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Researchers identify a brain 'switchboard' important in attention and sleep

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of …

Prepare to Be Shocked

Four predictions about how brain stimulation will make us smarter<p>Several years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency got wind of a technique called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, which promised something extraordinary: a way to increase people’s performance in …

The man with the missing brain

A medical recovery that is baffling science - and giving hope to head injury patients<p>"Are you ready for our drive then?” Simon Lewis, 56, comes hobbling into his parents’ living room in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. An Englishman by birth, his …

The Brain

It's Better To Be Average -- And 16 Other Surprising Laws Of Human Sexual Attraction

Why do some people make us hot and bothered while others leave us cold? It can be hard to put your finger on the specific reason, but the scientists of sex appeal have some answers.<p>They've looked at all the human senses, from smell to hearing, and have come up with a surprising set of "laws" that …

Bone Study Reveals Richard III Ate Like A King, Drank Like A Fish

In his short two-year reign, King Richard III managed to cram in a fair amount of feasting, researchers say in a new report.<p>Known as the "last Plantagenet king," Richard III assumed the British throne in 1483, only to be killed in battle -- the last English king to die this way -- two years later. …

What Happens When Someone 'Likes' Your Facebook Post

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Funny, we’ve had the Facebook Like button along the side of every Buffer blog post for the past several years. And I don’t think I’ve ever clicked it.<p>I’ve hoped that others would, of course. I hope they click all the share buttons. But until now, …

Inside the 49ers' new tech-rich stadium

Levi's Stadium is the third NFL stadium to open in the last five years -- but the only one billed as a tech haven.<p>SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Patrick Willis, the San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker, is in two places at once.<p>He is posing for a photo with me at the 49ers museum at Levi's Stadium, the …

Augmented Reality

I Moved To San Francisco — And Now I Have Apps Doing Everything For Me

It's the kind of convenience I've become accustomed to after living in New York for over six years. I can get just about anything I want, whenever I want, all within a few blocks of my home. There's a Starbucks 184 feet away from my front door. There's a classy Italian steakhouse across the street. …

San Francisco

A Mom Invented A Genius ‘Ignore No More’ App To Force Her Kids To Call Her

I ignore about 60% of my parents’ calls because 100% of the time they’re phoning me to talk about nothing of importance. “Did you see last night’s episode of <i>Dancing with the Stars</i>?” or “How do I click and drag again?” they’d call and ask me late on a Friday night or at the crack of dawn on Sunday. …

How to make Facebook work better for you: Quit the 'Like'

The “Like” button on Facebook seems harmless enough: It’s an easy way to express your appreciation of something.<p>But as some people are discovering, that innocuous little like has some unintended consequences.<p>Wired writer Mat Honan found out what happens when you like every single thing that shows …

Will the iPhone 6 include a reversible USB cable? Recent Apple patent makes it possible.

The iPhone 6’s packaging might not only include a redesigned smartphone, but a redesigned USB to Lightning cable. While it’s unlikely that Apple will yet-again change the Lightning port introduced with the 2012 iPhone 5 anytime in the near future, a redesigned version of the USB plug could be ready …

Moto 360 smartwatch priced at $249.99 according to Best Buy listing

Motorola is all set to unveil its Moto 360 watch at a press event in Chicago on September 4th, but it looks like Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag. A product page for the Android Wear smartwatch has mistakenly gone live on Best Buy's mobile site, and it lists the device with a $249.99 price …

New Jersey Man Fatally Stabbed In Alleged Love Triangle

A New Jersey man, fatally stabbed in an apparent domestic dispute, may have been involved in a love triangle, according to family members.<p>Amaury Maldonado, 34, was found dead in his estranged wife's home early Thursday, according to police.<p>Distraught relatives told WCBS that the father of three had …

Ferguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters

Chaos broke out in the streets of Ferguson on Friday night, the same day that police announced the name of the officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown and released footage appearing to show Brown stealing cigarettes from a convenience store. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson later said …

Naked suspect blocking Hwy 101 in Petaluma gets Tasered, arrested

<b>(08-17) 15:46 PDT</b> -- Authorities used a Taser to subdue a naked man who was running in the middle of Highway 101 in Petaluma Sunday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.<p>Just after 9 a.m., 25-year-old Alexander Leonard of Hawthorne (Los Angeles County) was driving erratically in …

Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Frustrated with the national coverage of protests surrounding the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a few dozen people showed up in downtown St. Louis on Sunday afternoon to show solidarity with the …

Apple’s sweet spot is the people who buy iPads and laptops together

IPad sales are falling—but the sky is not. We’re merely dealing with a healthy case of expectations adjustment.<p><b>The tablet computer has always felt inevitable.</b> The desire to harness the power of a computer in the comfortable form of a letter-size tablet with a keyboard, or perhaps a stylus for more …

Bill Gates

NJ Governor Is Already Looking for Ways to Revive AC’s Tourism Economy

As Atlantic City braces for a wave of casino closings expected to put more than 6,000 out of work, Gov. Christie, who once prophesied a promising …

Atlantic City fears closing casinos may be eyesore

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Before summer ends, Revel, Trump Plaza, the Showboat and the Atlantic Club will be shuttered ex-casinos, leaving Atlantic City officials looking for a way to avoid having dark, empty shells on its signature Boardwalk.<p>Analysts and entrepreneurs tell The Associated Press …

Why Mega-Cities Are Mega-Awesome: 8 Bustling Metropolises We Love

An old fable tells the tale of the city mouse and the country mouse (or the city oyster and the country oyster in our case -- we know, it's a bit of a stretch). The story ends with a precautionary warning: cities are crowded, dangerous, and unsavory. But, here at Oyster, we've never met a city we …

Buenos Aires

Should You Invest in Spanx for Your Under Eye Bags?

In the 15-plus years I’ve been covering the beauty market, I’ve slathered on more caffeine-laced eye creams than I care to admit. I’ve scared my …

Inside the sharing economy, workers find flexibility — and 19-hour days

France returns to work, with a heavy heart

While their country is still being invaded by record numbers of foreign tourists – they rose above 84 million last year, 20 million more than the actual number of citizens and the highest in the world – the French will slowly start trickling back from their traditional four-week summer vacation …