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Computer Models Show What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War

Cheery happy times<p>You've seen what a nuclear winter looks like, as imagined by filmmakers and novelists. Now you can take a look at what scientists have to say. In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled what would happen after a "limited, regional nuclear …

Climate Change

The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Have A Dirty Little Secret

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bank of America tower in New York count among the worst offenders<p>Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to …

Political Leaders Rebuke Microsoft’s Mass Layoffs

Microsoft’s record layoffs have picked up negative attention from governmental authorities and leaders, even as the cuts have been largely welcomed by investors and the broader market.<p>The software company accreted more than 20,000 employees when it acquired the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets. …

MH17 crash: UK relatives call for the return of victims' bodies

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1094000/1094737_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522309911_7427254ba59bf0a4309d8b02cadfffe7<p><b>Relatives of passengers killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash have called for the bodies of their loved ones to be returned home.</b><p>Jordan Withers, …

Airplanes

A Rare Look At The Abandoned Military Bases Of The USSR

After working for a few years, Lusito left his industrial job and hit the roads of Europe in his van with a camera and little to no plan. He had a chance meeting with a geography professor in the Czech Republic who invited him on a trek to discover an abandoned Soviet military base.<p>It was a …

Soviet Union

This App Teaches You How To Play Almost Any Song You Can Find Online And It's Awesome

I tried teaching myself some chords on the guitar, but it turns out that you need big, strong hands to press down on the strings hard enough to make music.<p>My hands are neither big, nor are they strong.<p>So instead I picked up the ukulele, and, using YouTube, taught myself how to play.<p>The problem is, …

Guitar

DEUTSCHE BANK: Here's The Worst-Case Scenario For The Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The latest round of U.S. sanctions on Russia and the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine have everyone on edge about tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border.<p>"Core issues in the Ukraine crisis remain unresolved," said Deustche Bank analysts Raj Hindocha and Marcos Arana in a …

Russia

Light Field Photography to Replace DSLRs? Lytro Says Yes

On July 31, photographers will finally be able to wrap their hands around the Lytro Illum, the world’s first pro-level light field camera. Unlike the DSLRs that everyone is now used to, the Illum lets you create what Lytro calls “living pictures,” derived from the camera’s sensor and lens, …

Microsoft just gifted the world’s most promising mobile phone market to Google

Feature phones—those things without touchscreens or internet connections known colloquially as dumbphones—aren’t dead yet. But if Google and Microsoft get their way, they are are not long for this world. Smartphones outsold feature phones for the first time in 2013.<p>This week, Microsoft announced …

Windows Phone

The Best Tablets

A look at the top tablets on the market.<p>Want more deals? Join the IGN Deals Newsletter.<p>If ever there were a piece of technology right out of Star …

2014 Phablet Comparison Guide

What is a phablet? Well, on its simplest level, this phone/tablet portmanteau describes any smartphone that's big enough to replace a small tablet. …

Google reportedly confronted Samsung over its approach to smartwatches

The strained relationship between Google and Samsung over Android customization has been apparent for a while, and it now looks like this discontent has spread to the wearable world. <i>The Information</i> claims that Google CEO Larry Page confronted Samsung last week over its decision to invest more in …

MH17: A scene of horror – death and the banalities of life together in a Ukrainian field

Debris from the Malaysia Airlines flight blown up over Ukraine stretches over miles of countryside<p>They lie among the sun bleached wheat.<p>The bodies. Torn. Broken. Burnt.<p>Some are like manikins; twisted, turned, and rearranged, their joints bent at impossible angles, their skin like dull yellow …

Google going big with Android One, device launching October

For Americans, the Android One announcement at Google IO may have been a bit of a lackluster, but this could be the very project that takes Android to 5 billion users. It’s a program that will bring good, affordable smartphones to emerging markets. New reports claim the first device is set to …

