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Bill Gates' favorite books of 2013 point to a better future for the world

Bill Gates prioritizes disease eradication over the proliferation of internet access and uses his vast wealth for the purposes of malaria research. It's perhaps not a surprise, then, that his favorite books of 2013 are all pragmatic works of non-fiction that question how the modern world was built, …

Over 60% of internet traffic doesn’t come from humans

It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.<p>This year, Incapsula says 61.5% of traffic on the web is non-human.<p>Now, you might think this portends the arrival of “The Internet of Things”—that ever-promised network that will …

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Robots for iPad Updated: More New Robots

<b>Robots for iPad</b>, the excellent iPad app and guide to the world of robotics, has been updated this week – to Version 1.5.<p>The change list for this latest update is short and sweet – new robots! 7 of them to be specific, and a pretty impressive bunch they are too. One of the new robots is Anki Drive, …

19 Ways Cancer Becomes the Ultimate Soft-Kill Operation

<i>In earlier times it was easier to control a million people than physically to kill a million people. Today it is infinitely easier to kill a million</i> …

Smartwatches Will Be Huge By 2017: Report

Prepare for a world of cyborgs.<p>Wearable technology, which includes camera-equipped smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear and Internet-connected eyewear like Google Glass, is set to explode over the next few years, according to a report released Friday.<p>The report, from Swedish telecom market researcher …

Japanese artist “Tama-Chan” makes these amazing pieces of edible artwork out of sushi rolls!

Here's what's inside Valve's first Steam Machine prototypes

A week after announcing the Linux-based SteamOS and promising Steam Box PCs developed by a variety of hardware partners, Valve has officially announced the specs of the 300 prototype units it will be giving out to beta testers. In a news post, the company outlined some technical details and an …

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Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …