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This breathalyzer can detect 17 different diseases

In an ideal world, a medical mystery could be solved with a device that quickly and cheaply takes a noninvasive sample and reports back with whatever condition a patient is suffering from — a real life "Star Trek" medical tricorder of sorts.<p>Perhaps more importantly, diseases could potentially be …

Xiaomi is making a Lego-like coding toy robot you can control with your phone

Xiaomi is producing a plastic toy robot that you can assemble into different forms, and control with an app.<p>Called the Toy Block, the coding toy …

A 3D-printed finger might unlock a phone and solve a murder mystery

Staff and students at Michigan State University are using an unlikely technique to try and help police solve a murder case: a 3D-printed finger.<p>The …

Island Getaways

TravelBest Of<p>See photos of top island getaways (including Bali, Maui, Lord Howe Island, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Travel Photography

Where to Find the Perfect Croissants in Paris

As dawn breaks in Paris, doughy smells permeate the air, and locals line up at neighborhood <i>boulangeries</i> for freshly baked croissants to enjoy alongside their morning coffee–and as an afternoon <i>goûter</i>, or snack.<p>These yeast-leavened pastries from Vienna—known there as <i>viennoiserie</i>s—reportedly arrived …

Top 10 books about spies

Photograph: Harold Clements/Getty Images<p>Kim Philby holding a press conference after being cleared of spying charges by foreign secretary Harold Macmillan in …

Top 10

Why we should electrify the oceans

In Indonesia, ecologists have created ‘biological rocks’ on the ocean floor using an ingeniously simple technology. Katie Silver investigates.<p>Just metres off the beach, beneath the clear water, is a giant motorbike, sitting atop a big steel structure in the shape of a speedbump. It is covered in …

This Is How We'll Experience Storytelling in the Future

In the future, you won't just consume stories by watching a movie or tuning into a podcast via earbuds. You'll be standing in the middle of …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

Australia's Oldest Man Knits Adorable Sweaters to Save Oil-Covered Penguins

109-year-old Alfred ‘Alfie' Date, Australia's oldest man, has 80 years of knitting experience under his belt, which is why the nurses at his retirement home asked him for a highly specific, peculiar favor. Back in 2013, there was an oil spill that was negatively affecting the little penguins of …

Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ravage the brain in very different ways. But they have at least one thing in common, says Corinne Lasmezas, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Fla. Each spreads from brain cell to brain cell like an …

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Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to the Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

Want to make sure a photograph survives your lifetime? Print it out. That’s the warning Internet pioneer Vint Cerf gave at a talk recently, saying …

I'm an atheist, but I have no interest in joining your 'movement'

I do understand the desire to feel like part of a community of like-minded believers: that’s what most people turn to religion for in the first place<p>Most atheists I know talk about their “lack” or “rejection” of religion– their active stance against belief in any higher power. But for me, it’s not …

Scottish scientists have slowed the speed of light

The speed of light travelling through free space has been slowed down for the first time, breaking what was thought to be a constant physical …

Physics

Cat genes could hold vital clues to treatments for human diseases

Researchers aim to sequence feline genomes to help in fight against diabetes and asthma<p>Scientists have recruited a new ally in their battle to fight disease: domestic moggies. They believe the genetic profiles of cats contain crucial clues about diseases to which humans and felines are both …

Track Down

Today's Style Secret

We're keeping an eye on the red carpet, the It girls and the fashion bloggers who are innovating. Check back daily for the style how-tos.

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

The best new tourist attractions on earth, according to Lonely Planet

If globe-trotting is on your bucket list this year, travel guide company Lonely Planet wants to tell you where to go. Its list of the world’s best travel experiences of 2015, part of its latest ebook, “New in Travel,” will take you off the beaten track from Ireland to Panama to South Africa. Here’s …

Hong Kong

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

High-Definition

12 Fashion Apps To Download Now

For the fashion girl glued to her phone, these apps range from shopping to closet organizing and are guaranteed to step up your sartorial game.<p><b>1) PS Dept</b><p>For the fashionistas who don't already have their own stylist on speed dial, PS Dept gives users access to a personal fashion consultant 24/7. …

Shoes | Sandals | NET-A

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Thirty of the best Christmas party shoes – in pictures

Whether you need a pair of sparkly flats for dancing all night or some shiny high heels for Christmas lunch, we’ve got your Christmas footwear covered

15 Motivational Posters to Kick Start Your Creativity

If you feel like you're stuck in a rut, check out these motivational posters by Be Happy. The company believes that “Words are Powerful” and they've put inspirational sentences on everything from posters and t-shirts to cards and mugs. Like Ira Glass's great advice for creatives, these powerful …

DJ Spooky: Multimedia Mixes to Save the Planet

Paul D. Miller synthesizes art, music, and data to spotlight environmental issues.<p><i>Editor's note: Paul D. Miller is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, which honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the</b> …

How to Get People Talking About Climate Change

Climate change denial is mercifully rare, with those who enjoy second-guessing scientific opinion from a position of ignorance in a dwindling minority. But it's still an inconvenient truth even for those who believe in it.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Climate change denial is mercifully …

This Simple Machine/Art Installation Turns Coke Into Clean Drinking Water

You can buy a Coke for very little money almost anywhere in the world. In fact, in many places, it’s said that it’s much easier to procure a can of soda than fresh drinking water. To Dutch artist Helmut Smits, this was a frustrating example of how mass consumer culture can take precedence over …

How to make a cup of tea for an academic

Ever wondered where all the bloody teaspoons are? Or how to avoid that pesky dribble down the underside of the teapot spout? Thankfully researchers have tackled these pressing issues<p>As a British researcher working in France, I have struggled with something of an existential crisis regarding my …

Top five: Chocolate week

Some of us don’t need a mere seven days dedicated to chocolate – we need a whole lifetime. Nevertheless, here are five suggestions to indulge in this week, in celebration of Chocolate week (13-19 October)

Paper Folding Artworks

Last June Google introduced Material Design, their new design language which is pretty cool. The inspiration behind the project was developed by …

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