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“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Engines

The Best Meteor Shower of the Year Is Tonight, and Here’s How to Watch it

The Perseids is my favorite meteor shower of the year, and this year is likely to be the best one in recent memory. Here’s when, where, and how to …

Malaysia just published a new theory about how the missing Flight MH370 fell into the ocean

Satellite expert Zaaim Redha Abdul Rahman, who helped the UK satellite firm Inmarsat analyze data shortly after the plane went missing in March last year, said the plane probably made a soft landing on the water, floated for a while on the surface, and then sank mostly in one piece.<p>This is …

NASA just found something big hiding out behind Pluto

NASA and the team behind its New Horizons spacecraft announced today that Pluto — the dwarf planet — has a giant tail.<p>It's not a physical tail like a dog's, of course, but rather a frigid cloud of ionized gases trailing an estimated 48,000 to 68,000 miles behind Pluto, according to a NASA press …

13 tips for taking better low light pictures with your smartphone

With July 4th coming up, you’ll want to make sure you can eke the best out of your phone’s camera for those nighttime fireworks.<p>Though phones vary in quality and features significantly, there are still some general tricks – both technical and common sense – you can pick up on to maximize image …

Ask Siri to divide zero by zero and get ready for an hilarious insult

Compared to more sedate virtual assistants like Google Now, Siri has always had a reputation for snark — whether it’s answering every annoying hypothetical question we can throw at it with equally sarcastic answers, or getting amusingly annoyed when we confuse him/her with rival AI assistants.<p>A …

7 Ways to Breathe New Life Into Your Old Smartphone or Tablet

The easiest thing you can do with your old smartphones and tablets once you get newer models is to either sell them or give them away to family …

Revealed: The secret to how parrots talk

Key structural differences in the brains of parrots explain the birds' ability to imitate sounds and human speech<p>Scientists have discovered how parrots talk, as they believe it's down to the wiring in their brains.<p>And the same brain region controls movement which may explain why some parrots …

8 Things You Should Never Say to an Adopted Child

Yes, they live with their "real" parents.<p>I adopted my daughter Kyla from China 20 years ago. In those early days of the program, transracial adoptions were less common, and I was not surprised that people sometimes stared. However, I have been surprised, disconcerted, positively stunned by some of …

The CEO of a Chipotle-style pizza chain says he'll destroy chains like Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's the way Netflix destroyed Blockbuster

Rick Wetzel, Blaze Pizza's cofounder, told QSR Magazine that he expects to deliver a "big blow" to major delivery chains like Domino's, Papa John's, and Pizza Hut.<p>"Apple dethroned record stores; Netflix killed Blockbuster; and Starbucks is decimating Folgers and Maxwell House," Wetzel tells the …

How to sleep well on a long flight

Instead of just hoping, here are some strategies you can use — which we found in a helpful Quora thread— to help you get a little shut eye on your next long flight.<p>In other words, try to fly through the night (according to the time zone you're normally in). You're more likely to fall asleep if it's …

Here’s why iOS keeps getting all the best apps before Android does

Even though more people use Android than use the iPhone, some of the best apps around will release on iOS first — recall that when Twitter launched …

Scientists discover that Pluto has some of the craziest moons in the entire solar system

Pluto tends to hog all of the spotlight, but it's not the only distant world floating through space at 4.5 billion miles from Earth.<p>Meet Pluto's bizarre moon, Nix. Named for the Greek goddess of night, this tiny Plutonian moon exhibits some of the craziest behavior that planetary scientists have …

Microsoft Wraps Its Windows 10 Pitch, Here’s What You Need To Know

Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. The date matches prior leaks and promises from the company regarding when the new operating system will touch down. The release schedule also puts Windows 10 into the market before the back-to-school PC sales cycle, and, of …

These are the best cheap smartphones you can buy

Mobile Technology

Why airplane windows have tiny holes

My friends laugh at me when I ask for a window seat. You're an airline pilot, they say. You have the window seat all the time.<p>True enough. But the cockpit, well, that's work. As a passenger I'm actually free to enjoy the experience—to listen to music or a long-postponed podcast while gazing out at …

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.<p><i>Note: A shorter</i> …

Mosquitoes

Meet the female student who has no plans to shave her body hair

Yasmin Gasimova, a student at the University of Reading, says "being hairy isn't scary" - and the only hair she removes is the hair on her chin<p>This female Philosophy and Computer Science student has bravely bared her soul and her legs in a blog post, detailling how she no longer feels the need to …

Climbing On Mount Denali

Photos

Why can't we all sing well? Eurovision and the science of song

The Eurovision Song Contest, the continent’s annual carnival of the wacky and the weird, celebrates its 60th birthday in Vienna on Saturday night. Without it we would never have seen Russia in uproar over an Austrian drag queen, been introduced to Finnish death metal in its purest form, or …

Music Production

7 ways spring can affect your sleep quality

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's safe to say that spring has finally sprung! The days are lighter, the breeze is warmer and we feel sleepier than ever. What gives?<p>We anticipate having boundless energy as we leave our semi-hibernative states that protected us so well from the harsh winter, but many of us fall victim to …

Time Management

14 genius Stephen Hawking quotes that will make you question your place in the universe (pictures)

What it's like using the best Android phone in the world for a month

Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S6, has been out for about a month and a half, and it's one of the most highly rated phones out there. Most consider it to be the best Android phone in the world.<p>Here's what it's actually like to use from a real life owner's perspective.<p><b>Design</b><p>Samsung has …

Jane Hawking: 'Living with Stephen made me suicidal but I still love him'

Former wife of the physicist reveals the secrets of their life together<p>When Jane Hawking was first sent the script of The Theory of Everything – James Marsh’s Oscar-winning film adaptation of her book, Travelling to Infinity – she made two changes. “First, I took out the word ‘campus’ to describe …

Space in Motion: Watch Gorgeous GIFs of Mars Sunset, Spinning Giant Asteroid

Two of this week's most intriguing views of space combine NASA images into animated form.<p>NASA spacecraft recently beamed back stunning images that, when combined, bring to life two neighboring alien worlds. While Mars delights us with a surprising blue sky, Ceres continues to perplex us with its …

Astronomy

Eat These Foods to Banish Every PMS Symptom

Yes, you really can snack your cramps away.<p>With a few easy diet hacks, that time of the month could be your best (and prettiest!) ever. Here, experts reveal the miracle foods that are scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms of PMS.

The First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life Seen in 60 Seconds

Here’s a fantastic 6-minute TED Talk by photographer Anand Varma, who recently became involved in the preservation of bees after being asked by …

Time-lapse Photography

Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones

The average human's attention span is... oh look, a bird!<p>According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.<p>Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others …

The Brain

How to Turn a Photo Into a Painting with Photoshop

I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting and shooting with Mackenzie Johnson! Today I’m going to share how I turned my portrait of her into a …

Tutorials

Milky Way Galaxy: Facts About Our Galactic Home

The Milky Way Galaxy is most significant to humans because it is home sweet home. But when it comes down to it, our galaxy is a typical barred …

Cosmology