Alec Kaufman

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Playing Tetris Can Reduce Urges to Eat, Smoke, Drink

Three minutes of the game reduced cravings by 24 percent in a recent study.<p>The never-ending falling blocks of Tetris have caused innumerable people untold amounts of frustration. YouTube star Hank Green even has a song memorializing the evil of “The Man Who Throws The Tetris Piece.” But a new study …

How to Rip a DVD to Your Computer

Say you have a movie on DVD, but you want to watch it on your phone, tablet, somewhere else. You can “rip” that DVD—or turn it into a movie file on …

These $99 Google Glass prescription lenses look nice, but use a $129 clip

So much for adding prescription eyewear to Google(s goog) Glass for only $99. Rochester Optical has shown off what their design looks like to Forbes …

Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 concepts bring new Samsung design patents to life

After a couple of new design patents have been awarded to Samsung on the last day of the previous year, a couple of new smartphone concepts have emerged imagining what the future Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 would look like in case Samsung would actually use the design shown in those …

Journey to Antarctica: I'm learning to live in a world where everything is in constant motion

I woke up this morning when I slid, head-first, into the wall at the end of my narrow bunk. A moment later, I began sliding the other way. A second or two after that, I was heading back towards the top of the bunk.<p>The Akademik Shokalskiy has been steaming across the Southern Ocean and, since last …

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Between life and death – the power of therapeutic hypothermia

When Anna Bågenholm fell while skiing and became trapped in icy water, her body temperature plummeted and her heart stopped, but doctors were able to bring her back to life. Her extraordinary story has led to therapeutic hypothermia being used around the world<p>Deep in the heart of northern Norway …

Can women get sex whenever they like?

It's Christmas – the season for making merry, going out and, if you're single, trying to snog people under the mistletoe before the pubs close. So I thought it would be a good time to look at one of the oldest assumptions in the Men vs Women book: can women get sex whenever they want, while men are …

Curiosity Finds A Former Lake On Mars

Was it home to life? It could have been. Meanwhile, the search for organic compounds continues.<p>Once upon a time, in the lowest part of Gale Crater on Mars, there was a lake about the length and width of one of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. It was fed by rivers that ran into it. If you stood …

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Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor, Scientists Say

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.<p>This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, …

BigPic: The Science Of Lubricated Hamsters

We could solve this with math, but it's more fun if we have an actual hamster, some lube, and an inclined block.<p>Excellent Tumblr Thanks, Textbooks found this great one from a physics textbook involving a somewhat questionable activity. [via Maggie Koerth-Baker and Popperfront]

Online in 3D: the 'grotesque beauty' of medieval Britons' diseased bones

The bones of a young woman who died of syphilis more than 500 years ago, the reassembled jaw of a man whose corpse was sold to surgeons at the London hospital in the 19th century and the contorted bone of an 18th-century man who lived for many years after he was shot through the leg, are among the …

IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer Will Power A 'Cognitive, Expert Personal Shopper' App Next Year

IBM Watson Solutions VP Stephen Gold told us that starting in 2014, consumers can look for the first three Watson-powered apps from IBM business partners.<p>We were most intrigued by the description of one of these apps in particular, Fluid Retail. Here's how Gold described it to us:<p>"Fluid, which …

The Astronomical Hijinks of the Shortest Day of the Year

The solstice isn't for more than a week, but the earliest sunset of the year is already upon us. How's that possible?<p>If you live around latitude 42N—a well-populated latitude in North America and Europe, taking in Boston, Rome, and Vladivostok—today is the day you'll experience the earliest sunset …

Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past

“Bless-ed Rise, Bless-ed Rise,” the three-syllable Rastafarian greeting echoed off rusted copper kettle planters lining the breezeways of our …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …