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Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack on Heavy Water That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>After handing them their …

Neutrons

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Apple Music adds exclusive DJ mixes from Steve Aoki and more

Spotify and Apple Music partnered up with Dubset, a rights-management and distribution platform for DJs and remixers, a couple of years ago. Sony Music and independent record company Merlin also partnered with the company to make sure samples in remixed songs are monetized, as well. Dubset's …

The rise of adviser brands in the mobile customer journey

Micro-moments are no longer just the hot new thing. They’re now the very foundation for modern consumer engagement. Consumers are not only mobile-first. They’re increasingly relying on their mobile devices to guide them through every decision of the journey — @regardless of purchase size. Moreover, …

Customers

This is the best smartphone camera of 2017

iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. HTC U11 vs. LG V30<p>Smartphone cameras get better every year, but this year more than ever truly felt like a leap. For once, we can talk about more than just Apple and Samsung (and Google) when referring to the “top tier” of smartphones with good cameras. And …

Mobile Photography

The Last Jedi: our spoiler-free review

Looking over Rian Johnson’s middle-of-the-trilogy epic without giving away the plot<p>When J.J. Abrams and writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt rebooted the <i>Star Wars</i> film franchise in 2015 with <i>The Force Awakens</i> — the first in a sequel trilogy, following the original <i>Star Wars</i> trifecta of 1977’s <i>A</i> …

Star Wars

'Star Wars: Last Jedi' gets early raves: 'I'm still shaking'

Rian Johnson's "Jedi" wins early praise for its action and appearance. But the film's got depth, many say, with one viewer noting an "emotional payoff decades in the making."<p>Those lucky enough to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" before its official opening next week shared impressions on social media …

Star Wars

France’s butter crisis is a perfect lesson in basic economics

Toulouse<p>A visit to the Sena Fromager at the Marché des Carmes brought more bad news. Daniel, the knowledgeable and personable fromager who gamely tolerates my poor French, looked grimly at the display case when I inquired about butter.<p>Gone was the giant block of gleaming fresh butter from which he …

France

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Wi-Fi

Report: Global 4G LTE speeds stuck at a stand still

OpenSignal is back with another biannual look at the state of the world’s 4G LTE networks, gathered using its crowdsourced data from close to 4 million test devices out in the wild, contributing over 50 billion measurements. As always, there’s a mixed bag of results for various countries but on the …

I Used Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' to Lower My Internet Bill

"All warfare is based on deception."<p>At around $65 per month, my internet bill is too high. I've tried to get it reduced in the past, but Xfinity's army of customer service agents have outwitted and outmaneuvered me time and again. Admittedly, my tactics have been unsophisticated. My resolve, weak. …

National Security

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it’s ever tested — though they …

Mobile Photography

SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time

A tense scene unfolded yesterday as user-generated, music-streaming service SoundCloud held an all-hands meeting to explain to employees why it suddenly had to lay off 40 percent of its staff last week.<p>Exiting team members wanted to know why they weren’t warned, while those who survived the cuts …

SoundCloud

The bike at 200: World's craziest rides, then and now

The beginning of bikes

Electric Vehicles

Affinity Photo gets big update headlined by resolution support for 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and portrait mode

Serif’s Affinity Photo for iPad received its first big update today, headlined by its support for native resolution on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The iPad-only release, which now clocks in at version 1.6.3, brings many new changes and features to the popular image editing app. Have a look at the full …

One of the best iPhone photos this year was taken in Singapore

Singaporean photographer Yeo Yeow Kwang takes the second spot with a beautiful shot of an Chinese opera singer resting at the iPhone Photography Awards.<p>This year's crop of winners from the iPhone Photography Awards are making the world a more beautiful place, and it's all thanks to the …

Opera

Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company’s profits jump by 2,500 percent

