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How one green technology solves three environmental challenges

Vargas explained the time was optimal to expand Owego from a biomass plant, which converts wood chips from locally harvested trees into energy, into a more advanced waste-to-energy plant. In addition to reducing more traditional landfill waste, the evolution of the plant will also support local …

Ice Age Europeans had some serious drama going on, according to their genomes

The entire drama of human history is encoded in our DNA.<p>Where we went. Who we slept with. How we died — or almost did. It's basically a scientific soap opera, complete with occasional discoveries of long-lost cousins we never knew we had.<p>Take Ice Age Europe, for example. A new study of genetic …

Anthropology

You might not have Prince’s ‘Pop Life’ -- but you should have a will

Last week, the world was saddened by the loss of Prince, one of music’s great geniuses. He was 57 years old, had holdings worth $300 million and, apparently, no will. A surge of interest in all things Prince since his unexpected death has pushed estimates of the value of his estate as high as $500 …

How Christianity and Islam took over the world, in 90 seconds

The video above depicts the growth and spread of the world's two largest religions over a span of 2,000 years. Represented in white and green, respectively, Christianity and Islam spring up from obscurity in the Middle East to morph into globe-spanning juggernauts.<p>It was produced last year by the …

Will the minimalist Joule circulator overpower other sous vide machines? (hands-on)

The company ChefSteps stripped away controls and touchscreens on its Joule immersion circulator and packs them into a polished app to teach you how to sous vide.<p><b>Editors' note, August 9, 2016:</b> <i>ChefSteps announced this week that it reduced the retail price of the Joule to $199 and the preorder price</i> …

Deskbound? Here’s how much you need to stand or move to stay healthy.

You’ve probably heard that “sitting is the new smoking” — the looming health risk in the computer age. A proliferation of studies over the past decade has linked prolonged stretches of sedentariness to an uptick in the risk of diabetes, heart disease, even cancer.<p>A consensus statement published …

Google partners with Khan Academy, NASA, more to teach kids science via a 4-week summer camp

We’re nearly midway through summer vacation, but still far from the start of the school year. Can’t send your children off to camp, but still need to keep them entertained? Google wants to help you out. The technology company today kicked off its inaugural free summer program, aptly called Camp …

How to disable Adobe Flash in your browser

Adobe Flash needs to go.<p>The fact that we're faced with yet another major security flaw in the software — this time discovered in the stolen Hacking …

Software

See how Amazon looked back when it was a startup

As Amazon.com today celebrates its 20th birthday, it seems fitting that we share with our readers a very rare video of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and what we presume is the company's first warehouse.<p>The date was January 5, 1997, and the CNET interviewer was Ron Reagan (yes, the son of the former US …

Chimaera device paves way for wireless pain relief

A prototype surgical tool that combines preoperative CT data with state-of-the-art sensing technology could put the ability to carry out complex operations in the hands of many more doctors, according to its developers.<p>The hand-held device, called Chimaera, could revolutionize the delivery of …

Fish

New Horizons Used A Playstation CPU To Fly By Pluto

The PlayStation 4 may be the latest and greatest video game console, but the chip from the original PlayStation has gone where no video game console has gone before: To Pluto.<p>According to The Verge, the CPU from the original Sony video game console was used in NASA's New Horizons space probe, that …

Gaming Consoles

5 YouTube secrets you should try

Want to know how popular YouTube is? Think how many conversations you've had lately that included the phrase, "I saw this great video on YouTube ..." News, instructions, cat videos, instant celebrities, music, humor, emotional stories and more are all within a split-second search.<p>But if you just go …

10 Photoshop alternatives that offer powerful editing and photo management controls

One could argue that, as an image editor, Adobe Photoshop is in a class by itself — a unique industry standard. So perhaps it’s counterintuitive to suggest alternatives or replacements for it.<p>Still, some people who bought Photoshop in the past did so because it was the best image editing app, even …

Air Pollution Linked to Increased Mortality Even Below EPA Limits: Study

That death rates among people over 65 are higher in zip codes with more fine-particulate air pollution, as a new study from Harvard School of Public …

Pollution

Awesome! Legoizer converts your photos into Lego murals

File this under ‘Awesome’ — Lego maniacs can now turn their photos into pixelated murals with Legoizer.<p>Just go to the Legoizer site where a Web app lets you drag any photo you want over the converter window. In an instant, you will see a pixelated Lego version of your picture complete with a list …