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10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Many of the world's greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books. And it's easy to see why. A lot of …

Biomass burning poses a big climate problem

Wildfires and agricultural burning play a much bigger role in climate change and human health than previously thought, new calculations …

Wireless charger uses ultrasound to power your phone from across the room

We first came across uBeam's unusual wireless charging technology three years ago, at the <i>All Things D</i> Science Fair, where the fledgling company was only just introducing its creation to the public. Today, the company's finally ready for a big move forward -- uBeam co-founder Meredith Perry just …

Authors Are A**Holes

<i>Image courtesy of arztsamui / FreeDigitalPhotos.net</i><p>Oh, relax. I'm an author, and I adore authors. Most authors aren't a**holes. Really, only a few are, and I suppose it depends on one's definition. I'm usually pretty nice, with only the occasional bossy rant.<p>Rumor has it that Hemingway was an …

Hitchhiking robot is halfway across Canada - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- As far as hitchhikers go, this one looks harmless enough. He or she -- it's hard to tell -- is short and friendly, if a little fashion-challenged.<p>Get him talking, however, and he won't shut up.<p>Meet hitchBOT, a talking, tweeting, bucket-bodied Canadian robot that's hitchhiking west from …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

India's Take On Google Glass, A Vibrating Smartshoe

Is the next phase of wearable technology in the shoe? Indian startup Ducere Technologies certainly thinks so.<p>Called the Lecha shoe, and described as “interactive haptic footwear”, this smartshoe syncs up with your mobile via bluetooth.<p>The idea is that it will give you Google Maps directions by …

How cows predicted the seedy underbelly of social gaming

It is reasonable to assume that the most ironically successful sardonic game of 2010 is getting a sequel, and probably soon.<p>If you make your way over to the official website for Cow Clicker, a game designed by lecturer, professor, author and game maker Ian Bogost, you'll find at the top of the page …

Ageing: The girls who never grow older

A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immortality.<p>Richard Walker has been trying to conquer …

Squid Protein Could Help Brains 'Talk' to Computers

Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.<p>In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is …

The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor's Home

When I broke into my neighbor’s home earlier this week, I didn’t use any cat burglar skills. I don’t know how to pick locks. I’m not even sure how to …

More people than ever oppose the NSA practices Edward Snowden revealed. Why should he spend his life in prison? | Trevor Timm

The justice system would never allow Snowden to present a real defense at trial. That's just one reason to give him amnesty<p>The Guardian's riveting video interview with Edward Snowden this week ended with one of the biggest unresolved question in the debate over Snowden's decision to leak classified …

Nvidia's New Product Is A Shield Tablet With Tegra K1, Designed For PC And Android Gaming

<i>[Update: The lead rings true, and the details remain the same. Nvidia officially announced the Shield Tablet today, and beyond what I reported it does have some unique "firsts." It's the first tablet to natively support Twitch streaming, the first tablet with Nvidia's Shadowplay gameplay recording,</i> …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Former Dictator Sues 'Call of Duty' Maker For Portrayal in Popular Game

The extremely popular <i>Call of Duty</i> franchise continues to chug along — creating hit release after hit release — and increasing the realism of the …

Black Holes May Explode Into 'White Holes' And Pour All Their Matter Into Space, Physicists Say

Black holes might end their lives by transforming into their exact opposite — 'white holes' that explosively pour all the material they ever swallowed into space, say two physicists. The suggestion, based on a speculative quantum theory of gravity, could solve a long-standing conundrum about …

Study: Fish Oil Prevents Brain Shrinkage And Cognitive Decline In Older Adults

Three more cases of Alzheimer’s disease will have been diagnosed by the time you finish reading this article. More than 5 million people have Alzheimer’s in the United States alone (44 million worldwide), and the rate of new diagnosis is about one patient every minute, with no cure on the horizon. …

Do Our Kids Really Need To Learn How To Code?

Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read. My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start.<p>Many of today’s business and political leaders stress that coding …

'Off Grid' makes data your most powerful weapon

Who needs a shotgun?<p>In 2011, Rich Metson was a metal worker who was just starting to dabble in the world of coding and open source software. This newfound interest led him to a conference put on by the Internet Society, and in between dry discussions of internet protocols and domain names, he …

Should The Elder Scrolls Online go Free-to-Play?

Or would it cause more issues than it solves?<p>From the moment it was announced the next entry in The Elder Scrolls series would be an MMO, the …

Here's Google's plan to rid the world of cyberattacks

A new team at Google is aiming to be the cybersecurity superheroes of the Internet.<p>They're looking to exterminate those nasty computer bugs that let hackers and government spies sneak into our computers -- not just for Google, but for everyone.<p>The special team is called Google Project Zero. And …