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How and when to watch the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

It’s been a little while since skywatching enthusiasts had something to get excited about. Considering how jam-packed with celestial eye candy 2017 …

Astronomy

Who Are the New Yuppies?

The term “yuppie” now feels so dated that it occasionally seems an entire social class has vanished. If the suit-wearing Patrick Batemans of the …

Income Inequality

New Calculation Could Spell Trouble For a Popular Theory of the Universe's Origin

The universe began. But what did it begin from? What did it begin into? We know it began by expanding rather quickly, and ended up with lots of big …

The Sun Could Have Been Born With An Evil Twin

A new study suggests that almost all sun-like stars are likely born with companions, which means that the sun might in fact have a companion star as well.

Research

Apple is finally bringing its anti-insomnia 'Night Shift' mode to MacBooks and Macs

The harsh blue-white glow of computer screens is often blamed for insomnia. Used late at night, the glare of laptops and phones can upset the body's circadian rhythm, making it hard to sleep.<p>Apple's iPhone has an optional feature that tries to prevent this, by tinting the phone's screen orange …

Sleep

Black Friday Deals You're Going To Want To Shop This Season

You won't feel the pangs of retail guilt with these sales.<p>Black Friday is kind of a big deal. In fact, it's actually an entire <i>day</i> of big deals! After you've stuffed your face full of delicious Thanksgiving food, get ready to work it off with a day of shopping to prepare you for holiday …

Jaguar Wants Cars That Can Read Your Brainwaves

Jaguar Land Rover’s been on a high-tech tear lately, coming up with projects and concepts that showcase the potential capabilities of the vehicles of the near future. And the automaker’s latest sounds like cinematic sci-fi: Jaguar Mind Sense, a car that monitors the driver’s brain waves to detect …

Brainwaves

Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality

How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?<p>A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.<p>Bobby, as her friends called her (theirs is a generation of nicknames), was a farmer’s …

Singularity

Scientists take first step towards Star Trek transporter

German engineers create a machine which can scan an object, destroying it in the process, then transmit it over the internet and recreate it anywhere in the world using a 3D printer. Could it be the first prototype of a teleportation machine?<p>German engineers have created a machine which can take a …

Star Trek

The Dirty Little Secret of Cancer Research

In the field of thyroid cancer, 58-year-old Kenneth Ain is a star. As director of the thyroid oncology program at the University of Kentucky at …

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister<p>Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

Artificial Intelligence
Physics

Ultrasound Restores Memory To Mice With Alzheimer’s

Fight back the plaque<p>Using ultrasound waves targeted at the brain, a team of Australian researchers has restored memory to mice with Alzheimer’s disease.<p>More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative condition that causes memory loss, behavioral changes, confusion, and …

What comes after the flying car? A self-flying car

AeroMobil is already wowing people with a prototype of a flying car. But over the next decade, it wants to give new meaning to the term "autopilot."<p>AUSTIN, Texas -- AeroMobil, a startup from Slovakia, is already making sci-fi lore a reality: the company has made a prototype of a flying car. But …

Driverless Cars

A search engine could become the first true artificial intelligence

Everything in our online life is indexed. Every idle tweet, status update, or curious search query feeds the Google database. The tech giant recently bought a leading artificial-intelligence research outlet, and it already has a robotics company on its books.<p>So what if Google, or Facebook, or any …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years

Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly "no."<p>"I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel …

IBM starts testing AI software that mimics the human brain

We haven't talked about Numenta since an HP exec left to join the company in 2011, because, well, it's been keeping a pretty low-profile existence. Now, a big name tech corp is reigniting interest in the company and its artificial intelligence software. According to <i>MIT's Technology Review</i>, IBM has …

Google has reportedly acquired sensor company Lumedyne for $85M

Google has acquired Lumedyne Technologies, a company that has built multiple types of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, according to a report today.<p>Google paid around $85 million to do the deal, which ensures that Lumedyne’s employees will be able to keep working at the company’s San …

Social Security Overpaid Nearly Half on Disability

Social Security overpaid nearly half the people receiving disability benefits over the past decade, according to a government watchdog, raising questions about the management of the cash-strapped program.<p>In all, Social Security overpaid beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion, according to a 10-year …

The Coming Rise of AI Means Humanity Will Need to Grow Up

<i>Supriya Jain heads the Global Thought Leadership Marketing Initiative at Wipro Ltd and is also the Founder of Miitra, a social organization for the elderly.</i><p>Perhaps the most exciting and talked about technology today is Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, mentions of AI can be traced back to …

Has Google figured out the future of Google Glass?

Image copyright Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom.At one point, a consumer version of Google Glass was expected to launch in early 2014. That’s what Google …

Wearable Tech

Why Emotionally Intelligent People Make More Money

A recent study shows those who are in tune with their colleagues’ emotions may be more financially successful.<p>The workplace should be a professional environment: tough, efficient, and free from emotion, right? Wrong.<p>The old adage about leaving your emotions at the door before stepping into the …

Emotional Intelligence

This $195M Beverly Hills Palazzo Is America's Newest Most Expensive Home

The 25-acre palazzo has a spa, disco, movie theater, vineyard, and bowling alley.<p>Look out, power brokers: There's a new "most expensive house in the nation," and this one's a stunner—the 25-acre, $195 million "Palazzo di Amore," located in Beverly Hills, is a Frankenstein's monster of luxury …

Real Estate

The Future of Cinemas

This is the third in our Future Of series, where we analyze and dissect one facet of life that’s been impacted by digital technology. Today, we look at cinemas.<p>“The best writing and character development happens on TV and the Web”<p>“The quality of the in-home experience has really increased – both in …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

What Came Before the Big Bang?

It is cosmology’s most fundamental question: How did the universe begin?<p>The question presupposes that the universe had an actual starting point, but …

A Creepy New Startup Wants To Create Living Avatars For Dead People

By scanning the digital footprints of our dearly departed and recreating their personality, these MIT entrepreneurs hope to use artificial intelligence to bring them back to life in the virtual world.<p>Can a robot help you live forever? Not exactly, yet, but it might be able to help you talk to loved …

Thinking of Getting Into Medium Format Cameras? Here's The Lowdown

Let’s start this article with a question. Why would anyone in this day and age want to buy a medium format camera? There are two answers to this – …

New York fashion week 2014: style lessons from the Big Apple

From China to Haiti, from models to counselors, New York fashion week attracts a crowd as international as they are diverse. Andrew Kelly captures some of those on the street enjoying the fashion circus in New York<p>• Victoria Beckham's family takes front row seats at New York fashion week

Sweet solution? Google tests smart contact lens for diabetics

Prototype aims to measure glucose levels in tears and remove need for inconvenient blood testing<p>Diabetics could in future avoid painful pinprick blood glucose tests using a smart contact lens being developed at Google which measures glucose levels in tears.<p>A prototype shown off by the company uses …