It’s been a banner year for The Pokémon Company: Pokémon GO was a global phenomenon and the latest full-on Pokégame for the 3DS sold very well indeed. One would expect the company to be doing well financially — perhaps even doubling or tripling last year’s profits. Well, apparently it …

Pokémon

Blippar's car-identifying app is like SeeFood for cars

In the HBO show <i>Silicon Valley</i>, an app is pitched to some credulous VCs called SeeFood that's “like Shazam for food.” Weeks later, Pinterest announced that exact functionality for its own app, and now, less than a month after SeeFood's initial parody of tech culture, we have a Shazam for cars: …

Apps

Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible.<p><i>Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and</i> <i>reviews column on The Verge</i> <i>and</i> <i>Recode</i> <i>by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of</i> <i>Recode</i><i>.</i><p>This is my last weekly column for The Verge and</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

The forgotten history of how ancient Zoroastrians helped create the old Silk Route

China’s designs to build a massive network of land and sea links connecting four continents have revived popular interest in the old Silk Route, whose success was in small part owed to Zoroastrian merchants carrying goods from China across Central Asia and, often, all the way to Europe.<p>A recent …

Hong Kong

This Time-Lapse Video Of The Grand Canyon Will Leave You Speechless

The Grand Canyon is spectacular on a normal day but the time-lapse video recently released by the Skyglow project is magnificent. The time-lapse photography captures what is known as a full cloud inversion, a phenomenon rarely seen in the Grand Canyon.<p>Sunlight only momentarily reaches the valley of …

Grand Canyon

A German imperialist paved the way for China to revive the “Silk Road”

As people from Europe and Asia moved back-and-forth through the centuries on the countless paths, valleys and mountain crossings of central Asia, they brought with them world religions like Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam; goods like porcelain, clothing, and pigments; and even the plague. These …

China

People With HIV Are Living 10 Years Longer

More people are living longer lives with HIV, according to a new report published in the <i>Lancet HIV</i> that includes data from more than 88,000 people …

Public Health

Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing

Inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, the arrival of Instant Articles in the spring of 2015 was presented as a cause for celebration. Talking with reporters, executives described the fast-loading, natively hosted articles as a promising new creative format. A suite of publishing tools …

Social Media

Gravity Jack’s PoindextAR tracks objects’ smallest details for augmented reality anywhere

Augmented reality is a difficult proposition, both in the methods used to do it right and the resources required to do it at all. A new AR system from Gravity Jack makes some serious advances in the field, tracking real-world objects and their components in true 3D, not via tags or trickery. The …

Augmented Reality

AI is one step closer to mastering StarCraft

Tech titans around the world are racing to claim this prize<p>Last year, Alphabet’s DeepMind division captured the world’s attention by besting humanity’s top player in the game of Go. The achievement, which many experts predicted was still a decade off, showed the rapid progress being made in the …

Artificial Intelligence

Swift is already one of the world’s most popular programming languages

Apple’s new Swift programming language is being adopted even faster than anyone predicted.<p>In the latest TIOBE Index, which ranks the popularity of programming languages, Apple shot up from the 14th spot last year — and has already cracked the top 10. That may not sound too exciting, but considering …

Here's how slowly Twitter has grown compared to Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat

While President Trump has helped make Twitter a regular part of the national conversation, the business behind the microblogging service is not looking up. That feeling was only reinforced by the meager revenues the company reported on Thursday.<p>Things look especially slow when you compare the …

Apps

Republicans are reportedly using a self-destructing message app to avoid leaks

Trump administration members and other Republicans are using the encrypted, self-destructing messaging app Confide to keep conversations private in the wake of hacks and leaks, according to Jonathan Swan and David McCabe at <i>Axios</i>. <i>Axios</i> writes that “numerous senior GOP operatives and several members …

Trump Administration

Pinterest's Lens tool lets you take photos of real-world objects and find them on the web

Pinterest has launched a Google Image Search-style feature that lets members take a photo of any object, then search for similar items in the …

Ben Silbermann