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Physicists Observe Brand-New State of Matter in an Unexpected Material

Curiouser and curiouser.<p>Back in April, the physics world freaked out when scientists confirmed that they'd made the first direct observation of a …

The Debate Over Time's Place in the Universe

Physicists can’t agree on whether the flow of future to past is real or a mental construct.<p>Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in …

Physics

Australian astrophysicist's video dazzles the Internet, 4 years after it was made

The Internet is full of gems that are yet to be discovered.<p>Like a video called Cosmic Eye, which has quickly gained Internet stardom, even though it …

How Lenovo Became The Largest PC Maker In The World

Computer maker Lenovo Group was originally founded in a dusty, two-room Beijing guardhouse in 1984. Today, it’s the largest PC maker in the world and a Fortune 500 frontrunner in smart connected devices with employees in more than 60 countries. But the initial innovative and entrepreneurial spirit …

Hong Kong

Amazon launches free triple-A game engine

But if you want web services, you can only buy them from Amazon<p>Amazon has launched a new game engine named Lumberyard — and it's giving it away for free. The company says the software is capable of building triple-A games for PCs, consoles, mobile devices, and even VR platforms. And while it costs …

How Three Aussie Expats Made It In Silicon Valley

<i>This story was originally published on Collective Hub</i><p>Step into the valley… 3 Aussie expat entrepreneurs share their tips for making it in Silicon …

Roadmap to safer cyberspace

NSF Program Director Anita Nikolich said performing cybersecurity research "in an isolated, contained environment that doesn't mimic reality is not …

Hackers are waging 'asymmetric warfare' against big companies

Grace Cassy, cofounder of CyLon, told Business Insider UK: "There are increasing numbers of quite sophisticated hacking groups and individuals who realise they have can have a disproportionate impact.<p>"It's a classic asymmetric warfare — you've got a large body that's got to somehow got to protect …

Cybersecurity

David Lynch’s Elusive Language

One of the first video recordings of a David Lynch interview dates from 1979. The twenty-minute black-and-white segment was produced for a television course at the University of California, Los Angeles, and conducted in the oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin, one of the locations that constituted …

Can Containment Work Against Modern Russia?

The country’s deep integration into the global economy complicates Cold War-style strategy.<p>The signs of the times are everywhere. Estonia is erecting a 2.5-meter-high metal mesh fence reinforced with barbed wire along much of its border with Russia—and backing it up with high-tech drones, sensors, …

Russia

Why Google is a political matter

Since the last time we were together inside his prison lodgings at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, a few things have changed. Julian Assange has …

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast …

Trainloads Of Migrants Begin Arriving In Germany

<b>Updated at 4 p.m. ET</b><p>Thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and economic privation in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia are making their way through Austria to Germany, where they hope to apply for asylum after European nations decided, reluctantly, to open their doors.<p>As the BBC …

North Africa

Oliver Sacks, the Doctor

Oliver Sacks, a dear colleague of mine at <i>The New Yorker</i> and in the world of medicine, was an inspiration to me and to countless physicians. A great deal will be said in the coming days about Oliver’s unique literary output—masterful books including “An Anthropologist on Mars,” “Awakenings,” and …

Goodbye to Wall That: The Decline of the Trading-Desk Memoir

Each year, a business book arrives, blurbed and buzzed as the new “Liar’s Poker”—another memoir of a young man from the provinces who comes to Wall Street and leaves disillusioned but wised-up. The original, which has sold one and a half million copies, according to its publisher, W. W. Norton, has …

Before Autism Had a Name

Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes traces the history and evolving definition of autism—and argues for a more nuanced, more empathetic understanding of what it means to be autistic.<p>“A six-year-old boy,” reported the <i>Times of India</i>, “has been returned to his parents after being in the company of wolves …

Autism

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

Recently, the New York <i>Times</i> ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how …

Ten of the Most Bizarre Ferraris Ever Built

Some of the stranger creations to leave Maranello.<p>Ferrari is known for building some of the most gorgeous and memorable road cars ever. But over the years the Prancing Horse has also built some vehicles that are lesser known, questionably styled, or flat out weird.<p>Some of them are limited …

Eric Clapton

How Have We Depicted Madness Throughout History?

By Andrew Scull April 22, 2015<p><i>Depictions of insanity through history.</i><p>Nebuchadnezzar turned into an animal, 1410.<p>Modern psychiatry seems determined to rob madness of its meanings, insisting that its depredations can be reduced to biology and nothing but biology. One must doubt it. The social and …

Artists

iiNet To Be Bought By TPG

In an announcement to the Australian stock exchange this morning, TPG claimed it intends to buy the remaining 93.75 percent of iiNet it doesn’t …

Broadband

The Evolution Of The Browser

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Karl Mattson is vice president of international at Maxthon.</i><p>The browser wars have always been cyclical, moving from periods of monoculture dominated by one or two browsers to periods of comparative competition characterized by multiple, strong, second-tier browsers and a growing list …

A chilling new post-traumatic stress disorder: Why drone pilots are quitting in record numbers

A raft of data suggest our remote-controlled war games are taking a steep psychological toll on their players<p>The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just …

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Humans threaten 4 of 9 key systems on Earth - Futurity

A big-picture look at the state of Earth suggests that human activity is crossing some major planetary boundaries.

In 2015, first of six supermoons comes on January 20

We will have six supermoons in 2015, and the first of the bunch is to fall on January 20, 2015.<p>What, you say? <i>Supermoon</i>? But the moon isn’t anywhere …