Amrit Sangray

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Connect Four - Numberphile

Brains grow differently in babies with Alzheimer’s gene

The brains of infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease develop differently than babies who don’t have the …

Little kids need conversation to pick up language

By speaking directly to their toddlers, parents can help them learn to process language more quickly, which speeds up vocabulary growth.<p>It is well …

Alzheimer’s pathways could offer drug targets

<b>COLUMBIA (US) —</b> Researchers have identified key molecular pathways that lead to late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the disease.<p>Much of …

Distant time and the hint of a multiverse - Sean Carroll

How Does a Transistor Work?

The Science Behind The Summer's Biggest Blockbusters

The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.<p>How Strong Can Someone Become?<p><b>Inspired By Man Of Steel</b><p><b>THE PLOT:</b> In the latest remake of the 75-year-old comic franchise, Superman, an innocent farmer's son, discovers his powers and saves the planet from …

Scientists peek at memories being made

<b>USC (US) —</b> Using microscopic probes, researchers can see the physical changes that occur when a memory is made in a living brain.<p>Researchers …

Plant genes reveal when photosynthesis began

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> New analysis more precisely pinpoints the origin of photosynthesis in plants, putting the date hundreds of millions of years …

Sony PS4 (Slim) review

The PS4 Pro is Sony’s 4K-enabled console, which has now firmly established itself as the first Ultra HD games console on the market. Having said …

Review roundup: Intel Haswell vs. AMD Richland on the desktop

See that slide above? When we first clapped eyes on it we couldn't help but wonder if Intel had finally managed to turn the tables on AMD, at least in terms of integrated desktop graphics. After all, running <i>BioShock Infinite</i> at 1080p is no easy task and Intel's claimed frame rate of 35 fps is …

Japan's 500km/h maglev train undergoes first successful test run

Japan has seen the first successful test of a new high-speed maglev train that should be able to reach speeds as high as 500km/h.<p>The L0 Series train …

Final Fantasy IV hits Android (critical hit!) for $16

If there's a way to prepare for Active Time Battling, you should probably get on it -- <i>Final Fantasy IV</i> is now available on the Google Play Store. That said, you may want to grab a Phoenix Down before we tell you the price: an ice cold $15.99. At very least, it's the same price carried by its iOS …

Julian Assange unmasks Eric Schmidt's evil plans to enslave the world (a fictionalized story based on a stranger-than-fiction, real life op-ed by Julian Assange) http://tcrn.ch/17jbbJz

Ideal Gas Problems: Crash Course Chemistry #13

What's an algorithm? - David J. Malan

Arrow of Time - Sixty Symbols

Why 381,654,729 is awesome - Numberphile

Is space trying to kill us? - Ron Shaneyfelt

What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe - Ben Goldacre

What is the Internet, really? - Andrew Blum

Number Trick - Numberphile

Alt-week 6.1.13: cloning a mammoth, psychic robots and making music with your mind

<i>Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.</i><p>We've not had a week quite as exciting as this in... well, weeks! Not only has a team of paleontologists discovered mammoth remains with liquid blood, there's good news for future generations who'd …

DARPA developing muscle-controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel (video)

DARPA's no stranger to bionic limb research, however two new projects under the agency's RE-NET program focus on improving amputees' link to their prosthetics. RE-NET aims to develop the technology that will connect artificial limbs to existing nerves and muscles. Once that's achieved, users will …

Samsung's 65- and 55-inch 4K TVs launch next month in Korea for less than $8,000

Samsung's first 4K TV came with an eye catching 85-inch frame design and an eye popping $39,999 MSRP, but its next two will apparently be much more reasonable. The 65- and 55-inch versions have just been given a release date and pricing information in Korea and while still expensive, they've …

In Theory: Can the Xbox One cloud transform next-gen gaming?

Xbox One will sit in your living room and burn through not the paltry 1.2 teraflops of computing power as was rumoured, but almost five teraflops - …

Final Fantasy 9 sidequest discovered after 13 years

The 2000 PlayStation hit Final Fantasy 9 will be 13 years old later this year, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still have some secrets. Just this …

Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft has launched its next-gen tablets, the Surface Pro 2 and this - the Windows RT-toting Surface 2, a direct replacement for the original …

A gigabit is not enough. New research takes us to 400Gbps.

<i>This article was updated at 11:46 a.m. PT to correct the bandwidth measurement in the article’s excerpt and to clarify a statement about</i> …

Bio-Hackers, Get Ready

When I speak to technical founders, they often look back with fondness to days of tinkering with a Commodore 64 or Hypercard.<p>But perhaps tomorrow’s founders will experiment with a very different kind of code — the genetic code that underlies how everything from one-celled organisms to humans …