Facebook still isn't a mall, but its bots aim to change that

It's now possible—though neither easy nor particularly convenient—to buy stuff on Facebook via automated messaging "bots." But it's far from clear that people really want to go shopping on the social network.

US House passes email privacy bill

US lawmakers Wednesday approved a bill to boost privacy protection for email and other electronic communication, closing key loopholes in digital data protection.

Scientists establish first map of the sea lion brain

Rio is a California sea lion who can solve IQ tests that many people have trouble passing. In fact, she is so smart that scientists at the Long Marine Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz designed a series of tests ...

Crop advances grow with protection

Most people are aware of open-source computer programs. These free programs, accessible by anyone, spread technology to distant corners of the world. Cutting-edge innovations, however, come at a price. As a result, many software ...

Bacteria beneficial to plants have spread across California

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered that a strain of beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria has spread across California, demonstrating that beneficial bacteria can share some of the same features ...

Protecting diversity on coral reefs: DNA may hold the key

Coral reefs are widely known for their stunning array of color, shape and forms of life, making them a model for extreme biodiversity. Hidden within the multitude of reef inhabitants, but no less important, is their genetic ...

Scientists use skin cells to create human sperm

Scientists in Spain on Wednesday they had created human sperm from skin cells, a medical feat which could eventually lead to a treatment for infertility.

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