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Why we want food so much it hurts

Be it chocolate, cheese or chip shop curry, craving a favourite food is something we’ve all experienced. Why do our bodies suffer such serious pangs? Veronique Greenwood investigates.<p>There's nothing like the salty tang of beef-flavoured Top Ramen broth and a mouthful of slightly overdone instant …

Ice Cream

Astronaut Scott Kelly watched Gravity in space last night

So, let's say you're one month into a year-long mission on the International Space Station, and you're feeling a little bored. You decide to pop in a movie. What film do you choose?<p>If you're Scott Kelly, it's <i>Gravity</i>. The astronaut tweeted a photo of "movie night" aboard ISS, and, sure enough, you …

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

We've all heard that an aspirin a day can keep heart disease at bay. But lots of Americans seem to be taking it as a preventive measure, when many probably shouldn't.<p>In a recent national survey, more than half the adults who were middle age or older reported taking an aspirin regularly to prevent a …

Women Are Less Likely to Harm One Person To Help Many

But not for lack of rational thinking<p><i>You are hiding from enemy soldiers when an orphaned baby begins to cry. Do you smother the baby, if it's the only way to save yourself and the others from the enemy from being captured? What if you will all be killed if you don't?</i><p>In the face of such a …

A new study says only a few parts of the brain control rats' dreams

Many scientists have speculated that dreams help us process memory or learn new things. But there’s a lot of work between that and figuring out what our bodies are actually doing when we dream. Now, a group of researchers at UCBL in Lyon, France say they’ve found a link between REM sleep and a few …

Laid Pretty: Five Bird Eggs That Are Beautiful Even Without Dye

Decorated by nature<p>Easter is almost here, and with it, the annual crafting ritual of dyeing, coloring, painting, and otherwise bedazzling eggs with all kinds of designs.<p>Nature also has plenty of beautifully weird egg designs, many with the express purpose of camouflaging the egg from predators. But …

'Blue Blood' Helps Antarctic Octopus Survive in Brutally Cold Waters

Octopuses in Antarctica survive subzero temperatures because of blue pigment in their blood, a new study finds.<p>The ice-cold temperatures in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica range between 28.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1.8 degrees Celsius) to 35.6 degrees F (2 degrees C). In such frigid …

Zoology

Watch Italian Robots Destroy Underwater WWII Explosives

Ka-boom!<p>Every bomb that doesn’t go off is a future bad day waiting to happen. In Laos, unexploded bombs dropped during the Vietnam War still kill hundreds of people annually. They're also a deadly problem at sea. The Italian Navy recently announced that it has dismantled several underwater mines …

10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales

<i>KGI</i><p>It has been a tough slough for Apple’s iPad since the height of its popularity in 2013. Facing its second straight year of negative growth, there isn’t a consensus on why iPad sales have declined. I believe the slump is attributable to a combination of factors.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook called the …

With Windows 10, Do Laptops Need Touch? (Dell Has Some Thoughts)

How necessary is touch for Windows laptops? Maybe not quite as necessary as PC suppliers and consumers thought a couple of years ago.<p>I’m using two Windows laptops with touch capability right now. Here’s the 140-character-or-less version of my need for touch: I barely use it. And many Dell customers …

Consumer Tech

Twitch Plays Pokémon finally captures all 151 original monsters

More than a year after an ever-changing group of internet strangers first completed <i>Pokémon Red</i> by pressing random buttons, Twitch Plays Pokémon has finally caught every single one of the 151 collectible creatures in the Game Boy game. After 39 days of play, the final Pokémon — genetically modified …

WhatsApp might make chat backup painless with Google Drive

Transferring your WhatsApp data to a new device can be a pain — particularly if you’re switching from Android to another platform, or vice-versa. But …

Tim Cook Named 'World's Greatest Leader,' Reflects on Leading Post-Jobs Era at Apple

Following the release of <i>Becoming Steve Jobs</i>, an acclaimed biography of the late Apple co-founder, <i>Fortune</i> has named Tim Cook the "world's greatest leader," accompanied by an in-depth profile that reflects on the chief executive in the post-Jobs era. The interesting article provides a closer look at …

