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The Science of Baking, In One Graphic

Baking is a science as well an art, and the key to better baking is understanding the chemical forces at play. Thankfully this graphic explains all …

Study Skills

Why Can't We Fire Electrons Across Space For Wireless Power?

<i>My understanding of how old tube-type televisions worked is that a “gun” at the back of the tube – the cathode – fired electrons at the screen. So, my question is, if it is possible to “fire electrons” through space, why is it not easy to transmit electrical power wirelessly?</i><p>Your understanding of …

Wireless Charging

17 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

Most friendships develop so naturally that you don't even realize how or when they started.<p>Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend …

'Star Trek' Lawsuit Now Explores What Vulcans and Vampires Have in Common

Plus, the 19th-century Supreme Court case that is being called upon to knock the contention that the language of Klingon is copyrighted.<p>The lawsuit …

Science Fiction

Microsoft apologizes for its racist chatbot's 'wildly inappropriate and reprehensible words'

In a blog entry on Friday, Microsoft Research head Peter Lee expressed regret for the conduct of its AI chatbot, named Tay, explaining that the bot fell victim to a "coordinated attack by a subset of people."<p>"We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not …

Artificial Intelligence

I didn’t care about video games until I tried this amazing VR headset

Lemons, limes, cantaloupes, and watermelons hurl in my direction as I stand in the middle of a Japanese dojo. I grip a samurai sword in both hands and slash without abandon, slicing the airborn fruit in two. A sign hangs in my field of view, tallying my score in real time.<p>Playing a "Fruit Ninja" …

Virtual Reality

Meizu’s new phone gets octa-core power and a Quad HD screen, not a record player in sight

Meizu may not be quite so well known as other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi for example, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make some cool …

Mobile Technology

German policeman arrested in possible 'cannibal' case

<b>Police in Dresden say they have arrested a 55-year-old police officer on suspicion of murder after the body of another man was found in the Erz mountains in eastern Germany.</b><p>Investigators believe that the two men met via an internet site for cannibalism fetishists.<p>The suspect denies eating body …

Crime

Travelers Rent Their Cars Out At Airports, In A New Business Model

At a few U.S. airports, travelers have a new option besides paying for long-term parking or finding a ride. A service named FlightCar allows them to leave their car in the company's lot — and rent it out while they're away.<p>In exchange, the travelers get a ride to their terminal and, after their …

A Russian Man Nailed His Testicles To The Pavement As A Protest

Warning: graphic images. Pytor Pavlensky carried out the stunt on the country's Police Day national holiday.<p>A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.

UltraHaptics May Be The Next Revolution In Touchscreen Phones

Compared to the haptic feedback from the motors in games controllers like Sony’s SixAxis ones, they seem even less capable. But if some brand-new …

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes

Police Wound Two Bystanders In Shooting Near Times Square

Caught in the line of fire by police officers, two women were shot near crowded Times Square in Manhattan last night. The bystanders were wounded as police struggled to deal with a man who was behaving erratically. The man had "simulated" firing a gun at police; he was not found to have a …

Three teenagers want to put a Google campus in every school

Thinkspace is an ambitious new project to make coding cool<p>James Anderson, aged 16, wants to make coding cool. The teenager, along with a pair of students from his school in South West England, has created Thinkspace, an organization that wants to put a space for kids to learn coding in every school …

Mysterious mummy found in German attic by 10-year-old boy

A mummy that would seemingly be of Egyptian origin has been discovered a long way from its apparent home. A 10-year-old boy found the sarcophagus along with a mummified body in the attic of his house in Diepholz, Germany last month, reports the AFP. But while the sarcophagus is inscribed with …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

New Details On How U.S. 'Helped Saddam As He Gassed Iran'

Newly declassified CIA documents "combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States' knowledge of how and when Iraq" used chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980s, <i>Foreign Policy</i> reports.<p>According to the magazine:<p>"In …

NSA hacked into encrypted UN communications, leaked documents show

Advertisement<p>39 Comments<p>The NSA successfully cracked the encryption guarding the United Nations’ internal videoconferencing system, according to …

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.<p>The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles …

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.<p>Although …

Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market

Uruguay's unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress.<p>All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the proposal just before midnight on Wednesday in a party line vote, keeping a narrow majority of the 96 MPs …

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

The Pirate Bay founder is raising money for spy-proof messaging app

Advertisement<p>38 Comments<p>Private messages really <i>aren’t</i> so private, and Peter Sunde, co-founder and former spokesperson for BitTorrent search engine …

Brazil referee decapitated after stabbing player

<b>Football spectators in northern Brazil decapitated a referee after he fatally stabbed a player for refusing to leave the pitch, officials say.</b><p>An angry mob stormed the field during the amateur game in the state of Maranhao and stoned Otavio da Silva to death before severing his head.<p>Police said the …

Crime

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …