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Sleep cycles: Why do some people stay up late and others get up early?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, Ph.D. in zoology from Monash University:</b><p>Advertisement<p>Your sleep cycle is …

Here's How Much Money Doctors Actually Make

While many Americans complain about the costs of healthcare: insurance, hospital bills, paperwork, and medicine, relatively few begrudge doctors …

17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging energy technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions based on consultation …

Energy

British Gas' smart Hive thermostat can now respond to a home owner's location

Since its launch nearly seven months ago, British Gas' connected thermostat, the Hive, has enjoyed steady succcess. Now operational in more 75,000 British homes, it recently gained another competitor in Nest, the learning thermostat now owned by Google, so news of the company's new feature rollout …

These smart headphones sound better than Beats & let you chat with musicians

Gary Chen, a serial entrepreneur in China’s music industry, never believed digital music content could be a significant revenue source for musicians.<p>But fans who’d buy anything related to stars they like can be a huge revenue stream. So Chen wants to help musicians worldwide bytaking advantage of …

Samsung and Iberia team up to put boarding passes on smartwatches

You wouldn't instantly associate Iberia with cutting-edge technology, but the Spanish airline is a paragon of modernity. The Madrid-based business already lets you print your own luggage tags, and now it's teamed up with Samsung to bring boarding passes to your smartwatch. A forthcoming update to …

The gadgets that changed your life

When we asked you to tell us which gadgets changed your life, our goal was to arrive at a simple list of important devices. Instead, we learned how some of the products we talk about on Engadget every day make such a profound impact on your life.<p>Remember when Facebook bought Oculus VR a few weeks …

Nest Team Descends On Nike Town To Recruit Fuel Band Engineers

Nest, the connected device company that was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, apparently needs all the hardware engineers it can get. As the core hardware group within Google, Nest will be spearheading the development of new hardware products.<p>That could mean phones, or tablets, or… wearables?<p>So …

What the Galaxy Gear taught Samsung about smartwatches

With countless (well, a lot of) Gear 2 watch straps and just under eight wearables -- a mix of Gear 2s, Gear 2 Neos and Gear Fits -- on the table in front of us during our interview with Samsung designers, the impression is that the company taking its wearables <i>very</i> seriously. There were just six …

Curing cancer or AIDS could be the next frontier in Silicon Valley innovation

Y Combinator is known for backing highly successful technology startups such as Airbnb and Dropbox. Now the incubator is looking for opportunities in biotechnology, an industry that was considered unfit for the model as recently as 2008. And with a new wave of bootstrapped biotech companies, we can …

Startups

Praying mantises get extra-tiny 3D glasses to test their vision

While 3D video may not be very popular these days, someone's still wearing 3D glasses -- or rather, some<i>thing</i>. Newcastle University scientists are outfitting praying mantises with very small 3D eyewear to test their depth perception, which is unique in the insect world; most species are limited to …

Plantwatch: The advance of spring

Bluebells are blooming, horse chestnut tree flowers are out and everything is looking lush – and it probably comes as no surprise that this spring has come early thanks to unusually mild weather.<p>To gauge how early spring has arrived needs a long history pf observations, though, and is something …

Florals the new trend for twentysomething males, figures show

Style takes root in spring 2014 season, with prints at catwalk shows by Prada, Dries Van Noten and Christopher Kane<p>Once viewed as a feminine cliche – or as the woefully-uncool territory of middle-aged men – florals are now being embraced by twentysomething males, sales figures suggest.<p>This trend …

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