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Inaction on Climate Change Has Dismal Consequences

Changing Planet<p>The White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new peer-reviewed report saying inaction on climate change is a dire threat to human health and the economy. It specifically estimates the physical monetary paybacks across 20 sectors of the United States …

Global Warming

There's a funny reason people didn't understand how to use Google when it first launched

The company couldn't figure out why until it went to do a user study at a nearby college, Google HR boss Laszlo Bock writes in his new book, "Work Rules!"<p>The reason researchers found was both surprising and funny.<p>Users were so accustomed to sites that "flashed, revolved, and asked you to punch the …

Motion powered "smart" fabric could charge your electronics

A new type of fabric is designed to collect and store static electricity in order to give your personal devices a power boost.<p>Options for a wearable, portable charging solution include a jacket with solar panels stuck on the back and shoes that collect kinetic energy -- but a new type of fabric …

Wearable Tech

Android malware spies on you even after phone is shut down

A particularly devious new Android malware can make calls or take photos even if you shut the device down, according to security research firm AVG.<p>To …

Strongest material known to man? A limpet's tooth

Limpet's teeth are the strongest material known to man, it has emerged, as researchers consider the impact that the discovery could have on engineering and design in the future<p>Scientists believe they may have found the strongest natural material known to man, one that could be copied to make the …

Engineering

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here …

Astronomy

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

Relationships

Why are we short-sighted?

Myopia is among our most common complaints – but have we fundamentally misunderstood its origins and its treatment? David Robson squints at an answer.<p>When I was a teenager, my eyesight slowly began to fail and I had to wear spectacles. What began as tiny slithers of glass soon started to approach …

Immune System

Photographer Takes Gorgeously Detailed Snowflake Photos With a DIY Camera-Microscope Rig

Photographer Douglas Levere uses a homemade camera-microscope rig to take gorgeous photographs of snowflakes during winters in his home base of …

Experiment: Does sound affect your taste?

Here’s a simple way to find out whether your taste buds are affected by what you listen to – grab a coffee and watch this video.<p>Science has shown how certain sounds can make crisps taste crunchier, oysters taste saltier, and aeroplane food taste bad.<p>But could sounds play tricks on your taste …

Coffee