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Beyond Raqqa, an Even Bigger Battle to Defeat ISIS and Control Syria Looms

BEIRUT, Lebanon — American-backed forces have begun an assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State’s hub in northern Syria, and signs are that they could capture the long-sought target with relative ease. Yet the militant group’s commanders, who have already withdrawn their toughest forces from the city, …

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The Secret Algorithm Behind Learning

<i>“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”</i> <br>― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book<p>I …

Elon Musk Says Tesla's New Solar Tiles Can Defrost Themselves

Hold onto your butts solar aficionados, the next generation solar roof is coming, and it looks good. During a brief event Friday night, Elon Musk …

Scientists Say You Should Do This Exercise at Least Twice a Week to Make Your Brain Work Better

Engaging in <b>regular weightlifting</b> could actually make your brain work better and prevent dementia, concludes new research by Australian scientists. As …

Scheme to Delete Google Results Is Exposed

When a Google search turns up negative stories, Europeans can turn to a controversial “right to be forgotten” law. But in the United States, where no …

Wall Street's top oil watcher explains what's happening in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Libya

Helima Croft, head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, spends her days keeping tabs on geopolitics and oil.<p>Croft recently spoke with Business Insider about OPEC's agreement to limit production, how Russia and Iran play into that, Saudi Arabia's agenda to go in a new direction, and the …

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Productive

Of course you do. So here's how.<p>I absolutely believe in the power of hard work. Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>That's basically my mantra: I may not be as talented, or educated, or …

Dell Outlines The Death Of The PC

The era where the PC is dominant in IT is rapidly coming to a close as we move towards a future dominated by post-PC devices such as smartphones and tablets, and if your business is reliant on the PC to keep the dollars flowing in then you’d better start working on “Plan B.”<p>The message that the era …

Frustrated with iCloud, Apple’s developer community speaks up en masse

Some are turning away from iCloud altogether after bad user experiences.<p>Apple's iCloud is marketed to us end users as a convenient and centralized …

Computers Made Out of DNA, Slime and Other Strange Stuff | WIRED

Everybody knows a computer is a machine made of metal and plastic, with microchip cores turning streams of electrons into digital reality.<p>A century …

Botnet Warlord: Meet the Man Who Will Kill Your Computer

You can blow away any website in the world if you try hard. Throw enough traffic at a server on the internet—friendly or otherwise—and it'll buckle. …

Here's How Google Glass Actually Works

We all know Google Glass doesn't need sorcery for you to comfortably see a digital image projected over reality. But just how does it work? This …

Fujitsu has developed technology that can turn a surface into a touchscreen: http://on.mash.to/11clpVD

Hackers get root access on Google Glass ahead of retail release (update)

Tinkerers have only had their hands on the Google Glass "Explorer Edition" for a few days, but they've already found a way to achieve root on Google's much-ballyhooed face-computer, granting full access to the device's Android operating system.<p>The hack comes courtesy of legendary iOS jailbreaker …

Pirates fail to trigger Copyright Alert System after torrenting TV, movie, and music files

It seems the ISP-backed Copyright Alert System isn't the be-all, end-all tool for combating piracy that content owners were hoping for. At least not yet. As evidence of that, <i>The Daily Dot</i> is today detailing a test conducted in February meant to gauge how easily the alert system could be triggered. …

You're creating beautiful art on your iPad without even realizing it: http://on.mash.to/Zvofaj

5 Places to Look for Your Digital Footprint

Recently, many iPhone and iPad users were incensed to learn that Siri — the personal digital assistant for iOS devices — has an eerily long memory. …

X-51A WaveRider hypersonic missile successfully hits Mach 5.1 in final test

In its fourth and final test, the X-51A WaveRider pulled off three and a half minutes of flight under the power of its supersonic combustion ramjet (Scramjet), the longest such flight ever. The WaveRider, developed by Boeing, DARPA, and the Air Force, is designed to test the feasibility of …

Google's Timelapse project shows how the Earth has changed over a quarter of a century

Google has expanded its mapping platform to launch a new project called Timelapse, taking you back through time to see how our planet has changed over the last 25 years. To create its new interactive HTML5 animations, Google teamed up with the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to combine …

Down with the data center: can a peer-to-peer swarm replace cloud computing?

Space Monkey wants to put a peoples' cloud in every home<p>Not long ago, we looked to "the cloud" and saw a liberating force, a way to unshackle ourselves from the messiness of computing by offloading our data into large, mysterious, supposedly secure servers in undisclosed locations. But the reality …

BitTorrent Sync P2P File Storage Service: YouTorrent - Technabob

Cloud storage services like Dropbox are great not just for backing up data but for sharing files with other people as well. BitTorrent is developing …

You Should Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence

I, for one, do not welcome our new robot overlords.<p>Let me elaborate.<p>Writing about Artificial Intelligence is a challenge. By and large, there are two …

New Malware Can Jump Air Gaps Using Inaudible Sound

A team of computer scientists has developed a new breed of malware, which can leap between devices using inaudible audio signals—then covertly …

Why E-mail Can’t Be Completely Private - MIT Technology Review

When Lavabit—an e-mail service used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden—suspended service last week amid hints that it had received a …

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Researchers uncover the oldest primate fossil yet, underscoring genetic break from humans

Researchers have uncovered what is now the oldest known primate fossil, pushing our understanding of human evolution seven million years farther into history than we could see before. Discovery of the 55-million-year-old fossil allowed an international team of researchers to identify a previously …

Renegade GM wheat confined to single Oregon field says agriculture secretary

The agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, moved to steady Asian and European nerves about US wheat exports on Wednesday, saying there was no indication …

Casinos ban gamblers from using Google Glass

Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games<p>ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet.<p>Regulators say the gadgets …