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Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>The oceans are full of eyes. Giant squid scan the depths with the world’s largest ones, which are oddly similar to those of the sperm whales that hunt them. Mantis shrimps watch for prey using eyes that work like satellites. Starfish stare through the …

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Scientists are making incredible movies of molecules using X-rays

If you thought you knew what high-res slow-motion video looks like, think again.<p>Researchers have recently captured images of biomolecular activity so …

8 Netflix Tricks You Just Can't Live Without

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game …

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 …

How to win at (almost) everything

In games, humans are hopelessly predictable. Spot this hidden behaviour and you can crush puny-minded opponents in everything from the lottery to Rock, Paper, Scissors.<p>Although we can never outwit the weather or natural disasters, there are ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable …

Sherlock Holmes

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Smartphones are about to get awesome again

This fall is going to be a little bit bonkers<p>Never in the history of their rancorous competition for users’ hearts and minds have the roadmaps of iOS and Android aligned as perfectly as they have now. iOS 8 might be the biggest revision to the way the iPhone operates since the introduction of …

We Are the Medieval Ones

<i>The Singularity will be upon us by 2029</i><p>The term singularity describes the moment when a civilization changes so much that its rules and technologies …

Singularity

This Robin Williams advice still matters - CNN.com

Robin Williams was honored during this year's Emmy telecast with a tribute led by friend Billy Crystal, who hosted the "Comic Relief" benefits with Williams and Whoopi Goldberg (seen here in 1986). Williams died August 11 at age 63. Click through to see moments from the beloved actor's remarkable …

Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaked – small, but made of metal

Rumored and leaked Samsung devices may no longer be a novelty, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha proves to be quite a unique smartphone. It is not mid-end, but it is also not a high-end product. It’s somewhere in the middle, bearing elements from both sides of the spectrum.<p>The device is surprisingly …

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Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes – in one of a number of moves focused squarely on billions of dollars of potential revenue available across the total digital healthcare market.<p>As technology moves further into treatment …

No, It’s Not OK To See Dumb Movies Like ‘Transformers’

When asked about what he expects from his show on a daily basis, David Letterman once said, and this is paraphrasing, “not every show can be perfect, things never go exactly as planned, but every show <i>can</i> be mediocre, and that’s our goal.” Which seems like a reasonable goal for them and a reasonable …

This Simple Drifting Game is Going to Destroy your Productivity

Forget Minesweeper. We just found a simple, silly, and striking time-waster called Absolute Drift. Your afternoon is toast.<p>The controls are stupid-simple, but if you're looking for accurate tire modeling and drifting physics, look elsewhere. <i>Absolute Drift</i> takes about 2 seconds to understand, about …

Mad Max

This Chevy-powered Lola was a Texas middle-finger to Ford

Now it's set to fetch $2 million at auction.<p>This is the car that inspired the Ford GT40, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's also packing Ford power amidships. In fact, its original owner specifically requested that Lola remove the Ford V8 and install a Traco-modified Chevrolet V8.<p>Why? …

Google's next version of Android 'L' release has a new look, deeper ties to the web

KitKat may have only found its way onto roughly 15 percent of phones at this point, but that won't stop Google from looking to the future. The new version, teased by Sundar Pichai is simply being referred to as the "L" release right now. As previous leaks have indicated, this will be the most …

7 Scientific Solutions for Annoying Little Problems

<i>Image via Wonderhowto.com</i><p><b>by Elizabeth Maine</b><p>Scientists are working to alleviate those maddening, irritating, altogether obnoxious things that can make …

What It Means To Say A Dolphin Committed Suicide

There are two famous, and extremely sad, accounts of dolphin suicide. The first involves Peter the bottlenose dolphin, who is said to have killed himself after being separated from the woman he "loved" -- animal researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt, who lived with him in a specially built house in the …

Did ocean device capture Flight MH370's end?

Was the sound of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 striking the water captured by ocean devices used to listen for signs of nuclear blasts?<p>It's a long shot, but an Australian university is studying records from underwater listening devices in an effort to help find the missing plane.<p>"One signal has …

Rest in Peace: Wartime Relics Reclaimed by the Land and Sea

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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, …

Print your own psychedelicious sugar cubes

<i>This article was taken from the May 2014 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …

Learning More About China’s New Massive Warship Plan (055 Cruiser)

Just as the US did with the AEGIS and Zumwalt class cruisers and destroyers, modern naval engineering in China starts by first building full scale, land based mock ups of advanced warships. The rationale is that they provide a cheaper and less risky alternative to rushing directly into ship …

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Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5

"Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design. We wanted something with a pleasing feel ... and better grip. If we used metal, [we felt] the designs felt heavy and cold," explains Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, pointing to why Samsung still plays in polycarbonate. …

Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's …

Dad Films His Daughter Growing Up Over 14 Years in 4 Minutes

In a gorgeous display of fatherly love, Frans Hofmeester started filming his baby girl Lotte in the autumn 1999 and continued for a full 14 …

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Eighteen years ago, scientists in Scotland took the nuclear DNA from the cell of an adult sheep and put it into another sheep's egg cell that had been emptied of its own nucleus. The resulting egg was implanted in the womb of a third sheep, and the result was Dolly, the first clone of a …

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Space<p>Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa …

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What Apps Will Look Like On The 4.7-Inch iPhone 6

In the past, when Apple has grown the screen of an iOS device — for example, with the transition from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5 — Apple has taken pains to keep the pixel density the same. The Retina Display on the iPhone 5 is 326 pixels per inch, just like the iPhone 4s. This makes it easier …

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Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …