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16 Style Lessons You Can Learn from the Men of the Golden Globes

Copper catalyst makes ethanol without crops

Scientists have found a highly efficient way to make liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative …

Stanford University

Here Are The Most Ridiculous Things Microsoft's Version Of Siri Says

Microsoft is billing Cortana as a more human-like personal assistant that gets to know you over time.<p>Although Windows Phone 8.1 isn't officially available to the public yet, Cortana is already well aware of the competition from Google and Apple.<p>Here's a look at some of the funniest responses from …

This smiley face is either a perfectly fitting typo or the world's first emoticon

It turns out that the emoticon might be a bit older than we originally thought. Literary critic Levi Stahl has found what could possibly be the first instance of a ":)" in Robert Herrick's 1648 poem "To Fortune." Stahl checked to see if it was just a typo in the edition of <i>Hesperides</i> that he owns, …

Mathematicians Create App To Beat Jet Lag

The solution is simpler than previously thought<p>How can you get over jet lag? There are hundreds of suggestions, but few of them have been rigorously tested. So some mathematicians from the University of Michigan created an app that can help you, which relies on new mathematical models and the …

Samsung wanted Google to do its dirty work in attacking Apple

Another interesting revelation from the ongoing Apple vs Samsung patent trial: concerned about launching attack ads on a company that was a customer as well as a competitor, Samsung sought to persuade Google to “launch a campaign against Apple.”<p>The then CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America, …

Bike-mounted 3D printer turns trash into twinkling tokens

Mobile printers are shrinking in size as they grow in popularity. A group of young makers in Taipei has taken advantage of the smaller size of the machines to take the technology to the streets of their city.<p>"We wanted to do something to bring both recycling and 3D printing closer to average …

Open Source Software

Chat App Line Launches 'Sticons' on Android

If stickers and emoticons still aren’t enough for you to express your emotions via chat apps, Japanese messaging service Line has now introduced ‘Sticons’ — a hybrid of stickers and emoticons (the name pretty much says it all).<p>Sticons can be used in text messages just like emoticons, but what’s …

Google Hints It May Begin Favoring Encrypted Sites in Searches

Google is considering giving a boost to encrypted sites in its search-engine results, one of its top engineers has hinted.<p>Matt Cutts, an engineer in …

Encryption

Toshiba unveils its 4K UltraHD laptop — and a bunch of new back-to-school computers

Toshiba is unveiling a laptop with four times the visual sharpness of typical computer screens today. The Satellite P55t laptop has one of the first 4K UltraHD displays, or screens just as sharp as the newest flat-screen TVs.<p>The laptop can display four times as many pixels as a standard …