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The top brain-training apps to keep your mind sharp

As an app released this week claims to improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, we've taken a look at the best apps for training your brain<p>IQs across the world are experiencing a steady decline, with our collective intelligence <b>dropping by one IQ point in the last decade</b>.<p>According to …

Startups are opening 'co-living' spaces, so you never have to leave home to go to work

BuzzFeed Tech's Nitasha Tiku reports on the rise of co-living spaces. Neuehouse, another co-working space, is exploring a "hotel and extended stay" option, BuzzFeed reports. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, millennials are paying $4,000 for a month-to-month room rental in communal living spaces like Pure …

3 Startups Racing to Disrupt the Bicycle Industry | Inc.com

The leisure bike market is leaving high-speed bikes in the dust.<p>Total U.S. sales of leisure bikes shot up nearly 20 percent during the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, while racing bike sales fell 3 percent during the same period, according to data from market research firm NPD Group. With U.S. …

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10 Best Apps to Train Your Brain

Shares 2.7K<p>Photo: Pond5<p>Whether it’s to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost …

Google, Stanford build hybrid neural networks that can explain photos

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Stanford University<p>Two separate groups of researchers at Google and Stanford have merged best-of-breed neural network …

Google is teaming up with environmental groups to help fight illegal fishing

Google will team up with SkyTruth, a digital mapping organization, and Oceana, a marine advocacy group, in an initiative to fight illegal fishing.<p>They're planning to create an interactive tool called Global Fishing Watch, which will gather fishing data using boats' Automatic Identification System. …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Glow-in-the-dark roads, lettuce factories and a liquid-filled lamp

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>Could the entire world someday run on solar power? The amount of energy that hits the Earth in just 40 minutes could fuel all of the world's energy needs for …

Opening Up the Synthetic Biology Toolkit

Guest Post: Top Ranked SSBM Player, David MacDonald, Explains Competitive Strategies

David MacDonald, known by his gamer tag \”KirbyKaze\” when playing Super Smash Bros Melee, is the highest ranking Canadian Super Smash Bros player. …

Companies are finding ways to turn industry-generated CO2 into a profitable business

On October 21, The Skyonic Corporation hit the ON switch at a cement plant in San Antonio, Texas. Within a year, it expects to capture about 75,000 tons of CO2 from the plant and turn it into industrial liquids and solids to sell at a profit.<p>Skyonic’s process, called SkyMine, is unique. Unlike …

Mutant models: Physics, statistics and genetics come together to reveal cancer's strategies

Nate Silver and Richard Feynman walk into a bar and bump into a biologist... While this may sound like the setup to some late-night nerd sketch, …

Google set to grow in ways we can't imagine: an interview with Larry Page

Google co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Larry Page has revealed all in an interview at his company’s Silicon Valley headquarters, with …

Powerful New Microscope Allows Scientists To View The World Like Never Before

You've never seen cells up-close quite like this.<p>Developed at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a powerful new microscope can record the activity of living cells, molecules, and embryos in 3D and in real-time. Just check out the video above that shows a HeLa cell dividing, and prepare for your mind …

Scientists Want To Test Lab-Grown Penises In Humans

Manmade man parts, in case you've lost part of yours to injury, illness, or a congenital condition<p>Are you ready? A team of scientists say they're getting ready. They want to implant lab-grown penises onto human volunteers within the next five years, the <i>Guardian</i> reports. The pensies are designed to …

The Only 8 Numbers You Need To Do Math

Mathematicians often represent numbers in a line. Pick a point on the line, and this represents a number.<p>At the end of the day, though, almost all of the numbers that we use are based on a handful of extremely important numbers that sit at the foundation of all of math.<p>What follows are the eight …

Biofuels: E Coli Modified To Make Engine-Ready Propane

<i>E coli</i> bacteria have been genetically modified to produce engine-ready propane for the first time.<p>“This opens up possibilities for future sustainable production of renewable fuels that at first could complement, and thereafter replace fossil fuels like diesel, petrol, natural gas and jet fuel,” …

7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is an …

Brain-to-brain 'telepathic' communication achieved for first time

Team of US-led researchers successfully achieves brain-to-brain communication between humans from India to France<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France.<p>…

Digital Pioneer Decides to Freeze His Body in Hopes of Future ALS Cure

The first person to ever participate in a bitcoin transaction used his stash of cryptocurrency to break another unique barrier: He decided to freeze his body in hopes of being revived in the future when his ailments may have a cure.<p>Fran and Hal Finney both embraced emerging technologies like …

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

The H2Pro turns dirty water and sunlight to clean water and power. What were you doing when you were 17?<p>Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don’t have clean drinking water also don’t have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both …

Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

Research is pointing to <i>conscientiousness</i> as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal.<p>“It would …

Tesla Wants to Pay Hackers a Full-Time Salary to Break Its Cars

(Photo Credit: A.J. Mueller)<p>Computer hackers, call off your salvos against Microsoft and stop trying to wreck our blog: Break into a Model S and Tesla might hire you.<p>The electric automaker wants to hire up to 30 full-time employees from the hacking community, as evidenced from its display at the …

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The Toothpaste Ingredient That Has Experts Worried

How safe is your toothpaste? A flurry of recent news stories about Colgate Total Toothpaste and triclosan, a chemical with a somewhat checkered past, …

Let Them Sleep In: Docs Want Later School Times for Teens

Your teenager wants to sleep later and now his doctor agrees. Middle and high school students shouldn’t have to start school until 8:30 in the morning or later, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.<p>“The research is clear that adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

6 Strange Body Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Some people choose not to accept those limits.<p>Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick, the U.K.-based cybernetics professor and author of "I, Cyborg," was the first person to implant a …