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Scientists have created transparent wood

And not only is it transparent, it is both stronger and more insulating than glass, reports the <i>New York Times</i>. The transparent wood was created by a team of researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park. <b>The researchers were able to remove a molecule called lignin, which gives wood its</b> …

Australian researchers develop world's first scanning helium microscope

The world-first scanning helium microscope has been built by Australian researchers who feel it could "open doors" for many new discoveries by …

The Coming Robot War Is Our Fault in Short Film ‘Rise’

Speculating what will cause our ultimate demise has been the stuff of science fiction for years—if it’s not aliens wiping out the human race, it’s …

The Last Frontiers of AI: Can Scientists Design Creativity and Self-Awareness?

Is creativity a uniquely human trait? What about self-awareness or intuition?<p>Defining the line between human and machine is becoming blurrier by the …

Science Finds Money Can Buy Happiness, if You Spend It Right

Invest in happiness.<p>Despite decades of people telling us that money can't buy happiness ("it's all about the experiences!"), researchers have found …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

DNA

Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos—Again

Just one year after scientists in China made history by modifying the DNA of human embryos, a second team of Chinese researchers has done it again. …

Which freaking big data programming language should I use?

You have a big data project. You understand the problem domain, you know what infrastructure to use, and maybe you've even decided on the framework …

Big Data

The Latest in Silicon Valley Innovation: A $700 Juicer

The “Keurig of juice” raised more than $100 million before launching.<p>Silicon Valley is a hotbed of innovation, with venture capitalists rushing to write checks for the next brilliant, young founder with an idea to change the way we live our lives. Already, billions of dollars have been poured into …

Brazil

6 Species That Make Humanity Look Primitive By Comparison

Human beings have done a lot of amazing things: medical breakthroughs, space travel, snack packs ... all delightful examples of ingenuity at its …

The Four Keys to Well-Being

<i>By Dr. Richard J. Davidson</i><p>Well-being is a skill.<p>All of the work that my colleagues and I have been doing leads inevitably to this central conclusion. Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello. If one practices the skills of well-being, one will get better at it.<p>Based …

Microsoft's New Technology Lets You 'Teleport' By Hologram

Sci-fi fanatics shouldn't expect to see actual teleportation technology emerge any time soon, but researchers at Microsoft have come up with what may …

Augmented Reality

Supersonic jet will travel from New York to London in 3 hours at half the price of the Concorde

What if you could travel from New York to London in just over three hours? Colorado startup company Boom is designing a supersonic jet to make that …

Aerospace

Queen's University researchers invent bendable smartphone

World of human-computer interaction will 'be turned upside down'<p>Researchers at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., say they've developed a bendable …

6 (OK, 7) Big Data and Analytics Learning Resources That Business People Can Understand

Intrigued by analytics? Wish you knew more about it? A lot of people search for information, and land on sites that are, well, too geeky. They’re aimed at programmers, people who pride themselves on knowing all the intricacies of their favorite software, or (eek!) math majors. These are not good …

Big Data

12 Powerful Habits I Have Stolen From Ultra-Successful People

As you may already know I am very curious about habits, behavior psychology and how it all affects success. For over two years I have been …

Allyson Felix

Project Greenglow and the battle with gravity

<b>A handful of leftfield scientists have been trying to harness the power of gravity. Welcome to the world of Project Greenglow, writes Nic Young.</b><p>In science there exists a uniquely potent partnership between theory and engineering. It's what's given us atomic energy, the Large Hadron Collider and …

Physics

3 Simple Words That Change Everything in Leadership

I had to learn the hard way that leadership is more than just a role or a job title. It's really a demonstration of how to act so that others will follow your lead.<p>Most of what I know about leadership I've learned in two distinct phases.<p>First was the practice phase, when I was a manager at three …

McDonald's

Pizza has replaced porn as the testing ground for new technology

Once upon a time, the porn industry was famous for being the first to adopt new technology.<p>Porn was early to the web. And before that, the story ( …

New Technology Lets Users Add Their Faces To YouTube Videos In Real Time - Tubefilter

For creators like The Gregory Brothers, placing one mouth on top of another in a YouTube video is a common process. Now, thanks to a new piece of …

4 Ways to Learn Anything in 20 Hours

<i>“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>What if you could learn anything in 20 hours, what would …

10 books that will change the way you live your life

Whether the focus is getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, getting a creative project off the ground, kicking procrastination forever, or figuring out — hallelujah! — what to do for a career, we're all works in progress.<p>But finding the path that'll get us there is a torturous, tender, …

Self-improvement

IKEA’s Wireless Charging Furniture Makes Technology More Accessible

The home of the future is quickly becoming a reality—and you don’t have to be a billionaire to bring innovation into your own house, with help from …

Wireless

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

This Googler Explains How To Design Your Time Rather Than Manage It

Breaking all your tasks into quadrants can help you become more strategic about how you work.<p>For many of us, work can feel like a never-ending cycle of long meetings, overflowing inboxes, and urgent demands. No matter how fast we go or how hard we work, there’s far more to do every day than there …

The Science of Having Wildly High Standards for Your Relationship

Are you demanding too much from your relationship? This is the intriguing question that opens a new investigation into the science of relationships, …

Psychology

The Hidden Religion and Science Conflict

More than 150 years have passed since Darwin's <i>On the Origin of Species</i>, and we're still arguing about science and religion. Outrageous public statements from religious and scientific leaders reinforce the impression of endless conflict, whether it's Richard Dawkins claiming that religion is a "God …

Be More Successful: 8 Steps to Find and Leverage Your True Strengths

We all hope to improve on our weaknesses, but sometimes the best approach is to do a lot more of what you already do best.<p>Are you as successful as you would like to be? (Depending on how you define success, of course.)<p>If you're like most people, the answer is, "Probably not." Not because you're …

Self-improvement

4 organization tips that will help busy moms find more time in the day

I’m not the most organized person in the world. I admit this with the same level of embarrassment I have when I tell people I can’t speak Spanish, or that I’m not a good driver. These things just don’t make me look so great.<p>In my defense, there’s a lot on my plate. I know, I know … EVERYBODY has a …