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John Henson, son of Muppets founder, dies at 48

John Henson, who occasionally performed as a puppeteer in the Muppets troupe his father founded, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in upstate New York. He was 48 and did not have a history of heart trouble, his sister Cheryl said.<p>His father, Jim Henson, also died young: He was 53 when he …

How to draw 3D eggs

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Pics.io Edit aims for better online photo editing

Top Tech Photo, a Ukrainian company specializing in onilne photo editing, has built new tool called Edit.<p>Top Tech Photo already had launched a site called Pics.io tool for online handling of photos in some raw image formats from higher-end cameras. The new Pics.io Edit site, though, is for more …

Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.<p>The data pouring onto …

Path New Investor Could Backfire

Path is struggling in the US and Europe, but it is flying high in Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population. It’s aiming to cement its place there after bringing a local investor on board during its latest $25 million round of funding.<p>Path CEO Dave Morin previously said that the service …

Nintendo Announces Massive 45% Increase In 3DS Game Sales In 2013

While the Wii U is still the “console who must not be named” in terms of sales at this point, Nintendo is more than happy to boast about its other piece of hardware, the 3DS. The handheld has exploded in popularity this year, even competing against a smartphone market that was supposed to doom the …

Microsoft Is Going To Try And Save The Imploding PC Market With Another New Version Of Windows

That's because Paul Thurrott, an independent reporter who mostly covers Microsoft, published a report saying Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows that addresses problems people have with Windows 8. That new operating system will likely be called Windows 9 and ship in 2015. (For now, …

Operating Systems

Why Dust is the Most Important Stuff in the Universe

It’s one of the astronomy’s most popular fun facts, trotted out by everyone from the geeky 1980s cosmic icon Carl Sagan to his impossibly cool heir …

X-Ray Specs, for real: these glasses see through skin

An augmented-reality eyepiece designed to help hospitals work faster and safer<p>About 1 billion times a year in the United States, nurses and doctors puncture a patient's skin with a needle in search of a vein. Right now this technique relies on feel; that means more than half of all those children …

Space Music: How To Hear Solar Flares From The Moon

We've been following the coronal mass ejection that headed toward Earth after an intense solar flare was emitted from the sun earlier this week. And now NASA tells us that such events can be heard, in a sense, by tuning in to CRaTER Radio, a "sonification" project that uses data from NASA's Lunar …

Myths about how the brain works have no place in the classroom | Dr Hilary Leevers

There is a shortage of rigorous research into teaching methods, and results are poorly disseminated among teachers<p>Are you left-brained or right-brained? Are you more creative or rational? You can find out easily enough – there are myriad online tests that will help you find your dominant hemisphere.<p>…

Symphony guide: Dvořák's Eighth

So much of the symphonic thinking of the late 19th century is bound up with doing so many things at the same time, through densities of structure and motive, of harmony and counterpoint, that some of the most obvious yet hardest things to achieve in music can get forgotten in a complex symphonic …

Polaroid's Socialmatic hybrid digital/instant film camera is coming this fall for $299

The dream of a vintage Polaroid instant film camera that also gives photographers the ability to share photos to social networks has finally developed into reality. Today at CES, Polaroid announced that its long-awaited Socialmatic camera will ship in the fall for $299. The Android-based, …

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Netflix bets big on 4K, strikes partnerships with four TV vendors

Netflix (S NFLX) wants to become one of the major suppliers of 4K Ultra HD content in the coming months, and the company struck partnerships with …

A Pill Could Help You Acquire Perfect Pitch

Sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests a mood stabilizer could help restore plasticity to the brain for learning.<p>Only 1 in 10,000 people have absolute or "perfect" pitch, the ability to hear a tone and tell what note it is. This unusual ability is acquired early in life, typically …

The Brain

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge An Electric Car

A new concept uses solar power to directly charge a plug-in hybrid's battery pack.<p>Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions.<p>The trouble …

Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer

Dual OS could dilute Windows dominance, if Microsoft doesn't kill it first<p>The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry’s efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show …

Disney Animation's BIG HERO 6 to Be Co-Directed by Chris Williams

U2 to return to Island Records

U2 are to go back to their spiritual home by returning to the record label that discovered them in the 1970s.<p>The band left Island Records more than seven years ago, unhappy with the way they were being treated. But the Irish rock stars are now planning their return to the label for a new album next …

First Look At Sketchfab: A Youtube For 3D Files

Sketchfab is a web service to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models in real-time. Put simply, the site is part of a growing network of online 3D software to enable artistes, designers, and lay users to design 3D models that can, subsequently, be crafted into objects using a 3D printer. …

Computer Use May Improve Fine-Motor Skills In The Brain, Scientists Say

Don’t worry about watching all those cat videos on the Internet. You’re not wasting time when you are at your computer—you’re honing your fine-motor skills. A study of people’s ability to translate training that involves clicking and twiddling a computer mouse reveals that the brain can apply that …

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices?

This week’s report that Apple may already be in production on a 12.9″ iPad, dubbed the “Pro,” has been the source of much speculation. In a well researched and reasoned post in ComputerWorld, Mike Elgan comes to the conclusion that it will be an “iPad optimized as a desktop touch computer for …

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

<b>Listen · 4:52</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013.<p>The French press characterized the bankruptcy as inevitable in the face of cheaper competition from China. But many disagree: …

Giorgio Moroder On Dance Music's Present And Future

<b>Listen · 7:46</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>If Donna Summer was the Queen of Disco, then it's fair to say her king was Giorgio Moroder. The Italian-born producer presided over some of her biggest hits, including "I Feel Love" and "Love to Love You Baby" – and pioneered electronic dance music …

'Together Again' With Wynton Marsalis, 20 Years Later

Marcus Roberts was a very young, very gifted pianist back in 1985, when Wynton Marsalis tapped him to join his band.<p>Six years later, Roberts went off to lead his own combo — and to write both jazz and classical music. And he taught. And he toured. And he recorded.<p>In fact, Marcus Roberts just …