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Watch a Boy Become a Man in This Amazing Time-Lapse Video with a Daily Portrait for 10 Years

When we post time-lapse videos, they typically involve thousands of landscape or nature images, like the spectacular project we shared last spring …

Photography

13 sci-fi series starters to break in your new ebook reader

Visit other worlds<p>So you just got a new ebook reader for the holidays this year. Nice! Now, it’s time to find books to load it up with, which should give you plenty to read on your trip home, or if you need an excuse to avoid relatives for a couple of hours.<p>Here’s 13 science-fiction books that kick …

Science Fiction

Creative work of the week APAC: Re:Scam uses AI to force scammers to have a taste of their own medicine

The winner of this week's creative work of the week in Asia Pacific is Netsafe, which created an email AI assistant which will waste the time of …

America Is No Match for China's New Space Drones

<b>By Eugene K. Chow</b><p>In a major breakthrough, China has unveiled a formidable new high-altitude drone that could give its military a significant …

China’s CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter

It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its powerful network of CCTV camera and facial recognition technology.<p>This wasn’t a case of a member of the media being forcibly removed from the country. The chase was a stunt set up to …

Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Every year, the color experts at the Pantone Color Institute pore over research and analyses of design, film, food, fashion, art, and entertainment — …

Freefly Movi is a Cinematic Gimbal for Your Smartphone

Freefly creates professional drone and gimbal solutions for the cinema industry, and today it released a specialized gimbal for smartphones: the …

AI Is Now So Good That You Can't Trust Your Eyes Anymore

The newest groundbreaking AI tech? Unsupervised image-to-image translation. It allows you to auto-generate a different photo based off of an input …

7 Things Every Employee Should Hear During Their Next Review

Employee reviews aren't just check-ins. They're opportunities to drastically improve your business.<p>I am a believer that employee reviews should not happen once a year, or once every three months. Employees should know where they're at and how they're doing regularly.<p>The reason is because a review …

These Eerie GIFs Show How Your Phone Feels, Hears, And Sees You

Your phone tracks your every move. Have you ever wondered what that looks like?<p>Our phones rarely leave our sides. They travel from pocket to hand to tabletop to bed–the entire time measuring our movements, tracking how we touch them, and listening to our voices.<p>In a new project called <i>AI Senses</i>, the …

Physicists Just Found a Loophole in Graphene That Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

Chemistry

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?

Artists

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

Design

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 …

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 …

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 …

Science

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 …

Photography

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's 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 …

Artificial Intelligence