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How Scientists Are Learning to Write

"That's jargon-ish. Even some people in the sciences don't have an intuitive understanding of what that means."<p>The students tried not to look sheepish as their professor projected the article on the whiteboard, waiting for their work to be devoured by their classmates. It was the second class for …

Researchers Can Now Listen To Voices In A Room By Videotaping A Bag Of Chips

Yes, they can hear the sounds simply by looking at the bag, even through a sound-proof glass door, no sound recording needed whatsoever.<p>"That's the results of the astounding visual microphone," project done by researchers at MIT, reports by Sarah Lewin for IEE Spectrum's blog.<p>It works like this: …

Filmmaking

The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

Sunrise. Evernote. Feedly. Wunderlist. Mailbox.*<p>Those apps are all an integral part of my personal productivity suite, the tools that I use on a day-to-day basis. Without a desktop version, those mobile clients are useful but not transformative. But with multi-device access, they have become …

Stunning Photos of Our Milky Way Galaxy (Gallery)

Largest Image of the Milky Way<p>Credit: Lehrstuhl für Astrophysik, RUB/http://gds.astro.rub.de/<p>The Milky Way galaxy is home to 400 billion stars and …

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath

In California’s San Joaquin Valley, about halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno, on the outskirts of the fly-infested, windblown, stink-soaked, …

How to Be More Charismatic | The Art of Manliness

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President?<p>Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract …

William Pollack dies at 87; helped conquer deadly Rh disease

In the first half of the 20th century, about 10,000 American infants — and as many as 200,000 worldwide — died each year from a lethal immune reaction, called Rh disease, produced by their mother's body during childbirth. Perhaps twice that many suffered severe medical issues caused by the immune …

As Mirrors Beam Light To Town, Norwegians Share Patch Of Sun

The small town of Rjukan has long had to make do without sunlight during the cold Norwegian winters.<p>But that changed Wednesday, when the town debuted a system of high-tech mirrors to reflect sunlight from neighboring peaks into the valley below.<p>Rjukan, originally founded 100 years ago as an …

Steve Coogan: knowing me? No way

One rainy Friday in October, Steve Coogan takes a trip from the Lake District to an expensive part of London. He rolls into town a man in transit, still half-dressed for the country with a yellow tweed cap pulled down round his ears. The car ferries us through sodden streets to a private members …

HTC One max review: a lot more of the same

Homer’s two great works, <i>The Iliad</i> and <i>The Odyssey</i>, are technically poems. In the exact same way that an inch-thick tome can be a poem, the HTC One max is a phone. It has all the requisite characteristics: 3G and 4G connectivity, an earpiece and multiple microphones, and a design that invites you to …

Death penalty statistics, country by country | visualisation and data

After the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle, the brutality of North Korea's regime has once again come under the international spotlight. In a broader context, is the attention warranted? Find out who uses the death penalty today - and see how it compares to 2007<p>• Get the data<br>• North Korea executes …

A history of television, the technology that seduced the world – and me

Like most people my age – 51 – my childhood was in black and white. That's because my memory of childhood is in black and white, and that's because television in the 1960s (and most photography) was black and white. Bill and Ben, the Beatles, the Biafran war, <i>Blue Peter</i>, they were all black and …

A $40 billion fibre optic network, the Australian games industry and a political axe

In a AU$44 billion ($40 billion) government initiative to vastly improve bandwidth internet speeds in Australia, the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a controversial national fibre optic network currently being rolled out across the landmass, replacing the country's embarrassing hundred year old …

The Microsoft-Nokia Deal Is a Good Idea That Came Too Late

Windows is dead. Let’s all salute it—pour out a glass for it, burn a CD for it, reboot your PC one last time. Windows had a good run. For a time, it …

Japan building mile-long ice wall around Fukushima plant to stop radiation leaks

Japan is set to construct a nearly mile-long ice wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to stop the continuing leak of radioactive water. The plan was first proposed in May, and the Associated Press reports that it's now been adopted. The construction will place a series of thin …

Why Microsoft’s reorganization closes the books on an era of computing

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology …

Meet the man who started the game console revolution

When looking back at gaming's shift from the arcade to the living room the venerable Atari 2600 stands out as a major milestone, but it was beat to market five years earlier by the <i>first</i> home game console: the Magnavox Odyssey. Ars Technica takes a look at the man beyond the innovative device, …

The Science of Non-Alcoholic Beer

"Blasphemy! A crime against nature!" Yes, many people feel the same way about non-alcoholic beer as they do about decaffeinated espresso. "It's just …

What goes on when lightning strikes?

A new theory from Russian researchers suggests that lightning may be a by-product of cosmic rays. Surprisingly, despite studying lightning for …

Welcome to Guardian Australia | Katharine Viner

Today we launch Guardian Australia, the Guardian’s third international digital edition, focusing our unique style of journalism on this vast and …

What does a £2,500 record sound like?

Four years ago, Pete Hutchison realised that his record-collecting habit was getting out of control. From a young age he had been buying music across …

Microsoft and Google working together on new YouTube Windows Phone app

Google is announcing today that it's working together with Microsoft on a new YouTube application for Windows Phone. Following a fight with Microsoft over its unauthorized YouTube app, the pair appear to have resolved some of their differences. Google demanded that Microsoft should remove its app …

Samsung unveiling new Android and Windows devices on June 20th

Samsung is holding an event in June to unveil new mobile devices. The London show will focus on the company's Galaxy brand, which covers its Android phones and tablets, and the newer Ativ brand, which is the unified name for its Windows Phones, as well as its Windows 8 and Windows RT laptops, …

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3: will it fit in your pocket? (video)

While waiting for the U.K. launch of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (the device already has a price tag there), Three made a presentation video of the device that compares it to its siblings in the Galaxy family. Watching the video, you will also find out if the next BIG thing, as the Mega is called …

Google Maps Gets Biking Directions For 6 New Countries in Europe

Google is adding cycling directions for a number of European countries covered by its Google Maps service, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.<p>The new information should keep cyclists notified of popular bike trails, official cycle lanes and recommended roads …

ASUS PadFone Infinity review: the convertible phone goes full HD and beyond

Almost exactly two years ago, Motorola's Android-in-Webtop-OS solution was kicked off the stage by ASUS' PadFone, the world's first phone that could fully power a tablet module from its own OS. The original concept took a while to materialize, but since then the company has kept up with a …

Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write - The H Security: News and Features

Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company reading everything they write. <b>The H</b>'s associates in Germany at heise Security have now discovered …

Civil Rights

Xbox One not backward compatible with Xbox 360 games

The Xbox One won't play any existing Xbox 360 games, said Microsoft's Marc Whitten in an interview with The Verge.<p>The lack of backward compatibility results from the new console's hardware architecture, which is a significant departure from that of the Xbox 360. "The system is based on a different …