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Meet the First Woman to Win Math’s Most Prestigious Prize

Author: Erica Klarreich, Quanta Magazine. Erica Klarreich, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.13.14.<p>Time of Publication: 2:16 pm. 2:16 …

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Get ready for virtual reality — here's why it will soon be our norm

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past year, you’ve probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us – and fast.<p>Thanks to Facebook’s recent acquisition of VR company, Oculus Rift, for $2 billion there’s no doubt VR technology is going to change the way we work, play, and …

The 15 Most Brutal Corporate Firings

Think Ali Rowghani's abrupt and unceremonious dismissal from Twitter this week was bad? Check out these brutal executive ousters.<p>When Ali Rowghani resigned from the chief operating officer job at Twitter on Thursday, he announced it with a tweet, surely a first for a $22 billion company. But the …

Video Games to Shut Down Until 2015

It was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped. After delays hit The Witcher 3, Dying Light, Batman: Arkham Knight, and The Order: 1886, …

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What makes a good digital design portfolio?

Dear Doctor,<p>I’m redesigning my digital design portfolio, and I’m not sure what the best practice is right now. I’d like to start using it to apply for roles – do you have any tips on putting one together so it’s appealing to employers?<p>Rob Wood says…<p>Digital design is very subjective, and everyone’s …

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity<p>In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, …

Iranian Actress Could Face Public Flogging Over Kiss

Iranian actress Leila Hatami, star of Oscar-winning film “A Separation,” is causing a stir in her home country after publicly kissing Cannes …

How Humans And Squid Evolved To Have The Same Eyes

I see how you see.<p>Eyes and wings are among the most stunning innovations evolution has created. Remarkably, these features have evolved multiple times in different lineages of animals. For instance, the avian ancestors of birds and the mammalian ancestors of bats both evolved wings independently, …

Scientists find switch for people to control their dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? The technical term is a lucid dream. And people who are lucky enough to have them can often control the dreams, as well. This week, researchers showed for the first time that they could use electrical stimulation to switch lucid …

Facebook Really Is Building The Metaverse

Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual-reality headset maker. Now we learn why: The social network wants to build the first billion-person game.<p>A few months ago, jaws dropped as Facebook shelled out $2 billion to purchase Oculus VR, a virtual-reality headset company started on Kickstarter. Nobody …

How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry

Written by Thomas Baekdal on January 30, 2014<p>I don't like writing negative articles that don't include a solution to the problem, but in this case, …

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The Console Market Is In Crisis

A few days ago Sony announced it has now sold a total of 6 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft’s next-gen equivalent, the Xbox One, has likely racked up sales of around 4 million so far. Both flagship consoles were released around the same time in late November last year, in time for the 2013 …

Why Leonardo DiCaprio Didn’t Win the Oscar

The toughest Oscar race this year was for best actor. Right until the awards began, the race was almost certainly down to Chiwetel Ejiofor for <i>12 Years a Slave</i> and Matthew McConaughey for <i>Dallas Buyers Club.</i> (McConaughey was the eventual winner.) What also seemed certain was that Leonardo DiCaprio …

This Is 4K PC Gaming With Falcon Northwest's Mach V And Triple Nvidia Titan Blacks

There’s a classic scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film <i>Jackie Brow</i>n, wherein Samuel L. Jackson provides some colorful commentary about the, shall we say, undeniable blanket effectiveness of an AK-47. Falcon Northwest’s Mach V PC is a <i>lot</i> like that.<p>Let’s weed out the window shoppers: the specific …

Why Valve doesn't care if you take a sick day

Valve has managed to find success both as a game developer and through its Steam gaming platform, and a lot of that may come down to the company's famously flat structure. There are no managers at Valve, and the company doesn't track things like sick days or vacation time. In an interview with <i>The</i> …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

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Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

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Holiday app sales: the big roundup [Updated]

The 2013 holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is just around the corner! This means plenty of sales and special deals can be found nearly everywhere you look — including the Play Store!<p>Right now there are numerous Android apps on sale such as major productivity apps and even games from …

GameStop Black Friday 2013 deals

GameStop seems like it's ready for the biggest shopping day of the year. After hiring an additional 17,000 people to help staff its stores, the company has today announced its range of Black Friday deals. Its list isn't as expansive as the offerings of Best Buy or Amazon, but there are some good …

What Can Atheism Learn From Religion?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Believers and Doubters.<p><b>About Alain de Botton's TEDTalk</b><p>What aspects of religion should atheists adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and …

Apple Likes To Say Its Products Have The Best Displays; It Can Stop

While Apple likes to make a point that specs don’t make a product, it has been at the forefront of bringing better and better screens to customers in recent years, raising the bar for the entire industry in the process. The most important step came in 2010, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4 and …

"The World Would Be a Better Place Without Religion" -- A Sentiment Common on College Campuses

Recently, a friend was telling me how a certain musical artist had entranced him with her talent --until he found out she was very religious and thanks God for her success.<p>My friend considers himself liberal and advocates for the rights of women, racial minorities, and the LGBT community -- yet, …

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5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Chemical Engineering

Lioness Hugs Conservationist Who Saved Her (PHOTO)

The extraordinary bond between conservationist Mikkel Legarth and the lioness he once saved from almost certain death can be summed up in one picture:<p>The wonderful photograph, which was taken in October 2012, has gone viral this week after the pair's story was picked up by several news outlets. In …