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HomeKit News: Everything you need to know!

A regularly updated stream of HomeKit and HomeKit-enabled accessory news!Thanks to Apple's HomeKit framework, dozens of companies can create smart …

Home Automation

Modafinil Review | My experience with Modafinil (Modalert)

Creativity goes up with 'alpha wave' stimulation - Futurity

A low dose of electric current can enhance a specific brain pattern to boost creativity. Could it also help people with depression?

Secret of long life may be written in stars, scientists find

Norwegian researchers found people born during times of high Sun activity died around five years before those born in periods of solar silence<p>The secret of long life may really be written in the stars - well the Sun at least - after scientists discovered that solar activity at birth predicts …

Ice Age

Here's Why You Probably Won't Get Hired At Google

Of the 3 million applications it receives each year, Google only hires 7,000, or about 0.2%, the company's HR boss Laszlo Bock said at LinkedIn's recent Talent Conference, according to Quartz.<p>Although many have heard about Google's unbelievably difficult brain-teasers, the company actually has a …

The Untold Story Of How Steve Jobs Reintroduced His Signature Design Style To Apple

Skeuomorphism is an ugly, confusing word.<p>According to Techopedia, its definition is, "a design principle in which design cues are taken from the physical world. "<p>Basically, remember how the Notes app on the iPhone used to look like a yellow legal pad or how the iBooks application on the iPad used …

Breitling

Ebola discoverer: 'Without a vaccine I’m not sure we can stop Ebola’

Prof Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the virus, never anticipated that it would cause such a humanitarian crisis<p>THE EBOLA VIRUS – its very name seems to have come straight from the heart of darkness – is striking fear across the globe. It has killed (officially) 4,546 people out …

Disease

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions<p>In 1964, Pablo Picasso was asked by an interviewer about the new electronic calculating machines, soon to become known as computers. He replied, “But they are useless. They can only give …

No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

<b>Update on Oct. 8: The Ebola patient in Dallas, the first diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., has died.</b><p>Holy moly! There's a case of Ebola in the U.S.!<p>That first reaction was understandable. There's no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has …

It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds

Humans' stunning diversity of facial features evolved to make recognition easier, a study says.<p>From bug eyes to aquiline noses, square jaws to chin dimples, no two faces are alike. That diversity may have evolved to make it easier to recognize other people, researchers reported on Tuesday.<p>The shape …

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.<p>"It's spreading and growing <i>exponentially,</i>" President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an <i>exponential</i> fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who …

Chimps May Look Cute, But Controversial New Study Says They're Natural-Born Killers

Chimpanzees can be cute and cuddly, but they're also capable of murderous violence. They wage war against their own kind, savagely maiming and even killing their neighbors and their neighbors’ offspring.<p>Such behavior is rare among mammals. In fact, humans -- who are more closely related to chimps …

Dutch Woman Fakes Trip to Southeast Asia, Surfaces Universal Truth

Did you guys hear the one about the Dutch girl who faked a trip to Southeast Asia? Nope, that isn't a joke, so the upside is there's no terrible punch-line either.<p>In truth, 25 year-old Zilla van den Born literally deceived her friends and family into thinking she'd peaced out to Southeast Asia for …

Eternal Mystery? MH370 Hunt Takes New Course After Six Months

Not since the American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace over the Pacific 77 years ago has there been a mystery like it.<p>And in so many respects the disappearance of Flight MH370 exactly six months ago today is a far more profound puzzle.<p>When Earhart went missing her plane …

Airplanes

Why Do We Care About Some Animals More Than Others?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Animals And Us.<p><b>About Jon Mooallem's TED Talk</b><p>Writer Jon Mooallem tells the story of the teddy bear, and considers how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.<p><b>About Jon …

I Spent 3 Days In A 'Tiny House' With My Mom To See What Micro-Living Is All About

In a consumption-based society where "more is more," there's a surprising movement gathering steam. An increasing number of Americans are downsizing their homes and moving into "tiny houses," which range from 65 to 400 square feet, according to the blog Tiny House Talk.<p>The benefits of living in a …

Normal's 3D-printed headphones are a great custom fit — but aren't for everyone (review)

New York City-based Normal has a good pitch: With just a few photos, it can 3-D print headphones that are customized for the contours of your ears. And it can do it for far less money than typical custom headphones.<p>Normal is not just some over-ambitious crowdfunding wannabe. The company has raised …

Are tiny houses and micro-apartments the future of urban homes?

With an eye on urbanization, population growth and efficiency, tiny spaces were a big theme at this summer’s Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles. Designers from around the world showcased housing and products for living small – from transformable furniture and pre-fab trailers to 3D printed …

Why Multi-Tasking Is Worse Than Marijuana For Your IQ

What makes you more stupid – smoking marijuana, emailing while talking on the phone or losing a night’s sleep?<p>Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London studied 1,100 workers at a British company and found that multitasking with electronic media caused a greater decrease …

Google's 'Knowledge Vault' seeks the answer to life, the universe and everything

Google's Knowledge Graph is pretty good at telling you who was the 37th president of the US, or what the square root of 342345 is. Ask it more complex questions, like "why does the sun set at night?" and it'll still send you off to find the answer yourself. Next week in New York, Google researchers …

Why FitStar Decided Its Workout Algorithm Needed To Shape Up

<i>ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series in which ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.</i><p>If Dave Grijalva were a drug dealer, I’d say he’s getting high on his own supply.<p>In fact, Grijalva is the CTO and cofounder of FitStar, a San Francisco-based fitness-app developer. Take one look …

Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

If you’ve used any 3D printers over the past year or so, you’ll notice one thing: fragmentation. A few use open source apps (which are abysmal) and many use homebrew solutions which range from amazing to “meh.” Now a group of engineers wants to create a standardized, usable OS for all 3D printers, …

Surprise! Mathematical model reveals unexpected findings on happiness

Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise? Maybe it was a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up by your parents.<p>You turn up, grumbling and prepared to hate every second of it. But then, a funny …

James Foley's murder, and the psychology of our fascination with the gruesome

We find the horrible images and video of things like beheadings appalling – yet we are drawn to them. Dean Burnett examines why<p>After <b>Islamic State militants in Iraq murdered reporter James Foley</b>, they released a video of his beheading, the New York Post put a picture of it on its front page, and …

Neanderthals and Humans May Have Had Sex for Millennia: Study

Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest. This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, scientists added. Neanderthals are the …

Anthropology

Murder charges filed in case of missing Marine's wife

Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of killing the pregnant wife of a Marine in California.<p>Erin Corwin, 19 and three months pregnant, had been missing since June 28 after she said she was going to Joshua Tree National Park to scout trails. Over the weekend, searchers found her …

Blacksmith Genesis has 3D-scanning and printing in a spin

Whereas most existing commercial 3D printers use a Cartesian coordinates system, sliding inflexibly in flat planes, the diminutive Genesis – which is …

uBiome Raises $4.5M From Angel Investors, Andreessen Horowitz To Crowdsource Microbiome Research

Microbiome is the ecosystem of bacteria that lives within us, which outnumber the number of human cells 10-to-1. Microbes in the microbiome perform functions such as digesting food and synthesizing vitamins and have also been linked to human mood and behavior.<p>Y Combinator-backed biotech startup …

Sex Bots, Robo-Maids, and Other Sci-Fi Myths of the Coming Robot Economy

Earlier this month, a storied, and highly reputable research think tank released an unprecedented work of speculative fiction. Officially, the Pew Research Center’s “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs” is a report, the result of a survey of some 2000 technology experts on the topic of how …