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DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track its users, grew more than 70% this year

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused web search engine startup, continues to grow rapidly. But it has also struggled to crack the mainstream.<p>Through Dec. 15, DuckDuckGo received 3.25 billion search queries this year, according to its publicly posted traffic statistics. That’s up 74% over the same period …

AdWords

Paris attacks: Anonymous declares war on Isil

Hacker group Anonymous says in a video that it will "hunt" Islamic State after its terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday<p>Anonymous has posted a video declaring war against Islamic State following a series of terror attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 people dead.<p>The hacker group, …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter

Watch These Jetmen Fly Wing-to-Wing With an Airbus A380 Above Dubai

Well, this is insane. In this video, Jetman pilots Yves Rossy and his protegeVince Reffet fly wing-to-wing with an Airbus A380, the world’s largest …

4K NASA video lets you see the sun in a new light

<i>Using images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a new video gives an unprecedented, ultra-high-definition look at the sun using wavelengths</i> …

Astronomy

Architects Reimagine Power Line Towers As Giant People

These are some renderings from the architects at Choi and Shine reimagining power line towers as giants. I am into this. I mean, provided my tax …

China Is Genetically Engineering Mini Pigs To Sell As Pets

We'd all like our baby pets to stay perpetually tiny, but scientists in China are taking that desire to a whole new level.<p>BGI, a genomics institute located in Shenzhen, announced in late September that it is genetically engineering miniature pigs to sell as pets for $1,600 each.<p>The institute …

Genetics

Google Announces Chromecast 2 And Chromecast Audio To Bring Intelligence To Your Living Room

Google is ready to take over your living room. The company has announced version 2 of its Chromecast product, along with a new Chromecast Audio, which turns any speaker with an AUX in into an Internet-connected device. I got to spend some time with these little devices and they are powerhouses.<p>The …

Smart TV

Get Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Who We Are, the Trap of Language, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education

“In all the activities of life, from the simplest physical activities to the highest intellectual and spiritual activities, our whole effort must be to get out of our own light.”<p><b>Aldous Huxley</b> endures as one of the most visionary and unusual minds of the twentieth century — a man of strong …

10 tips and tricks to get the most out of your new Chromecast

Advertisement<p>36 Comments<p>Credit: Robert Fruehauf/Shutterstock<p>Someone put a new Chromecast for you under the tree, or maybe you just bought one for …

Fortune.com

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Print Media

New Microscope Makes Gorgeous 3-D Movies Of Living Cells

Biology is beautiful.<p>There's a new microscope in town and the images it produces are stunning. An international team of engineers and biologists is announcing it's made a microscope that's able to see phenomena such as single proteins diffusing through thickly-packed cells, and the movement of the …

Radical 4-in-1 piston engine promises hybrid-like efficiency

Over the past few years we’ve seen alternative combustion engines in various forms, from Duke Engines radical radial design to Volvo's450 hp …

Engineering

Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

LOS ANGELES -- With the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with The Huffington …

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

The Brain

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. This is according to a study from Umeå …

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

Every smart phone has a secondary OS, which can be hijacked by high-tech hackers<p>Like many of the ultra-secure phones that have come to market in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks, the CryptoPhone 500, which is marketed in the U.S. by ESD America and built on top of an unassuming Samsung Galaxy …

Security

The Weird Ways Of Superfluid Helium

As helium is cooled to lower and lower temperatures, greater and greater fractions of it demonstrate quantum effects.<p>With a temperature below -268 degrees Celsius, liquid helium keeps MRI machines and particle accelerators properly cooled (yay!). Take liquid helium's temperature even lower than …

Helium

Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients

On Thursday, Dr. Kent Brantly thought he was going to die.<p>It was the ninth day since the American missionary worker came down sick with Ebola in Liberia.<p>His condition worsening by the minute, Brantly called his wife to say goodbye.<p>Thankfully, the call was premature.<p>Brantly is back on his feet -- …

Zoo Praha Breeds an Endangered Philippine Scops Owl

Zoo Praha has managed to parent-rear a Philippine Scops Owl chick. The endangered species of owl lives only in the northern part of the Philippines. …

Sarah Schoenfeld Makes Art by Dropping Drugs onto Film Negatives

What you're looking at is a sample of speed that was mixed with water and dropped onto an exposed film negative. Weirdly, it looks like speed feels.<p>That big photo in the middle is a sample of speed. It was mixed with water and then dropped from a pipette onto an exposed film negative. It was then …

Particles

CDC Maps Show Which States Prescribe The Most Opioids

The highest-prescribing states give out almost three times as many opioid scripts as the lowest-prescribing ones.<p>Doctors in Alabama give out almost three times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions as doctors in Hawaii. Doctors in the Northeast write more prescriptions for high-dose and …

Medicine

This Squirrel Breaks Record For Tail Size... And May Eat Deer's Hearts

It usually eats fruits and seeds, but it has been said to have a taste for blood.<p>Behold the tufted ground squirrel, one of the strangest tree-dwelling rodents found on Earth. Native to Borneo, it is rarely seen--one camera trap study in a park on the island turned up only one of these squirrels, …

Squirrels

Microscopically Structuring Steel Like Bamboo Makes It Stronger Yet More Flexible

Making a steel tool? You want both qualities.<p>People's teeth and bamboo stalks may not seem very durable compared to bars of steel. But, a new series of experiments finds, making metals mimic those materials could improve metals' endurance and strength.<p>A team of chemists from China and the U.S. …

Engineering

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas. Here’s How

Far out, man<p>Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects.<p>In a new study, published in Human Brain …

Consciousness

Scan Artist

Repo men are pushing the bounds of personal surveillance by scanning billions of license plates—perhaps even yours.<p>Only Scott Toth knew exactly how this would go. He deftly hooked his tow truck to a gleaming white 2012 Chevy Cruze in a matter of seconds. A young woman in the passenger seat jumped …

New Hampshire

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

Genetics

15 Lovely Terrariums That Would Liven Up Any Room

Terrariums are lot like aquariums, but without the fish ... and usually without the water. These little glass homes often house low-maintenance …

North Carolina

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects' chewing

Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the …