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Apple's ResearchKit has problems. Can they be fixed?

25 Shares<p>I am a clinician and a clinical trialist. Medical research in some form or another (performing it, consuming it, reviewing it, editing it, …

Clinical Trials

Read: Here’s an excerpt from Bill Watterson’s rare new ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ interview

<b>YESTERDAY</b>, Comic Riffs reviewed “Exploring Calvin and Hobbes,” the ravishing new retrospective of an exhibition catalog that includes the definitive interview with the beloved comic strip’s creator, Bill Watterson.<p>Today, thanks to Watterson and his publisher, Comic Riffs is able to share with …

Common food emulsifiers may be linked to metabolic syndrome

Increase inflammation in the intestines and alter the microbial community there.<p>Emulsifiers are used in processed foods, drugs, vitamins, vaccines, …

Ebola Was Only A Warm-Up: The Measles Outbreak Is For Real.

Just three months ago, Americans were terrified of Ebola. Remember that?<p>Most of us expected a mass outbreak. One in three people worried that a relative would get sick.<p>Nearly 80% of Americans — 80%! — even wanted doctors and nurses that treated Ebola patients to be locked into quarantines, despite …

Public Health

Get Your Flu Shot Anyway, Despite Genetic "Drift"

As you’ve likely heard by now, the 2014-2015 influenza season is on a fast pace, now defined as a pandemic in the U.S. as 6.8% of deaths are due to the pneumonia and influenza infection.<p>But some people are shouting that the this year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for the flu virus that’s …

The best movies of 2014

You may have noticed, but Polygon started writing about movies this year.<p>And what a year to expand our coverage: 2014 probably had more good or even great films than it had good or great games, at least where genre fiction is concerned.<p>Because we have no formal rating system for films, the …

PS4 Anniversary Edition pre-order sells for more than $15,000, listings flood eBay

Someone paid $15,100 over the weekend on eBay for the promise of a PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition.<p>Three hundred and fifty other listings for the special edition console are listed on eBay as of this morning at auction prices currently ranging from 99 cents to $19,990.00. There was also a …

13 Common Sense Items you Need in a Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit

As I type this, an “arctic air invasion” is pushing its way south to us in Texas, leaving much of the country feeling as cold as a mid-winter’s day. …

​The Gear That Helped Me Survive Camping With Bear Grylls

What clothes, boots, knives and backpacks does the editor of an adventure travel site fall back on when he's feeling intimidated? This is the best of …

Rise of the Robot Security Guards - MIT Technology Review

As the sun set on a warm November afternoon, a quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny white robots patrolled in front of Building 1 on …

Obama: Treat broadband—including mobile—as a utility

President wants bans on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.<p>President Obama today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to …

Dear Senator Ted Cruz, I'm going to explain to you how Net Neutrality ACTUALLY works

"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.<p>— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November …

Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’

The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study.<p>Rather than reducing the number of people, cutting the consumption of natural …

The New York Ebola patient is a hero. Stop criticizing his bowling trip.

Let's start at the beginning: Craig Spencer, who contracted Ebola while working with Doctors Without Borders to stop the outbreak in West Africa, is almost certainly a better person than you are. He is almost certainly a more careful person than you are. He almost certainly knows more about …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

Pixelmator for iPad is an Elegant Rendition of the Desktop App

Pixelmator has long been a favorite among artists and photographers seeking an alternative to the subscription-based Adobe Photoshop. The company’s appearance onstage at Apple’s most recent event, to introduce its eagerly awaited iPad app, has certainly given Pixelmator’s profile a boost.<p>Now that …

Turin shroud was made for medieval Easter ritual, historian says

When it is exhibited next year in Turin, for the first time in five years, 2 million people are expected to pour into the city to venerate a four-metre length of woven cloth as the shroud in which Jesus Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion, and on to which was transferred his ghostly …

The iPad Air 2 (And a Few Cursory Words Regarding the iPad Mini 3)

The relationship between the iPad and the iPhone, performance-wise, has been hard to predict. I often point out that Apple is a company of annual …

Higgs Boson

{{Title text: 'Can't you just use the LHC you already built to find it again?' 'We MAY have disassembled it to build a death ray.' 'Just one, …

Physics

140 up-close photos of ship and vehicle models constructed by ILM for the Original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983)

The iPad Air 2 is packing a blazing fast chip with three (yes, three) cores

Apple has said that the A8X processor powering the new iPad Air 2 is more powerful than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6, but hasn’t provided other …

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i>, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls …

Yes, Ebola Is Scary. But the System Is Working.

On Friday, President Obama bowed to the inevitable and named veteran Washington insider Ronald Klain as America’s “Ebola czar.” It’s a good appointment. Klain, a widely respected former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was chosen for his public management skills. So what if he didn’t get …

Experts Skeptical Of Lockheed Martin's 'Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough'

Ships, aircraft, and even entire cities may become fusion-powered a lot sooner than you might have imagined.<p>That's the word from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which announced Wednesday that a research team in its Skunk Works division has found a way to make a nuclear fusion reactor that's 10 …

26 Stunning Images You Won't Believe Were Found On Google Street View

He created a Tumblr, 9-eyes — named after the 9 cameras Google Street View uses — where he curates the best images he finds.<p>Rafman says sometimes he picks a location and "just wanders," captivated by what he sees.<p>He also doesn't document where exactly the photos were taken.<p>He told The New York …

Google Street View

FBI director to citizens: Let us spy on you

Encryption will “lead all of us to a very dark place,” FBI director says.<p>The expanding options for communicating over the Internet and the increasing …

Apple Pay won’t make gas pumps explode

To the list of big retailers accepting Apple’s new mobile payment system, add America’s second largest oil company — Chevron Corp.<p>Chevron and Texaco stations will soon accept Apple Pay, the new service that lets consumers pay with their mobile phones rather than credit or debit cards. Chevron, …

Apple’s biggest security threat is you

iCloud

Ebola's Incredibly Infectious. Ebola's Also Hard To Catch. Confused? Here's How To Understand.

Ebola has infected just a handful of Americans, but millions of us are already sick with anxiety.<p>More than half of U.S. adults worry that there will be a large-scale Ebola outbreak across the next year, according to a new Harvard poll conducted last week and released on Tuesday. Most of them are …

The Revolutionary New iPad Feature Apple Didn’t Talk About

Apple unveiled a pair of new iPads during a somewhat subdued event Thursday at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. At first, it seemed there was …