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Science Says Listening to These 5 Songs Will Make You Remarkably Happy

Music has long been tied to deep emotion in all living beings--including happiness.<p>For as long as sound has existed, music has always been tied to deep emotion in all living beings. It's one of the stimuli that are most likely to evoke a memory or intense reaction, one of the strange phenomena that …

Your iPhone won't blind you at night thanks to this handy feature

A new feature called Night Shift in iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta, means the days of being blinded by your phone in the middle of the night should be over soon.<p>Night Shift employs a technique similar to Mac and Windows app F.lux, changing the tint of your screen from blue to yellow at night …

Mobile Devices

Windows might be storing your encryption keys in the cloud

If you’re rocking a new Windows 10 PC or have upgraded to the latest version of the OS, chances are your disk encryption key has been uploaded to Microsoft’s servers — which means you’re not 100 percent in control of the privacy of your data.<p>The Intercept reports that this is probably the case if …

The 14 most impressive AI scientists working at Google DeepMind

However, who actually works at Google DeepMind beyond the three cofounders is a bit of a mystery, possibly because Google doesn't want to risk shouting about them and losing its smartest staff to rivals that are also focusing on artificial intelligence, such as Facebook.<p>DeepMind's talented …

Artificial Intelligence

Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs only $5

When Raspberry Pi first arrived in 2012, it was revolutionary not because of its computing power — although, for a credit card-sized PC, it was …

Researchers bring us one step closer to the ‘ultimate battery’

WonderHowTo<p>A research breakthrough in lithium-oxygen battery development could now make the ‘ultimate battery’ a possibility, as a number of barriers to development appear to have been overcome.<p>Lithium-oxygen (Li-air) has been hailed as the base for the ‘ultimate battery’ due to its energy density …

Clean Energy

Witness accounts from across Paris: 'I saw my final hour unfurl before me'

Amid reports that scores of people had been killed in Paris, witnesses spoke to journalists and wrote on social media about what they saw<p>Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in and around Paris, in a series of explosions and shootings on Friday night. Witnesses to the attacks have …

Social Media

Doctor dubbed 'the father of cyborgs' tested implants in his own brain

How far would you go to create a brain-controlled speech decoder? Doctor Philip Kennedy already helped blaze a trail in brain-computer interfaces back in the 80s. Now, a report in <i>MIT Technology Review</i> explains how the neurosurgeon decided to crank his research up a notch. Well, several notches, …

Oracle engineers are building a Nerf gun that you can shoot remotely over the internet

By now you've heard the next phase of the internet, called the Internet of Things, is coming and will rock your world. IoT is when everyday inanimate objects get sensors, chips, and apps and can be controlled over the internet.<p>Oracle engineer Mark Vilrokx and The Apps Lab team at Oracle decided to …

Tesla Adds High-Speed Autonomous Driving to Its Bag of Tricks

WASHINGTON — It is not every day you get to open a door and step into the future.<p>But to pull the handle on a newly updated Tesla Model S this week and slide into the driver’s seat was to catch a glimpse of the auto industry’s plans to soon let cars drive us, rather than the other way around.<p>The …

Intel throws its tiny Curie module in an Arduino board

The low-power Curie from Intel helps developers quickly prototype a device with turn-key access to Bluetooth, a six-axis sensor with gyroscope and accelerometer and the 32-bit SOC Quark micro-controller. It's main focus has been the wearable market and since its introduction at CES 2015, it's has …

Netflix knows the exact episode of a TV show that gets you hooked

A TV pilot may get you interested in a show, but Netflix says it's rarely the episode that gets you hooked. It's probably no surprise that Netflix has been analyzing our TV-watching habits to figure out exactly how we all get obsessed with certain series. It hasn't come to any conclusions about …

Organic ‘computers’ made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

We invariably imagine electronic devices to be made from silicon chips, with which computers store and process information as binary digits (zeros and ones) represented by tiny electrical charges. But it need not be this way: among the alternatives to silicon are organic mediums such as DNA.<p>DNA …

Nanotech

This Snatch Of Code Can Give Any Website Better Typography

Typeset is a new Javascript tool that can make any website worthy of Gutenberg. (Not Steve.)<p>Good typography on the web is pretty rare, because it’s hard. Consider quotes. Books use smart quotes, or quotation marks that mirror each other both horizontally and vertically on either side of the term …

