US, India, Australia, and Japan reportedly want to create their own version of China’s Belt and Road

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Australia, the US, India, and Japan have discussed a joint regional infrastructure project, according to a report from the Australian Financial Review. Such a scheme could be seen as an attempt to counter Beijing’s growing influence via its Belt and Road Initiative. The project is reportedly on the agenda for Turnbull’s talks […]

Scientists create human-sheep chimera with hopes of affordable organ transplants

A team of scientists has grown embryos inside a sheep that contain human stem cells, moving the sci-fi idea of developing human organs inside animals one step closer to reality, which has sparked ethical concerns. The scientific breakthrough could potentially save the lives of thousands of people who are in a dire need of vital […]

More nightmare fuel: Bedbugs create cesspool of poop and histamine in your bed

Enlarge / A typical bed bug aggregation showing blood-fed and unfed bed bugs and fecal spots that contain histamine (photo credit: Matt Bertone) (credit: DeVries et al.) It’s official: pooping the bed is not the worst thing you can do. Letting bedbugs do it is worse. As the creepy critters bite you while you slumber, […]

PrecisionHawk acquires Droners and AirVid to create a massive network of licensed drone pilots

PrecisionHawk has announced a duo of acquisitions as the commercial drone company looks to build the biggest network of commercially licensed drone pilots in the U.S. Founded out of Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010, PrecisionHawk supplies drones, software, and services for companies to put unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to use across numerous industries such as insurance […]

DJI will create no-fly zones around Olympic venues in South Korea

Days ago, South Korean authorities announced that they’d capture any drone that got too close to Olympics event facilities. If you have a DJI-made craft, you won’t even be able to get close. The UAV maker is releasing a software patch that creates a no-fly zone around Olympic areas. For the duration of the games, […]

Tesla will create ‘virtual power plant’ with 50,000 Australian homes

Tesla isn’t done bolstering Australia’s power grid just because its giant battery farm is up and running. South Australia premier Jay Weatherill has unveiled a partnership that will provide 5kW solar panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to “at least” 50,000 homes in a bid to create the largest-ever “virtual power plant,” where homes contribute […]

Many rings, not one, create a laser to confound us all

Enlarge / This is what this article is about. (credit: Knick Banas / Flickr) Today, we are going to tackle a topic that every science journalist fears deeply: topological insulators. Fear not dear reader, once your head explodes, you’ll feel nothing. Besides, these aren’t just any topological insulators, they’re topological insulator lasers, which definitely makes […]

Nintendo Switch games news: PERFECT 2018 release to create massive sales boost

Nintendo Switch games news in 2018  has so far been dominated by a small selection of titles. Metroid Prime 4 is one game a lot of fans are looking forward to seeing more of, even if it is just a trailer. There’s also other top titles announced, including Bayonetta 3, Dark Souls Remastered and Kirby […]

Tory MP calls for pupils to learn UK national anthem to aid integration, create sense of identity

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell is calling for ‘God Save the Queen’ to be taught in schools across the UK to bolster a sense of “national identity” and aid integration – but the suggestion has been met with a backlash. “With such a diverse society, it is even more important that all schoolchildren in the UK […]