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Brilliant 'Central Station' Is Rich With Detail And Mystery

The best opening sentence in the history of modern science fiction belongs to William Gibson. And with his new novel, <i>Central Station</i>, Lavie Tidhar now holds the title for best opening paragraph:<p>The smell of rain caught them unprepared. It was spring, there was that smell of jasmine and it mixed …

Books

How Decision-Making Is Different Between Men And Women And Why It Matters In Business

<b>Part of the series “Today’s True Leadership”</b><p>In my work as a leadership trainer and a career success coach for women over 11 years, it’s become abundantly clear that the quality of one’s decision-making is not only a critical factor in her professional success and impact, but also reflects a wide …

Leadership

Google Parent Alphabet Could Build a Futuristic, Parking-Free City

Google parent company Alphabet has been taking some “moonshots” recently, working on futuristic projects from robotics to connected homes.<p>Now …

This man's microchip can predict your future

<b>(CNN) —</b> It would be remiss to describe Chris Toumazou's path to professorship as anything other than unconventional. Make that highly unconventional.<p>"My education wasn't fantastic," Toumazou says as he welcomes CNN to the stylish South Kensington campus of Imperial College London, where he is …

Imperial College London

10 of the best smartphone concepts we wish were real

There are smartphones to suit almost all tastes these days... that is, as long as your tastes involve using a black rectangle with a touchscreen.<p>A …

Samsung Galaxy S7

The other side of Badu's comments — Why I think self-awareness is revolutionary

Did you know April is Sexual Assault Awareness month? Perhaps it’s why organic conversations seem to keep popping up around the topic. Social media …

Biofuels, plastics and drugs: is this the future of our farms?

Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture<p>Farmer Rob Pickering last week planted nine hectares of flood-prone land in Lincolnshire with an African plant called miscanthus, or elephant grass. By selling the fast-growing crop as biofuel for …

Farming

The United States of Japan Shows What Happens When Ideology Crumbles

In Peter Tieryas’ novel <i>The United States of Japan</i>, the United States loses the Second World War to Japan, and finds itself split between the invading …

Biotech’s quest to put a new spin on old age

On the eve of his 69th birthday, Craig Venter looks on, amused, as his digital doppelganger shuffles from foot to foot. Venter is the biggest entrepreneur in biotech. Now his white-bearded avatar is the star of an iPad app being demonstrated to me by his head of informatics, Scott Skellenger. …

Genetics

Is There A Zero-Point For Measuring Astronomical Speeds?

<i>Since you know how fast stuff in the universe is moving, where is the point of reference that is not moving at all, to base the speeds at which stuff travels?</i><p>This one has a quick answer and a longer explanation. The quick answer is that there is <i>no absolute</i> point of reference that defines motion for …

Universe

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is now an 8-bit video game and damn, it's hard

Courtesy of Reddit's pod design team<p>If navigating a Hyperloop pod through an airless tube at breakneck speeds is as difficult as the new <i>Break-a-Pod</i> 8-bit video game, then Elon Musk's vision of a "fifth mode of transportation" may be in trouble.<p>A few weeks ago, rLoop, the team of Hyperloop engineers …

Tesla Coil Remotely Induces Nanotubes to Self Assemble

Long chains of nanotubes self assembled into a circuit Images: Rice University Nikola Tesla conjured up all sorts of interesting experiments for his …

We Asked Siri About Game Of Thrones And It Turns Out Siri’s A Massive GoT Nerd

Ok, so you might enjoy <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but do you like it enough to make jokes about your provenance in <i>Game of Thrones</i>’ patronymics? Do you, when …

NASA wants to catch the solar wind to sail through space

The space agency begins testing a revolutionary new sail that aims to harness solar wind for propellant-free propulsion.<p>The edge of the solar system is a long way away. It took Voyager 1, the only human-made object to travel beyond the edge of the solar system (a barrier called the heliopause), 35 …

Space Travel

Controversial new theory of dark matter could rewrite history — NOVA Next | PBS

Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. It’s thought to be an invisible substance that makes up roughly five-sixths …

Dark Matter

Why Virtual Reality Will Change Design Forever

VR won’t just change the way we experience life. It will change the way we create.<p>My dining room may never be the same. The Ikea table and vintage fiberglass chairs have been pushed aside. The perimeter is traced with dangling cords, precariously connecting a constellation of hastily tape-mounted …

How getting caught with two cans of Olympia turned teenage Susan Straight into a writer

I like to close my eyes and imagine I am still a feral child, imprinted with the first sights and sounds, because lately I am surrounded by toddlers who come to my yard obsessed with the flowers poking through my fence, with my chickens and my dog, and by elderly loved ones who speak to me …

Blond Hair

This Website Can Teach You to Count Cards Like an MIT Math Genius

It turns out you don’t need to be an idiot savant like Dustin Hoffman’s character in <i>Rain Man</i>, or an MIT mathematics prodigy in order to count cards. …

A Strong Case for Uncommon Learning

<i>It is not that our students are actually learning differently per se, but the environment in which they are learning is dramatically different –</i> …

Pedagogy

This New Pen Digitises Your Notebooks as You Write in Them

This is so cool.<p>No matter how convenient and easy doing everything online is these days, nothing will replace the feeling of scribbling notes, …

Neural Networks: What Are They, And Why Is The Tech Industry Obsessed With Them?

The likes of Google and Facebook are pegging their futures on neural networks. Here’s why they’re the future of computing.<p>From Deep Dream to Deep Drumpf, everyone’s talking about neural networks these days. But what the heck <i>are</i> neural networks and what do they mean for the future of computing and …

This 3D Printer Makes Robots That Can Walk Away as Soon as They're Done

Bringing the world one step closer to having real-life replicators like <i>Star Trek</i> promised, researchers at MIT’s CSAIL lab have developed a new 3D …

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in April

Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? <i>Two</i> Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry …

7 Powerful Tricks That Will Improve Your Writing Today | Inc.com

I'm not a writer, yet I've written three books. I have ideas. Big ideas. And so do you. Maybe you already launched a blog. Maybe you're even interested in publishing a book.<p>If you have big ideas, and want to communicate your ideas to as many people as possible. Read on.<p>You <i>must learn</i> how to write …

Google Trends

Zero-energy Biosphera 2.0 prefab gives you the freedom to live almost anywhere

Meet Biosphera 2.0, a home of the future that produces its own energy and can give you the freedom to live and move anywhere in the world. Created by …

Prefab Homes

Inside the garage labs of DIY gene hackers, whose hobby may terrify you

When the future of genetic engineering arrived on Sebastian Cocioba’s doorstep, it was affixed to the back of a postcard from Austria with a little …