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Creating a Computer Voice That People Like

NYT Science - 1 hour 28 min ago
Creating a computer “personality” is as much an art as it is a science, and it’s a challenge that more and more software designers are grappling with.









Cement study seeks nuclear waste solution

BBC Science - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:31
UK scientists say they have produced a new mix of cement that should be much more effective at containing nuclear waste in a deep repository.

Earth's rarest minerals catalogued

BBC Science - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:23
Scientists categorise the Earth's rarest minerals with some so rare that the total global supply could fit in a thimble.

Polluted air 'causes 5.5m deaths a year'

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 21:34
More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, according to new research.

Head of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute Quits Over Transplant Scandal

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:32
Anders Hamsten said he could no longer lead the the institute after accusations of medical misconduct against a former professor there.









US scientists warn on 'dustbowl' risk

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:03
US scientists have modelled how a 1930s-like "dustbowl" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.

Texas Panel Calls for an End to Criminal IDs via Bite Mark

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 17:35
The recommendation by the influential Texas Forensic Science Commission is not legally binding, but is likely to carry great weight.









Jake Page, Editor Who Made Science Accessible, Dies at 80

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 17:10
Mr. Page worked for book publishers and Smithsonian magazine and wrote books on several areas of science, natural history and the American Indian.









Trilobites: Two-Thirds of the World Faces Severe Water Shortages

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 16:33
The scarcity can lead to crop failure and low crop yields, which could cause food price increases, famine and widespread starvation.









Trilobites: A Valentine’s Date Idea for Astronomy-Loving Early Birds

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 15:50
It’s still possible to take advantage of the narrowing window of opportunity to see five planets align.









Waking Up to Five Planets

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 14:57
With the help of an astronomer, a photographer captured this time-lapse video early one morning in late January.









Quake mobile app invites public test

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:38
A new app that turns a smartphone into a mobile seismometer is being rolled out by California scientists.

Economic View: The Rich Can Learn From the Poor in How to Be Frugal

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:15
When it comes to spending and saving, our bank accounts will be healthier if we stop looking at relative values and start looking at absolute dollars.









Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:13
Despite advances in medicine, a longevity gap that has long favored wealthy Americans has more than doubled since the 1970s, researchers say.









Farmers on alert for livestock virus

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 06:09
Farmers are being warned to expect an outbreak of a highly infectious animal disease called bluetongue this summer.

Observatory: Eagles Take to South African Agriculture

NYT Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 03:33
A community of Verreaux’s eagles is faring better in a landscape of farms than a similar group in a more remote region.









VIDEO: Meet the 'brainwave orchestra'

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 02:30
Four members of a Paramusical Ensemble, who are unable to talk or move, are using ground-breaking technology to create music with the power of their minds.

Ground control bids farewell to Philae

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 02:19
The Rosetta mission team says it is time to give up hope of ever hearing again from the comet lander Philae.

'Health risk' legacy from Neanderthals

BBC Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:56
Scientists find a wide range of ailments are strongly influenced by our Neanderthal heritage.

Gravitational waves: Numbers don't do them justice

BBC Science - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 16:41
How significance is the detection of gravitational waves?

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