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The 7 most vexing problems in programming

It’s been said that the uncharted territories of the old maps were often marked with the ominous warning: “Here be dragons.” Perhaps apocryphal, the …

Chart: many asteroids are worth quintillions of dollars each

The asteroid belt holds untold wealth for the prospectors who can reach and mine them. <i>Wired UK</i> just published an interesting chart of select …

WATCH: John Oliver exposes Herbalife, multilevel marketing schemes

The “Last Week Tonight” host goes beyond the “trappings of legitimacy” and false claims from celebrity endorsers<p>Brendan Gauthier<p>November 7, 2016 1:28pm (UTC)<p>"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver on Sunday shined a spotlight on the predatory infrastructure of multilevel marketing (MLM) schemes like …

SpaceX’s Rocket Explosion Was Set Off By A Truly Weird Accident

There’s a reason that “rocket science” is the gold standard metaphor for complex, difficult tasks. Rockets are finicky creatures as likely to blow up as they are to work — something SpaceX learned the hard way when their Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in September, a blast so concussive …

Giant Volcano Appears to Be Filled With Water

Investigating a strange electrical anomaly, geologists have discovered an enormous water reservoir beneath the now-dormant Uturunco volcano in the …

3. We'll Begin Trialling Nanomedicine

Speaking of futuristic medicine, your doctor could be prescribing you nanomedicines in the not too distant future. Pretty much everything in your …

Black hole sun: Planets orbiting freezing cold dark voids could hold life and power a microwave

Planets that orbit a black hole could theoretically sustain life despite freezing temperatures, say researchers. The theory uses the opposite …

Top 10 Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Caffeine Hit

Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages are enjoyable for the taste alone, but sometimes you might be thinking about their caffeine content more …

Siri’s crazy math skills make for a killer bass beat in epic video rap

Okay, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen Siri do: multiply one trillion to the tenth power to lay down a hypnotic background beat for a bunch of cool kids to rap to.<p>The original video was uploaded by Robin Babu, who asked his iPhone’s digital assistant to do some math that resulted in a …

3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier

Ever been really stressed? So stressed you nearly freak out?<p>This happened to Dan Harris… <i>in front of 5 million people</i>.<p><b>On June 7th, 2004, Dan was a</b> …

Monster Star Explosion Breaks All Records

Scientists have spotted a supernova as bright as 570 billion suns. Here's how to glimpse one of these rare events from your own backyard.<p>Stunned astronomers have spotted a record-shattering blast from across the universe. The explosion, called a supernova, is so bright that it outshines our sun by …

This is the terrifying nuke the U.S. hopes it never has to use against Iran

The good news: Iran seems to be living up to its end of the treaty with six other nations that requires a halt to Iran's uranium enrichment and …

North Korea

Star Wars Awakens Porn, But Forces The Internet Into A Slumber

Forgive me, because these are two stories that are designed to push interest in two commercial services. Usually I ignore these sort of things, but together I thought they were fun enough to warrant a pre-Christmas post.<p>Provider of free adult material, Porn Hub, has declared that Star-Wars-themed …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

The fate of a Picasso is in the Internet's hands

Cards Against Humanity will ask its 150,000 subscribers if they want to donate the print or keep a laser-cut slice for themselves.<p>Each holiday, Cards Against Humanity runs a mystery gift club, in which subscribers pay $15 in exchange for... uh... mystery gifts. This year, the presents included …

55 tips and tricks to make you productive like a boss on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes many great features that let you get your work done faster, but it's not just about the features. Another advantage of the …

Windows 10

NORAD's Santa Tracker started with a typo 60 years ago

Sometimes a simple typo can lead to a Christmas miracle.<p>60 years ago, a local Sears (SHLD) store in Colorado Springs ran a dial Santa ad. Except the number was a misprint. Instead of listing the number for Sears' Santa hotline, it posted the number for the Continental Air Defense Command center.<p>On …

Christmas Eve

Taco Shop Mocks Burglars, Turns Break-In Footage Into Hilarious Commercial

Nacho average restaurant.<p>A Las Vegas taco shop has turned a break-in into a unique advertising opportunity.<p>Frijoles & Frescas Grilled Tacos released security footage that shows two burglars attempting to smash through a glass door and rummaging through restaurant on Dec. 16. Thanks to some crafty …

The new iOS-connected Hamwells e-Shower recycles your water with eyes on saving energy

Low-flow shower heads are not a new phenomenon. They’ve been around for some time, with varying degrees of annoyance for many years. The idea of saving water while enjoying a long, hot shower has been discussed and executed in many different ways. A new $3,000 shower that recycles (and purifies) …

The Best Way to Get the Elevator Door to Close Faster

Your elevator arrives at a floor, the doors open, and nobody is there. You hammer on the door close button, but it doesn’t seem to work no matter how …

Elevators

Microsoft delays Windows 10 Mobile update for old phones until 2016

If you're part of the minority rocking a Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 smartphone loud and proud, and if you were hoping to update to Windows 10 Mobile, …

Windows 10

Statistical tools for data analysis and visualization

The traditional clustering methods, such as hierarchical clustering (Chapter @ref(agglomerative-clustering)) and k-means clustering (Chapter …

Venus Express: ESA's 1st Mission to Venus

Venus Express was the European Space Agency's first mission to Venus, the second planet from the sun.<p>The 2,800-pound spacecraft spent eight years …

Astronomy

Vanquishing infinity: Old methods lead to a new approach to finding a quantum theory of gravity

Quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of general relativity are both extremely accurate theories of how the universe works, but all attempts to …

Parenting behaviors associated with risk for offspring personality disorder during adulthood. - PubMed

CONTEXT:<p>Research has suggested that some types of parental child-rearing behavior may be associated with risk for offspring personality disorder …

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11 Festive Tablescapes Inspired by Nature

The holidays are SO close you can almost taste it, especially now that your menu is planned out and you know you’ll be serving hot mulled apple cider + delicious skillet dip at your holiday party. Yum! The next task on your list is figuring out how to set the tone for the season before anyone even …

Decorations

Discovered: Cosmic Raysfrom a Mysterious, Nearby Object

| + Join mailing list<p><b>Nov. 19, 2008:</b> An international team of researchers has discovered a puzzling surplus of high-energy electrons bombarding Earth …

How many stars are there in the Universe?

Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered just how many stars there are in space? This question has fascinated scientists as well as …

Universe

Hubble's 'Einstein Cross' Supernova Strikes Back

An ancient supernova that was serendipitously captured in four Hubble space telescope images thanks to a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens …