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How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name

Picture Mildred, Agnes, Ethel and Blanche. Perhaps you imagine the Golden Girls or your grandmother’s poker game. These are names for women of age, …

Lost Andy Warhol works recovered from Amiga floppy disks

Artist Andy Warhol may be best known for his paintings of Campbell's soup cans, but he also took a little-known side trip into the world of computer art back in 1985. He was commissioned by Commodore International to show off its Amiga 1000 computer's graphic arts uses.<p>Warhol obliged, dipping into …

This Magical App Turns Your Phone Into A 3-D Scanner

Forget Instagram. It’s time for, um, Instagram 3-D!<p>It took about a decade, but most of us have given up on carrying around a traditional camera. Instead, we just use our phone to take pictures. But who would think we might be saying the same thing about 3-D scanning in just the next few years?<p>This …

Must-See Video: 3-Sweep is the Fastest Way to Get 3D from 2D That You've Ever Seen

It's not often I'm sitting in front of the computer with my mouth hanging open, but the video below is literally jaw-dropping. Researchers Tao Chen, …

Downfall of ancient Greece blamed on 300-year drought

A 300-year drought may have caused the demise of several Mediterranean cultures, including ancient Greece, new research suggests.<p>A sharp drop in rainfall may have led to the collapse of several eastern Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece, around 3,200 years ago. The resulting …

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For English language learners, a digital tool that tries to find the right turn of phrase

As a native Hebrew speaker, Yael Karov said she’d often search the web for English phrases to make sure they were correct before including them in …

Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds?

A linguist finds a correlation between "ejective consonants" and high altitude.<p><b>Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study.</b><p>The study, published online June 12 in the journal <i>PLoS ONE</i>, is the first to …

“Jony Ive Redesigns Things” Is The Best Tumblr This Week

By now we know that iOS 7’s abstract icons and fantastical color palette were likely inspired–at least in part–by Apple’s marketing department. But it’s just more fun to put all the blame on Jony Ive.<p>At least that’s the perspective of Jony Ive Redesigns Things, the funniest new tumblr this week. …

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

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Adobe's Project Mighty Input Tools Look Pretty Awesome

Color me impressed! I figured the next generation of designer-relevant input devices would come from Apple or Wacom, but surprise—it's Adobe. The …

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The lesson you never got taught in school: how to learn!

A paper published in <i>Psychological Science in the Public Interest</i> <i></i>evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to …

This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun

Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.<p>Now he has.<p>Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls …

Gender, language and economic power: another spurious correlation?

A paper from the Berkeley economic history laboratory published online last week finds a correlation between speaking a language with grammatical …

MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group's 'Smarter Objects' Interface Design

This mind-boggling interface design from MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group essentially adds another layer of interactivity over your physical …

Silicon Valley And The Reinvention Of Food

Fake meats have been around for years, but a new crop of Bay Area startups backed by tech investors think they can make meat substitutes good enough to compete with the real deal. Beyond Meat — backed by Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone via their company Obvious Corp — created an eerily …

Daniel Day-Lewis plays President Obama in Steven Spielberg's new film. Plus, a classic SNL spoof of There Will Be Blood. Watch now: http://bit.ly/DDL-Obama

Meet the 28-Year-Old Grad Student Who Just Shook the Global Austerity Movement

Most Ph.D. students spend their days reading esoteric books and stressing out about the tenure-track job market. Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old …

Wake up! 9 hours of sleep a night not so healthy

Most people you know probably talk about not getting enough sleep, but the percentage of U.S. adults who sleep for more than nine hours a night is actually on the rise, a new study suggests.<p>Between 1970 and 2007, the percentage of survey participants who reported sleeping for more than nine hours …

How to become internet famous for $68

Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsome with high cheekbones and dirty blond, collar-length hair. Next to his name is one of social media’s most prized possessions, Twitter’s blue “verified account” …

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