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With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

<i>This is the first story in a two-part report on the Mueller neighborhood for the NPR Cities Project.</i><p>In Texas, a state where cars and private property …

Urban Design

How Bread, Beer, And Soy Sauce Changed The Human Microbiome

Digesting yeast is no mean feat<p>Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine. That something funny—perhaps there are others, but we will not comment—was that the little critters that live inside healthy human guts seem to have adapted. Certain bacteria species that commonly …

New class of antibiotic could turn the tables in battle against superbugs

Scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotic using a revolutionary procedure hailed as a game changer in the hunt for medicines to fight drug-resistant infections. The antibiotic, called teixobactin, kills a wide range of drug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA and bugs that cause TB and a …

Microbiology

Goodbye smart gadgets. Hello dumb tech

This is going to be the year of the smartwatch. Thanks to several incredible boundary-smashing technological vaults, Apple will soon release a product that looks like a wristwatch but is really So Much More Than That. The Apple Watch will display your Facebook updates. It will tell you who is …

Gear & Gadgets

30 best Android apps of 2014

The year 2014 was full of fun and amazing apps. There were old apps redefining themselves and new apps that stormed into the Play Store with something to say. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best Android apps released in 2014.<p>[Price: Free / $4.99 (donate option for $9.99)]<br>Action Launcher …

Your search history's got nothing on this

In addition to dealing with symmetrical book stacking and full-torso apparitions in basements, New York's librarians have had to field some <i>pretty</i> crazy questions in their day. Case in point: "What percentage of all bathtubs in the world are in the US?" As <i>Gothamist</i> tells it, the book-lender recently …

Obama fills in for Stephen Colbert

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Barack Obama may be the President of the United States, but for a few minutes on Monday, he was also Stephen Colbert, outgoing host of "The Colbert Report."<p>Obama sat down for an interview with Colbert in Washington -- his third appearance on the show -- and surprised the host by …

This Brilliant New App Calculates Where You Need To Go And Sends You A Bike Or A Tesla In Five Minutes

The Shift app uses an algorithm to figure out what kind of transportation makes the most sense for your journey and then makes it happen.<p>If you live in the city and you’re under 35, there’s a good chance you don’t care about owning a car. All that really matters is getting where you need to go. A …

Electric Vehicles

5 Reasons Wii U is Worth Owning

Opinion: Nintendo’s platform had a rocky start, but it’s only getting better.<p>When Nintendo released Wii U two years ago, the platform struggled out …

Dumb and Dumber To Clips

He who smelt it....<p>Things will be getting dumb very soon -- on November 14 in the US actually -- with Dumb and Dumber To. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels …

How An Evangelical Christian Researcher Reconciles Science With Her Faith

Climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe writes about God, climate change, and the unknown.<p><i>Editor's note: Our profile of Bill Nye [September 2014] elicited an impassioned response from readers. We received more than 100 letters, many from readers grappling with how to reconcile scientific concepts like</i> …

Evangelical Christianity

Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

The Internet is only one flying robot away.<p>If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed …

Social Media

Airlines Battled for Your Butt in 'The Great Lounge War'

Squished into your economy seat 35,000 feet over Toledo, it's hard to picture yourself sauntering down the aisle to a lounge the size of your living room, plopping down into an overstuffed chair and listening to someone batting out your favorite tunes on a Wurlitzer piano -- and all in coach. On …

Clip joint: helicopters

Looking for the cinematic high life? Then clamber aboard as Guardian reader Charlie Green picks the five best chopper scenes – and don’t forget to duck<p>You only realise quite how many spectacular and memorable helicopter scenes the movies have served up over the years when you try to pick the top …

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.<p>If humans ever set up permanent bases on the Moon or Mars, we'll need to be able to grow our own food there. To find out whether that’s actually possible, a team of scientists in the Netherlands planted 14 plant …

Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

Everything is made of something. Take away concrete, glass, textiles, metal, and the other materials from our lives and we are left naked, shivering in a muddy field. The sophistication of our lives is in a large part bestowed by material wealth, we would quickly revert to animal behaviour without …

Could We Build a Ringworld?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PopMech explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: a Niven Ring or Ringworld, an enormous slice of real estate encircling a star.<p><b>Name:</b> Niven Ring, or Ringworld<p><b>Named for:</b> …

How the design firm behind the Xbox built the bike of the future

You can't ride a bike in Seattle without thinking about the seven hills. (No one can agree on which ones make up "the seven," but they're not a friendly ride.) And you better think about the city's famously unpredictable weather patterns. And who knows? You might finish work and want to head …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

What does it really cost to open an indie studio? All your money, most of your life

It is common to hear about game companies having crushing financial woes in the games press.<p>It can be observed in companies of all sizes, from THQ going under to 38 Studios defaulting on millions of debts to the recent <i>Yogsventure</i> project fiasco.<p>I've seen the people behind these projects judged very …

A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like …

The evolution of Planet of the Apes

Next month sees the release of a new <i>Planet of the Apes</i> movie – the eighth in a patchy, up-and-down series that has run for almost half a century. These have never been the most crisply titled movies, 1968's <i>Planet of the Apes</i>, followed by <i>Beneath the Planet of the Apes</i>, then <i>Escape from the Planet of</i> …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Fitness

Nintendo's E3 2014: You're Buying a Wii U Now, Right?

Last year Nintendo dressed its developers up in cat ears and paraded them in front of a huddled group of attendees at its booth rather than have a …

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Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

Spotify Connect Comes To Samsung's Wireless Speakers

Samsung is keen to take its music streaming partnerships a step further, even after launching its own service Milk Music.<p>After partnering with Deezer earlier this year to attract music fans in Europe, Samsung announced today a partnership with Spotify that will let premium users control their …