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The eternity drive: Why DNA could be the future of data storage

<b>(CNN) —</b> How long will the data last in your hard-drive or USB stick? Five years? 10 years? Longer?<p>Already a storage company called Backblaze is running 25,000 hard drives simultaneously to get to the bottom of the question. As each hard drive coughs its last, the company replaces it and logs its …

Genetics

Flee from the sun at the speed of light in this humbling video

In casual conversation, when we say something is moving at the speed of light, we usually mean it's moving really fast. The speed of light feels instantaneous down here on our small contained planet.<p>Art director and animator Alphonse Swinehart has been "nerding out on some astronomy books and …

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

“What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai.<p>“Easy—not getting smarter.”<p>Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people.<p>Maybe he didn’t know about myelin.<p><b>The Smarter Secret</b><p>Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, …

Do You Know Your Neighbor's Name? A Shocking Number of People Don't

There’re a plethora of social networks. Ones that aim to connect friends and family, close friends, school friends, colleagues, professionals, travelers, gay men, lesbians; those are just a few of the many. I like these because ultimately they are trying to get us to connect more in real-life. (Not …

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Hey There Little Electron, Why Won't You Tell Me Where You Came From?

I want to tell you about one of the most beautiful ideas that I know.<p>It’s a physics experiment, and it's beautiful because in one elegant stroke, it …

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Science Finds 'Tiny Computers' Embedded In Human Skin

We like to think that all our smarts are contained in our brain, but researchers at Umea University in Sweden have found that the neurons that extend into our fingertips perform the same sorts of calculations that take place in the cerebral cortex.<p>In other words, what we’ve been told about our …

Free Diving World Record Will Soon Be Pushed to 1,000 Feet, Author Says

James Nestor says diving the ocean shows how much we can learn about our planet and its inhabitants—including us.<p>When James Nestor first witnessed free diving, he nearly threw up. Then he got hooked. He learned to hold his breath for four minutes, hung out with a “shark whisperer,” and even …

South Korea’s video game addicts may be exempt from military service

Game addicts in South Korea could be exempt from performing mandatory service in the country’s military, according to a news report.<p>Video game addiction is in the spotlight in South Korea as the country considers a proposed law to tackle the issue.<p>CNET, citing local media, recently highlighted a …

The Jehovah's Witnesses' new tactic

<b>The Jehovah's Witness movement has been on a year-long drive to recruit commuters at UK train stations, shopping centres and parks. It's a change of tactics, writes Sophie Robehmed.</b><p>Everybody is familiar with the Jehovah's Witnesses' standard modus operandi. Two polite people knock at the door and …

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37 pounds. That stone, while enormous relative to others like it, is but an invisible speck when up against the Earth-sized diamond discovered 900 light …

How to Calibrate Your HDTV for Better Video Quality in 30 Minutes

Most HDTVs ship with default settings that are meant to look good in store showrooms, but they're not ideal in your home. Thankfully, with the right …

Tutorials

College tour in California ends in fiery wreck, leaves 10 dead

Jonathan Gutierrez kicked off his shoes and dozed off in the back of a bus traveling along a sleepy stretch of Interstate 5 near the North California town of Orland.<p>The trip to Humboldt State University was meant to open doors and possibilities for 17-year-old Gutierrez and dozens of other teens, …

Can you die of a broken heart?

Extreme emotion can be a killer, says Jason G Goldman. So why did it take doctors so long to see the evidence hiding in plain sight?<p>In 1986, a 44-year-old woman was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital. She felt fine all day, but in the afternoon she developed extreme crushing pain in her …

Home Electrical Projects You Can Totally Handle Yourself

Electrical projects around the home can seem scary if you've never done them before. But they don't have to be. Here are eight common electrical …

DIY

Want To Accomplish More? Simplify Your Life

A quick story.<p>When my kids were young–the oldest was 11–we moved away from our Manhattan-centric life to semi-rural Massachusetts. This was back when New York City was considered scary—and not glamorous as it is today—and I wanted them to grow up in a more stable environment.<p>We packed up at the …

Pacific salmon migrate with a 'magnetic map'

<b>There is more evidence that salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to perform extraordinary feats of navigation.</b><p>A study suggests that Pacific salmon are born with an in-built "magnetic map" that helps them to migrate over thousands of kilometres.<p>US researchers believe the fish are sensing changes in …

What the Color of Your Pee Says About Your Health

It's not something you might think about often, but your pee can tell you a lot about your body. This graphic from Cleveland Clinic shows what …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

The Wonderful 101 combo guide

Life is wonderful...<p>It’s no surprise that Platinum Games’ latest foray into the frenzied action genre has a complex and layered combat system that, …

The Wonderful 101 shop upgrade guide

The Wonderful Mart is a convenience store for Wonderful heroes, stocking everything from Wonderful snacks to Wonderful ways to dish out brutal beat …

Treat Pain Before It Hurts

Be your own physical therapist* with this expert advice designed to help you identify and address hidden trigger points.<p>The Body Part You Abuse Even …

How to Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With an Old Router

When you upgrade to a faster, better router, don’t toss your old one. Whether through stock or custom firmware, you can likely turn it into a …

Grilling Over Charcoal Is Objectively, Scientifically Better Than Grilling Over Gas

It’s a beautiful day. The family’s in attendance, side dishes and beer in tow. Your sister-in-law brought a trunk full of Super Soakers. It’s BBQ …

Dad Sequences Daughter's Genome To Pinpoint Her Rare Syndrome

The extreme possibilities of personalized medicine<p>Dads all have their talents. Mine was a whiz at fixing mechanical toys, such as my orange, flower-printed, wind-up owl. Bea Reinhoff's dad trained as a geneticist in the 1980s, although he ultimately chose to leave medicine in order to fund biotech …