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What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Universal cancer vaccine on horizon after genetic breakthrough

A universal cancer vaccine is on the horizon after scientists discovered how to rewire immune cells to fight any type of disease.<p>The potential new therapy involves injecting tiny particles of genetic code into the body which travel to the immune cells and teach them to recognise specific …

Immunotherapy

How to create an animated scene

Creating an interesting and detailed 3D art model can be a challenge in itself. Putting together a believable environment for 3D movies that tells …

How-To: Quickly resize images on OS X using a Service with Automator

Every day I use a handy service created with Automator to resize images exported from 4K footage to a smaller size. It’s easy to resize images in an app like Preview or Pixelmator, but using a service works better for me since it can batch resize multiple images in seconds, and it’s directly …

Tutorials

Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Who says playing around is a waste of time?<p>Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) said that's exactly what they were doing when …

Google's chief futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks we could start living forever by 2029

Kurzweil is one of the biggest believers in The Singularity, the moment when humans — with the aid of technology —will supposedly live forever.<p>He's chosen the year 2045 because, according to his calculations, "The nonbiological intelligence created in that year will reach a level that's a billion …

Elon Musk just made an incredibly important point about solar energy

Visionaries like Elon Musk know how underrated solar power is.<p>In an interview on December 15 at the American Geophysical Union meeting, Musk mentioned that if we covered just a corner of Utah or Nevada with solar panels, we could power the entire US, as Nature News' Lauren Morello reported.<p>This …

The science of learning: five classic studies

Want to know how to learn better? Here’s what psychologists have discovered about the mental processes involved<p>A few classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates …

Canoeing

What Orwell can teach us about the language of terror and war

Bureaucratic double-speak, tautology and ambiguous cliche not only dominate the language of public life from the health service to higher education, talking and writing badly also prepares the ground for military and terrorist action, writes Rowan Williams<p>At first sight, it seems hard to imagine a …

Literature

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and …

Psychology

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Amazon Echo

USB Drives No Longer Required to Install Windows with Boot Camp in OS X El Capitan

With OS X El Capitan available today to the public, some have begun discovering interesting tidbits and changes the new operating system has to offer. <i>Twocanoes</i> (via <i>The Loop)</i> has discovered that Boot Camp has gained the ability to install a Windows partition without a USB drive.<p>Boot Camp comes with …

Operating Systems

Microsoft app turns iPhone into 3-D scanner

If you keep track of the ways the iPhone is a revolutionary tool, you can soon add 3-D printing the growing list.<p>A Microsoft research team has created an app that turns any smartphone camera into a 3-D scanner without the need for extra hardware.<p>The MobileFusion app could open the world to 3-D …

Augmented Reality

John Harrison's 'Clock B' sets a world record over 250 years after it was designed

The legendary watchmaker's design was centuries ahead of its time<p>John Harrison, one of the world's greatest clockmakers, claimed to have designed the perfect pendulum clock in the mid-18th century. Instead of being celebrated, Harrison's plans were chastised and ridiculed by his peers. A clock that …

Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep Space

Today, astronaut Scott Kelly will board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. He’ll spend a year in low-Earth orbit, …

iPhones Of The Future Could Save Themselves When You Drop Them

Anyone who's ever dropped their phone knows the feeling of sheer terror as it slips from your hand and plummets to the ground below. So wouldn't it be great if so-called "smartphones" were smart enough to save themselves?<p>A patent awarded to Apple Tuesday could make that dream a reality. Labeled a …

This is what your first food 3D printer could look like

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>Last time I checked in with 3D printing startup Structur3D, its unusual paste-extruding machine was a …

This weird exoskeleton adds the sensation of touch to virtual reality - ExtremeTech

By on October 3, 2014 at 10:15 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Virtual reality is so much more …

The newest selfie gadget is a wearable drone

Forget selfie sticks. The future is (almost) here, and it’s (probably) bringing a wearable drone that will snap your photos for you.<p>The drone clasps around the wearer’s wrist like a bracelet. When a photo op presents itself, the wearer would release the drone with a flick of the wrist. The drone …

Drones

Apple May Launch 27-inch Retina iMac As Soon as This Fall

A number of reports on Monday indicate Apple may be planning to release a Retina iMac alongside the launch of OS X Yosemite later this Fall.<p><i>Jack</i> …

Environment: News & features

Portal Flexible Smartphone Is Worn On Your Wrist (video)

If you are looking for a wearable device that has a much larger screen than the new range of smartwatches recently unveiled and launched by the likes …

GoPro's Hero4 cameras offer 30 fps 4K shooting or touchscreen controls

GoPro started life as a home-brew wrist-mounted 35mm camera, but it's come a long way since. Today we're getting a look at the next installment of that story: The Hero4. The latest cameras from the action sports behemoth bring some anticipated features, along with a few surprises. Most notably, …

By 2025, Self-Driving Trucks Will Be Cruising Down Our Highways

In the future, drivers will no longer be truckers, but rather “transport managers.”<p>The truck drivers of the future may not drive much at all. A new self-driving truck from Daimler takes care of pretty much everything on the highway, so after pulling onto the road and pushing a button, a driver can …

Trucks

I’m going to Scotland to canvass for independence. Here’s why.

<i>(Mika Minio-Paluello will be blogging from Scotland for the next two weeks. This first blog is written in Mika’s personal capacity rather than from a</i> …

Secrets of the Water Bear, the Only Animal That Can Survive in Space

The microscopic tardigrade—also known as the water bear—is the only animal that can survive the cold, irradiated vacuum of outer space. We talked to leading tardigrade researchers to find out what makes these little guys so amazing.<p><b>What's so special about tardigrades?</b><p>Tardigrades are a class of …

TouchPico - Android powered pico projector puts a touchscreen anywhere

Every once in a while a truly great and innovative campaign lands on the crowd funding websites. This time out we find a pico projector on IndieGogo. The project is called TouchPico and it is no ordinary projector; aside from being almost completely wireless in operation and housing its own full …

Gear & Gadgets

London firm creates mind-controlled commands for Google Glass

Forget voice commands and touch gestures: A London firm has developed a way for<p>Google Glassusers to control their devices just by thinking.<p>This Place, an agency that specializes in creating user interfaces and experiences for programs used in the medical industry, developed a software called …

Google I/O: Android Auto

In Google's vision, Android will be with you wherever you go. It’s in your smartphone. When your smartphone’s far away, it’s on your watch. And when it’s illegal to look at your smartphone, it’ll find a way into your eyes anyway — through your car dash.<p>Forbes took a demo ride with Android Auto, the …