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22 Easy One-Pot Meals With No Meat

Because doing dishes SUCKS.

Want To Be A Morning Person? Take A Few Tips From Campers

In the first episode of <i>Downton Abbe</i>y, the Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, complains about the newfangled electrical chandelier installed in her family's 1915 estate. "Oh, dear, such a glare," she says, shielding her eyes with a fan.<p>The countess may have a point.<p>Too much artificial …

The Simplest Periodic Table We've Ever Seen

No numbers, just dots<p>In this beautiful, easy-to-read periodic table, created by London-based graphic designer Alison Haigh, each element is represented by a visualization of its electronic structure, rather than by numbers and letters.<p>The dots each represent electrons—so, hydrogen, which has an …

Meet the robot dancer and the mechanical portrait artist

A human-like robot that can dance, another that can paint portraits and others that behave like animals such as shrews and fish have been unveiled.<p>Engineers are creating robots that mimic biological organisms including fish, mammals and even plants in an attempt to produce machines that can operate …

Element of the week: berkelium | video

This week, we meet the element berkelium, a transuranic actinide element that has the symbol, <b>Bk</b>, and the atomic number <b>97</b>. This element is named for the city of Berkeley, the home of one of the University of California campuses where this element was first synthesised in December 1949.<p>Berkelium is a …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including clouds from space, illegal animal trade, and an eyeball-shaped camera. [WARNING: Contains graphic images]<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Lightning strikes and a popsicle-licking polar bear<p>Supersonic planes, migrating whales and hair …

What's Inside: Play-Doh — It's Like Bread, But With More Amylopectin

On this week's <i>What's Inside</i>, let's get nostalgic for Play-Doh! Learn the magic formula inside that classic yellow tub. Hint: There’s more to it than …

New Ant Species 'Horrifying' with 'Fierce Jaws' and 'Sharp Teeth'

The Utah biologist that identified 33 new ant species said that they’re horrifying and look like a monster.<p>“These new ant species are the stuff of …

Why Dentists Should Fear Snails

She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed — for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.<p>"Why, I wondered, would I <i>enjoy</i> a snail?," Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book <i>The Sound of</i> …

Mold, reshape, and move gel with light

<b>U. PITTSBURGH (US) —</b> Hydrogels can be reshaped and even moved around, using only light, according to new computer models.<p>Some animals—like the …

Nanotech

How the chemicals in your blood can betray your wealth

Doctors may soon be able to tell how wealthy their patients are purely by looking at the chemicals in their blood.<p>A new study has found that different types of chemicals build up in people's bodies depending on their socioeconomic status.<p>While some chemicals, such as those associated with smoking, …

Watch A Squishy Gel Transform Into Robotic Claws

The "ionoprinting" process converts gels into machines<p>What you see here are hydrogels--squishy, aqueous semi-solids--being turned into tiny machines. By wiring a copper electrode to hydrogels (in any shape), researchers from North Carolina State University can stiffen sections of the gels, making …

How To Create The Perfect Workspace, According To Science

Optimize your performance. Or just make it pretty.<p>There's nothing worse than sitting in a dull, drab cubicle. If you're going to be stuck in one place for 40 or more hours a week, it might as well be pleasant--for the sake of your sanity and your company's bottom line. Research shows that how you …

10 Robots That Are Way More Athletic Than You

Oh, you're a pro swimmer? Well, Swumanoid's an Olympian.<p>Maybe you're really athletic. You're, say, a great basketball player, or you can do those fingertip push-ups the heroes do in kung-fu movies. That's great. But whatever you can do, our future machine-overlords can do better. For …

University of California wants to let you read all its peer-reviewed work

Following the death of Aaron Swartz, governments and higher education seem to have stepped up their efforts to make scholarly research more readily accessible. Now, the world's largest public research university, the University of California, has voted to make the published works of its more than …

7 Extremely Weird Plants

When thinking of weird plants, the obvious first thought is the bug-eating Venus flytrap— which of course is a very strange plant. But there are …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

Facial Plastic Surgery Doesn't Make People More Attractive, Study Finds

This is the first time anybody has tried to quantify the beautifying effects of these procedures.<p>Do you get a refund if the product doesn't work as desired? A new study has found that those who get aesthetic facial plastic surgery, such as brow lifts and eyelid surgery, aren't rated as …

Learn Japanese Calligraphy From A Robot

Technology could preserve the waning skill.<p>As smartphones and computers become more prevalent in people's daily lives, many in Japan fear that the ancient art of shodo, Japanese brush writing, will die out. In a 2012 survey by Japan's Ministry of Education, more than 60 percent of respondents said …

How Realistic Is The Sci-Fi Space Thriller 'Europa Report'?

We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.<p>It's rare that a great space movie breaks the Hollywood traditions of big budgets, blatant abuse of physics, over-the-top special effects, factitious …

Talking Robot Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

HAL 9000 he's not. But Kirobo, the first-ever talking robot in space is heading to the International Space Station this week ahead of his human companion, Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata, who takes over as ISS commander in November.<p>The robot, whose outward appearance was inspired by the cartoon …

HackRF, a Kickstarter project promising the holy grail of wireless radios

Listen up wireless nerds, a Kickstarter project called HackRF is promising to take the revolutions that Moore’s Law has brought to servers and …

Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Lenovo ThinkPad T431s review: Gray flannel suit with a modern cut - CNET

MSRP: $1,049.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Lenovo ThinkPad T431s</b> is a simple, straightforward business laptop that is built tough, has ample security options, and is thin and light enough for daily commuting. It also has an excellent keyboard and works well with Windows 8.<p><b>The Bad</b> If having the latest Intel …

Consumer Tech

Microsoft’s Surface Tablets ‘Officially a Flop’

Lots more bad news for Microsoft and their Surface tablets this week. Microsoft’s most recent financial results filing (for their fiscal year that ended June 30 of this year) show a total of $853 million in revenue from Surface sales – which some are saying is less than they’ve spent on marketing …

Tablets

Bitcoin suitcase eats your pocket change, spits out digital currency

Unless you're one of its many evangelists, you probably still don't own any Bitcoins, the math-based digital currency that's all the rage among hackers, free market libertarians, and crypto-anarchists alike. A group of tinkerers at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas is trying to fix that …

Why PlayStation 4 Still Has The Edge Over Xbox One When It Comes To Indie Games

Adam Boyes has a fascinating job.<p>Working in “developer relations” at Sony may not sound particularly glamorous, but Boyes heads up the team behind Sony’s indie self-publishing effort: Pub Fund.<p>Boyes and his team have a singular goal: to find great indie games and game developers and bring their …

The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

Nanotech

Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100 following Surface RT reductions

Microsoft is discounting its Surface Pro tablet this weekend, following heavy reductions to its Surface RT costs recently. The 10 percent price cut to Surface Pro reduces the cost of the 64GB and 128GB models by $100 each in the US. Not all regions appear to have Surface Pro price cuts just yet, …

TECH NOW: Best new gadgets for women

Take a look at this gear thoughtfully designed with women in mind, from fashionable earbuds to handy charging devices and totes.<p>When it comes to great gadgets for gals, tech companies have been slow to realize they can't just make the same old gadgets and slap some pink paint on them.<p>According to …