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See What It's Really Like to Read With Dyslexia

It's not easy to put yourself into someone else's shoes (hopefully they're the same size!). All kidding aside, this website does a good job of …

Teaching Children How To Code, Without Screens

How a wooden toy called Cubetto may help foster the next generation of digital groundbreakers.<p>It’s generally agreed upon that the ability to code is going to be an invaluable job skill for upcoming generations. So how do you teach preliterate children aged three to seven how to program without …

One Thing Steve Jobs Did at Apple That Will Instantly Improve Your Productivity | Inc.com

Busy Work<p>So, if we are going to talk about productivity we need to get one thing straight from the outset; busy does not equate to productive.<p>Try this experiment; go around for a day and ask colleagues, "So, what did you do today?" Most of the answers will be along the lines of, "A lot, it was a …

BBC lays out 'open' vision to combat licence fee critics

The BBC is a renowned broadcaster and a part of Britain's cultural fabric, but its future capabilities are currently under threat. The UK government is preparing to amend its Royal Charter -- a document that shapes the BBC's funding and remit -- and early consultations have hinted at drastic …

British Museum

Beauty Mythbuster: Can You Use Cocoa Powder as Fake Tanner?!

Anytime I search the latest beauty scene on Pinterest, I encounter the several pins showing me how I can get an instant at-home tan by adding Hershey’s Chocolate to any lotion of my choice. Seriously. For a long time, I completely ignored them because the thought seemed in all honesty, ridiculous! …

With News Lab, Google wants to teach journalists how to use its online tools

Google’s latest initiative is aimed squarely at the media industry. News Lab, launched today, helps to foster the future of digital media.<p>Marketed as a hub for digital journalists, it will give journalists access to a host of data from Google’s many apps and platforms to help them develop “the …

Samsung reveals plans for new mirror and transparent OLED displays

Samsung has unveiled its new mirror and transparent OLED displays in Hong Kong, and from the sound of it, the company has big plans for both of them. While the event has only showcased the screens as ad billboards and as a virtual necklace stand, Samsung believes they have bigger uses in the future …

OLEDs

The 7 Questions I Asked That Seriously Changed My Life

From a young age, we’re usually told <i>not</i> to ask a lot of questions—don’t interrupt the teacher; hold your comments until the end of the meeting; …

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak on Steve Jobs and Dealing With Our Loss of Privacy

"I don't try to concern myself about things that we humans don't have a way to stop."<p>While Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have occupied the headlines over the years, the device you're reading this on likely would not have existed were it not for the contributions of Jobs' partner, Steve Wozniak. In</i> …

Civil Rights

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.<p>Part of this …

Why Is The University Still Here?

Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis.<p>And yet after years of efforts, we …

Sustainable kettle brews up a Kickstarter storm

Sleek, chic and streamlined: that's the James Dyson Award-winning Miito, a new kind of kettle that looks nothing like a kettle at all. The rod-and-plate ensemble uses induction technology to save power and water by heating up precisely the amount of water you need and no more.<p>The kettle was …

Dishwashing

The Complete Guide to Backing Up Your Computer The Best Way

There’s a reason people don’t bother backing up their computer: thinking about the task of doing it properly becomes too <i></i>difficult. The thing about backups is that it’s not a question of if data loss will strike you, but when and how severely.<p>Backups have long been considered to be incredibly …

DARPA's steerable bullet proves it can hit moving targets

DARPA announced that its self-steering bullet program, dubbed the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), passed another developmental milestone in late February. Per an administration release, and the video below, experienced and novice shooters alike were able to strike moving targets. And, in …

DARPA

How I keep screens from causing me insomnia

I started wearing sunglasses at night<p>One of the best night’s sleep in recent memory was when I was engrossed in a print edition of the Harry Potter series. I recall falling blissfully asleep to dimly lit paper pages of adventurous wizards and waking up with a surge of sustained focus. At the time, …

Ultrasound helps destroy Alzheimer's-causing plaque in mice

Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease often characterized by severe memory loss, and even though it affects more than 5 million people in the United States (with an uptick expected as the Baby Boomer generation ages), it remains notoriously difficult to treat. The University of Queensland reports …

Dementia

Self-destructing site shows how long it takes Google to find you

Wondering how long it would take for Google's search engine to find your website if you didn't promote it? About 22 days, according to Matthew Rothenberg. He recently launched Unindexed, a purposefully short-lived web community that was set to self-destruct as soon as Google's indexing technology …

Source Code

Tesla Model S has a hidden James Bond mode

With a nod to Jules Verne<p>It’s not enough that Tesla’s Model S is the world’s best car, two years running — it’s also the coolest. A newly discovered easter egg lets you turn your e-car into a Lotus Esprit S1 submersible. Hold the "T" logo, enter "007" into the login, and then adjust your suspension …

This Amazing Beehive From Australia Harvests Its Own Honey

No more stings!<p>Harvesting beehive honey is generally a time-consuming, somewhat stinging process. Now it could be just a matter of turning a lever and watching the sweet stuff flow out.<p>The “Flow Hive”–developed by a father and son duo in Australia–represents real technological progress. The …

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, But Not in Chimps

A single gene may have helped pave the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of neurons found in a key brain region.<p>This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch of extinct humans called Denisovans, but …

Evolution

21 questions to answer before you start that mobile app

You have an idea for a mobile app that will help extend your business and reach out to new and existing customers. Great! But before you send a development team to work on it, you’ll want to make sure you’ve answered these 21 questions:<p><b>1. Do you have a release schedule?</b> Will your app have multiple …

Eddie Redmayne on preparing to play Stephen Hawking

Following on from WIRED's Q&A evening with Stephen Hawking held on 10 December, we sat down with actor Eddie Redmayne who plays the physicist in <i>The</i> …

Stir’s M1 is the smartest standing desk yet

Sitting is bad for you. A quick Google search shows tons of research on how standing throughout the day will make you significantly healthier and possibly even extend your life.<p>Thanks to the scientific community’s heightened focus on sitting’s negative side effects in recent years, there’s no …

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit Performed On Two Cellos

This is a video of 'pioneers of the cello music revolution' (although I'm pretty sure that happened in the 1700's) group 2CELLOS performing Nirvana's …

Chill Your Drink With Stainless Steel Whiskey Bullets

Whiskey Bullets ($45) are pieces of milled stainless steel in the shape of bullets that you put in the freezer, then add to your favorite sipping …

The Math Of The Optimal Where's Waldo Search Pattern

These are some of the charts and graphs created by Michigan State University computer science graduate student Randal S. Olson (links to his page …

Mathematics

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

Genetics

WSJ: Apple struggled to find purpose for Apple Watch after many planned health features were cut, 5 million units ordered

The Wall Street Journal revealed tonight that many of the planned health features that Apple intended to include in its first-generation wearable were cut from the final product.<p>Early reports on the progress of the device’s creation indicated that it would boast an array of sensors for measuring …

If Cupertino’s cooking up an Apple car, here are the features we want

If Apple really is working on a car, what would it look like? And what would we <i>want</i> it to look like and do?<p>The growing chorus of rumors about Apple’s possible automotive ambitions — and the hard facts about the car designers it’s already recruited — don’t prove Cupertino is working on a car. But if …

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities

Elon Musk's electricity empire could mean a new type of power grid<p>Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from …