Zachery Galles

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'Blind As A Bat' Isn't Blind At All

Despite the idiom to the contrary, bats are not blind — they have excellent vision. But they own the night because of their sonar. Or do they?<p>By listening for their own bounced-back ultrasonic squeaks, bats can find insects faster than any bird. Yet cave-dwelling, insect-eating bats come out at …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

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Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

Mack Brown won't return as Texas head coach, according to reports

It's not official, but the biggest coaching search in college football will reportedly be underway soon.<p>Longtime Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown will step down, according to Orangebloods' Chip Brown. Brown would end his 16 years at Texas with a 158-47 record, with 15 bowl appearances, 11 bowl …

10 Crazy Body Connections

And 9 other crazy body connections<p>Your body parts are joined in ways you never imagined. For example, did you know the length of your index finger could secretly reveal your penis size?<p>While most of these links sound strange, knowing about them could pay dividends down the line. Here are 10 crazy …

Succeed Under Stress

The man behind every high-stakes TV event reveals how to handle pressure-packed situations<p>Tonight on the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS at 10 ET), all eyes will be on the breathtaking beauties in skimpy lingerie. What no one will see is the 47-year-old British man behind the curtain who …

New record for the coldest place on Earth

NASA scientists have discovered the coldest place on our planet. It’s a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau. On a clear winter …

Children could have DNA tested at birth

Jeremy Hunt wants Britain to become the first country in the world to routinely test children's entire DNA at birth to identify diseases<p>Every child in Britain could have their DNA decoded at birth by the NHS to predict their risk of disease, the Health Secretary has predicted.<p>Jeremy Hunt, the …

Why do we value gold?

<b>Mankind's attitude to gold is bizarre. Chemically, it is uninteresting - it barely reacts with any other element. Yet, of all the 118 elements in the periodic table, gold is the one we humans have always tended to choose to use as currency. Why?</b><p>Why not osmium or chromium, or helium, say - or maybe …

20 signs she's not worth your time

1 of 20<p>1. It's always about her<p>You got a promotion (score!), and your lady wants to talk about the Kardashians. Sound familiar? When you’re excited …

A Brief History Of Octopi Taking Over The World

In honor of the totally-not-evil logo for the National Reconnaissance Office's latest space mission.<p>Octopuses, octopi, octopodes: whatever plural form used, the surprisingly smart eight-tentacled underwater cephalopods are a popular symbol of something far-reaching and sinister, both on earth and, …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Eeks of the Week: Killing Snakes Can Be A Good Thing, But Culling Bats Is Bad

For nearly 50 years, vampire bats in the Amazon have been indiscriminately killed as farmers and public health officials try to stem the spread of rabies. The common vampire bat, D. rotundus, is the only one of three vampire bat species to dine on mammal blood, and in Latin America, huge livestock …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …