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Can Mars One colonise the red planet?

Alexandra Doyle has signed up for a one-way trip to Mars. What makes her, and 99 others, so ready to leave Earth behind? Meet the red planet’s would-be pioneers – and the man who promises he can get them there<p>When Nasa’s first rover set down on the surface of Mars in 1997, its streamed colour …

Reality TV

You Have To See Melissa McCarthy's Hilarious First Headshots

Melissa McCarthy thought she had the only two hard copies of her first headshots, but, oh, was she wrong.<p>During Friday's episode of "The Graham Norton Show," the host dug up two of McCarthy's first headshots, which are almost too good to be true. The "Spy" star shared the story behind the photos, …

Taylor Swift Accidentally Recreates 'Bad Blood' While Stepping Out with Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt

Taylor Swift stepped out in New York City on Friday night with pals Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt – but all references to Swift’s latest star-studded …

In 'San Andreas,' It's the Science That's Shaky, Quake Experts Say

If only the screenwriters for 'San Andreas' had done their science homework.<p>They could have kept their apocalyptic vision intact and still been scientifically accurate—just by moving the blockbuster movie’s mega earthquakes and massive tsunami about a thousand miles north to Portland and …

Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer on the present and future of Android and Chrome OS

<i>By Harry McCracken</i><p>In 2005, software engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer got a call from Andy Rubin, his former boss at Danger Research, the creator of the Sidekick (aka Hiptop), the first truly web-savvy smartphone. Rubin was now at Google, which had recently acquired his new startup. Lockheimer was …

Destroyed Snowden laptop: the curatorial view | Rebekah Higgitt

The Snowden MacBook, destroyed in the basement of the Guardian, is on display at the V&A. <b>Rebekah Higgitt</b> asked some experts for their opinion of this unusual and provocative display of technology<p>This week the remains of the laptop used to store files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, …

No surprise: A key to infant learning is surprise

Baby play just got a little less random.<p>It turns out that infants are natural scientists, spurred by surprises to test primitive hypotheses, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Science.<p>Eleven-month-old infants who observed something that defied their rudimentary …

3 ways ‘free’ apps can cost you

There’s no such thing as free—especially with smartphone apps, according to a new study.<p>“Ads in ‘free’ apps drain your phone’s battery faster, cause …

Apps

Hadron Collider set to be restarted this weekend

Final preparations being made to send two beams of high-energy particles racing through 16 miles of circular underground tunnels that form Large Hadron Collider<p>Scientists expect to restart the world's biggest and most powerful atom smasher this weekend, potentially opening up a new era in physics.<p>A …

A drug-resistant intestinal illness is spreading in the US

The CDC recommends decreasing the use of antibiotics to treat mild forms of Shigellosis<p>A drug-resistant intestinal illness called Shigellosis is spreading in the US for the first time, according to a CDC report released today. The drug-resistant bacteria that causes the illness has infected 243 …

To Build Multitasking Robots, Mimic The Human Brain

Brains learn better and forget less when connections are clustered<p>Our brains are complex organs, separated into many parts and units for different functions and computations. According to new research published today in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i>, this compartmental complexity is what helps us learn …

A New Source of Energy In Maryland: Chicken Manure

Turning waste into power<p>Maryland has a big, stinking problem. Every year, the poultry industry produces about 650 million pounds of manure within that state alone. Chicken manure is a great fertilizer, but in Maryland, there is so much of it that what once was seen as a resource has become the …

U.S. to halt expanded use of some insecticides amid honey bee decline | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it was unlikely to approve new or expanded uses of certain pesticides while it evaluates the risks they may pose to honey bees.<p>The so-called neonicotinoid pesticides are routinely used in agriculture and applied to plants …

Can These Tools Help Us Live On Less Sleep? Doctors Say Dream On

Sleep pros weigh sleep apps, sleep hacking, and experimental sleep technology against basic sleep hygiene.<p>The fantasy of sleeping less while achieving more is far older than the Internet, where today you can find a slew of tips and new, high-tech solutions that claim to track and optimize our sleep …

Duke University

Robots push iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the edge

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge isn't even on sale yet but that's not stopping people from putting the company's latest flagship to the test.<p>While we've …

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

What Should A Tweet Feel Like, According To The Apple Watch?

The designers of the Apple watch had to choose what the Twitter notification should feel like on the skin. Ew?<p>Wired magazine has a fascinating look some of the design behind the Apple watch. One of the challenges the team had was deciding how notifications – buzzes against the skin of the wrist – …

Here's how desperate some investors are to get into hot tech companies like Pinterest

The Wall Street Journal reports that venture capital firms like FirstMark Capital and Andreessen Horowitz are raising special "impromptu" funds from a few select investors, specifically to invest in late rounds in fast-growing companies with high valuations like Pinterest.<p>Sometimes, these funds are …

Snapchat's drastic security measures shut down entire 'Internet neighborhoods' on the service

In the last two years the company — which was most recently valued at $19 billion — faced a series of spam problems, issues with third-party applications accessing its API, and then one of the most publicized data breaches in recent memory.<p>Of late, the company has taken an extremely firm stance on …