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THE SHOT: A Volcanic Eruption in Chile

I had never managed to capture a force of nature as stunning as a volcanic eruption. Chile has some 90 active volcanoes that roar to life from time to time with the kind of raw natural power that every photographer dreams of catching. But the country is extremely long and narrow, and domestic …

Geology

Researchers discover webcams can be used to diagnose abnormal heart rhythms

A new pilot study is taking an innovative approach to detecting irregular heartbeats, and they’re calling it “FaceTime” for heart diagnoses.<p>The results of the study were published online yesterday in the journal Heart Rhythm<i>.</i><p>Atrial fibrillation, a common form of abnormal heart rhythm, affects more …

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides

Neonicotinoids are aimed at insects, but they're affecting other animals too, study says.<p>Pesticides don't just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds.<p>Those …

Step Up All In, review: 'preposterous fun'

The fifth film in the Step Up franchise is another whirlwind of set-piece dance numbers, says Charlotte Runcie<p><b>Director: Trish Sie; starring: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam G Sevani, Izabella Miko. PG certificate, 112 mins</b><p>It doesn’t really matter what the plot is for the fifth <b>film</b>in the Step Up …

The Best Exercises to Blast Belly Fat

Reveal your six pack with these big muscle moves<p>To whittle your middle, grow tree trunks for legs.<p>Muscular legs can help you fend off belly fat, according to a study from Japan. People with the most muscle mass on their legs had the least visceral fat—the dangerous kind that surrounds …

Inside the CDC's Emergency Operations Center Tackling Ebola

It’s early Friday morning, just a few hours after the World Health Organization officially declared the Ebola outbreak a global public health …

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review

MSRP: $429.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Lenovo ThinkPad 8</b> runs full Windows 8.1, has an excellent higher-res 8.3-inch display, 64GB of storage standard, all the basic ports you'd need, and fits into a super-slim package.<p><b>The Bad</b> More expensive than other 8-inch Windows tablets; doesn’t come with a stylus, or …

Leak suggests leather-wrapped Samsung Chromebook is on the way

Take one <i>@evleaks</i> image<i>,</i> add a familiar looking faux-leather finish and a Chrome logo, and what do you get? Well, a new Samsung Chromebook on the way would be our guess.<p>Source: @evleaks

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

Google Glass is getting Android KitKat, but monthly updates are no more

Google is gearing up for its biggest Glass update yet.<p>The smartglasses are finally getting an upgrade to Android KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, as Google moves towards bigger but less frequent Glass updates, according to a private forum posting unearthed by Android …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for March 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Apparently Nobody Lines Up for the iPad Anymore

Looks like I didn’t get the memo in time. The one informing me that nobody lines up for the iPad anymore.<p>Well, to be fair, some folks still do – but judging by my friendly local Apple Store at a mall near my house the numbers are much, much lower than for any other iPad launch. How much lower? …

iPad Air, in the House

I picked up a new iPad Air this morning, after a surprising non-line sort of affair at my local Apple store.<p>I’ve only just got home with it a couple hours ago and I always like to setup as a new iPad, rather than restoring from a backup, with a brand new iPad – so I’ve got a lot of setup and apps …

iPad Art: Autumn

This weekend’s featured iPad Art is ‘Otono”, or ‘Autumn’, by Pilar Humada.<p>Apart from being a gorgeous painting, it seems a perfect fit for this time of the year, at least where I am. Here in Austin, Texas we don’t get quite as stunning an array of colors as places like New England do – but over the …

Google Search iPad App Updated: Tons of Google Now Improvements, Far Ahead of Siri

The <b>Google Search</b> app for iPad and iOS just got a whopping big and impressive update yesterday, to Version 3.1.0.<p>This update brings a whole lot of new Google Now features to the app – including notifications, reminders, and ‘handsfree voice’ to issue search terms or Google Now commands. Here’s the …

Looking Good: BookBook Travel Journal Leather Case for iPad

The latest iPad accessory from the clever folks at Twelve South is the <b>BookBook Travel Journal leather case for iPad</b>. It’s a vintage leather book-style case for the iPad and all our favorite iPad accessories.<p>Twelve South are deservedly well-know for their stellar line of handsome accessories for Mac …

Best iPad Air Deal: Target’s $200 Trade-In for Any Older iPad – Even the Original iPad

Target is offering a trade-in program that will give you at least $200 for any iPad – including the original iPad.<p>The Target trade-in deal started on November 3 and will run until November 9. It’s simple to do as well, as MacRumors outlines:<p><i>Step 1: Find your local Target mobility store by</i> <i>clicking</i> …

Google updates Glass with calendar search and customized directions

Now that anyone (well, anyone with an invitation) with a spare $1,500 can get their very own Google Glass, the folks in Mountain View have thoughtfully released a software update for the famous wearable. We're frankly surprised Glass owners weren't able to do this before, but you can now look up …

Modern Eco-Friendly Homes Set Amongst the Trees

<i>Primeval Symbiosis (Single Pole House)</i> is an architectural design project by architecture student and interior designer Konrad Wjcik that seeks to organically install living spaces in forests without disrupting the innate beauty of nature. Wjcik's detailed presentation lays out the many benefits of …

Ecology

Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system, CDC confirms

A rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system, state health regulators said Tuesday.<p>The state Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release that the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

Simple harmonic motion

In mechanics and physics, <b>simple harmonic motion</b> is a type of periodic motion or oscillation motion where the restoring force is directly proportional …

oneTesla, A Kit For Building Your Own Musical Tesla Coil

oneTesla is a DIY kit for building your own musical Tesla coil that can play MIDI songs. The kit is available to purchase online at oneTesla, though …

Blooming tiny: nano flowers, ferns and gold stars – in pictures

This month's collection of images from the world of nanotechnology includes the tiniest of flowers, minuscule gold stars, and crystal layers that could replace silicon as the building blocks of the information age<p>If you have any nanotech images you'd like to share, please email them to …

Learn How Magnets Work By Watching This Short Animation

The latest video from MinutePhysics, a growing YouTube series by Henry Reich, explains the miracles of magnetism on a particle level.<p>You may remember the Insane Clown Posse’s eternal question, infinitely quoted from their 2009 single “Miracles”: “Fucking magnets, how do they work?”<p>They had the …

Physics

The 5 Most Important Physics Discoveries Of The Past 25 Years

Physics World reporter Tushna Commissariat told the BBC that making the list was "harder than choosing Nobel laureates," adding that there have been "so many eye-popping findings that our final choice is, inevitably, open to debate."<p>The magazine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, also …

Physics