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How to sharpen a knife the Macgyver way

This is an easy and cheap way to sharpen a knife in a Macgyver way using household objects.With these simple parts you can restore the factory edge …

DIY

Poker program Cepheus is unbeatable, claim scientists

Cepheus learned poker by playing over a billion billion hands – more than have been played in the entirety of human history<p>‘Perfect’ online poker bot Cepheus has one flaw: it can’t adapt<p>It may not win every hand it is dealt, but over time, no one can beat Cepheus, a computer program that scientists …

Artificial Intelligence

Research says alien life could exist but chances of contact are slim

It's incredibly likely that we aren't alone in the universe, but the chances of us making contact with extra-terrestrials aren't nearly as high. Astrobiologist Amri Wandel seeks to expand on the Drake equation (a formula used to encapsulate the variables scientists looking for E.T.s should …

Artificial intelligence is now creating its own magic tricks

You might not have to be a professional magician to come up with clever tricks in the near future. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed artificial intelligence that can create magic tricks (specifically, those based on math) all on its own. Once their program learns the …

8 Great Chrome Extensions to Transform your 'New Tab' Page

The ‘new tab’ page is something you probably look at for a lot more time than you think every day, so why not put it to work or get it to do something other than just show new tabs?<p>Here are eight great Chrome New Tab page extensions to beautify, redesign or put your new tab page to work.<p>My personal …

Running out of room on your iOS 8 device? How to manage local storage versus the cloud

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Unlike the dramatic increases in hard drive storage required during the personal computer era, modern-day mobile devices are …

11 Reasons Why Cat Bites May Be Linked To Depression

Here are the best possible explanations for the strange correlation.<p>In case you hadn't heard, cat bites are linked to depression. As I wrote last week, a study in <i>PLOS ONE</i> looked through the health records of 1.3 million people and found that 41 percent of people who were treated for cat bites were …

Cats

Jacob’s Well – America’s Stunning-Yet-Deadly Diving Spot

Jacob’s Well, in Wimberley, Texas, is one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Named after a biblical reference, the well has claimed the lives of …

Staff Picks: Best and Worst 2013 SEMA Show Cars

At the 2013 SEMA show, sometimes a very thin line separates aftermarket automotive brilliance from an over-the-top eyesore. We’ve walked the auto show floor in Las Vegas, seeking the absolute best and worst from automakers as well as aftermarket companies — get our picks for the best and worst 2013 …

Earth's Water Likely Came from Very Early Asteroid Strikes

Earth got most of its water from asteroid impacts nearly 4.6 billion years ago, shortly after the solar system first took shape, a new study suggests.<p>…

Astronomy

45 Vintage Photos Of Manhattan In The 1940s

His works have been donated to and maintained by Cushman's alma mater Indiana University, which has kindly given us permission to publish his gallery of New York City photos taken in 1941 and 1942.<p>They give a great impression of what Chinatown, the Financial District, and Midtown looked like 70 …

Video: Inside NASA's Spectacular Undersea Mission to Save Earth from a Deadly Collision

With Neil deGrasse Tyson, visiting a simulated asteroid under the sea<p><i>PopSci is pleased to present videos created by Motherboard, Vice Media's guide to future culture. Motherboard's original videos that run the gamut from in-depth, investigative reports to profiles of the offbeat forward-thinking</i> …

Chemist Says BuzzFeeᴅ Article About Food Chemistry Has "Serial Stupidities"

A refutation of "chemophobia."<p>Chemist and blogger Derek Lowe has a long and angry piece up today in response to the BuzzFeeᴅ article titled "Eight Foods That We Eat in The US That Are Banned in Other Countries." It's largely a refutation of the idea that "chemicals" are inherently unsafe, but also …