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Trial, errors and judgment

“Money is not important, access to it and misuse of it is,” said Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Jayalalithaa’s foe-turned-friend-turned-foe, …

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …

How ant colonies, butterfly swarms and lizard tongues are teaching industry a lesson

<b>(CNN) —</b> From the organizational strength of the ant colony, to the unseen communication in a swarm of butterflies, nature has always beaten man to it.<p>But now researchers at Festo, a German industrial control and automation company, are taking their cue from the natural world to gain valuable …

Bizarre vehicle designs that could revolutionise your commute

Designing vehicles that make the crowded metropolises of the world more navigable seems to be on the minds of major car companies and startups alike. …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Study Skills

Big Hero 6 review: Disney’s first superhero film just 'Marvel'ous

Nov,06 2014 17:47:48 IST<p>Disney’s films have defined our culture for almost a hundred years. Their ‘Princess’ based movies have been Childhood 101 for …

Disney announces 'Toy Story 4' for 2017, directed by Lasseter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said on Thursday it will extend one of Pixar’s most successful film franchises by making “Toy Story 4” for release in 2017, directed by John Lasseter.<p>People, who dress up as the Statue of Liberty and Woody from the Toy Story film, to pose with people …

The Search for Genes That Prevent Disease

What can we learn from people with genetic predispositions to a disease who never end up getting sick?<p>The X-Men’s mutations gave them superpowers. Telepathy. Flight. Teleportation. Some scientists believe that there may be some among us who have a superpower in our genes, too—the ability, against …

Electronic artists turn 600 phones into a symphony of light and sound

Forget Prince's "Purple Rules" demanding smartphone-free concerts, one group is actually encouraging fans to wave their handset in the air because it's part of the show. Electronic group Booka Shade recently performed a concert where the audience's phones played coordinated sound and lights via a …

Motorola's smartphones can now alert your close contacts in an emergency

You'll usually want to call emergency services if you're in truly dire straits, but the odds are that your friends and family also want to know if you need help. How do you reach them quickly? If you pick up the Moto E or Moto G LTE, you'll have Motorola Alert at your disposal. The new app lets you …

Here's What It's Like to Go for a Ride in Google's Robot Car

Maybe I was kidding myself, but from my vantage point in the back seat, I didn't feel unsafe in the least.<p>The Google self-driving car has come a long way. On a demo excursion through Google’s Mountain View campus and surrounding neighborhoods today, the white Lexus self-driving test vehicle I rode …

High-tech Russian instrument turns brainwaves into music (video)

To play the Russian gusli, you pluck its strings like you would other string instruments. But artist Dmitry Morozov has taken the folk instrument to the next level -- he's designed one that's actually an autonomous robot, which can translate your brainwaves into music. Morozov's "turbo-gusli" takes …

Samsung Apologizes And Offers Compensation To Sickened Workers

Samsung Electronics issued an official apology for the first time and promised today to compensate the families of semiconductor workers who suffered illnesses that may have been related to factory conditions.<p>“Several workers at our production facilities suffered from leukemia and other incurable …

Samsung promises to compensate factory workers who suffered cancer

Samsung Electronics has apologised and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanised a movement to hold the company to …

Experts: Internet of Things and Wearables Will Dominate by 2025

Experts believe the Internet of Things — the concept that all devices, objects and systems could be web connected and share information in the future …

How a swarm of data is helping Chicago re-map urban life

Imagine a world in which your digital footprint such as your tweets or use of online municipal services helps your city planners improve your city’s design and functionality.<p>Well, that’s exactly the direction in which the city of Chicago, Ill. is heading towards.<p>On Thursday, the Chicago …

10 things we learned from Pew Research's Internet of Things report

It’s been fashionable to drop the phrase “Internet of Things” in tech circles for some time now, but what does it really mean? And just as importantly, what will its effects be in the years to come?<p>The Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University Imagining the Internet Center have been …

PM/AM: Save the Children From Super Nintendo

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p>"So it has come to this."<p>Yesterday we published a story on popularmechanics.com about the embittered console wars between Nintendo …

Electric Cruisebeast Creator Elon Musk Tells The Oatmeal He’s “Happy To Help” Fund Tesla Museum

In one of the loveliest paeans to modern technology ever penned on the web, The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman posted a lengthy comic describing what it’s like to own a Tesla Model S, and it was nothing short of effusive. He did take issue with the car’s name, however, and offered up some helpful …

Google announces wider availability of its Glass device

Google has started selling its computer in a pair of glasses in the United States, even though the gadget is officially still being tested.<p>Google Glass costs the equivalent of almost 1,100 euros and anyone in the US can buy the development version as long as stocks last.<p>The company did not specify …

Can Online Apps Change Real Life Behavior?

<i>Max Ogles is the head of marketing for</i> <i>Coach Alba</i><i>, a mobile health startup.</i> <i>Visit his blog</i> <i>to read more about behavior change, technology, and psychology.</i><p>Weight gain happens pound by pound, over many years, and that’s how Dave Haynes found himself 60 pounds away from a healthy BMI. In his career, Dave …

Eyefi Links Up with Best Buy for Wi-Fi Card-Cloud deal

Eyefi, the maker of wireless SD camera storage cards and mobile device companion software, has inked a deal with Best Buy to offer customers an exclusive hardware-cloud package. It features the Eyefi Mobi 16GB Wi-Fi SD card paired with a one-year membership to the company’s new Eyefi Cloud …

US Navy funds morality lessons for robots

As we all learned from the 1986 film <i>War Games</i>, machines have the upperhand in warfare when it comes to making logical decisions (such as, the only …

What Life Is Like In One Of The World’s Fastest Growing Cities

Through the photographs of Shaun Fynn, Shanghai’s architecture becomes a symbol for future modern cities.<p>All over Shanghai–and the rest of China–cranes erect high-rise apartment towers in record time. Shopping districts are quickly planned and just as quickly realized, while new transit stations …

Wicked Illustrations by Giannis Milonogiannis

Giannis is a super talented artist who makes sweet, kinda roughy illustrations for comics and for himself. I really dig his use of lines, which turns …

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …