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Climate change is happening on Mars, where an ice age is coming to an end

By examining swirling patterns left in ice topping the Red Planet’s north pole, scientists using radar data from NASA’s<p>Mars Reconnaissance Orbiterhave put together an unprecedented look into our rusty neighbor’s most recent ice age.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, offer fresh insight …

Ice Age

Why IQ matters more than grit

How to think about intelligence — a conversation with an IQ researcher.<p>Intelligence quotient — or IQ — can be an awkward topic.<p>As I wrote yesterday, there's a mountain of research showing that it's a genuinely powerful predictor of your health, prosperity, and well-being. But because IQ is …

Celestial Photos Make Planet Earth Look Like the Moon

“It’s almost like the environment knows you’re there but doesn’t care,” says Anchorage-based photographer Kerry Tasker of the Alaskan terrain. The …

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Can you solve the psychedelic illusion driving the internet crazy?

Prepare to have your mind blown.<p>The brain may have an inconceivable number of cells [around 100 billion] and is the most complex biological structure on Earth but the organ appears to have a little trouble when it comes to optical illusions.<p>It seems to be relatively easy to trick the brain - as …

Consciousness

The tallest place on Earth is nowhere near Mt. Everest

Whenever the question is asked, "what is the highest point on planet Earth?" people naturally assume that the answer is Mt. Everest.<p>In fact, so embedded is the notion that Mt. Everest is the highest point on the world that most people wouldn't even think twice before answering. And even when we …

How Solar Energy Is Changing the World Using New Technologies

Credit<p>One of the recent technology trends making waves on the globe right now is the significant use of solar energy systems to generate clean, non-polluting electricity and to also curb other issues that directly affect the environment. Due to different global warming concerns that are depleting …

Solar Power

New Project Ara development kit coming this fall, consumer modular phone next year

After a long wait, Project Ara is now closer to real product with a consumer product finally coming next year. In addition to a new developer kit launching this year, ATAP announced many partnerships with companies to make modules. Google believes that Ara will be the future of computing and is now …

Mobile Technology

Tesla's Summon Feature Is Now The Ultimate Dad Prank

Tesla’s Summon feature has been rather contentious lately, but that didn’t stop one dad from using it to prank his son by locking him the car and …

I Paint World Leaders As Babies

I’m a visual pop artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh, who paints under the cloak, Pretty Shitty Art. I’m heavily inspired by pop gore and media culture, …

Astronomers Just Discovered a Rare Dwarf Galaxy That's Loaded With Precious Elements

Stars packed with gold, platinum, and silver.<p>Scientists have been searching for the origin of some of the most precious metals on Earth - including …

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Google's Awareness API can turn every Android app into a smart assistant

Maybe the reason why Google isn't giving a formal name to its personal assistant software is that it's more than just one thing. Introduced at I/O this week is a new Android Awareness API that bundles all the sensor data from your smartphone or other Android device and presents it to apps, which …

Apps

Samsung showed off a new 6GB DRAM chip yesterday

Could it come to the Galaxy Note 6?<p>Samsung brought its 10 nanometer LPDDR4 6GB DRAM chip to a mobile conference in China yesterday. While that's impressive, the company didn't elaborate on where it plans to put all that memory — Samsung's old 20nm 6GB chip for mobile didn't get much use. Most …

Japan's Design Enfant Terrible Launches Car Of The Cloth

Kota Nezu, the man who caused dropped jaws around the world with his wooden car, is at it again. Today, the dyed-red-haired Japanese car designer showed a “car” made from an even more pliable material: Fabric material.<p>This morning, hordes of media blocked the narrow side streets of Tokyo’s swank …

Japan

The 20 Most Beautiful Places in California

Traveling through California is like getting a crash course in America's natural beauty: the windswept deserts, Redwood forests, rocky coastlines, and rows of vines. Add to that some world-famous architecture and city skylines, and you have a state you could spend a lifetime exploring. It's …

California

Google's artificial intelligence chief says 'we're in an AI spring'

“We’re kind of in an AI Spring,” says John Giannandrea, Google’s head of machine learning.<p>Giannandrea's statement — a reference to the term AI winter …

Coalition drops leaflets over Raqqa telling residents to flee ahead of offensive

The US-led coalition has dropped flyers over the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa for the first time urging them to leave, as opposition forces prepare to retake the jihadists’ stronghold.<p>"The time you have been waiting for has come, the time to leave Raqqa," read the top of the comic book style …

Banning Russia from Rio Olympics for doping isn’t quite that simple

As more evidence has emerged this month of a state-sponsored doping program in Russia, some are calling for the International Olympic Committee to ban all of the country’s athletes from the upcoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Doping and Olympic history experts, however, are skeptical the IOC …

Doping

28 Objects You Had No Idea Existed

1. Bismuth, a chemical element with iridescent surface<p>2. A brick-path-laying machine<p>3. Algodones Sand Dunes Curvy Border Fence in So Cal<p>4. A turtle …

The World’s Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself

Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility …

Police Body Camera Video Shows Cops Tasering Hallucinating Man To Death

Federal guidelines have specifically cautioned against repeatedly using stun guns on subjects.<p><i>This video contains explicit language and disturbing scenes of violence:</i><p>Fifteen jolts from a Taser were too much for Chase Sherman's body to handle. On Friday, The New York Times published police body …

Crime

Apple Never Wants You to Leave its New Store

Apple’s new flagship store, in the center of San Francisco, will be opening to the public on May 21 — both in the sense of doing business and quite …

13-Year-Old Girl Locked in Basement for More Than a Year, Toledo Police Say

An Ohio father and son were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly shackling a 13-year-old girl in their Toledo basement for more than a year.<p>Court documents said the girl told police she was kept in the dark, handcuffed to a support beam by her ankle, fed spoiled scraps of food, and forced to use …

Crime

Google is bringing its futuristic gesture-sensing radar to actual products

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Google's closer than ever to making Project Soli, its experimental gesture-based radar project, a reality.<p>During a …

This Article Will Explode In 5 Points

There is a bomb in this column, and it will explode in five entries. Do not panic. I am confident I can figure out which wire to cut to defuse it. …

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Jammu and Kashmir

You'll Never Guess What Olympic Soccer Player Julie Johnston Has For Lunch

She should probably defend her plate because her cooking sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.<p><i>Soccer star Julie Johnston, 24, is a defender for the National Women's Soccer League's Chicago Red Stars and a 2015 Olympic hopeful on Team USA. Of course she didn't just wake up, lace her cleats, and book a flight to Rio</i> …

Three years ago, he lost his leg to war. Now he’s the first combat amputee to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

For years, the summit seemed out of reach, and not because Charlie Linville hadn’t trained hard enough.<p>A Marine Corps veteran at 30, Staff Sgt. Linville was no stranger to adversity. The Boise, Idaho, native was a high school freshman when his father was diagnosed with stage-four cancer. In 2007, …

Mountaineering

New Robot-Fabricated Building Material Is 100 Times Lighter Than Brick

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is made from a glass and carbon fiber filament that mimics the shell of beetle wings, and no two elements are the same.<p>This week, the Victoria & Albert museum in London unveiled the robot-fabricated Elytra Filament Pavilion to open the museum’s first ever Engineering …