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Firefox bug could secretly upload your files, so update your browser now

Attention, Firefox users: Stop what you're doing and update your web browser.<p>An exploit discovered on Wednesday could potentially search your local …

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.<p>Study volunteers who endured a somewhat stressful experience were 24% more likely to choose …

The Brain

40 Campfire Meals to Keep You Well-Fed in the Great Outdoors

Cooking

Comic-Con: Fans insist Superman never goes out of style

The<p>Zack Snyder-directed 2013 film"Man of Steel"reintroduced comic book staple Superman to filmgoing audiences. Yet the next time ol' Supes graces the silver screen, he'll be sharing the spotlight.<p>The 2016 film<p>"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"will feature DC Comics regulars such as the …

Comics

Superfast Lasers Create A Hologram You Can Touch

At quadrillionth-second bursts<p>The halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms—Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with <i>The Castle of the Carpathians</i>, and how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?<p>Now, researchers at the Digital Nature …

Light-Painted Illusions Bathe a Dancer in Psychedelia

One dancer, one box, and a whole lot of glow paint make for a real trip.<p>It may be a long process but it sure is worth it. <i>Crying Light</i>, the latest project by Finnish artist Janne Parviainen, combines forced perspective drawings with light paintings to produce mind-melting geometric illusions.<p>The …

Modern Art

Don't be intimidated by museums. They belong to everyone

Many art museums are the predominantly “white spaces” that critics have long said they are. But we can change that<p>Exasperation levels are high. There have been worse times to be black in the United States, but living memory doesn’t avail us of many. For those of us with a certain racial profile (I …

Watch This Super Fast Robo-Roach Launch A Robot Bird

If it runs any faster it will fall apart<p>Ever turned on a light at night in summer and watched roaches scatter, and then subsequently thought, “You know, what I’d really like is if these roaches were both faster and robots”? Well, weird-thought-haver, you are in luck. Made by researchers at UC …

Formula 1 Technology Is Being Used To Make Better Surgeons

There was plenty of drama at the Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday with driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes taking first place from teammate Lewis Hamilton late in the race. But there’s always plenty of action off the track too as race engineers analyze and transmit data to teams before and during any race.<p>…

When Will Self-Driving Trucks Destroy America?

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

How Ford Models Changed the Face of Beauty

The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.<p>When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as …

The Arts

The new Shazam identifies boxed items, books and magazines

It's true: Shazam's adding more useful features to its application, as wasreported by <i>Reuters</i> back in March. Now, the famed discovery software can identify more than music, movies, TV shows and commercials, which has been the core functionality to date. With this new version, introduced today, …

Cortana for Windows 10 will search Dropbox and Google Drive on Lenovo PCs

Microsoft and Lenovo are partnering together to enhance the Cortana digital assistant in Windows 10. At Tech World, Lenovo’s first global technology event, Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing announced a unique partnership with Microsoft that allows the company to extend Cortana to non-Microsoft …

Google Drive

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped

New research shows that artificial intelligence can use trial and error to finish a job even when a robot's body is damaged.<p>It almost looks like a wounded animal.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight …

Robotics

What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

Google I/O begins Thursday, kicking off with the usual keynote from the search giant during which it generally drops a lot of news. We’ll be there to cover it live as it happens, but a lot of info, rumor and speculation has already been making the rounds about just what we’ll see announced. Here’s …

Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

Alexander McQueen

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Cannabis

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

Nonprofits

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Robotics

Tesla's Powerwall Battery is Already Sold Out until Mid-2016

Just days after the Tesla Powerwall was announced, the company has reported that it has sold out of the hot new product until mid-2016. Yowza.<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated today in its first quarter earnings call that the company received more than 38,000 reservations for the Powerwall, which includes …

Tesla

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

CNN

5 Simple Ways To Make Creative Thinking A Daily Habit

Let your innovative ideas simmer and percolate with these five daily rituals.<p>Where or when do you get your best ideas?<p>I ask that question to a lot of clients and executives attending my presentations and seminars. The answers I often hear are things like “In the shower,” “Walking the dog,” “Working …

NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years

Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly "no."<p>"I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel …

Astronomy

Nintendo Bringing Japanese Hit Yo-Kai Watch to 3DS in the US

Nintendo has announced plans to release Level-5's hit RPG, Yo-Kai Watch, outside of Japan, including in the United States and Europe.<p>Originally launched for 3DS in Japan back in 2013, Yo-Kai Watch has become a huge sensation, drawing comparisons to Pokemon. In addition to the two games that have …

Russia might have hacked the White House

Russia's military overtures haven't been limited to its recent arctic war games. Cyber operatives reportedly working for Russia have already compromised an unsecured State Department computer system. Now US officials have admitted that the White House's network has been hit as well. While the …

Google Wants To Send You A Plumber

The company is readying a new product intended to connect search users with local home-service providers.<p>Google has a new product in the works that highlights the company's growing interest in the home-services market, and may herald a broader move into it.<p>Sources close to the company told BuzzFeed …