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Tech's Biggest Showdown Is Unfolding in Your Living Room

Microsoft is joining Google and Amazon in the race for your home. This week, at an event in China, the venerable tech giant trumpeted the arrival of …

Spark, the Super Customizable Email App, Is Now Available On Mac

Spark, one of our favorite email apps for iPhone and iPad, has made the jump to Mac. Now you can use all of your custom filters, gestures, smart …

Just One Dose of This Psychedelic Drug Can Ease Anxiety

Cancer is a brutal disease on both the body and mind. Not only do treatments like chemotherapy take a massive toll, but the emotional side effects …

Amazon Lightsail: The private server killer

Amazon is going after hosting and virtual private server companies with its latest low-end cloud offering.<p>Before the cloud, we often rented servers …

A deaf musician is creating a universal algorithm to make beautiful, visual music

A deaf musician is developing a technology to visualize sounds, so that people like him can experience live concerts. Myles de Bastion is creating an algorithm that maps notes, chords and other musical elements to LED lights, creating a display that tracks the music in real time.<p>Early versions of …

Music Festivals

This Video Game Teaches You To Design Patterns With Math

Iranian game maker Mahdi Bahrami’s Engare allows users to create their own intricate patterns found in Islamic art and architecture.<p>The intricate geometric patterns of Islamic art are not only visually stunning, they’re also some of the earliest examples of algorithmic art. Artisans would generate …

New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are

Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the …

Kite wants to be every developer’s pair-programming buddy

Most integrated development environments (IDEs) and text editors are full of useful features, but, for the most part, they aren’t connected to the Internet. Because of this, developers often have to switch context to Google the solution to a problem or look at a language’s manual. Kite wants to …

Steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

It sounds like an idea dreamt up while flicking through the pages of an HG Wells novel, but steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon and beyond, scientists believe.<p>‘Mining’ water ice from asteroids and the lunar poles could provide cheap fuel for probes , allowing them to hop …

Space Science

Supermassive Black Hole Simulations Suggest Dark Matter Origin

Cutting edge simulations have revealed for the first time exactly how the supermassive black holes at the heart of quasars were formed.<p>Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the visible universe and they are believed to contain supermassive black holes that are more than a billion times the …

Black Holes

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Subtly Track Your Schedule On Your Wrist With The Ingenious Calendar Watch

Finally, a smartwatch that makes telling the time even better without sacrificing the appeal of a classic analog watch.<p>Nothing kills conversation more quickly than pulling out your phone to check your calendar for your next appointment.<p>Enter the Calendar Watch, by What? Watch. Now on Kickstarter, …

9 golden rules for combining fonts

Finding the right font pairing is an artform – in this article, we offer some tips and tricks for getting it right. Let's say you've hunted through …

Typography

Crytek's Video Game Engine Is Now Free

CryEngine is adopting “pay what you want” model, allowing users access to the engine and source code without dishing out any money, the game company …

Instagram Is About to Change in a Massive Way

Christina Adele Warburg— sharetheexperience.org<p>Courtesy David Lane<p>Kevin Dietrich—— sharetheexperience.org<p>Kevin Roland—— sharetheexperience.org<p>Cheryl …

These Earbuds Will Give You Bionic Super-Hearing

<b>Correction appended Wednesday, March 2</b><p>The world is a prison. As I close my front gate, it slams like a heavy cell door securing itself shut. My …

New, swallowable ‘Audiopill’ creates a rave inside your body

A new, swallowable “audiopill” is offering users the chance to ingest their very own 10-hour rave. Created by Czech artist Jan Poope, the super-unsafe device aims to create euphoric pulsations throughout the body – allowing clubbers to experience the music from the inside of their guts. “It’s like …

This App Turns Your iPhone Into A Dash Cam With Machine Vision

Our smartphones have become powerful enough to start understanding the physical world around us using their cameras and sensors. And mobile apps are just beginning to take advantage of these capabilities.<p>A new free iPhone app, called Nexar, wants to use computer vision to understand the road. …

Dashcam

Apple has started selling the View-Master virtual-reality headset

Shoppers can pick up a View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack on Apple's online store for $30, although it's not available in Apple's physical retail stores. It's the first VR product that Apple has sold in recent memory.<p>Yes, it's the same View-Master that made the famous red goggles we all …

How a New Engine Could Revolutionize Air and Space Travel

The RTR turborocket combines the best of both rockets and jets to enable faster, higher flying aircraft.<p>Ever since the Concorde was put out to pasture, supersonic travel has remained out of reach for commercial air passengers. And while SpaceX and Blue Origin are showing re-usable rocket boosters …

How did we miss Planet 9? — Bob McDonald

New planet is dim and takes 12,000-20,000 years to orbit sun, so seeing it is like finding needle in haystack<p>While scientists are excited about the …

Why haven't we found aliens yet? Maybe they're all dead

If the universe is so full of the building blocks for life as we know it, why haven't we found any? Because all the aliens are extinct, a new paper proposes.<p>The number of stars in the universe is uncountable. The number of planets potentially even higher. Earth is just one small, pale blue dot …

Carbon Dioxide

The US Will Cede Control of the Internet for the First Time

Globalization has made it impossible for the US to maintain its oversight of internet governance organization ICANN.<p>In the coming weeks, the organization charged with maintaining the internet's infrastructure will unveil a plan to surrender the US government's oversight, marking a symbolic step …

Inside NASA’s Plan To Radically Redesign How We Fly

A new wave of aircraft design is emerging–and NASA is helping.<p>It’s probably been a long time since flying amazed you. Air travel tends to feel like an inconvenience these days–not a miracle of engineering. This is partially due to market forces and security theater. It’s also the fact that aircraft …

Compound Delivers Antidepressant Effect Within Hours

<b>Compound already tested in humans for other purposes and found nontoxic.</b><p>The compound CGP3466B, already proven nontoxic for people, may effectively …

A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed

When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain—for the better.<p>The immediate effects of exercise …

Humanity

Will High Ping Issues Force Online Gaming Giants to Take On The ISP Industry?

The popularity of online gaming and e-sports has taken off like a rocket in 2015, but the production houses that are stoking the industry’s engines could become victims of their own success.<p>From the introduction of in-game merchandise to new expansions in the storyline and gameplay of the most …

Online

The top 20 tracks of 2015

20. KEITH APE – “IT G MA”<p>If one song could sum up this year’s Korean rap invasion, it would be “It G Ma” – the viral supernova headed up by gold-grilled trap king Keith Ape and backed up by other, equally eclectic members of The Cohort crew he belongs to, including mastermind JayAllDay and Seoul’s …

Miley Cyrus

This Is the Healthiest Condiment According to Science

This Is the Healthiest Condiment According to ScienceITALY - MARCH 24: Spicy chili, Salento, Apulia, Italy. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)De …

Nutrition