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Quantum ‘spookiness’ passes toughest test yet

Experiment plugs loopholes in previous demonstrations of 'action at a distance', against Einstein's objections — and could make data encryption safer.

Quantum Mechanics

Vo Trong Nghia plans plant-filled university in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled designs for a verdant university campus in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring tree-covered rooftops, …


Juhani Pallasmaa on Humane Cities, Monumental Architecture, and the Architect's Role in Society

The Finnish architect and international thought leader muses on cities, the impulse to construct, and the poetry of buildings.

After more than 40 years of working in the field, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa recently closed his independent practice. A prolific author, essayist, professor, …


Why Big Corporations Like Gap And eBay Are Mobilizing Against Climate Change

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This week, California legislators received a pair of letters signed by dozens of corporations in support of two bills that would require the state to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through 2050. In both letters, the firms say tackling climate change is "one …

Climate Change

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

The Brain

Will Artificial Intelligence get high?

We spoke to researchers at the Rensselaer AI Lab and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology about whether machines will experiment with …

Artificial Intelligence

What's Happening When We Hear the Voice in Our Head?

The voice we hear in our head comes in many forms. It can psyche us up for a big interview, help us remember an important speech, or guilt-trip us …

Cool Stuff

A Brief History of Infographics and Data Visualization

Infographics are, simply put, visual representations of data. They serve the purpose of clarifying and communicating complex ideas through a widely …


The race for the unbreakable password is almost over

This quantum key/password distribution hardware, called QkarD and engineered at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is theoretically unhackable by …


Google Tells Developers How to Get Around Apple’s New Security Rules So They Can Keep Selling Ads

Apple says it cares a lot about privacy. Just ask Tim Cook.

Hence, its new iOS 9 operating system will boast a new feature, called App Transport Security, or ATS, which is supposed to require iPhone app developers to use an advanced security protocol. The idea is to keep the operating system lock …


The SmartList: Five things to expand your mind

Welcome to The SmartList, a new series on BBC Future, offering a regular dose of fascinating facts, statistics and curiosities about the world we live in.

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The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

In an age when even the most obscure subculture is within easy reach, a passion for music can become tinged with one-upmanship. “Have you heard these Levantine recordings from 1906?” “S’OK. I’m more into this Tuareg reimagining of Purple Rain.”

The feverish cratedigging is compounded with the trend …

Music (UK)

In-Flight Wi-Fi Prices Jump as Demand Surges

During a Tuesday-morning flight in April from Los Angeles to New York, Christine Lu’s smartphone web browser loaded an unpleasant surprise: Gogo, the in-flight Wi-Fi provider, wanted to charge her $27 to use its service during the five-and-a-half-hour trip.

The price was more than double the $13 …


IBM takes on tough task of deploying containers across clouds

IBM says it’s found a way to run Docker containers across multiple clouds. Google’s Ubernetes service is trying to do much the same thing.

The tech world is enamored of containers, new technology exemplified by fast-rising startup Docker that packages up applications in a resource-efficient and …

Fortune 500

Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users In A Single Day

Facebook just achieved a major milestone, on Monday nearly 1 in 7 humans logged on to its site.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heralded the accomplishment in a post from his profile:

On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.When we talk about our …


We are now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015

As of August 26th, the US has had 247 mass shootings in the 238 days of 2015.

For those keeping track, that's an average of more than one shooting per day.

These numbers are according to the Mass Shooting Tracker created by the anti-gun subreddit Guns Are Cool.

Wednesday morning's stunning on-air …


Facebook M: The call centre of the future

Digital assistants like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Google Now all share one key thing in common: the more they know about you, the more useful they become.

And so that's presumably why Facebook has just launched its own digital assistant, M, to a few hundred people out here in the Bay …


Virginia Shooting Gone Viral, in a Well-Planned Rollout on Social Media

In one sad sense there was nothing new, or even very unusual, about the televised killing of two journalists in Virginia on Wednesday morning.

Death on TV has occurred with frightening regularity ever since the advent of the medium: Jack Ruby’s shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of …

Social Media

The empire strikes back: The media-political elite’s campaign to destroy Bernie (and Trump) and restore order

Last week's Sanders snark-down in the Times is just the tip of the iceberg: The oligarchy wants its politics back

Last week the New York Times deigned to notice that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is running for president – have you heard about this? – and even by the Gray Lady’s usual standard of …

Bernie Sanders

The man behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos

Democratic insiders: Joe Biden won't run

Apple Takes Washington

The Republicans' Red Scare

Meet the people donating to Donald Trump's campaign

Can Hillary overcome the 'liar' factor?

David Daleiden plans to release about four more tapes, hoping to stoke the political firestorm.

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Planned Parenthood

Check Out Ashely Madison's Aborted App That Assigned Dollar Values to Wives

From the column 'The VICE Guide to Right Now'

Read our in-depth coverage of data breaches:

The 'Hacking' Involved in Stealing Celebrity Nude Photos Isn't Even Impressive

Reaction to the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Ashley Madison Hackers Speak Out: 'Nobody Was Watching'

A shadowy group of …

Ashley Madison

These 6 Electronic Instruments Go from Retro to Bananas

There are all kinds of DIY instruments available for you to experiment with, but electronic instruments have to be some of the craziest. From the Theremin, using radio waves to control pitch and volume, to an instrument controlled, literally, by bananas, the options for “electro-musical” creativity …


Exposed: Shameless climate denial, brought to you by Big Coal

A coal giant's bankruptcy report sheds light on its secretive spending practices

The Koch-affiliated groups Americans for Prosperity and the Institute for Energy Research, known for spreading lies about climate change in order to influence policy. The American Legislative Exchange Council and the …


‘Puzzles Are Fun. Search On’: Google Cops to Secret Recruiting Tool Baked Inside Search

How does the world’s best search engine recruit programming whizzes? Through search, naturally.

On Tuesday, Max Rosett, a new Google employee, blogged on The Hustle about how he landed his new job at Google. Rosett, a data scientist with the rental marketplace Apartment List, was working on a …


Afghan graffiti artist strives to beautify Kabul

Kabir Mokamel and his supporters plan to make war-torn city the graffiti capital of the world, one mural at a time.

His plan is to make Kabul the graffiti capital of the world, one mural at a time. It won't be an easy task; there are kilometres of blast walls in the Afghan capital, symbols of the …


10 Works That Blur the Line Between Mythology and Science Fiction

10. The Keltiad

Jim Morrison’s one-time lover, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, penned a series of books inspired by Celtic Mythology. Kennealy-Morrison …

Science Fiction

Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it

Build an imaginary world in your mind, hanging in space. Spin it around a bit; kick the tires. Now change one thing about that world. Throw a bug of your choice into the machine. What if the oceans reclaim your coastal cities? What if you can’t support life? What if the life you bear can’t support …

Science Fiction

Inside NASA's Giant Flying Laboratory

I'm flying in the cockpit of one of the world's largest flying laboratories, looking out at some storm clouds illuminated by the lights of Lincoln, Nebraska, or maybe Abilene, Kansas. The plan, to crisscross Kansas in straight, parallel lines, has long since changed, as, throughout the night, I …


DJ Spooky

Kronos Quartet vs DJ Spooky:

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Hey people - my new album with the legendary Quartet is coming up! I hope you can check it out!

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