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The scientific reason you don't like LED bulbs — and the simple way to fix them

When you change your gaze, your eyes will automatically make a rapid jerking movement, known as a saccade.<p>If the direction of the saccade is the same as that of the train, your eyes will freeze the image for a split second, long enough to read the station name if you time things right.<p>Saccades are …

Chemicals lurking in household dust may prime cells to store fat

This is not an excuse for second breakfast.<p>We know that dust can make us sneeze, but can the scourge of clean homes everywhere also make us gain weight?<p>Possibly, according to a recent study in <i>Environmental Science and Technology</i>. In a manner of speaking, anyway.<p>Earlier research had discovered that …

Now you can conquer Microsoft Excel for under $40

Today <b>AAPicks</b> have had our heads turned by an Excel eLearning package aimed at… well…. <b>everyone</b>.<p>On your resume, does it say something like ‘<b>Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel</b>’? Once upon a time mine did. I did a stint in the finance sector, spent plenty of time coloring the boxes and making …

How to Organize Your Entire Life with Trello

Trello is an awesome project management tool that makes collaboration easy and, dare I say, even fun. But this visual list tool can do so much more, …

Fujifilm XQ2: an ultra-compact camera packed with features

Fujifilm is back again with yet another camera, the XQ2. There’s a lot to like about this camera, with its maker aiming to combine the best of both …

Awesome MacBook dock looks like it was designed by Apple

LAS VEGAS — Laptop docks aren’t usually the sexiest things in the world, but the latest hardware from Henge Docks could be considered somewhat titillating.<p>Henge’s upcoming horizontal docking station is a beauty. Its sleek, metallic profile looks like an extension of Apple’s unibody MacBook design. …

Raise shields: Protective invisible barrier found surrounding Earth

The idea of putting a <i>Star Trek</i>-like force field around the entire Earth seems like the fodder for a fairly silly science fiction epic out of the …

Universe

Wireless label maker is a boon for cable-hating office supply fetishists

For some just the phrase "P-touch" elicits feelings of organizational euphoria. We get that label makers aren't exactly the sexiest gadgets in the world, but like ever other gadget there is a need to evolve. Brother took the obvious route and just crammed a wireless radio into the PT-P750W. Under …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

This Simple Device Harvests Sunshine And Beams It Down To Dark City Streets

A skyscraper building boom is blocking out more and more natural light in cities around the world. Engineers have designed a solution to pull sunlight down to where the people are.<p>As cities run out of buildable space, they keep getting taller: A record number of skyscrapers are planned in London, …

30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …

Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S3 custom ROMs

You want to bring the best out of your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone by using a custom ROM, but you dread spending days trawling the web for the best ones? …

LanguageTwin: A New Way For Language Students To Practice What They’ve Learned

Learning a language is never easy. One thing that’s usually missing in the way students learn a new language is the ability to use their new skills while talking to a native speaker. LanguageTwin, a startup I met at the Willamette Angel Conference in Corvallis, Ore., last week, aims to do just …