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10 maps that explain Russia's strategy

In fact, they are the first place to start thinking about a country's strategy, which can reveal factors that are otherwise not obvious.<p>The 10 maps below show Russia's difficult position since the Soviet Union collapsed and explain Putin's long-term intentions in Europe.

Russia

3D Printing Reveals the Hidden Physics Behind the Brain's Folds and Furrows

Understanding how the brain's outermost layer develops means new understandings of intelligence, neurological disorders.<p>The outermost layer of the brain, the cortex, is a confounding geography of furrows, folds, and wrinkles. One could even say that the defining physical feature of the brain is the …

Neuroscience

Scientists Are Allowed To Genetically Modify Human Embryos

UK agency has given approval to use CRISPR to modify embryos, a world-first<p>Scientists in the UK have gotten the go-ahead from a government agency to begin modifying human embryos — the fertilized egg that begets all human beings — using the increasingly popular gene-editing technique known as …

Gears of War Creator's New Shooter LawBreakers Aims to Be "R-Rated"

Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski's next game, LawBreakers, aims to differentiate itself from similar games like Overwatch and Battleborn in a number of ways, the developer said at PAX South this weekend.<p>In a video interview with PC Gamer, Bleszinski said one of the ways LawBreakers aims to be …

Gears of War

Andromeda smash-up: distant galaxy is rushing towards Earth at one million mph - with no hope of deviation

Is this a space invasion? It does indeed resemble one. In fact it is a splendid Nasa photograph of a Geminid meteor shower:<p>Such events are caused when fragments of dust often far older than Earth crash into our atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles per hour, each causing a mini-explosion. This …

NASA Engineers Unveil the First Light-Based Modem for Spacecraft

The palm-sized device could mean big things for moving large amounts of data around the globe at the speed of light.<p>To send and receive data, orbiting spacecraft depend on radio-frequency communications. It's been this way since the 1957 launch of Sputnik 1, which made use of two radio frequencies: …

Engineering

What Do the Words You Use Say About You?

A lot.<p>Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s …

Psychology

The innovators: the swarm of sea drones sniffing out drugs and mines

The football-sized robots are designed to work in packs, programmed for various tasks from locating wreckage to detecting contraband through a ship’s hull<p>When Sampriti Bhattacharyya read about a controversial US Navy scheme in which dolphins try to locate sea mines she realised the true potential …

Seafloor

The Illuminati rules?: Sorry, conspiracy theorists, but “secret societies” do not run the world

“Secret elites” are not America’s problem. Looking to jury-rigged politics and voter apathy is more to the point<p>In the days since the FBI reportedly foiled a terrorist attack on a Masonic center in Milwaukee, the Internet has been abuzz with talk of the hidden influence of Freemasonry, the …

Secret Societies

Apple Could Leapfrog Amazon, Google And Alibaba With A Netflix Acquisition

To say that Apple results were looked upon as a disappointment this past week would be an understatement. The company reported good enough numbers for the December quarter but March guidance was lowered below Street estimates which disappointed investors.<p>Apple’s shares are down about 3% since the …

Televisions

15 Genius iPhone Accessories That'll Help Declutter Your Life

For everyone who's addicted to their phone.

Exclusive: Inside Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” VR Project

The ILMxLab expects to make many more VR experiences for “Star Wars” and other films, and for every VR platform.<p>Anyone who’s tried virtual reality with other people around knows there’s a moment when they have to let go of worrying about how silly they look wearing a big, bulky headset. That was no …

Virtual Reality

Tharsis is a video game about life's mundane decisions — and also space cannibalism

<i>Tharsis</i> is a digital, single-player board game about four astronauts and their harrowing journey to Mars. Like all journeys to Mars, theirs devolves into hysterics, brash decision making, and uncomfortable sacrifices for the greater good of a questionable mission. Has any fictional character ever …

Housing Market

The Drone Racing League Is Building an Insane New Sport

Car racing leagues like NASCAR get lots of slack for being boring. For outsiders, it’s tough to see the fun in watching people drive in circles again …

