Elizabeth Hoysted

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A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

Here's some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off.<p>Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.<p>One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer, which happens to be …

Why do earphone cords always get tangled? Physics

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the science behind an everyday knotty problem, the man who sequenced his baby’s genome before birth and why the internet is a psychology experiment.<p>The pivot<br>Scott Adams | Dilbert | 16 June 2014<br>Notes on start-up culture in Silicon Valley. “The …

Steve Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos becomes protected historic site

In September we reported that the childhood home of Steve Jobs could soon become a protected historic site and today MercuryNews reports that the Los Altos Historical Commission has voted unanimously to place the location on the city’s list of historic properties. Now that the property located at …

Archaeologists Pull 5 Of Blackbeard's Cannons From The Sea

A research team recovered the big guns from a 300-year-old pirate wreck off the coast of North Carolina.<p>In 1718, legendary Caribbean pirate Blackbeard sank his ship, _Queen Anne's Revenge, _after it got stuck on too-shallow land outside the coastal city of Beaufort, N.C. For almost three centuries, …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Google Lays Some Halloween Easter Eggs In Its Knowledge Graph

Google has rolled out some easter eggs just in time for Halloween. The company revealed to us that if you query [ghost], [witch], or several other keywords that fit this yearly tradition, the Knowledge Graph will display some interesting results. This is something similar to what the company did …

Apple discovers 'manufacturing defect' causing iPhone 5S battery woes for some customers

New hardware always seems to have its share of problems, and Apple has confirmed to <i>The New York Times</i> that this time around some iPhone 5S owners are experiencing poor battery performance. "We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could …

7 robots that will keep you awake at night

Boston Dynamics hit the headlines again this week, unveiling this video of its freaky WildCat. WildCat has been clocked at 26kph. That's 100m in …

Tony Abbott and Mark Latham up for sexist remark awards

The past two years has seen intense competition in the Ernie's race, organiser Meredith Burgmann says.<p>"Certainly the last two years have been the …

Starbucks asks US customers to leave their guns at home

Coffee chain Starbucks is asking US customers to leave their guns at home after the company was dragged into the increasingly divisive debate over …

We thought you knew women Tony, but then you do this

That sounds a lot like a consolation prize. Because this metaphorical door of which you speak, the one these assiduous assistant lady-ministers are …

World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper Is Not Made Of Metamaterials, Sadly

Still really weird and cool, though<p>We've long been interested in the progression of invisibility, which, for us, usually relies on crazy foundations like metamaterials. So when we heard that U.S.-based GDS Architects was working on an <i>invisible skyscraper</i> in South Korea, our ears perked up. Turns …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

Make way for a new social media icon: the interrobang

At the risk of making my life sound more exciting than it really is, around once a week I find myself staring at my laptop keyboard wondering which of the symbols staring back at me – not to mention those only conjured into existence via complex keystrokes – will be the next big thing. I think of …

The best Android phones you can buy for 2018

If you are searching for a new phone, Android will be one of your main choices when picking a device. Fortunately, there has probably never been a better time to join team Android.<p>Devices running on Google's Android operating system offer far more choice and variety and some of the best Andoird …

Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S

Is it too soon to start building an iPhone 6 wish list?<p>Because the iPhone 5S, which Apple announced today (along with the cheaper iPhone 5C) to the surprise of no one, represents perhaps the least exciting and most disappointing iPhone update yet.<p>Indeed, just as the iPhone 4S was little more than …

China Mobile Has 42 Million iPhone Users

A recent Sina Tech column (spotted first by Unwired View) has highlighted the importance of China Mobile to Apple — it is more than simply the fact that China Mobile, as the world’s largest carrier, has over 740 million subscribers. Rather, there is an intriguing number behind the operator’s …

Robot learns to recognise itself in a mirror

Nico the robot looking at its reflection in the mirror. Image: Justin Hart/ Yale University<p><b>Self-awareness is the next big step for thinking robots.</b><p>A …

Will we be restricted to a vegetarian diet by 2050?

With our population expected to grow by two billion by 2050, a vegetarian diet may be our only option. Image: Shutterstock.<p><b>Too much water required to</b> …

Fighting tuberculosis with soil bacterium

Mycobacterium tuberculosis stained (red) in sputum sample. Image: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention<p><b>A natural compound found in soil kills</b> …

Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes

We've grown accustomed to choosing our food from a spectacular rainbow — care for an impossibly pink cupcake, a cerulean blue sports drink or yogurt in preppy lavender?<p>But there's a growing backlash against the synthetic dyes that give us these eye-popping hues. And now scientists are turning to …

Montana Duelling Dinosaurs could fetch $9m at auction

They died about 67m years ago, locked in combat in what is now Hell Creek in Montana. Their entwined bodies were covered by layers of soil and rock, they decayed, became fossilised and lay hidden until, in 2006, a dinosaur hunter found the bones sticking out of the hillside on a ranch.<p>The Montana …

UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

Fan favorite - which Android manufacturer are you rooting for?

By 2017, more than two billion phones will be sold every 365 days. A vast majority of those will be smartphones. With this in mind, we have the world’s biggest technology companies engaging in technological, marketing, and patent warfare. But which manufacturer <i>deserves</i> our acclaim, our respect, and …