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Inside the Psychedelic Skyscraper City of the Future

Cybertopia. Death of analogous cities. Courtesy of Egor Orlov.

If a science fiction author, a comic book illustrator, and an architect cross-bred the mesmerizing cityscapes found in Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ The Incal with the Rogue City seen in the film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, they …

Architecture

This is the future of food

Are you ready for lab-made hamburgers, bug-filled protein bars and 3D-printed cuisine? With the Earth's population rapidly approaching 8 billion and the race to keep up with food demand intensifying, industries have begun to drain essential resources and adversely affect the environment. Thanks to …

Life Sciences

Google on ‘Stagefright” exploit: not all Android bugs are this bad, thanks to Google’s security measures

Bugs may be endless, but that doesn’t mean they are harmful… at least not all them are. Lead engineer Adrian Ludwig made sure to touch on this …

Google

Quantum Physics: Everything is Energy

Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in …

Physics

10 Facts Everyone Should Know About Dark Matter

And if you know all ten, you’ll understand just what it is… and isn’t.

Dark matter may be one of the most unsettling concepts that modern physics has …

Space Science

ORIGIN MAGAZINE SUMMER PARTY

Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple?

A decade ago, the smartphone market looked nothing like it does today. Nothing at all. Major players included Nokia, BlackBerry and Palm, and none of …

Android Phones

There's (Almost) Nothing You Can Do About Stagefright

Move over Heartbleed, there's a new ominously named digital threat that has the potential to engulf hundreds of millions of people. It's called …

Security

Hackers Are Increasingly Posting Tutorials To YouTube — And Making Money From Google Ads

A new report shows how hackers not only spread easy tutorials on how to hack web cams on YouTube, but also make money off Google Ads running alongside them. Google gets a share of the profits too.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers are uploading videos to YouTube showing people how to break into computers …

YouTube

3D brain map reveals connections between cells in nano-scale

Scientists have created an unprecedented high-resolution map of the brain that reveals structures as small as those found in individual nerve cells.

They produced the 3D map from a compilation of images taken with nanoscale resolution, making it possible to pick out features measured in millionths …

The Brain

HISTORY OF IDEAS - Capitalism

A Dream Undone

On the morning of his wedding, in 1956, Henry Frye realized that he had a few hours to spare before the afternoon ceremony. He was staying at his parents’ house in Ellerbe, N.C.; the ceremony would take place 75 miles away, in Greensboro, the hometown of his fiancée; and the drive wouldn’t take …

Democracy

How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?

Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people.

Answer the questions below to learn which parts of your identity may …

Study: The kinds of friendships you have in your 20s and 30s predicts your well-being later in life

A new study shows that when it comes to friendship, it’s quantity over quality that matters in your 20s—and vice versa in your 30s.

That pattern turns out to be a predictor of psychological well-being later in life, and it happens to be one that comes relatively naturally to many of us.

“Earlier on …

City University of New York (CUNY)

Walmart selling $100 tablet with free Windows 10 upgrade

Walmart is offering what may be the most affordable Windows 10 tablet at $99.99. The E FUN Nextbook Flexx 8 is an 8-inch tablet with typical hardware …

Microsoft Windows

This is a catfish killer: video verification could stop online fakes

The internet is littered with stories of people who created fake personas on social networks, either to fuel their egos or to fill their bank accounts through scams.

The ‘catfish’ is a such a powerful trope that it has its own MTV series, a horrible aspect of online existence that stretches back to …

Catfish

Russia's musical new wave embraces Soviet chic

In one of his latest music videos, Russia’s best-known rapper, Timati, and his label mate L’One crush cheap cars with a Soviet tank, then take female admirers for a joyride on two sidecar motorcycles emblazoned with red stars.

“I’ll raise a toast to mother Russia!” Timati declares before the track, …

Russia

Which Countries Has The U.S. Invaded?

There's no reason to spend a fortune on an Android phone

The Moto X Style is Motorola's new premium flagship device.

There is now officially no reason to spend more than $400 on a premium off-contract and unlocked flagship smartphone.

The OnePlus 2 and Motorola's Moto X Style are two premium, flagship devices that were announced within hours of each other …

Fortune 500

How Beer And Coffee Can Affect Your Brain (MUST-READ)

Report has it that for years now, companies have provided employees with free coffee, but more and more start ups have also started offering beer to …

The Brain

The Artificial Intelligence AK-47: A cheap, replicable autonomous weapon is inevitable

“The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting.”

– Autonomous Weapons: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics …

Artificial Intelligence

Kill Switch Is No Dead Certainty to Stop Phone Theft

Rusty Redenbacher was delivering kegs of beer in Indianapolis last month when his new iPhone 6 was swiped from his van.

Mr. Redenbacher went to his iCloud account and activated “lost mode” to display a message on the phone saying it was lost or stolen, with a number to call. When no one called, Mr. …

Google

Meet Some Of The Lagos Luminaries Shaping Nigeria’s Tech Scene

President Barack Obama may be the most famous citizen of the United States traveling around Africa this week, but he’s not the only one.

It’s nearly 4:30 in the morning here in Lagos and I’m too excited to sleep. Later today I’m going to get a chance to sit on a stage with some of the best and …

Africa

Taking a road trip this summer? Enjoy America's crumbling infrastructure

Is there anything more American than the call of the open road? When I got my hands on a burnt-orange 2015 Corvette Stingray last month, my first thought was of a road trip from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

In a country crisscrossed from sea to shining sea by some of the world’s longest and most famous …

Road Trips

Stagefright: It Only Takes One Text To Hack 950 Million Android Phones

Six critical vulnerabilities have left 95 per cent of Google Android phones open to an attack delivered by a simple multimedia text, a mobile security expert warned today. In some cases, where phones parse the attack code prior to the message being opened, the exploits are silent and the user would …

Google

Researchers create super-fast Tor-style anonymity network

The price of making sure that the feds aren't reading your emails is download speeds that can be measured in weeks rather than seconds. A group of academics are hoping to change that, however, by taking the basic idea of the Tor anonymity network and slapping on more than a few go-faster-stripe …

Anonymity

The Internet Of Sound

How do birds communicate? By singing. And now it’s the turn of the machines. A new crop of businesses are now creating what’s referred to as the Internet of Sound.

A Brief History

Let’s rewind. The history of sound-as-signal is deep. In the beginning, horns, drums and bells rang the alarm, roused the …

Internet

How the Chinese make smartphones

Einstein: His Space and Times by Steven Gimbel, review: 'a complex nut'

From fathering a secret daughter to declining the presidency of Israel, Albert Einstein lived a life of mystery, argues Nicholas Shakespeare

In 1905, a young patent clerk in his office in Bern wrote a paper that overturned the study of physics. Working one day, Albert Einstein – a scientific nobody …

Albert Einstein