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5 Ways to Spot Monkey Mind

Everyone reading this knows what it's like to worry or fret or fixate on something. In business and our personal lives we face problems everyday. Whether you are thinking, or should I say obsessing, about a date, a job, or even an argument you had a year ago, we all know what it feels like when our …

Autonomous X-47B Flies In Formation With Fighter Aircraft

In future wars, robots and humans will fly together.<p>If the latest tests are any indication, humans and robots will soon fight alongside one another, against other humans and maybe other robots. Yesterday, the U.S. Navy announced the first "successful manned & unmanned aircraft flight operations" of …

Ten Keys to Happiness

Here are my 10 keys to happiness:<p>1. Listen to your body’s wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort. When choosing a …

3 Apps That Improve Access To The Justice System

A hackathon reveals three ways that technology can open up the legal system to people who lack easy access to lawyers.<p>The legal system is designed for lawyers to argue with lawyers, often for large fees. People without money are automatically at a disadvantage; they’re forced to rely on legal aid, …

Ice Bucket Challenge With A Stun Gun. Let's Just Hope This Doesn't Catch On.

Sometimes a good thing can be taken too far. Like <i>wayyyy</i> too far.<p>A Seattle-based character called Phoenix Jones took on the ice bucket challenge to benefit research for ALS, as many are doing. But Jones went one crazier.<p>He had someone shock him with stun gun right after the water was dumped on his …

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

Call it what you will--taxes, penalties, fees or fines--but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft.<p>We're operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of …

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

There are technologists who specialize in “scanning the Internet.” They are like a search team making its way through a neighborhood, but instead of checking the knob of every door, they check Internet entrances to online devices to see which ones are open. These people have been screaming for some …

Anonymous hacks Ferguson, Mo., police site for dispatch tapes

The hacking collective publishes hours of alleged police dispatch tapes on Twitter and YouTube from the day unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by police in a St. Louis suburb.<p>Speculation has been circling around police procedures during and after the shooting of an unarmed teenager …

Justice

Mexican statue of Christ has human teeth

The 300-year-old Lord of Patience statue from the parish of San Bartolo Cuautlalpan has been X-rayed, revealing a mouth full of actual human teeth.<p>It used to be common for western churches to hold onto human remains: bits of teeth and bone and hair and skin purported to be saintly relics, sometimes …

Archaeology

Sleeping pills in space: Astronauts are regular users

Drowsy drivers, you have company — in space.<p>Astronauts in space get scant sleep, and the majority take sleeping pills to cope, says a 10-year study to be published Friday in <i>Lancet Neurology.</i><p>The largest-ever look at astronaut sleep habits was conducted through 2011, when the last U.S. space shuttle …

Yup, this may be about the most breathtaking video of the stars we've ever seen

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Al Gore

This Animation Video Explains Everything You Need to Know About Earth

Kurzgesagt sums up all you need to know about our planet Earth in this nice animation explainer that's much more easy to understand than school ever …

21 Genius Gadgets On Kickstarter Right Now

Check out the campaigns that will change your life tomorrow, today.

9 Ways Google Is Changing The World

When asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, Nadella retorted that there's always something to learn from "from people who market themselves well."<p>He was right to some degree. Project X creates a lot of hype for Google even though most of those projects aren't quite ready for the …

Artificial Intelligence

The Week In Numbers: Space Linguistics, The War Of The (Ant) Worlds, And Much More

<b>4,861,706</b>: number of words in NASA's Astronautics & Aeronautics Chronology, started in 1959. Popular Science and the Office for Creative Research went through <b>11,000</b> pages of NASA history to find <b>4,000</b> discrete phrases that illustrate the agency's evolving linguistics over the last 55 years.<p><b>53.5</b>: …

NFL players to wear shoulder pad RFIDs for on-field stats tracking

The NBA isn't the only professional sports league in the States getting serious about accurate stats accounting. With some help from Zebra Technologies' location system, 17 NFL stadiums will use receivers and RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags inside player's shoulder pads to track …

Why you can no longer trust any USB device plugged into your PC

Are you sitting down? Good. ‘Cause I’ve got some really bad, scary news to share with you: Every single device plugged into a USB port on your computer could pose a threat worse than any malware we’ve ever seen.<p>Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.<p>Two researchers for the security consultancy SR Labs, …

Your Phone Is Gathering Intelligence For The NSA

Gaia satellite begins 3D-mapping the galaxy

​The largest digital camera ever sent into space is beginning its quest to map the Milky Way, surveying a billion stars with nearly a billion pixels.<p>Having launched into space in December 2013, the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite is now 1.5 million kilometres from Earth and ready to begin …

Universe

Do You See the Universe Clearly?

The bad news: We're constantly awash in nonsense about the cosmos, served up mostly by TV.<p>The good news: By thinking about the universe in the right way, you can avoid most of the nonsense.<p>Credit: Tony Hallas<p>Here are the ways you can determine how you see the truth, from worst to best:<p><b>Intuition:</b> …

Empiricism

The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that …

Dropping in on Turkmenistan's 'door to hell' – in pictures

Forty years ago, a vast molten cavity known as the Darvaza crater – nicknamed the “door to hell” – opened up in the desert of north Turkmenistan, and has been burning ever since. Now, Canadian explorer George Kourounis has become the first to make the descent into the fiery pit to look for signs of …

How the Internet of Things knows where gunfire happens

SST's ShotSpotter pinpoints outdoor, urban gunshots for law enforcement agencies. Now it's moving indoors with a service for schools.<p>There are amusing ideas for the Internet of Things -- Net-connected houseplants, for example. But lest you think hooking just about everything up to the Internet is …

Internet of Things

Does This Widow Deserve $23 Billion?

A jury awards a woman $23 billion. The Constitution said nothing about this.<p>Last week, a jury of her peers awarded a lone human, Cynthia Robinson, …

Senate Report on CIA Interrogations Could Be Released Next Week

Soon the world will be able to read the Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques after 9/11 that caused a war between the CIA and the head of …

You can now control your Tesla car with Android Wear

What was science fiction is now simply known as science, and technology is making all our wildest childhood dreams come true. It is now possible to control your car via a smart watch, a feature that Tesla has introduced with its latest Android Wear application.<p><b>Read more about the future of</b> …

Wear OS