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A Satellite Captures Shimmering Auroras Over America

The northern lights look cool enough from below, but what about above?<p>Seen from the ground, the aurora borealis is a mighty sight—like being slapped in the eyes with a writhing rainbow. But glimpsed from space the vision is also top-rate, in this case painting America with ghostly streams of …

Northern Lights

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

Literature

Unbelievably beautiful GIF art by DarkAngelØne

DarkAngelØne. Adapted from the work of Gustavo Scheverin<p>DarkAngelØne creates gorgeous animations from the work of other artists.<p>DarkAngelØne. …

Art

Save form data as you type it in Chrome, Firefox with Lazarus

Tired of losing everything you typed into a form? Check out this extension that will save your work as you go.<p>If you're filling out your car insurance quote form, writing a comment on a blog or filling in payment details for food delivery, it's annoying to lose what you've already entered because …

Google

​Photoshop's new camera support suggests Lightroom update

Adobe's software now can handle raw images from the latest Nikon and Canon SLRs. A new version of Lightroom will get that support -- and likely a range of new editing abilities, too.<p>Adobe Systems released software Thursday that lets Photoshop customers handle raw images from the latest Canon and …

Tutorials

Uber cars now outnumber yellow cabs in New York City

You may see yellow taxis as virtually synonymous with New York City transportation, but you might have to reconsider that image before too long. New Taxi and Limousine Commission data shows that Uber cars now outnumber cabs on NYC streets, with 14,088 black and luxury vehicles versus 13,587 taxis. …

Watch Magic Leap’s Video Of Seamless Augmented Reality Office Game Play

Magic Leap is showing what it might look like to use its hardware for augmented reality gaming in the future, with a new demo of what the team is apparently “playing in the office” right now. The interface, which includes non-game interaction and then a short demo of an in-office virtual shooter …

Carrot Weather Will Be Your New Favorite Weather App

There are a bunch of Carrot apps available, like an insulting alarm clock or a fitness app that insults you until you lose weight, but Carrot has released a new app: Carrot Weather.<p>The new app taps into Dark Sky’s powerful rain predictions to provide accurate and detailed forecasts. Unlike the …

Apps

This factory robot is small, precise and human-friendly

Picture a typical factory robot in your head and you'll probably see a cold, unsympathetic arm performing relatively simple tasks. You may want to shake that image soon, though. Rethink Robotics has taken the wraps off of Sawyer, a smaller sibling to its earlier Baxter model that's built for …

HBO, Sony reportedly look for special streaming deals with ISPs

According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, as TV services shift from the traditional outlets (antenna, cable, satellite) to the internet big names like HBO, Showtime and Sony are worried about their services running into congestion and bandwidth caps. A possible way around that, is negotiating with ISPs …

Watch out Android: Microsoft targets emerging markets with new $70 Lumia 430 Windows Phone

In its latest bid to compete with Android phones for customers in developing economies, Microsoft today unveiled the Lumia 430 Windows Phone, a device it called the “most affordable Lumia to-date.”<p>The new low-cost phone is part of Microsoft’s broader strategy to go after first-time smartphone …

Windows Phone

The Best Street Style from Tokyo Fashion Week

Street style cliques in New York, London, Milan, and Paris run the gamut, from the models off duty to the bloggers in freebies, and the editors who prowl the pavement between shows. But we dare you to find a place where people wear their sartorial heart on their sleeve more than Tokyo: Here is …

Google reportedly blackmailed websites into giving it content for free

A new Wall Street Journal report details anti-competitive practices by the company<p>In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission investigated Google to determine whether the company's monopoly on the search market violated anti-trust laws. The Commission ultimately accepted a settlement with the search …

Wall Street

TAG Heuer Teams Up With Intel and Google for Smartwatch

The biggest criticism against most smartwatches is that they don’t really solve a problem beyond not having to take your phone out of your pocket and that they’re ugly. Today, TAG Heuer, Intel and Google hope to fix at least one of those problems.<p>The partnership was announced at the Baselworld …

Anti-censorship China activists 'under DDoS attack'

<b>A campaign organisation that circumvents Chinese website blocks has said it has come under distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).</b><p>Greatfire called the attack, which aimed to take sites offline, an attempt to enforce censorship.<p>It said it did not know who was behind it, but pointed out that it …

Cybersecurity

Google abused its monopoly power, FTC experts found

Google abused its monopoly power in ways that harmed Internet users and competitors. That was the conclusion drawn by experts at a federal regulatory agency back in 2012, according to <i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal.</i><p>Google, however, avoided a massive antitrust fight because the Federal Trade Commission …

Net Neutrality

Ukraine crisis: EU links Russia sanctions to truce deal

<b>European Union leaders have agreed to keep sanctions on Russia in place until the end of this year at the earliest.</b><p>The sanctions, imposed because of Russia's alleged military intervention in Ukraine, are now linked to "complete implementation" of a ceasefire deal.<p>Last month's deal envisages Ukraine …

Russia

Arctic Sea Ice Levels Are at the Lowest Ever Recorded

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FBI agent: Tsarnaev's computer contained extremist materials

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a variety of extremist materials on his computer, including an issue of the al-Qaida magazine Inspire with an article entitled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom," an FBI agent testified Thursday.<p>Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of the death …

Meet the ‘living dead’: Forensic scientists’ new weapon

The bacteria in and on our bodies can betray some of our deepest secrets – even after we die. Linda Geddes investigates.<p>In the seconds after you breathe your last breath, the living dead take over. Now that your blood no longer flows, oxygen levels within your body plummet and degrading chemical …

Biology

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

In 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 started their one-way journey across our galaxy, travelling a million miles a day. Jonathan Margolis meets the dedicated team keeping the craft moving<p>On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two …

Space

Lack of sleep can have role in obesity and diabetes, study says

<b>If you need a lie-in at weekends to make up for lack of sleep in the week, you may be at risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, a study suggests.</b><p>The sleeping habits of 522 people found those losing sleep on weekdays were more likely to develop the conditions.<p>The findings, shown at the Endocrine …

Diabetes

UK Readies 25% ‘Google Tax’ On Tech Giants’ Diverted Profits

In the lead up to the UK’s national election in May, big tech companies are finding themselves in the crossfire. An article in the Sunday Times (paywalled) lays out more details around UK Chancellor George Osborne’s proposal for a “Google Tax” — a 25% tax on big tech companies’ profits from UK …

The future of industrial IoT might be wearables

Image copyright 20th Century Fox.We all know IoT is going to be huge, and as with most technology, the industrial IoT will eventually eclipse its …

Internet of Things

Is LinkedIn Poised To Be The Next Media Giant?

When LinkedIn introduced Pulse, providing commentary from a hand-chosen set of thought leaders, they made a major impact. Paired with the long-form publishing platform they launched last year, LinkedIn is significantly changing the media landscape.<p><b>First, the statistics</b><p>LinkedIn has 330+ million …

Thought Leadership

Tech Q&A: Finding classmates, passwords, free security cams and more

<b>Find a long-lost classmate</b><p><b>Q.</b> I'm organizing a *cough*-year reunion, and I'm trying to track down a few old schoolmates of mine from way back. I tried Facebook, but came up empty. Where else can I look?<p><b>A.</b> Even with 1.3 billion users, Facebook isn't always the best place to hunt down people, …

Information Systems

18 Things You Should Know About Sleep, According To A Sleep Doctor

"The brain craves routine for good sleep."<p>For more on this topic, feel free to browse the Reddit thread or check out Dr. Verma's blog PeerWell.

Sleep