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Why Android and Windows should embrace RAW photography before Apple catches up

RAW files can dramatically improve photography on the go, but Android and Windows need to push for stronger mobile support first.<p>Apple dominates mobile photography. A quick look at Flickr’s camera finder shows Apple devices are far ahead of any other brands for image uploads, including traditional …

Mobile Photography

The Backed Pack: Sphericam 2 opens the next round of VR capture tools

<i>Each week our friends at Backerjack highlight a cool crowdfunded gadget. This week we look at Sphericam 2, which is approaching 125 percent of its $150,000 goal.</i><p>The recent explosion of interest in virtual reality poses a problem that’s long been associated with new media: a dearth of content. The …

Virtual Reality

Oaxis' health devices track your water, weight and workouts

You may not have heard of Oaxis, but it's determined to get on your radar if you're a health maven. The young firm is crowdfunding a Wellness Suite that includes not just the obligatory fitness bands (the O2 and Ji Cheng), but also a smart water bottle (the Vita) and a scale (the Glo). To us, the …

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

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>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 …

Consciousness

Behold The Tweel, A Tire That Never Goes Flat

The tire-plus-wheel combination became available to civilians in November<p>Fifteen years ago, Michelin set out to build a tire that would never go flat. While the prototypes gained worldwide attention, and the military has been using the technology since 2013, consumers and businesses have been …

Experiencing mild shocks while learning can enhance related memories

'This might be a way to build a really smart person'<p>Memory is a tricky thing. Remembering details of past experiences — details like what you had for lunch last Friday, or what you learned in history class — is often an exercise in futility. But then sometimes, for what appears to be no reason at …

The Brain

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

Alternative Medicine

Genes linked to brain size may help explain some neurological diseases

In one of the largest research undertakings of its kind, a team of geneticists and neuroscientists has uncovered a number of genetic variations that influence the size of some key brain structures, including the hippocampus and the putamen. The result may advance understanding of such devastating …

Neuroscience

The 5 Most Interesting Announcements from Microsoft's Windows 10 Event

Virtual assistants, new web browsers, seamless gaming—oh my!<p>With its new version of Windows, Microsoft has done the seemingly impossible: It skipped right over version 9 and straight to 10. Really, though, the maker of the world's most popular operating system dropped a lot of major announcements …

Laser-Blasted Metal Forms A Self-Cleaning Non-Stick Surface

The technique could make faster vehicles and improve sanitation in the developing world<p>Water, the key to life on our planet, can sometimes be one of our greatest enemies – especially when it comes to its interactions with metals. Air moisture triggers the formation of rust and corrosion on metal …

People with autism have uniquely synched brains - Futurity

Brain scans of people with autism show idiosyncratic patterns in brain connectivity. The same is not true for people without the disorder.

Autism

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

Fish

'Death test' could predict chance of dying within 30 days

Health experts say a new test will prevent futile and expensive medical treatments which prolong suffering<p>A test to determine if elderly patients will die within 30 days of being admitted to hospital has been developed by doctors to give them the chance to go home or say goodbye to loved …

Medicine

This Lego Robot Thinks Like A Worm—And Soon You Can Build Your Own

Inching toward AI success<p>A Lego robot programmed to act like a roundworm may signal the next big leap for artificial intelligence.<p>The Open Worm Project is a group of programmers and scientists who have been developing an open-source virtual worm. Last year, the team was able to control a Lego robot …

Tool making arose earlier among human ancestors

Our ape-like ancestors may have stopped dragging their knuckles and started making tools a half million years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study.<p>The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, suggests that the art of tool making may not be exclusive to the genus …

Anthropology

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Stanford University

Tasmanian Artist Rescues Glammed Up Dolls by Transforming Them with Natural Beauty

With the help of Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh, secondhand Bratz dolls transform from modeling high fashion with attitude to showcasing the beauty of simplicity. The artist rescues castoff dolls from thrift shops, repaints their faces, restyles their hair and dresses them in outfits that her mother …

Dolls

Jeff McWhinney's Intelligent "Active Wedding Rings"

This past weekend I was at a martial arts training session. With twenty of us in the room, we rotated through partners for the hand drills. One woman …

Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

The special tool-wielding power of human hands may go back farther in evolutionary history than scientists have thought.<p>That's according to a new study of hand bones from an early relative of humans called <i>Australopithecus africanus</i>. Researchers used a powerful X-ray technique to scan the interior …

American Museum of Natural History

10 things to know before studying in Germany | Culture | DW | 23.01.2015

In the United States, the average student loan debt is nearing $30,000. In the UK, it's closer to $66,000. For millennials, outsourcing higher …