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The Insanely Popular Chinese News App That You’ve Never Heard Of - MIT Technology Review

Inside the offices of Toutiao, it’s hard to tell you’re just outside of Beijing and not in the heart of Silicon Valley.<p>The walls are decorated with …

How The Anthropic Principle Became The Most Abused Idea In Science

The Universe has the fundamental laws that we observe it to have. Also, we exist, and are made of the things we’re made of, obeying those same fundamental laws. And therefore, we can construct two very simple statements that would be very difficult to argue against:<p>We must be prepared to take …

Physics

A startup that raised $200 million wants you to think about fertility long before you want to start a family

His next project: harnessing fertility so that younger women can plan ahead while they're fertile for the future when they may be more ready for a child, but less likely — biologically speaking — to conceive. Called Prelude, Varsavsky's newest company launched in October with $200 million in …

3 Natural Ingredients That Clean (Almost) Anything in Your House

What includes a sprig of mint, a twist of citrus, and packs a real punch in every room of the house? Here's a hint: It's better suited to a spray bottle than a cocktail glass.<p>We're talking about DIY all-natural household cleaners, of course -- the kind that side-step harsh fumes and chemicals in …

15 Small Camper Trailers With Which To Enjoy The Outdoors

What a time to be alive! When the weather is nice everyone is happy and there’s this urge to go outside and enjoy nature at its finest. Sure, you’ll …

This folding paper bike helmet for cycle share schemes could save lives

A disposable paper bike helmet could save lives by being sold alongside cycle share schemes in cities.<p>The EcoHelmet, invented by New York design graduate Isis Shiffer, is made using a lattice shape that means it can fold up into a compact design about the size of a banana, while protecting cyclists …

Bicycle Helmets

Woman uses 13,000 pennies to create a floor, and it's possibly the coolest DIY project we've ever seen

Well, here’s something that might make you think twice about bypassing that lone penny on the sidewalk. An exceptionally inventive individual by the …

This $5 device can hack password-protected computers in just 30 seconds

Even the strongest passwords are fallible, and as Samy Kamkar demonstrates, sometimes it doesn’t take much.<p>Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In …

Raspberry Pi

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

<i>Erik Verlinde explains his new view of gravity</i><p>Let’s be honest. Dark matter’s a pain in the butt. Astronomers have gone to great lengths to explain …

Why This Health System Offers Refunds to Dissatisfied Patients

Shortly after forty-six-year-old Karen Hull had elective disc surgery at one of our hospitals, she used a new Geisinger app to request a refund for $150 of her $2250 financial responsibility. The problem wasn’t with the surgery – that went well. But Karen was unhappy with a phone call she’d …

Scientists Have Set a Distance Record With a New Type of Electric Current

It could power a hard drive without energy loss.<p>Researchers have generated a new type of electric current that's superconductive - also known as a …

Scientists Discover New Process To Turn Waste Heat Into Electricity

The new material could allow power plants to recycle their waste heat and improve their efficiency.<p>A group of researchers have developed a new material that can be used to turn waste heat into electricity. This technology could allow power plants to recycle their waste heat and save money, while …

When Trump says he wants to deport criminals, he means something starkly different than Obama

President-elect Donald Trump's advisors are drafting plans to resume workplace raids and to ramp up pressure on local police and jails to identify immigrants in the country illegally in an effort to meet Trump's goal to deport 2 million to 3 million migrants who he says are criminals.<p>That could put …