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Natural selection: Mama robot builds self-evolving baby-bots

The theory of natural selection popularised by Charles Darwin has now been demonstrated in robots. A "mother" robot built by researchers at the University of Cambridge can design, build, test and improve upon her baby robots with each successive generation, creating an evolving series of …

The 30 most popular Vine stars in the world

We collected and ranked the most popular Vine stars in the world based on their number of followers. Most are comedians, while others are musicians or actors.<p>These Vine users have risen from relative obscurity, and are now followed by millions of people. Some have even landed record deals or TV …

This $300 cybernetic arm gets its smarts from your cellphone

Iron Man isn't the only one 3D-printing artificial limbs these days. But unlike the mechanical hand delivered by Robert Downey Jr, this recently unveiled prosthetic from Japanese manufacturer Exiii costs just $300 and leverages your mobile device's computing power to act just like the real thing. …

Dyson's new battery tech promises longer-lasting electronics

Battery research that tantalizes and then goes bust has soured our dreams of longer-lasting smartphones and EVs. But do you know who hasn't given up hope? Sir James freaking Dyson, that's who. His company just invested $15 million in Sakti3, one of the most promising battery technology companies …

How 2 Georgia fraternity brothers created Yik Yak, a controversial app that became a ~$400 million business in 365 days

By the end of the day, Long estimates her fellow students had written thousands of yaks, short messages posted publicly to other users within a 1.5-mile radius.<p>A few months before that, Long was hospitalized after she attempted suicide. The 17-year-old junior was distraught to read yaks that not …

Startups

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Physics

Silicon Valley mints 23 new billionaires to become best place to get rich

State of California now has 131 people worth 10 figures, more than any country beside China and the US<p>If you want to become super-rich, move to Silicon Valley.<p>It may sound like obvious advice, but the <b>latest Forbes rich list</b>, has just named it home to the greatest number of billionaires on the …

Tesla Model S owners can pretend they're in a James Bond submarine

Elon Musk loved that Lotus Esprit car/submarine from Bond movie <i>The Spy Who Loved Me</i> so much, he dropped $866,000 to buy it in an auction two years ago. By the looks of it, though, that's not all he did: he also paid homage to Bond's transforming vehicle by using it as a Model S easter egg. If you …

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, Lyon.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425055405150/b9048c18-9711-4d60-b857-31d33a772037-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, …

Top 10

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

Heart of Earth's inner core revealed

<b>Scientists say they have gained new insight into what lies at the very centre of the Earth.</b><p>Research from China and the US suggests that the innermost core of our planet has another, distinct region at its centre.<p>The team believes that the structure of the iron crystals there is different from those …

11 Terrible Resume Mistakes That Are Keeping You From Getting Hired

The resume is virtually a prerequisite to gainful employment. But for such an important document, it's astounding how much can go wrong.<p>Bad grammar, flowery language and too many words are just some of the mistakes that can make potential employers toss your resume in the trash.<p>The U.S. job market …

Employment

These 11 apps and websites will make you miss your childhood

Product Hunt, a discovery website that shows you the newest startups and products, has collected a bunch of websites and apps that will make you want to relive the past. Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover even wrote a blog post about how he thinks the emotional power of nostalgia makes it a perfect …

Apps

Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

Quantum Physics

Scientists Have Caught A Laser Beam In Flight On Video For The First Time

While light appears to show up instantaneously when you flick a switch, it actually takes time to get to your eyes. It just moves so fast we don't notice. This is why it's been so hard to catch light on the move in a video — it's moving so fast even regular high-speed cameras can't catch it.<p>To …

Imaging

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations

Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.<p>If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running …

A Surgeon’s Review Of Google Glass In The Operating Room

Dr. Pierre Theodore of UC San Francisco has completed a three-month trial of using Google Glass during surgery.<p>For a little over three months now, Dr. Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been using Google Glass in the operating room. Although he’s tapped the functionality during …

This New App Picks A Playlist Based on How You Drive

When you’re peeling out onto the highway, chances are you’re not in the mood for another sad Drake ballad. Now Volkswagen has teamed up with the …

The secret to a higher salary is to ask for nothing at all

• Think about what you would want if you were on the other side and ask them to think about the same thing.<br>• Write down the most you are willing to give a perfect counterparty and the least you would accept.<br>• Ask them to do the same.<br>• Say something like, “If later you decide to improve your offer, then I …

Salaries & Wages

15 More Tech Skills That Can Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary

Now we've got 15 more to add to the list, from a salary survey done by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic. The research was conducted in late 2012, based on a survey of 9,500 tech professionals.<p>This survey asked these folks how much they earned and which IT certifications they had. That's a little …

Employment

In 42% of Companies, The Best Workers Are The Least Engaged

More than a third of companies are so dysfunctional, the best people don’t really care about what they’re doing and the worst people don’t know that they are doing a lousy job. Those are the findings of a new study by Leadership IQ, a twelve-year-old Washington, D.C. company that does employee …

This Guy Wrote A Computer Program To Do His Job For Him

We reached out to a source who created a computer program to do his job for him.<p>He was working at a collection agency, spending loads of time poring over people's information by hand to determine if they owed money. This was a time-consuming process but he saw a way to simplify it.<p>"I wrote a simple …

Whiteboards

Applying the Rule of Thirds in Your Photography

New photographers are taught the rule of thirds as one of the first guidelines toward making exciting pictures. This is a technique in which a …

Landscape Photography

Photographer David Orias Makes the Pacific Ocean Look like Rainbows and Gold | Colossal

<p>Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images …

When To Shoot Black And White

When I first started out on this road of endless expense that is photography I spent many hours musing over the merits of black & white. There is no …