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Billionaire Gives Away His Fortune to Help Save the Ocean

Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Røkke is not someone usually admired for environmental stewardship. Described by Forbes as a "ruthless corporate …

John Cena can speak Mandarin as if being John Cena isn't enough

John Cena is a man of many talents. He was a joy to watch in <i>Trainwreck</i> as Amy Schumer's overly sensitive lover and was arguably the best part of the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler trainwreck <i>Sisters</i> (I would follow them both to the ends of this Earth, but that film was painful). Oh, he's a wrestler and a …

Language

Neanderthals Used a Chemistry Trick to Start Fires 50,000 Years Ago

Figuring out how to ignite fire has long been considered one of humankind's most monumental achievements. While pop culture often depicts our …

Anthropology

That $4 smartphone is sketchy as hell

Photo by Vishal Mathur<p>Earlier this week, Indian smartphone maker Ringing Bells unveiled their record-setting Freedom 251, an Android device that had some astounding specs for its unbelievable $3.64 price tag (Rs. 251). There was so much fervor over the device’s release that Times of India described …

Gear & Gadgets

Could just two people repopulate Earth?

The last man on Earth is a common trope in fiction – but what if it actually happened? How many people would it take to save our species?<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The alien predators arrived by boat. Within two years, everyone was …

Durham University

Marie Kondo’s illustrated guide to a home that sparks joy

An entranceway that sparks joy<p>As a self-proclaimed tidying freak, I can tell the state of a person’s closets the instant I set foot in the doorway. One client’s front entranceway was jammed with shoes and a bundle of newspapers ready for recycle. Keys, gloves, and delivery forms were strewn …

Minimalism

How Dangerous Is Airplane Turbulence?

It’s scary. It’s uncomfortable. It spills your tomato juice. It’s turbulence—but how dangerous is it, actually?<p>I have a very personal interest in …

Astronaut pictures from ISS give a unique perspective on 2015

An out-of-this-world view: Breathtaking pictures captured by astronauts on the International Space Station give a unique perspective on Earth's …

Space

Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, And Critics Question His Intent

The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation's sleek marble building is on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea. After passing through a guarded gate, visitors climb the steps to the entrance and a big door with tinted glass slides open.<p>"Hello, sir. Nice to meet you, sir," says David Kim, a researcher at …

Biotechnology

7 Everyday Ways You Are Lowering Your Intelligence

<i>How feeling like an expert, googling it and more could be lowering your intelligence.</i>** Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything …

eBooks

These Disturbing Images Reveal Brain Differences Between Men And Women

A new study offers “important clues.”<p>We know that women outnumber men significantly when it comes to mental illness diagnosis -- they're twice as likely to be found to have depression and anxiety disorders -- but the reasons why are less clear.<p>New research from the University of Montreal, published …

Gender

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Thousands of Uber accounts are allegedly being sold on the dark web

Company says it's found no evidence of a breach<p>Thousands of Uber users account credentials could have been compromised, and are up for sale from unscrupulous sellers. At least two separate vendors on dark web marketplace AlphaBay are hawking active Uber accounts, <i>Motherboard</i> reports. Once purchased, …

New York City

How This 25-Year-Old Made $66,000 In A Month By Teaching An Online Course

"When I got home, my dad was super nice and bought me an iPhone 4, and it was my first introduction to apps," the 25-year-old remembers. "I was like, 'These things are crazy! They can do anything!'"<p>Since that first introduction, Walter, who graduated from Brigham Young University with an …

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look …

Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Zastolskiy Victor<p>I got a lot of flack when I suggested in May that a network like AMC may be in a good …

In South Korea, Competitive Video Games Are Almost As Popular As Soccer

E-sports is a huge business, and it's only getting bigger. Riot Games, the company behind the popular "League of Legends," boasts 67 million active monthly players. And it's bringing in $1 billion.<p>In South Korea, it's becoming as big of a sport as soccer, according to a profile by The New York …

One Of The World's Biggest Chocolate Companies Is Very Afraid Of Ebola

There's no need to panic quite yet, but there could be a problem if the disease spreads to the Ivory Coast from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone.<p>Bulcke also said he expects a rough fourth quarter for the company (in part, but not entirely because of, Ebola in West Africa).<p>Nestlé donated 100,000 …

14-Year-Old Who Built Low-Cost Battery Is Named ‘Top Young Scientist’

Batteries

Eric Schmidt: The Next Google Is Out There In A Garage Somewhere

“The next Google won’t do what Google does, just as Google didn’t do what AOL did.”<p>On Monday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt stopped to give a talk in front of a bunch of hardware engineers at Native Instruments in Berlin, a company that specializes in software and hardware for computer-based audio …

This company is putting its entire crop of tobacco plants toward curing Ebola

In early August, when two American patients recovered from the Ebola virus that they had contracted in Liberia, the US medical community largely attributed their survival to an experimental drug known as ZMapp. The drug, developed by San Diego-based biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceutical, had never …

Disease

Some Guy Named Ethan Made An App Called 'Ethan' That Lets Anyone Message Him, And Strangers Are Downloading It Like Crazy

That app idea might sound ridiculous, but the product is real, and its popularity is exploding on startup discovery site Product Hunt right now.<p>"Ethan" was created by the founder of Rubcam, Ethan Gliechtenstein. Rubcam lets users take photos on their smartphones by rubbing the screen. …

Apps

Elon Musk: We Need a Million People to Colonize Mars

Space Travel

Today in IGN History: September 12, 2004 - Game Scoop! - IGN Video

What games and movies were in the news 10 years ago? Travel back in time with Game Scoop! to find out.

LG says white OLED puts it a decade ahead of competitors

LG believes it will be "impossible" for other RGB OLED manufacturers to successfully compete with its white OLED technology.<p>LG's investment in white OLED might be ready to pay off as the company achieves high production quantities for its 4K OLED TVs while competitors using RGB OLED still struggle …

Televisions

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

Here's more than a hundred ways you can die in Majora's Mask

Fresh off cataloguing 104 ways to croak in <i>The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time</i>, MasterOfHyrule gives the same treatment to <i>Majora's Mask</i>. How much of that glum funeral dirge theme can you take? Let's get busy dyin'/<p>MasterOfHyrule not only thinks of some creative ways for Link to bite the dust, he …

Gene Simmons: 'Rock Is Finally Dead. It Was Murdered'

The Kiss bassist blames file sharing for murdering rock n' roll, wonders where the next Bob Dylan is<p>Neil Young once sang "Rock n' roll can never …

Music

Gamer claims 'Donkey Kong' world record, ending plastic surgeon's four-year reign

"Dr. Kong" has been defeated. Competitive gamer Robbie Lakeman has snatched the world record for the highest ever Donkey Kong score from Hank Chien. Chien, a plastic surgeon in New York, has held sole possession of the title for nearly four years — earning himself the nickname Dr. Kong. Late …