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Amazon's X-Ray Answers The Question "Where Do I Know That Actor From?" While You Watch

A seamless, real-time infusion of "who is that guy again?" into your TV-watching experience<p>It's happened to all of us: you're watching a TV show or movie, and an actor, one of those hundreds of actors who bounce around from supporting role to supporting role, pops up, as the doctor with a few …

The folding phone charger that fixes a problem plug

One scratch to a laptop is all it took for designer Min-Kyu Choi to redesign the power plug – with award-winning results. He and his business partner Matthew Judkins talk to BBC Future about a simple but ground-breaking rethink.<p>The UK power plug is a design which has remained almost unchanged since …

Chocolate: The rise of the cocoa purists

<b>You can now buy 100% cocoa chocolate on the High Street and sales are said to be on the rise. It's a rather acquired taste, so why is it becoming more popular and does real chocolate have to be high in cocoa to be good?</b><p>A "demanding and very powerful experience" is one description of eating …

An Exercise on Happiness: The Physiology of a Smile

We've all heard the old adage "it takes 43 muscles to frown, and just 17 to smile," a fact that of course begs the question: Why don't we all smile more often? We know that a smile can light up someone else's day as well as our own, but still, it seems that these days smiles are in short supply. …

Google Reader Died Because Of Privacy Concerns

Google Reader is much mourned by its diehard community, and many were wondering why, in light of the rage, Google didn’t just make it a paid product. The short answer is that Google knows so much about you it was terrified Reader might somehow violate your privacy.<p>Reader apparently fell victim to …

This Is Now The World's Lightest Material

This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!<p>Check out this contender for the title of "world's lightest solid." To demonstrate just how light it is, Zhejiang University in China, where the material's creators are based, has published pictures of chunks of it perched on small leaves, …

Location Data Can Uniquely Identify Cellphone Users

A new study demonstrates how easy it is to identify people from the location-tracking data on their cellphones.<p>Just a few data points from a location-tracking cellphone are enough to identify most people, a new study found. It doesn't matter if those data are "anonymized" so they aren't linked to …

Exploding Glass Drop at 100,000 fps

The folks at the Smarter Every Day YouTube channel have posted a terrific video about Prince Rupert's Drops. What the heck is a Prince Rupert's Drop, …

Dazzling Light-Up Bike Helmet Helps Launch Dyson's Latest Design Contest

James Dyson found success bringing new ideas into a product category many thought was beyond innovation. Now, his charitable foundation is trying to …

Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials | WIRED

From the shiny, strong nacre that gives abalone shells an unbreakable, opaline sheen, to the goopy mix of proteins fired by a velvet worm that …

Clever Packaging: Essential Medicine Rides Coke's Distribution Into Remote Villages

Simon Berry is piggybacking on Coca-Cola's distribution system to bring life-saving medicine to the places that need it most.<p>You can buy a Coke …

Amazon X-Ray Goes Prime Time With TV Support

Now you can find out who played that guy Raylan Givens just shot down on <i>Justified</i> without frantically searching the internet while pausing the …

Google Introduces Pop-Up Video Info That No One Will Use

Google wants to remind you that the Google Play store has more than just Android apps – like, say, movies you can download, with embedded pop-up …