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This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

OverTask for Chrome Puts Productivity in New Tabs

We’ve already given you seven essential Chrome extensions to combat too-many-tabs syndrome, but we’ve just gotten wind of another one that you might like.<p>OverTask‘s basic premise is about productivity – it lets you create tasks directly from within a new tab in Chrome. The general thinking behind …

*NSYNC’s Back

The moment we were all waiting for has arrived. Four familiar faces appeared behind Justin Timberlake at Sunday’s VMAs to perform hits like …

What is the Brocken Spectre?

The Brocken Spectre is your own shadow, cast on mists below you, when you are mountain climbing. The shadow may appear enormous and has a ring around …

How To Grow Your Own Photo

Use microbes to make black-and-agar still lifes<p>Microbes aren't known for their artistic merit, but that hasn't stopped scientists from using bacteria to find their inner Ansel Adams. Bioengineer Chris Voigt and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have hacked a harmless strain of</i> …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

Pope Benedict resigned 'because God told me to do it'

A "mystical experience" during a dialogue with God convinced Pope Emeritus Benedict to resign as head of the Roman Catholic Church earlier this year, he has said.<p>"God told me to do it," the 86-year-old former pontiff told a friend, six months after his decision to step down shocked the world's 1.2 …

The Answer to "What Is My Password Again?"

Sure, people know they shouldn’t use the same password for their online accounts. But the fear of forgetting a password when it’s needed leads many …

IT security

Copper exposure likely 'key player' in Alzheimer's - Futurity

U. ROCHESTER (US) — Copper, found in a variety of foods and some drinking water, …

Bullet Block Experiment

2 teens charged with first-degree murder in ballplayer's killing in Oklahoma

Two teenagers were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player out for a jog in Oklahoma — a crime that one teen said they carried out simply because they were bored, according to police.<p>James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, were …

4 x 3 = 11? Did School Official Really Say It Doesn’t Matter if Students Get Simple Math Wrong Under Common Core?

Recent comments by an Illinois school district official seem to suggest it doesn’t matter if students get simple arithmetic wrong under new Common Core standards, but those remarks highlighted in some news reports don’t give the full context.<p>Several news outlets have seized on remarks made last …

Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease

Mixed evidence on the role of copper in Alzheimer's<p><b>A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.</b><p>However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.<p>The latest study in Proceedings of the …

Dementia

Lockheed Martin building a car-transporting drone for DARPA

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division is building a drone that will be able to transport cars, storage containers, and eventually even pods full of soldiers for DARPA. The drone, which will be called the Transformer TX, is currently in a $20.3-million "Phase 3" process, which means Lockheed is …