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4 Kinds of Bad Advertising Millennials Have Killed Off

We’ve all felt the brunt of annoying and gimmicky advertising. Often brands try desperately to appeal to us by hopping on the latest trend, slang …

The Week in Review: Why Millennials Matter

Ranging in age from 14 to 34, the millennial generation is a study in contrasts. In spite of their technological savvy, liberal politics and college …

The Week in Review: Historic Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola crisis reached new heights in the United States this week: two Americans were hospitalized with the disease and the Centers for Disease …

End of chemotherapy within 20 years as pioneering DNA project launched

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Physicists create tractor beam made of water

A water-based tractor beam that could contain oil spills and manipulate floating objects cannot yet be explained by mathematical theory.<p>A surprising new technique created by a team of physicists led by Professor Michael Shats at the Australian National University reveals that simple wave generators …

Quantum Mechanics

BioWare Has Announced Their Brand New Gritty IP, ‘Shadow Realms’

Today at Gamescom (which is kinda kicking E3’s ass this year) BioWare, the makers of <i>Mass Effect</i> and <i>Dragon Age</i>, officially unveiled their new IP, <i>Shadow Realms</i>. The game takes place in a gritty modern fantasy setting and will feature a players vs. dungeon master type set-up, in which you can either …

Once a D&D studio, Obsidian secures license to make digital Pathfinder games

One of the masters of role-playing video games is partnering up with the geniuses responsible for an award-winning pen-and-paper role-playing game and card game.<p>Obsidian Entertainment, the studio that made Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth, has landed a licensing partnership to …

Ferguson's Police Chief Freaked Out After Finding Out His Cops Arrested 2 Reporters

According to The Los Angeles Times, Chief Thomas Jackson was shocked when he found out The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly were arrested Wednesday evening.<p>"Oh God," Jackson said after learning of the arrests.<p>The Times reported that Jackson said he immediately …

Justice

Ferguson police arrest reporters amid rage over Michael Brown shooting

Washington Post and Huffington Post journalists detained amid continuing fraught situation on streets<p>Teargas and rubber bullets fired at protesters ‘This is a war and we are on the frontline’<p>Two reporters were arrested and teargas was fired at demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, five …

The Army Wants To 3D-Print Bombs

The latest issue of Army Technology focuses on 3-D printing. Designing new shapes for warheads is one promising new avenue of research. In "ARDEC investigates how 3-D printed metals could transform Army logistics", U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center materials engineer …

3D Printing

Splendor Video Review

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is the newest and greenest java shop in Salt Lake City. The renovated printing press warehouse turned coffee shop, roaster and …

These Disturbing Photos Show Why Algae Blooms Are A Growing Global Water Threat

When more than 400,000 people were left without safe drinking water in Ohio and Michigan this past weekend, Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms received intense scrutiny. Though people were told Monday it was once again safe to drink the water, there's still major concern: harmful algae blooms have …

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Real Costs of Fracking and Plastic

In a free market economic system the cost of goods and services greatly influences consumer choices and behaviors. A significant problem with our current economic model is that it does not account for the actual costs of many products.<p>Two examples prompted me to write this piece. First is fracked …

Fossil Fuels

China bans iPads and MacBooks from government use in clampdown on US companies

Microsoft, Symantec, and Qualcomm also targeted as China reduces reliance on foreign companies<p>China’s hostility towards US technology companies is escalating this week with a ban on government use of Apple’s iPads and MacBooks. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that up to 10 Apple products have been removed from a …

A Miracle Rice Could Save Millions Of Lives

Around the world, 250 million children are vitamin A-deficient, including about a third of the world's preschool-age population. This simple deficiency kills or blinds millions of women and children each year. In places like the United States, where vegetables like carrots are neither expensive nor …

Whooping Cough

The Week in Review: Violence in Gaza

Since the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen to a boil. …

Church parade past Mafia home a challenge to pope

ROME (AP) — In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.<p>Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and 'ndrangheta crime …

TSA: Some on US-bound flights must turn on phones

WASHINGTON (AP) — Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights, the Transportation Security Administration said Sunday.<p>The TSA said it is requiring some overseas airports to have passengers …

Russia passes law requiring online personal data to be stored inside its borders

A new law passed by Russian parliament today requires that internet companies store the personal data of Russian users inside the country's borders, a move that could make it easier for government officials to keep tabs on citizens. Members of parliament have defended the bill as a measure to …

Will Facebook Backlash Kill Scientists' Data Dream?

The difference between Facebook users and lab rats? Lab rats can see who's conducting the experiment.<p>Facebook's 2012 experiment on 689,003 …

Scientists create most efficient artificial photosynthesis yet

Many scientists now think that slowing down global warming isn't enough anymore and that we now need to clear some of the CO2 already in the air. Existing solutions like carbon sequestration aren't ideal, and strategies like vacuuming the sky are still a UN pipe dream. However, scientists at …

Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

An engineer’s eureka moment while in the shower is aimed at improving the shower itself.<p>A few years ago, an engineer was taking a shower and started looking at the water going down the drain and wondering how much energy was going with it. The answer, it turned out, was pretty large: after heating …

How 3D-printing 10 buildings in a day could help China clean up mountains of waste

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Perhaps one of the reasons many think 3D printing is overhyped is that much of the attention has focused on printing things like human organs and guns. Meanwhile, the real innovation that will make manufacturing many orders of magnitude cheaper is a tad less sexy.<p>But a …

3D Printing

Hearthstone gaming tournament bans women players - ignites 'sexism' row

A sexism controversy has ignited around a professional gaming tournament in Finland, which has advertised itself as open to male players only<p>The organisers of a video game tournament based around the battle strategy title Hearthstone have been criticised for limiting entry to male players only.<p>The …

Anti-immigration protesters block undocumented migrants in California

MURRIETA Calif. (Reuters) - Protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of three buses carrying undocumented Central American families to a U.S. Border Patrol station on Tuesday after they were flown to San Diego from Texas.<p>The migrants, a group of around 140 adults and …

Dems hope decision will energize female supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP's "war on women" — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of …

Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

It’s been a busy week in the realm of policy and technology, with the Supreme court weighing in on a several issues impacting the industry, and the government releasing something akin to a transparency report regarding a portion of the NSA’s surveillance practices.<p>The unanimous Supreme Court …

Facebook Responds to Negative Reactions to Its Experiment on Users

The furor surrounding Facebook's decision to conduct an experiment that secretly manipulated the News Feed of some users to study emotion contagion …