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Lonely Planet adopts What3words geocoded addresses to find places using just 3 words

Armed with nothing more than Google Maps and a trusty old travel guide, navigating as a tourist in 2018 is a fairly painless experience. But what if the place you’re visiting doesn’t have a reliable or consistent address system?<p>This is a problem that London-based startup What3words has been …

Liv Tyler makes Stephen Colbert's Lord of the Rings fantasy come true

Obviously, Stephen Colbert, one of the most vocal celebrity <i>Lord of the Rings</i> fans, brought up J.R.R. Tolkien’s world when Liv Tyler came on <i>The Late</i> …

Liv Tyler

New Quantum Computer Milestone Would Make Richard Feynman Very Happy

A commercially available “quantum computer” has been on the market since 2011, but it’s controversial. The D-Wave machine is nothing like other …

Putin heads to China to bolster ties as US pressure grows

MOSCOW (AP) — Just a month after beginning his new term in office, Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to China for a state visit, underscoring how mounting U.S. pressure is drawing the two countries increasingly close.<p>Russia and China have responded to the U.S. national security strategy …

China

Mexican President to Trump: 'Nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After days of President Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric against immigration via Mexico, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a stern response to his US counterpart, telling him that "nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico."<p>The five-minute-long speech …

Immigration

An Inordinate Fondness for Wasps

There are probably more species of them than any other animal group.<p>When talking about whether theology has anything to learn from science, the British biologist J. B. S. Haldane used to quip that God must have “an inordinate fondness for beetles.”<p>He had a point. Around 380,000 species of beetle …

Insects

Facebook was caught secretly deleting Mark Zuckerberg's sent messages — here's what it's doing about it

Facebook has found itself at the center of a fresh furor over privacy and accountability after responding to reports that it had been quietly deleting old messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg by saying it would soon make the "unsend" feature available to everyone.<p>On Thursday, TechCrunch reported …

Internet

Putin praises Trump, says US political system eating itself

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Donald Trump, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. …

Russia

What to Do While You Watch the Amazing Bull Market in Stocks Die

Come back, Cohn.<p>To the Bunkers<p>Remember when the stock market cared about corporate fundamentals? Yeah, that was so last year. Now we are back in the …

Stock Markets

Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Deciphered After 1,800 Years

A newly deciphered letter home dating back around 1,800 years reveals the pleas of a young Egyptian soldier named Aurelius Polion who was serving, probably as a volunteer, in a Roman legion in Europe.<p>In the letter, written mainly in Greek, Polion tells his family that he is desperate to hear from …

Nasa finds new neighbours but no Planet X

Nasa’s Space Telescope finds no evidence of so-called Planet X on the fringes of the solar system but discovers 3,500 new neighbours in the sun’s backyard<p>A sweep of the skies has discovered that thousands of stars – including failed stars known as “brown dwarves” are far closer to the solar system …

Kosovo students clash with police in Pristina

<b>Police in the Kosovan capital Pristina have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of mostly student protesters at the country's main public university.</b><p>The demonstrators were calling for the head of the university and some of his staff to resign following allegations that they falsified research in …

Teargas

Sabre rocket engine could open up access to space as never before | Stuart Clark

Imagine taking off from a runway as you would in a normal aeroplane but flying so high and so fast that when you unclip your seatbelt, you float …

Top Apps For The 1%

There’s been an interesting phenomenon occurring lately, thanks to the increasing ability of companies to reach and serve ultra-niche audiences — the rise of the app for the 1 percent. Now more than ever, you can download apps that you can’t actually afford to use.<p>The democratization of the app …

Rumored EA survey suggests SimCity could get offline mode and bigger cities

Electronic Arts is looking to change some core functionality in SimCity to attract players back to the game. The title drew widespread criticism from gamers due to its always-online connection, which caused numerous and constant connection issues for weeks following its March debut.<p>When the …

