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A Look at Microsoft, Google and Apple's Approach to Flat Design

Flat design has been a trend in user interface design for a few years now. It is basically simplifying the interface by retaining the essentials and …

Twitter experimenting with showing how many people saw your tweets

How many people saw your last tweet? A new Twitter experiment is answering that question for some users, adding the number of views a tweet has received underneath every post. Twitter's advertising products have long informed clients how many impressions their campaigns are receiving, but this test …

11 things you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft's next generation mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 , is here and you'll be able to get your hands on it soon. This update makes Windows Phone better than ever, and brings it closer to iOS and Android.<p>You'll get the full run-down of why I say that in my review of Windows Phone …

Revisiting Windows 1.0: how Microsoft’s first desktop gracefully failed

<i>Editor’s note: Bill Gates unveiled Windows 1.0 to the world 30 years ago, before finalizing it and shipping it two years later. Now’s a good time to revisit our look at an operating system that helped shape personal computing over the years.</i><p>Two years ago today, when Windows 1.0 celebrated its 25th …

Adobe Voice debuts on iPad with simple and powerful tools for telling stories through multimedia

Adobe is out today with a new app for iPad that leverages the use of multimedia and speech to create simple and creative animated videos. The app is called Adobe Voice (it may look familiar to you if you recall Ginger) and the creative software company thinks it can make you a better story teller …

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story."<p>The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization's first global report on …

RIP Climate Science: It Is Time For Climate Politics

If President Barack Obama believes half of what the New York Times described as “dire warnings” included in the National Climate Assessment released on Tuesday, he should realize that climate change is far too important to leave to climate scientists.<p>The response to the Assessment from both …

3D Printed Raspberry Pi Handheld Games Console

Anyone that enjoys building projects using the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC, is sure to enjoy this fantastic 3D printed Raspberry Pi handheld gaming …

Bloomberg Says London, Not Silicon Valley, Is New York City's Top Tech Competitor

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he spends more time eyeing London than he does Silicon Valley in the battle to be the champion city for the tech industry.<p>"Our competition is only going to be in other cities that have similar kinds of characteristics. And the city that comes to mind is …

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Nafeez Ahmed

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system<p>A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable …

Climate change report 'should jolt people into action' says IPCC chief

The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”.<p>The report, released on Monday, is a 2,600-page catalogue of the risks to life and livelihood from climate change – now and in the future.<p>Rajendra Pachauri, …

Obama to challenge private companies to boost solar power use

By Juliet Eilperin and<p>Juliet Eilperin<p>Reporter covering national affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Katie Zezima<p>Katie Zezima<p>National reporter covering vice<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Obama will challenge companies Thursday to expand their use of solar power, part of his ongoing effort to leverage the power of his …

Climate Change Belongs In Classrooms, Say New National Science Education Guidelines

Only 1 in 5 students currently say they understand climate change from what they learned in school.<p>New nationwide science-education standards are coming soon, and they'll include a lesson plan that should help the next generation of youngsters understand the world they will grow up in. These new …

10,000 free folding microscopes traded for inspiring ideas

The Foldscope -- a low-cost microscope that can be constructed like origami out of a sheet of paper with components embedded -- has the potential to revolutionize health care in developing countries -- but it has the potential to do something else, too.<p>Creator Manu Prakash of Stanford University's …

Neil Young's Pono dreams soon to come true, Ep. 151

Neil Young's PonoMusic service blew past its Kickstarter fundraising goal in one day. Are FLAC files the next wave in music? We also hear some jams from a cyborg drummer, and wake up to the sweet smells and sounds of the Bacon Alarm.

NSA denies report that it has infected millions of computers with malware

News broke earlier this week alleging that the National Security Agency “has infected millions of computers around the world with malware.” The …

NASA Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High So ‘Long-Term Warming Likely To Be Significant’

Yet another new study finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon pollution is on the high side. That means, absent rapid reductions in greenhouse …

Researchers Find Four New Artificial Gases That Are Harming The Ozone Layer And Climate

A new report in the journal Nature Geoscience has identified traces of four man-made gases in the atmosphere that are capable of destroying the ozone …

UN Officials Speak Out On Climate Change As Australian Drought Deepens

Speaking ahead of next month’s IPCC publication on the effects of climate change on the world’s food supplies, human health, cities and rural areas, …

China Declares ‘War On Smog,’ May Deploy Pollution-Fighting Drones

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has officially “declared war” on the country’s horrific and tragic smog problem — and the country’s weapon of choice may …

President Obama’s New Budget Is Peppered With Efforts To Tackle Climate Change

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his proposed national budget for fiscal year 2015, and it includes a smorgasbord of efforts on climate issues.<p>“We …

Climate misinformation is criminally negligent

Public uncertainty regarding climate science, and the resulting failure to respond to climate change, is the intentional aim of politically and …

Critical Thinking

Queensland drought spreads to an unprecedented 80% of the state

Almost 80% of Queensland has now been officially declared in drought – the largest area in the state’s history.<p>Southern parts of the state have been added to the long list of drought-declared areas, pushing up the total land area in drought from 70% to 79% on Friday.<p>The state agriculture minister, …

US Government Issues Loans for the First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to Waynesboro, Georgia on Thursday to issue approximately $6.5 billion in loan guarantees for two new …

Republican Congressman to Oil and Gas Industry: ‘No More Subsidies’

Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a tax reform bill earlier this week that removed all …

Electric Cars Alone Won’t Drive a Drop in U.S. Emissions: Study

Electric cars alone won’t yield needed cuts in greenhouse gas, new research says. Policymakers need to cut carbon throughout the economy, especially from power plants.<p><b>Electric cars can help limit reliance on imported oil and take a bite out of air pollution from urban traffic jams. But as sure-fire</b> …

China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists

Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply.<p>Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week …

Flood-proof homes the Dutch way

As thousands in the UK continue to deal with the misery of flooding, the Netherlands is pioneering the field of flood-proof homes.<p>Projects include floating homes, which rise and fall with the water levels, and amphibious homes that sit on dry land but float is water encroaches.<p>While the amphibious …