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How do you photograph cold? 14 pictures documenting the polar vortex

Taking pictures of a snowstorm is easy – there are piles of the stuff on sidewalks, and when it falls it just looks so pretty. But documenting the kind of bitter, arctic cold that's enveloped much of North America this week can be a more challenging task. How to convey an abstract feeling – brr! – …

First chemical weapons materials shipped out of Syria

Removal of dangerous substances begins a week behind deadline and is hailed as crucial first step<p>The first chemicals from the Syrian weapons arsenal have been taken out of the country by a Danish cargo vessel.<p>"Priority" chemicals were loaded on to the ship in the north-west Syria port of Lattakia, …

Apple Asks Judge to Keep Patent Pressure on Samsung

Back in November, Apple won a second chance to seek a sales ban against tens of Samsung smartphones and tablets found to violate its patents last …

Will The iPhone 6 And iWatch Be Made Out Of The New Curved Gorilla Glass?

Corning has announced “Manufacturing Readiness for 3D-Shaped Gorilla Glass” in advance of CES next week in Las Vegas. Immediately, speculation has turned to how Apple might make use of this new material in its upcoming products. Daisuke Wakabiashi writes in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> Digits blog that, …

This Is What A $70,000 Tuna Looks Like

This 507-lb. bluefin tuna caught off northern Japan sold for 7.36 million yen ($70,324 ) at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Jan.5, making it the highest price paid at the market's first tuna auction of the year.<p>Check out this massive fish:<p>Svati Kiersten Narula of The Atlantic describes the …

ASUS unveils Zenfone line packing Android, Intel chips and a simple interface

It's been a while since we've seen an ASUS smartphone that wasn't meant to be used with (or as) a tablet, but the company is making up for that absence by launching the Zenfone line. The Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 all sport dual-core Intel Atom processors and a range of exotic color options. They also tout …

LG launches Lifeband fitness gadget and heartbeat-detecting earphones

South Korean electronics giant LG is moving into the fitness gadgets market with the announcement of its Lifeband fitness band and a pair of stereo headphones that detect your heartbeat.<p>Both devices work with iOS or Android mobile apps and give you data such as how many steps you’ve taken. The …

Japanese whaling fleet filmed with dead minke whales in Southern Ocean

At least three dead whales have been spotted aboard a Japanese vessel in the Southern Ocean.<p>New Zealand's foreign minister condemned the whaling but disputed claims by conservation group Sea Shepherd that the fleet had been operating in New Zealand’s territorial waters, in the Ross Sea in …

How Hawaii's Big Island Became GMO-Free

One council member's educated decision to vote against the ban makes an excellent primer on the science of genetically modified foods.<p>So what exactly is the science on the safety of GMOs? There are a lot of pro- and anti-GMO claims to filter through. <i>The New York Times</i> published a great spoonful of …

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Twin Planets: The Same, But Very Different

It’s often said—we said it again ourselves just last week, in fact—that our own Solar System isn’t as typical as scientists once imagined. We’ve got …

Annotated Machine: Chocolate Factory

"I made the Digital Chocolatier, a machine that builds chocolates layer by layer, from the bottom up. Four tubes hold nuts or chocolate. The chocolate tubes are heated for melting. For each layer, a servomotor positions the correct tube, and a valve releases the contents. Chocolate’s hard to work …

Apple changes bylaws, facing criticism over diversity

Apple has pledged to consider putting more women and minorities on its board of directors, adding language to its corporate charter that states the company's intentions.<p>"The nominating committee is committed to actively seeking out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to …