Dan Fennell

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New Levitator Lofts Styrofoam Bits *And* Moves Them Around

Acoustic levitating machines grow legs<p>So this is a new acoustic levitator. It's able to float those little blebs that make up Styrofoam—which, I know, you can levitate basically by blowing on, but this machine does it with sound waves, okay? In addition, the levitator is designed so that users can …

Bill Gates: Apple Pay Is A 'Fantastic' Idea

He wants to make mobile payments much easier and cheaper to use for managing small amounts of money in those nations, he told Bloomberg Television anchor Erik Schatzker.<p>Interestingly, though, Windows Phone doesn't have mobile payments tech the way that Google does with Google Wallet, or Apple does …

Bill Gates

Bill Gates Is 'Very Happy' With Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Bloomberg Television anchor Erik Schatzker interviewed Gates at the Sibos conference in Boston.<p>In that short time, Nadella has made some big and somewhat controversial decisions.<p>He's currently lording over the largest layoff in Microsoft's history, 18,000 people. That includes cutting half of …

Satya Nadella

Says it Needs Nukes to Defend Against Asteroids

The U.S. government delayed the dismantling of some nuclear warhead components to protect against a foreign threat: asteroids. The nuclear component, called the canned subassembly (CSA), contains highly enriched uranium. Several of them were scheduled to be dismantled in 2015, but are now being …

New York Times

The greatest brain myth there ever was?

Brain myths make people vulnerable to woolly ideas and useless products, get in the way of real understanding and are passed down to children as fact

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …