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Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

India's Mars satellite successfully enters orbit, bringing country into space elite

India has become the first nation to send a satellite into orbit around Mars on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so.<p>Mission control in the southern Indian city of Bangalore received confirmation of the success at 7.41am Wednesday, local time. The satellite Mangalyaan had entered …

Islamists in Philippines threaten to kill German hostages

Islamists in the Philippines have threatened to kill two German hostages unless Germany pays a ransom and withdraws its support for the US fight against Isis in Syria and northern Iraq.<p>In a message circulated via Twitter, the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group announced it would kill one of the hostages …

Hollande: Islamic extremists beheaded hostage

French hostage Herve Gourdel was abducted and beheaded, a killing shown on video, French President Francois Hollande told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.<p>"You will understand that today I am speaking before you with a particularly high level of emotion because one of my compatriots …

Sony Xperia Z3 Review: Sony Improves On Its Vision Of A Perfect Smartphone

Announced at the Berlin IFA earlier this month, Sony’s latest flagship mobile is the Xperia Z3. Building on the Xperia Z1 and Z2 handsets, the Android-powered Z3 improves many areas of Sony’s older handsets. Existing Xperia owners may not find enough here to merit an immediate upgrade, but anyone …

A New 'Radar Gun' May Spot Drivers Who Text Behind The Wheel

It works by detecting the radio waves used to send SMS messages.<p>ComSonics, a company specializing in cable leakage detection, is working on a device that would sense when drivers are texting, the <i>Virginian-Pilot</i> reports. The Virginia newspaper suggests the final product, designed for police to use, …

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Ukraine lawmakers approve EU pact, offer autonomy to rebel regions

Lawmakers in Ukraine endorsed an association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, making a decisive turn in favor of closer relations with Western neighbors in spite of the 10-month-old conflict that shift in alliance has ignited with Russia.<p>In a move probably intended to soften the blow …

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Once again, Best Buy offers two Chromecasts for just $55 with free shipping

Back in August, Best Buy offered up a special promotion for the Chromecast, letting folks buy two for just $55 with free shipping — $15 off the normal price. If you missed out last time, it looks like this deal is back once again!<p>Even if you already have a Chromecast or another streaming device, …

Calc+ Makes Long Strings of Math a Breeze

Android: Calculator apps are pretty straightforward: do math. But Calc+ has extra ingredients to make it more powerful, and useful, than its …

Biofuels: E Coli Modified To Make Engine-Ready Propane

<i>E coli</i> bacteria have been genetically modified to produce engine-ready propane for the first time.<p>“This opens up possibilities for future sustainable production of renewable fuels that at first could complement, and thereafter replace fossil fuels like diesel, petrol, natural gas and jet fuel,” …

Mind Reading? Brain-to-Brain Message Sent From India to Paris

In an experiment that sounds more like science fiction than reality, two humans were able to send greetings to each other using only a digital connection linking their brains.<p>Using noninvasive means, researchers made brain recordings of a person in India thinking the words "hola" and "ciao," and …

These $299 Headphones Are Worth Every Penny, And Audio Buffs Will Love Them

Most headphones can and should be graded on four main aspects — design, comfort, performance, and sensibility. A-Audio's latest product, the $299 Legacy over-ear headphones, excels in all these areas.<p>First, let's talk about the design. It's industrial-looking and rugged but modern at the same time. …

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Back to School 2014: The 13 best accessories

Once you've figured out your laptop and smartphone situation, chances are you'll want to invest in a nice backpack or a few extras to make the dorm room feel like home. Our back-to-school accessories picks are a perfect mix of necessities and extravagant nice-to-haves. Check them out below, and …

Mini Audio Mi Tiny NFC Bluetooth Speaker Is As Small As An Egg (video)

If you are in the market for a new tiny NFC Bluetooth speaker you might be interested in the Mini Audio Mi which has been designed by Mini Audio …

The KettleCharge Delivers Potable Water and Charges Your Gadgets

The guys behind BioLite have changed our camping experience forever with their CampStove which has allowed us to juice our phones while cooking some …

Gear & Gadgets

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure.<p>It gets worse. While shopping later on, you drop your car keys. An opportunist …

Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

“I would not feel so alone,” sang Bob Dylan back in 1966, “everybody must get stoned.” It would seem lots of people have obliged: cannabis is now far and away the world’s favourite illicit drug, with approximately 180 million people having taken it in the past year. In England and Wales about 13.5% …

Company says it's created the world's blackest black with carbon nanotubes

Black may not be, it turns out, the darkest shade — at least not black as we know it. British tech company Surrey Nanosystems says it's developed the world's blackest material: made of carbon nanotubes, it can absorb 99.96 percent of light that hits it. Its developers say that to the human eye, the …

10 Ways to Add Mindful Moments to Your Day | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“Failure to maintain focus can leave the mind lost in repeating loops of chronic anxiety… The power to disengage our attention from one thing and …

Habit Formation that Works even if You’re Lazy, Forgetful and Not Motivated

July is here! How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?<p>Millions of people vow to change themselves for the better every New Year. After a few …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Style<p>The rising star dishes on fame and wears the 5 freshest summer style swerves you should try.<p>By Samuel Hine3 days agoView More<p>Boxing<p>Combat …

Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Sometimes big, bad things comes in threes, including jumbo black holes.<p>The discovery of a trio of jumbo black holes circling the center of a distant galaxy, reported by astronomers on Wednesday, suggests that pairs or triplets of such monsters may be surprisingly common.<p>Astronomers have learned …

Plastiglomerate: The New And Horrible Way Humans Are Leaving Their Mark On The Planet

Humans will now be forever inscribed into the Earth's geological history. Our everlasting signature? Plastic-infused stones.<p>The newly identified stone, according to a report from The Geological Society of America, has been officially named plastiglomerate. It is formed when plastic trash melts and …

Scientists Discover Massive Hidden Ocean Under The United States

Scientists have discovered a massive reservoir of water 400 miles below the United States.<p>The discovery appears to confirm that water actually …

Lost At Sea? Survive With These Tricks

A handy manual to prepare you for life's misadventures.<p>Jose Salvador Alvarenga was fishing off the coast of Mexico in late 2012 when a powerful storm sent his boat adrift. Marshall Islanders found the battered vessel nearly 16 months later, stuck on a reef—with Alvarenga still alive inside. …

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Sailing On Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon

Space exploration and seafaring share a common vocabulary. We call the craft we send up ‘spaceships’ and the people who ride in them astronauts, which means ‘star sailor’.<p>Dr Ellen Stofan, NASA’s chief scientist, has a more literal view. She’s a proponent of a plan to send a probe to Saturn’s …

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

Hackers demanding ransoms by locking iOS devices through Find My iPhone

A number of iOS owners in Australia have lost access to their devices courtesy of a digital hack, according to The Age. The first incident appeared …