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Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

University of Alberta

A Massive Social Experiment On You Is Under Way, And You Will Love It

Monica Rogati had already created one of the most intelligent job-networking systems in the world, the code that sifted through LinkedIn profiles and magically recommended “People You May Know,” when she got a recruitment call in 2013 from a company known for its portable speakers, Bluetooth …

Mad Men

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,<p>type 2 …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Productivity

3D TV was a bust, but the UHD Alliance promises 4K will be different

Major television manufacturers, movie studios and streaming video services have joined together hoping to show that 4K ultra high definition (UHD) television is not a gimmick like its 3D predecessor and is here to stay.<p>UHD video has four times the number of pixels as regular 1080p high definition …

Televisions

How to Get More From Your Home Theater Without Paying a Dime

Unless you had your home theater set up by a professional, chances are you aren't getting the best possible video and sound out of your existing …

Audiophile

Apple laptops vulnerable to virus that 'can’t be removed'

A security flaw in Apple laptops could leave users vulnerable to infection by malicious software that hackers could use to steal data and which is virtually impossible to remove<p>A security expert has found a way to install malicious code on a tiny chip built into Apple laptops which would resist any …

Laptops

TVs at CES 2015 go beyond 4K

4K is already old hat. Rapidly falling prices are causing TV makers to push ever more elaborate features -- that's why Quantum Dots, HDR and curved, bendable and ultra-slim sets were so prominent this year.<p>LAS VEGAS -- The marketing departments at major TV makers love their buzzwords, and none more …

Is United Airlines as Safe as Its Passengers?

There are few quicker routes to being arrested at the airport than dropping a joke on the security screeners about the bomb you’re carrying in your …

10 Health Numbers You Can Hit This Year

The easy way to get your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sleep up to snuff<p>Take a minute to think about your financial portfolio. If you want to get the most out of your money, you can’t just forget about your investments for years on end, right? Failing to give the proper attention can leave you …

Diabetes

Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do

Amazon’s Echo defies easy description. Actually, that’s not quite true: the easy way to describe it is “creepy as hell”. What’s trickier is explaining what it is.<p>The Echo <i>(below)</i> is a 20cm-tall black cylinder, that sits in your home and listens to everything you do. You will want it to do this, if …

Marvel reveals dates for Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Avengers films

Marvel studios have announced details of their next tranche of superhero movies.<p>At an event for press and fans at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, Chadwick Boseman was unveiled as Marvel’s first black standalone lead actor. He will star in the Black Panther, released on in November 2017.<p>Boseman, …

10 things you may not know about laughter

<b>Neuroscientist and part time stand-up comic Prof Sophie Scott reveals 10 things you probably didn't know about laughter.</b><p>Laughter really is funny.<p>The first time I did stand-up comedy my only coherent thought afterwards was that I wanted to do it again immediately, and do it better.<p>Why is laughter so …

Now There Can Be No Doubt: Obamacare Has Increased Non-Group Premiums In Nearly All States

Remember this categorical assurance from President Obama?<p><b>“We’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year. .  .  . We’ll do it by the end of my first term as president of the United States”</b><p>OK, it’s probably a little unfair to take some June 2008 campaign “puffery” literally–even …

WDotW: Actually, No, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind

By Rebecca Frankel<br>Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent<p>In the free-for-all that constitutes information sharing in the age of Twitter, Face Book, …

Russian Cossacks leave Bosnia after ‘cultural visit’

The first of a group of more than 120 Russian Cossacks have left Bosnia after a mysterious fortnight-long visit that was officially for a cultural festival but which triggered reports of a Crimea-style “special forces” intervention in support of Serb separatism.<p>Amid the confusion one thing …

Why Being Idle Can Lead to Better Thinking

Studies show that people would rather do something—anything—than be alone with their thoughts. The idea that doing something trumps doing nothing is …

Why You Need a Window Office

It’s not just so you have a place to stare when boredom kicks in<p>Feeling tired all the time? Blame your dark office. Soaking in more daylight during work can help you sleep better at night, finds new research from Northwestern University.<p>In the study, people with windows in their offices received …

Northwestern University

10 Types of Bosses You Don't Want to Work With

Everyone has a boss, in one way or another — even those of us who are bosses. (If you are a boss without a boss, please look away.)<p>Like snowflakes, …

Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq

The streets of Ferguson resemble a war-torn district of Iraq. One U.S. military veteran says these tactics are wrong and will only make matters worse.<p>…

How sleep loss leads to significant weight gain

Insufficient sleep affects appetite and satiety hormones as well as fat cells, according to the nation's top sleep experts.<p>If you want to lose weight, be sure to get enough sleep.<p>Most people know they should cut calories and exercise more to trim down, but there's now significant scientific …

News and Articles on Science and Technology

'Orbital-selective pairing' theory applied to first 'heavy fermion' superconductor<p>A 2017 theory proposed by Rice University physicists to explain the …

NASA's Zombie Spacecraft Learns to Fire Its Engines

As the presumed-dead probe hurtles toward Earth, the deadline for saving it looms.<p>The quest to save the ISEE-3—a long-lost NASA probe launched in the disco era and abandoned in the dot-com boom—might just succeed. Late last week, the amateur scientists and engineers working to salvage the probe hit …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

How To Use The Car Dealership Survey As Leverage To Get A Better Deal

I always recommend that car-shoppers do their negotiations away from the dealership, preferably by email. However, shopping this way isn't always …

13 Most American Companies

Is Made in America just marketing spin? When <i>Fortune</i> set out to find companies that are diehard American, we expected a challenge since businesses …

A New App Called Moment Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone

Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much …

4 signs the economy is about to tank

The Commerce Department recently revised its estimate of U.S. economic growth, announcing that the economy actually shrank at a 2.9% annualized rate …

Authors dress up as their favourite characters

<b>Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for its latest exhibition which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees well-known authors dress up as their favourite literary characters.</b><p>When the The Story Museum approached Cambridge Jones to take pictures for its 26 …