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Pear-shaped vs. apple trumps body mass index as a measure of risk

You're carrying a spare tire around your midsection. But your body mass index hasn't even broken the "overweight" barrier of 25, and lies well below the cut point for obesity.<p>No need to worry, right?<p>Wrong, says a new study, which has found that among adults 18 to 90 across the BMI continuum, having …

Kye's Montana: Review

<i>Are you tired of falling into a food coma after eating?</i><p>I recently watched several documentaries on GMOs and all of the chemicals - pesticides, antibiotics, hormones - that are put into foods in America so when I saw Kye's "Super Foods" restaurant opening on Montana Avenue I decided to try it …

Duke University Professor Stands By Racist Comments

Jerry Hough has seen a lot in his 40 years as a professor at Duke University -- including that “the blacks” in his classes just don’t have the same desire to integrate into American society as “the Asians” do.<p>Hough expressed this takeaway in a response to a May 9 New York Times editorial titled …

World's smallest beamsplitter paves way toward computing at the speed of light

Silicon photonics is an emerging technology that incorporates electronic circuits using photons of laser light rather than electrons to transmit, …

Organic ion transistor blocks pain signals from reaching the brain

A new type of medical device could one day put the minds of chronic pain sufferers at ease by distributing the body's own natural pain relief signals …

China's Sustainable Cities of the Future

<i>Megan Ruan examines the emergence of eco-cities as a potential solution to Chinese environmental and economic troubles.</i><p>On a sunny afternoon in Jiangxi Province, Professor Roger Ruan of the University of Minnesota stands on a grassy knoll overlooking . . . another grassy knoll. To the unsuspecting …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Samsung's next smartwatch will be round

Samsung's <i>gear</i>ing up for the launch of its latest smartwatch by releasing its SDK ahead of the official reveal, which it has never done before. Devs might need some extra time to prep their applications for its release you see, since the newest Galaxy Gear will most likely have a rounded watch face …

Construction workers in China accidentally unearth dinosaur eggs

Heyuan is a city in the mountainous Guandong province of China that bills itself as the "Home of the Dinosaurs," and rightfully so. In 2004 the local museum was awarded a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs (10,008 at the time), and almost 17,000 egg fossils …

Dinosaurs

Intel Compute Stick review: The little PC that almost could - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Intel Compute Stick excels as a media streaming, Web-browsing machine, and it's a $150 PC that can fit into your pocket.<p><b>The Bad</b> The tablet-grade performance isn't suitable for heavy tasks, and spotty Bluetooth connectivity limit this PC's functionality.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> This inexpensive …

Tesla will reveal a battery for your home at its April event

You don't have to wonder any longer as to what Tesla will unveil at its April 30th event -- the company just spoiled things in advance. In an email to investors, the company states that its shindig will reveal both a previously-teased battery for your home and a "very large," utility-oriented …

Low wages cost taxpayers $153 billion a year

Persistent low wages cost US taxpayers approximately $153 billion every year in public support to working families, according to a new report that …

Engineering Lightbulbs To Keep Insects Away

Could help limit insect-borne diseases like malaria<p>Spending long summer evenings outside comes with a big nuisance: bug bites. Mosquitos and other insects are drawn to the lights illuminating your dinner party, which helps them hone in on their human prey. While that might mean a few days of itchy …

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via …

Can data analysis reveal the most bigoted corners of Reddit?

TumblrInAction, TheRedPill and BlackPeopleTwitter seemingly welcome bigoted comments, according to analysis by Idibon’s Ben Bell<p>With its decentralised structure, community moderation, and hands-off management, it’s hard to generalise about the social network Reddit. The site is built of thousands …

13 Problems Easily Solved With Tension Rods

Thanks to their skinny, adjustable shape, theyre super helpful around the house.<p>Thanks to their skinny, adjustable shape, they're super helpful around the house.

Ronald McDonald and Friends Sue Seattle to Stop Minimum Wage Hike

Last summer, the City of Seattle passed a law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. But in a bizarre twist, Ronald McDonald and friends are suing the city. On March 10, they'll be in a federal courtroom, complaining that the new minimum wage violates a constitutional provision …

Eyes inspire more efficient solar cell architecture

Solar cells don't at first glance have any relation to a tiny structure in the eye that makes our central vision sharp, but that tiny structure – …

10 Easy Pieces: Fragrant Roses

Our favorite Parisian florist in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is Odorantes, where flowers are arranged by scent. Where better to turn for a list of the 10 …

Demystifying Tempura Batter

I've gone tempura crazy! Why, because I LOVE it. Tempura is a great way of frying seafood and vegetables, without the oil that frying them would add. Both get cooked perfectly on the inside, while being encased in a crunchy, crispy outer layer, while the flavor of each vegetable is enhanced. I …

6 Warm, Fresh-Baked Breads That Steal The Spotlight

These warm, fresh-baked breads and biscuits make a delicious addition to any meal -- don't be surprised if they upstage everything else on the table!<p><b>1. Rosemary Focaccia</b><p>Expecting company? Focaccia is a flavorful and easy-to-make Italian flat bread that feeds a crowd. This classic version is topped …

Advances In Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Offer Promise For Electric Cars

Commercial uses of the element sulfur date back centuries, but it may be the key to a new generation of batteries with high theoretical energy …

The Fanatic Feminist Who Created ‘Monopoly’

The famous boardgame has an equally famous origin myth—poor Depression dad creates game for family—but it turns out the truth is more tortured, and …

Three-person embryos: how the mitochondrial donation battle was won

Prof Doug Turnbull successfully communicated difficult and controversial research with scientific accuracy, but in simple terms. His triumph shows why public engagement is crucial to science<p>If you have been following the debate about whether to allow the new IVF technique of mitochondrial donation, …

Genetics

This App Actually Lets You Send Screenshot-Proof Messages And Photos

Got confidential information? Snapchat isn't safe. Email isn't safe. Phone calls aren’t even safe.<p>But there’s now a way to send confidential text messages, photos and documents without fear of the dreaded screenshot. Confide, an app that launched in January 2014 as a way to send confidential texts, …

Apps

Austerity for the Other Guy

The people of Greece rebelled last week against the perverse notion that they should continue to endure biting austerity in a vain attempt to cure a condition that they are not solely responsible for creating.<p>Sounds familiar, right? It’s like American workers forced to suffer through a recession …

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

A way forward to solve the hard problem of consciousness

I participated in the Greenland consciousness cruise referred to in your article (The I in mind, 21 January). The majority of the participants were in the Daniel Dennett camp, according to which proper respect for science requires us to deny the very existence of consciousness. David Chalmers …

Velocity 2X

It's a side-scrolling shoot-em-up! It's a perfectly executed action-platformer! It was also free on PlayStation Plus.