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Richard Von Herzen dies at 85; marine geophysicist studied plate tectonics and deep-sea ecosystems

Richard P. Von Herzen, a marine geophysicist whose pioneering work tracked the heat that flowed into the ocean from the earth's interior, died Jan. 28 in Portola Valley of vascular disease, according to his daughter, Lane Von Herzen. He was 85.<p>Von Herzen conducted his early research at the Scripps …

In 'Confessions of a Young Novelist,' Umberto Eco offers his secret formula for a bestselling novel

I<i>talian writer Umberto Eco has died at age 84. His first novel, 1980's "The Name of the Rose," was a bestseller. In 2011's "Confessions of a Young Novelist," Eco looked back at his career as a novelist and pondered the ingredients for literary success. This review of "Confessions of a Young</i> …

35 DIY Container Ideas to Completely Declutter Your Home

Ever feel like you're in a heavy downpour of clutter? When the 'stuff' build-up reaches a dangerously high level, rein in your panic and bring out your creative side, with these life-saving DIY containers. Get ready to coral your porch clutter, banish your toiletry mess, and cure your hallway …

Laundry Rooms

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

The Brain

Building bigger brains

A new study uncovers the role of a single gene that can control brain size and intelligence — of zebrafish and guppies<p>Bottlenose dolphins have an average brain mass of 1.6 kg, slightly greater than that of humans, and about four times the size of chimpanzee brains.<p>Although you couldn’t really …

Biology

Can you do the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that has stumped parents and teachers?

All you need to do is place the digits from 1 to 9 in the the grid. Easy, right?<p>Stumped? Here’s the solution<p>Forget Singapore.<p>The latest brain-mangling maths puzzle to hit the news is from Vietnam.<p>It’s posted above. You need to fill in the gaps with the digits from 1 to 9 so that the equation makes …

Mathematics

5 best Android apps for screen recording and other ways too!

One of our more frequent requests from readers is to tell them how to record your screen on Android. The functionality has been around for quite some time but usually requires some tinkering and adjustment to get it. In Android Lollipop, they have a screen recording method building into the OS and …

Here's How Wi-Fi Actually Works

Most computer users know little about how Wi-Fi works. In fact, one of the only things many do know is that sometimes it doesn’t. But even a little …

Wi-Fi

An Android is peeing on the Apple logo in Google Maps (updated)

<b>Update at 8:00 a.m. PST</b>: Google has removed the image and issued a statement.<p>“The vast majority of users who edit our maps provide great contributions, such as mapping places that have never been mapped before, or adding new business openings or address changes,” a Google spokesperson told …

Comedians’ ‘gift of the gab’ linked to differences in brain activity

Scientists at University College London suggest comedians are better at focusing intensely on tasks and drawing on memories when constructing speech<p>Certain people, from comedians to politicians, have an uncanny ability with words. Now scientists have found evidence that the “gift of the gab” is …

The Brain

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Sea Butterflies (Pteropods)

Source: One Species at a Time/Ari Daniel<br>http://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Sea-Butterflies.mp3In the ocean, a …

New York City

In the gut, one key probiotic helps by orchestrating others

Next time you eat a tub of probiotic-enriched yogurt or pop a probiotic capsule, you can thank a strain of bacteria called <i>Lactobacillus rhamnosus</i> for doing more than just joining the party in your gut. A new study suggests that the single-organism probiotic behaves less like a solo customer and …

Google is pursuing the development of next-gen battery technology

While it seems as though current lithium-ion batteries in the tech world are slowly improving, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for companies to build high-end devices that won’t waste precious battery life. A number of research labs and universities are trying to solve this battery …

Nextgen

Drones and the Future of Farming

How to take detailed 3D images of nano-objects - Futurity

A new technique could make it possible to capture high-resolution, 3D images of how light interacts with objects on the nanoscale.

Why inbreeding may help save mountain gorillas - Futurity

Scientists have for the first time sequenced the whole genome of mountain gorillas and discovered a surprise about inbreeding.

Gorillas

Ocean Acidification Caused The Largest Mass Extinction Ever

And acidification is on the rise again<p>252 million years ago, massive volcanic eruptions sent a vast amount of lava flowing out onto the earth, and spewed huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air, chemically altering the oceans in a series of events that would change life on earth forever.<p>It …

Climate Change

Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Right after birth, trillions of microbes rush into a baby's gut and start to grow. Most of these critters come from the mom's skin, birth canal and gut.<p>But exactly which types of bacteria take up residence in an infant's gut can depend on the mother's DNA, scientists reported Thursday.<p>The study, …

Microbiology

Putting Sensors In City Buildings Could Make Their Walls Talk

Giving structure to a city's infrastructure<p>Trying to get a building to tell you how it’s feeling is, well, like talking to a brick wall. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Researchers with the GENESI project want to make it so walls can talk back, by creating various sensors to fit inside …

Engineering

BitTorrent brings its file synchronizing service out of beta with Sync 2.0 and Sync Pro for $40/year

BitTorrent today launched Sync 2.0, finally bringing its file synchronization service out of beta. The new version is available now for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle, and a growing list of network-attached storage (NAS) devices.<p>At the same time, the company has …