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Mind-altering plants and fungi from peyote to coffee at Kew Gardens – in pictures

From the ancient Aztecs to Woodstock hippies, mind-altering plants have been used by different cultures for thousands of years, for everything from shamanic rituals to staying awake. A new exhibition at London’s Kew Gardens looks at some of the most popular. It runs until 12 October 2014

This 'Wonder Material' Could Make Your Next Phone Super Thin With Internet That's 100x Faster

They've found a technique that could help the company make your future smartphone thinner, more durable, and even a deliver Internet 100 times faster.<p>The "wonder material" is called graphene— a substance that's stronger than steel and so thin it's considered to be two dimensional.<p>In fact, it's 1 …

Graphene

Want Safer Nuclear Power? Fusion May Pave the Way

Nuclear Energy

Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he's scratching at the door?<p>It sounds absurd and much like the …

Bitcoin Takes A Blow: Mt. Gox, The Currency’s Largest Exchange, Goes Dark

The exchange has been the target of denial-of-service attacks, and an unverified document circulated on social media alleged about 744,000 Bitcoins had been stolen.<p>Concerns about Bitcoin’s stability heightened this week with the apparent insolvency of Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange.<p>On …

Bitcoin

China plans the world's longest undersea tunnel

China is planning another engineering marvel: a tunnel more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel underneath Bohai Bay<p>At more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel, China's latest mega project is not short of ambition.<p>A 76-mile-long tunnel will run between the northern city of Dalian …

Weather: 'pirate burglars' using boats to raid flooded homes

Sandhurst, near Gloucester, is almost completely underwater and flooded residents fear looters will target their homes<p>Residents of the flooded village of Sandhurst are being warned that "pirate" burglars are using boats to raid evacuated houses.<p>Under the cover of darkness, men in boats have been …

Weather

Chinese passengers start riot in airport over delayed flights

As millions of Chinese attempt to return home after New Year celebrations, irate travellers are seen smashing computers and chairs at one airport<p>A “riot” broke out at a major Chinese airport on Thursday night after more than 2,000 passengers were left stranded because of heavy snow.<p>Furious, …

Samsung Unveils Black Edition Galaxy S4 with Faux-Leather Backs

It was spotted on Samsung’s Russian website last week, but now it’s official. Samsung is launching a ‘Black Edition’ Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini later this month, sporting a faux leather back panel similar to the Galaxy Note 3.<p>On the specs side, it looks like Samsung hasn’t changed anything for …

Everything You Need To Know About Samsung's Galaxy S5

In addition to the hints Samsung's executive vice president Lee Young Hee gave to Bloomberg in an interview, there are a handful of other rumors and bits of informed speculation about what the phone will be able to do.<p>Here's what we know so far.<p>Or, at least, that's what Hee called the device in his …

Phones

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Explains The Surprising Goal Of His New Company, Jelly

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone revealed his top-secret new startup Jelly, a mobile app that enables users to ask short questions of their social network through pictures. For instance, Stone snapped a photo of an art piece in San Francisco, asked his network what it was, and got a few dozen …

Sorry, Google+, We Still Won't Come to Your Party

By now, it's a depressingly familiar business tactic from Google. The search giant changes a feature somewhere in its arsenal of services to make …

What Apple Versus Samsung Means For The Future Of Innovation

On November 21, 2013, a jury ruled that Samsung owed Apple more than $290 million in additional damages in its patent infringement lawsuit. This case–one in an ongoing series of trials–brought the total awards to Apple to about $930 million. A jury last year had already ruled that Samsung had …

The New York Times Wants Snowden to Be Allowed Back

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A staff editorial appearing in Thursday's edition of <i>The New York Times</i> argues that the Obama …

Yes, this is dog: No More Woof aims to translate canine thoughts into human speech

Head over to Indiegogo today and you'll find a particularly wacky (and risky) project bidding for your investment. It's a device that goes by the name of No More Woof, which admittedly sounds like it does horrible things to dogs' vocal cords, but which actually promises something very different. …

School tries to silence fifth-grader’s speech on religion

A Florida student writes about injustices committed “In the Name of Religion”<p>Zachary Golob-Drake is the kind of kid any school would be proud to have representing it. And last week, the Tampa, Fla., fifth-grader won a first place blue ribbon in a class contest for his speech about how to make the …

This Awesome Stop-Motion Video Was Shot Using 1,000 Pictures Entirely On Google Glass

Not your standard Sunday brunch.

Watch LG's new flexible phone heal itself after a knife scratch

When LG announced its curved smartphone, the G Flex, it boasted that the handset was coated with a "self-healing" material and even compared it to Wolverine from <i>X-Men</i>. LG later released a promotional video showing off the tech in action, but it's only now that someone has put the company's claims …

How to survive the zombie apocalypse: Incredible designs show everyday vehicles modified to fend off a horde of undead

• Zombie Survival Series conceptualizes post-apocalyptic world populated by zombies<br>• A London taxi and Royal Mail van are among vehicles transformed into …

Are Birthmarks Connected to Violent Death in Past Life?

An old woman died in Thailand with the wish to reincarnate as a boy. Her daughter dipped a finger in white paste and marked the back of the woman’s …

Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men To Wash Their Hands?

A Latvian designer has developed a new urinal to convince men to soap up before leaving the bathroom.<p>People, in general, aren’t good at prioritizing. We blow off work to repeatedly refresh our news feeds and bookmark articles we don’t ever finish reading. We eagerly wait an hour for a cheeseburger …

Eastern Europe

Got Google Fiber envy? Here are three steps to pave the way

For those who'd like Google or someone else to drop super-fast broadband fiber-optic links to their houses, the head of Google Fiber offers advice.<p>AMSTERDAM -- The number of communities that wanted Google Fiber proved vastly larger than than the number of places -- three -- where Google thus far …

Net Neutrality

An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals)

A city under construction — and destruction — is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris" is a collection of 19th-century photographs of one of the world's most beloved cities as it transitioned from medieval architectural hodgepodge …

Fossil skull challenges understanding of human evolution - video

The discovery of a complete hominid skull and other fossil remains in Dmanisi, Georgia, suggests that the earliest members of the Homo genus – currently split into half a dozen distinct species – actually belonged to a single species: Homo erectus. These early human ancestors probably just had a …

Chaos Computer Club Bypasses Apple's Touch ID System (With Copy of Original Fingerprint)

The Chaos Computer Club claims to be able to bypass Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint sensor with a photo of the original user's fingerprint. The bypass is demonstrated in this short video:<p>The system is detailed in a how to which requires obtaining the original user's fingerprint:<p>First, the …

Piccadilly Cabinet: A Mixture Of Futuristic And Classical

These furniture pieces look so unusual that they seem unreal! This is a new limited edition furniture series by Boca Da Lobo, and the part of it is …

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

The biggest wearable computer from a major company, ever. Interested???<p>The Galaxy Gear is a connected wristband, essentially a watch with a small LCD screen and lots of smartphone-like gadgetry stuffed inside. It's not a new idea, but this is by far the biggest push from a major company to get …

FEC reviews Bitcoin donations

Coming soon to a political campaign near you: Bitcoin donations?<p>The Federal Election Commission is poised to determine rules governing donations made in Bitcoins and how they apply to political campaigns.<p>Attorneys for Conservative Action Fund PAC asked the agency decide if political candidates and …

Why The U.S. Is Building A High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab In Kazakhstan

When Kazakhstan's Central Reference Laboratory opens in September 2015, the $102-million project laboratory will serve as a Central Asian way station for a global war on dangerous disease.<p>In 1992, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, a biologist from the Soviet Union, boarded a flight in Almaty, then …