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Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Forestry

Relive your Windows 95 memories with this purpose-built emulator

Twenty one years ago this August, the Windows 95 operating system launched to great fanfare around the world.<p>Now you can relive those heady days with …

How Your Own Brain Is Making You Run Slowly and What You Can Do About It

By Josh Adams<p>You don’t give 100% when you run. Your brain is involuntarily keeping your body from hurting itself with exertion. It never lets you hit …

We Asked 12 Scientists How Their Faith Affects Their Work

"If there were serious compatibility issues between science and Christianity, I would feel them like a knife through my mind."<p>"Both science and faith play a part in helping me to make sense of the world. Science gives me a basic understanding of the world that I share with everyone else. It also …

One Lab "Mistake" That Could Keep Plastics Out Of Landfills

In science, an unexpected result is not always a failure, but sometimes an opportunity.<p>I found that out as part of my position as a chemist who makes industrial polymers, or plastics.<p>A routine experiment in 2012 turned out to be anything but routine in my first week at IBM Research – Almaden after …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

9 UX Secrets I Stole From People Smarter Than Me

The best ideas are the ones someone else has. Here, UX advice from experts at Ideo, Polar, CapitalOne, and more.<p>Like most people, I like to think I have good taste. But if I do, it’s only because I’ve been ruthless about one thing: stealing secrets and strategies from people a lot smarter than …

UX Design

Wine and Berries Are Nature's Viagra, Says Science

A new study suggests that foods high in flavonoids, like currants and red wine, may help prevent erectile dysfunction and reliance on Viagra.

Research

Ocean is an amazing pocket-sized battery powered server

Today the wraps came off Ocean, a full server that’s the size of a mobile phone, with a built-in battery, so it can fit in your pocket and go where you do.<p>It’s a tiny computer that’s powerful enough to run a server — Node.js, to be precise — pre-loaded with Linux, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, …

This Is Why You Should Sleep on Your Left Side (Backed by Science)

Not long ago, my daily life was in really bad shape. I was sleeping anywhere between 3am to 6am on average, and on the really bad days I wouldn’t …

Productivity

How religious schools led to the decline of Arabic science

January 14, 2016 by Epiphenom<p>The world’s first scientific renaissance took place not in Italy, but in the Arab world.<p>The period between the 9th and …

Religion

A Dry Shampoo Created by MIT Scientists

Most dry shampoos don’t clean hair. They are victims of misnaming, the same way that Greenland is not actually green. In fact, Greenland is icy, …

Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs only $5

When Raspberry Pi first arrived in 2012, it was revolutionary not because of its computing power — although, for a credit card-sized PC, it was …

Weird Wheels Move Robot In Four Directions Without Twisting

Perfect parallel parking for one tiny machine<p>Wheels, as we know them, could stand a little reinvention. They take fiddling and time to move into parallel spaces, and the whole world would be a better place if wheels could simply pull us sideways without any forward momentum. Fortunately, "mecanum …

California road buckles, rises from the ground -- but why?

<b>LOS ANGELES --</b> Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita has become quite the sight over the past three days.<p>The road has buckled, which caused …

You Don't Have To Be A Multimillionaire To Buy This Private Plane

Early bird special of just $610,000<p>Modern airplanes typically don’t come cheap. The military's F-35, for example, comes in at around $100 million apiece, using low estimates. But even civilian planes, like Learjets, range from $20 million new to $2.5 million used. New personal airplane startup …

Being healthy or not might depend on your dad

If you have diabetes, cancer, or heart problems, maybe you should blame it on your dad’s behavior or environment. Or even your grandfather’s.<p>That’s …

Genetics

The Deep History of the Sea’s Bone-Eating Worms

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Bones are symbols of death. That makes sense. Before X-rays and CT scans allowed us to look inside ourselves, we’d only see our skeletons after death and decay had stripped everything else away. Not to mention that poison labels, the Jolly Roger, and visages of the Grim …

Dinosaurs

All the things Wired got hilariously wrong in its legendary 1997 story on how to 'save' Apple

Founder Steve Jobs had just rejoined after being kicked out years earlier — but wasn't in a position of any real authority. Microsoft was easily dominating the PC industry, and Apple's long-term prospects were looking bleak. The article was one of the best-read stories in tech at the time and came …

Solar-powered grill cooks your food no matter the weather

However much you may like grilling food on a warm day, you probably don't like dealing with gas tanks or other typical grill hassles... and most solar cookers won't help much if it's overcast outside. The upcoming GoSun Grill might be a smarter way to handle those backyard shindigs, however. It can …

Being a 'Morning Person' Can Help Keep You Healthy

Early to bed, early to rise...<p>Back in grade school, Benjamin Franklin's old saying seemed like a sly attempt to get us to stop complaining about bedtime.<p>But it turns out Ben was right -- at least about it making us healthy.<p>If you're a "night person," this is going to be hard to hear.<p>But a new study …

Your free Android apps talk to thousands of ad sites

If you've used ad-sponsored Android apps, you've probably wondered where those ads are coming from, and whether or not there's anything to be worried about. According to French researchers, you have a reason to be cautious. They've found a way to automatically scan Android apps for connections to …

Decommissioned shipping containers gain second life as home sweet homes

They were once rusting hulks relegated to junkyards. Now shipping containers are being repurposed into stylish homes that developers plan to roll out in housing-crunched communities across Canada.<p>A three-storey development in Vancouver's poorest neighbourhood uses just 12 of the millions of …

Can humans hibernate in space?

What better way to pass a long stretch of time than by entering a deep sleep to shut down some bodily functions and conserve energy? Bears do it to get through cold winters. So do many smaller mammals, including squirrels and hedgehogs. Even the fat-tailed lemur (a primate cousin of <i>Homo sapiens</i>), …

Space

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

Look inside a Google project so odd, it's literally called 'Project Loon'

Google is trying to solve a really hard problem: How do you bring internet access to millions of people in locations too remote to get cable or even a cell tower?<p>Answer: Connect them to the internet via giant balloons that drift across the sky.<p>They call the idea Project Loon. Google has been …

Here’s How Weed Affects Your Body

A synopsis of science's pot-related findings, in honor of today's holiday<p>Our obsession with marijuana’s mystifying powers goes back a long time; though its first documented use was in 2727 BC, there’s some indication that our ancestors cultivated cannabis plants in the earliest days of agriculture. …

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …