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Are You A Procrastinator? Scientists Say This Brain Hack Can Help You Meet Your Goals

Having trouble motivating yourself to work toward a future goal? Whether what you want is two days or 20 years away, new research finds that the key to avoiding procrastination may be to change the way you think about time.<p>The trick? Break down the time you have into smaller units. For instance, if …

Engineers demo first processor that uses light for ultrafast communications

Engineers have successfully married electrons and photons within a single-chip microprocessor, a landmark development that opens the door to …

Industrial designers predict the future of transportation in 100 years

We asked designers to envision travel in 2115. From high-speed electric pods to wind-powered roving homes, their sketches provide a glimpse into the future

Transportation

Scientists explain origin of heavy elements in the Universe

In a letter published in the prestigious journal <i>Nature Physics</i>, a team of scientists from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem suggests a solution to …

An 8-Year-Old Came Up with an Amazing Way to Locate Missing Airplanes

Delta showed interest in the design after receiving a hand-drawn sketch from the boy.<p>Benjamin Jensen—an eight-year-old from Ogden, Utah—came up with …

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Wi-Fi

“Sorry we killed your family”: We are the terrorists in the Middle East, and our compliant media will never tell the truth

The real Middle East terrorists? Look in the mirror. We’ll never face it, because the media won’t level with us<p>As the great American lawyer and statesman John Adams noted, “facts are stubborn things.”<p>Anybody paying attention to the facts regarding the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres …

The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World

There is something both eerie and striking about abandoned places. Whether it's a train cemetery in Bolivia or an Art Deco subway station underneath New York City, each location is a snapshot of history frozen in time. Take a tour of these mesmerizing sites around the world—stark reminders of what …

Abandoned Buildings

Quantum computers a step closer to reality after silicon coding breakthrough

In the race to build the first functional quantum computer, Australian researchers at the University of NSW find coding possible in silicon<p>Australian researchers have demonstrated that a quantum version of computer code can be written on a silicon microchip with the highest level of accuracy ever …

Quantum Computing

System that replaces human intuition with algorithms outperforms 615 of 906 human teams

Big-data analysis consists of searching for buried patterns that have some kind of predictive power. But choosing which “features” of the data to …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

Will Practicing A Skill In Your Head Make You Better At It?

Short answer: Only if you’re already good<p>When Carson Palmer, the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, hurt his elbow a few years ago, he took a week off from throwing the football. But in his head, Palmer practiced every day. “You stand right behind the center, and you see the …

Arizona Cardinals

Laser-wielding physicists seize control of atoms’ behavior

Physicists have wondered in recent years if they could control how atoms interact using light. Now they know that they can, by demonstrating games of …

Light-Based Memory Chip Is the First Ever to Store Data Permanently

The world’s first entirely light-based memory chip to store data permanently has been developed by material scientists at Oxford University in …

Russian scientist says he is stronger and healthier after injecting himself with 'eternal life' bacteria

Anatoli Brouchkov has willingly become a human guinea pig for the 3.5 million-year-old bacteria<p>If injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria could keep you looking and feeling youthful and healthy without having to fork out for a gym membership, would you do it?<p>Russian scientist Anatoli …

Weird

Smart glove translates sign language into speech, text

Saudi designer Hadeel Ayoub has developed the “SignLanguageGlove”, a so-called smart glove that wirelessly translates sign language as it is signed, …

Language

So You Want to be Successful on Instagram? Part II

Human Journey<p><i>This post is the second in the “So You Want to be Successful on Instagram?” series, which explores Instagram as the ultimate visual platform. Kike Calvo is a National Geographic Creative photographer whose travels you can follow on Instagram.</i><p>After gaining over 300 million users in …

Pew Research Center

Africa’s ‘Little Rome’, the Eritrean city frozen in time by war and secrecy

What’s the capital of this notoriously closed-off country like? On a rare visit, Natasha Stallard finds faded 30s glamour, colonial-era futurist architecture – and bicycles everywhere<p>Read more from the Inside Eritrea series<p>Sitting on the edge of a roundabout in Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea …

Africa

John Cantlie claims 'infinitely' greater threat of nuclear attack on US

British journalist John Cantlie held hostage by Isil claims 'infinitely' greater threat of nuclear attack on US<p>The chances of Islamic State jihadists smuggling a nuclear weapon to attack the United States have risen “infinitely”, John Cantlie, the British journalist the group is holding hostage, …

The pope, the Armenian genocide and other 20th-century massacres

The Turkish foreign ministry’s criticism of the pope’s statement describing the Armenian genocide as the first genocide of the 20th century is revealing (Report, 13 April). It has called the statement discriminatory because it only mentions the pain suffered by Armenian Christians and not that of …

Christianity

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant<p>One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford …

India

300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know

Sit back and let the hottest tech news come to you by the magic of electronic mail.<p>Prefer to get the news as it happens? Follow us on social media.

Stop calling for a Muslim Enlightenment

A party of school-age swimmers takes to the waters of a municipal pool in north London. Among her peers, one Muslim girl stands out – nine or 10 years of age, brown face and eyes under a yellow cap, sliding gingerly into the water in a cotton salwar kameez that prevents the male attendants, the …

Religion

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you

People from around the world can join a campaign to find out if British intelligence agency GCHQ illegally spied on them -- and force it to delete …

Sidekick: the app that tells you when your email has been read

It sends you a notification when someone opens your emails. But what happens when people still pretend they haven’t read them?<p>I’m a big fan of validation. I’m one of those people who likes to know people have read my texts. When I found Sidekick – a plugin that allows you to track the precise …

Apps

Bavarian medical 'breakthrough' with spider silk | News | DW | 28.01.2015

Biomaterial experts at Germany's Bayreuth and Würzburg universities claimed a breakthrough in cultivating living cells while holding them in place …

Scottish scientists have slowed the speed of light

The speed of light travelling through free space has been slowed down for the first time, breaking what was thought to be a constant physical …

Building a globe-spanning quantum internet

Last October, leaked NSA documents confirmed a massive privacy violation: government spies were tapping into private networks run by Google and Yahoo which were running unencrypted between data centers. Both companies scrambled to protect their private networks, but the deeper problems remained. As …

Mind-control device lets people alter genes in mice through power of thought

Volunteers in experiment successfully send signal to implant in mouse through brainwaves picked up by wireless headset<p>Scientists have created a mind-control system that allows a person to alter the genes in a mouse through the power of thought alone.<p>The approach fuses the latest advances in …

Interstellar: the truth about wormholes

Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, sees astronauts leaping across galaxies via a 'wormhole'. Could it one day be possible?<p>The universe wasn't designed to make life easy for science-fiction writers. Nowhere is this more obvious than if you are trying to write a grand space opera.<p>You know …

Physics