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Japanese WWII War Crimes 'Confessions' Published by China

China has posted documents it says are personal accounts of wartime atrocities committed by Japan in China, the latest in a wave of anti-Japan propaganda efforts that comes after Tokyo ended a ban on its military from fighting abroad. The 45 "confessions" show Beijing's efforts to gain an upper …

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

Oyster, the 'Netflix for books,' has finally arrived on Android

The popular book-subscription service Oyster has finally arrived on Android devices, Amazon's Kindle Fire, and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD.<p>Launching today, the Android iteration of " the Netflix for books" sports a new, responsive design tailored for the myriad Android device display sizes and new …

Killing the Nexus: should Android Silver take its place?

On this Friday Debate, we take a look at the rumors regarding Android Silver and how it reportedly will replace the Nexus series. From our current understanding, the Silver program is Google’s attempt to take the ideas behind the Nexus and Google Play Edition series and bring them to mainstream …

Android News

Google launches Classroom for teachers using Google Apps for Education

Google is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day by giving something back to our educators in the form of <i>Classroom</i>. The latest addition to the Google …

Education Technology

Why Earth's Most Abundant Mineral Only Just Got Its Name

It sounds weird, but the most abundant mineral on Earth finally got a name last week, thanks to a century-old meteorite. What? How? Why did it take …

Facebook posts can ‘infect’ you with emotions

If you’re having a rough day, your friends on Facebook could offer a little positive reinforcement. According to a new study, emotions can spread …

Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Parents, teachers and cheesy after-school specials have long tried to convince kids that being cool and popular isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Now scientists are chiming in as well.<p>Dating, flouting authority and surrounding yourself with good-looking friends may make you popular when you're …

Chimps outsmart humans at simple strategy game

Having more complex cognitive reasoning skills doesn't necessarily make you better at simple tasks, a new study has found. When it comes to outwitting the competition, the chimpanzee seems to be smarter than a human.<p>Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found that chimpanzees …

Vein scanning : Pay with your hand

New payment technique scans your palm’s unique vein pattern<p>Paying for a coffee or lunch by simply scanning your palm might sound like science …

Dinosaurs were neither cold-blooded nor warm-blooded, study finds

Dinosaurs have long been thought of as slow, lumbering, cold-blooded animals, akin to reptiles like the crocodile and the lizard – but there's been increasing signs in recent years that they may have been warm-blooded, as mammals and birds are. New research out of the University of New Mexico in …

Dinosaurs

How Male Dwarf Spiders Use Chastity Belts to Safeguard Their Fatherhood

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Animals don’t have actual chastity belts. But male creatures have evolved some interesting ways to try and ensure they’re the only ones who can access a particular …

Spiders

New to Nature No 125: Miniopterus maghrebensis

What was once thought to be a single species of bat turns out to be a complex of similar species, including this one from north Africa<p>Many would assume that the kinds of living mammals are completely known or nearly so, but they would be wrong. Not only has the number of known mammals steadily …

Wikipedia pops up in bibliographies, and even college curricula

All through high school, Ani Schug was told to steer clear of Wikipedia. Her teachers talked about the popular online encyclopedia "as if it wasn't serious or trustworthy" and suggested it only be used as a tip sheet.<p>Imagine her surprise this spring when her American politics professor at Pomona …

UC Berkeley

Cell Phone Location Data Is Private, Court Rules

A case for warrants in the 21st century.<p>Even disregarding the content of a call, cell phones reveal a wealth of information about the person making the call. Called "metadata," that bundle of other information can include the time the call took place, the call duration, the company that carried the …

Surveillance

What I Learned Hunting Decoy-Weaving Spiders In The Amazon

Unraveling a mystery about a spider that makes spider-shaped decoys in its web.<p>TAMBOPATA, PERU -- In a remote area of the Peruvian Amazon lives a type of spider with a peculiar habit: It builds a spider-shaped "decoy" in its web out of dead insects and other detritus, and which resembles an …

Spiders

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

New Hampshire

iBeacons in retail stores blowing up app usage, ad engagement

One of the big debates regarding iBeacons, the tech that allows iOS apps to receive location-aware notifications over Bluetooth LE, is whether or not the experience will become intrusive for users. Imagine having your local grocery store’s app installed. Once the store has installed a few beacons, …

The U.S. government wants to regulate Google Maps & all other car navigation apps

If the U.S. government has its way, the Transportation Department will have full oversight over apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze.<p>The Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill would allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate all types of vehicle …

Xbox controllers can control games in your browser with new IE developer edition

Microsoft is launching a developer version of Internet Explorer today, designed to supply developers and enthusiasts with the latest browser features. The Internet Explorer Developer Channel can be installed on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and the separate browser will run alongside an existing …