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You Have a Bra Problem and the Startup World Is Obsessed With Solving It

Ask any VC who focuses on e-commerce what types of startup ideas are hot right now, and intimate apparel startups will be at the top of the list. …

Could reading 'Crime and Punishment' make you better at reading people?

What we read, not just whether we read, could change how we interpret emotions<p>What do the arts mean to our lives? To at least some researchers, they're a way that we learn how the people around us think. Previous studies have concluded that reading fiction is correlated with various measures of …

A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

Ancient, well-preserved human remains aren't exactly a common thing to find, which makes the discovery of a 4,000-year-old brain in western Turkey pretty noteworthy. The brain was found in 2010 in an ancient burial ground that appeared to have been burned — charred skeletons and wooden objects were …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Got Zapped By The Large Hadron Collider?

It would burn a hole through you—and then some.<p>The scientists at the LHC would like to make two things very clear. First, it's just a horrible idea to put any part of your body in front of the collider's two proton beams. Each beam comprises 320 trillion particles, so the total energy delivered is …

What Happens When You Donate Your Body To Science?

You expand the body of research, so to speak.<p>No computer simulation or dummy or animal can really convey the complexity of human anatomy like a cadaver can. But what exactly happens to your body when you donate it to science?<p>Safety Studies<p>Researchers subject cadavers to laboratory scenarios—an …

What Happens If An Astronaut Floats Off In Space?

In short: he's in trouble.<p>In the film <i>Gravity</i>, which opens this month, two astronauts are on a spacewalk when an accident hurtles them into the void. So what would actually happen if you went, in NASA's terminology, "overboard"?<p>NASA requires spacewalking astronauts to use tethers (and sometimes …

The Next Reality TV Prize: A Trip To Space

The series, Space Race, is being developed for NBC.<p>Now that Bill Nye has been unfairly removed from the travesty of a television program <i>Dancing With the Stars</i>, there is a strange, science-y, reality TV show-shaped hole in my heart. But perhaps billionaire party-dude archetype Sir Richard Branson …

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Why Depression Ruins Your Memory

It can impede the brain's ability to encode different, but very similar, memories, a process called pattern separation.<p>Depression has been linked to memory impairment, but being depressed doesn't affect all types of memory uniformly. A new study suggests that people with depression can remember the …

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Prepubescent Mice Shed Tears To Fend Off Adults' Romantic Advances

A protective pheromone released in their tears keeps adult males from getting frisky with the too-young.<p>Unlike humans, mice don't have laws or social customs to govern who they mate with. Nor can a mouse ask a potential partner about her age. So how do mice know that their potential mate is …

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The Week In Numbers: NASA Shuts Down, The First Artificial Pancreas, And More

<b>97 percent</b>: the portion of NASA employees who were furloughed by the government shutdown this week. Happy 55th birthday, NASA.<p><b>1,800 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the estimated temperature of Kepler-7b, the first planet outside of our solar system on which scientists have been able to map out clouds<p><b>5</b>: the …

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MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

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What World War II Soldiers' Dreams Were Made Of

British soldiers who were captured by the Germans during the Battle of France dreamed about lots of food, and not that much violence.<p>Endless meals. Family. Escape. These were the dreams of 79 British soldiers who were captured in an early World War II battle and imprisoned in Germany, according to …

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If Any Game Ever Needed A PC Port, It's 'GTA 5'

Rockstar has already made an absolutely insane amount of money with Grand Theft Auto V across only two platforms, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but now fans are pushing for a third. PC players desperately want their own version of Rockstar’s massive game, and are organizing to make their case.<p>They’ve …

GTA Online patch now live on PS3, coming to Xbox 360 'as soon as possible' today

A title update for <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i> is now live on PlayStation 3, with a patch for Xbox 360 slated to launch later today, Rockstar announced in a press statement.<p>The Xbox 360 update will be available "as soon as possible" sometime today, Rockstar said. The company also pointed to its …

RI governor forced 38 Studios bankruptcy, former official says

The former director of the organization that granted a $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios alleges that Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee rebuffed attempts to fix the financial situation and effectively forced the studio's bankruptcy, the Boston Globe reports.<p>Keith Stokes, former director …

Microsoft exec on 'Xbone' moniker: 'I think it's going to stick'

Try as they might, Microsoft officials won't likely be able to dissuade people from referring to the Xbox One as the "Xbone," acknowledged company executive Phil Spencer in an interview with GameSpot.<p>The joking moniker, a portmanteau of "Xbox" and "One," arose on the internet in the immediate …

Why writing a Mass Effect screenplay is so difficult

Adapting <i>Mass Effect</i> for the silver screen was so difficult that it will probably be the last video game adaption Mark Protosevich tries, the screenwriter told Badass Digest.<p>Protosevich, whose credits include <i>I Am Legend</i> and <i>Thor</i>, found adapting the first game in the trilogy too difficult because of …

Valve releases hardware specs for Steam Machine prototype

The 300 Steam Machine prototypes that Valve will be sending to Steam users later this year will be high-end computers built from off-the-shelf PC parts, the company announced today.<p>Here's the list of hardware specifications for the prototype, which will run Valve's Linux-based SteamOS:<p>GPU: some …