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Getting Ready to Move to Mars

Scientists are hard at work preparing to create humanity’s second home.<p>One day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without …

Space Exploration

Uber’s carpooling saved China riders 120 trips around the earth in first 100 days

Just over three months ago, Uber launched its carpooling service, UberPool, in its single most important city in the world: Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. In those first 100 days, Uber said it has saved commuters in the city nearly 4.8 million kilometres — or the …

India is the worst place in the world to retire

India’s pension system is broken, and retirement is a rough ride in Asia’s third largest economy.<p>According to the 2015 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, India ranks last among 25 countries when it comes to retirement income systems. The study, conducted by consultancy firm Mercer, is now in …

Beyond 'Back to the Future': Experts Serve Up Tech Predictions for 2045

In "Back to the Future Part II," Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel from 1985 to October 21, 2015, to find a world filled with flying cars, hoverboards and self-drying jackets.<p>Those predictions didn't exactly pan out, although people are working on each of those concepts. (Screenwriter Bob Gale did …

Singularity

World’s Best Airlines for Food 2015

Score: 54.92<p>“They let us keep the whole can when we get a drink!” joked one voter this year. But sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. On …

New camera captures invisible details, sees through the skin of fruit

Everyone has a different method for determining if produce at the grocery store is underripe, just right or rotten. There's the knock test, the squeeze test and, of course, the smell test. But if the HyperCam, a new type of camera being developed by the University of Washington and Microsoft …

Penny Is A Chat-Based Personal Finance Coach

Have you ever wondered why being financially responsible can be so difficult? Maybe it’s because most money management tools are too complicated and overwhelming for the average user.<p>Penny, a new personal finance app, is fixing this by giving users personalized financial advice via a simple chat …