• What Is The Dark Web?
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    What Is The Dark Web?

    Facebook recently unveiled a second URL for their site that can only be accessed through TOR, which is a software that allows users to log-in anonymously from nearly anywhere on the planet – even in countries where Facebook is heavily monitored or blocked. This makes Facebook the first major web company to offer a platform on the dark web. So, what is the dark web and why did Facebook join it? First off, it’s important to understand that the internet is vast and constantly growing, and the majority of our daily usage only scratches the surface. Google, Yahoo, and other search engines only show about 4% of the data available…

  • Goodbye Silicon! Your Next Computer Chip Could Be Made of Gallium Oxide
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    Goodbye Silicon! Your Next Computer Chip Could Be Made of Gallium Oxide

    Sending astronauts to space used to take a computer the size of a washing machine. Now? That same computational might can be packed into something as small as an iPad! But as we aim for smaller devices, we’re hitting a threshold…our current materials and techniques may not allow us to continue to progress at this pace. Because of this we’re being pushed in new and exciting directions, like innovating the very stuff computers are made of: goodbye silicon, hello gallium oxide. Traditionally, computer chips have been made out of silicon–hence the name ‘silicon valley’. A computer chip transistor needs to be conductive, because it needs to be able to pass…

  • How Can Something Have Zero Calories?
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    How Can Something Have Zero Calories?

    This episode of Dnews is brought to you by Domain.com. Zero-calorie foods are all the rage these days – but are they REALLY zero calories? And is it even possible for a food to HAVE zero calories? Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews – and I’m sure a lot of you out there drink diet soda on occasion, and if so – perhaps you’ve found yourself wondering at times, “How is it possible that this has zero calories?” Or for that matter, how can any food have zero calories? It’s an interesting question, and the truth is – they really can’t. Aside from water, there is no truly zero calorie…

  • Are Those Your Lips or Feet? How Your Brain Rewires Itself After Amputation
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    Are Those Your Lips or Feet? How Your Brain Rewires Itself After Amputation

    Even though it looks like a random, bumpy mess, your brain is incredibly organized. Your brain has its own version of google maps for navigating the world around it — but just how flexible are these maps to changes? Every sound you can hear or touch you can feel is because neurons in a specific part of your brain are firing. Our brains are organized “topographically”so that we can keep track of where things are happening, … that means we can tell the difference between a touch on the arm or a touch on the face. By observing people’s brains in different imaging machines, neuroscientists have largely mapped out touch,…

  • How Quantum Computing Will Change The World!
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    How Quantum Computing Will Change The World!

    What the heck is quantum computing? And should I care? Hey guys, Crystal here with DNews, I dont know if you’ve noticed lately, but there is a new wave of computer technology being quietly developed in basement labs and secret company offices. I’m talking about “quantum computing”. Companies like Google, Microsoft and IBM, not to mention the U.S. government, have started investing heavily in the development of quantum computers in the last few years and news of their investments is slowly leaking out into mainstream media. So what is a quantum computer and why are all of the major powers that influence our lives interested in them? Well the short…

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    We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

    Some very hairy mice are bringing us another step closer to un-LOCKing a way to regenerate a full head of hair. Did somebody say a pun?! About 50% of men and 25% of women experience at least partial hair loss by the age of 50, whether due to age, medical treatments, or disease. Current options for those looking to reverse this loss include things like medications that may slow hair loss and transplants from hair follicles elsewhere on the body. But neither have the often desired effect of restoring a thick and full volume of hair. Researchers have been optimizing techniques for culturing “hair follicle germs” in a dish for…

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    Your Skin Cells Could Make a Baby, Will This Be the End of Infertility?

    We all know where babies come from. An egg is fertilized by sperm and the resulting zygote needs to be implanted in a uterus so it can grow and divide. The key here is the union of the gametes: sperm and egg. This means same-sex partners, or partners who are unable to provide gametes themselves, need to rely on donors. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if we could just generate gametes from the partners? Soon, we might be able to. The method is called in-vitro gametogenesis. It involves converting adult cells into lab-made eggs and sperm cells that can combine to create a zygote. This could pave…

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    The James Webb Space Telescope Is Delayed (Again)! What Is Happening?

    The James Webb Space Telescope being developed by NASA is set to be one the most exciting space observatories ever developed!, with totally novel technologies and instruments that will give us new insights into our universe. But unfortunately, its completion and launch has been delayed. Again. What’s goin’ on? The initial completion window for the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, was supposed to be between 2007 and 2011. There were some pretty severe budget and schedule issues, resulting in a 2011 overhaul of the project that set a new completion date for October of 2018. That turned out to be a little too optimistic, so they pushed it back…

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    What Are The Most Technologically Advanced Countries?

    In July 2015, President Obama signed an executive order to create the world’s most powerful supercomputer. But despite a massive focus on technological development, the United States is far from the most technologically advanced country. So, what ARE the most technologically advanced countries? Now, some studies list internet speed, or social media use as measures of advancement. But technologically powerful countries are only possible through a combination of research, development, scientific talent, and innovation. Luckily, CityLab created a Global Technology Index combining all of these metrics. First on the list is Finland. Finland happens to be the birthplace of one of the largest mobile phone producers and innovators, Nokia. But…

  • How Powerful is Singapore?
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    How Powerful is Singapore?

    In 1965 Singapore gained its independence from Malaysia. Since then, the tiny island city-state has been industrializing and growing at an unprecedented rate. This year, they were voted the most expensive city in the world for the second year running. So we wanted to know, how powerful is Singapore? Well, for starters, Singapore is a tiny island in Southeast Asia, with a population of a little over 5 million packed into 277 square miles. That’s roughly if everyone in Minnesota squeezed into an area the size of San Francisco. Along with South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers; nations that have experienced significant…