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The baker behind Macau’s famous egg custard tarts

Although initially a Portuguese import, Macau’s egg tarts have a surprisingly English twist, and have transformed Coloane into a sort of pilgrimage for pastry-loving travellers<p>Commonly considered a Portuguese import, Macau’s most iconic version of treat was actually born from the unbridled energy …


The Week in Review: Denali vs. Mount McKinley

President Barack Obama renamed America’s highest peak during his trip to Alaska this week, the first by a sitting president of the United States. The mountain, at more than 20,000 feet, became known as Mount McKinley in 1896 after a gold prospector emerged from the Alaska Range to hear that …

13 Of The World's Most Colorful Lakes

These 13 colorful lakes are like something out of a dream.<p>These naturally bold beauties are like something out of a dream.

Android's Answer to Apple Pay Is Launching Today

Google’s revamped mobile payments system is launching Thursday.<p>The search giant announced in a blog post that Android Pay is rolling out at more than …

Research tool can save phone battery by intelligently killing apps

Even if you're a task-killing ninja, there are still plenty of apps that somehow bite into your battery life. And that problem can be even worse when your phone is asleep, when you can't even tell which apps are being battery hogs. A new tool called Hush, which was developed by Purdue researchers, …

Boeing has patented a flying drone that turns into a submarine

In other words, Boeing's has patented a remotely operated flying drone that can transform into a submarine.<p>Here's how it works.<p>According to Boeing, the patented craft could be carried into the deployment area by a host aircraft. The remotely piloted drone would then detach from the carrier aircraft …


Qualcomm Wants to Do for Drones What It Did for Smartphones

The wireless chip company is betting on cheaper drones that are easier to build.<p>One of the reasons smartphones have become as popular as they have around the world is because they became relatively easy to build, thanks in no small part to chip companies.<p>Qualcomm, the $26 billion (2014 sales) …


These are the new emoji in iOS 9.1

That’s right, we’re getting even more emoji. Apple has included the new emoji from the latest Unicode specification as part of a special iOS 9.1 beta uploaded for developers today.<p>So many have been added that it’s a little hard to tell what’s new and what isn’t. Here’s what appears to be every new …


How to light up a tumour

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Electronics Industry

Does This Smart Lock Mean the End of House Keys Forever?

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

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The “five-second rule”—a scientist evaluates whether your eating habits could make you sick

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food …


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New research tool can improve battery life by 16%

Battery life is among the biggest concerns for smartphone users ever since screens started growing and technology within our cellphones evolved. So far our best solution is providing a larger battery, but until a new type of energy source shows up there are also plenty of software improvements that …

Clean Energy

Self-destructing computer chip can protect top secret data

You probably wouldn't bat an eyelash if you see a self-destructing computer chip in a <i>Mission Impossible</i> movie, but what if one actually exists in real life? Xerox PARC engineers have developed a chip that can explode into teensy little pieces as part of DARPA's Vanishing Programmable Resources …

20 Pasta Recipes to Make this Fall

So long, fresh tomatoes and super ripe zucchini. We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more


Robust Android ransomware spreading across American devices

Malware developers have been forced to code more advanced software as security measures evolve and people become more educated. They need to be a little more tricky now, and the bad news is these attackers are not really falling behind the big corporations that try to protect us. Ransomware has …


Do Babies Know When They're Skyping?

Grandparents, take heart! Research suggests your little dumplings know they're interacting with you in a way that's more profound than watching Sesame Street.<p>Long before most babies toddle or talk, they begin to make sophisticated inferences about the world around them. By as young as 3 months old, …