Drones

Tesla’s home battery is finally rolling out. First stop: Australia

According to Nick Pfitzner, the Tesla Powerwall is "a thing of beauty."<p>Pfitzner, who lives in Sydney's Hills District, was one of the first …

The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime, iTunes, Hulu, and more in February

For Amazon, it's the streaming release of the Spike Lee movie it produced, "Chi-Raq," which has been playing in theaters since early December. And over at Hulu, it's the premiere of the adaptation of the Stephen King novel "11.22.63," starring James Franco.<p>And there are also a whole lot of classics …

Entertainment

Ashes of the Singularity: An RTS With Astounding Scale

Wars are won and lost because of strategy. Napoleon faltered in Russia because he failed to prepare for winter. The Schlieffen Plan could have won World War I, if the German army had continued its push to Paris. Operation Market Garden may have opened a path into Germany in 1944, ending World War …

Beta Testing

Scientists Find the Exercise and Diet Sweet Spot for Gaining Muscle, Losing Fat

Holy GrailThe exercise and diet sweet spot to build muscle, lose fat.Scientists have found the perfect balance of exercise and diet to achieve one of …

Exercise

The admiral in charge of Navy intelligence has not been allowed to see military secrets for years

Vice Adm. Ted "Twig" Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy …

Military

Why Some People Are Hurt More by Break-Ups Than Others

A friend once grumbled that, given the choice, she’d rather see her ex miserable than herself happy.<p>Few things in life are as traumatic as the end of …

Psychology

Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath

But according to one group of psychiatrists, these men aren't Hollywood's most realistic psychopaths.<p>In fact, they may not be psychopaths at all.<p>Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a varying combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths kill without remorse, mutilating …

Psychiatry

How IRL Love Can Survive in the Age of VR

What happens when “long distance” means going digital?<p>Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to Be Another from BeAnotherLab on Vimeo.<p>Back in 2013, when Spike Jonze released the movie <i>Her</i>, the concept of a virtual relationship felt both otherworldly and hauntingly close. Three years later, we’re …

Virtual Reality

Meet The Man Who Created Papyrus, The World’s (Other) Most Hated Font

Chris Costello sold Papyrus for the equivalent of $2,500 when he was 23. He never could’ve guessed how big it would become–or how reviled.<p>You’ve probably never heard of Chris Costello, but there’s a good chance you hate him. Outside of Comic Sans creator Vincent Connare, Costello is perhaps the …

Typography

Science Discovers "Holy Grail" of Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

Researchers have uncovered significant new evidence in the elusive quest to gain muscle while losing fat.

Science

Scientists find evidence of mathematical structures in classic books

Researchers at Poland’s Institute of Nuclear Physics found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, which resemble ‘ideal’ maths seen in nature<p>James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has been described as many things, from a masterpiece to …

Mathematics

Robert Gates: Republicans' grasp of national security is at a child's level

Former defense secretary condemns media for failing to challenge presidential candidates on promises he believes are unaffordable, illegal or unconstitutional<p>Robert Gates, a Republican stalwart and former US defence secretary who served under eight presidents, has derided the party’s election …

National Security

A drone that can fly, float and dive underwater

In the future, there will be no escape from robotic observation. Proof (if proof were needed) comes in the form of Loon Copter, a drone developed by Oakland University's Embedded Systems Research Laboratory that can not only fly, but also land on and even navigate <i>under</i> the water's surface. The Loon …

Drones

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Make the World 'Thrive'

Hollywood loves to give us stories of super-intelligent robots running wild with their orders. And we love to watch these stories. If artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Acoustic tweezers manipulate cells with sound waves

Engineers at MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a way to manipulate cells in three dimensions using sound waves. …

How 'Star Wars' actor John Boyega got ripped in just 21 days

Recently, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star John Boyega told British Vogue that his character Finn will be "much more physical" in the next "Star Wars" movie, "Episode VIII."<p>"I might be in the gym a bit more," the British actor said.<p>Turns out he wasn't joking.<p>After filming wrapped on "The Force …

Star Wars