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These headphones mold to your exact ear shape in 60 seconds

Headphones are a major pain point for music and podcast lovers. Traditional headphones are clunky, while earbuds fall out and can't seem to stay untangled.<p>But a new kind of earbuds might just fit better than other headphones. That's because they're custom fit to your ears.<p>Revols, created by a …

Consumer Tech

Stephen Hawking says escape from a black hole is possible — kind of

"They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought," Dr. Hawking said in a talk last year. "If you feel you are trapped in a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out."<p>He posted his paper on arXiv, a pre-peer review site, in January. This month, the paper was finally published in the …

Black Holes

These dystopian cityscapes were all designed by a computer program

The London-based programmer and designer is the mastermind behind a newly released series of computer-generated cityscapes that look straight out of the movie "Inception."<p>"I was interested in the idea of 'creating' a virtual city, but realised I could never design such an amount of detail," Brown …

How a chemist at Yale found a whole new way to take on cancer

It would spark a revolutionary approach to treating cancers, attract tens of millions in investments, and set rival companies on a scientific race. At the center of it all? A tiny garbage truck.<p>It's called the proteasome, and its job is to chew up and get rid of your cells' obsolete and broken …

Protein

10 Must-Read Books For All Programmers

The road from newbie to professional developer can be long and bumpy. Here are 10 books (plus a few more) that can help guide you on the journey to …

Microsoft says it faces 'difficult' challenges in AI design after chat bot Tay turned into a genocidal racist

Microsoft issued an apology in a blog post on Friday explaining it was "deeply sorry" after its artificially intelligent chat bot turned into a genocidal racist on Twitter.<p>In the blog post, Peter Lee, Microsoft's vice president of research, wrote: "Looking ahead, we face some difficult - and yet …

Chatbots

Google just scored a huge win against Amazon by landing Apple as a customer

Apple has reportedly signed a contract worth between $400 million and $600 million to use Google's Cloud Platform, reports CRN's Kevin McLaughlin and Joseph Tsidulko.<p>It's not clear if that's the annual or total value of the contract, or if the money will be taken directly away from what Apple …

Tim Cook

Allen M. Steele On Arkwright, Science Fiction's History And Space Travel

We really dug Allen M. Steele’s <i>Arkwright</i>, a novel that spans centuries, and talks exactly how science fiction can inspire scientists to change the …

Wooden Hand-Cranked Instrument Runs on 2,000 Marbles

After two years of prototyping, tweaking, and building, Martin Molin of the Swedish band Wintergatan finally debuted his enormous musical marble …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Blockchain

The eerie math that could predict terrorist attacks

A terrorist attack might seem like one of the least predictable of events. Terrorists work in small, isolated cells, often using simple weapons and striking at random. Indeed, the element of unpredictability is part of what makes terrorists so scary – you never know when or where they will …

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Leadership

Google just published a free, three-month course on deep learning

Get ready to do some deep dreaming of your own<p>Google wants to teach you deep learning — if you're ready that is. The tech giant has launched a free course explaining the machine learning technique that underpins so many of its services. (Google uses deep learning for everything from speech …

Empirically-Based Approach to Understanding the Structure of Data Science

<i>Based on a study of 620+ data professionals, we found that data science skills fall into three broad areas: domain expertise (in our case, business),</i> …

Data Science

A Google computer program just destroyed a human champion in a game that's even harder than chess

The program, dubbed AlphaGo, beat the human European Go champion Fan Hui by five games to none, on a full-size Go board with no handicap — a feat thought to be at least a decade away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>The AI also won more than 99% of the games it played …

‘We’ve lost ’em, God bless ’em’: What it was like to witness the Challenger disaster

By Dan Zak<p>, Feature writer<p>The space shuttle Challenger exploded 30 years ago Thursday, killing its seven crew members, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, the woman touted as “the first private citizen” in space.<p>If things had gone differently, Kathy Sawyer might have become the …

Space Exploration

Scientists Discover the Secret to Keeping Cells Young

Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images<p>Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP<p>Antonio Scorza—AFP/Getty Images<p>Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images<p>White House/AFP/Getty Images<p>Paul J. …

May 2015

This West Virginia Town Has Gone Radio Silent

Greetings from the Quiet Zone<p>The town of Green Bank, West Virginia, sits at the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, where cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, and broadcast antennas are all but absent. For most, it is a throwback to a different era. But for an increasing number of new residents, it is a …

Electromagnetism

Robotic hands cook any dish with skill of master chef...then clean up

The robotic kitchen are modelled on the actions of Masterchef winner Tim Anderson<p>Most Masterchef winners open their own restaurants, set up catering companies or write cookbooks.<p>But 2011 winner Tim Anderson has spent the last two years helping to devise the ultimate kitchen gadget – a pair of …

3 ways to give workers more time with their kids

A workplace intervention lets parents spend more time with their children—but affects mothers and fathers differently.<p>“These findings may encourage …

Robot chef serves up the future of home cooking

A robotic chef that can whip up professional quality meals in a matter of minutes has been developed by engineers in the UK, who call it the world’s first Automated Kitchen.<p>The system was created by UK-based Moley Robotics, which aims to develop a consumer version with an affordable price tag …

Robotics

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

New measurements from the Gale crater contradict theories that the planet is too cold for liquid water to exist, but Mars still considered hostile to life<p>Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.<p>Until now, scientists had thought that …

Mars Rover

Rocket startup unveils battery-powered engine for small satellite launches

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Rocket Lab, a privately-held company financed by weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp and other high-tech investors, on Tuesday said its low-cost Electron launch system for small satellites will be the first rocket powered by batteries.<p>Chief Executive Peter Beck …

Virgin Galactic

18 apps that earn you money

We found 18 apps that will make you money. All of the apps can be downloaded for free, and each has a strong user base to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.<p>From taking surveys to kicking back and watching TV, here are the apps that will put a little cash in your pocket.

Apple iOS 8.1.3 Release Will Again Anger Users

It is difficult to comprehend how bright the future looks for Apple right now. Record earnings, stunning iPhone sales and the take off of Apple Pay represent incredible achievements. But there is one black mark that continues to surface and that is if you look into the past.<p>Owners of older iPhones …

6 Tips to Never Be Late Again

We all have a horror story about being late -- arriving at a wedding just as the bride and groom are running off in a shower of birdseed or picking up your panicked child at an otherwise empty field after baseball practice. Being late even shows up in our nightmares -- who hasn't woken up in a …

Time Management

The simple way to get a good seat on a plane without paying extra

Just because it looks hopeless doesn’t mean you should give up hope for scoring a seat up front. Even if it looks like you’ve got a snowball’s chance in hell.<p>In fact, even in the bleakest of airplane rides, when the economy cabin looks close to filling up and the only three choices are middle seats …

Apple's China iPhone Coup Shows Angela Ahrendts Is Worth Every Penny

On Tuesday, Apple posted its highest quarterly profit in history: $18 billion, on a staggering $74.6 billion of revenue, much of it from holiday sales of iPhones and Mac laptops.<p>The Cupertino, Calif. tech giant reported that sales in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were up 70% on the same period a year …