How France inspired Junichi Masuda in making Pokémon X and Y

<i>Pokémon</i> <i>X</i> and <i>Pokémon Y</i>director Junichi Masuda is a keen Francophile, so much so that the new in-game region is almost entirely based on that country.<p>France too has an unusual affinity to Japanese culture. It's the largest market for manga and anime in Europe, and host of the annual Japan Expo, …

Telescopic contact lenses magnify sight 2.8 times, turn wearer into cyborg

Interested in upgrading your eyeballs? Well, a team of DARPA-funded researchers led by Joseph Ford of UC San Diego recently published a proposal for a new type of telescopic contact lens in <i>Optics Express</i>. Designed for people with age-related macular degeneration, the lenses are only 1.17mm thick …

Smart UK hotel room will let you check in, control temperature, and order meals from your phone

The UK's biggest hotel chain is set to open a new line of budget city hotels that provide app-based check-ins and improved connectivity for people who pride location and design over space. Whitbread will open its first Premier Inn 'hub' in Covent Garden, London in the fall of 2014, compacting a …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>This is what great architecture looks like today.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>KAPSARC is a massive program of interlocking hexagons.<p>Studio Gang designs for sun across the United States.<p>…

Architecture

Eve Online maker CCP aims to avoid 'very dumb' big company problems

For ten years, <i>Eve Online</i> has been the entire reason for CCP's existence, an enormous focal point for the whole organization.<p>Now that the Icelandic company is moving outwards from its epic MMO, senior executives are guarding themselves against common mistakes made by fast-growing games companies.<p>"A …

Original Xbox One digital strategy was 'a really great idea' poorly explained, Astronauts co-founder says

Downloadable content, filler content and microtransactions have made games worse, and Microsoft's original Xbox One plan could have promoted developer experimentation with a market less dependent on used games, former People Can Fly creative director and The Astronauts co-founder Adrian Chmielarz …

Michael Hastings Sent Email About FBI Probe Hours Before Death

Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to his colleagues, warning that federal authorities were interviewing his friends and that he needed to go "off the rada[r]" for a bit.<p>The email was sent around 1 p.m. on Monday, June 17. At 4:20 a.m. …

The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M Krauss – book review

Teleportation is technically demanding, especially when the object being teleported is a whole human. The energy required to turn Captain Kirk into a …

In person, both sexes fall for looks and money

<b>U. TEXAS – AUSTIN (US) —</b> Men and women put similar importance on the physical appeal and earning prospects of potential mates, say researchers.<p>Women …

Dark Souls 2's new engine allows for subtler forms of expression, co-director says

<i>Dark Souls 2</i>'s new engine will allow the game's soft-spoken co-director, Yui Tanimura, to fulfill his long-held desire to include new, subtler expressions in the game, Tanimura told Polygon at E3 2013.<p>At the macro level, the sequel's graphical upgrade will allow players to "dive in and immerse …

'Mercenary Kings' is 'Borderlands' meets 'Scott Pilgrim' on PS4 and PC

A 2D shooter for a next-gen console<p>There are plenty of big shooters coming to the PlayStation 4, from <i>Destiny</i> to <i>Killzone: Shadow Fall</i>. These games emphasize massive, open worlds, social connectivity, and incredibly detailed high-definition graphics. <i>Mercenary Kings,</i> an upcoming PS4 and Steam title …

Microsoft and Best Buy team up to create a 'Windows Store' inside 600 retail locations

Microsoft is announcing on Thursday that it plans to open special Windows Stores within Best Buy locations. The partnership will see 500 Best Buy locations in the US and 100 Best Buy and Future Shop retail stores in Canada launch a store-within-a-store. Microsoft is aiming to showcase Windows-based …

Xbox chief: we have a product for people who can't get online, it's called Xbox 360

Did you think the Xbox 360 was being kept around just for the budget market? It turns out Microsoft's got another sort of customer in mind for the revamped last-gen hardware: the crews of nuclear submarines. Xbox chief Don Mattrick, in response to the backlash over the Xbox One requiring an …

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …