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20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

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Hear Sean and Sara Watkins’ Slinky Fleetwood Mac Cover

It’s hard to believe that for all the years Sara Watkins and her brother Sean have inhabited Los Angeles’ Largo at the Coronet with their Watkins …

The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Week

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps …

Why Are So Many People Nearsighted?

Researchers may have found the answer that could keep glasses off one-third of the world’s population<p>Myopia, or nearsightedness, is reaching epidemic proportions. In the US, over 40 percent of the population needs glasses; estimates suggest that one-third of the world’s population will be …

Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Stick it to the man<p>Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New …

6 ways to improve odds and beat heart disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> You can dramatically reduce your chances of having heart disease or dying from heart disease if you do six simple things.<p>That's what a new study in the recent edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found.<p>And it's good news since studies from the Centers for Disease …

Why racism is not backed by science

As we harvest ever more human genomes one fact remains unshakeable: race does not exist<p>Barely a week goes by without some dispiriting tale of racism seeping into the public consciousness: the endless stream of Ukip supporters expressing some ill-conceived and unimaginative hate; football hooligans …

Smashing! Student Builds Replica Large Hadron Collider Out of Legos

Weird Science<p>A particle physics student has used his downtime to build a Lego model of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Nathan Readioff's design uses existing Lego pieces to replicate all four elements of the LHC — known as ATLAS, ALICE, CMS and LHCb …

Physics

10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of junk you don't need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can't actually use all 16 GB of storage.<p>So let's try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and …

DNA study reveals third group of ancient ancestors of modern Europeans

Strands of DNA taken from ancient corpses have revealed an unexpected addition to the ancestral roots of modern Europeans.<p>The first <i>Homo sapiens</i> arrived in Europe about 45,000 years ago, and these hunter-gatherers were replaced by early farmers who brought agriculture to the continent more than …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off …

Peak District

New Flying Reptile Found in "Unprecedented" Pterosaur Boneyard

Forty-seven pterosaur skeletons unearthed at Brazilian site, study says.<p>Nearly 50 skeletons of a new species of ancient flying reptile have been unearthed in southern Brazil, an "absolutely unprecedented" discovery, one expert says.<p>Varying ages of the newfound species, dubbed <i>Caiuajara dobruskii</i>, …

The Three Mistakes Atheists Make

The God Wars mostly bore me. In my younger days I enjoyed, at least for a while, the intellectual back-and-forth of the God debates. For me, these exchanges had a game-like quality, and it was fun to play the game. How can a student of religion ignore the rational argumentation of Nietzsche or the …

Self-assembling origami robot is world's first Transformer

Harvard scientists have built the world's first working Transformer robot, inspired by the ancient Japanese paper-folding art of origami.<p>The alien robots that feature in the Transformer movies conceal their true nature by taking on the form of cars and trucks. The scientists' robot has yet to reach …

From Robots To Retinas: 9 Amazing Origami Applications

It ain't just folded paper.<p>When I told people I was going to a recent conference "about origami," I got some perplexed responses. <i>Origami? Like paper cranes?</i> Well, not exactly. Origami principles are now used in a wide variety of applications--from the design of satellites, to heart stents, to …

Pigeon-eating Neanderthals may have been smarter than we thought

Long before there were urban plazas and parks filled with pigeons all across the world, pigeon ancestors and Neanderthals were hanging out together in rocky caves on the island of Gibraltar.<p>In a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports, researchers say they have found evidence of an …

6 Weird Ways To Hunt For Aliens

These E.T. search strategies are a little ... out there.<p>At a meeting in July, NASA scientists predicted that humans will detect extraterrestrial life within the next 20 years.<p>The Kepler telescope has churned up thousands of new exoplanet candidates over the past few years, and now scientists …

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months<p>NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a …

Was Six-Million-Year-Old Turd Auctioned for $10,000 a Faux Poo?

Paleontologists skeptical of "possibly the longest example of coprolite" offered at auction.<p>This past Saturday, a private collector paid $10,370 at auction for what was touted as a six-million-year-old turd. Billed in the auction house catalog as fossil feces measuring "an eye-watering 40 inches in …

Asteroid Timing Erased the Dinosaurs?

A few million years off, and dinosaurs might have survived a big space impact.<p><b>Wrong place. Wrong time. Dinosaurs didn't have to die off, but the space impact that blasted the Earth some 66 million years ago arrived at a most inopportune moment for the long-time rulers of the planet, according to a</b> …

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

How do you make a bird? Shrink a dinosaur for 50 million years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Large flesh-eating dinosaurs evolved into small flying birds, but it did not happen overnight.<p>The dinosaur lineage that evolved into birds shrank in body size continuously for 50 million years, as seen in this handout illustration provided by Eurekalert.org July 31, 2014. …

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to …

Children of older mothers healthier and more mentally stable

Children of women who are over 40 have better physical and emotional health than those born to women in their 20s<p>Older women are often warned that they are putting their children and themselves at risk by delaying motherhood.<p>But a new study suggests that the children of women over 40 actually have …

Dinosaur line that became birds shrank incredibly fast, study finds

How did birds emerge from a lineage of large dinosaurs whose clawed feet were planted firmly on the ground? Size really matters, according to a team of scientists that traced the incredibly fast shrinkage along 50 million years of ancient avian evolution.<p>The findings, published in the journal …