Alan Greene

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Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, …

Ice Cream

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their infrastructure (you could probably …

Why You Should Upload Yourself to a Supercomputer

We're still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It's a fantastic future prospect that makes some …

Comic Books

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called <i>I've Got a …

Death and startups: Most startups croak 20 months after their last funding round

For most startups, death is not a question of if, but when.<p>While that conclusion may seem obvious, the data to support it is pretty hard to come by. Which makes sense: After all, no one — not founders, not venture capital firms — is going to go out of their way to tell the world when they’ve …

Searching For The Science Behind Reincarnation

Say a child has memories of being a Hollywood extra in the 1930s. Is it just an active imagination, or actual evidence of reincarnation? Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia studies hundreds of cases like this and joins NPR's Rachel Martin to share his research on the science …

West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem

The sardine fishing boat Eileen motored slowly through moonlit waters from San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island, its weary-eyed captain growing more desperate as the night wore on. After 12 hours and $1,000 worth of fuel, Corbin Hanson and his crew returned to port without a single fish.<p>"Tonight's …

The Rise and Fall of the Battleship (And Why They Won't Be Coming Back)

Those who cover the militarized aspects of the ocean eventually will encounter a group of people who want the U.S. Navy to get back into the battleship business.<p>The argument goes like this: The four remaining World War II Iowa-class battleships are cheaper to operate, cheaper than building new …

The Year in Plagues: The End of Antibiotics, Fist Bump for Health, and More

In case you haven't had enough end-of-year lists, here are links to my personal favorite stories from 2013. Think I missed something big? Add it in the comments.<p>Also, I got the two-set <i>Encyclopedia of Pestilence, Pandemics, and Plagues</i> for Christmas from my thoughtful husband (see photo), which I …

A Pill Could Help You Acquire Perfect Pitch

Sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests a mood stabilizer could help restore plasticity to the brain for learning.<p>Only 1 in 10,000 people have absolute or "perfect" pitch, the ability to hear a tone and tell what note it is. This unusual ability is acquired early in life, typically …

Top ways to search the Internet for time travelers

Key strategy involves Internet searches for a mention of something before it actually happened.<p>In the summer of 2013, astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff …

4 Changes Google Is Making And How They Affect Content Creation

SEO experts and webmasters spend a lot of time worrying about Google algorithm changes. In 2013, the search engine giant tweaked the algorithm 15 times, and in 2012, it was updated 37 times.<p>Worrying about algorithm updates may make sense for SEO experts and webmasters, but content creators don’t …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the …

Amaze project aims to take 3D printing 'into metal age'

<b>The European Space Agency has unveiled plans to "take 3D printing into the metal age" by building parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects.</b><p>The Amaze project brings together 28 institutions to develop new metal components which are lighter, stronger and cheaper than conventional parts.<p>Additive …

Tabletop Device Would Destroy Chemical Weapons With X-Rays

With support from the Pentagon, one scientist is developing a compact x-ray device to break up chemical and biological agents.<p>The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Destroying …

Organic Food Delivery Service Good Eggs Raises $8.5M Series A From Sequoia Capital

Good Eggs, the startup that brings farmers markets online, has closed an $8.5 million Series A round from Sequoia Capital with participation from Harrison Metal and others. Sequoia partner Bryan Schreier will join the Good Eggs Board of Directors.<p>The funding will enable Good Eggs to launch in …

Google Research shows off new way to 'virtually project' your smartphone onto any display

Google has long been fascinated by sharing content between screens: the new Chromecast dongle is focused on that functionality, as is older software like Chrome tab sync, the YouTube Leanback remote, and the Chrome to Phone extension. Now there's a new project out of the company's research arm that …

America's Cup comes down to final, deciding race

SAN FRANCISCO -- One way or another, the America's Cup will make history with a winner-take-all finale on San Francisco Bay.<p>Wednesday will mark only the third time in 162 years that the famed regatta has come down to a final race. It will also conclude the Cup's longest competition.<p>Defending …

Understanding the Universe’s invisible elements

Our solar system extends a lot further than we first thought. Astrophysicist Charles Alcock says exploring its outer reaches may shed light on the Earth’s beginnings.<p>Most of the Universe is invisible. Understanding these unseeable elements can be an important step in working out how the entire …

Space