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The cheat sheet to get free Wi-Fi at airports around the world

Every traveller should be familiar with the insurmountable boredom that comes hand-in-hand with a long wait at even the most world’s most entertaining airports.<p>In such times of need it is only natural to turn to the Internet for solace, but a menu of football scores, witty Twitter snippets, and …

How smart materials will literally reshape the world around us

Over the past few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been the white-hot center of a flurry of activity. Startups that create embedded sensors for physical things have been snapped up by larger companies at a rapid pace, with deals for IoT startups totaling more than $30 billion in the past …

"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" Freaks Out the Criterion Collection on September 27

Russ Meyer's 1970 cult classic "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" has been described in ways voluminous but always true: "Above all a satirical …

Dolls

Scientists develop new form of light

Scientists have developed a way to bind photons to individual electrons, allowing for a new type of light that has properties of both elementary …

Private unfair parking tickets: how to fight unfair charges

<b>If you get an unfair ticket in a private car park, don't automatically pay it. These supposed 'fines' handed out are merely invoices, often</b> …

Scientists have synthesized a 'minimal genome' with only genes necessary for life

A pioneering accomplishment in the field of genetic research could help scientists gain new insights into the very definition of life. The new …

The Most Hyperrealistic Computer-Generated 3D Renderings Ever

What you see here are not photographs, but actually 3D renderings of human beings–all generated on a computer. Reddit user Republicrats recently shared these images as a part of a collection titled <i>3D Renderings of Humans</i> on Imgur, generating strong buzz in the Reddit community. Everything about …

Robotics

IBM unlocks the secret to carbon nanotube transistors

Following Moore's law is getting harder and harder, especially as existing components reach their physical size limitations. Parts like silicon transistor contacts -- the "valves" within a transistor that allow electrons to flow -- simply can't be shrunken any further. However, IBM announced a …

Scientists shatter distance record for teleporting quantum data

Quantum teleportation, the act of reconstructing quantum data somewhere else, is impressive just by itself. However, scientists at the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology have managed to one-up that feat. They've broken the distance record for quantum teleportation by transferring …

Everything Microsoft announced at Ignite 2015

Today Microsoft is making a whole bunch of announcements about its enterprise tooling at the 2015 Ignite conference in Chicago. Here’s a roundup of all the news out of the show.<p>Microsoft previews organizational analytics in Office Delve, coming later this year<p>Microsoft today showed off at its …

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different

Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.<p>But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.<p>Microsoft's HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with …

Digital life hack: Turn your old phone into a security camera

In these days of nonstop hacking, phishing and data breaches, it's easy to forget that regular old burglars are still lurking around to steal from your home. That's why I'm a big fan of home security systems, especially ones that let you watch your home from a distance and alert you when someone …

15 High-Paying Flexible Jobs

<i>To determine the jobs that provide the greatest flexibility without sacrificing salary, compensation comparison site Payscale took a look at job titles that had responded to the question, "Are you able to telecommute/work from home?" Each job was scored according to how easy respondents reported it</i> …

How Gary Hart Tried to Change Military History

In 2011, the former presidential candidate and four others—including me—prepared this memo for President Barack Obama. The president has yet to respond.<p>In his January/February <i>Atlantic</i> cover story, I write about politicians' reluctance to reform the military:<p>In the spring of 2011, Barack Obama asked …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand, As Two Oddities Merge Into One

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

Apocalypse or golden age: What machine intelligence will do to us

Some luminaries of our age have warned recently that machine intelligence is evolving at a breakneck pace. So breakneck, in fact, that machines might soon decide the world would be a better place if all our necks were broken. Thus begins the Machine Apocalypse, we’ll all rue the day we decided to …

5 Predictions For The World In 2039

Looking to the year 2039, her book includes interviews with a dozen well-known futurists on everything from brain research to the future of cities …

Ford Motor Company

The 5 biggest myths about metabolism

When faced with unwanted weight, it's easy to place the blame on your metabolism.<p><b>(Life by DailyBurn)</b> -- A source of confusion for some and a scapegoat for extra weight around the midsection for others, metabolism has long been a topic of hot conversation. Without it, we would lack the energy to get …

Quirky and GE Unveil Products That Will Make Your Home Smarter

Tech startup Quirky and GE, who officially announced their partnership in April of 2013, launched seven new products that seek to reinvent home security, outlets, switches, and sensors. With the fleet, the companies believe they have the potential to make smart home technology accessible. "Through …

Home Automation

This Gyrating Animatronic Doll Will Haunt Your Dreams

The thing dancing in this video is not a person. It's a humanoid installation piece, featuring facial recognition technology that allows it to focus …

Art

Why strange loops could be an argument for artificial intelligence

Strange loops can be many things, including musical tones, mathematical problems, and linguistic riddles. They also can be biological fact, and this …

Artificial Intelligence

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Huge Alien Object Spotted on Moon via NASA Imaging? (+Photos)

Google Moon shows what appears to be a massive alien spacecraft on the moon. It is L-shaped with what appears to be seven lights dotting its edge. …

Electric Cars by the Numbers

Electric Vehicles

376 of the best one-liners on the internet

<b>One one-liner a day keeps the doctor away…so, here is a shortlist of the best one-liners you can find on the internet today. Have fun!</b><p>1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.<p>2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to …

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying

Awesomely terrifying, or terrifyingly awesome?<p>The jellyfish is a fascinating creature. Floating lazily along in the ocean current resembling plastic bags, the gelatinous zooplankton seem to do little more than add a colorful glow to our aquariums and occasionally give swimmers a reason to urinate …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

How to Beat a Photo-Enforced Speeding Ticket (or Red Light Ticket)

by Nate Cox Last year I received a letter in the mail from the Washington D.C DMV claiming I was speeding. As you can see it was one o…

Identity Theft

How Small Is Small? The Nanoscale Explained in One Chart

At a certain point, very small is just very small—at least to the naked eye. But on the nanoscale, much smaller than the width of a human hair, scientists are setting itty-bitty world records and creating tiny works of art.<p><b>Nano art has come a long way</b> since researchers arranged atoms to spell IBM …