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Sub-$1 3D-printed microscope turns phones into science tools

Your next great scientific discovery is a 3D printer and less than $1 worth of materials away when you print your own smartphone microscope.<p>Smartphone cameras are great for a lot of things, but they're not designed for getting super-duper up close with tiny objects like salt crystals or blood …

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HER - Photographs by and interview with Marjorie Salvaterra | LensCulture

I am a decent woman.<p>A pretty good wife—with a great therapist, otherwise I would’ve screwed this one up way too many times.<p>A mother—I think this one I do best except between the hours of 6:15 and 7:30pm and certain whole days at a time.<p>A daughter—I was a pretty terrible daughter growing up but I’m …

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How to improve battery life on any mobile device

Poor battery life is a problem that affects all mobile users. This guide could help you better understand what is draining your battery.<p>We here at CNET have written numerous articles with tips and tricks for improving battery life on iOS and Android, some of which you can find here, here and here, …

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10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

You may be missing out on some of the iPhone's most powerful features.<p><b>1. Take Siri to School</b>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another try, and offer you a few options …

6Scan believes quarantining malware is the best way to neutralize it

LAS VEGAS — Every security play will tell you to your face that “we’re different.”<p>In the case of 6Scan, a small malware outfit that has a unique approach to isolating that unnerving computer threat, the boast may finally be right.<p>6Scan’s approach is definitely unusual. Some security plays tend to …

What Would Hamas Do If It Could Do Whatever It Wanted?

Understanding what the Muslim Brotherhood's Gaza branch wants by studying its theology, strategy, and history<p>In the spring of 2009, Roger Cohen, the <i>New York Times</i> columnist, surprised some of his readers by claiming that Iran’s remaining Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative …

Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – in pictures

From a dramatic storm cloud in the US to the ‘end of the world’ in Ecuador, we take a look at the winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo contest, chosen from more than 18,000 entries from photographers around the world

Can a palm weevil cure world hunger? - CNN.com

Mohammed Ashour (pictured) launched Aspire with four fellow MBA students at McGill University. The idea? To give people more access to edible insects. The concept's not as strange as you might think. Two billion worldwide already eat insects.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Saving the world with insects<p>Saving the world …

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.<p>They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi …

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

Cambridge scientist plans to develop device that would store electronic details and keep them secure<p>You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise …

Doctors are ready to test temporary 'suspended animation' to save people with severe injuries

It sounds straight out of a bad sci-fi movie: doctors pump patients' veins full of a preserving agent to keep them in suspended animation. But that procedure could come to a hospital near you in the next few years.<p>The idea is to give doctors a bit more time to treat people with serious trauma. In …

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'

Whether I was working as a barista or a paralegal, the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money.<p>Last fall, I became a barista in a small, “socially responsible” coffee company. A few months later, I got a temporary paralegal position at one of the world’s biggest …

Cabin fever: Shed of the Year finalists open doors to exotic designs

Popular competition's elite entries include teapot-shaped shed and another inspired by gothic castle with stained-glass windows<p>They were once a place to discard a muddied spade after a long day's gardening.<p>But, as this year's Shed of the Year 2014 finalists demonstrate, the common garden shed is …

Vantablack: Firm Shows Off ‘World’s Darkest Material’

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The Evolving Genius Of Louis Kahn

Kahn was the ultimate architect’s architect. A new retrospective aims to expose his legacy–still a work in progress–to a broader audience.<p>Louis Kahn is an architect’s architect. At the time of his death in 1974, he was “America’s foremost living architect,” according to his <i>New York Times</i> obituary, …

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The 20 photographs of the week

Neymar, the escalating violence in Israel, the centenary of the first world war – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?

The dead-mother plot is a classic of children’s fiction, but animated movies have supplied a new twist: the fun father has taken her place.<p>Bambi’s mother, shot. Nemo’s mother, eaten by a barracuda. Lilo’s mother, killed in a car crash. Koda’s mother in <i>Brother Bear</i>, speared. Po’s mother in <i>Kung Fu</i> …

Facebook Manipulated User News Feeds To Create Emotional Responses

Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on 689,003 users, manipulating their news feeds to assess the effects on their emotions. The details of the experiment were published in an article entitled “Experimental Evidence Of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks” …

What Beauty Looks Like, From Argentina to Vietnam

Esther Honig sent an untouched image to Photoshop designers around the world. She had one request: "Make me look beautiful."<p>It started with a self-portrait. Esther Honig sent a photograph of herself, lit simply and shot from the shoulders up, to a designer in Sri Lanka. She sent a simple request …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

You Can't Escape Chemicals

They surround us, and usually that's OK.<p>It's easy to believe that a mix of white vinegar, salt, and dishwasher liquid soap is somehow different from a nasty chemical-y weedkiller.<p>But, as comedian and writer Glen Tickle's Twitter joke, seen above, makes plain: everything we use is made of chemicals. …

Gum disease bacteria selectively disarm immune system, study finds

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and …

South Korea’s Spider-Man With A Boner Sculpture Raises Controversy

Because South Korea is way cooler than the US, they allowed artist Eunsuk Yoo to create this giant sculpture of Spider-Man doing a yoga-like back bend while sporting a giant boner to be placed above a Busan shopping center for more than a year (side note: this has been there for an <i>entire year</i>?!? …

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …

How to fix a broken iPhone display

<i>This article was taken from the June 2014 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …

Shrturl.co: You'll Never Trust a Shortened URL Again

We always like it when our people work on their own projects and hobbies. Hacking cool stuff together is in our DNA and how most of the companies that make up The Next Web got started. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that our talented designer Alexander Griffioen built a cool little tool on his …

This Fridge Doesn’t Need Electricity To Stay Cool

Inspired by studying frozen lakes, the Sure Chill can stay cold for up to 35 days–long enough to get life-saving vaccines to kids still living off the grid.<p>Jenny McCarthy might tell you differently, but vaccines really do save lives. Unicef estimates that 2 to 3 million kids survived in 2011 …

Gut microbes don't 'grow up' after malnutrition - Futurity

Gut microbes could help explain why malnourished children suffer from stunted growth and failure to thrive, despite treatment with nutrient-rich food.