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The Emergency, forty years later

Forty years ago on this day India was gagged and muzzled. The night between 25 and 26 June, 1975 was one of midnight knocks and arbitrary arrests of …

Tech firms need to use data ethically around the internet of things

Free services usually mean we pay in data and privacy. Is there a better business model for connected homes?

Internet

Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

<b>Editor's note, June 10:</b> <i>We have added an acknowledgement of several sources that Esther Gokhale used while developing her theories on back pain. These include physiotherapy methods, such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, and the work of anthropologist Noelle …

Back Pain

The Beauty of Uncertainty: How Heisenberg Invented Quantum Mechanics, Told in Jazz

Quantum mechanics and the combinatorial nature of creativity, set to song.<p>Seven decades after Henry David Thoreau explored the limits of knowledge and the value of “useful ignorance,” a very different intellectual titan, in a very different era, applied this philosophy to a very different field: In …

The Surprising Ways The U.S. Would Fight A War In Space

In recent months, leaders in the Defense Department have highlighted the increasing importance of space as a domain of modern warfare. In April, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work took the unusual step of delivering a classified speech at the annual Space Symposium to reaffirm that the U.S. …

Google Maps Now Offers Dragon, Loch Ness Monster As Public Transportation Options

Google Maps now provides people in Great Britain with real-time information about the best and quickest ways to get places -- regardless of whether commuters choose to travel by train, tube, bus, boat, dragon or Loch Ness Monster.<p>Take the journey from Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to the …

The long-term dangers of massive state spying on citizens

WHAT are the deep, long-term effects of clandestine surveillance on a country? The current debates in Congress regarding the Patriot Act offer an …

What Programming Language Should I Learn First

‘2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone’: Iraq reveals number of US arms falling into ISIS hands

Iraq has admitted that ISIS jihadists captured huge caches of US-made weapons, including thousands of Humvees seized from Iraqi forces retreating …

Watch A Tiny Origami Robot Crawl, Climb, Swim, and Dissolve

Magnets, that's how it works<p>In just under two minutes, this tiny metallic square will, in sequence: fold itself into a robot, roll away, keep a trajectory as it does a figure eight around two columns, crawl up an arm, push a foam block into a bin, swim, carry a load that weighs twice as much as it …

Robotics

24 GIFs You Will Need Now That You Can Post GIFs To Facebook

Now that Facebook just started allowing GIFs, you'll need the right one to use at the right time.

The growing vigilantism of Indians

Recent incidents in Delhi where ordinary citizens have assaulted policemen and public utility drivers over trivial traffic related offences point to …

Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

LONDON (Reuters) - Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.<p>A shop worker rests in the shade along the beach in Recife June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian …

What's the Most 'Cinematic' Programming Language?

Nominees for the Academy Awards of on-screen code.<p>Is Python—or the syntactical aesthetic of Python—worthy of the big screen?<p>Redditor Infintie_3ntropy caught the following Python script making a cameo in <i>Ex Machina</i>, recalling, "When I first saw it I was particularly annoyed since it had nothing to do …