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How Political Correctness Chills Speech on Campus

A documentary film-maker was disinvited from an academic conference because an organizer feared she would be subject to ideologically motivated reprisals for hosting him.<p>This spring, Syracuse University will host an international conference with a theme, “The Place of Religion in Film,” that made …

Only Samsung Can Save Android From iPhone Domination

Sometimes numbers hide the true story. In the world of smartphones, the volume of Android sales tower over the rival iOS platform. Android accounts for over eighty percent of the market, with iOS a distant second (Kantar Worldpanel). With that measure Android is ‘winning’ but that’s not …

Galaxy Note

Think organic food is better for you, animals, and the planet? Think again

What we eat is seen as more important than ever. And everywhere we are urged to go organic: we are told it is more nutritious, it improves animal welfare and helps the environment. In reality, that is mostly marketing hype.<p>In 2012 Stanford University’s Centre for Health Policy did the biggest …

DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis on how AI will shape the future

<b>Sam Byford: So for someone who doesn’t know a lot about AI or Go, how would you characterize the cultural resonance of what happened yesterday?</b><p>Demis Hassabis: There are several things I’d say about that. Go has always been the pinnacle of perfect information games. It’s way more complicated than …

I want you to understand the sense of fear that Chinese people feel every day | Nanfu Wang

I’m not a paranoid person, but my experience making a film about human rights in China gave me a sense of fear that I think westerners don’t comprehend<p>Last December, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, was put on trial for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a …

The epicenter of the Syrian war is shifting — and it could mean 'a near total defeat' for Turkey's Syria policy

A stepped-up Russian bombing campaign in the Bayirbucak region of northwest Syria, near the strategically important city of Azaz, has primarily targeted the Turkey-backed Turkmen rebels and civilians — and the Turkish aid convoys that supply them.<p>As a result, Turkey's policy in Syria of bolstering …

Middle East

Devastating Barron's cover story on Alibaba predicts the stock will tank 50%, and that's not even the worst of it

The September 19, 2014 IPO priced at $68 per share, giving the company an eye-popping valuation of $168 billion.<p>"Today what we got is not money," CEO Jack Ma said that day. "What we got is the trust from the people."<p>But in a new, devastating 3000-word cover story for Barron's, Jonathan Laing …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Full Apple Watch Details, Including Prices and Availability

Apple gave us a good look at the Apple Watch back in September, but also left us with a whole lot of questions. Now, things are a whole lot less …

Apple Watch Event: 7 Things You Need to Know

Apple's long-awaited smartwatch has finally arrived, and here are all the details<p>The Apple Watch is finally here—almost. Orders open April 10, with the watch actually available on April 24, the company announced today during a live event in San Francisco. The most basic version will cost $349 for …

Apple Watch

Trailer teases Delta Six gaming gun for the holidays

A teaser trailer for David Kotkin's Delta Six, the Kickstarter-funded, "most realistic gaming gun ever invented," offers a look at the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC-compatible controller.<p>The Delta Six is available for pre-order now for $245. Buyers can also purchase a reinforced, …

Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments

Starting today, PopularScience.com will no longer accept comments on new articles. Here's why.<p>Comments can be bad for science. That's why, here at PopularScience.com, we're shutting them off.<p>It wasn't a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we …

Dyslexia's Unlikely Treatment: Digital Screens

Users can manipulate text on e-readers—which is surprisingly useful as a way to make the task of reading easier for people with dyslexia.<p><b>E-readers are known for their go-anywhere</b>, lighter-than-a-paperback convenience. Now they have a medicinal value: easing the frustrations of dyslexia. Matthew …

Reinvented Wheels Take the Air Out of Your Tires

You hate flats, loathe checking tire pressure, and constantly run your rubber to its breaking point, but despite all those gripes, the lowly tire …

From Collaborative Coding to Wedding Invitations: GitHub Is Going Mainstream

Bubby Rayber's wedding date was coming up fast. Too fast. It was April, and in less than a month, he was supposed to host a daylong event for about …

New game promises to make Integer Partitions fun

Video games are a great way to learn how to do math because they're interactive, said Keith Devlin, Stanford University mathematician and NPR's "Math Guy," in an interview with Forbes.<p>Devlin is a co-founder of InnerTube Games, which launched the puzzle game <i>Wuzzit Trouble</i> on iOS yesterday. It tasks …

Why Did Humans Invent Music?

Darwin and others have said it was a way to woo. Others believe music is social glue—a theory bolstered by a new study.<p><b>Why did humans invent music?</b><p>Until the hot tub time machine becomes a reality, the answer to that question will remain as mysterious as the true identity of the '60s garage band ? …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Will Technology Push Language To Become Image-Based?

A few weeks ago, Sergey Brin was eating a meal while wearing Google Glass when a friend sent him a text message. Instead of words, Brin replied by …

Two new experiments help blaze the trail toward quantum computing with teleportation

Scientists are a little bit closer to faster computing and better encryption after two experiments discovered the first ways to reliably use quantum …

GOOGLE: If You Send To Gmail, You Have 'No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy'

In a motion filed last month by Google to have a class action complaint dismissed, Google's lawyers reference a 1979 ruling, holding that people who turn over information to third parties shouldn't expect that information to remain private.<p>From the filing (emphasis added):<p>Just as a sender of a …

Privacy

How Android Grew To Be More Popular Than The iPhone

Google's smartphone operating system now powers a whopping 80% of devices worldwide. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones only powers 13% of smartphones. iOS controlled about 16% of the worldwide smartphone market a year ago, according to IDC.<p>Apple should be freaking out, Jay Yarow says. (So …

Operating Systems

3-D Cosmic Map Helps You Wrap Your Brain Around the Universe's Weirdness

As someone who writes about astronomy, I know that figuring out the universe is tough. There's all these weird things — dark matter, quasars, …

That's Not How You Use That: Coiling a Cable

Keeping your cables neat and tidy is a matter of nerd pride, with a side of OCD thrown in there just for fun. But, if you're man-handling your cables …

Fall asleep to the sound of Wikipedia

When one thinks of edits to Wikipedia, back and forth bickering and arguments over minutia generally come to mind. A project called Listen to Wikipedia offers a very different vibe, however, as it translates Wikipedia edits into soothing sounds and pleasant animations. Using the data provided by …