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The Jurassic Shield

Some dinosaurs are better at hiding than others. There’s no single reason for their edge. Some were rare. Others too small to gain much notice from the paleontologists who were set on finding large, imposing specimens for museum centerpieces. Still more became preserved in slices of rock that …

British Police Scanned 90,000 Concert Goers' Faces

What do you do with so many screaming faces? Delete them, apparently<p>At a music festival called “Download,” British police scanned 90,000 faces to look for criminals, and then promptly deleted them all. Held last week in Leicestershire, the festival was headlined by Slipknot, known for their masks, …

Music Festivals

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 easily outperforms Apple’s iPad Air 2 and Google’s Nexus 9

U.K. consumer watchdog group Which wants to help you pick a tablet.<p>Which’s lab experts examined the top 10 tablets in the U.K. To assess the speed of each, the group used Geekbench‘s cross-platform processor benchmark, which runs tests and simulations of real-world tasks.<p>Performance certainly isn’t …

The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things

Planning a vacation this summer? You’ve chosen to spend your money in the way that’s going to give you the most happiness.<p>Your big travel plans might seem like a waste of money. What will you come back with, besides some photos on your phone and a few memories. If you bought a TV with that money …

6 Summer Activities That Will Work Out Your Abs

Crunches, planks and bicycles are all effective at working your core. But so do some way-more-fun summer activities (think hula-hooping and stand-up …

Exercise

Bracing for a Food Fight: High Tech vs. Slow Food

Eat real food. This is the advice of a thousand health advocates at a thousand typewriters in a thousand books. The problem is definitional: What is real food?<p>A thinking person can weed out the obvious imposters created by corporations who aren’t overwhelmingly concerned about public health or …

5 Apps That Make Living Gluten-Free Easy

Whether you’re gluten-intolerant or gluten-free by choice, the restrictions on your diet and your choices can make you develop a new allergy to diets altogether. But swearing off wheat doesn’t have to mean swearing off all of the pleasure in eating. After all, eating good food in good company is an …

Burger King

Memory alloy bounces back into shape 10 million times

<b>Engineers have produced an alloy that springs back into shape even after it is bent more than 10 million times.</b><p>"Memory shape alloys" like this have many potential uses, but present incarnations are prone to wearing out.<p>The new material - made from nickel, titanium and copper - shatters previous …

University of Oxford

The Keys to Healthy Digestion

Switching to a whole-food, plant-based approach to eating is an excellent way to enhance your digestion. It is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and health-promoting phytochemicals and avoids hard-to-digest foods such as meat, dairy and food high in fat. You will feel better and can prevent many …

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Income Inequality

LG Display shows off press-on 'wallpaper' TV under 1mm thick

Before you get too excited, it's only a proof-of-concept display. The unveiling is part of a broader announcement to showcase the company's plans for the future, which center on OLED tech.<p>LG Display, the screen-making subsidiary of LG, is dedicated to OLED panels, and it has unveiled an impossibly …

Mobile Technology

Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Pretty Thoughts

What People Around the World Dream About

An atlas of the subconscious, from Tijuana to Reykjavik<p>The first thing I learned is: Everybody flies.<p>Consider the surly taxi driver I met in Ukraine who, when asked what he dreamed of at night, responded, “I jump and then I fly—higher than the trees, higher than the trolley wires.”<p>“I think when I …

Consciousness

Mind Blowing on Twitter: "Fire Rainbows, which are very rare, are formed by light reflecting from ice crystals in high level clouds. http://t.co/VnMl25pTos"

Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions

<b>Windows 10 is going to be the last major revision of the operating system.</b><p>Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the "last version" of the dominant desktop software.<p>His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would …

Software

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

U.S. has bold plan to stall climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> In baseball, there's a traditional comeback after a tough season: "Wait 'til next year!" For climate change "next year" is now. This year is the time and the United Nations' international climate negotiations in Paris in December are the place to secure strong global agreement to curb …

Climate Change

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

Why Kevin Mitnick, the World's Most Notorious Hacker, Is Still Breaking Into Computers

Once the Internet's most-wanted hacker, Kevin Mitnick is paid big bucks to do exactly what landed him in prison 20 years ago.<p>Look no further than Kevin Mitnick’s business card to see how some things never change.<p>Cut from stainless steel, the card includes breakaway pieces of a fully functional …

Nuclear Weapons

Facebook is building a fleet of giant solar-powered drones

According to a report from The New York Times, Facebook has a codename for its drone: Aquila, which is also the name of the eagle in Greek mythology that carries Zeus's thunderbolts for him.<p>Aquila can reportedly stay in the air for up to three months at a time, and beam high-speed internet from …

Internet

Top 6 Science Inventions You Probably Haven't Heard Of

<b>High school students from Southeast Asia protect the environment with inventions that challenge the status quo.</b><p>Did you know bamboo can be used to …

South-east Asia

Festo unleashes new robotic swarm of ants and butterflies

Biology-inspired robotics company Festo has revealed its latest animal robots -- cooperative ants and lightweight butterflies.<p>The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots: a swarm …

Robotics

Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new Intel/Micron technology

SSDs are fast, but still expensive compared to spinning metal drives, giving us less storage capacity in today’s Macs than we got in older models. Pick up a classic 13-inch MacBook Pro with a hard drive, for example, and you’ll get 500GB of storage for $1100, compared to just 128GB of SSD storage …

Art

Two years ago the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced. What's new?

Two years ago yesterday the discovery of a new boson - later confirmed as the Higgs - was announced at CERN, as the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) began in Melbourne. This week, ICHEP is underway again, this time in Valencia. What's new?<p>The Large Hadron Collider, in its …

Want To Communicate Anonymously Without Being Monitored Or Tracked? 'Blackphone' Now On Sale

Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks …