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Here's How Often You Should Wash Your Bath Towel

It's not as clean and fresh as you think it is.<p>I hate to break it to you, but your bath towel is dirty – really dirty. The moment you use it, it …

Lockheed Martin

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

If there is one thing science is good for, it's going to extremes.<p>A lot of science's history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible.<p>The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday as I found out just …

Hubble Space Telescope

Scientists Are About to Switch on a Telescope That Could Photograph a Black Hole's Event Horizon

We're about to peer into the abyss.<p>Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the known Universe. But despite the fact that they're …

A bike helmet with turn signal lights will make rides a whole lot safer

Cars have indicator lights for better safety — so why don't bicycles too?<p>The Lumos helmet is a helmet for cyclists with a prominent red brake light, …

Would you take a new £1,300 DNA test that could save your life?

On a wet Wednesday morning I’m reading a glossy, A3-sized health report that promises to unpack the secrets of my DNA. It informs me that I’m twice as likely to get heart disease as the average person. How cheery: I’m in my mid-30s and have so far had a reasonably clean bill of health, so seeing …

Molecular Biology

The Science Behind the Impossible EM Drive

The hypothetical spacecraft engine has made waves for seeming to violate the laws of physics. What's actually going on?<p>One of the most controversial stories in science right now is the EM Drive, a hypothetical new type of spacecraft engine that seems to break the laws of physics. While many …

Physics

Microsoft's HoloLens could power tanks on a battlefield

Microsoft might not have envisioned its HoloLens headset as a war helmet, but that's not stopping Ukrainian company LimpidArmor from experimenting. <i>Defence Blog</i> reports that LimpidArmor has started testing military equipment that includes a helmet with Microsoft's HoloLens headset integrated into it.<p>…

Augmented Reality

18 Tricks to Make Yourself a Microsoft Word Master

Microsoft Word is a beloved application used by typists all over the world. The program is packed with with all kinds of features, many of which you …

Take an epic trip to Mars this summer with NASA and Microsoft

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut and exploring Mars? Well, that’s probably not going to become a reality in our lifetime but luckily, NASA has teamed up with Microsoft to offer the next best thing – Destination: Mars.<p>The mixed-reality project will launch this summer and offers everyone a …

Consumer Tech

The Han Solo mini-fridge comes with free copy of Star Wars: Battlefront

A new Deluxe Edition for the upcoming <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i> is now available for pre-order at Wal-Mart. The bundle comes with a copy of the game for either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One as well as a Han Solo mini-fridge.<p>The refrigerator's design references, of course, the state that the hero is …

Build a Homemade Vacuum Sealer With Just a Few Dollars Worth of Parts

Vacuum sealers make it possible to keep your food in airtight packages, extending its freezer storage lifetime. This DIY vacuum sealer tool will work …

Homemade

Running Android apps on Windows Phone 10 preview - Doug Rathbone

Depending on who you talk to, one of the coolest parts of the new Windows Phone OS coming to devices in the next few months is the ability to run …

Windows Phone

Here’s one reason you may want a Windows Phone in October

Battery technology has traditionally been the poor friend of other smartphone innovations, such as screen or camera technology, which makes Microsoft's rumoured choice to include Quick Charging a genuine incentive to buy a Windows Phone.<p>Both the 950 (codenamed Talkman) and 950XL (codenamed Cityman) …

Windows Phone

Ice cream that does not melt 'could soon hit the shelves'

Scientists have discovered a protein which binds the components of ice cream together and stops it melting so fast<p>Ice cream that does not melt in the sun could hit the shelves within three years, scientists have claimed.<p>Experts believe they have developed a recipe for a more robust frozen desert …

Learn the Basics of Buying a Home With This Online Glossary

Buying a home is a daunting experience. Especially if you’ve never done it before, the process is difficult to navigate, and half the battle is …

Real Estate

Microsoft app turns iPhone into 3-D scanner

If you keep track of the ways the iPhone is a revolutionary tool, you can soon add 3-D printing the growing list.<p>A Microsoft research team has created an app that turns any smartphone camera into a 3-D scanner without the need for extra hardware.<p>The MobileFusion app could open the world to 3-D …

Six simple recipes from a Korean kitchen

Mixed rice with vegetables and beef (bibimbap)<p>It is hard not to fall in love with bibimbap. The bed of pearly white rice adorned with a ring of colourful vegetables and beef, and a bright yellow egg, the shining star in the centre. It is almost hypnotic. Like a lot of Korean dishes, individual …

Spices

Google’s new project could convince you to buy solar panels

Google wants to make it easy for people to consider using solar power for their homes. Today it launched a tool called Project Sunroof, which uses Google Maps data to calculate your roof’s solar energy potential.<p>It’s a simple but clever system: using high resolution satellite imagery, Google …

Solar Power

HALO Universe Inspired Street Clothes

Aipoly Puts Machine Vision In The Hands Of The Visually Impaired

It’s 3:30 am in the featureless Singularity University meeting room I’m peering into via Skype and I’ve just asked Marita Cheng to take a photo of the buttons on her co-founder, Alberto Rizzoli’s, shirt. It’s definitely one of the stranger requests I’ve made of tech founders, at any time of day, …

Artificial Intelligence

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11 Life Saving Facts That Might Help You In Case Of An Emergency

There’s no time or place for accidents, they just happen. When you find yourself stuck in a dicey situation what do you do? Here are some simple …

5 Cancer-Causing Foods You Must Avoid

Everywhere you look, there are lists of super foods that are recommended to prevent cancer. New foods are constantly be coined as the “it food” to …

5 Cancer-Causing Foods You Must Avoid

Everywhere you look, there are lists of super foods that are recommended to prevent cancer. New foods are constantly be coined as the “it food” to …

The Hoverboard by Lexus Is a Step Closer, but Not Yet a Giant Leap

For 25 years, fans of <i>Back to the Future Part II</i> have been waiting for Marty McFly’s floating skateboard to become a reality. For those fans, it seems …

Are Your Leftovers Still Safe To Eat? Avoid Food Poisoning With These 5 Tests

Time to toss those expired chicken tenders<p>Between the reports of <i>E. coli</i>-tainted spinach and <i>Listeria</i>-laden ice cream, it’s easy to become paranoid about what to eat. And rightly so: One in six Americans will get a food-borne illness this year. But a number of new and soon-to-exist food-monitoring …

E.coli