bbnews

14 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 1 Follower | @bbnews2015 | Keep up with bbnews on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “bbnews”

This Voice-Activated Organizing Robot Makes Sure You'll Never Lose A Screw

Danh Trinh built StorageBot to keep track of easily lost workshop parts. Even better, it responds to the sound of his voice.<p>Over 25 years, Danh Trinh had amassed thousands of screws, hinges, and other parts in his workshop. He filed them away in labeled drawers, but locating them still wasn't easy. …

Letters reveal Alan Turing’s battle with his sexuality

More than 60 years after codebreaker Alan Turing’s death in an apparent suicide, his battle with his sexuality and longing for a permanent relationship have emerged in three previously unpublished letters.<p>The correspondence dates from the 1950s when, after being found guilty of gross indecency with …

Alan Turing

Skin Cancer or Just a Spot? What to Do When You See Something "Strange" On Your Skin

When it comes to our skin, spotting something unusual could be a frightening dilemma. So, how do we distinguish exactly what the strange spot is and …

5 Scientific Reasons to Sleep Butt Naked

Most people are missing out on these health benefits<p>Only 12 percent of Americans sleep naked, according to a recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation. But that’s a damn shame. Not only does nighttime nudity feel awesome, it’s also good for your health. Here are 5 great reasons to let it all …

Grooming

Did Chucking Stones Make Us More Human?

DMANISI, Georgia<p>A fossil site in the Republic of Georgia yields clues to humankind’s first missiles.<p>Reid Ferring holds a rock in each hand.<p>They are the size of hens’ eggs. They are oblong. They are grey. They are categorically ordinary. Aside from numbers inked onto their surfaces for cataloging …

Use This Hashtag to Talk to God

Does it really count when you retweet a call for prayer?<p>Last month, my father had a stroke. Feeling completely helpless, I took to Facebook and …

American Dreams: Philip K. Dick’s Pre-Acid Trip to Now

Well before he’d even touched LSD, the novelist /pharmaceutical visionary saw the potential of mind control for fun and profit in the The Three …

What Are The Least Essential Organs In The Human Body?

Asking for a friend.<p>There are two schools of thought when it comes to ranking organs in terms of their utility or lack thereof. According to one theory, the least essential parts are those that come in pairs. Giving up an eye or ear wouldn't be too bad, the thinking goes, so long as you keep the …

First Encounter With The Loch Ness Monster on This Day in 565 AD

On this day in 565 the Irish monk—and later, saint—Columba had a curious encounter on the banks of Scotland’s River Ness. Seeking passage across the …

6 Women Reveal the Reasons Why They Cheated

And whether their relationships survived the aftermath.<p>It’s easy to look at cheating as a black and white situation: Cheaters never have a good reason for straying from their relationships, and the other person is always in the right. In truth, there are more shades of gray than a certain immensely …

Neurotribes review – the evolution of our understanding of autism

Currently, the most high-profile person on the autistic spectrum in Britain is a garden designer with flamboyantly pink hair and muscly, tattooed arms. Star of Channel 4’s latest makeover show, <i>The Autistic Gardener</i>, Alan Gardner is just three years younger than my autistic older brother, but if you …

Autism

Special Serrations Gave Carnivorous Dinosaurs an Evolutionary Edge

Railroad spikes. Knives. Razors. The teeth of carnivorous dinosaurs like <i>Allosaurus</i> and <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> have been compared to plenty of piercing and cutting tools over the years, but such comparisons are far too rough. In a study published earlier this month, University of Toronto paleontologist …