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Death of a Biohacker

People who knew Aaron Traywick, the biohacker who died last month at a spa in Washington, D.C., were initially suspicious about the circumstances of his death.<p>David Ishee, a researcher for Mr. Traywick’s company, Ascendance Biomedical, said his first thought upon hearing that Mr. Traywick’s body …

Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago... And Why I Won't Be Coming Back

In hindsight, growing up in white, middle-class suburbia in 1980s America was kind of like being brainwashed. I grew up believing that having money was an objective to strive for and that life was a ruthless competition. I worked hard in school and got a good job because that was what was expected …

New 'Mutant Enzymes' Could Solve Earth's Plastics Problem

Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that can break down plastic. But is it any better than recycling?<p>You might call it a happy accident: As environmentalists urge the world to address the plastic pollution crisis, a team of researchers has unwittingly engineered an enzyme that may, one day, …

Pollution

Migrants transiting through Macedonia jam trains

GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (AP) — Pushing and shoving each other, hundreds of migrants trying to get to Serbia overflowed the train platforms of this …

U.S. official: 'Psychological blow' in ISIS killing of Iranian general in Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The death of a top Iranian military commander in Syria this week has dealt a "psychological blow" to elements backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a U.S. intelligence official.<p>The killing of a commander in the Revolutionary Guards Corps at the hands of ISIS also …

Swimming

7 Ways That People Died Trying To Become Immortal

Would you risk your life if you thought it might mean extending it? Would you die now if you thought you could be revived at some point in the …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of California

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first

Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The pair of S6 phones succeed the Galaxy S5, Samsung's prior flagship announced one year ago, and will be available across the world starting on April 10th. All four major US …

Google Calendar Explained for Teachers

November 1, 2014<br>Google Calendar is one of the best free web tools I have been using for few years now. As a teacher, you can use Google Calendar for …

The risk in targeting the head of the Islamic State

<i>Clint Hinote, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is a 2014-15 Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The views expressed here are his own.</i><p>The Islamic State has been wounded. While the video of the execution of reporter James Foley displayed the group’s depravity, its timing also …

UC Davis Will Offer Classes Dedicated To The Science Of Coffee

Coffee is the lifeblood that powers much of the modern workforce. It keeps our brains lubricated and is generally considered good for our health when consumed within reason.<p>And yet, we still understand relatively little about the science behind it–its chemical composition, how it metabolizes in the …

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: A Small But Spectacular Android Smartphone

Sony debuted the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES, noting that the consumer who prefers to have a smaller device does not want fewer features. Could Sony take the experience in their flagship smartphone and pack it into a much smaller package without reducing the functionality?<p>In the marketplace, the …

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: when smaller is better

For the longest time, the prevailing trend with mobile phones was to take last year’s handset and make it smaller. Shave a few millimeters off, shed a couple of grams, and give users the same experience but in a leaner shell. The rise of smartphones and their incessantly improving spec sheets …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

Saving the art of conversation in the age of the smartphone

“I am going to be a little boring,” Sherry Turkle announces as we sit down to tea in the living room of her sprawling Boston townhouse. “And you’re going to be a little boring, too.”<p>Turkle, for the record, is not boring. She is a psychologist and a professor at MIT whose primary academic …

TED Talks

How Coffee, Citrus And Nuts Help Cut The Risk Of Diabetes

If you go back to the 1970s, people with a serious coffee habit often had an accompanying habit: smoking.<p>And that's why early studies gave coffee a bad rap. Clearly, smoking was harmful. And it was hard for researchers to disentangle the two habits. "So it made coffee look bad in terms of health …

Surgeons Discover Quirky Knee Ligament All Over Again

About 150 years ago, a prestigious surgeon in Paris found a new body part while dissecting cadavers. He described the structure as a pearly, "fibrous band" on the outside of the bones in the knee.<p>That sure sounds like a ligament. But nobody really gave it much thought. And poof! Over the next …

Starbucks Just Figured Out How To Take Your Money Over Twitter

Buying someone a coffee is a small gesture of kindness, but you usually need to be with a friend to make it. However, starting Tuesday, Starbucks has a solution: Just pay for your faraway friend's coffee over Twitter.<p>The new program, appropriately called "Tweet a Coffee," works like this: To tweet …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump

It's time to set the record straight: the original Xperia Z, launched back in February, was a decent phone. A <i>solid</i> phone. It was as if Sony had suddenly paused its chaotic schedule of handset releases in order to take stock of what Android users actually want: things like 1080p, microSD and a …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Obamacare's tech no easy fix

Silicon Valley always knew it couldn’t fix Washington and its bureaucratic messes. Now it has even more proof.<p>The HealthCare.gov debacle has reinforced the divide between the global capital of innovation and an establishment culture known for clunky methods, stilted processes and government …

Watch a Cicada Metamorphose

The surprisingly beautiful conclusion to the cicada's life. Also, basically, what HD was made for.<p>You all may have just started to pay attention to cicadas this year, when they're emerging from the ground to mate and die, but filmmaker Samuel Orr has been working on a documentary about the special …

Google Glass review: These goofy spectacles aren’t lame. They might even replace the smartphone some day.

I’ve spent the last few weeks lowering my expectations for Google Glass. When I put on Google’s smart glasses a year ago—Sergey Brin, Google’s …

Week in Review

Inside Flipboard / May 17, 2013<p>This week provided a rude awakening about the perils of life in the Information Age. On Wall Street, many were …

Google's Plan To Take Over The World

Not because it lasted a grueling three hours and fifty minutes, but because of what was announced. With every new product update, every new feature, every new virtual service, it became more and more clear that Google isn't just a search company that makes loads of cash by showing you ads. It's …

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?<p>Bees, …