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Does reading actually change the brain? - Futurity

After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers.

The Brain

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …

Scientist Related to Killers Learns He Has a Psychopath's Brain

James Fallon admits he has a lot in common with serial killer Ted Bundy and Columbine assassin Eric Harris. He is aggressive, lacks empathy and is a …


The Door to Hell

Third-party hardware maker reveals US$499 Steam Machine

US-based iBuyPower has unveiled two Steam Machine prototypes with console looks and a price to match.<p><b>Valve's Steam Machine initiative aims to get PC</b> …

Steam Machines

Vanatoo's mighty mini speakers deliver a knockout punch

Only 10 inches high, the Vanatoo Transparent One speakers make a bigger sound than you've ever heard from something this size.<p>My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know …


Why pressing ‘upload’ means losing your rights

If you store your precious photos and documents online, then you may be disturbed to discover the rights you give away, says Tom Chatfield.<p>“The cloud” is one of my least favourite internet neologisms. It suggests something fluffy, white and weightless: a global atmosphere within which our email, …

Steve Wozniak

Surprising Spiral Structure Found at Galaxy's Supermassive Black Hole

Two international teams of astronomers have used the power of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to focus on jets from the huge …

See These Heartbreaking Photos Of The World’s Disappearing Cultures, Before They Fade Away

In the new book Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured a series of gorgeous pictures of 31 remote cultures that are on the verge of disappearing.<p>Over the last three years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the world–from Namibia to Papua New Guinea to …

Incredible Panoramas Of The World's Most Beautiful Places

AirPano is made of eight team members, who have wide-ranging backgrounds (civil engineering and medical cybernetics, among others). The amateur photographers are currently traveling around the world, shooting major cities and other sites of interest.<p>The group mainly shoots from helicopters, using a …

Mount Everest

These Abandoned Toy Factories and Shops Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Once these stores and factories sold the stuff of children's dreams, but now that they lie abandoned—filled with decaying displays and disembodied …