Harshvardhan Pandit

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Biologists Create Cells With 6 DNA Letters, Instead of Just 4

One of the first things you learn in Biology 101 is that the genetic code consists of four letters: A, T, C, and G. Each represents a chemical …

Phrase Your To Dos as Questions to Motivate Yourself

If you find it hard to tackle the boring list of to dos in front of you, Haim Pekel from IQTELL's productivity blog has one suggestion: phrase them …

Productivity

The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done

The right kind of sound can relax your mind, hone your focus, drown out distractions, or get you pumped to kill your to-do list. We've assembled some …

Why Do So Many People Describe Aereo 'Complying' With Copyright Law As The Company 'Circumventing' Copyright Law?

We mentioned this briefly in our writeup of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Aereo case, but I wanted to focus in on one particularly …

Copyright Law

The FCC changed course on network neutrality. Here is why you should care.

Wednesday's press reports of the new network neutrality rules proposed by FCC Chairman Wheeler have been met with anger and confusion. According to …

The Untold Story Of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback

One day in July 2001, Larry Page decided to fire Google's project managers. All of them.<p>It was just five years since Page, then a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, was struck in the middle of the night with a vision. In it, he somehow managed to download the entire Web and by examining the …

This '80s Anime Version of Harry Potter Is Everything

OK, so this video isn't the entire <i>Harry Potter</i> series reimagined as anime—which would've been amazing—but just seeing even a little bit of …

A Rare Genetic Mutation in These Siblings Makes Them Immune to Viruses

Viruses are incompetent but smart little things. Unable to make proteins on their own, they hijack ours for their own nefarious purposes. But what if …

How Ovulation Affects Your Creativity (Even If You're a Guy)

A women's menstrual cycle can affect more than just the way she feels physically and emotionally. The hormone changes might also influence …

Creativity

Watch Cortana, Siri, and Google Now Yell at Each Other and Go Insane

Cortana is the newest member of the virtual assistant family, so we thought we'd get the whole crew together for a chat. Turns out getting a sit-down …

How Do We Know the Earth Orbits the Sun?

There was a recent news item about Star Trek's Kate Mulgrew in a geocentric movie. The geocentric model states that the Sun and the planets move …

Spot-On Business Cards for 16 of Hollywood's Greatest Characters

Given the frequency with which Hollywood recycles our favorite movie villains and heroes, it seems unlikely that any of them ever will be out of …

The Best Gear for Your Springtime Outdoor Photo Expeditions

For photographers, the coming of warm weather brings the boundless potential of exploring the great outdoors with your camera (without getting …

Invi Richens Text Messages With Link, Photo, YouTube Previews

Android: While Whatsapp and other alternative texting apps are great for sharing links and pics, the humble SMS is lagging behind. Well, not if you …

Apps

Canvanizer Offers Collaborative Brainstorming Via Digital Post-Its

A blank sheet is where all great ideas begin, but staring at one on your own can be a daunting and unproductive beginning. Webapp Canvanizer lets you …

Can commented-out code be valuable documentation?

Precision is the goal, so maybe it's best to put comments in code.<p><i>This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions</i> …

8 Apps to Turn Your Pipe Dreams Into Prototypes

Depending on who you listen to, ideas are either bulletproof, cheap, and powerful or like an unmentionable part of your body. Everyone has ideas. …

Dukto Shares Files, Text, and Clipboard Contents Between Computers

Windows/Mac/Linux: Dropbox is pretty great for syncing files in bulk between computers and Pushbullet is pretty good for moving text and links. If …

Operating Systems

Crows' reasoning ability rivals that of seven-year-old humans

New Caledonian crows are as good at reasoning as a human seven-year-old, claim researchers.<p>The scientists subjected six wild crows to a battery of tests designed to challenge their understanding of causal relationships. The "water displacement" tasks were all variations of an Aesop's fable in which …

Astronomers Surprised to Find Asteroid With Rings

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.26.14.<p>Time of Publication: 2:00 pm. 2:00 pm<p>For the first time ever, astronomers have …

This GoPro Video of Strangers High Fiving Will Put You in a Good Mood

If you're feeling down for whatever reason, you should watch this video of strangers high fiving, caught on a GoPro rig. It's going to make you …

GoPro

Cure Hiccups with an Orgasm (and More Orgasmic Science)

If you've ever been stuck with hiccups—the kind that just won't go away no matter what you do—the cure may be closer than you think. All you need is …

TED Talks

Make The Most Of Your Terminal History With A Bang [OS X Tips]

If you’ve spent enough time messing around in Terminal, you’ll know one thing for sure: re-typing the stuff you’ve laboriously typed in with only minor differences is tedious. And it happens more often than we’d like.<p>The Terminal does, however, keep a history of all the commands you’ve typed into …

Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote

Now that Microsoft OneNote is free for Mac and Windows, the price and cross-platform barriers to this much beloved note-taking tool are gone. But how …

Facebook Introduces 'Hack,' the Programming Language of the Future

Facebook engineers Bryan O'Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other.<p>…

Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now <i>3.253 seconds.</i> The robot, which is the third in …

Squawk Displays Reminders When You Unlock Your Android

Android: When an item in your to-do list needs to be done soon, you might need to be reminded of it often. Squawk simplifies this by giving you a …

Android News

Quixey Wants to Unite Your Apps Into One Searchable Mega-Service

Google Now is endlessly useful. It gathers and delivers all of your personally relevant news and information in a single place, and is available with …