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Why Is There Dark Matter?

Years ago I read an article by Martin Rees, in which he surveyed the options for what the dark matter of the universe might be. I forget the exact …

Dark Matter

New 4G technology might wipe out your Wi-Fi connection

A push by major mobile phone companies to use unlicensed frequencies could end up pushing consumers off of their own networks.

Mobile networks and Wi-Fi have long occupied their own distinct territories on the airwaves. Cellular operators stick to licensed spectrums, which they typically pay …


Who Owns Your Steps?

Millions of people are logging fitness workouts with wearables. Now a growing number of them are trying to free their data from their devices.

Kendra Albert has painstakingly logged a few million steps on wearable fitness trackers over the last four years. But the only proof of her hard-won progress …

Quantified Self

How Greece Became European

The troubled relationship between modern Greeks and their neighbors to the north and west—sometime admirers, sometime lenders, sometime detractors—helps explain today’s crisis.

Greece is the cradle of European civilization, but is it even in Europe?

The answer might seem obvious: The country is on …


Surveillance Software Maker Hacking Team Hacked

Italy’s Hacking Team, which makes surveillance software used by governments to police the Web, appeared to be the victim of hacking on a grand scale itself on Monday.

The Milan-based company, which describes itself as a maker of lawful interception software used by police and intelligence services …


What Karl Marx got right about America’s twisted form of democracy

Bernie Sanders & Ted Cruz seem light years apart -- but the truth is that choice in politics is mostly an illusion

Karl Marx once said, “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”

As the …


50 Years of Frank Herbert’s Dune

(Image: Universal Pictures)In 1959, struggling writer Frank Herbert journeyed to the sand dunes of Oregon to research a story about a government plan …

Science Fiction

Earth - Humans are nowhere near as special as we like to think

View image of There's not much difference between gorillas and humans (Credit: Jabruson/NPL)

Kanzi has good taste. He likes oranges, cherries and …


Why milk, bread and toilet paper when it snows?

Story highlights

There are some items people rush for prior to a storm
• says New England may be to blame
• One writer wrote she believed she solved the mystery

(CNN)Seriously people, is there something about snow storms that makes us want to eat French toast and sit on the toilet?

With …


Awesome Minimalist Philosophy Posters by Genis Carreras

Philographics is a unique and interesting project by London-based designer Genis Carreras. It took off when it was succesfully funded on Kickstarter …


Astronomers discover 'monster black holes'

Discovery suggests there may be millions more 'supermassive' black holes in the universe than were previously thought

Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.

The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" …


Role Reversal: India's Tech Titans Grab Talent From Silicon Valley

In May, Indian e-commerce executive Rohit Bansal boarded a plane in his native Delhi and headed for Silicon Valley. Traditionally, such a journey would mark the loss of another Indian tech star in favor of greater opportunities in the United States. This time, however, the human-capital migration …


You Should Know What The Fermi Paradox is Before Reading The Dark Forest

Time for some Real Talk: Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem trilogy has trouble presenting non-stereotypical characters but I CAN’T STOP READING IT and …

Space Science

French architect firm designs a sustainable vertical city to be installed in the Sahara desert

The arid expanses of the Sahara desert could be transformed within a decade, according to French architecture company OXO.

The Parisian firm has proposed building a futuristic mixed-use tower in the world's biggest desert. The tower's design is based on renewable resources like rainwater collection, …

Sustainable Design

Robots Might Save the Humanities

In a recent article for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson visits Youngstown, Ohio, to portray the “postwork” society that is being created as machine labor …


This Is What 70 Years of Computing Sounds Like

Sound artist and composer Matt Parker is making music from the computer sounds that most people block out. Everything from the whirring of a computer fan to the clickety-clack of an obsolete mainframe computer has been reimagined in Parker’s latest composition.

Released today, “Flowers” is one track …


Why your smartphone takes better photographs than the Hubble space telescope

For those who keep up with the latest developments in space exploration, the last couple of years have offered a rich feast of images: from close-up pictures of water-worn pebbles on the surface of Mars to the views of galaxies at the edge of the visible universe, by way of the cratered surface of …


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Facebook and Google are winning the app war

More Charts

Smartphone users spend more time with apps they've installed from Facebook and Google than with any other company, according to new research published today by Forrester.

The company surveyed 2,000 smartphone owners between October and December 2014 to find out which apps they were using …


Spying fears for Iran nuclear talks

Talks on Iran's nuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions are taking place in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Such sensitive negotiations are …

Middle East

It turns out the NSA was collecting voice calls, photos, passwords, documents, and much more

NSA documents leaked to the Guardian in 2013 described a covert program called XKeyscore, which involved a searchable database for intelligence analysts to scan intercepted data.

Now, new documents show the breadth of this program and just what sort of data XKeyscore catalogs.

According to a new …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Apple Music Connect's 'Clunky' Posting Process Detailed by Indie Artist

After the launch of Apple Music earlier in the week, many users began searching and following their favorite artists on Apple's new social platform Connect, which aims to showcase new songs, videos, and pictures to fans of artists like Pharrell, Dr. Dre, and more, directly within the app. The …

Apple Music

Your incredibly hard job could have a surprising benefit for your health

Days spent crunching numbers or reviewing manuscripts could drive you crazy — but could also protect you from cognitive decline later in life.

That's according to new research, which suggests jobs that involve certain kinds of challenging mental tasks can boost memory and thinking years down the …

The Brain

Pass The Popcorn: Watch A Brilliant Unearthed ’70s Mini-Doc On The Rise Of Graffiti Culture In NYC

One quick survey across the vast steel & concrete landscape of NYC is all it takes to see the vestiges of its once lively and wildly thriving …


Hitler discovers Kanye West is headlining Glastonbury

Kanye West

5Pointz Graffiti Artists Sue Developers in Long Island City

In June, nine artists from 5Pointz, the collective based out of the Long Island City warehouse once hailed as a global graffiti mecca, announced their lawsuit against the building's landlord, Jerry Wolkoff, for whitewashing years of artwork overnight, way back in November 2013. Known as TOOFLY …


Some Private Island Owners Have Climate Change on Their Minds

No man is an island when it comes to climate change -- even if he owns one.

Famed illusionist David Copperfield is among the few handfuls of A-list celebrities and billionaire businessmen who own private islands around the world. But he's also part of an even more exclusive club: Island owners who …

Climate Change

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

Einstein's theory of general relativity predicted that the space-time around Earth would be not only warped but also twisted by the planet's …

Theory of Relativity