and why those risks are poised to rise.
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LED lights fuel plant growth in space

LED lights can actually improve upon the sun and help grow plants in space. A Canadian team of researchers is helping to refine and perfect LED technology.
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Everything you need to know about bed bugs

Bed bugs make us shudder and cringe. So arm yourself with the courage to learn about the biology and successes of Cimex lectularius -- as well as the ways to get rid of it.
Moving a robot is like manipulating a molecule. Willyam Bradberry/Shutterstock.com

Drug discovery with robot math and smartphones

Researchers use an algorithm designed to help robots move to figure out what's possible when designing new molecules in a promising class of pharmaceuticals.
Jodie Foster portraying Dr. Ellie Arroway in the film “Contact.” (Warner Bros. 1997)

Largest known prime number discovered

An online collective, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, crunched numbers for days on end to discover a new prime number in December 2017. Here's why it's so important.
WayRay’s holographic AR device displays information tailored to drivers and passengers. WayRay

It’s time to get ready for augmented reality

Upcoming innovations suggest that 2018 might be the year when the promise of augmented reality begins to be realised.
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Self-driving cars let us catch up on sleep and TV

Letting cars drive themselves could save some people huge amounts of time. What might they do when they would have been driving?
How fast can quantum computing get? Research shows there’s a limit. Vladvm/Shutterstock.com

Speed limit could slow down quantum computers

A future that continues to have increasingly fast computing depends on quantum physics – but research is showing that there are limits to how fast quantum computers can go.
Rohingya Muslim women who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh stretch their arms out to collect aid distributed by relief agencies in this September 2017 photo. A campaign of killings, rape and arson attacks by security forces and Buddhist-aligned mobs have sent more than 850,000 of the country’s 1.3 million Rohingya fleeing. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

Unliked: Facebook and the Rohingya genocide

Facebook is unwittingly helping fuel a genocide against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Does Cuba’s internet model provide lessons to manage social media amid political chaos?
Skeletal fragments from Hummervikholmen, one of sites featured in this study. Beate Kjørslevik

Ancient DNA sheds light on first Scandinavians

Scandinavia was populated by two main migrations, making its first inhabitants more genetically diverse and adapted to harsh climates than those in the rest of Europe.
Indigenous knowledge has aided and enhanced modern science and technology for centuries, Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, speaks about climate change at the global COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Indigenous knowledge advances science

Traditional Indigenous knowledge and science has aided the development of modern scientific knowledge, and including Indigenous people in science is essential to its future.
Blockchain technologies could help homeowners sell their green electricity to their neighbours. (Shutterstock)

How blockchain can democratize green power

Blockchain technology could be applied to our energy grids to make them smarter, and turn energy consumers into producers.
Kids shouldn’t be expected to self-regulate the amount of time they spend on the device. And parents are finding it tougher and tougher to impose limits. Vitalinka/Shutterstock.com

Why Apple must make iPhones safe for kids

The problem isn't kids owning smartphones. But when daily use exceeds two hours a day, mental health issues start to crop up.

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