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From Lab To Lectern, Scientists Learn To Turn On the Charm

About 20 scientists are clustered in a cramped conference room in San Diego, one of the country's science hubs, but they aren't there to pore over their latest research. Instead, this is a meeting of BioToasters — a chapter of the public speaking organization Toastmasters, geared specifically …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector

In about an hour, you can hack a camera to only display blue, green, and near-infrared light, which will give you a lovely view of plant life.<p>Members of Public Lab, an online civic science community, wanted to build an inexpensive tool to measure plant health. Their solution: convert an obsolete …

Tired? You Might Just Be Permanently, Genetically Jet-Lagged

Ever wonder why it's so darn hard to get yourself up and out of bed in the morning? Well, according to an article in the latest issue of the <i>New York</i> …

10 Films To See In October

You could be inclined to believe October is just like any other month, especially since there’s only one major horror movie set for wide release to …

Correct Posture: The Healthiest Way to Sit at Your Desk

So what’s causing all of that discomfort? Nearly a quarter of the surveyed workers think their physical pain is just a regular part of working an office job. People <i>do</i> spend a whole lot of time slouching over a keyboard, causing muscle fatigue from postural stress, says Lisa DeStefano, a doctor of …

How To Remember Literally Everything

"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things," the Roman philosopher and statesman, Cicero once wrote. And though it was important at the time of <i>Da Oratore</i>, his dialogue on cultivating the power of remembrance, the art of memory is possibly more relevant than ever. Constant digital …

Inside The Magical Patch That Gives You A Powerful Anti-Mosquito Force Field

Mosquitoes are one of the summer’s greatest nuisances, bugging you when you’re sitting outside at night, rendering you itchy and annoyed for days after. And, as we’re constantly reminded, our mosquitoes are rather meaningless when compared to the deadly ones that haunt the developing world, …

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Secure Email Options for Message Privacy

It's shockingly, disturbingly easy for the government to snoop on your emails. Here are your weapons in the fight for secure email.<p>Many of us had assumed our feeble Gmail passwords were secure enough to keep prying eyes out of our email accounts. (I used a letter, a number, <i>and</i> a symbol!) But with …

Apple replacing some 2011-2012 iMac graphics cards

New program replaces failed graphics cards found in select models of its mid-2011 to late-2012 iMacs.<p>Apple on Friday began a new program to replace faulty graphics cards found in some mid-2011 to late-2012 iMacs.<p>The program covers systems with AMD Radeon HD 6970M video cards. Those were found in …

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Can The Smell Of Oranges Help Dieters Resist Sweet Treats?

Whenever we give in to temptation, be it for a helping of something divine, like fine chocolate, or just a so-so piece of saltwater taffy abandoned next to the office coffeepot, there's something more than self-control at work.<p>Woven into the complexities of food choices and eating behaviors are all …

The Periodic Table Of Humanity's Worst Vices [Infographic]

The science of how much we suck<p>From the design studio that created these cinematic star charts and musical color wheels comes a periodic table of human nature's ugliest attributes. Tyranny, deceit, materialism, brutality—thanks a lot, evolution.<p>The Periodic Table of Social Issues is designed to …

The worst video game ever made

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including magicians Penn and Teller’s gaming experiment, the secrets of the McWrap and Oliver Sacks's ode to old age.<p>Desert Bus<br>Simon Parkin | New Yorker | 9 July 2013<br>Magicians Penn and Teller set out in 1995 to create the worst video game ever. And …

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Secrets behind the sophisticated spam scams

A recent poll called them one of modern life’s top irritants, but how do spam messages work? And in a world of constantly streaming information online, should you act like a scammer yourself if you want to win attention?<p>I woke recently to find a panicked email from an old colleague at the top of my …

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Life of a Highly Sensitive Prison Guard in Norway

OSLO—American psychologist Elaine Aron estimates that 15–20 percent of people in the world have a highly sensitive nervous system, which makes it …

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Why the precautionary principle matters

Precaution is arguably one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented issues in the global politics of science and technology. Misunderstood, …

Can You Crowdsource Without Even Knowing It?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Why We Collaborate.<p><b>About Luis Von Ahn's TEDTalk</b><p>Computer programmer Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions done by millions on the Internet for greater good. He put CAPTCHAs, those online puzzles to verify you're not a robot, to work by …

What Motivates Us To Collaborate?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Why We Collaborate.<p><b>About Clay Shirky's TEDTalk</b><p>Social media guru Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy contributing to the web in our small ways, we're building a better, more …

Why Does Wikipedia Work?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Why We Collaborate.<p><b>About Jimmy Wales' TEDTalk</b><p>Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating to create a self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.<p><b>About Jimmy</b> …

Protecting Your Online Privacy

With the NSA conducting surveillance on our data and Google scanning our email, how can we protect our personal information? Jon Xavier, digital producer at <i>Silicon Valley Business Journal</i>, discusses the services that you can use to make your information more secure and private.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

Animated GIF to be beamed into space as part of alien communication effort

In 2008 NASA decided to send one of the heights of modern art — The Beatles' 1969 track "Across the Universe" — into the cosmos. And for 2013, one of the pillars of internet folk art is preparing for takeoff: An animated GIF is about to be sent into space for the first time ever. The message will …

How To Get Rich In Your Country Of Choice [Infographic]

It's easy! Just inherit gobs of cash.<p>How do the rich get rich? The answer depends on geography.<p>This infographic, designed by studio BoldFace and published by Independent Newspapers, breaks down, for various regions, how the rich earned their dough. In the United States, it's a landslide: 67 percent …

Expert advice: how to get the most out of big and open data

It is increasingly important for charity professionals to become data literate. Paul Smith, head of data at Open fundraising, has described data as …

How $10,000 a month can buy you a new reputation

A little under three years ago, <i>New York Magazine</i>'s Graeme Wood discovered that his old classmate Samuel Phineas Upham had been arrested for attempting to cheat the IRS. The arrest led a three-year suspended sentence, but the story was covered by a number of publications, resulting in Upham's name …

What is the biggest problem facing the world today? David Cameron wants to know

David Cameron wants to solve the world's biggest problem. What do you think it is?<p>The Prime Minister is launching a competition to identify the world's biggest problem. Once this has been determined, he will offer £1 million of cash to the person who works out the answer.<p>The competition is modelled …

Anonymous 'leaks' already-public NSA documents unrelated to PRISM

The hacktivist collective Anonymous is trying to pull back the curtain on the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, but they're having a little bit of trouble doing so. This morning, members of Anonymous purported to leak 13 documents concerning PRISM — the only problem? They're all unclassified, …

On the Hunt for the NSA Wiretapping Leaker

In the wake of a pair of eye-opening reports on the government's domestic phone and internet monitoring programs, officials are turning their …

What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.<p>Reuters<p>Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that …

Where 'We Steal Secrets,' The Wikileaks Film, Falls Short

The high-profile documentary<i>We Steal Secrets:The Story of Wikileaks</i> expanded into wider release in theaters and video-on-demand on Friday. Which would seem to be fortuitous timing, given this week’s revelations that the NSA has been rifling through email and personal documents stored by Internet …

Everything You Need To Know To Get Started With Google Glass Development [Infographic]

Good entrepreneurial minds work ahead of the trend lines. They see something that could be big on the horizon and gets their house in order to build for it in the chance that it really becomes the next big thing.<p>Google Glass could be that next big thing. If you are a smart mobile developer, you …