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Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

Is using electronic devices on aeroplanes a good thing? Open thread

All air travellers know the drill. Boarding has been completed, and the faff of the pre-takeoff routine is about to begin, which means all electronic devices must be switched off. Time for a last text or instant message, heartfelt or flippant. Ten seconds to digest one last sentence on your …

Are too many Americans on food stamps?

As countless Americans lost jobs during the recent recession, the US government expanded its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap), also known as food stamps.<p>But now, that stimulus money has expired and there is less cash to pay for the programme - even as participation is at an all-time …

LeBron James: 'I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami'

Despite being able to do just about anything else, LeBron James can’t read the future.<p>In an interview with ESPN.com, James said he had “absolutely no idea” what would happen in free agency, but that he would “love to spend the rest of my career in Miami.”<p>James was responding to a question that …

LeBron: 'I want to be the greatest of all time'

Jun 23,2015<p>The Miami Heat opened training camp on Monday, and all eyes were on LeBron James. While he understandably didn’t want to talk about his upcoming free agency, the four-time MVP and two-time Finals MVP did make clear what he ultimately wants out of his NBA career when it’s all said and …

Michael Jordan says he'd beat LeBron James in one-on-one

In his prime, Michael Jordan thinks he would have defeated LeBron James and other NBA legends in a game of one-on-one. But there’s one matchup Jordan wasn’t sure about.<p>Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad for an upcoming promo video for NBA 2K14. He said he’d like to have played games against …

LeBron James opens up about his relationship with Michael Jordan

Jun 23,2015<p>In an excellent interview with ESPN’s Chris Broussard, LeBron James talked extensively about his offseason, his place among basketball’s all-time greats, and his sources of inspiration. James said Jordan is unquestionably the greatest basketball player of all time, but detailed exactly …

LeBron James: 'I'm afraid of failure'

Miami Heat star and MVP admits that his drive for success inspires a fear of failure and that the only solution is "to keep winning."<p>In a …

The Culture Of Now

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The Culture Of Now

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LeBron, Wade take issue with Garnett and Pierce over Allen

Heat stars call out new Nets who based Ray Allen for leaving as a free agent in 2012 to join the Heat, only to then leave themselves a year later.<p>On …

See The World Through The Eyes Of A Cat

An awesome, disorienting look at kitty vision.<p>What does the world look like through a cat's eyes? The basic structure of feline eyes is pretty similar to what humans have, but cats' vision has adapted to very different purposes, so the world they see looks familiar, but isn't quite the same as …

The Best Passports To Have For Unrestricted Travel Around The World

If you could obtain a passport from any country in the world, which one would you pick? Keep in mind that what passport you hold says a lot more than …

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What bright star flashes red and green?

Tonight, check out one of the <i>flashiest</i> stars in the sky. Every year in northern autumn, we get questions from people in the Northern Hemisphere who …

Why millions love Elise Andrew's science page

Elise Andrew is "overwhelmed" and "blown away" when she looks at the Facebook page she created as a jape and which has nearly 7 million likes and more than 3 million "talking abouts" and fans including evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins and TV host Bill Nye, "the science guy".<p>I …

Eating popcorn in the cinema makes people immune to advertising

Eating popcorn in the cinema may be irritating not just for fellow movie goers, but for advertisers: a group of researchers from Cologne University has concluded that chewing makes us immune to film advertising.<p>The reason why adverts manage to imprint brand names on our brains is that our lips and …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Signs of water detected in exoplanet’s debris

The remains of a water-rich rocky exoplanet have been discovered outside our solar system orbiting a white dwarf star 170 light years away.<p>Using …

Will A Chicken That's Fed Lemons Taste Like Lemons?

BRB, feeding a cow ketchup<p>A recent New York Times story looked into the high-end chicken market. These are chickens in stark contrast to factory chickens, fed with produce that's out of the price range of most humans. David Burke, one of New York City's most prominent chefs (he runs Fishtail, David …

When you bend the world’s thinnest glass, this happens

Researchers used an electron microscope to bend, deform, and melt a one-molecule-thick glass.<p>These are all things that happen just before glass …

Chemistry

New idea for how Earth’s core formed

An iron melt network helped grow Earth’s core, a Stanford study suggests<p>Stanford scientists recreated the intense pressures and temperatures found …

Map of 6,000 clouds pinpoints where stars are born

Astronomers have completed the largest-ever survey of dense gas clouds in the Milky Way—pockets shrouded in gas and dust where new stars are being …

Universe

US school kids get ‘abysmal’ writing training

With only a quarter of US students scoring “proficient” in writing, the new Common Core standards don’t go far enough to address glaring gaps for …

Education

Salt gives icicles that lumpy texture

Salt causes the ripples around the circumference of naturally occurring icicles, according to new research.<p>Scientists have theorized that the ripples …

Tap Water

Tiny water sensor embedded in plant stems

Researchers are completing soil tests on a water sensor within a fingertip-sized silicon chip and will soon test it in plants, embedding their “lab …

Intellectual Property

Higher temps push turtles away from home turf

Turtles struggling to keep up with rising temperatures are being forced to widen their geographic range—but new real estate may be running out.<p>The …

Turtles

Trapped In A Fossil: Remnants Of A 46-Million-Year-Old Meal

Scientists who study why species vanish are increasingly looking for ancient DNA. They find it easily enough in the movies; remember the mosquito blood in Jurassic Park that contained dinosaur DNA from the bug's last bite? But in real life, scientists haven't turned up multi-million-year-old DNA in …