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The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity

“Ever since we discovered that Earth is round… we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience.”<p>In what remains the most beautiful love letter to the mesmerism of mathematics, James Joseph Sylvester wrote that …

Physics

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

Libraries

A scientist who studies psychopaths found out he was one by accident — and it completely changed his life

A neuroscientist at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Fallon (not to be confused with Jimmy Fallon, the popular TV host) first began studying the brains of murderers, rapists, and other criminals in the mid-1990s, when his university got its first PET brain-imaging machine. But he didn't start …

Psychology

Three Experiments That Show Quantum Physics Is Real

A couple of weeks ago, I listed six essential principles everyone should know about quantum physics. Some of those items are pretty weird, though, particularly the wave-particle duality and non-locality items. Which leads naturally to the question “How can such a wacky theory actually be true?”<p>One …

Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

Popular writer and scholar Graham Hancock once said that we’re like a species with amnesia, and it’s true, the origins of the human race, and the …

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

Search

The online-dating business is still a small industry — tiny, by most standards. But the news this week that Zoosk, one of the bigger companies in the space, plans to go public might be yet another sign that this is an industry set to soar.<p>An IBISWorld report from September 2013, the most recent …

La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the …

Philippe Starck wants you to make 3D-printed custom furniture

Philippe Starck is no longer satisfied with crafting exotic-looking products that don't change -- he wants to give you control over the design process. He tells the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> that his newly opened custom furniture venture, TOG, will eventually become an open source community that lets you …

LumoBack’s latest anti-slouching sensor takes on activity trackers with new metrics

LumoBack launched last year on Kickstarter as a “smart” posture sensor that buzzes whenever it senses its wearer is slouching. But, with its newest …

Google has a 'near perfect' universal translator -- for Portuguese, at least

Google continues its efforts to bring us the world of "Star Trek" and life on the U.S.S. Enterprise four centuries ahead of schedule -- minus the <i>really</i> hard stuff like the warp drive. The company's latest effort along these lines, according to Android product guru Hugo Barra, is a real-time …

Wi-Fi enabled taxis to be flagged up to passengers

Londoners will now be able to identify which black cabs offer free Wi-Fi to passengers via a new TfL approved sticker.<p>The symbol will be rolled out to a network of 300 London taxis.<p>A recent survery by communications agency Ubiquitous found three quarters (75 per cent) of London taxi passengers …

Transportation

Ikea's new augmented reality app lets you preview digital furniture in your physical house

Augmented reality may be the most interesting thing ever to happen to the Ikea catalog.<p>With the 2014 Ikea catalog app, not only can you preview Ikea’s furniture in 3D, but for the first time you’ll be able to use your smartphones to see exactly how the digital items will look in your home.<p>The …

PetziConnect Is A Wireless Camera & Treat Disher For Dog Owners To Remotely Pet Fido

Connected gizmos for dogs are having a moment, thanks to the likes of FitBark and other canine activity trackers. But here’s a connected gadget designed for dog owners to interact with their pet, rather than keep tabs on its health. Indeed, overuse of the PetziConnect’s treat dispenser feature may …

Google prototyping real-time translation technology with 'near perfect' results

Google is currently prototyping a real-time translation technology that could revolutionize the way people communicate when abroad. Android VP Hugo Barra offered some details on the initiative — which exceeds the scope of Google's current translate services — to <i>The UK Times</i>. "We've got tons of …

Locket pays you pennies a day to cover your Android lock screen with ads

It turns out you <i>can</i> make money by wasting time on your smartphone. Locket is a new Android app that places advertisements on your phone's lock screen and rewards you for swiping through for more information. Once you've downloaded and installed Locket, it requests three pieces of information; your …

Gambling comes to Facebook with Paddy Power real money sport app

Facebook is to launch a sports gambling app in partnership with bookmaker Paddy Power, allowing users to gamble with real money for the first time.<p>Paddy Power In-Play! is the first product to allow sports gambling with real money on the social networking site, and will mark a turning point for …

Algoriddim teases upcoming release of ‘djay 2’ iOS app

Algoriddim, developers of the popular Apple Design Award winning ‘djay’ app, today is teasing an upcoming release of the app with the ‘djay 2’ teaser trailer above. The app, which aims to turn your iPhone or iPad into true professional DJ mixing software, is going to be adding some big new features …

Secret.li iOS app makes Facebook photos self-destruct after a set period of time

If you often partake in social activities -- particularly those involving alcohol -- you may have a horror story about compromising Facebook photos. A new iOS app, Secret.li, sets out to limit the lifespan of those sensitive images, letting you delete the evidence before your boss (or parents) …

Kaggle now has 100K data scientists, but what’s a data scientist?

Data science competition platform Kaggle has reached the 100,000-member milestone just over three years after launching, the company announced on its …

What I learned from researching almost every single smart watch that has been rumored or announced

Smart watches! I sure hope you like them, because literally everyone is developing one. And yet, given the vanishingly small proportion of watches that are “smart,” clearly, something is holding them back. Here are the trends that jumped out when I undertook a more or less comprehensive catalog of …

Smartwatches

Potto is an International Lottery for your Smartphone

TrafficGem CEO Manchul Ko founded the company in January of this year having previously spent three years as as a global marketing manager for a utility app development company.<p>Thinking that mobile games needed a new approach to getting organic users, he decided to start his own business. Ko …

Time to get your butt off the couch: Fitness app market to grow 63 percent by 2017 [report]

The already wide world of sports and fitness apps is projected to grow by 63 percent over the next few years, according to a report this week from …

Snaplay Wants To Be The ‘Shazam For Images’, Uses Reverse Image Search To Find Related Music & Videos

Can’t be bothered to type something you want to search for? Snaplay is a reverse image search app that lets you snap a photo of a piece of media to retrieve associated music and videos which can then be viewed within the app. Its creators, London developer D&A, describe it as a ‘Shazam for images’. …

An Interview With Bryan Biniak, The Man Aiming To Bring Instagram To Nokia’s Windows Phones

Nokia’s Bryan Biniak has a tough job — he’s the guy who forges partnerships with all the hottest apps to bring them aboard Nokia devices, which now means Windows Phone 8. However, even with its steady growth, the Windows Phone platform only accounts for around 5 percent of the global market, behind …

SoundBrush, An App That Lets You Draw Music, Turns The Untrained Into Musicians

An iPad app called SoundBrush is out to make music composition accessible, even those who don’t play an instrument. After releasing a MVP in April 2012 to test out the concept of drawing music on a tablet, SoundBrush released a more sophisticated second version last month along with a sharing and …

Tablets Continue To Build Momentum As A Place To Pay, Android & iPad Up 5% In 10 Months

Payments company Adyen has published the first of a new quarterly index intended to track the evolving landscape of mobile commerce. One notable increase flagged up by the data is the increasing popularity of tablets as a commerce device. The inaugural <i>Adyen Global Mobile Payments Index</i> is based on …

Brighter Launches A New, Free Version Of Its Dental Service To Bring Affordable Care To The Uninsured

It was just about two years ago that Jake Winebaum (who had previously sold Business.com for $360 million) quietly launched Brighter.com, an online marketplace for discounted dental care. Within a few months, Winebaum and Brighter, which had launched with $5 million in its coffers, added another $8 …