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6 small changes in Android L that make a big difference

Most of the posts floating around the web about Android L release have focused on revamped notifications, the new recent menu changes, the death of Dalvik, the new material design, Android for Work and other hard hitters that were showcased during the Google I/O 2014 keynote.<p>After playing around …

'MH370 Was No Accident': Pilot Claims Disappearance Of Malaysia Airlines Jet Was 'Deliberate' In Latest Conspiracy Theory

The disappearance of the doomed passenger jet MH370 has been described as "calculated" and "deliberate", in the latest in a long line of conspiracy …

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Google in talks to buy stake in Virgin space tourism business

Google is in talks to buy a stake in Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson's space tourism business, that would give it access to satellite launch technology, according to reports. The deal, estimated to be worth £17.8m, has not yet been sealed, but negotiations are thought to be at an advanced …

WebOS running as an Android app?

<b>A video has appeared on YouTube showing the first successes of a group who are attempting to create a hybrid Android and webOS mobile operating system. The reason why is less clear.</b><p>A group of webOS enthusiasts going by the ambitious title Phoenix International Communications (PIC) has reached the …

Android News

iOS 8 is here: what's new and what's borrowed from Android?

In addition to dedicating a portion of the WWDC 2014 keynote to bashing Android, today Tim Cook took to the stage to unveil several new developments in the world of Apple. Probably the most important of these announcements was the revealing of iOS 8, which admittedly brings a laundry list full of …

Google Play wins title for the worst fake app reviews

According to a new analysis of both app stores from Apptentive, iOS applications have more fake reviews than apps on Android.<p>55% of apps containing fake reviews were on iTunes<br>• 45% of apps containing fake reviews were on Google Play.<p>But as TechCrunch notes, while iOS apps had more fake reviews than …

John Steinbeck On Why 'Camping Is For The Birds'

In the May 1967 issue of Popular Science, John Steinbeck argued that "the American passion for moving about in motorized caravans... results in little permanent damage beyond divorce and bankruptcy."<p><i>Earlier this month, we published John Steinbeck's 1966 letter to the editor of</i> Popular Science_, in …

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

Best Space Pictures: Saturn's Lights, a Rocket's Arc, and Canary Nights

The graceful arc of a rocket trail etches the sky, auroras dance around Saturn's north pole, and the Milky Way graces the night sky.<p>A Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 29.<p>The ship carried a new crew bound for the International Space Station, …

This Delightfully Evil Robot Dismembers Mosquitoes To Find A Malaria Vaccine

The Sporobot pulls a mosquito inside a chamber, takes off its head, then removes the salivary gland to collect malaria parasites. It will help scale-up the manufacture of a promising vaccine that could save thousands of lives a year.<p>In the fight against malaria, a disease that still kills 600,000 …

E.T. and other Atari games rescued from New Mexico landfill to be sold

At this point some 1,377 game cartridges for the Atari 2600 have been rescued from the New Mexico landfill where they were unceremoniously dumped over 30 years ago. Of those, 700 will be appraised, certified and eventually sold, some of which will pass through the New Mexico Museum of Space …

Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery by Simulating Cells

Virtual clinical trials would combine big data and computer simulation.<p>The future of medicine, we're often told, will be personalized. We'll have gene therapies, wearables to monitor our vital signs—maybe even new kinds of vital signs—and robot doctors to diagnose our illnesses.<p>But the real promise …

Coalition's reforms risk Newark by-election legal challenge, administrator complains

The Newark by-election faces a greater risk of a legal challenge because of "inadequately performing Electoral Commission officials", a local council …

Israel 'suspends' soldier over W Bank deaths

Israel's army has suspended a non-combat soldier seen firing his weapon during clashes in the West Bank earlier this month in which two Palestinian teenagers were killed, <i>Haaretz</i> newspaper reported.<p>The report published on Thursday came amid a military police investigation into footage from two CCTV …

Father-son developers create service that offers different languages in a single video

There’s always been a certain <i>je ne sais quoi</i> about going to a foreign film. First, it absolutely confirms that you know how to read (kidding). But second, it implies that you can read between lines of dialog you don’t understand, and which are often minimally translated, to get the heart of a story.<p>…

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Geffen group bids more than $1.5 billion for Clippers

LOS ANGELES - A group that includes billionaire media executive David Geffen, television icon Oprah Winfrey and Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison bid more than $1.5 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball team, according to a person familiar with the bid.<p>The bid was …

The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light

Whether hero or traitor, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the most important whistle-blower of modern times, one whose disclosures will reverberate for decades to come. With extensive input from Snowden himself, Suzanna Andrews, Bryan Burrough, and Sarah Ellison have the …

The Controversial Answer To America's Heroin Surge

With heroin use at epidemic levels, harm reduction — a bold, long-contested approach to treating addicts — is gaining political traction. But are we ready to make it easier to shoot heroin even if it means fewer deaths?<p>On a chilly Monday morning in mid-March on Coney Island, down Surf Avenue from …

‘Over My Dead Body’: Spies Fight Obama Push to Downsize Terror War

The Obama administration concluded in 2012 that al Qaeda posed no direct threat to the U.S.—and has sought to scale back the fight ever since, over …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from low-level aerial fire-fighting to a pair of hugging bears.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Blazing skies and moody twisters<p>Amazing air displays and breathtaking nature<p>Plane trails and tadpole stars<p>Volcanic plumes and home-made tanks<p>…

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Stephen Friend: The hunt for "unexpected genetic heroes"

George Steinmetz’s Eye From the Sky

What is it like strapping yourself into the equivalent of a leaf blower, getting a running start, then taking off into the air with a camera in your hand?<p>“You have 180-degree horizontal and vertical visibility and you’re going about 27 or 28 miles per hour. You don’t need a plexiglass windscreen in …

Disneyland's original prospectus revealed!

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, Boing Boing is pleased to present the first-ever look at the original Disneyland prospectus.<p>Thanks to an anonymous …

The Tinkerbell Fairyfly, also known as Tinkerbella nana, is one of the Top 10 New Species of 2014. Photograph by Jennifer Read. To see the full list of species, visit science.time.com.

Creative 3-Generation Photos Explore How Emotions & Time Transform Memories

Photographer Nina Röder‘s photo series Mutter Schuhe (Translated: Mother’s Shoes) is a visual exploration of how time, emotions and perspective …