Industry insiders say Sony set a terrible precedent this week when it canceled the release of "The Interview." They say Sony's decision paints a bleak future for Hollywood in which major studios, fearful of repercussions, will push further toward extreme political correctness rather than risk offending foreign regimes and dictators.
Sony canceled the film's release after hackers broke into its computer network and threatened to blow up theaters that showed the movie- a comedy that depicts a plot to kill North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The FBI has traced the terror threat to North Korea, FOX411 has confirmed.
Max LaDue of Durham NC, controls a robot and participates in class at the School for Creative Studies from his home. After missing more than 100 days of school last year due to suffering from painful syndromes, Max became the first student in the state to use the VGo robotic technology to give him access to academic and the school social scene. "I tell people my son goes to school as a robotic telepresence, and you see their minds about to explode," said Max's mother, Juli LaDue. "It's the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to a sick kid."
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The University of Minnesota is getting worldwide recognition for a new way to detect cancer. Even more impressive, the device is handheld and only needs a single drop of blood. You may someday soon see the device on the desk at your doctor's office. It's all about speeding up checking body fluids for cancers and other diseases. "My own research has been with ovarian cancer early detection and to me this is almost like the poster child of the importance of early detection," said Todd Klein Zepto with Life Technology.
Nitrous oxide may be a way to treat people with severe depression who have not responded to standard therapies, a small study suggests.
In 20 patients who had treatment-resistant clinical depression, two-thirds experienced an improvement in symptoms after receiving nitrous oxide—or laughing gas. In comparison, one-third of the same patients reported improved symptoms after treatment with a placebo. The patients were evaluated on the day of and day after each treatment.
Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels. Fusion is how stars produce energy. It occurs when the nuclei of light atoms, such as hydrogen, are fused together under extreme pressure and heat.
While fusion may someday provide an infinite source of energy, researchers still need to overcome plenty of hurdles to get there. For a start, building reactors that basically mimic and sustain the extreme forces that take place in the sun is very expensive.
Hybrids are a much more cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions than newly released hydrogen fuel cell cars.
If you want to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, you should probably skip the hydrogen fuel cell cars now coming to market and buy a (much cheaper) hybrid instead.
The Toyota Mirai, is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and emits only water vapor. A few testers have driven the Toyota Mirai, and most have positive things to say about the car. The company says the Mirai will be able to travel 300 miles on a full tank, and that it only takes five minutes to top off with hydrogen. Instead of greenhouse gases, the Mirai will emit only water vapor as it’s driven. Here’s the catch: right now there are only 13 hydrogen stations in the , so the Mirai represents a gamble that hydrogen fuel cell technology will take off commercially in the next few years.
The United Kingdom may seem an unlikely candidate to lead a renewable energy revolution; it doesn't have much sun for solar power, it doesn't have much space for wind power and it doesn't have giant coursing rivers for hydro.
It does, however, have thousands of miles of coastline and a lowering and restless sea whose tides ebb and flow with tremendous force.
Athletes drink beetroot concentrate to gain a competitive edge. Now new research suggests it may also help patients with heart failure. When the nitrate in beetroot is converted into nitric oxide, it dilates the blood vessels. Kansas State researchers found beetroot concentrate increases blood flow to skeletal muscles by as much as 38 percent during exercise, but in addition to boosting athletic performance, beetroot juice may improve the quality of life of heart failure patients since heart failure limits blood flow. Improving a heart failure patient's blood flow by as little as 10 percent can mean the difference between being wheelchair bound or being able to walk.
Remembering user names and passwords for every website we use can be a pain, but now you could gain access by just looking at them. Eyelock, uses iris scanning to replace typing in user names and remembering lengthy, complicated passwords. This and similar facial recognition technology is the wave of the future, for computers and beyond. It's already in development for ATMs and security checkpoints.