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The future of particle physics?

If we want to continue to probe the structure of matter, to understand what the smallest constituents of nature are and how they interact, we have to think big and plan for the long term. Possibilities include machines that would dwarf the Large Hadron Collider, and neutrino beams crossing half a …

Why Does White Noise Help People Sleep?

A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise.<p>On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better? Simple solution: make a bunch of noise. Sweet dreams ahoy.<p>And yet, not only do some people swear …

The Story of Sequoia Capital's $6.4 Billion 'Revenge' on Mark Zuckerberg

This story originally appeared on Business Insider <br>He's become a successful CEO and a generous person, but ten years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used to have something of an attitude.<p>For example, he used to carry a business card that read, "I'm CEO...Bitch."<p>Once, back then, Zuckerberg played …

Venture Capital

Windows Phone's Office Lens app wants to replace your scanner

Need a quick and dirty copy of a receipt, document or restaurant menu? Your smartphone's camera can make a rough facsimile -- but Microsoft thinks that it can do <i>better</i>. According to a Windows Phone Store landing page, Office Lens leverages Microsoft OneNote, optical character recognition and your …

FAA risks losing drone war

The Washington Nationals used a drone to photograph spring training. Real estate agents use them to show off sprawling properties. Martin Scorsese hired one to film a scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”<p>So where does this leave the Federal Aviation Administration, which insists that commercial drone …

Robert Reich: WhatsApp is everything wrong with the U.S. economy

The instant messaging service connects millions, but its record-breaking sale won’t generate new jobs<p>If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.<p>According to news reports today, Facebook has agreed to buy …

Will This Man Make Gay Marriage Legal Everywhere?

Justice Anthony Kennedy has more power than any president or justice in history to decree the law of the land. Agree with him or not, there is …

The Week In Numbers: Earth's Population In 2050, Life-Saving Poop Transplants, And More

<b>9 billion people</b>: Earth's population by 2050<p><b>41 percent</b>: the portion of people treated for cat bites who were diagnosed with depression, according to a study of 1.3 million health records<p><b>12 to 14 hours</b>: the length of time a newly discovered marsupial spends violently mating. Most of the males die …

Apocalypse NAO: Are Robots Threatening Your Immortal Soul?

Last week, a Christian college in Matthews, North Carolina unveiled something unprecedented: a humanoid robot whose sole mission is to explore the ethical and theological ramifications of robotics.<p>Expectations, however, should be managed. The bot in question isn’t a clattering machine assembled in …

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

Next Up on Amazon's Kill List: YouTube

It wasn’t enough for Amazon to simultaneously be locked in battles with Wal-Mart, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Netflix. Now the company is entering …

10 Insane Rides by Boutique Carmakers

These aren't just upgraded versions of the original<p>Today's restomodders, replica builders, and tuners take an obsessive approach to performance. These vehicles are modified to a level of detail so far beyond their original roots that they are better described as brand-new production cars and trucks …

Sports Cars

'Tron' designer creates a real-world superbike

Lotus has a new superbike called the C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon, whose work you'll know from <i>Tron: Legacy</i>, <i>Oblivion</i>, and <i>Captain America</i>, the bike balances the Lotus form of old with a decidedly modern finish.<p>Although Simon is better known for his concept work, and the C-01 certainly looks like a …

Superbikes

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Waze for Windows Phone 8 promises not to drain your battery anymore

Windows Phone 8 fans got a pleasant surprise when social GPS app Waze arrived on the Marketplace after Google snapped it up. That's why it's such a shame that it caused massive battery drain issues for some users. After months of people airing grievances on various forums, the service has finally …

Google Powers Online Resource Tracking Global Deforestation

Last fall, I wrote about efforts by Google and Microsoft to help put some analytics muscle behind tracking various natural resources.<p>Now, Google has teamed up with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and more than 40 other organizations to create a massive, near real-time forest monitoring system, …