Carl Franklin

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Are these chargers the solution to terrible smartphone batteries?

We're in the middle of an energy crisis. It's not about oil or something that can be solved with a breakthrough in renewable energy. The problem is our smartphone batteries can barely eek out enough juice to get us through the day.<p>A San Francisco startup called Doblet wants to fix that with a …

Libraries

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

NYC officials: New Islamic State video is marketing fear

NEW YORK (AP) — A newly released Islamic State group video that briefly depicts images of Times Square is an advertisement for the terrorist …

ASUS Chromebit officially launched, $85 Chrome desktop on-a-stick available soon

Having previously announced the Chromebit in March, today, ASUS and Google are officially launching the HDMI stick-based Chrome OS computer. The little stick essentially turns any HDMI-equipped screen or monitor in to a basic Chrome OS desktop and costs just $85…<p>ASUS’ Chromebit will deliver …

Why two Googlers left the company's top-secret lab to create an app that aims to change how people talk to each other

One day, while he and his wife were both at work, he got a text message containing an audio file from his 20-month-old daughter's nanny.<p>When he finally downloaded the file as an MP3 and fired up his media player, he heard June, his 20-month-old daughter, say some of her first words: "I miss you, …

How Carrie Bradshaw, Don Draper, and The Dude Changed Cocktail Culture

It’s July 2007 and the first episode of <i>Mad Men</i> is airing on AMC. The camera glides to a bar of suited men drinking, smoking, and—of course—talking to pretty ladies. The camera lands on a man, his back to the audience, seated at a table, alone. He’s scribbling on a napkin and soon plying an older …

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Aliens

The 'World's Biggest Beer Garden' Opens in Raleigh

Head to North Carolina to sample some of the 366 beers on tap at this world-record-making beer garden.<p>Craft beer is exploding in North Carolina and there’s no better place to sample it than at a new beer garden opening this week in Raleigh, the state’s capital city. Aptly named Raleigh Beer Garden, …

How To Dramatically Improve Your Memory

Memory isn’t about stuffing your head with facts; it’s about honing your creativity. Here’s how.<p>Ever wandered into a store and quickly realized you’ve forgotten what you need? Or been introduced to someone and forget their name by the time they walk away?<p>Don’t worry; you’re not alone. A 2007 survey …

The Brain

Lexus' hoverboard 'is like floating on a cushion of air'

The Lexus hoverboard is real, folks. It's not computer-generated imagery you're looking at, and it's not smoke and mirrors. In fact, what looks a lot like smoke emanating from below the Japanese luxury brand's hoverboard is actually caused by the liquid nitrogen required to keep the 'board's …

CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

Physics

The dark side of Google's focus on massive world-changing projects

Instead of improving something by 10%, the company strives to work on projects that are 10 <i>times</i> better than anything else out there.<p>"A big part of my job is to get people focused on things that are not just incremental," CEO Larry Page told Wired in 2013.<p>Getting to chase big ideas instead of simply …

Syrian Kurds retake northern villages from Islamic State: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Islamic State north of its de facto capital of Raqqa city, aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.<p>Intensified air strikes across northern Syria …

Middle East

Bourbon Production Climbs To Historic High

At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today.<p>"We are in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance," Lisa Hawkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, said. "There is a fascination with bourbon in the U.S. and abroad, with demand booming …

The potential of quantum computing – Science Weekly podcast

Ian Sample explores the journey from logic to modern computers<p>The annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition shows off the best of British science, highlighting the place of scientific innovation at the heart of our culture, and of our economic wellbeing.<p>The exhibition dates back to the early …

Galaxy Note 5 Images Leak, Will Anger Users

I thought the bets were off. No phone would prove more controversial in 2015 than the Galaxy S6. It seems I was wrong…<p>If leaked images obtained by the ever reliable French tech site Nowhereelse.fr prove correct (and it nailed both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 designs prior to launch) then Samsung is …

Phones

BlackBerry adds private chat feature to BBM on iOS and Android

With the number of messaging alternatives available nowadays, the lure of BlackBerry’s ultra-secure BBM platform isn’t what it once was.<p>Nonetheless, there’s a loyal stable of users who stand by the Canadian company’s messenger, and for these people, there’s an update available that brings with it …