Robert Michaelson

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X-rays reveal the intricate layers of Egyptian mummies

Whether or not Egypt-mad Victorians did throw parties to unwrap scavenged mummies, the fascination with such a practise is all too easy to imagine. The preserved corpses of that ancient culture have long held a beloved place in monster mythos: desiccated skeletons trailing tattered bandages …

Your Next Shot Might Be Inspired by a Spider

A study of prey-catching arachnids sheds new light on the biomechanics of venom-injection.<p>A spider fang is a small wonder of engineering. If you're a venom-injecting arachnid—the kind that actively kills live, struggling prey*—the things you use to inject that venom need to be, on the one hand, …

Gamma-Ray Flash Sets Astronomers All Atwitter

Space<p><b>Update for 2:30 p.m. ET May 28:</b> After the buzz broke, astronomers figured out that the flash was a false alarm. Check out the update.<p><b>Earlier:</b> A powerful flash of gamma rays, apparently coming from the Andromeda Galaxy, has set astronomers abuzz over the possibility that a clashing pair of …

Microsoft and Skype may have just invented the world’s first real universal translator

Universal translators are a common trope in science fiction. In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy</i>, they come in the form of the babelfish, a tiny crustacean you jam in your ear. In <i>Farscape</i>, they are bacteria injected into your body. In <i>Star Trek</i>, they take a less squishy form as a wand or tiny …

Apple Denies iCloud Hack as Cause of Locked iOS Device Ransom Demands

Earlier this week, a number of iOS and Mac users reported iPhones, iPads, and Macs being remotely locked by hackers who then demanded a ransom for their recovery.<p>The attacks primarily affected those located in Australia. While there have been many theories about common points of attack, no one …

Meta wants to augment your world with the 'Iron Man' interface

When someone tells you they have a pair of augmented reality glasses with an interface designed by the same Hollywood staple who created the Iron Man suit's UI, you listen. Then, you ask if you can put them on.<p>The glasses come from Meta, a small company with huge dreams that's already comparing …

Everything You Need To Know About Samsung's Galaxy S5

In addition to the hints Samsung's executive vice president Lee Young Hee gave to Bloomberg in an interview, there are a handful of other rumors and bits of informed speculation about what the phone will be able to do.<p>Here's what we know so far.<p>Or, at least, that's what Hee called the device in his …

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Price war in U.S. mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Year’s rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry’s profits could seriously decline.<p>Signage for a T-Mobile store is pictured in downtown Los Angeles, California August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser<p>After months of aggressive moves by …

The Message Voyager 1 Carries for Alien Civilizations

The "Golden Record" aboard the interstellar spacecraft is a time capsule of humanity, sent from 1977 to the distant future.<p>The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was president. Rod Stewart topped the <i>Billboard</i> chart with "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)." The economy was recovering from recession. …

How to Make Texas-Style Smoked Brisket in a Gas Grill

Making a real Texas-style smoked brisket will take all day, but it's eminently doable (even in a gas grill), and you can demand everyone call you "pitmaster"<p>In Texas, barbecue is about beef: specifically brisket, the cut by which any joint is judged. Brisket has become a favorite of restaurant …

This Week in Recipes

Appetizers and Condiments<p>Quick Korean Flavored Barbecue Sauce<br>• Quick Fruit and Citrus Barbecue Sauce<p>Sides<p>Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce<br>• German Potato Salad<p>Sandwiches<p>Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches<br>• Corn, Avocado, and Radish Tartine<br>• Tomato, Alli-oli, and Chive Tartine<br>• Taleggio Cheese and Mission Fig …

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki to retire, says Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Oscar-winning Japanese animator known for directing Studio Ghibli movies such as <i>Spirited Away</i>, <i>My Neighbour Totoro</i>, and <i>Kiki's Delivery Service</i>, is retiring from feature-length film production. Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino made the announcement at the Venice Film …