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VAVA’s new dash cam lets you video while you voom

I usually don’t like to post Kickstarters unless I’ve seen the product firsthand but I also love dash cams. What was I to do? Luckily VAVA was able to supply a demo unit so I can report that this $99 dash cam is real, works, and could let you make some clever Russian-style road videos or record …

Thanks To Climate Change, The World’s Storms Are Getting More Dangerous

Removing the climate change page from the White House site won’t do anything to slow the damage to our planet, just as refusing to “believe” in science won’t help your home stay standing when dangerous, violent storms tear it from the Earth. And those storms are getting a lot worse, says new …

Climate Change

The CDC Says U.S. Flu Cases Have Reached Epidemic Levels

Eight children have died from the virus this flu season.<p>If you haven't gotten your annual flu shot yet, you should consider getting one ASAP. The number of seasonal flu cases in the United States has been higher than the national average for six weeks straight, according to a report from the …

Public Health

Facts are the reason science is losing during the current war on reason

You’d think scientists could answer simple questions like ‘when did the dinosaurs live?’. But the truth about science is bad news for those seeking certainty<p>With controversy about science communication, facts and alternative facts hitting the headlines recently, I’ve been having a number of …

Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Physics

Demystified: An In-Depth Guide to Your Camera’s Histogram

If you ask 10 photographers what camera feature they are least comfortable with, what do you think they’d say?Hands down, my bet would be the …

Tutorials

How one boy's mystery disease could hold the key to solving our biggest health threats

In 2011, Jimmy Lin was working at Johns Hopkins University mapping the genetic mutations linked to cancer when he met a child who would change the …

NASA just released its incredibly cool concept for houses on Mars

NASA researchers have a lot of problems to work through if they want astronauts to one day set foot on Mars. One of the biggest hurdles is where these early pioneers will sleep and live, and after a day of brainstorming, engineers might have come up with a solution - a conceptual 'ice home' …

Space Science

Want to Break a Bad Habit? Science Says Do These 4 Things

There's a science to changing bad behaviors, and you can master it.<p>It's 3 p.m., and you're knee-deep in an afternoon energy slump.<p>You head towards the office kitchen to grab a glass of water where you're encountered by a box of treats that seems to be calling your name. "Just one," you swear. But …

Procrastination

Making the Case for Medical School

The path to becoming a doctor is challenging. It requires at least 11 years of post secondary training and as many as 17 or more for some …

Medical School

10 Ways to Become a Better Landscape Photographer in the Next Year

As each new year approaches, people usually start thinking about what they can do better or improve in the new year. As a professional landscape …

Landscape Photography

Rare and Deadly ​Superbug Mysteriously Appears on U.S. Pig Farms

Not all bacteria are created equal. The first-time discovery of a long-dreaded superbug on U.S. pig farms, announced Monday, really stands out. And …

Japan launches 'space junk' collector

As well as delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), the vessel has a device that will remove space junk in orbit. The launch was …

Nasa and Stephen Hawking are working on a nano-starship that can travel 1/5th the speed of light

Nasa researchers have joined forces with Stephen Hawking to build a nano-starship that can travel one-fifth the speed of light.<p>If successful, the …

'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion …

Nuclear Energy

Astronomers Spot An Ancient, ‘Hyper-Starburst’ Galaxy

A team of astronomers has observed a galaxy from early days of the universe undergoing a tremendous burst of star formation. The galaxy, seen by …

The Thrilla in Virginia: The CRISPR Battle Comes to a Crispy Head

<i>This essay appears in today’s edition of the</i> Fortune <i>Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.</i><p>The patent fight billed as the …

This Entire Galaxy Is Being Ravaged by Its Supermassive Black Hole

A stunning new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy that’s being strangled by tentacles of gas and dust. The strange and …

Sony made the best noise cancelling headphones ever

After testing the Bose QC35 for my review five months ago, I was completely sold on them. They’re comfortable, look great and are the best at blocking out sound. Bose might not be an audiophiles’ choice, but the noise cancellation technology it uses for its QuietComfort series of products has never …

Consumer Tech

Oxford University will offer free online courses in 2017

The highest ranked university in the world will soon join prestigious institutions like Berkeley, Harvard and MIT in offering free massive open online courses (MOOCs). Starting in February 2017, Oxford University will partner with nonprofit online learning platform edX to teach a freely available …

The year of your birth could decide whether you live or die in the next big flu pandemic

The year of your birth could determine whether you live or die in a major flu pandemic, such as the 1918 outbreak that killed an estimated 50 million …

What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal …

'Spiders' on Mars: Citizen scientists investigate strange Martian terrain

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been surveying strange "spider-like" surface features on Mars for years, and now citizen scientists are helping the orbiter hone in on areas that require further investigation.<p>These prominent surface features are found near Mars' south pole, and are …

Mars Mission

The New Horizons Spacecraft Has Found A Strange Asteroid Teeming With The Ingredients Of Life

Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among scientists.<p>MU69 …

Astronomy

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Terahertz radiation could speed up computer memory by 1000 times

One area limiting speed in personal computing speed is memory -- specifically, how quickly individual memory cells can be switched, which is currently done using an external magnetic field. European and Russian scientists have proposed a new method using much more rapid terahertz radiation, aka …

Everything You Need to Know to Capture a Stunning Sunset & Enhance the Image in Lightroom (VIDEO)

Everyone loves photographing a beautiful sunset, but sometimes our results don’t quite convey the epic scene we attempted to capture. In this …

Chasing Light: The Life and Work of the Ultimate Outdoorsman Photographer

Official Lone Star State Photographer Wyman Meinzer is a Texas legend. A world-class hunter, trapper, marksman, outdoor pioneer, <i>and</i> photographer, …

The Flash Porter puts all your images in the palm of your hand

A new Kickstarter project is aiming to allow photographers to backup their files without a computer. Flash Porter is a portable backup system that …

Gear & Gadgets