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Do you lose most heat from your head?

To wear, or not to wear, a hat when it is cold? Claudia Hammond trawls through studies plunging people into freezing water and seeing what Patagonian locals do. To wear, or not to wear, a hat when cold<p>We were told we must not capsize at all costs. If we did, we would have only seconds to get out of …

Your Burning Questions About The Roswell Incident, Answered

The Popular Science archive answers those nagging questions about the July 1947 UFO crash in the desert outside of Roswell, N.M.<p><i>Today's Google Doodle celebrates the UFO incident near Roswell, N.M., that happened 66 years ago yesterday. On June 24, 1997, the U.S. Air Force released a 231-page report</i> …

Class and the countryside

I've been doing a lot of walking lately, and I'm not really sure what that means politically. Simply writing that sentence may have cast me …

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 …

Why Deaf People Don't Achoo When They Sneeze

You may not know it, but peer pressure influences what you sound like when you sneeze.<p>Sneezing feels—and is—so involuntary, yet apparently you do still have some control over what you say when you sneeze. "Achoo!" is particular to English speakers, the BBC's Ouch blog reports, and deaf people just …

How Better Plane Design Is Making Crashes Less Deadly

How the decades-old concept of "crashworthiness" saves lives<p>During the early days of flying, planes weren't built to crash. They could fly, sure, but when something went wrong, there wasn't much to protect a pilot or passengers from impending doom. In 1917, a young pilot named Hugh DeHaven, flying …

Apple picks up Digital Dash touch screen dashboard patent that could improve iOS in the Car

A new Apple patent published today by the United States Patent and Trademark office (via <i>AppleInsider</i>) could show some of Apple’s future plans for bringing iOS to the car through its partnership with various car manufacturers. Earlier this year at WWDC, Apple showed off its new iOS in the Car …

My keyboard tried to kill me: the overly complicated story of an ergonomics war

<i>tl;dr? No prob! Just scroll to the bottom.</i><p>All of a sudden I couldn’t bring myself to type anymore. It had been creeping up on me for years. I was taking a break in the middle of an editing marathon but this time when I sat down again I could hardly bear the discomfort of turning my palms down to …

PlayOn bringing Aereo to game consoles, Android and Google TV in three cities on July 10 (update)

Aereo's streaming television service is coming to your game console of choice as well as Google TV and Android devices starting on July 10th. The service kicks off in New York City, Boston and Atlanta on July 10th, with 20 more cities planned for expansion this year (including major locations like …

Skymouse creates gesture recognition at your fingertips

More than a decade after its release, geeks still look to the movie "Minority Report" for inspiration on computer interfaces that use gestures rather than laying your hands on physical devices like mice.<p>Companies have been busy working on making that reality. Entering the fray is a scrappy, …

Minority Report

Open-sourcing OpenStack stats with Stackalytics

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Open-source developers love their stats and also love acknowledgement of their contributions to the greater good. That’s what …

Apptimize Brings Reliable A/B Testing To Native iOS & Android Apps

As we shift more of our computing to mobile devices and applications, there’s also a need for a new crop of tools that help developers better build, design and test their creations, which are also specifically tailored to mobile. Newly launched, Y Combinator-backed startup Apptimize is one such …

‘Wearable’ computers will soon be inside us

Wearable computing like Google Glass is just beginning to invade our lives. Soon, it will be inside our bodies.<p>That’s the prediction from one of the panelists in the wearable computing track of VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2013 conference, which kicked off this morning.<p>“My daughter is getting a PhD in …

Google Releases Fix For Major Android Flaw To OEMs, Users Now Waiting On Them To Patch

Google has released a fix to its Android OEMs for the master security hole unearthed by Bluebox Security, according to ZDNet. The publication gained confirmation from Google’s Android Communications Manager, Gina Scigliano<b>,</b> yesterday <b></b>that “a patch has been provided to our partners.” She also told it …

Aiming for “Functional Coherence,” Mulling a Different P&L and With Advice From Ford CEO, Microsoft Restructuring Set for Thursday

According to numerous sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is poised to unveil his plan to drastically restructure the tech …