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Why Are Manhole Covers Round?

If you’re in the habit of looking down at your feet as you walk, you may have noticed that most manholes, and their covers, are round. Or perhaps …

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

The Google-backed password-killer just crossed a major milestone

In October, Google unveiled a surprising new way to log into Chrome and Gmail: a USB key. It only worked as part of a two-factor setup, standing in for an authentication code, but it served as a wakeup call to anyone tired of the standard username-and-password login. Smart people are thinking of …

Warning over experimental brain boost

Electrical brain stimulation equipment – which can boost cognitive performance and is easy to buy online – can have bad effects, impairing brain functioning, research from scientists at Oxford University has shown.<p>A steady stream of reports of stimulators being able to boost brain performance, …

Forget Encryption, Encode Secret Messages in Fake Spam

Send an encrypted email, and whoever sees it whistle past their eyes knows you're trying to hide something. So why not hide your most secret messages …

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Kenji Yamaguchi: The Tinkerer Who Builds Custom Gear for National Geographic Photographers

Here’s a fascinating short video that offers a look into the workshop of Kenji Yamaguchi in the basement of National Geographic. He has worked there …

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Myths about the brain 'hamper effective teaching'

Research published today suggests that widely believed myths about neuroscience are being used to justify classroom practice that has "no educational value"<p>Myths about the brain and how it functions are being used to justify and promote teaching methods that are essentially “ineffective”, according …

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

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Mark Bittman's case for savory food in the morning, and his favorite 15-minute breakfasts

When he isn't running or writing, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is constantly traveling — or eating. Here, the author of "How to Cook Everything Fast" shares his morning routine, and his two go-to 15-minute breakfasts for people in a rush.<p><b>Would you call yourself a morning person?</b><br>I am <i>the</i> …

Make Your Own Rubberstamps with 3 Things You (probably) Already Have

I've been making my own rubberstamps for years now. I didn't realize how easy it was until, one day while homeschooling, we came across a hobby …

15 Things You Might Not Know About Utah

<b>1.</b> Utah gets its name from the Ute Native American tribe; it means “people of the mountain.”<p><b>2.</b> Sixty percent of the residents of Utah belong to the …

Keeping your digital life safe in the age of surveillance

Like it or not, people are after your data. Whether it's for advertising, national security or other nefarious purposes, you're leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs for anyone to follow. But there's a growing arsenal of affordable tools to help protect your privacy both digitally and physically. …

Science communication: could you explain it to your granny?

You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.<p>This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, should be the motto of all professional communicators, and especially those who earn a living communicating the tricky business of science.<p>Scientists such as Brian Cox and …

10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk

<b>By Jacob Tomsky</b><p>Jacob has worked on the front lines of hotels for more than a decade, starting as a lowly valet in New Orleans and ultimately landing …

FPS1000: The low cost, high speed slow-mo camera

Just about anything fast or destructive becomes infinitely more fascinating in slow motion. The high speed physics of violence, for example, are at …

The 3 most useful skills to teach at a hackathon

I spent last weekend mentoring participants in PennApps, a hackathon organized by undergraduate students at UPenn. I enjoyed the experience of mentoring, and had an especially great time pretending to know a lot about hardware.<p>While working with various teams, I noticed a pattern: although I was …

The Equil Smartpen Puts Your Physical Notes And Doodles In The Cloud

Despite the convenience of jotting down notes into text files that can be saved to the cloud, many still prefer jotting down their thoughts or quotes from meetings with a physical pen and a piece of paper. The tech industry has responded with various gadgets targeted at those who prefer taking …

Nature trumps nurture when it comes to academic achievement, study says

Let's imagine for a minute that family resources had no impact on the likelihood that an American student would graduate high school and go on to earn a college degree or beyond. In this idealized world, which factors would influence a student's likelihood of academic achievement, and how do nature …

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How I plan to incorporate iOS 8 and an iPhone 6 Plus into my workflow

A week after iOS 8 was released I feel like a dog let loose from his electric collar. Before Wednesday I would often hit some barrier in iOS 7 that …

A Samsung surprise: No more Chromebooks (or other laptops) in Europe

How tough is the PC market right now? So bad that some hardware makers are abandoning it in certain regions of the world. Samsung is one of those, …

11 Bizarre German Words With No English Equivalent

In honor of the 181st Oktoberfest that kicked off in Munich earlier this week, we have <i>entmystifiziert</i> or "demystified" our favorite Deutsch expressions that have no clear English meaning. Here are some <i>mehr</i> of our favorite German words:<p>A typical German vacation, which can last anywhere from 3-6 …

Post-it note app lets you import physical notes into your iPhone or iPad

It’s hard to think of anything lower-tech than a Post-it note: you write on a sticky square of paper and slap it onto a physical surface. But 3M has just launched a clever iOS app that allows you to photograph a bunch of Post-it notes, tap on-screen to select the ones you want to keep and then …

The U.S. Forest Service Wants to Fine You $1,000 for Taking Pictures in the Forest

The Forest Service oversees 36 million acres of wilderness. In a month, you won't be able to take a picture in them without getting a fine -- even if the new rules are unconstitutional.<p><i>UPDATE: After the outcry, the Forest Service backs off.</i><p><b>Nice photo.</b> That'll be $1,000, please.<p>This week's most …

Landmark's Anniversary Classics Series screens noir gems

The chance to see a double bill of classic 1940s film noir is too good to pass up, and that's what Landmark Theatre's Anniversary Classics Series is offering on Monday.<p>"Laura," celebrating its 70th anniversary, was nominated for five Oscars and took home one for Joseph LaShelle's black-and-white …

You Can Create The Perfect Password. Here's How

Are you one of those people who's still using "baseball" or your home address for all your passwords? We shouldn't have to tell you this, but having super simple login information is one of the easiest ways for hackers to get access to everything from your Netflix account to your bank account.<p>We …

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