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How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

<b>The clocks read</b> zero when the lights went out.<p>It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch with his wife and …

Cybersecurity

Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

The purpose of memory might not be to record everything<p>Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing.<p>So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal <i>Neuron</i>. The argument is that …

13 things you're doing that make people dislike you immediately

Everyone's got a story about how they thought a certain friend was mean the first time they met, but realized later that he or she is actually the …

Psychology

Here’s What Happens To Your Brain Under Anesthesia

If you’ve ever had surgery, your anesthesiologist has likely told you to count back from 100. You don’t get too far before you’ve drifted off. Hours …

How to Use Pocket Casts To Wrangle Your Horrible Podcast Addiction

Podcasts have become one of the best forms of entertainment around, but it’s tough keeping track of the ones you like, ditching episodes you’re not …

Apps

Hackaday.io Passes 200,000 Registered Users

Hackaday.io just welcomed the 200,000th registered user! We are the world’s largest repository of open hardware projects and Hackaday.io is proving …

Los Angeles

Noted: Snag Three Free Programming Guides for HTML, Python, and Java for Your Kindle Right Now

<i>Free is nearly always a great thing. Free books are even better and free books that teach you something are the best. Want to learn some programming?</i> …

Programming

10 micro houses that make the best of their minuscule proportions

Feeling the urge to downsize? Take lessons from 10 of the best micro homes – including a cloud-shaped holiday home and a 3D-printed urban cabin.<p><b>3D</b> …

Miniature Retro Papercraft Synthesizers by Dan McPharlin | Colossal

<p>Produced between 2006 and 2009, Australian designer and illustrator Dan McPharlin‘s Analogue Miniatures are a marvel of papercraft. The tiny …

New Study Shows That Playing Violent Video Games Does Not Turn You Into A Psychopath

Despite what much of the mainstream media would have you believe, a new study has shown that playing violent video games does not turn you into some kind of deranged psychopath.<p>With more and more scientific studies examining the effects of video games on people, it’s becoming clear that gaming is …

How gene editing could help rid the world of its biggest killer

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer. In 2012 an estimated 17.5 million people died from the condition, a figure that represented …

Genetics

Scientists rewrote the DNA of an entire species

Biologists designed a new type of yeast from scratch. Now, they want to bring it to life.<p>In just a few years, scientists will unveil a creature whose every letter of DNA was written by a human being. It will be a yeast cell with a fully designer genome, and biological capabilities seen nowhere else …

Lawyer's pants catch fire during arson trial, e-cigarette blamed

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>These days we are used to suspecting fire where there's smoke.<p>In a Miami courtroom on Wednesday, however, there was an even more inflammatory coincidence.<p>As the Miami Herald reports, Stephen Gutierrez was …

The PS4's Too-Small HDD Problem Is Solved With Today's Update 4.50

Update 4.50 for the Playstation 4 (PS4) begins rolling out today in North America and Europe. The update includes a number of useful improvements led by the ability to easily get around the PS4’s too-small internal hard drive by connecting an external drive to the console.<p>The PS4’s 500 gigabyte HDD …

Facebook Messenger chatbots: Mobile-only bank's new app talks discounts and deals

Using the Facebook Messenger platform, imaginBank's new chatbot can conduct conversations about offers and promotions via text and voice.<p>Businesses …

Raspberry Pi Zero W

<b>Pros</b><p>Costs less than a movie ticket. Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Most connections require adapters, which come separately. Only one micro USB …

Portugal Won the War on Drugs by Giving It Up

After decriminalizing all drugs, Portugal now has the lowest rates of drug-use in all of Europe.<p>For more than 100 years the United States has looked …

An LSD Trip Helped Me Quit Smoking

For 18 years I was a stubbornly addicted smoker, but I didn't break out of the bad habit until I took a tab of acid with my friend and realized how badly I wanted to leave cigarettes behind.<p><i>Photo by Jazzmin Nilsson</i><p>For 18 years I was a light yet stubbornly addicted smoker. Perhaps my habit was a …

This Is Your Brain On Bath Salts: Why "Flakka" Is So Hard To Detect In Drug Tests

Goat killings, priest stabbings, cannibalism: For a while now, synthetic designer drugs known as “<i>bath salts</i>” or “<i>flakka</i>” have been linked to …

Anne Arundel police: 3 die, 16 overdose on opiates in less than 24 hours

Three people have died in a string of opiate overdoses during a daylong stretch this week in Anne Arundel County.<p>Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure …

This is what happens to your brain when you take Xanax

Dr. Samoon Ahmad is a practicing psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist. He explains what happens to someone's brain when they take Xanax. He also discusses some of the long-term side effects of using Xanax. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>It works on a receptor, which is called the GABA</i> …

Neuroscience

The opioid crisis would probably get worse under Trumpcare

“Unfortunately, it’s going to add fuel to the fire in those areas where they’re already getting completely devastated.”<p>“Unfortunately, it’s going to add fuel to the fire in those areas where they’re already getting completely devastated.”

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

<i>How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a</i> …

The Dark Side Of The Digital Age

Whilst it may seem like we live in a more connected age than ever before - you can strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere around the world at …

How the busiest cities can be the loneliest places on Earth

opinion<p>Soaps editor<p><b>It seems odd to say it but some of the busiest places on the planet can also be some of the most despairingly lonely. When I first</b> …

LSD ‘microdosing’ is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it make you more creative?

Getting the facts right.<p>LSD is the most well-known psychedelic drug since its popularity in the heyday of 1960s counterculture.<p>But perhaps somewhat …

Consciousness

Mother of Columbine shooter gives TED Talk about mental health and violence

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School with an elaborate plan to kill as many students as possible. Armed …

Why Are Dealers Cutting Fentanyl into Recreational Drugs?

Everything from cocaine to heroin is being cut with the opioid.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>Last summer, a North Vancouver couple in their 30s was found dead in their home, leaving behind their two-year-old son. A coroner's report revealed Hardy and Amelia Leighton had fatally …

Your Pain Is Not Real: How Doctors Discriminate Against Women

Because of sexist myths about health and pain, women have more difficulty getting proper diagnoses and treatment for serious conditions.<p>As women feel more and more alarmed over threats to their access to healthcare, they may not realize their own doctors could impede their medical care as much as a …