Android News

Microsoft tells users to stop using strong passwords everywhere

Weak passwords have their place, argues new research from Microsoft, and they help users conserve brainpower for where it is needed<p>Users should use and reuse weak passwords for websites which don't hold valuable information, say researchers from Microsoft, overturning decades of accumulated wisdom …

This 8,000-Year-Old Skull May Contain Preserved Brain Matter, Archaeologists Say

Is that... ancient brain matter?<p>Archaeologists in Norway were excited enough when they unearthed what may be an 8,000-year-old Stone Age skull.<p>But then, when they took a closer look, they were even more stunned to find what was inside -- possible traces of preserved brain matter.<p>"Inside it is …

Experimental stem cell treatment causes woman to grow parts of a nose on her spine

Stem cells are seen as one of modern medicine's most promising magic bullets, but that doesn't mean that we understand them. A paralyzed woman from the US has learned this the hard way, after an experimental treatment caused her to grow a nose-like tumor on her back. The unnamed person took part in …

This Designer Told Young Steve Jobs His Computers Were Ugly, And What Happened Next Changed Apple Forever

"He didn't like that I said the products were incredibly ugly and wasteful in production," Esslinger says. "But when I explained he understood."<p>Esslinger would soon join Apple, where he worked with Jobs for years coming up with groundbreaking designs including concepts that resemble the iPhone, …

Silicon Valley

11 Things You Can Do With Samsung's New Tablet That You Can't Do With The iPad

Other than its super-slim design and gorgeous display, the Tab S comes with a handful of software features that allow you to do more than you can with an iPad.<p>Here's a quick look at what you can do with the Galaxy Tab S that you can't do with an iPad.

Gear & Gadgets

Meet The Child Brides Of Pakistan

Photo: Courtesy Of Rahnuma-FPAP.<p>When she was just six years old, “Aafreen” (a woman now in her early 20s, from the Sindh Province in southeastern …

Samsung's Level 'premium' portable audio line makes its US debut

We were privy to Samsung's premium portable audio plans a few days before the rumblings of an Apple/Beats affair surfaced. The Level series of portable audio gadgets goes on sale tomorrow (July 17th) with appropriately-named options for over-ear, on-ear, in-ear and Bluetooth speaker listening -- …

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

The menus of millennia past can be tough to crack, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. For archaeologists studying a prehistoric site in Sudan, dental plaque provided a hint.<p>"When you eat, you get this kind of film of dental plaque over your teeth," says Karen Hardy, an archaeologist …

British Secret Agents No More Skilled Than An 'Average Hacker'

To any British kid who grew up watching James Bond, it might appear that Her Majesty’s Secret Service is clever enough to defeat any adversary. After the Snowden revelations, many people have changed their mind about whether spies are still the good guys, but it’s almost impossible to shake that …

Ancient People Achieved Remarkably Clean Teeth With Noxious Weed?

Eating the tuber of a bad-tasting plant prevented cavities 2,000 years ago.<p>The purple nutsedge is one of the world's worst weeds, spreading stealthily underground and shrugging off herbicides as if they were soda water. But new research shows that for one ancient people, this noxious plant may have …

Israel and Hamas to observe brief Gaza truce

Israel and Hamas are to hold a five-hour ceasefire to allow UN humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip.<p>The UN asked Israel on Wednesday for a unilateral pause, a UN official told Al Jazeera, as renewed air strikes on the enclave threatened a major humanitarian crisis.<p>The army said Israel has …

Israelis consider ground invasion of Gaza; brief truce planned

Israeli military and political leaders were increasingly leaning toward a ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to rid the Palestinian enclave of rockets and tunnels used by militants for attacks, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said Wednesday.<p>An operation to move Israeli troops into the …

Israel, Hamas Agree on Short Cease-Fire After Israeli Strike Kills 4 Palestinian Boys

Each time Israel goes to war in Gaza, there always seems to be some horrific military blunder that Israel surely wishes it could undo. This time, …

Israel