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Kids Whose Parents Make Them Do Chores Are More Successful

So drop the sponge and hand it to your child — tonight!<p>There's a reason your children are prone to tantrums when you ask them to wash the dishes — chores are <i>not</i> fun. After all, who wants to spend 20 minutes scrubbing crusted-on tomato sauce instead of watching <i>Frozen</i> for the millionth time? But …

How to Install Latest XFCE Desktop in Ubuntu 16.04 and Fedora 22-24

Xfce is a modern, open source and lightweight desktop environment for Linux systems. It also works well on many other Unix-like systems such as Mac …

Linux

Pooh the bionic cat seeks new home in Bulgaria

SOFIA (Reuters) - A cat named Pooh who lost his back legs in a road accident is back on a set of bionic feet after groundbreaking surgery in Bulgaria.<p>The one-year-old stray was found injured in the countryside near the city of Pleven in April. Months later, surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov drilled into …

Bulgaria

R for Researchers: Projects

Git version control<p>Many of us have saved a copy of file we are about to make changes to. We do this just in case we need to go back to this prior …

Software Development

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

Physics

yED – The Visio Replacement for Linux, Updated to version 3.16.2

yEd is a powerful diagramming multipurpose application which can be used to create high quality diagrams.<p>Created by yWorks, one of the unique feature …

Linux

This Is How Far U.S. Sales Are Expected to Drop

U.S. auto sales are forecast to drop more than 7 percent in October from the same period in 2015, the sixth monthly decline so far this year, as …

MIT's fusion reactor sets new world record

MIT‘s nuclear fusion reactor Alcator C-Mod set a new world record on its last day of functioning at their Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Due to …

Opera’s desktop browser with a built-in VPN is now available to all

Opera has become the first browser maker to ship a mainstream desktop internet browser that includes an unlimited VPN service baked-in.<p>You may recall that Opera put a VPN inside its browser earlier this year in April — before then rolling it out on its iOS and Android — but that was for the …

​Nextcloud Box: A cloud for your office or living room

Nextcloud, in partnership with Canonical and WDLabs, has released a Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu Linux powered cloud server for your home or office.<p>Is it …

Floating solar device boils water without mirrors

It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it could distill water or generate steam.<p>To boil water using the Sun, we typically burn fossil fuels carrying …

Clean Energy

How to Clone or Backup Linux Disk Using Clonezilla

Clonezilla is one of the greatest Open Source backup tool for Linux. The absence of a Graphical User Interface combined with a simpler, fast and …

Linux

There’s no such thing as flexible work

Technology was meant to herald a new way of working anytime, anywhere – but that’s not the case, writes Georgina Kenyon.<p>We didn’t get the flying cars or the self-lacing shoes. But we did get the work world of the future – you know, the one where the internet allows us to work anytime, anywhere, …

The Workplace

Why CVTs Are Awesome Transmissions

You may hate them, but CVTs are actually excellent. Here's why.<p>If there is one transmission that has the most detractors, it's the continuously variable transmission, or CVT.<p>It's criticized for how it sounds, how it operates, and how it feels. The main criticism is that it feels unnatural compared …

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

How to Pick the Perfect Color Combination for Your Data Visualization

Choosing any color scheme -- whether for graphics, websites, brands, etc. -- is a challenge in and of itself. That choice of colors sets the mood for …

Bulgaria follows France and Netherlands in move to ban the veil

Bulgaria is on course to become the latest European country to ban the wearing of niqabs or burqas in public places, following France and the Netherlands in prohibiting clothing that covers the face.<p>The bill, which was tabled by the nationalist Patriotic Front (PF), was backed by 108 MPs, with just …

Bulgaria says will not join any NATO Black Sea fleet after Russian warning | Reuters

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.<p>Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the …

North Africa

ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows Replacement | Reviews

If you want to run a clone of Microsoft Windows to escape the drama of upgrading to Windows 10, try ReactOS -- but do not expect it to be a fully …

NFL lineman and MIT math student John Urschel on football analytics and marrying a robot

It’s not so often that you interview a professional athlete and he or she starts talking about the Nash equilibrium, but John Urschel is certainly …

Encrypt Your Cloud Files With Cryptomator (Open Source, Cross-Platform)

<b>Cryptomator is a free and open source client-side encryption solution for your cloud files</b>, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, as well as …

Linux

Nasa releases stunning 360-degree view of Mars taken by Curiosity rover

Nasa have released a stunning 360-degree panorama acquired by the Mastcam on the space agency's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016.<p>The panorama has been recorded as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse since …

Mars Rover

A Researcher Just Accidentally Developed A Battery That Could Last A Lifetime

Technology Photo credit: A nanowire compared to a human hair. Thai et al./UC Irvine via YouTubePoor battery life is the number one complaint when it …

Clean Energy

Eco-Conscious Summer House in Maine Elevates Simple Materials

Pine and fiber-cement clapboard combine to magical effect<p>Summer homes on the Design Internet seem to come in two flavors—covetably luxurious or realistically aspirational enough to fool us into thinking we could one day have one of our own.<p>This 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom house in Freeport, …

10 Silly Fun Science Experiments You Can Easily Do at Home

Other than youth and recess and summer vacation and nap time and candy and junk food and energy and fast metabolism and hope and excitement and …

Kids

New model maps energy usage of every building in Boston

BOSTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- In an effort to help city officials plan for a more energy-efficient future, researchers at MIT have built a model that …

Extra CO2 the cause of dryland greening trends

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Earth's drylands are getting greener. The phenomenon has been documented in satellite images over the last several …

Climate Change

Former Bulgaria defender Trifon Ivanov dies aged 50

The former Bulgaria defender Trifon Ivanov has died at the age of 50, the country’s football association has announced.<p>David Squires on … Trifon Ivanov<p>Read more<p>The centre-back helped Bulgaria to the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup and also played at Euro 96. Ivanov made a total of 77 appearances …

Bulgaria

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …