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You'd Never Guess That This Paper Is Made Of Stone

The appeal of a handwritten note has never been lost on us, but with the introduction of the world's first global stone paper stationery company, we …

Scientists Have Invented a Mind-Reading Machine That Visualises Your Thoughts

"We can take someone’s memory... and pull it out from their brains."<p>If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Here Is the World's Ugliest Color (& It Has an Important Job)

We spend a lot of time talking about color, often in the context of how to pick a paint hue or how it can make you happier. But one research firm …

Samsung Has Patented An Augmented Reality Smart-Contact Lens

Technology Photo credit: Alpha Zynism/ShutterstockGoogle Glass perhaps didn’t receive the earth-shattering response the company – and world – had …

IBM Japan is Making a Real Life Version of Sword Art Online, Will Hopefully Let Players Log Out - Technabob

Reki Kawahara’s popular light novel and anime series <i>Sword Art Online</i> is about a group of gamers who become trapped in a virtual reality fantasy …

Virtual Reality

Boston Dynamics ATLAS Robot Gets an Upgrade - Technabob

Boston Dynamics has released a video demonstrating a new upgraded version of its upright walking ATLAS robot. It’s still scary as hell and marches us …

Robotics

This Test Can Detect Any Virus That Infects Humans

A test to end all tests<p>In order for a doctor to treat a patient, the exact cause of that patient’s illness must be found first. If a virus is the cause, current diagnostic tests are often not sensitive enough to detect the virus, or the doctor must already suspect which virus in particular is …

This Innovative Kitty Litter Could Literally Save Your Cat’s Life

As a certified crazy cat lady, I was *thrilled* to hear that there was a new product on the market that could provide early detection for a handful of serious feline illnesses before my Siberian cat, Figgy, would even show <i>any</i> symptoms — basically a pet parent’s dream, right? It’s called Pretty …

Russians are using undiscovered exploits to hack governments

If you've been wondering how Russian cyberattackers could compromise the White House and other high-profile political targets, the security researchers at FireEye have an answer. They've determined that APT28, a politically-motivated Russian hacking group, used unpatched exploits in Flash Player …

The World's Most Sophisticated Malware Ever Infects Hard Drive Firmware

High-tech "Equation group" is likely connected to NSA<p>There's a new malware king on the block. Security researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have uncovered a sophisticated suite of software packages that stem from what it calls the "Equation" group, a single cluster of unidentified hackers …

The other Manhattan Project: America’s cyber taskforce

The best of the week’s long reads, including a look inside America’s cyber warfare division, Oliver Sacks’ final days and the way our memories work.<p><b>Death</b> | My own life<p>The writer and neurologist learns that he has terminal cancer, and considers how best to spend the months remaining to him. “I feel …

Dos and don’ts for restful sleep

From eating “slumber foods” to playing the didgeridoo – David Robson looks at the tried and tested ways to get a good night’s sleep.<p>Few experiences are as maddening as a restless night. Sleep should, in theory, be the most natural and effortless activity in the world, yet insomnia is common to many …

Man develops a warp drive in his garage

UM-Bot 5,090<p>Peter B 1,829<p>If it's real it'll be amazing.<p>However I note the inventor appears to work in a geology and geography department. I hope he …

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Skill Builder: Photographing Small Objects

Get beautiful macro shots and easily crop out and adjust backgrounds using this inexpensive hardware and software setup.<p><i>This project first appeared in MAKE Volume 38, on pages 64–67.</i><p>Taking pictures of small objects is a useful skill. If you’re selling something on eBay, or you want a permanent …

Robots Get Their Own Network Called RoboEarth (SkyNet Goes Online) - Technabob

Robots that are made to perform certain tasks require a lot of processing power and lots of programming. If you bring in another similar robot, you …

Viking 'Thing' excavated beneath parking lot in Scotland

A Viking parliamentary site that dates to the 11th century has been found beneath a parking lot in Scotland.<p>The site, located in the town of Dingwall, Scotland, was dubbed a "Thing" site, referring to its name in antiquity. Like other Thing sites, this one was likely a place where ancient Norsemen …

See The World Through The Eyes Of A Cat

An awesome, disorienting look at kitty vision.<p>What does the world look like through a cat's eyes? The basic structure of feline eyes is pretty similar to what humans have, but cats' vision has adapted to very different purposes, so the world they see looks familiar, but isn't quite the same as …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

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Books

The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs

Gears are a potent symbol of human industry, a sign of mechanical wonder or a cold assembly line. If you had to pick something to stand against the natural world, they'd be a pretty likely pick — except that as it turns out, insects discovered them first. In a paper published today in <i>Science</i>, …

These Sci-Fi Dresses Were Made Using Mega-Magnets

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 08.30.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Couture dresses have been made from some …

Moon Water Discovery Hints at Mystery Source Deep Underground

Evidence of water spotted on the moon's surface by a sharp-eyed spacecraft likely originated from an unknown source deep in the lunar interior, …

NSA and GCHQ: the flawed psychology of government mass surveillance

Recent disclosures about the scope of government surveillance are staggering. We now know that the UK's Tempora program records huge volumes of private communications, including – as standard – our emails, social networking activity, internet histories, and telephone calls. Much of this data is …

Is That Quantum Computer for Real? There May Finally Be a Test

In early May, news reports gushed that a quantum computation device had for the first time outperformed classical computers, solving certain problems …

Drinking Arsenic-Laced Water Is Like Smoking For Decades, Study Finds

Groundwater in many countries, including the U.S., has naturally high levels of arsenic.<p>Drinking water contaminated with unsafe levels of arsenic harms the lungs as much as decades of smoking, a new study has found.<p>Arsenic is a notoriously poisonous element that occurs naturally in the Earth's …

Attract Dragonflies to Your Yard for All-Natural Pest Control

Creating a pond that attracts dragonflies is like having your own team of live-in exterminators.<p><b>Dragonflies are ideal hunting machines.</b> More than 80 percent of their brain is used for processing visual information, and it is believed that some species can see objects up to 30 feet away and detect …

The Glow From Your Gadgets Is Disrupting Your Sleep Cycle

Camping far from civilization isn't just for fun: New research shows that putting normal city dwellers—even night owls—into a place with no artificial lighting resets their bodies to a more natural circadian rhythm.<p><b>It's past midnight and you should be asleep</b>. But eyes open, you sit at your computer …

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George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match

When Amazon unveiled the unique display panel of its Paperwhite Kindle e-reader, it revealed two impressive facts: The first is that Amazon’s internal hardware engineering team is more sophisticated than Amazon’s line of decent but not so revolutionary tablets and e-readers would suggest. The …

eReaders