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Honda’s new Clarity Fuel Cell is more like your car than ever before

Until now, most HFC vehicles have been converting hydrogen to electricity in complex systems that often take up valuable passenger or cargo space in …

Alternative Fuel

Can a New Stealth Bomber Make Up for America’s Crappiest Warplane?

The Pentagon sank $400 billion into the F-35 stealth jet—only to have it come up way short. So they’re working on a secret new bomber to handle the …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Corporations and governments have co-opted the idea of the ‘social’ for their own ends. Is there anything we can do about it?<p>Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come …

Psychology

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Mom by Day, Terrorist by Night

Noelle Velentzas wanted it all: To be a wife, a mother, a friend … and a jihadi. And that last item on her list made the others impossible.<p>The …

Crime

AeroMobil flying car set to take off in 2017, autonomous version to follow

AeroMobil has been around for five years, pursuing the dream of building a functional and (somewhat) practical flying car. Its third-gen prototype was revealed last October, and today at SXSW, AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik revealed a bit more about the company's past and future and the challenges …

Google now rewards Chrome bug hunters all year round

One way to reduce the number of bugs or exploits in your software is to throw it open to some of the best and most devious minds in the industry and ask them to pull it apart. That's what Google has done with its annual Pwnium conference, where it's rewarded researchers with millions of dollars in …

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

The Polygraph Has Been Lying for 80 Years

Eighty years ago, Leonarde Keeler’s lie detector made its debut in court. Decades later, we’re still paying the price for his con job.<p>Eighty years …

Crime

Scientists use lasers to make metals super water-repellent

A new method for producing super water-repellent surfaces could lead to self-cleaning materials that are much more slippery than Teflon and never corrode. Researchers from the University of Rochester say they can make metals superhydrophobic (highly water-repellent) using powerful lasers to etch …

Engineering

North Korea may be restarting reactor which produces nuclear bomb fuel

North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a US research institute said Thursday.<p>If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North’s neighbours at a …

North Korea

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …

Deep thrills: Crazy cave trampolines in Wales | CNN Travel

Samsung readying crazy fast next-gen WiFi devices

Samsung has revealed that by 2015 it may be selling WiFi devices that use unlicensed, 60GHz spectrum to transfer data at 575MB/s -- five times faster than current tech. If that sounds familiar, it's also the WiGig Alliance's 802.11ad WiFi standard, which has a moderately faster theoretical speed of …

Siri Gets Taken Down By Google Now In Intelligence Battle

You always knew that Siri wasn't the best assistant, but now you have proof.<p>A new study released Tuesday by consulting group Stone Temple compared the top voice-controlled search engines, Google Now, Cortana and Siri. Google Now is on Android phones, Cortana is on Microsoft phones and Siri is on …

How to Avoid Stress: The Proven Strategy

Like it or not, stress is a potential problem for all of us. Stress can reduce your quality of life. It can also reduce the quality of your …

They all count: 73 ways to score a goal

There are more words and phrases dedicated to goalscoring than any other aspect of football. In fact, there are 73, explains football cliché aficionado Adam Hurrey<p>Goalscorers always insist that it’s the three points that matter most, but their individual achievement remains the most fundamental act …

50 Inspiring Motivational Quotes to Increase Your Confidence | Inc.com

• "The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you." <i>William Jennings Bryan</i><br>• "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." <i>Vincent Van Gogh</i><br>• "Always be yourself and have …

Motivation

World's Coolest Offices 2014

Meet the workplaces of your dreams. Sun-splashed atriums, sprawling outdoor verandas, and cozy, color-saturated nooks are some of the hallmarks of the most remarkable offices in the world.<p>Beats Electronics: Vivid Hues Grow Up<p>Beats Electronics: Vivid Hues Grow Up<p>When setting out to design a fresh …

Architecture

10 Huge Time-Wasting Mental Habits | Inc.com

All of us seem to feel as though we don't have enough time, but few of us consider that we're indulging in behaviors that suck up our time for no possible purpose. Here are 10 common time wasters that we can all live without:<p>1. Wondering what other people are thinking.<p>Until such time as we invent …

Self-help

HP Labs is working on a glass 3D printer

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>HP isn’t content to just 3D print in plastic. A job ad for a “robotics scientist for 3D printing” sounds …