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This robot will draw and erase anything on your walls

Scribit is a drawing robot that can turn your walls into a work of art. The little bot raised over $1.6 million on Kickstarter, crushing the …

Robotics

Philips Hue Sync coordinates your smart lights with your computer

Earlier this year, Signify announced new integrations for its Philips Hue bulbs that included a Hue Sync app to automatically coordinate your lights with whatever you're doing on your computer. Now, the free Philips Hue Sync app is available for both Mac and PC.<p>The new app allows users to sync Hue …

Breakthrough drug could prevent brain damage caused by cosmic radiation

One of the biggest challenges humanity faces in venturing off Earth is how to tackle the dangers of cosmic radiation in deep space. When astronauts …

So that’s Trump’s game – the second coming | Stewart Lee

Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem was clearly part of the Donald’s greatest scheme yet<p>Bear-baiting is officially banned by the bear-loving, politically correct, snowflake brigade. Go and marry a bear and live in a wood eating worms if you love bears so much! And I think you’ll find it was …

Spraying this material on desert sand will turn it into fertile land

For the past ten years, Desert Control has been testing a land treatment that promises to transform non-productive land into fertile soil. The …

Turning a MacBook into a Touchscreen with $1 of Hardware

We turned a MacBook into a touchscreen using only $1 of hardware and a little bit of computer vision. The proof-of-concept, dubbed “Project Sistine” …

As Israel turns 70 it’s high time we Jews ditched Zionism for the sake of everyone

April 8, 2018 by Robert A. H. Cohen<p>When Israeli soldiers shoot, maim and kill unarmed Palestinian protestors living under Israeli siege in Gaza – …

Israel

Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet

Not an April Fools’ prank<p>Cloudflare is launching its own consumer DNS service today, on April Fools’ Day, that promises to speed up your internet connection and help keep it private. The service is using https://1.1.1.1, and it’s not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Cloudflare …

The idea that the moral universe inherently bends towards justice is inspiring. It's also wrong.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."<p>Like a number of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous pronouncements, that proclamation was, itself, a quotation. And yet, it was King who popularized it, and before I knew it was a citation from a 19th century clergyman, it …

'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary by Roger Penrose

The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. As with the Delphic oracle of ancient Greece, …

Physics

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

This wireless patch can predict a heart attack before it happens

A tiny, wireless patch developed by health tech startup Smartcardia can supposedly determine whether you’re going to have heart complications before …

Does autism arise because the brain is continually surprised?

<b>Originally published on Spectrum</b><p>Satsuki Ayaya remembers finding it hard to play with other children when she was young, as if a screen separated her …

Bahrain: Five years in jail for Nabeel Rajab's tweets

Nabeel Rajab's charges include a 2015 social media post criticising Saudi Arabia's invasion of Yemen.<p>A court in Bahrain has convicted political activist Nabeel Rajab and sentenced him to five years in prison, for his comments online denouncing Saudi Arabia's role in the war in Yemen and for …

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

How To: Use Google Voice as a 'Burner' Number

No matter your reasons, you might need a second phone number that's a little more disposable than your primary number — a "burner" number, so to …

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Chickens Prefer Attractive People

The barnyard bird is a lot smarter than you think.<p>We know the importance of having a little light to get through the dark days of winter.<p>It's important for chickens, too.<p>When Danielle Smith asked, “Why do chickens need a lot of hours of light to lay eggs?” we checked in with some poultry …

iDevices packed Alexa into a light switch at CES 2018

We've seen plenty of smart light switches that work with Alexa over the past year or two. Now, at CES 2018, iDevices is streamlining things with a new Wi-Fi light switch that comes with Amazon's popular virtual assistant built right in. You won't need an Amazon Echo device to talk to her -- you'll …

Study shows that people's decision-making in moral dilemmas can now be predicted, here's how - IBTimes India

"The findings give us a glimpse into what is the nature of morality," said Dr Marco Iacoboni, director of the Neuromodulation Lab at UCLA's …

Edward Snowden's new app turns your old Android device into a stealthy security monitor

If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for …

Android News

Iotty's crowdfunded smart light switch looks great, doesn't dim

It doesn't dim the lights, but this crowdfunded smart switch promises a wide range of features, multicolored faceplates made of tempered Italian glass and compatibility with Amazon's Alexa.<p>When people ask me for smart lighting advice, I'll often try to steer them toward smart switches. Yes, there …

Flatpack M.A.Di house pops up in a matter of hours

Italian architect Renato Vidal has created a prefabricated foldable house that takes less than a day to install once on site. The M.A.Di home is an …

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. <i>Originally broadcast Sept. 12, 2016.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth …

Pets

Crazy AI cam called Cherry Home knows you by your skeleton

The Cherry Home system uses your voice, your gait and even the length of your limbs to identify you. It also recognizes whether you're sitting and laughing or tripping and falling.<p>Startup security company Cherry Labs wants its system of cameras with built-in sensors to be the eyes and ears of your …

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning - MIT Technology Review

Eli Goldstein, a fresh-faced cofounder of SkyCool Systems, pulled open the garage door on the side of the Stanford spinout's cramped workspace in …

Clean Energy

If you want help from Equifax, there are strings attached

Equifax is offering help for people whose personal information was hacked -- but there are big strings attached.<p>The credit reporting agency announced Thursday that the personal information of as many as 143 million people was compromised in a data breach between May and July. The stolen data …

Depression is a physical illness which could be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists suggest

Depression could be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists now believe, after determining that it is a physical illness caused by a faulty immune system.<p>Around one in 13 people in Britain suffers from anxiety or depression and last year the NHS issued 64.7 million prescriptions for …

Immune System