Telegram now delivers 10B messages every day, up from 1B just 8 months ago

Telegram, the encrypted messaging app backed by VKontakte founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, announced today that its users send 10 billion messages per day. That’s up from 1 billion daily messages in December.<p>That’s impressive, considering that people on Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp send a …

Apps

Space: Not Just For Rocket Scientists Any More

Here are three ways you can contribute to securing humanity's place in space<p>Projects: Spacehack, SpaceGAMBIT, NASA Open Source Software, NASA's Data Portal<p>For a long time now, space exploration has been the preserve of a tiny group of highly specialized and highly trained people, funded almost …

Space Exploration

Google on ‘Stagefright” exploit: not all Android bugs are this bad, thanks to Google’s security measures

Bugs may be endless, but that doesn’t mean they are harmful… at least not all them are. Lead engineer Adrian Ludwig made sure to touch on this subject after the whole ‘Stagefright’ exploit was discovered by the media. This vulnerability is said to leave about 95% of Android users exposed to …

NASA's Mars Trek is Google Earth for the red planet

Yes, Google Earth and Street View are great for impromptu armchair traveling. But if you prefer taking a virtual jaunt somewhere literally out of this world, you might want to visit NASA's Mars Trek website instead. It's exactly what its name makes it sound like: an interactive map of the red …

Samsung attaches screen to semi-truck to show the road ahead

Getting stuck behind a slow, smelly semi-truck is no fun, but big vehicles are often too hard to pass on a narrow two-lane road. But Samsung just …

Jaguar adapts NASA tech to monitor brainwaves and avoid accidents

If you're wondering how many projects Jaguar Land Rover's developing in addition to its pothole and cyclist alerts, the answer is "quite a few." In fact, the company has revealed that it's working on several technologies, which can monitor your condition to prevent accidents, collectively called …

New Google online tool makes it easier to find the right phone for you

One of the best things about Android is just how many options we have. Not only are there dozens upon dozens of different phones at all sorts of price points, but we also have options when it comes to the launchers we use, the default camera apps we use, the widgets we utilize, and the list goes …

Android News

Is your ISP throttling your internet speed? Here's how to find out

While the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers was a victory for all, there is growing concern that ISPs could go on with business as usual with clever tricks designed to skirt the rules of the classification.<p>While knowingly stepping outside the boundaries of the Title II …

Kanye vs. Code? Rapping computer is almost ready to battle

Last time I crawled out from underneath my rock, it seemed normcore was beginning to replace nerdcore, but for those who still believe in sick, algorithmically derived beats, I've found a new rapper who's about as O.G. as they come.<p>DeepBeat is an algorithm for generating rap lyrics developed by …

This Chrome extension turns your browser windows into manageable workspaces

If you work, play, shop and socialize in the same browser, it’s easy to open up way too many tabs for your desktop’s own good. Spaces for Chrome encourages you to group them into different windows and lets you manage them easily.<p>For starters, you can name each browser window, or space — say, …

Try the Microsoft Hyperlapse beta on Android

<b>Update (07/17/2015):</b> <i>The Microsoft Hyperlapse app is now out of beta and available for download from the Google Play Store.</i><p>Microsoft has released a new app for Android devices that will let you turn any video into a smooth hyperlapse.<p>If you're interested in creating super-smooth hyperlapse videos on …

Chrome adds MIDI support for browser-based music composition

Let's say you went all out for <i>Rock Band 3</i> and bought a MIDI drum kit and the game's keyboard peripheral, haven't used them since, but hate to put that stuff on Craigslist. With the new Chrome update you can use 'em to make beautiful music in your web browser with the Web MIDI API. As <i>V</i><i>entureBeat</i> …

Here's a Living Concrete That Repairs Itself

How bacteria can fix the cracks in your driveway<p>A Dutch inventor has come up with an ingenious way for concrete to repair its own cracks: It's alive.<p>Okay, Henk Jonkers hasn't created a new form of life. What he did find is a kind of bacteria that lies dormant until activated by water. Water is …

Your Fingerprint Can Reveal Cocaine Use

Scientists can already tell from people’s fingerprints if they’ve touched cocaine, but a new study goes one step further, showing that fingerprints …

The World’s First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do

Chip can do anything that you might want from a normal computer, albeit a little slower. It runs a fully-functional desktop operating system, along …

Raspberry Pi