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A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet's magnetic field

If you could travel back in time 41,000 years to the last ice age, your compass would point south instead of north. That’s because for a period of a …

Earth Science

How to Use Welding Glass for Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography can be a very expensive genre. At the least, it requires a decent tripod, a ball head or some other type of tripod head, …

What’s In My Bag: Joe Brady's Kit For Landscapes

While I divide my time between being a portrait and landscape photographer, my first passion however is the landscape and this bag is representative …

Cameras

Scientists followed 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here's what they learned about success

One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.<p>Since it began in 1971, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) has tracked 5,000 of the smartest the children in America — the top 1%, 0.1%, and even 0.01% of all …

Self-improvement

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect, Actually

Some people are dramatically better at activities like sports, music and chess than other people. Take the basketball great Stephen Curry. This past …

With gold and rat heart cells, scientists make a robot stingray

Here's a critter that would be a showstopper in your aquarium: By layering rat heart cells over a gold skeleton, scientists have built tiny swimming artificial stingrays that can be driven and guided by light.<p>These little ray-bots, described in the journal Science, may offer insight into building …

Robotics

Samsung's new 256GB microSD card is so fast no devices support it yet

It's incredible how much storage now fits into a fingernail-sized microSD memory card.<p>Last year, SanDisk crammed 200GB into a microSD card and now …

4 Science-Backed Methods to Stop Procrastinating

The post 4 Science-Backed Methods to Stop Procrastinating appeared first on Trello Blog.You have a huge deadline hanging over your head, and you know …

Procrastination

Asus ZenBook 3 is thinner and lighter than Apple’s MacBook

Asus has announced its new ZenBook 3, an 11.9-millimeter device it's calling the "the world's most prestigious laptop." Asus Chairman Jonney Shih detailed the ZenBook 3 on stage at Computex, comparing it directly to MacBooks, promising an aluminum alloy device that weighed less than Apple's …

Consumer Tech

Navigate your smartwatch by touching your skin

Smartwatches walk a fine line between functionality and fashion, but new SkinTrack technology from Carnegie Mellon University's Future Interfaces Group makes the size of the screen a moot point. The SkinTrack system consists of a ring that emits a continuous high-frequency AC signal and a sensing …

What happened to the Great Australian Dream? Home truths on the housing debate

Australia's obsession with real estate is practically a national sport, with spectators watching auctions as keenly as any footy game.<p>But in …

Platforms are the real powerhouses in Silicon Valley’s business landscape

One of the most important lessons that Silicon Valley learned, that gives it a strategic advantage, is to think bigger than products and business models: it builds platforms.<p>The fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history — Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—aren’t focused on …

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …

Chase down those ZZZ’s with new Sleepfulness app

If you’ve ever looked at meditation and thought “that stuff just sends me to sleep,” you may just be onto something. Mindfulness Everywhere, better known for its successful mindfulness and meditation app buddhify, recently released Sleepfulness. The new app helps you pull the plug on yet another …

Uber's GrubHub killer is finally in the US — here's the inside story on its big bet on food

You had seven choices during the lunch hour, not the full restaurant menus you'd see on competitors like Seamless or Postmates. Uber offered just one salad, one sandwich, a juice, a pasta dish, or other entrees depending on the day.<p>It was a part of the Uber app, but it felt like a small side …

Transportation

Adobe Lightroom lets you shoot RAW - but only on Android

Adobe Lightroom is probably the most popular image processing program for professional photographers, but now the company wants to be your camera too – if you own an Android phone anyway.<p>Adobe Lightroom 2.0 for Android adds a full-fledged camera interface with a standard set of controls like flash, …

Tutorials

Urban Transport App Citymapper Snags $40M From Index, Benchmark, Yuri Milner, Others

People who don’t take Uber frequently take the bus. And those Europeans folks now include some rather high profile investors in London-based urban transport startup Citymapper — who have just poured $40 million into a new Series B round for its app which algorithmically knits together different …

How to Make Learning More Automatic

The new year is here, and for many of us, that means resolutions. At work, it often translates into a vague desire to broaden our horizons or learn new things. But to really make consistent progress, we need to make learning a habit. Habits are freeing because they save us from the difficult, …

Lenovo unveils trio of droolworthy ThinkPads, including a modular tablet

LAS VEGAS — Over the years, Lenovo's transformed the ThinkPad series of laptops from bulky to svelte machines that you'd actually be proud of using …

Laptops

Uber’s Next Competitor Could Be Flywheel’s Operating System For Taxis

Another potential Uber competitor is gaining steam. Flywheel, a startup that makes a smart operating system for cabs called TaxiOS, will soon expand across California. And the company says it could soon make its way to East Coast markets like New York.<p>Like similar offerings from Arro and Way2Ride, …

3 search sites that don't track you like Google does

When you need to get information or find something online, chances are you go to Google. But while Google is great at Web searches, it’s hardly stellar when it comes to privacy. It saves your search history, scans your Gmail, tracks your location, keeps everything you say to “OK Google,” and a lot …

Privacy

LG 55EG9100 review

Sorta-more-affordable OLED is the TV to beat at 55 inches<p><b>The Good</b> The LG 55EG9100 OLED TV's picture is better than any LCD or plasma TV. It's equally adept in bright and dark rooms, showed accurate color, and looks better from off-angle than any LED LCD. Its 1080p resolution is plenty for a 55-inch …

The FBI warns of weaknesses in chip-and-sign credit card systems

The FBI has a stern warning for the credit card industry's latest security measure, the EMV chip. In a statement today, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center warned that the new chips don't prevent against online fraud or point-of-sale compromises of the type seen in the Target hack. The …

Identity Theft

Google's new Chromecast is still the easiest way to make your TV smart

Sometimes, the best products are the ones that are the simplest. Google's Chromecast, an HDMI dongle that lets you "cast" videos, music and apps to a …

Smart TV

How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences

For introverts, attending a conference can feel exhausting. But if you avoid conferences — or just avoid talking to anyone while attending them — it can hurt your career and your business. The good news is that you don’t have to go against the grain of your own personality to get value from …

Airbus Wants To Literally Seat Plane Passengers On Top Of Each Other

The future of air travel is cheap misery<p>Forget complaining about not enough legroom on an airliner and be thankful that there’s still headroom. A new patent filed by European aviation giant Airbus takes advantage of that little-used space above where people sit to offer a flying experience that’s …

Driverless Car Accident Reports Make Unhappy Reading For Humans

As technology giants accelerate humanity towards a driverless car future, where we are conditioned to keep our eyeballs on our devices while algorithms take the wheel and navigate the vagaries of the open road, safety questions crash headlong into ethical and philosophical considerations.<p>Earlier …

Is Google Maps draining your battery? Here's how to fix it

Battery life – it’s one of those things every single one of us wants more of. And while it’s understandable apps will make that juice trickle out of your phone little by little, it seems some are just punching a whole through the battery and letting all the goods stream out.<p>Even more annoying is …

Maps

The importance of human innovation in A.I. ethics

Introspection has become a commodity.<p>The idea that our ability to reflect has been outsourced to algorithms may seem hyperbolic. We assume we have …

6 Ways to Tell Stories with Data Throughout the Customer Lifecycle

Data-driven storytelling is poised to be the next big trend in content marketing. Indeed, companies are already harnessing its power at every stage in the customer relationship lifecycle—from building up-front brand awareness to reminding customers of their success. Here’s how to use data at each …