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Tech startups to make your life more slick, secure and stylish in 2017

Our tips for the companies set to make waves in the new year, from a disruptive banking startup to the budget smartphone taking on Samsung and Apple<p>This year was a mixed bag for startups. Powa Technologies, an e-commerce company that was one of Britain’s so-called unicorns (a startup valued at over …

Startups

13 tips every iPad owner should know

iPad

7 Science-Based Habits That Will Make You Succeed

The secrets to success are accessible to all and rooted in habits--you just need to build that habit muscle to tap into your full power.<p>We all want to know the secrets to success, and often get bogged down with questions along the way: What makes the most successful people out there who they are? …

The Mingling of Souls

• <b>Author:</b> Matt Chandler<p>The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God's design for …

What the video game industry can teach us about starting up

In the span of 4 days, Pokémon Go has become the biggest mobile game in the US, cashing $1.6 million in daily revenue and 7.5 million …

Angry Birds

Amazon patents noise-canceling headphones that let you hear the important stuff around you

Noise-canceling headphones are great for tuning out the din around you when you just want to focus on listening to music or enjoy some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, they also mute sounds that you might need to hear – like someone calling your name.<p>Amazon has a pretty cool idea for solving that …

Consumer Tech

Q&A: Black holes explained, by the woman who detected Einstein's gravitational waves

<i>How can the ripples from a collision of two black holes help us understand the universe? For our XxXX interview series with ten leading female</i> …

Black Holes

NASA's Juno spacecraft is now in orbit around Jupiter

The space agency received confirmation at 11:53PM ET<p>NASA’s Juno spacecraft has successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit, bringing it closer to the planet than any probe has come so far. The vehicle reached the gas giant’s north pole this evening, and NASA received confirmation that the vehicle had …

An absolute beginner’s guide to machine learning, deep learning, and AI

Meet Samantha. She’s your friendly assistant from 2025. She sorts your mail, sets up your meetings, and orders groceries. She paints and writes …

NASA spacecraft record magnetic explosions above Earth

Space might look like a sprawling, inky abyss, but invisible to the human eye is a wealth of magnetic activity. Earth has a magnetic field called the magnetosphere, which is frequently buffeted by solar winds exuded by the Sun. These winds carry their own magnetic field and produce what scientists …

Google's AI has written some amazingly mournful poetry

Artificial intelligence can control self-driving cars, beat the best humans at incredibly complex board games, and fight cancer; but one thing it …

This is the robot that will shepherd and keep livestock healthy

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is no stranger to developing innovative ways of modernizing agriculture.<p>It has previously presented technologies for robots that can measure crop yields and collect data about the quality and variability of orchards, but its latest project is far more …

Researchers teach robots to 'feel pain'

<b>Researchers from Germany are developing an artificial nervous system aimed at teaching robots how to feel pain.</b><p>As well as allowing robots to quickly respond to potential damage to their systems, it could also protect humans who are increasingly working alongside them.<p>The scientists plan to base the …

Robotics

Japanese engineers say their flying cars will be in the air by the Tokyo Olympics

A team of young Japanese engineers is developing a flying car with the goal of launching it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.<p>The futuristic vehicle – dubbed Skydrive – is fitted with three wheels, a motor and four rotors, enabling it to take off and land vertically from public roads without the …

Flying Car

30 books you should read this summer

Summer is the season when, for whatever reason, many of us allow ourselves to be entertained by books again. Maybe it's the appetite for something "light" to read while pool- or beachside, something topical to discuss at the annual family picnic, or something suspenseful and absorbing to ease the …

40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

It's odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space — one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the "final …

TV

Facebook and Microsoft are building an underwater cable across the Atlantic

Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to lay a major subsea cable under the Atlantic Ocean.<p>The underwater cable will measure 6,600 kilometers, stretching from Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. It will carry an estimated 160 terabits of data per second, millions of times faster than the typical home …

Online

Sloths and Armadillos See The World In Black-and-White

Armadillos have terrible vision. In 1913, American zoologists Horatio H. Newman and J. Thomas Patterson wrote, “The eyes [of the nine-banded armadillo] are rudimentary and practically useless. If disturbed an armadillo will charge off in a straight line and is as apt to run into a tree trunk as to …

20 Bathroom Shelves To Organize Your Space In Style

Decluttering has never looked so stylish.<p>Whether you have space for a large cabinet or are aiming for a more subtle storage solution, these shelves will get the job done.

Deal to build world's largest telescope signed

It’ll be “the world’s biggest eye on the sky.” The European Southern Observatory has awarded a 400-million-euro contract to build the European …

Physicists might have just detected a fifth force of nature

But now physicists in Hungary think they might have found evidence of a mysterious fifth force of nature. And, if verified, it would mean we'd need to rethink our understanding of how the universe actually works.<p>Before we get into that, let's go back to those four forces for a second, because …

Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

What makes the perfect meal?<p>Most of us might envision a specific dish, or a certain ingredient — a fine steak cooked medium-rare, grandma's chicken curry or mom's hearty ratatouille.<p>Charles Spence thinks about the food, for sure. But he also thinks about everything else: the color and size of the …

Six science stories we can't wait to follow in 2015

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.<p>From solar system exploration to new adventures in particle physics to the possible defeat of a microscopic foe, …

Four Ways Spacefaring Microbes Could Muck Up the Solar System

When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they're also launching thousands of bacteria along with it<p><i>This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>To prepare the <i>Curiosity</i> rover for its trip to Mars, NASA scrubbed it with alcohol and baked it at 230°F. This …

The Most Amazing, Difficult, And Gorgeous Special Effects Of 2014

VFX guru Paul Debevec talks about this year's best movie magic<p>Great animation takes more than building the character with the highest pore-count or spending the most money on explosions. It takes science, artisanship, and rigorous attention to detail. Computer graphics researcher Paul Debevec ought …

Antisocial Medicine

One of the biggest surprises to come out of microbiology in recent years is that bacteria have a social life. Rather than existing as lonely, autonomous creatures, bacteria live in communities, in which they cooperate, compete, and communicate. In the January issue of <i>Scientific American</i>, I have a …

The Best DIY Projects Of 2014

From hacked beer cans to drivable fish tanks, these are the coolest, craziest projects of the year<p>Makers enjoyed a particularly fruitful year in 2014. They created projects ranging from the simple to the complex, the small to the large, and the useful to the bat$&*t crazy. In celebration of that …

Prototypes

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

Terrawatch: Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, stands proud at 1,344 metres, and every year thousands of people make the pilgrimage to its summit. Most walkers are focused on getting to the top, but for those who take things more slowly the rocks around them tell the tale of how this mountain formed.<p>Around …