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Google launches Gmail Go for Android

The latest addition to its Go series of apps<p>Google has introduced Gmail Go, the newest addition to its line of “Go” apps that are slimmed down versions of their original counterparts, as spotted by <i>TechCrunch</i>. Meant for phones with basic specifications and lower-end processors, or places with poor …

Apps

Over 450 full-text art books by The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to download and read online for free.

<b>Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis</b> <br>Gerson, Paula Lieber, ed. <br>(1986)<p><b>The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800</b> <br>LaRocca, Donald J.</b> …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.<p>On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.<p>In …

Elon Musk

‘Suddenly my world would flip’: the woman who is permanently lost

Sharon’s world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Now neurologists, and Wonder Woman, have come to the rescue<p>In 1952, when she was a child, Sharon was playing in the front garden. She was blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of …

The Brain

Riding a Time Capsule to Apartment 8G

It was 8 a.m. in Ramón Rivera’s elevator and the morning rush was on. The buzzer rang.<p>Mr. Rivera glanced at the ancient-looking indicator board.<p>“Ooh, we’re going to the penthouse!” he said. A little white flag had popped up behind the letters “PH.”<p>He pushed the control handle to the left. The …

Here’s why this man has two turtles strapped to his kayak

Dream job: kayaking turtle ferry<p>At the beginning of January, wildlife biologist Allen Foley had a problem: the water was so cold that green sea turtles in St. Joseph Bay in Northwestern Florida were stunned. They’d stopped moving, putting them at risk for dying. So he did the only thing he could …

Zoology

When our magnetic field flips, say goodbye to modern life

Scientists say the magnetic North Pole will eventually switch places with the South Pole, with potentially apocalyptic results.<p>The Earth's magnetic …

Earth Science

Ituren Carnival, ancient pagan festival – in pictures

In one of the most ancient carnivals in Europe, dating from before the Roman empire, residents of two Basque towns, Ituren and Zubieta, ring their cowbells in order to frighten off the devil and bring good luck to farmers.

Travel Photography

How my ‘dead body’ ended up on millions of cigarette packets across Europe

Tom Fraine did a couple of photo shoots in Berlin in 2012 – then four years later discovered he had become the face of EU health warnings about the dangers of smoking<p>In 2012, I decided to take a year-long sabbatical in Europe, eventually settling on Berlin. I’m quite a structured, career-minded …

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Space Travel

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Good news/bad news in quest to get Meltdown and Spectre patched | Ars Technica

Windows patches are fixed, but microcode updates are causing even more trouble.<p>The good news: Shortly after its initial release, Microsoft suspended …

IT security

Divers discover world's longest flooded cave – video

A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the world's largest flooded cave, a discovery that could shed light on the ancient Maya civilisation. The Yucatán peninsula is studded with monumental relics of the Maya people, whose cities …

Scuba Diving

My year of living ignorantly: I entered a news blackout the day Trump was elected

Being a news junkie left me well-informed but simmering with rage. Unplugging from the media made me feel better, but is it a cop-out?<p>Like a lot of people I know, I’m a news junkie.<p>My particular weakness is the radio. It’s what I shower to, dress to, cook to, clean to. I drink my coffee to the New …

Artist transforms herself into a virtual assistant and obeys your commands | Ars Technica

Would we rather have a human servant or Alexa? Lauren McCarthy decided to find out.<p>We love to talk about how our virtual assistants fail us. They …

Automation

A modern engineer building classic bicycle frames – in pictures

Tom Warmerdam turned his passions for cycling and engineering into a career at Demon Frameworks in Southampton, where he designs and builds unique custom-made steel-frame road bikes

How can a therapist get the most out of therapy?

For a session between an analyst and their patient to truly work, we need to listen, think and feel<p>The goings-on in the consulting room have become more transparent of late. Thank goodness. We know more than the hackneyed clichés supplied by the movies in which the therapist knows all and bestows …

The most interesting articles from 100 years ago this weekend

Muskrat. Field mouse. Dogfish. All are examples of foods that Robert T. Morris, M.D. cited in 1918 as foods many people refused to consume due to …

Anesthetics found to do more than simply induce sleep

Despite the widespread use of anesthetics, we still don't know exactly how they work. The reason we don't fully understand the mechanism behind them …

We Can’t Stop Watching This Cake Being Sliced

Forget triangular slices. We just discovered a new way to cut a cake, and it’s so much more fun than the traditional method.<p>On Tuesday, December 12, …

All it takes to destroy grunge rock is to play 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in a major chord

When Nirvana put out "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in 1991, it became one of the defining songs of a decade and an anthem for disaffected Generation Xers …

La Jolla

Why Symmetry Continues to Beguile Mathematicians

You could forgive mathematicians for being drawn to the monster group, an algebraic object so enormous and mysterious that it took them nearly a …

Brazil

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: Your new winter reading assignment | Ars Technica

Review: Bow down to Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the mother of American cryptography.<p>I’ve never read such a gripping book about spies that opens with …

Artwork that challenges you to weave in between pendulums

The artist and William Forsythe has mounted a mesmerizing installation in Paris called "Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2" -- in which he …

Caring for older sick relatives can result in symptoms of PTSD

Making medical decisions for a hospitalised older relative can be so stressful that about 30 per cent of carers had moderate to severe depression and …

Spaghetti the corn snake has a newly-crocheted tube sweater

By crocheting over a piece of PVC pipe, Redditor Rancor_Emperor's (aka Sean) sister was able to crochet up a purple sweater for her brother's corn …

How one couple saved their marriage by asking each other a simple question

On the brink of divorce, this question made all the difference.<p>For years, novelist Richard Paul Evans and his wife Keri struggled with their marriage. Then, one day, they learned to ask each other a simple question: “How can I make your day better?”<p>The question, which Evans wrote about in a viral …

Positive Thinking

Want to Remove Yourself From Toxic Situations? Try This Decades-Old Japanese Art"

Save and read this every time you find yourself in a toxic situation.<p>You are stuck and frustrated, sinking into the black hole of your circumstances. No matter what you do, you keep falling back into this quagmire of negative energies and thoughts, from which there is seemingly no escape. These …

Combatting PTSD by letting patients hear their own brainwaves

Currently, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually treated with psychotherapy and antidepressants, but with the variability of the human …

Peter Capaldi writes to reassure young fan about Doctor Who regeneration

Departing Doctor tells nine-year-old: ‘The new Doctor always becomes your favourite, and the one that goes ... well, he never really goes’<p>One young Doctor Who fan worried about the impending change of lead actor in the BBC One show got an unexpected Christmas surprise from the Doctor …