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This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Research

This Swimsuit Cleans the Ocean as You Swim

Letting an engineer design a bathing suit may seem like some sort of fashion nightmare. But when scientists and designers teamed up to create the …

Swimwear

Scientists shatter distance record for teleporting quantum data

Quantum teleportation, the act of reconstructing quantum data somewhere else, is impressive just by itself. However, scientists at the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology have managed to one-up that feat. They've broken the distance record for quantum teleportation by transferring …

This game will shut itself down when enough players have died

<i>The Flock</i> might be the first video game with built-in obsolescence.<p>The first-person, multiplayer thriller takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of the year 3000, one where players compete for a mysterious object known as the "light artifact." As you battle you can, like in most games, die. But …

Nano-sized 'yolks' should lead to longer-lasting batteries

Those eggs you might have had for breakfast? They're not just food -- they may be the key to longer-running batteries in your devices. Scientists at MIT and Tsinghua University have developed a nanoparticle battery electrode whose egg-like design is built to last. Their invention, which houses a …

Limpet teeth found to be strongest natural material

Scientists believe they may have found the strongest natural material known to man – the teeth of the humble limpet, which could be copied to make the cars, boats and planes of the future.<p>Researchers at the University of Portsmouth examined the mechanics of limpet teeth by pulling them apart all …

Engineering

Samsung prototypes brainwave-reading wearable stroke detector

A group of Samsung engineers has come up with a system that monitors your brain, to warn you of an impending stroke.<p>A group of Samsung engineers have come up with a plan to harness the power of your phone or tablet to warn you of an impending stroke. By monitoring your brainwaves the system would …

Brainwaves

Vibrating bike grips deliver 'handy' directions

Just launched on Indiegogo, SmrtGrips guide you to your destination without you needing to fuss with your smartphone.<p>Smartphone mapping apps are a huge help when navigating a city, and bikes are a great way to get where you need to go. Put the two together, though, and you could be asking for …

Apps

Delsey's luggage weighs itself, charges phones, knows the weather

CES was flooded with a bunch of "internet of things" for the home, but frequent travelers will likely appreciate this connected luggage better. Leading luggage maker Delsey has been working on a connected suitcase called Pluggage for the past two years and has recently tested a working prototype, …

Thailand: Workers catch 3,000 fish in the flooded abandoned New World shopping centre in Bangkok

These photos show workers catching fish inside the flooded abandoned New World shopping centre in Bangkok.<p>In 1997, Thailand's supreme court ordered …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

The Brain

Why Unwinnable Games Are Massively Popular

Three explanations for "the Flappy Bird phenomenon"<p><i>Flappy Bird</i>, the notoriously difficult mobile game, burst forth in 2013. Now, creator Dong Nguyen has released an even harder game called <i>Swinging Copters</i>. But long before <i>Flappy Bird</i>, unwinnable games were massively popular. Remember <i>Donkey Kong</i>? …

This Artificial Intelligence Company Could 'Eradicate The Spreadsheet' And Do The Work Of A $250,000 Consultant

The software can write stories with no bias, confusion, or cherry picking, accurately representing the truth based on the data you give it.<p>Hammond calls it "the most powerful AI system [he's] ever built."<p>"We looked at the world of media and data as it's growing today," he told us over the phone. …

Ocean Current Energy Getting a Test Site in Florida – The Great Energy Challenge Blog

Even as wave and tidal energy developers struggle to demonstrate the viability of their myriad designs, another form of marine energy – from ocean currents – has floated into view: This week the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) signed off on a five-year lease for Florida Atlantic …

Sex and Silicon Valley: the veritable arms race of the dating app industry

Silicon Valley has long attracted young entrepreneurs and software engineers with the promise of wealth. Now it shimmers with an additional appeal: sex.<p>The technology boom has given many of the industry's workers in the San Francisco bay area money, confidence and a hedonistic tinge at odds with …

Hands On With Meta's Amazing 3-D Glasses, Which Are Poised To Take The World By Storm

The glasses aren't just for entertainment, and they're not just a smartphone for your face. This is a whole other segment of computing that enhances how you interact with the world around you.<p>A team of fewer than 50 people lives in a huge rented mansion on a 20-acre estate overlooking the …

How Messaging Apps Are Changing the Way Businesses Connect With Customers

"Both WhatsApp and Secret represent the ascendency of the phone book over the friend graph. It's back to the future." -- Tweet by David Sachs, Founder/CEO of Yammer<p>The modern era in many ways has been defined by the one to many movement, ushered in by radio, broadcast television, and then finally …

'Social discovery' is not about making friends. It's about sex, narcissism, & gossip

“Social networking is what your social life looks like today, and social discovery is what your social life might look like tomorrow,” said ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas during his opening remarks at Wednesday’s Glimpse Social Discovery conference.<p>In simpler terms: Social discovery is an …

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 6: Finishing the Prototype

<i>Do you have an idea for an app, but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each</i> …

iOS Programming

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …