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Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing

I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless like “the average time someone looks at a post.” In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make …

Mathematics

Want a Better Marriage? Science Says You and Your Spouse Should Do This More Often

If you both have the same attitude toward this, you'll be happier. If not... well, I feel for you.<p>Last evening, after we put our baby down for the night, my wife and I sat and had a quiet drink on the back patio, after a long, fun and exhausting weekend.<p>Now, it turns out that science says we're …

Alcohol

Researchers Find the ‘Holy Grail’ of Soft Robotics

A breakthrough for artificial, robotic muscles.<p>Robots are increasingly able to outperform humans in a variety of mundane tasks (and even in more technical areas like surgery), but for all that efficiency they are still by and large one trick ponies. Most robots are designed to perform one very …

Robotics

NASA finds that the earth has a new “mini moon”

An asteroid has been by Earth’s side for around 100 years—and it’s here to stay for a while longer.<p>Sized between 120 feet and 300 feet, the quasi-satellite named Asteroid 2016 HO3 was first discovered on April 27, 2016, by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope in Hawaii. Nicknamed “mini moon,” …

Asteroids

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Mark Hamill's birthday tweet to Daisy Ridley sparks epic Photoshop battle

LONDON — So it was Daisy Ridley's birthday on Sunday, and Mark Hamill's shout-out to her on Twitter was every bit as perfect as you'd expect.<p>The …

Have You Thanked a Flat-Earther Today?

When I was a freshman at Stanford, a physics instructor introduced the topic of relativity by exploding our brains with the following problem: Take a …

Flat Earth

Mysterious Sonic Booms Rock The East Coast

A series of sonic booms off the New Jersey coast sparked questions about earthquakes or meteorites. News accounts blamed tests of the Defense Department's new F-35 fighter jet.<p>In a disappointment to <i>X-Files</i> fans, explosions heard from southern New Jersey to Long Island on Thursday seem to have been …

The next Conan the Barbarian game is an open-world survival game

<i>Age of Conan</i> developer Funcom is making an open-world survival game set in the Conan the Barbarian universe, the company announced today. Titled <i>Conan Exiles</i>, Funcom describes that game as "first and foremost a multiplayer game that can be enjoyed on both private and public servers" but will also …

Brain's Memory Capacity Rivals World Wide Web

Neuroscientists say the human brain can store 10 times more information than previously thought.<p>The researchers calculated the amount of storage by measuring connections between brain cells, then translated that number into bytes, the units of computer memory. One byte consists of 8 bits (each with …

The Brain

Stephen Amell to play 2046 version of Green Arrow in DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Arrow/The Flash spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is coming soon to Sky 1, but the series premiere has already aired on The CW in the US. That …

Comic Books

These Celebrity Portraits Combine Two Famous People Into One

If at first glance something appears off about these celebrity portraits, you can thank Photoshop guru Gesichtermix. Despite looking like real …

Jennifer Lopez

Dad's Army to set tourists marching to Yorkshire seaside town

Bridlington set to become latest must-visit destination as the film set for the new Dad's Army film<p>Until now it has been best known for its exemplary fish and chips, the faded glamour of its seaside resorts and the 600-year-old claim to fame of being visiting by Henry V.<p>As of 2016, the modest …

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Mantises get tiny 3D glasses to test depth perception

The praying mantis is the only known invertebrate with 3D perception, however this fact was originally proven in the 1980s using prisms and occluders, which only support a limited number of images. Scientists want to deepen their understanding of the insect, so they've taken this research a step …

Miniature

A technology Apple invented is taking off in high-end PCs after 5 years

The port, which allows for very high-speed connections among PCs or displays, has been adopted in Lenovo work stations, Dell's new lineup of high-end laptops, and a range of HP, Acer, and Intel computers. Apple has introduced Thunderbolt into all but one of its PC range.<p>"It's just such an adaptable …

Thunderbolt

BB-8's upcoming accessory will finally allow you to force choke the little guy

Who wants to force choke the cutest droid?<p>Adam Wilson, the co-founder of Sphero, is having a very good show at CES. There are mobs of people around the booth, craning their necks to see the toy version of BB-8 in action. Costumed stormtroopers are posing with a long line of people next to a …

Kylo Ren

iPhone 7 will be waterproof, charge wirelessly and have no headphone jack

The upcoming iPhone 7 is almost certainly ditching the headphone jack at this point. What at first seemed like a ridiculous stretch is now shaping up to be the most credible rumor about the next-gen iPhone so far.<p>The latest whispers indicate that, while the headphone jack is out, wireless charging …

Facebook made its Android app crash to test your loyalty

In an effort to see just how far it could go to get Android users to abandon its platform, Facebook reportedly sabotaged its mobile app in years past with errors that would cause it to crash for hours. <i>The Information</i> reports that Facebook wanted to test users' loyalty despite issues. Where the …

Apps

We’ve Officially Got Four New Elements

Chemistry geeks rejoice! The 7th period is complete!<p>It's one thing to find evidence of an element once. But to confirm its existence, as was done here, you need to demonstrate it experimentally multiple times.

How to convey sarcasm in written texts and emails, according to psychologists, whoop-de-doo.

So you’ve decided to be sarcastic in an email or text. Wow, great idea! There is exactly no chance that choice could go south on you. I mean, it’s …

Language

Diamond squeeze hints at metallic hydrogen

<b>British researchers think they have come close to creating a long-sought new state for hydrogen.</b><p>They have put a sample of the familiar gas under so much pressure that it takes on a previously unseen solid crystalline form.<p>The team tells the journal Nature that this phase may be just a step away …

Hydrogen

Hack Your Brain: the McCollough Effect

There is a fascinating brain reaction known as the McCollough Effect which is like side-loading malicious code through your eyeballs. Although this …

The Brain

Visible Light Emitted From a Black Hole Has Been Detected For The First Time

Got a decent telescope at home? That's all you need to observe a nearby black hole.<p>For the first time, astronomers have observed bursts of visible …

Universe

What We Need To See In Ubisoft's 'Watch Dogs 2'

Let’s play a little game.<p>Ubisoft has <i>Far Cry Primal</i> coming out in February.<p>Ubisoft has <i>The Division</i> coming out in March.<p>Ubisoft is probably delaying its next <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> title to 2017 to avoid franchise fatigue.<p>So, what does Ubisoft have planned for its big holiday 2016 release?<p>Oh shoot, did my …

Robin Hood

This Hypnotizing Illustration Depicts the Entire Known Universe

Just not to scale.<p>What is it like to gaze through a telescope into the heavens? It's a little something like this illustration, which shows the entire observable universe arranged from most distant in the outer part of the circle to our own solar system in the center.<p>It's not a map, but rather a …

Universe

There are Sharks Living in a Volcano. Seriously.

Just when you thought it was safe to swim in a volcano, there comes a terrifying discovery of nature’s infinite cruelty: shark-cano. In what’s sure …

Solomon Islands

Russia's Big Plan To Finally Put Cosmonauts on the Moon

Making sense of the latest shakeup at Roscosmos.<p>The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, typically celebrates the new year in a traditional Russian fashion: With a two-week bash lasting through Orthodox Christmas and up to January 14. But this year, things were a little more subdued. Workers building …

Google translates Russia to 'Mordor' and minister's name to 'sad little horse'

Language translation tool error converting ‘Russian Federation’ in Ukrainian to fictional dark land from Lord of the Rings down to automatic bug, says company<p>Google has fixed an “automated” error which saw its online translating tool convert “Russian Federation” into “Mordor”.<p>Other erroneous …

Language

Strip clubs are hijacking the CES 2016 hashtag on Instagram

Strippers, casinos, nightclubs with free limo pick-up, an evening DJ-ed by Steve Aoki — the choices presented for those searching the CES 2016 hashtag on Instagram are endless.<p>It's not uncommon for "spam" to take over an Instagram hashtag. What's interesting about this particular invasion is its …

Tech Industry

Ehang's autonomous helicopter promises to fly you anywhere, no pilot required

CES has already given us plenty of news about drones and cars, it’s even given us drones that launch from the back of trucks! Both industries are working toward the same end goal — completely autonomous vehicles that can carry passengers or packages. And they are relying on a similar set of …

Autonomous Cars