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The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. At the age of 19, he dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft, and in a few short years he made it the most profitable corporation in the world. It’s tempting to think that he must be one of the smartest people who ever lived.<p>Gates is undoubtedly …

Psychology

Teenage boys and girls don't use social media in the same way

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, technology and social media are more integral to teenagers’ social lives than ever. The …

Ohio prison yard free-for-all after drone drops drugs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ohio prisons have had incidents with drones hovering over their yards before. But the most recent one saw the unmanned aerial vehicle become a high-flying drug mule.<p>Officers rushed into the north yard of Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, last week after noticing 75 …

Drones

Microsoft created a chatbot in China that has millions of loyal followers who talk to it like in the movie 'Her'

The bot, called Xiaoice, has more than 20 million registered users. Like in the movie "Her," where the main character falls in love with with a Siri-esque operating system, people are using Xiaoice as a surrogate companion, investing both time and emotional energy into their communication with the …

Can Iceland's QuizUp Become The Next Facebook?

Every budding entrepreneur with an app in his back pocket has, it seems, a story about how they landed on the idea that will form the next Facebook.<p>Thor Fridriksson’s was born in the embers of Iceland’s financial crisis, rescued from near oblivion by silicon valley venture funds and will sink or …

Startups

Kentucky Man Arrested for Shooting Down a Drone Over His Property

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'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed<p>Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.<p>…

What are the limits of human vision?

From spotting galaxies millions of light years away to perceiving invisible colours, Adam Hadhazy explains why your eyes can do incredible things.<p>Take a look around the room – what do you see? All those colours, the walls, the windows – everything seems so self-evident, just so there. It's weird to …

Andromeda Galaxy

The Summer of the #Squad

The history and context behind social media’s new favorite hashtag<p>Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart—actors who have taken, with glee, to the Internet and the culture that thrives on it—recently covered two tracks from Taylor Swift’s <i>1989</i>. McKellen spoke the lyrics to “Bad Blood”; Stewart, during a …

Social Media

This battery case gives a Samsung Galaxy S6 its microSD card slot back

Two things users bemoan about the Samsung Galaxy S6: Its lack of a microSD card slot for storage expansion, and its sealed, non-replaceable …

Indie game 'The Flock' will kill itself when enough players die

Death is a tricky concept to address in games, when another 'go' and a new life is only a restart away. It's even trickier in multiplayer games, …

NSA document: Israeli special forces assassinated top Syrian military official

Evidence has emerged from leaked US signals intelligence intercepts that Israeli special forces were responsible for assassinating a senior Syrian military official who was a close adviser to President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Brig Gen Mahmoud Suleiman was shot dead on a beach near the northern Syrian port …

Middle East

You can now download 1.65 billion Reddit comments

Once our species’ greatest trove of knowledge was the Library of Alexandria.<p>Now we have Reddit, a roiling mass of human ingenuity/douchebaggery that has recently focused on tearing itself apart like Tommy Wiseau in legendarily awful flick ‘The Room.’<p>But unlike the ancient library, the fruits of …

Combative new star of the French right

<b>Anyone in France with the most cursory interest in politics has been obliged to form an opinion on Florian Philippot.</b><p>At just 34, he has become the most visible face (after Marine Le Pen's) of the most visible party in the game.<p>Through last year's string of election triumphs (municipal, European, …

Why I Vote GIF

Up until now, we didn’t have much of a choice but to build our digital world around a keyboard-centric way of talking to each other.<p>To communicate with computers, keyboards are kick-ass; we’ve pretty much figured that out. But, to communicate with humans, keyboards … maybe they’re not so good. …