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Why You Need to Encrypt Your Android Phone Before You Wipe It and Sell It

Android's Factory Reset option is broken and it could compromise your security<p>Of course you're going to factory reset your phone before you give it away or sell it. You don't want all your data sitting on there, right? Unfortunately a new study shows even a full factory reset will leave data behind …

This Is a Baby’s Brain on Pain

In a first, researchers at Oxford University have watched infants as young as a day old as their brains process a light prodding of their feet. The …

Parenting

Be Careful What You Google

The search engine creates a feedback loop that influences the way people see the world, a new study finds.<p>Google is a modern oracle, and a miraculous one at that. It can lead you to the <i>Perfect Strangers</i> theme song lyrics, or to a satellite image of your childhood neighborhood, or to a blueprint for …

University of Washington

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Black hole winds stop star formation

It’s the first time astronomers have seen a supermassive black hole in action, blowing away its galaxy’s reservoir of star-making gas.<p>One of the …

Black Holes

Public invited to NASA flying saucer broadcast today

NASA’s rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle soon will fly into near-space. Join an hour-long live, interactive video broadcast on March 31.<p>NOTE …

Western Drought Enlarges 'Bathtub' Ring Around Lake Powell

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Bathtubs

Scientists discover 'new species' of dinosaur

Creature thought to be related to the Titanosaurs which could grow to 40 metres and weighed up to 90 tonnes.<p>Scientists claim to have discovered a new species of dinosaur which roamed the world 100 million years ago.<p>Nicknamed the Sibirosaurus, the creature is <b>thought to be related to the giant</b> …

Windows 10 Or OS X: Can Hardware Make The Difference?

Would you switch from Mac to Windows to get access to “better” hardware?<p>I resolved that dilemma long ago by becoming, more or less, operating system agnostic.<p>There is one stubborn, undeniable fact in favor of being agnostic: One side offers more choice. That would be Windows, of course. And that …

Neutrinos rarely interact, but watch them hit the Nova detector here!

We hoped to restart the Large Hadron Collider last week but it didn’t happen. However, particle physics marches on...<p>I would love to claim that the last couple of weeks of silence from the Life & Physics pages were due to me being occupied at CERN with a superconducting spanner, getting the Large …

Laser-activated nanoparticles are coming to clear your acne

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a high-tech solution to the bane of adolescence: acne. Acne occurs when the skin's pores become clogged. Conventional remedies generally involve stripping the skin of sebum -- the waxy substance naturally produced by pores that makes your skin …

Antarctica's ice melt has been accelerating in the last two decades

New study points to troubling trends in ice shelf loss<p>Ice floating along the coast of Antarctica has been melting more quickly over the past two decades, according to a study published today. The findings provide a more comprehensive perspective on how warming oceans have reduced ice volume, though …

Super salamander nearly ate our ancestors

The thing that got us off the hook? A big hot interception 200 million years ago.<p>Say hello to one of the strangest creatures to ever call our planet …

Dinosaurs

Engineering Lightbulbs To Keep Insects Away

Could help limit insect-borne diseases like malaria<p>Spending long summer evenings outside comes with a big nuisance: bug bites. Mosquitos and other insects are drawn to the lights illuminating your dinner party, which helps them hone in on their human prey. While that might mean a few days of itchy …

Facebook is planning to test its 747-sized internet drones this summer

Facebook's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world with a fleet of broadband-beaming unmanned aerial vehicles has taken a step closer to fruition. The company's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its …

Drones

Total solar eclipse at 35,000 feet

We’ve seen some wonderful photos of sky events taken from airplane windows. This one is really dramatic.<p>Our friend Eric Recurt submitted this …