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The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

How the Eagles’ ‘Greatest Hits’ Invented a New Kind of Blockbuster

The old story goes that Glenn Frey, Don Henley and their bandmates were taking forever to finish <i>Hotel California</i> when their record label, Asylum, …

With the death of Glenn Frey, it's time to reassess the Eagles

<i>“I just figure we can’t lose. The longer the Eagles stay together, the better it’s gonna be. No matter what.</i>” – Glenn Frey to Rolling Stone, 1975.<p>Even to Eagles fans, Glenn Frey could be an arrogant bastard – someone as quick to make a buck as he was to fire a band member. But damn could the man …

Los Angeles

How To Buy A Dope Vintage Stereo For Your House?

You probably have noticed that vinyl and cassettes are back in a big way. Some may say it's a fad but once you let your ears bathe in the warm analog …

The man who made 'the world's first personal computer'

<b>When the definitive history of the personal computer is written, familiar and historic names such as Olivetti, Apple, IBM, will all be given recognition for their innovations of the 1960s and 1970s.</b><p>But will future generations remember visionary John Blankenbaker, and his ground-breaking invention, …

Personal Computers

The ultimate cold and flu survival guide

Each year, the typical adult can expect to contract two or three colds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skip the annual flu vaccine and you set yourself up for a bout of that as well. But it doesn't have to be this way! Aside from good hand washing (with soap, for at …

Common Cold

Tim Cook: Apple isn't becoming the new Microsoft

Are you getting the sense that Apple is becoming the new Microsoft, the giant corporation that's simultaneously doing too much and refusing to take risks? Not surprisingly, Tim Cook would like to have a word with you. He tells <i>Fast Company</i> that he doesn't accept those comparisons because Apple is …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple CEO Tim Cook called into CNBC's Mad Money last night.</b> He told Jim Cramer that 11,000 people have signed up to a heart disease study using ResearchKit.<p><b>2. We got hold of some numbers from Microsoft's cloud business Azure.</b> It has generated $1 billion in revenue since 2011.<p><b>3.</b> Intel has cut its …

Tim Cook

Guía para hacerse invisible en internet

Mantener a raya nuestra intimidad en las redes sociales, incluso aunque las usemos sin parar, no es tan complicado como parece.<p>Un día tu pareja te …

Free streaming is 'killing music industry': Ministry of Sound boss

Lohan Presencer takes aim at audio services such as Spotify, Deezer and Rdio - and calls for a YouTube paywall<p>If Ministry of Sound boss Lohan Presencer had his way, there would be no free option for streaming music services such as Spotify, Deezer and Rdio - or YouTube for that matter.

The Pros and Cons of Pinterest for Photographers

Amongst the major social media platforms, Pinterest is a bit of an odd one when it comes to photography. It is a website that you either love or …

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

Nature and Sex Redefined - we have never been binary | Vanessa Heggie

Photograph: Guardian<p>Tests for Barr bodies can easily be performed on cheek cells taken by a simple oral swab - the simplicity of the test is probably part of the reason it lasted for so long in international …

Here’s how to unlock your phone under the new rules

New rules governing U.S. wireless carriers went into full effect on Wednesday, although many carriers had been following the guidelines for nearly a …

Can science be the solution if it is part of the problem?

Science and innovation should help societies tackle the problems of social inequality. But perhaps they are implicated in the problem. <b>Melanie Smallman</b> looks back at Davos to consider the World Economic Forum’s love affair with science<p>The World Economic Forum brought together the world’s richest and …

Don't click on that porn video shared by a Facebook friend: it may be malware

Security researcher claims more than 110k users of the social network were infected in two days by trojan pretending to be a Flash update<p>If one of your Facebook friends shares a pornographic video clip and it appears in your news feed, think twice about clicking on it. But if you do, and it asks …

Social Media

Dr Hannah Fry: the mathematical models that underpin our sexual success

<b>What are the odds?</b><p><i>Or how mathematician Peter Backus weighed up his chances of finding love…</i><p>Just as it’s not possible to calculate precisely how many alien life forms there are, it’s also not possible to calculate exactly how many potential partners you may have. But all the same, being able to …

Classic game Pong pings diagnoses of brain disorders

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It seems so simple, just as the game itself did.<p>Researchers at the University of Chicago put their brains together to wonder how they could better diagnose brain disorders such as Parkinson's and …

The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Digitally speaking, we're not even plodding along yet.<p>Why, AT&T is throttling my data this month and my phone still won't work too well in half of California's Wine Country.<p>However, Eric Schmidt, Google's …

The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge

How a forgotten company’s 1970s technical breakthrough launched a billion-dollar business and helped spawn a new creative medium.<p>Consider the humble video game cartridge. It’s a small, durable plastic box that imparts the most immediate, user-friendly software experience ever created. Just plug it …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Microsoft to roll out Windows 10 as it jostles with Google and Apple

First major update of operating system under new CEO Satya Nadella could be turning point for tech giant struggling to win back mobile customers<p>Microsoft will unveil the first major update of its Windows operating system under new boss Satya Nadella on Wednesday as it fights to win back mobile …

Curioso video de la fabricación paso a paso de una cámara réflex digital

Con la intención de mostrar cómo funciona un obturador de cámara réflex, la web Smarter Every Day empleó la costosísima cámara de alta velocidad …

Daniel J Levitin Q&A: ‘We’ve created more information in the past few years than in all of human history before us’

The author of The Organized Mind explains how naps, calendars and periods away from the internet can all help focus our mind<p><b>What inspired you to write The Organized Mind?</b><br>My first two books, <i>This Is Your Brain on Music</i> and <i>The World in Six Songs</i>, aimed to explain neuroscience to the general public. …

Productivity

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