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Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

Who Will Driverless Cars Decide To Kill?

A question that will plague the autonomous car industry<p>In philosophy, there’s an ethical question called the trolley problem. If you had to push one large person in front of a moving trolley to save a group of people on the tracks, would you? This abstract idea has taken hold in programming …

LinkedIn will pay $13M for sending those awful emails

The emails were annoying. They were embarrassing. And now LinkedIn has agreed to resolve a class action lawsuit for sending them in the first …

This Robot-Run Indoor Farm Can Grow 10 Million Heads Of Lettuce A Year

This massive Japanese vegetable factory saves water and energy–along with human labor.<p>When a sprawling new “vegetable factory” opens near Kyoto, Japan in 2017, it will be the first farm with no farmers. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise the vegetables, and automatically carry …

Uber and Lyft face a new challenger in Boston

With millions of active passengers, more than a million drivers, and a five-year head start, why on Earth would anyone want to challenge ride-hailing …

Nielsen predicts the top-selling games of holiday 2015

Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III is expected to be the No. 1 multiplatform game of the holiday season, according to the Nielsen Game Rank service.<p>Nielsen, which is known for its TV viewership service, is predicting who will be on top this fall based on “overall anticipation levels” measured …

Here's What Your Member Of Congress Can Actually Do For You

When and how to ask your representative and senators for help.<p>Congress the institution might be useless, but the members of Congress who represent you can be quite helpful.<p>Representatives and senators have entire teams of staff members devoted to serving their constituents, regardless of whether …

An insider’s take on monetizing free-to-play games

From a monetization perspective, the greatest strength of the free-to-play mobile games model is its flexibility.<p>The challenge of convincing people to pay for a game is as much a problem as an opportunity, allowing developers to create a model that works for both their players and their business. …

5 Steps to Pick the Best Interior Paint Colors

1. Find your interior design inspiration<p>Look for something that has colors that you like. It could be a piece of fabric, art work or a rug. Make sure …

Home Decorating

Mr Hoverboard kit really hovers, leaf blowers not included

Our "Back to the Future: Part II" hoverboard hopes rose late last year when tinkerer Ryan Craven showed the Internet how he made himself a working, hovering, rideable gadget prototype. Dubbed Mr Hoverboard, it uses leaf blowers and is basically a small version of a hovercraft, a technology that has …

I tried the buzzy San Francisco restaurant where ‘robots’ serve you quinoa and it blew my mind

1/<p>I arrived at Eatsa, located near San Francisco's bustling Embarcadero, shortly before noon, and there was already a line out the door.<p>Melia …

Companies are going green and reaping rewards on their bottom line

United Airlines’ planes will be fueled by household trash, Hewlett Packard Co. is using wind energy and General Mills is committed to protecting bees.<p>…

Sustainability

4 Tactics for Debating Donald Trump

How do you debate a body slammer like Donald Trump? On August 6, at the first primary debate of the season, Trump's competitors for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will find out. The question is, do they find out the hard way, or will any of the nine others concoct a plan to dethrone …

What Happens to Your Body When You Skip the Gym?

<i>By K. Aleisha Fetters, Life by DailyBurn</i><p>No matter how dedicated you are to fitness, sooner or later, it’s going to happen: You’re going to skip a …

Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

The boarding procedure has barely started at Chicago O’Hare, and Ben Schlappig has already taken over the first-class cabin. Inside Cathay Pacific …

University of Florida

Can’t tell a smile from a scowl? Get more sleep

If you have trouble distinguishing friend from foe, you might not be getting enough sleep.<p>A new study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability …

UC Berkeley

13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity

Like the world’s tidal waters, photographic creativity ebbs and flows for many of us. Sometimes creativity can use a jump-start, an artificial method …

Landscape Photography

Extreme Science: Town On Fire

What we can learn from a blaze that's still burning after half a century<p>Town On Fire<p>What we can learn from a blaze that's been burning for half a century<p>Town On Fire<p>Extreme Science Centralia <i>by PopSci</i><p>May 27, 1962, was an ordinary spring Sunday in the rolling green hills of Centralia, Pennsylvania. …

3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet

In order to feed a growing world population—a predicted 10.5 billion by 2050—plant scientists are looking for ways to get past shrinking arable land …

Washington University in St. Louis

Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Put yourself, for a moment, with a bunch of kindergartners. Then try and …

Natural impurities exceed human-made ones in state groundwater, study finds

A decade-long federal survey has concluded that natural contaminants are more prevalent than human-made contaminants in California groundwater aquifers used for public consumption.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey analysis of 11,000 public wells in 87 study areas determined that natural contaminants such …

How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding In China

Air pollution isn't just bad for your health.It can have dramatic effects on weather and climate. In fact, a team of scientists believes that air pollution from industries and traffic could have caused the extreme floods that devastated southwest China in 2013.<p>In July of that year, China's Sichuan …

Science of screaming: acoustics that trigger our fear centre identified

Study on human screaming at New York University reveals how rapid rate of wide unperceived volume changes or ‘roughness’ elicits emotional response<p>Human screams have a unique acoustic property that triggers the brain’s fear centre more effectively than almost any other sound, scientists have …

New York University

Miniature brain in a dish reveals an outsized secret about autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development. From these small creations have come potentially big insights into autism, a diabolically complex …

Medical records reveal deceased Texas Ebola patient sent home with high fever

Thomas Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the US, was released from hospital with a 103F fever on his first visit, despite telling a nurse he had recently travelled from Africa and exhibiting key symptoms of the deadly virus, it was revealed on Friday.<p>Duncan, a Liberian national, was sent …

Two-thirds of free mobile gamers stop playing after one day

<b>In a new survey of mobile gaming habits, it was discovered that most players will stop playing a free game after just 24 hours and never return.</b><p>Freemium games are coming to dominate the mobile gaming market, but that doesn't necessarily mean players are sticking around. Audience retention can be …

The Difference Between Snickerdoodles And Sugar Cookies

Alright guys, we've encountered an issue. It appears that some of you don't fully understand the true difference between snickerdoodles and sugar cookies. If you think a snickerdoodle is just a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon, you've been wrong your whole life -- but don't worry, we're here to …

Virus killing dolphins, and now whales, along U.S. east coast

The disease has spread from New York to Florida, with a total of 753 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from July 1 until November 3.<p>A virus described …

Traumatic incident can skew people's perceptions for years, researchers find

Tests on passengers who escaped death when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic have shown how a single traumatic incident can skew people's perceptions for years after an event.<p>Researchers in Canada studied passengers who flew on Air Transat flight 236, which suffered a catastrophic fuel …

What Does Salt Add to a Margarita?

It doesn’t just look cool on your glass! Salt makes the sweet and sour flavors of a margarita pop. Even a little bit of salt suppresses bitterness, …