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Asgardia, the world's first 'space nation' - CNN Style

How do you build the next-generation internet?

<b>Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today. These "quantum computers" are being developed in laboratories around the world. But scientists have already taken the next step, and are thinking about a light-based quantum internet that will have to be just as</b> …

The anti-tech campaign is based on false premises and the public isn't buying it

If you read the popular press today, you'd think that people are about to march on Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., with pitchforks, demanding …

Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more

KRACK attack is especially bad news for Android and Linux users.<p>Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows …

Information Security

It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

<b>(Getty/Everlite/Leon Neal/Photo Montage by Salon)</b><p>Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k!<p>Phil Torres<p>April 30, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of …

The Myth of a Superhuman AI | Backchannel

<b>I’ve heard that in the future</b> computerized AIs will become so much smarter than us that they will take all our jobs and resources, and humans will go …

Interactive periodic table finally clues us in to what elements are used for

Looking at the periodic table, most of us have no issues identifying the use of certain elements. Sodium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and others are no-brainers but what about the less talked about elements.<p>Seriously, do you know what Vanadium is used for? How about Polonium? Of course you don’t. …

Mind-blowing music: Tinie Tempah's brain scan

What really happens to our brains when we hear music? For rapper Tinie Tempah, writing music is about capturing ‘a feeling’; for scientists, it can reveal the mysteries of the mind. So what happened when Tinie agreed to let some scan his brain ‘on music’?<p>‘Can science get us to a point where there’s …

Distortion or depreciation: The problems facing Indian history writing | columns

One is often told that Indians do not care for their history. This is an odd accusation to hurl at a people who have a fair claim to being the …

Roman rubbish dump reveals secrets of ancient trading networks

Archaeologists are excavating Monte Testaccio, a huge artificial hill in the centre of Rome that is made up of millions of smashed amphorae<p>The world’s largest ancient Roman rubbish dump is revealing intriguing details about the extent and sophistication of trade in the Mediterranean 2,000 years ago.<p>…

Unusual Homes Around the World

Today we have a collection of images of interesting and unique houses from around the world, from cave dwellings and tree houses to soccer-ball-shaped shelters, toilet-shaped homes, and portable domiciles. <i>Updated with new images on October 3, 2017.</i>

Keyboard Shortcuts Resource List for Your Online Tools

In addition, there are a few regular shortcuts that can make browsing Facebook even faster.<p>j/k = scroll up/down between News Feed stories<p>l = like or unlike a story<p>c = comment on a story<p>s = share a story<p>p = post a new status update<p>/ = search<p>Typing a question mark will open the full list of Facebook …

This awesome graphic of all lifeforms will make you feel tiny

"LIFE ON EARTH IS ONE BIG EXTENDED FAMILY!" is the greatest lesson from evolution, Leonard Eisenberg shouts at the top of his website EvoGeneao.com, which he says stands for Evolutionary Genealogy.<p>Eisenberg created the graphic below to counter the creationist themes he's seen spring into science …

Mexican tequila harvest - in pictures

Graeme Robertson went to Mexico to photograph the Patrón tequila process, from harvest to bottling.<p>Order of Patrón production process<br>1 Harvesting, trimming, sorting<br>2 Baking/cooking<br>3 Crushing (Roller mill/tahona mill)<br>4 Fermentation (Roller mill/tahona mill)<br>5 Distillation (Roller mill/tahona mill)<br>6 …

The Psychology of Simple

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.<p>For a concept that we all understand, ‘simple’ is deceivingly difficult to pin down.<p>We may ‘know it when we see it’, but there’s more to what makes a product or website feel simple than just gut reaction.<p>In the words of Steve Jobs:<p>“Simple can be harder …

Behavioral Sciences

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

In the future, humans are going to be artificially intelligent.<p>That's the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google (GOOGL), who spoke Wednesday at the Exponential Finance conference in New York.<p>Kurzweil predicts that humans will become hybrids in the 2030s. That means our …

Artificial Intelligence

Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

<b>Editor's note, June 10:</b> <i>We have added an acknowledgement of several sources that Esther Gokhale used while developing her theories on back pain. These include physiotherapy methods, such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, and the work of anthropologist Noelle …

Pain

When the Brain Can't Make Its Own Maps

People with a rare neurological condition called Developmental Topographical Disorientation, or DTD, can even get lost inside their own houses.<p>Even though she hates lawn ornaments, Sharon Roseman, 68, has a grinning, pink lobster outside her home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She calls him Louie, …

12 Clever Tips To Help Make The Most Of Your Food

Make bitter coffee taste better and check whether eggs are rotten without cracking them open. Thanks to the American Chemical Society's "Reactions" video series for most of these tips.

Eggs

Will we ever understand the beginning of the universe? – Ross Andersen

One crisp day last March, Harvard professor John Kovac walked out of his office and into a taxicab that whisked him across town, to a building on the …

13 Houseplants That Can Survive in Even the Darkest Corner

We pinky-promise.<p>These low-light varieties won't want anything to do with your already-crowded windowsill. Check out the list below, then, once you've built up the confidence to go all out, take your Plant Lady status one step further with <i>The Backyard Homestead</i>, a beginner's guide to gardening. …

Plants

In pictures: 25 years of Hubble

The Simple 'Secret' to Making a Woman Orgasm Way Too Many People Still Don't Get

Louis CK has a bit on how men complain about women's "neediness" after sex:<p>“After sex, you’re looking at two very different people. The man just …

Every International Outlet, in One Handy Chart

We’ve all been there. You’ve caught the last available charter to Paris in pursuit of an international super-spy who’s inexplicably gone rogue, you …

Incredible Living Sculptures

Home and Garden<p>Incredible Living Sculptures (PHOTOS)<p>By Camille Mann<p>July 12 2013 02:45 PM EDT<p>weather.com<p>While plants are usually shaped by the sun, …

VisualCocaine

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

Urinal prototype uses fuel cells to generate steady stream of electricity

Human urine has been turned into all sorts of things over the centuries. Alchemists distilled phosphorous from it, it was once used for the …

Fuel Cell