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The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

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Where Americans Are Moving

<i>Three times as many people moved from Los Angeles to Houston, and from New York to West Palm Beach, as the other way around. Most movers are toward counties with lower density, lower unemployment, and cheaper housing.</i><p>Last week, the Census released new data on how many people moved between counties …

24 Years Of America's Unemployment Rate In 10 Seconds

The 2009 financial crisis wreaked havoc on American workers. This map gives a sense of just how dramatic its effect was on employment.<p>The map, created by data designer 'Metric Maps' and originally posted to Reddit, uses county-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to depict the annual …

Robotic brain 'learns' skills from the internet

<b>A super-intelligent robotic "brain" that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers.</b><p>Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.<p>The information it learns can then …

Meet The Startup That's Happily Taking On $350 Million In Debt

Three years, $6 million in funding and almost $400 million in debt commitments: that’s the ledger at a Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup called Privlo. Not exactly the typical financial situation for a young startup, at least one that isn’t lighting wads of dollar bills on fire.<p>For Privlo founder …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

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How to become a millionaire by age 30

It shouldn't be taboo, and it is possible. At the age of 21, I got out of college, broke and in debt, and by the time I was 30, I was a millionaire.<p>Here are the 10 steps that will guarantee you will become a millionaire by 30.<p><b>1. Follow the money.</b> In today's economic environment you cannot save your …

America's Top 10 Fastest-Moving Housing Markets

If you’re looking for a house in one of California’s largest metropolitan areas, you’d better be ready to act fast when you see the right opportunity. A recent study of the nation’s fastest housing markets reveals that in some cities, the market is moving more quickly than it was a year ago. The …

10 Tips To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift For Under $3,500

Whether you’re sprucing up before a home sale on tight budget, or you’re hoping to give your forever home an upgrade without breaking the bank, I’ve got some advice for turning a lackluster kitchen into a truly jaw-dropping space for less than $3,500. And even if your kitchen is, um, adequate, it …

Moroccan Tycoon Moulay Elalamy's Saham Group Acquires Rwandan Insurance Firm

Saham Finances, a Pan-African insurance company founded by Moroccan business tycoon, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, has reportedly acquired a 66% stake in Corar-AG, one of the largest insurance providers in Rwanda, for an undisclosed sum.<p>Saham Finances is a subsidiary of Saham Group, a Moroccan conglomerate …

MIT can now track a heart rate through a wall with Wi-Fi signals

Parents could watch their baby’s heart rate from another room without using any kind of wearable device or special sleeping pad with a new …

Pope Praises Jordan Over Syria Refugees, Religious Freedoms

AMMAN, Jordan – Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for its role in helping welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria’s civil war and praised the desert kingdom’s “climate of serene coexistence” between Christianity and Islam.<p>He also called for an "urgent" solution to the Syrian …

What is the difference between a lager and an ale?

Hint: it has nothing to do with the beer's flavor.<p>For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells, and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity-estery, while lagers are clean-tasting and frequently described as "crisp." But to a brewer, the …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

Are you an engineer? Then don't be shy about it

"I've got an automotive engineering background. I'd like to work in Formula One. But when I tell people that, they immediately say, 'So, you're a car mechanic?'"<p>He's a friendly chap, but Bradley Cox is clearly irritated. The trouble, says the student of computational mechanics, is that people these …

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

Five years since Lehman's collapse the unthinkable has become reality

As the fifth anniversary of the disorderly collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers approaches, some analysts will revisit the causes of an historic global "sudden stop" that resulted in enormous economic and financial disruptions. Others will describe the consequences of an event that …

2 teens charged with first-degree murder in ballplayer's killing in Oklahoma

Two teenagers were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player out for a jog in Oklahoma — a crime that one teen said they carried out simply because they were bored, according to police.<p>James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, were …

Students hijack US$80m yacht with GPS spoofing - Roadshow

<b>Students from the University of Texas created a custom GPS spoofing device that allowed them to take over a superyacht's navigation system, changing</b> …

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Architizer Relaunches To Connect Architects With Other Architects, And Brands, And Clients Too!

For 100 years or more, architects have relied on the massive catalog sitting on their desk to find the right products to use in their projects — this brand of glass, or that brand of toilet. That catalog had a monopoly on the market for a century, but with the birth of the internet, that catalog …

Supplementing your disease: why multivitamins might be doing more harm than good

<i>The Atlantic</i> has this week published an excerpt from Dr. Paul Offit's <i>Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine</i>, which takes a closer look at the conventional wisdom underpinning the multibillion-dollar vitamin supplement industry. Offit, who is credited with …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Babies who spent more than one night a week away from mother are 'more insecure'

Babies who spend more than one night a week away from their mothers are more insecure, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the University of Virginia studied data from 5,000 children who spent a night or more per week away from a primary caregiver, as increasingly happens when parents share …

Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes

Not so long ago, most people thought that the only good microbe was a dead microbe.<p>But then scientists started to realize that even though some bugs can make us sick and even kill us, most don't.<p>In fact, in the past decade attitudes about the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes living all …

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

Sweet hydrogen: how sugar could help satisfy the world's energy needs

Hydrogen makes an extraordinarily efficient and clean fuel. Three times as energy-efficient as petrol, Nasa used it to power its space shuttles. It …