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Maser -- A Microwave Laser -- No Bigger Than A Grain Of Rice Created At Princeton

Researchers say they have built a microwave laser no bigger than a grain of rice that is powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial …

Remember the art of conversation? How to put down your smartphone

As smartphones bleed into all parts of our life, a common New Year's resolution for 2015 will be to cut down on phone usage and be more present in the moment.<p>It's harder than it sounds.<p><b>Know why you look</b><p>Some people can easily turn off or ignore their phones. But many have the urge to compulsively …

10 Scientific Reasons You Should Play the Guitar

A six-string solution for a healthier mind, body, and libido<p>Have you ever wondered why guitarists seem so laid back and loose on stage? Some shredders even appear to be immortal, like the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. Maybe they just have access to really good doctors, but here’s another …

Coverage of Disruptive Science and Technology

Ask Us Anything: Are There Electronic Defenses Against Drones? [Video]

Short answer: Yes, but they’re pretty much illegal<p>In the summer of 2012, a small robotic helicopter, painted Texas Longhorns orange and white, climbed into the air above the team’s empty football field in Austin. Then the device suddenly plummeted toward the grass, its controller overridden by a …

Coffee History and Facts

Elon Musk: We Need a Million People to Colonize Mars

Space<p>It would take at least a million people to create a healthy civilization on Mars, Elon Musk, the billionaire behind SpaceX and Tesla, said in an interview with Aeon Magazine. Of course, there are not exactly buses leaving for Mars every half hour. The largest crew ever to fly into space was …

CDC: First diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S.

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced Tuesday.<p>The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for …

Liquid Metal Flows Into Different Forms, T-1000-Style [Video]

The alloy can even take a humanoid form<p>A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from <i>Terminator 2</i> and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton.<p>Chemists at North Carolina State University have observed …

We Finally Know Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong

Mystery solved, everyone.<p>Starbucks employees misspell your name every time. Not because they're idiots. In fact they're incredibly educated for service workers. Most Starbucks baristas are college graduates who are just bored. Your name is never correct for one simple reason. And don't worry, you …

The iPhone 6 is to be unlike anything we have seen before

Justice Department to probe Ferguson Police Department

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Department of Justice is launching a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., police department after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by one of its white officers.<p>"The Department of Justice is working across the nation …

Omaha police kill Cops TV crew member during gunfight

Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant killed a crew member with the longrunning TV show Cops as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities in Omaha have said.<p>The suspect fired from the pellet …

Chicago police commander accused of putting gun in suspect's mouth

A police commander frequently praised for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods was charged Wednesday with placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect's mouth.<p>Cmdr. Glenn Evans was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, said Sally …

Russian Cosmonauts Report Sea Plankton On The Outside Of The ISS

NASA has not confirmed the findings.<p>Cosmonauts have apparently discovered plankton and other microorganisms on the outside of the International Space Station’s windows, according to an announcement from a Russian official. NASA has not yet confirmed or denied the findings.<p>"As far as we're …

What the Hell Just Happened in Texas, and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?

Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power—a first degree felony—and coercion—a third degree felony. The charges stem …

Here's A Breakdown Of The Military-Style Gear Used On The Streets Of Ferguson, Missouri

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the past week came to a tense head on Wednesday evening, as heavily-armed police officers — many wearing military-style uniforms and gear — fired rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd to get them to disperse.<p>As we have seen in many small-town police …

The Future of Iced Coffee

At its cafes, Blue Bottle might make one of the best iced-coffee drinks in America. But are artisan businesses doomed to fail when they try going mainstream?<p>I have seen the future of iced coffee.<p>There I was, wandering the grocery-store aisles—when suddenly, next to the kombucha, opposite the …

Where Time Comes From

The time that ends up on your smartphone—and that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communications—originates in a set of atomic clocks on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO's Time Services, gives a …

Documentaries

Gamer discovers deceased father's ghost car, gets to race him again

YouTube comments typically fill one with shame and disappointment in the human race, but here's one that just might make you cry. Below a video from <i>PBS</i> about video games as spiritual experiences, a user going by the online handle 00WARTHERAPY00 has written a touching story about the time they spent …

Security researcher suggests 600M iOS devices have Apple-created backdoors for data

How secure is the data your iPhone(s aapl) or iPad? A little less than perhaps you thought, according to Jonathan Zdziarski, who has a slideshow of …

lnside the mysterious Yamal crater

Scientists are back from a first exploration of the strange crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Curiouser and curiouser.<p>The mysterious …

Earth Science

Judge says government can access everything in a Gmail account — privacy warriors weep

All your emails are belong to us.<p>At least that’s what the latest court order from a judge in New York says. The warrant, granted on June 11, states that the government can access all the content and files contained in a Gmail account.<p>Yes, this is a significant blow to privacy.<p>The subject of this …

The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.<p>The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own …

GCHQ has tools to manipulate online information, leaked documents show

The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has developed sophisticated tools to manipulate online polls, spam targets with SMS messages, track people by impersonating spammers and monitor social media postings, according to newly-published documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The documents – …

Scientists Claim Climate Change Will Wipe Out The Gingers

Imagine, if you will, a world without redheads. It’s not a world many people particularly want to live in, but some are claiming that inevitably, climate change will drive glorious beings like Emma Stone and Bandersnatch Cummerb-er, Benedict Cumberbatch from the face of the Earth.<p>The theory, …

Google Maps Now Lets You Measure Distances Between Two or More Points

Google Maps on the desktop has been updated with a new feature that lets you work out the distance between multiple places by plotting your route on the map.<p>To use the option, you just need to right click anywhere on a map and select ‘Measure Distance’ and then select a destination to see the …

Snowden leaks confirm the United States spied on American citizens

Revelations may give targets legal standing to sue the government<p>Glenn Greenwald has revealed what he described last month as "the most important in the archive" of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. <i>The Intercept</i> reports that the NSA and FBI have been spying on law-abiding …