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Brain-to-Brain Communication Is Closer Than You Think

Don't call it telepathy, but call it very cool.<p>When neuroscientists used a monkey's thoughts to control computers, it was a huge breakthrough in mind-machine research. But harnessing brain waves has become even more complex now that humans are the subjects. Recently, researchers used the thoughts …

Here's the cyborg tech that Elon Musk says he'll do if no one else does

After Mars, are neural laces next?<p>In a sweeping conversation at the <b>Code Conference</b>, Elon Musk touched on a number of projects he's working on — and several he might.<p>Here's a new one. Asked about the advancements in tech, Musk praised the state of innovation but said he would like to see more in …

Uber Is My Portal to the Black Markets of Mexico City

The ride-hailing app is a gateway for passengers into the capital city’s illegal markets for drugs, guns, and fake documents.<p>Alberto is not a drug dealer, an illegal firearms seller, or a document forger. He's a fortysomething Uber driver in Mexico City who just so happens to have those connections.<p>…

A Guy Who's Been Living Off the Grid for 20 Years Explains How to Live Sustainably

I asked the guy living in Sydney's greenest house whether I'm too poor to live off the grid.<p>From the street, Michael Mobbs's inner Sydney terrace house looks like any other. But 20 years ago, Michael and his wife transformed their Chippendale home into an experiment in sustainable living: solar …

Here's Why the Japanese Diet Is Keeping People Alive So Long

Japanese people are some of the healthiest on the planet. They have the highest life expectancy for men (76) and women (86), and, at 3 percent, the …

A New Solar Cell Converts The Sun’s Heat Into Usable Energy

This could double the amount of power that solar panels produce<p>The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be …

10 things men should do every day (according to science)

We all know the basics – exercise, eat vegetables, never look at booze or bacon, etc – but what else should we be doing every day for a better, healthier, happier life?<p>To paraphrase the slogan of a popular sugary treat, only science has the answer ...<p>1. Play computer games<p>Ever wanted a bigger …

Rooftop Solar Transformation Could Hurt SolarCity and Sunrun

Image source: SolarCity.<p>A little over a year ago, as the calendar turned to 2015, there was a lot of hope for the rooftop solar industry. Companies like <b>SolarCity</b> and <b>Vivint Solar</b> had been growing at around 100% annually, and <b>Sunrun</b> , with its capital-light model, would soon join the fray with its IPO …

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Engineers Just Created The Most Efficient Solar Cells Ever

Yes!<p>Australian engineers have taken us closer than ever before to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion, by building …

Why you should bet big on privacy

Rand Hindi Contributor<p>Rand Hindi is the founder of Snips.<p>Ever felt like you were being watched online? You know, like when you read something about New York, and the next site you visit shows you ads for New York hotels? As it turns out, on my computer, there were more than 130 companies tracking …

Inventor of the cell phone says this is the next big thing

Marty Cooper, who built the first handheld cell phone, says his invention has a glaring flaw: You have to keep charging its battery.<p>"Keeping your phone charger around is a real annoyance," Cooper told CNNMoney in an interview. "And I think it's going to be an increasing problem."<p>Ensuring that your …

Build a Wi-Fi Drone Disabler with Raspberry Pi

Build a Pi-powered drone disabler to understand the security risks of wireless communications<p><i> <br>Please note: The information presented here is for educational purposes. As with all guides covering network and computer security, the techniques should only be performed on devices that you own or have</i> …

7-Point Checklist for Making Sure You Can Afford to Invest

You don't become an investor overnight. It's a process, and it can take some doing to reach the point where you have the financial foundation to take on investing. But if you're starting to feel like it's time you take the plunge, here's a seven-point checklist for making sure you can afford to …

This Is the ‘Game of Thrones’ Game You Need to Be Playing Right Now

Forget the Telltale adventure on your PC and the board game, and head straight to <i>A Game of Thrones: The Card Game</i>.<p>It may have escaped your attention. (Okay, it probably hasn't.) But <i>Game of Thrones</i> is back on our TV screens for another season of intrigue, nudity and gratuitous violence.<p>In …

California Has Too Much Solar Power -- And That's a Good Thing

Image source: SolarCity.<p>No business wants to create a solution in search of a problem, particularly in the slow-changing energy industry. Instead, businesses want to find solutions for problems that exist and create ways to make money off their solutions.<p>Enter the exigent problem California is …

The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels

Portable ‘Desolenator’ makes sea water and rain fit for human consumption<p>Travelling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the …

Innovation

5 Ways Great Leaders Make Work Meaningful For Employees

According to <i>Harvard Business Review</i>, “amazing bosses try to make work meaningful and enjoyable for employees. They’re most successful when they adhere to a few best practices.”<p>I agree with these best practices and would like to take each one step further and offer a tool that will help you leverage …

Leadership

New Study Finds That One-Minute Interval Training Might Be As Effective As A Lengthy 45-Minute Workout

The next be workout fad may just be the shortest workout ever: one-minute interval training. If what a new study suggests is correct, it's nearly as effective as working out hardcore for 45-minutes.<p>Now, keeping this in perspective, if you are training for endurance, this will never do. But for …

Research

18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

3 Attractive Income Stocks Whose Dividends Could Double

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Dividend stocks can be the foundation of a great retirement portfolio. Not only do the payments put money in your pocket, which can help hedge against any dips in the stock market, but they're usually a sign of a financially sound company. Dividends also give investors a …

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

This startup is the new secret weapon investors are using to outsmart each other

Except for investors using a tool called Second Measure. They already knew its sales hadn't recovered — and they knew which restaurants Chipotle's customers had turned to instead.<p>Many analysts could have guessed Chipotle's sales hadn't recovered, but wouldn't have recognized that the surprise …

The Panama Papers Could Lead to Capitalism's Great Crisis

It’s hard to know where to start in tallying up the explosive revelations in the Panama Papers, an analysis of leaked documents from global law firm …

A man who spent 5 years studying self-made millionaires found they share 6 personality traits

Each person's path to wealth may be unique, but there are certain commonalities among the world's richest people.<p>After studying the lives of 177 self-made millionaires over the course of five years, author Thomas C. Corley found that they all shared six traits, which he reveals in his upcoming …

Personality

14 books that will change the way you think about money

A lot of what holds people back from financial success are their thoughts and beliefs about money — not their job title or salary.<p>It turns out, you're probably already making enough money to become rich, as David Bach preaches in "The Automatic Millionaire"; and you <i>can</i> splurge on a $4 mocha and …

University of Chicago

Windows That Morph Into Balconies at the Push of a Button

Design by HofmanDujardin<p>Dutch Architecture and design studio HofmanDujardin have developed an innovative window that morphs into a balcony at the …

How to encrypt your iOS or Android device

The battle between Apple and the FBI has brought a renewed focus on the importance of encryption. Regardless of what your opinion on the case may be, I shouldn't have to explain the significance of protecting your personal data -- and it all starts with your smartphone.<p>These devices hold your …

Should we "rewild" our urban bodies with microbes from indigenous peoples?

In the 1990s, scientist Ivan Casas traveled to the Peruvian Andes in search of human microbes. Casas was head of research for a Swedish probiotics company called BioGaia. He believed that mammals, including people, passed beneficial microbes to their young via breast milk. But he’d been unable to …

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

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