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21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

Researchers sent a text message using only vodka and a fan

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "drunk text," York University researchers in Canada have used vodka and a desk fan to send a new kind of text message. In the experiment, they encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol, assigning different concentration levels to represent bits 1 and 0. The …

21-year-old coder gets $500K to improve access to health care in Asia (exclusive)

The Singapore government has invested $500,000 in funding in a new health care startup called Ring.MD.<p>VentureBeat exclusively learned that the startup raised its funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, which offers financing to brilliant young scientists and researchers.<p>Ring.MD was …

Learning to code? EngineHere can connect you with devs in a virtual classroom

Want to learn to code? You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with dozens of providers promising to teach you computer programming skills in no time.<p>But Benjamin Plesser, founder of EngineHere, believes he’s found the optimal “learn to code” model. Plesser is a software developer who …

15 best eBook reader apps for Android

Finding the right eBook reader apps (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a variety of eBook types, plenty of file formats to deal with, and then there are different kinds of books (novels, comics, etc) that make the whole experience a little complicated. However, with the right app, …

Here's What It Looks Like When You Send A GoPro Camera To The Stratosphere

Earlier this month, Maxime Dehaye launched a weather balloon into the sky from France. It reached an altitude of just under 15 miles and hit temperatures as low as -25° F.<p>In addition to a number of sensors to take atmospheric readings, the balloon was also towing a GoPro camera. Here's a look at …

20 Social Apps that Got Us Talking in 2013

As we wind down the year, The Next Web compiled a list of some of the social apps that have made some significant moves in 2013. How did we qualify what a social app was? In our mind, it was a service that had a core functionality that enabled users to interact and engage with other people, either …

Cutting carbs isn't a cure-all for brain disease

Dr. David Perlmutter, author of the bestselling book, <i>Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain's Silent Killers</i>, says everything you know about food is wrong. According to Perlmutter, the carbohydrates you eat every day are destroying your brain, gluten is as …