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The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

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The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

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Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find

Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital.<p>When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human …

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

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The Neuroscience Of Superstition

With the Super Bowl in sight, we look at what makes some people accept superstitious beliefs and others reject them.<p>The Super Bowl is this Sunday, which means millions of fans and gamblers alike will spend the next 48 hours looking for signs from the universe about who’s going to win. If Seattle’s …

6 of the World’s Longest-Lived Animals

Wildlife<p><b>The world’s oldest flamingo flew</b> <b>to that great big aviary in the sky last week</b><b>. Greater, as it was known, was the most famous flamingo in Australia’s Adelaide Zoo when it was put to sleep at age 83.</b><p>The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind; zookeepers decided that …

Microsoft Adds Momentum to "Open Science"

"Open access" policies put research in the public domain.<p>Momentum continues to build behind the “open science movement,” propelling the debate over publication of scholarly works and the scientific process itself.<p>Last week, Microsoft Research announced it was adopting a policy that allows it to …

Designer Scans Consumers' Brains To Create The Optimal Home Furnishings

She wants to get at what you really like, not just what you say you like.<p>A toy apple? A clown nose? Dutch product designer Merel Bekking says she's discovered the perfect, most appealing object is plastic, red and has a "closed organic shape."<p>How did Bekking hit upon the ideal design? She put 20 …

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Uzbekistan Will Test Kids' Genes To Find Future Olympians

The (controversial) plan will go live in early 2015.<p>To spot future olympians, it's common practice to wait to see if youngsters are actually good at any given activity. But the central Asian country of Uzbekistan will begin testing the genes of kids as young as 10 to try and find future champion …

Engineering The Ideal Olympian: Bobsled Built Like A Racecar

This isn't Speed Racer – it's Speed Bobsledder.<p>No American has medaled in the men’s two-person bobsled since 1952 or won gold since 1936. So after the 2010 games, the U.S. team recruited engineers from BMW to completely overhaul its sled. They replaced the typical fiberglass body with one made of …

Updated: Pandora opens submission process to independent artists

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit:<p>More underground artists have the opportunity to take advantage of Pandora (s p): The company announced Thursday that …

Russia Says Bitcoin Should Be Avoided [Updated]

Russia doesn’t do things by halves — Bitcoin shouldn’t be used by individuals and legal entities according to a recent statement. If you have a Bitcoin wallet on your computer, the Government will be suspicious. The Central Bank of Russia reiterated that the official currency is the Ruble, and that …

India’s MakeMyTrip Acquires EasyToBook In A Push To Grow Online Hotel Bookings

Indian travel booking site, MakeMyTrip, has acquired EasyToBook, an Amsterdam-based hotel booking portal, for around $5 million. With this acquisition, MakeMyTrip is hoping to increase its proportion of revenue earned through online hotel bookings, and also target inbound customers traveling to …

Google's $3.2 billion offer for Nest labs is approved by the FTC

Google’s offer to acquire Nest Labs, the hardware company behind the popular Nest internet connected home thermostat, has been given the official seal of approval by the Federal Trade Commission. The purchase gives Nest Labs’s shareholders $3.2 Billion in cash.<p>We expect that Google will keep Nest …

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