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9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

Framing

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption …

Information Security

Did American volcanoes trigger fall of Roman Empire?

American volcanoes sparked a huge dust cloud triggering catastrophic climate change which could have dealt the final blow to the Roman Empire<p>On March 24 536AD the sky suddenly darkened across continental Europe as a thick dust cloud rolled in and stayed put for 18 months.<p>Historians such as …

5G Vs 4G: Will 5G Technology Bring New Dimensions To Wireless?

<b>Building technology that will connect billions of people and things to the internet, and to one another, without wires.</b><p>While much of the world is …

Robots Can Now 3D-Print Steel Bridges

Coming soon to a park near you ... if you live in Amsterdam<p>You know that saying "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it"? There's a group in Amsterdam that has decided that's not good enough. Instead, they're planning to 3D print a steel bridge in mid-air.<p>3D printers are additive technologies …

A Wind Machine You Can Call Home

This futuristic building will provide power and panoramic views<p>Windmills have dotted the Dutch countryside for centuries. But in densely populated cities, whooshing turbines are a tough sell. A new concept called the Dutch Windwheel could offer a silent, low-maintenance alternative.<p>Whereas most …

Presenting The Apple (II) Watch

Bringing '70s tech into the era of wearables<p>Now: Smart Watch<p>When the Apple Watch was announced, designer DJ Harrigan didn’t line up to buy one. Instead, he built his own: a wearable version of the 1977 Apple II computer. “I wanted to go back as far as possible in Apple history,” says Harrigan, “but …

Apple Watch

Do Computers Die Of Old Age?

Short answer: Sadly, yes<p>Nothing lasts forever, not even electronics. “People assume electronic components will not age,” says Bianca Schroeder, a computer scientist at the University of Toronto. Without moving parts, electronics seem unlikely to wear out. Yet even a standard memory module …

Sailing

Holographic Minecraft Demo Presented by Microsoft

Is holographic gaming the way of the future?<p>Microsoft has been shifting from strength to strength at E3 this year, with the release of <i>Rise of the Tomb Raider</i> gameplay footage and also the incorporation of its VR headset, the Hololens, into the world of <i>Minecraft</i>. The VR demonstration showed the …

20 biggest reasons why startup companies fail

Startup companies seem to have all the fun. They create new markets, disrupt old ones, get ridiculous amounts of money from venture capital firms, …

Startups

Gene Tests Are Quite Telling - Should You Get One?

What gene tests can tell us now and in the future<p>It takes me two subway rides, a fifteen-minute walk, one very large cup of coffee, and knocking on two incorrect office doors to arrive at the offices of the Program for Jewish Genetic Health in the Bronx. I am there for a genetic screening designed …

Why Is MERS So Contagious?

Amid an outbreak of the deadly virus in South Korea, virologists are piecing together an understanding of a new but familiar respiratory illness.<p>When you study something that is, in the strictest sense, invisible, answers to seemingly straightforward questions quickly become elusive.<p>Like: What …

Public Health

One of Android’s best features just quietly arrived on iPhone and iPad

There were plenty of flashy reveals at the WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday, but one of the least heralded announcements could change the way we download …

Apps

How a history of eating human brains protected this tribe from brain disease

The sickness spread at funerals.<p>The Fore people, a once-isolated tribe in eastern Papua New Guinea, had a long-standing tradition of mortuary feasts — eating the dead from their own community at funerals. Men consumed the flesh of their deceased relatives, while women and children ate the brain. It …

Biology

Simulate a Beautiful Nuclear War Right in Your Browser

The end of the world has never looked so good<p>Nuclear war is generally not very pretty, except for maybe in <i>War Games</i> and that <i>War Games</i>-inspired game Defcon. Now you can add this wonderful, minimal, enthralling simulation from Simon Swain to the list. Block out a good 15 minutes, because you're about …

War Games

Here’s what you’re entitled to if you get bumped off a flight

Chances are pretty high that you have, as overbooking has become standard practice thanks to airlines scrambling to post revenue, and no-shows being a common occurrence.<p>Luckily, the US Department of Transportation has been tightening requirements on what airlines need to do when overbooking a …

Flying

Your iPhone is getting a feature that saves battery life, but you'll have to make some compromises

Apple's SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said during the announcement that the setting "pulls levers you didn't know you had" to give you up to three hours of added battery life with typical use.<p>That's great for iPhone users whose iPhones barely make it a day on a single charge.<p>Even …

Batteries

Desktop Showdown: Windows 10 vs. Mac OS X El Capitan

Just when you were getting used to your computer the way it is, the geniuses behind Windows and Mac OS are ready to change it again. But don’t fret — …

Software

Elon Musk is one step closer to making his ambitious $10 billion satellite internet business a reality

The rocket company has asked permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin to test beaming high-speed internet from space using satellites, according to a report from the Washington Post.<p>Musk originally shared his idea of using satellites in space as a way to provide internet …

Space Travel

Scientists just got the first close-up look at some perplexing white spots in space, and they're more mystified than ever

Last March, NASA's Dawn spacecraft made history when it became the first mission to ever orbit a dwarf planet.<p>Before Dawn, the best images we had of the dwarf planet Ceres were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 2000s from a distance of 257 million miles away. And about the only thing …

Astronomy

Why this 2,073-foot Chinese building could be an omen of economic doom

The newly completed 2,073-foot-tall Shanghai Tower is officially the second-tallest building in the world (behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa) and the tallest in China.<p>And <i>taller</i> skyscrapers are planned, such as China's Sky City and Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower.<p>But as "cool" as all of these buildings are, …

Stock Markets

7 skills you never knew you needed for a career in IT

Being skilled at computers and troubleshooting is an essential part of working in IT, but if you plan on truly excelling in the field, it's vital to have a combination of hard and soft skills.<p>Here are seven soft skills every IT professional should have.<p>It's sort of a no-brainer, but when you're …

InterAct

​What you need to know about shooting raw images on your phone

Not sure what raw images are or why you want them on your phone? Read on to find out everything you need to know.<p>Shooting in raw is a term that's been familiar to digital camera users for several years now, but it's only recently started to spread out into the world of camera phones. It has various …

Mobile Photography

Dark Energy Renders 97% Of The Galaxies In Our Observable Universe Permanently Unreachable

When you look out at a star whose light arrives after traveling towards you for 100 years, you’re seeing a star that’s 100 light years away, due to the fact that the speed of light is finite. But when you look out at a galaxy whose light arrives after traveling towards you for a journey of <i>100</i> …

Galaxies

55m pastrovich studio's X-easy yacht simplifies life at sea

jan 12, 2018<p>strictly limited to a run of 250 cars, british-automaker lyonheart cars builds a modern iteration of the classic jaguar 'e-type' from the …

Apple Watch: What you must do to buy one

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch)—Unlike other Apple product launches, there will be no long lines snaking around the block on April 24 when Apple Watch …

Apple Watch

Mars Curiosity Rover Photo Shows ‘Tiny Bone’ Near Drilling Area; Evidence Of Alien Life?

The Mars Curiosity rover really is the alien hunter’s dream come true. With so many anomaly “discoveries” made by the NASA bot over the past few …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine