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Photograph: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI<p>A high-resolution image of Pluto taken by New Horizons shows small features, from craters to faulted mountain blocks, to the texted surface of the vast basin informally called Sputnik …

Solar System

I talked with a real life cyborg, and now I'm convinced 'cyborgism' is the future

He said he wants to pick up silverware just by touching it.<p>At first, I thought the statement was pure fantasy — the kind of harebrained idea this particular friend has become known for in our circle.<p>Then I talked to Neil Harbisson, and the idea suddenly seemed less crazy.<p>Harbisson is a 32-year-old …

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.<p>You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of …

Startup pitch: WeTravel wants to carry some of the burden for trip organisers

After time spent working with the Red Cross and organising the occasional tour, WeTravel co-founder Johannes Koeppel realised independent group trip …

Controversial research has ‘tremendous value’ to science, say members of Hinxton Group, although they are not in favour of allowing GM babies to be born<p>Research involving genetic modification of human embryos, though controversial, is essential to gain basic understanding of the biology of early …

Genetics

Where art thou, Burning Man?

Larry Harvey was talking about Burning Man’s hundred-year plan, which he noted was already 30 years along, this being the 30th burn (but of course …

'Fallout 4' Has 400+ Hours Of Gameplay, But Is That Enough?

There’s a particular statistic I’ve been thinking about recently. We first heard it earlier in the month, in a presentation from <i>Fallout 4</i> lead producer Jeff Gardner, who said that he’d been playing the game for “400+” hours, and he still hadn’t seen everything there was to see. It’s a staggering …

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10 dream trips every traveler should experience | CNN Travel

Lost cities: where to pretend you are Indiana Jones

Unearthing lost cities used to be the preserve of machete-wielding, Indiana Jones types, but advances in technology lie behind the most recent discoveries rather any derring-do in the jungle.<p>One of the most groundbreaking recent finds lay hidden in Honduras’ near-impenetrable La Moskitia rainforest …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

Your music taste might reveal how your brain works

Now that music has gone digital, there must be all sorts of algorithms and marketing studies out there that recording companies and music delivery services use to determine the types of tunes fans are most likely to consume.<p>The songs that you choose to put on your mobile device may say a lot to …

Psychology

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

RANKED: The 25 Best Caribbean Islands

Even though all the Caribbean islands are beautiful, some are better than others. So we decided to rank them.<p>We figured that the best islands would have a low cost, be easy to get to, and have beautiful beaches and lots of activities. In most instances, we defined a Caribbean island as a single …