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Android 5.0 devices can now unlock Chromebooks with Smart Lock

Back in April, I noticed Google working on a trick that unlocks Chrome OS devices with Android phones. Now, the feature is here; at least for those …

The 14 Foods You've Been Storing All Wrong

Learn how to properly store your groceries to keep food flavorful, save money on groceries, and reduce food waste.<p>If you find yourself tossing soggy celery and mealy tomatoes in the trash all too often, you're not alone. No one gives you a guidebook on how to store food properly to prolong shelf …

University of California

Japan and the Art of Asteroid Hunting

The space explorer Hayabusa2 began its mission on Wednesday to shoot an explosive bullet at a space rock and return home with its cosmic guts by 2020.<p>Armed with a high-speed explosive bullet and powered by an ion engine, a Japanese space explorer blasted off Wednesday on a six-year hunt for an …

Asteroid strike warnings build towards campaigners’ big day of rock

Rock stars, astronauts and scientists from around the world have joined forces to combat the existential threat posed by an asteroid strike with plans for a live concert and an awareness day.<p>Preparations for Asteroid Awareness Day will be unveiled alongside a declaration signed by leading figures …

Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science

Amid growing signs that gender bias has affected research outcomes and damaged women's health, there’s a new push to make science more relevant to them.<p><i>This story was updated on January 21, 2015, to include a video of the author addressing the Rosalind Franklin Society, a women's leadership group,</i> …

How To Repurpose Your Old Radio To Listen To Meteor Showers

Hear (and see) the Leonid meteor shower Nov. 17 through Nov. 18.<p>In November 2014, the Leonid meteor shower will streak across the sky, peaking on the 17th and 18th. You could watch it. Or you could listen to it—all you need is a modified stereo receiver to tune in. Pair that with radio strip chart …

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Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

Weird Science<p>Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.<p>Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters …

Archaeology

Quiz: what mental disorder do you have?

You can’t move for online quizzes these days. Nearly every fourth Facebook post seems to be the result of a far-fetched but strangely specific quiz that claims to reflect some aspect of your personality, like “What kind of candy are you?” or “Which Disney Ear Hat should you wear?” or “What Office …

The Life And Times Of Ada Lovelace, The First Computer Programmer

Programming and kicking butt 100 years before the first modern computer<p>To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day <i>Popular Science</i> has put together a timeline of Ada's life and accomplishments. Ada Lovelace was a brilliant mathematician and groundbreaking creative thinker whose work was at the vanguard of …

Light makes mice forget scary memories

To test a long-standing idea about how the brain retrieves memories about specific places or events, scientists zapped mice with light to make them …

Go on an American Road Trip with the World's Greatest Photographers

[Young Couple in Parked Open-Air Car, Ossining, New York], 1932–34 © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Walker Evans<p>1 of …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

Orbital Objects

Science & InnovationReference<p>Learn more about satellites, space junk, and other objects floating in orbits.<p>The skies above Earth are teeming with more than 8,000 manmade objects, large and small. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network uses radar to track more than 13,000 such items that are larger …

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It’s your kid’s career, not yours

I experienced a huge parenting wake-up call this year when my 10-year-old son starting asking for chores so that he could earn money to eat lunch outside school with his friends.<p>I panicked the first time he left the school property, watching my phone obsessively for most of the afternoon to make …

Luxy -- it's the Tinder app for snobs

If you're looking to hook up via your smartphone, and aren't overly concerned about looking like a snob while doing so, Luxy may be the app for you.<p>Billing itself as "Tinder, minus the riff-raff," the app, launched this month for Android and in May for Apple devices, is designed to play matchmaker …

Microsoft introduces Windows 10

Meet the new and improved Windows.<p>No, it's not Windows 9 -- Microsoft (MSFT) is going straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10.<p>Microsoft showed off the latest version of its flagship operating system at an event in San Francisco Tuesday. It wasn't a complete unveiling -- Microsoft focused on a handful …

Blood moon returns early Wednesday, and this time it's bigger

We want to see your shots of the blood moon! Share your best photos with iReport, and you could be featured on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.<p>If you live in the western half of the United States, you'll have a front-row seat on a …

Why Google's next big thing could be a warp-speed supercomputer

It depends on mind-bending physics and ultra-cold temperatures but quantum computing could bring about a new era in processing power that promises to revolutionize everything from artificial intelligence to high finance.<p>The field of quantum computing is still in its infancy but it was given a …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

Using specially synthesized crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb …

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions<p>The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have …

This Beautiful Time-Lapse Tribute to California Took 4 Years and Countless Hours to Shoot

California time-lapse photographer Hal Bergman wanted to pay tribute to his homeland using his artistic abilities. And so he spent four years packing …

Alison Zavos

A lecture by photography curator and Editor-in-Chief of <i>Feature Shoot</i>, Alison Zavos. Her talk is part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture …

These Were the First Wildlife Photographs Published in National Geographic

Did you know that after <i>National Geographic</i> published its first wildlife photographs in July 1906, two of the National Geographic Society board …

Photography's most common mistake: your finger obscuring photos

The latest book by Erik Kessels, In Almost Every Picture, is a testament to photography’s most common mistake: a finger obscuring its subject. Every keen photographer has had a moment where the excitement of beautiful surrounding scenery or an interesting subject has got the better of the quality …

‘Soviet Ghosts’ Captures Post-Apocalyptic Scenes Left Behind by the Fall of the USSR

Rebecca Litchfield is a photographer who has faced radiation exposure risks, arrest and interrogations, and even accusations of espionage… all for …

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

Water Conservation Tips

Reference<p>Learn how to reduce your water usage.<p>1994 was the year that federally mandated low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets started to appear on the scene in significant numbers. How can you conform to the standards and help increase energy efficiency in your home?<p><b>At Home</b><p>On average, 10 …