Addicted to your iPhone? Try the 'limited functionality' BlackBerry

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>A politician telling the truth is as rare and precious as a fish thanking you for eating it.<p>I am, therefore, moved to paroxysms of wonder at the revelations of British Labor Party leader and prime …

Mobile Technology

Google's Android Auto in-car system is finally hitting the road

Google has announced Android Auto is now available in compatible cars across the United States, UK and Australia.<p>Android Auto is a system that works …

Android News

Facebook, Twitter -- And A Tussle At SXSW Over First Amendment

Are Facebook and Twitter justified in taking down content that they deem to be abusive, hateful or likely to promote violence, even if such posts might enjoy free-speech protection under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? That question touched off a feisty debate today at the South by …

What comes after the flying car? A self-flying car

AUSTIN, Texas -- AeroMobil, a startup from Slovakia, is already making sci-fi lore a reality: the company has made a prototype of a flying car. But that's not enough for the company. The next thing it has on its roadmap for the coming decade? A self-flying car.<p>AeroMobil has built a hybrid car and …

Flying Car

Internet’s oldest dot-com address still exists - and it’s turning 30 on Sunday

The domain name, Symbolics.com, is still accessible, although there are barely any functions available.<p>According to CNNMoney, the domain name was first bought by a company with the same name, Symbolics, on March 15, 1985.<p>It was a company best-known for developing a computer language called "Lisp," …

Arrange Your iPhone Icons Any Way You Want With Makeovr

One of the biggest gripes I have with the iPhone 6 Plus is that there’s no way to permanently bring my homescreen icons closer to the bottom of the giant screen. With Makeovr, a new web app, there’s finally a way.<p>Makeovr is fairly straightforward; take a screenshot of an empty page of your …

Father watches birth of baby boy 4,000 km away with Samsung Gear VR

An Australian father has watched the birth of his child using virtual reality technology from 4,000 kilometres away.<p>Jason Larke is a fly-in, fly-out …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day with cheap Xbox Music subscriptions

Microsoft is celebrating Pi Day today (it’s 3/14/15, get it?) by offering a year-long subscription to its Xbox Music streaming service for $31.41. …

BlackBerry takes another shot at a tablet -- sort of

BlackBerry is taking another stab at the tablet business, albeit through a backdoor.<p>On Saturday, at the CeBIT tech conference in Germany, the company unveiled the SecuTablet -- developed by Samsung, IBM and Secusmart, a Germany-based security-software maker BlackBerry bought last year.<p>The …

Mobile

Apple Watch vs. Android Wear: Comparing the Tech Giants' Smartwatches

The differences between Apple's first wearable and its Google-powered competition go beyond just price.<p>Thanks to Apple's big event on Monday, the …

This Guy Turned A Quadcopter Into A Star Wars Speeder Bike And It’s Amazing

Okay, this is the last quadcopter-to-“Star Wars Universe”-thing we (or at least I) will post*, I promise.<p><i>[* this week]</i><p>BUT SERIOUSLY, LOOK AT THIS THING. It is perfection. About 30 seconds into the video, I actually stood up and whooped.<p>We’ve seen the Millenium Falcon quadcopter. We’ve seen a TIE …

The latest version of Android could keep your data safe on public WiFi

Android 5.1 has been available to Nexus devices for a little while now, and it looks like one of its neatest features - sorry HD Voice and Device Protection - isn't quite ready for public consumption yet. Thanks to a little bit of sleuthing by <i>Pocketables</i> editor-in-chief John Freml, it looks like …

Android News

This former Facebook engineer secretly built a startup that everybody's going nuts over

SignalFx's announcement came at the end of a two-year quiet period, as it revealed it has raised $28.5 million in funding across two super-secret rounds led by Andreessen Horowitz — in fact, Ben Horowitz joined the board — and Charles River Ventures, respectively.<p>"These are some of the smartest and …

Near Me is dead, long live iBeacons — at SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas — Remember the Near Me app craze from a few years ago? At SXSW 2013, Highlight and Banjo were the hot apps of the moment. No one talks …

Texas