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How to See Without Glasses

Cell vs. virus: A battle for health - Shannon Stiles

Attack of the Super Bugs

Mathematicians Create App To Beat Jet Lag

The solution is simpler than previously thought<p>How can you get over jet lag? There are hundreds of suggestions, but few of them have been rigorously tested. So some mathematicians from the University of Michigan created an app that can help you, which relies on new mathematical models and the …

What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

It's a classic example of supply and demand: How much would you pay for a bottle of fresh air in one of the world's most polluted cities?<p>When Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned home from a vacation in France, he brought with him a jar of clean air he had collected from Provence. At auction in a …

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Your reality is actually 15 seconds long

The present moment, as you are experiencing it this very instant, is directly influenced by the previous 15 seconds of your life, reports <i>Quartz</i>. Researchers from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, have dubbed this phenomenon the "continuity field," and according to a study they …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

Wall Street

Simple Invention For Sealing Gunshot Wounds Gets FDA Approval

The XStat syringe stops bleeding in 15 seconds using tiny sponges.<p>The pocket-sized XStat, a hemorrhage-stopping invention we wrote about in February, yesterday received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a first-of-its-kind medical dressing. This means that the U.S. Army, which …

New atomic clock won’t gain or lose a second in 300 million years

The NIST has launched a new hyper-accurate atomic clock for the U.S. time standard called NIST-F2. The clock uses a ‘fountain’ of cesium atoms to …

Quantum Physics

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream - Crash Course Psychology #9

The Science Of REAL Hoverboards

Anti-Pi Rant, 3/14/14

Playing video games won't turn your kids into zombies – it's good for their brains

The best gaming experiences stimulate the mind and encourage creative thinking, argues Ian Livingstone.<p>When you watch children playing games, do you think that apart from being entertained they are also learning creatively through a process of trial and error and problem-solving, or do you think …

Gaming Industry

Riemann Hypothesis - Numberphile

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

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How to craft the perfect password

It seems obvious, but passwords are our first line of defense against a growing army of nefarious hackers looking to steal our data, money or even …

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

Chatty WikiBear is the Teddy Ruxpin of Your Dreams, Or Nightmares [Video]

Yes, it talks back.<p>This is what happens when you put Siri's brains inside an adorable teddy bear. WikiBear can carry out a real converation with you thanks to a Bluetooth connection to an AI engine running on a smartphone. "Wiki," as it's known, pays attention to you, learns your likes and …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

In This 'Anti-Stealth' Game, You Make Sure You're Always Watched

It's like it's a commentary on something. Hmm.<p>Here's the concept behind a videogame in the "stealth" genre: you maneuver past a series of puzzles and obstacles, all the while avoiding the virtual gaze of guards, cameras, robot panopticons, etc. This idea has led to some good, even great, games. But …

‘Crazy ants’ use acid to survive fire ant venom

Invasive “crazy ants” are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern US by secreting a compound that neutralizes the other’s venom.<p>…

Found: Possible Antidote For Death Cap Mushroom Poisoning

Poisonings from death cap mushrooms (which look similar to other fungi) are often difficult to diagnose and treat.<p>The flesh of the death cap mushroom is said to be quite tasty, and many who have eaten it claim it is the most delicious they've ever tasted. But it is also deadly, as the name …