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Why free Wi-Fi kiosks in NYC can't stop people from watching porn in public

Private habits are becoming more public as cities like New York build free Wi-Fi kiosks on busy street corners.<p>LinkNYC has launched more than 300 stations in New York this year by transforming old payphone booths into digital towers. Each is equipped with USB charging ports, high-speed Wi-Fi access …

Telecoms

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

Paranormal

Switzerland might be ending banking as we know it

I can pretty much guarantee you that the biggest story not being covered in the traditional business press right now is that Switzerland is holding a referendum later this year to consider ending fractional reserve banking (!).<p>Yes, you read that correctly. That paragon of the banking industry is …

Great Depression

Largest ever prime number discovered has 22 million digits

The number was found by a computer in Missouri and is five million digits longer than the previous record-holder<p>A computer in Missouri has uncovered the world's largest prime number ever seen by humans. The number is 274,207,281– 1, which has 22 million digits.<p>Even the least mathematical among us …

Mathematics

Monster El Niño probed by meteorologists

Unprecedented Pacific Ocean campaign aims to improve forecasts for strong storms.<p>Climate scientists this week began a research blitz to study El …

Weather

David Bowie changed the very meaning of being a rock star

NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie made clear, in a way that was exhilarating and sometimes frightening, what every rock star since Elvis Presley and Little Richard had been telling us all along — that anything was possible.<p>With his unpredictable range of styles, his melding of European jadedness with …

David Bowie

How to Buy a Phone Now That 2-Year Contracts Are Dead

Two-year cell phone contracts are officially dying. T-Mobile dumped them years ago, then Verizon followed suit late last year. With AT&T set to get …

San Francisco

Hackers tried to use a journalist's PayPal account to fund ISIS

He's a famed cybersecurity journalist who formerly worked for The Washington Post, and now breaks stories on his blog, KrebsOnSecurity.<p>But his reporting on hacking and the dark side of the internet has angered some, and he's a now a frequent target of fraudsters and cybercriminals.<p>Krebs was …

Identity Theft

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

College & University

Why Humanity's Survival May Depend on Colonizing Mars

After decades of space exploration and countless movies on the subject, why exactly does Mars continue to inspire such high levels of cultural and scientific fascination?<p>Both the red planet and NASA are coasting on a wave of newfound popularity, taking center stage in big-budget Hollywood …

Asteroids

Neanderthals ‘kept our early ancestors out of Europe’

Ancient teeth found in China suggest Homo sapiens was outwitted by its rivals<p>The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revealed in the science …

Humanity

Leaked Continuum Video Shows Microsoft Has Found Its Mojo Again

Something has happened at Redmond. Whatever it is, it’s been enough to stir a few echoes back here with someone who left Windows as a platform over a decade ago for OSX. Of course I could sit here and quote statistics all night long about Android vs. Windows vs. OSX (and iOS in its various forms) …

App Store

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Engines

US government asks Toyota: Why does Isil have so many of the company's vehicles?

The US treasury department has asked Toyota for help in understanding why Isil has so many of their vehicles<p>American counter-terrorism officials have asked Toyota to help them determine why such a large number of their vehicles have fallen into the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant …

BlackBerry Priv leak indicates 4K video recording, 64-bit processor and ‘BlackBerry Safeguard’ software

One of the most hotly-anticipated handsets of this year was finally made official recently, although little was said about its internal specs. All we know (officially) is that the BlackBerry PRIV will be an Android smartphone, and it will be a portrait slider with a physical QWERTY keyboard with …

Christian group predicts Doomsday: The end of the world - latest

Chris McCann, leader of the eBible fellowship and all-round God expert, believes the world will be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. We are on hand to liveblog the end<p>Latest<p>We will be here all day to update you on the progress of the apocalypse, and why it might be happening.<p><b>The</b> …

Zayn Malik

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

Market history is calling, and it's saying stock performance will be crappy for another ~10 years

If history is a guide, it's likely to stay weak for at least another 10 years.<p>Why?<p>Because stocks are still fantastically expensive relative to most of recorded history.<p>And in the past, when stocks have been this expensive — or close to this expensive — performance over the next decade has been …

Stock Markets

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast …

Middle East
Junior Hockey

Homo naledi, a new species of human, discovered in a cave in South Africa

Scientists find fossils of our ancient relative, who had surprisingly human-like features, in a remote cave near Johannesburg<p>Early humans buried their dead in caves, scientists have found, after discovering a new species hidden in a burial chamber.<p>At least 15 skeletons of the species - named Homo …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

US launches secret drone war against Islamic State in Syria

The CIA and American special forces are running armed drones over Syria in a mission to kill top members of Isil<p>The CIA and US Special Forces have launched a secret drone programme in Syria, designed to hunt down and kill high-value members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.<p>The …

Osama Bin Laden

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

25-minute walk could add seven years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan<p>Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.<p>Researchers said …

Why is China's stock market falling and how might it affect the global economy?

Concerns about inflation, shares and interest rates are raised after ‘Black Monday’ chaos sees billions wiped off markets around the globe<p>What has happened in China?<p>China’s stock market has fallen sharply over recent weeks despite measures by officials in Beijing aimed at calming investors’ jitters …

Stock Markets

'80s game designers had to cheat their way to color graphics

We take powerful computer graphics for granted nowadays, to the point where we complain when 4K games won't play at 60fps. But YouTube's iBookGuy showed how tough designers had it back in the 80s just to make color graphics work, period, on 16K machines of the day. They had to use a variety of …