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Believe Me When I Tell You These Little-Known Facts About Color Are Fascinating

Who knew the Dutch were responsible for the prevalence of orange carrots?

Art History

Your Bedroom on Mars Will Look a Lot Different

Forget about your big bed — and that comfy recliner.<p>Another designer, London-based Christine Lew, created a collection of products like a spacesuit you can shower in and a vacuum-suction bathrobe. These weren’t intended to be commercial products but rather “speculative” objects to get people to …

Emotions

Artificial intelligence outsmarts CAPTCHA security system

Scientists have developed an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) system to crack CAPTCHA, the software that was created to prevent bots from …

Artificial Intelligence

The Explosive Legacy of Guy Fawkes, the Man Behind the Mask

A popular symbol of protest today, Guy Fawkes was first the face of treason because of his role in the murderous Gunpowder Plot of 1605.<p>Tensions were high in England in late October 1605, when an English nobleman, Lord Monteagle, received a mysterious letter. Along with the rest of England’s peers …

Catholicism

Japan, Which Invented Workaholics, Tells Employees: Go Home Already!

TOKYO—It’s 6 p.m. and the music playing in the Tokyo headquarters of home builder Mitsui Home Co. suddenly switches to the theme from “Rocky.” As the familiar trumpet opening plays, typing and conversations stop. The workers all rise at their desks.<p>“I will finish up writing emails and go home at …

The Workplace

Twisted light could make wireless data faster than fiber

As fast as fiber optic lines have become, they're still hamstrung by one key limitation: you still need to transmit that data over wires, which limits where you can transmit and the affordability of the fastest connections. Scientists may have a way to eliminate those cables while offering even …

Wireless

The rights of synthetic lifeforms is the next great civil rights controversy

Robot Rights<p>Artificially intelligent (AI) robots and automated systems are already transforming society in a host of ways. Cars are creeping closer …

Intelligence

A US design firm has plans for a skyscraper that would hang from an asteroid

A New York design firm called Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a tower that would hang from an asteroid 31,068 miles above Earth.<p>The Analemma Tower would be the tallest building ever made. The plans say it would be powered by solar panels and those panels would constantly be exposed to …

Asteroids

How Accurately Can People Draw Famous Logos From Memory?

This is the graphic design version. We need an ID version too<p>Here's a fun game for designers: Quick, can you draw the Target logo from memory? How …

Jaguar Cars

Google asks the dumbest questions

The new Pixel 2 ad asks whether the Earth is flat — a question the search engine flubbed not too long ago.<p>Google has a new ad for its latest …

The Who

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Baking

Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light

Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that<p>Light is useful, versatile and perplexing. We see with it - that is, we make sense of our surroundings …

Physics

XYZPrinting announces a $3,000 full-color 3D printer

Full-color 3D printing at home has long been a wild-eyed dream of consumers and hobbyists alike. Thus far it’s been fun to print out little trinkets in a single color, but to create something more akin to a painted action figure would be a game-changer. And, thanks to inkjet technology, we just …

Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists.<p>The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated.<p>In one test conducted at Durham University the …

Biology

The Nikon D850 Doubles as a 45.7MP Film Scanner

Nikon’s new D850 is more than a fast and powerful full-frame DSLR — it can double as a 45.7-megapixel film scanner as well. It’s the first Nikon …

Nikon D850

Google’s Secret Formula for Management? Doing the Basics Well

Google has opened its trove of management processes to one and all, for free. It might not feel that surprising — after all, Google has created plenty of free tools for the world to use, from internet search to email. Management tools may not seem that different. And it also follows Google’s many …

Management

Google DeepMind AI Declares Galactic War on StarCraft

Tic-tac-toe, checkers, chess, Go, poker. Artificial intelligence rolled over each of these games like a relentless tide. Now Google’s DeepMind is …

World's Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are "Tools of Destruction, Not Creation"

Weapon of Mass Disruption<p>Quantum Computers are heralded as the next step in the evolution of data processing. The future of this technology promises …

With a Single Touch, This Chip Can Heal Organs

It works by changing DNA.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Biology, Diseases, Engineering & Health<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Researchers have developed a tiny …

Biology

"Adversarial perturbations" reliably trick AIs about what kind of road-sign they're seeing

An "adversarial perturbation" is a change to a physical object that is deliberately designed to fool a machine-learning system into mistaking it for …

Machine Learning

The Entire Universe As We Know It In One Spectacular Photograph

There’s a tremendous amount of information available about the universe, so much so that it’s a feat to even comprehend how much scientists have documented. In 1946, we saw the very first photograph from outer space; 70 years later, we have images of over 5,500 different galaxies courtesy of the …

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National Geographic's Photo Winners Will Put Your Snaps To Shame

The photography contest for the world’s most famous nature publication has once again come to a close. With that of course comes stunning imagery …

Photography

The iPhone only exists because Steve Jobs 'hated this guy at Microsoft'

Former head of iOS, Scott Forstall, opens up about how Apple’s iconic device came from late CEO’s dislike for the husband of one of his wife’s friends<p>If it wasn’t for one particular executive at Microsoft, whom Steve Jobs seemingly hated with a passion, Apple may never have created the iPhone or …

Steve Jobs

The Sci-Fi Guru Who Predicted Google Earth Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.<p>Way back in 1992, author <b>Neal Stephenson</b> published his breakthrough novel, <i>Snow Crash,</i> a cyberpunk …

Solar Pumping: A Cheaper and Cleaner Way to Access Groundwater

Many communities around the world have limited access to water. To reach deep groundwater reserves, diesel generated electricity is used in rural …

Water

Improve Your Astrophotography Focus With a Bahtinov Mask

Finding razor-sharp focus when shooting astrophotography can be hard – stars appear as point light sources, and there are no detailed surfaces to aid …

Netflix launches new 'interactive shows' that let viewers dictate the story

Netflix is putting a new spin on the old Gamebook genre.<p>Today the company announced that it’s launching an all-new interactive format that ultimately turns viewers into legitimate storytellers. In comparison to standard television, these so-called interactive shows put the viewers in charge, …

Netflix