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Earth was one of the universe’s first habitable planets, and we’re likely to miss chance to meet future alien civilisations, study claims

Earth was one of the first habitable planets in the universe, according to a new study.<p>We were among the first 8 per cent of worlds that could …

15 Words and Phrases Millennials Use but No One Else Understands | Inc.com

Sometimes, it almost seems like people are speaking in Klingon.<p>With the advent of social media and texting came an entirely new way to communicate. It's a mix of shorthand, conjoined words, abbreviations, and phrases that came about because of a meme or even a mistake on social media that people …

Social Media

Annual Tomatina Festival in Spain

Selfies

10 Things I Had to Learn in Order to Create a Happier Relationship

Moving in with your partner is a big life change. People say you don’t really know everything about your relationship until you live with your …

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

Biology

OS X flaw leaves Macs vulnerable to attacks, no password required

The latest version of OS X contains a serious flaw that hackers can use to attack your computer without ever needing your password. The issue is around a hidden document -- Sudoers -- which is effectively a list of permissions as to which pieces of software are allowed to mess around with your …

How to turn your phone into a holographic display, for free

As we have been reminded recently by the furore around the Holus tabletop display, most current holograms are an effect more than a technology. …

Augmented Reality

Can you make a river come alive? The long, dry quest to find the Saraswati

Underground water found in Mughalwali<p>On a hot May morning, Salma, 55, was working on an MNREGA project in her village in Mughalwali, Yamunanagar …

Bolt is Tesla of Electric Motorbikes, Comes with USB and Bluetooth

There are tons of ordinary motorbikes out there but the electric motorbike Bolt M-1 caught my attention and it looks like a lightweight motorcycle …

NASA tests nonstick aircraft wing coatings that let bug juice slide

Who knew that keeping bug guts off airplanes could be a mission for NASA?<p>It turns out that insect "residue" splattering on the wings of big aircraft as they take off is a real problem looking for a serious solution.<p>"They are really small," conceded Christopher Wohl, senior research materials …

Wikipedia Available as a Printed Book

The English edition of Wikipedia Encyclopedia contains around 5 million articles and if someone were to print the entire Wikipedia encyclopedia into …

Wikipedia

Is the Universe Ringing Like a Crystal Glass?

Many know the phrase “the big bang theory.” There’s even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe …

Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet

When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the …

In The U.S. Smart Home Market, Don’t Rule Out China

It’s no secret that the smart home is a hot industry generating big-time buzz from VCs and large technology companies alike. The dream of a fully automated and connected home, where control of every device is at its owner’s fingertips, has attracted leading innovators.<p>Earlier this year, more than …

Innovation

'Hard' landing as three astronauts return to Earth from ISS

After a Russian rocket failure delayed their return by a month, three astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan from the International Space Station<p>Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket …

Airlines need to spend $5.6 trillion on new jets, says Boeing

Plane-making giant predicts growing thirst for air travel will fuel huge demand for airliners worth $5.6 trillion over the next 20 years<p>Airlines will need to spend $5.6 trillion on 38,000 new passenger jets over the next 20 years as global demand for air travel soars, Boeing has said.<p>The number of …

Johnny Depp's Best '90s Looks Are Almost Too Much To Handle

<i>By Steff Yotka for Style.com.</i><p>Consider this your Thursday afternoon pick-me-up. Yesterday, Dior announced Johnny Depp as the new face of a yet-to-be-released fragrance. He joins fellow fragrance spokeswomen Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman, and accessories and couture ambassadors Rihanna, …

Natalie Portman

Intelligent machines part 1: Big data, machine learning and the future

Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted in 1990 that a computer would beat a human world champion chess player by 1998. In 1997, that actually happened with …

Outlier Dictionary Is A Savior For Overwhelmed Chinese Language Students

Learning Chinese as an adult is like playing a game of chicken with your brain. When I was 26, I spent nine months in a Mandarin program and every time I sat down with a new stack of flashcards, I wondered how many characters would get shoved out of my memory to make room for new ones.<p>As a kid …

Language Learning

Pebble Time review: better on Android than iPhone

Pebble’s latest smartwatch is more capable and useful when connected to Android over an iPhone, but the competition is stiffer<p>The Pebble Time is a smartwatch focused on doing notifications on the wrist and telling the time, but when paired with an Android smartphone it’s a lot more capable than …

Wearable Tech

7 of the Most Shocking Sci-Fi Movie Deaths

<i>Alien</i> | Source: Brandywine Productions<p>Nothing pulls a viewer into a story like an unexpected demise of a character, and directors have been …

Science Fiction

A bigger Samsung Galaxy S6 with 2 curved edges could be on its way

Samsung is reportedly planning to announce a bigger version of its flagship Galaxy S6 Android smartphone later this year.<p>According to Samsung-focused …

Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle needs a few more years to power up

Cost and range are the main issues before the LiveWire can go on sale<p>Harley-Davidson has been showing off its first electric motorcycle, Project LiveWire, for nearly a year now, taking the prototype on promotional tours around the US to gather feedback from riders. The company hasn't previously …

Motorcycles

From Depression to Happiness: The 4 Steps That Helped to Change My Life

I always thought happy people were fakers.<p>Growing up with clinical depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), I never knew what it was like …

Hurricane Blanca may become Earth's sixth Category 5 hurricane of 2015

<i>UPDATED 7:30 p.m. ET</i>: Hurricane Blanca has weakened even further while situated in nearly the exact same location as it was in 24 hours ago, about …

Geology

How NASA proposes to cut Mars travel time in half

CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the spacefaring expertise the United States can muster, including advanced propulsion …

Solar Impulse plane stuck in Japan one week for repairs

The plane was en route from China to Hawaii, in the most ambitious leg of a record-breaking attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.<p>But mission controllers forced the high-tech aircraft to land in Nagoya on Monday, as a burgeoning cold front over the Pacific was blocking …

Solar Impulse