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Hollywood’s cheap Christianity: Noah, Ben-Hur and a persecution fixation

<b>Russell Crowe in "Noah"</b><p>The current wave of Christian film portrays God’s faithful as deeply embattled. Here’s why that’s so revealing<p>Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig<p>May 2, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Christian cinema is having a bit of a moment, with the release of "Noah," Ridley Scott’s "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and …

Google: Self-driving cars are mastering city streets

Long a veteran of the highways of rural California, Google's self-driving car is working on becoming safer in the city.<p>Over the past year or so, Google has been fine-tuning how the software running its fleet of automated vehicles handles the complexities of stop-and-go driving in heavily populated …

Move Over, Google Glass; Here Come Google Contact Lenses

Google is working on smart contact lenses, and two patents secured last week suggest the company is taking the idea seriously. The company is working on contacts with embedded cameras, as well as lenses aimed at diabetics who need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels.<p>In the latter …

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …

How the Movies of Tomorrow Will Play With Your Mind

Since the dawn of cinema, the cut has been one of the most powerful tools in a director’s kit. If we see a man walk through a door and turn his head …

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A Simple Patch That Monitors Health And Dispenses Drugs

Forget your clunky wristband, this is a window into what’s coming with wearable health technology.<p>In the future, doctors will prescribe hardware and software as well as just drugs. They’ll monitor patients remotely using wearable devices, or ask people to track themselves using apps. As a result, …

Pope Francis urges new cardinals to avoid Vatican intrigue and gossip

Pope Francis has instructed his new "princes of the church" – among them Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster – to avoid "intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and partiality" as they don the Roman Catholic church's prized red biretta.<p>Speaking in St Peter's basilica a day after …

SteamOS beta update lets you dual-boot your Steam Machine

We're still some ways off from Steam Machines getting into the hands of consumers, but if you're one of the brave few to get in on the SteamOS beta, the latest update gives the operating system a bit more flexibility. With the update, the OS now allows for "dual-boot and custom partitioning," so …

Microsoft 'Not Aware' Of Individual YouTube Contracts Promoting Xbox One Games

Recently Microsoft and YouTube channel Machinima came under the spotlight when news broke that a sort of stealth promotional campaign had been underway in December. YouTube content creators were being paid to say nice things about Xbox One games in their videos, and questions of disclosure and …

A Tiny Step Toward Statehood for Puerto Rico

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Puerto Rico is closer than it has ever been to becoming the 51st American state — which is to say, …

Google smartwatch with Google Now coming sooner than expected, 'ready within months'

A Google-produced smartwatch is close to entering production, says a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The Google watch, which has been rumored multiple times, will run Android with a heavy focus on the company's Google Now personal assistant. Google Now provides useful at-a-glance information …

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Read Morrissey's Moving Tribute To Lou Reed

"His music will outlive time itself," wrote the singer.<p>No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew …

Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley – review

Bob Stanley is both poacher and gamekeeper. He started off as a fanzine writer and became a cult pop star with his band Saint Etienne before turning once again to journalism. From this erudite vantage point, he sets out to see the big picture. Like an overenthusiastic <i>Mastermind</i> contestant, …

Dusting ‘Em Off: Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

<i>In this week’s edition of Dusting ‘Em Off, Staff Writer Zach Schonfeld revisits</i> Daydream Nation<i>, the critically-acclaimed fifth studio album of Sonic</i> …

Don't Be Silly. Lock Down and Encrypt Your Smartphone

Your smartphone is your most portable computer. It's also a treasure trove of personal information. You wouldn't leave your laptop unlocked in …

Meet The Inspiring 18-Year-Old Who Built A Simple Water Purifier That Could Save Lives

A busy university professor didn’t have time to work closely with his high school student intern. So he sent her off to figure out her own project. What happened next will make you feel good about the future.<p>If you’re worried about the state of the planet, fear not. The next generation has it …

Samsung eyes smartphone-connected glasses, patent filing shows

Samsung has its sights set on new wearable technology, according to a recent patent filing in Korea.<p>Samsung has registered a design patent for eyewear that connects to a smartphone, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The eyewear includes earphones that allow people to listen to phone calls …

European leaders push back against NSA surveillance at the UN and Washington

European leaders are continuing to push back against the NSA over allegations that it has been conducting broad surveillance on their citizens. According to <i>Foreign Policy</i>, both Germany and France are now moving to take action in the UN. Diplomats from both countries have begun pressing for the UN …

Germany and France warn NSA spying fallout jeopardises fight against terror

Germany and France are to spearhead a drive to try to force the Americans to agree new transatlantic rules on intelligence and security service behaviour in the wake of the Snowden revelations and allegations of mass US spying in France and tapping of the German chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile …

FBI Says It's Seized $28.5 Million In Bitcoins From Ross Ulbricht, Alleged Owner Of Silk Road

The Silk Road made a small fortune during its two and a half years as the web’s biggest anonymous black market for illegal drugs. As of Friday, at least one $28.5 million chunk of that fortune now belongs to the FBI.<p>An FBI official tells me that the bureau has located and seized a collection of …

Lab-Grown Tissue That Acts Like the Human Brain

Complex brain-like structures, grown in a petri dish, open up a new way to study neurological disease.<p><b>In their lab at the Austrian Academy of Sciences</b>, Jürgen Knoblich and Madeline Lancaster are growing human brains—or something like them, at least. Using adult skin cells, they've cultivated …

Team reportedly grows 'better quality' stem cells in live mice

Researchers have reprogrammed cells inside living mice -- and have discovered that the pluripotent stem cells created in the process are even more flexible than those derived from embryos or grown in laboratory dishes.<p>Someday the achievement might help scientists devise ways to treat human disease …

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NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …

Phonebloks: A modular phone you update a piece at a time

One of the most annoying things about some smartphones (and other gadgets) is that they don't have removable batteries. Or you can't upgrade the memory. Or once the screen breaks, that's it, game over. Or you have found another phone with, say, a camera that better suits your needs. You have to …

Reports Say Tesla Is Developing A Self-Driving Car

With all the buzz over autonomous automobiles these days – among other automakers currently in the race, Nissan recently pledged it would bring a self-driving car of its own to market by decade’s end – it comes as no surprise that high-tech darling Tesla Motors would be working on its own auto …

World's First 3D Scanner for iPad Triples Kickstarter Goal in One Day

Yesterday morning San Francisco-based Occipital launched Structure Sensor—the world’s first 3D scanner for iPad—on Kickstarter with a fundraising …

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they’re just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are …

Colonies of wired microbes turn sewage into electricity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest …