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Google’s miniature radars can now identify objects

Researchers from St Andrews University teach Google's tech a fun new trick<p>When Google unveiled Project Soli in 2015, the company presented it as a way to create gesture controls for future technology. Soli’s miniature radars are small enough to fit into a smartwatch and can detect movements with …

I Gave Up Added Sugar For A Week And I Am Effing Starving

We all know sugar is the Devil. Over the past few years, food experts and researchers have shown us that the sweet stuff is one of the worst …

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Razer’s Turret keyboard-and-mouse combo is essential for PC-gaming couch potatoes

You have a ton of options when it comes to playing PC games on your television, but I still think nothing beats a mouse and keyboard.<p>PC-gaming product manufacturer Razer has a new keyboard-and-mouse combination for your lap, the Turret. It is available now for $160. This setup features a wireless …

This fan clips to your sleeves to keep your armpits cool

Sunshine is great, but let's face it...summer can be the pits. And if you want to protect <i>your</i> pits from summer, a Japanese company has a quirky solution.<p>The Thanko Electric Armpit Clip-on Cooler Fan is a 30-gram (1-ounce) clip-on fan that attaches itself to the front buttons or the short sleeve of …

Xiaomi's $750 laptop is like a MacBook Air with gaming hardware inside

The Chinese phone maker ventures into the laptop biz with two sleek new machines, the more powerful of which should be able to offer enough power for gaming.<p><b>Sept 1, 2016 update:</b> Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air isn't quite as novel as the company's hoverboard or latest drone, but it does have one thing …

Samsung's new wireless headphones are just like the ones Apple is rumored to be working on

They're completely wireless — nothing attaches the earbuds to your phone or each other. Instead, they're entirely Bluetooth.<p>Instead of plugging them in to charge, they come with a carrying case that charges the individual earbuds. Users plug in the case, like this:<p>Sporting a 90 minute battery life, …

The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world

Using data from Swiss banking group UBS, the site compiled information on the biggest, most important cities globally, taking into account how many hours per week and per year people work as well as how many days holiday they take, before creating the ranking.<p>All 13 cities are in Europe, although …

The Razer Turret is a lap-friendly gaming keyboard (pictures)

Give Zero F**ks: How to Care Less About What Other People Think

It took me a <i>lot</i> of practice to be the kind of woman that gives zero f*cks and actively care less about what other people think, because I misunderstood what the 'give zero f*cks' mindset is all about. The misconception about women who give zero f*cks is that they have no priorities or passions.<p>In …

​Watch live: Scientists are exploring one of the deepest, most mysterious parts of the ocean

This is the deepest part of the world's oceans, reaching more 36,000 feet at the lowest point. And these deep waters are full of strange and mysterious creatures, including extreme life forms that can live on and around underwater volcanoes and hydrothermic vents.<p>More people have been to space than …

Scientists Have Just Thawed a 12,400-Year-Old Puppy Found in Russian Permafrost

And now they want to clone the extinct canine species.<p>Scientists have managed to thaw out and perform an autopsy on an ancient frozen puppy, which …

Prehistoric Mammals

Nutritionists Reveal 9 Tips for Healthier Drinking Habits

Most nutrition advice focuses on what you should eat and how much you should exercise, but what you drink also plays an important role in your …

Nike's self-tying shoes are coming this holiday season

Nike is yet to deliver on its promise to bring us the self-lacing MAG shoes made infamous by Michael J Fox in <i>Back to the Future II</i>, but it’s done the next best thing.<p>The company’s new HyperAdapt 1.0 tightens around your foot as soon as your heel slips into the shoe and activates the sensor inside. …

Shoes

This Is How Many People Are Having Anal Sex

Plus, a sex researcher explains the four keys to helping her enjoy it as much as you do<p>More and more ladies are putting a welcome mat by the back door: 36 percent of women and 42 percent of men have tried anal sex, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Butt …

The 10 most influential sci-fi movies of all time

Author Brian Clegg uses his new book, "Ten Billion Tomorrows," to show how a host of fictional topics has led to new discoveries in science and technology.<p>Here Clegg tells us about 10 movies in history that have influenced people to think about science beyond the classrooms and laboratories.

5 reasons why anxiety is so difficult to cope with (and what you can do about it)

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>If we aren’t careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control<p>Melanie Greenberg<p>December 1, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid …

Why You Could Be Days Away From a Heart Attack—and Never Even Know It

A health scare carries a huge lesson for this seemingly-healthy guy<p>My name is Kevin, and I’m a 49-year-old editor at <i>Men’s Health</i>. I’m 6-feet tall and 185 pounds, and I exercise regularly. I live healthy and look healthy.<p>But last month, I found out that I have heart disease.<p>A doctor unclogged an …

Swap Your Briefcase for One of These Professional Backpacks

It’s not just a way to carry your stuff. It can get you noticed at the office<p>I had an important meeting scheduled in NYC, with one of the <i>Men’s Health</i> cover guys. We were thinking of working on a project together, so I had to convey a certain kind of trustworthiness, as in “I’m a creative guy, but …

Artist Paints Ephemeral Portraits on Vintage Paper Using Coffee as a Medium

Michael Aaron Williams is globally recognized for his statement street art that aims to provoke dialogue and stimulate social commentary. However, the Tennessee native has also become renowned for his detailed coffee paintings that capture the ephemeral nature of his subjects. Intimate and fragile, …

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CONFIRMED: The Carb Habit That Takes You From Overweight To Slim

Although a bit of body chub is necessary to keep us in good health, too much of the stuff can have the opposite effect on life expectancy and …

Revols Custom-Fit Wireless Earphones

Posted in Audio & Speakers and Tech<p>Using an app-driven fitting system, Revols earphones deliver a custom fit in 60 seconds. Place the bud in your …

5 Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter

After hours activities aren't just a great way to let off steam. They can also nourish your brain.<p>Hobbies aren't just a fun way to pass the time. Research has shown that mildly creative pursuits like knitting, cooking, or photography actually boost your performance at work. But did you know that …

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To find aliens, we need to build a giant space parasol

Could the light from stars be hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life? A giant “Starshade” could soon reveal answers.<p>Alien hunting isn’t just tabloid fodder anymore. Over the last few years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets outside the Solar System, suggesting that the galaxy is …

Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Depression

If depression can be induced with pro-inflammatory drugs, might an anti-inflammatory diet be effective in preventing and treating mood …

This Is What Happens to Your Body When Stress Starts to Spiral Out of Control

Historically, our hard-wired stress response is supposed to make us alert and resilient when facing potential threats. However, when present for too …

How-To's

Did We Need the Moon for Life?

<i>Astronomers hate the Moon because it ruins perfectly good observing nights. But is it possible that we all need the Moon for our very existence?</i><p>For …

Astronomy

Scientists Map Acorn Worm DNA, And Learn A Lot About Humans In The Process

Turns out we share DNA with a lot of unexpected critters -- and bananas.<p>You'd never know at first glance, but human beings have a surprising amount in common with acorn worms.<p>More than 500 million years ago, humans and these soft-bodied invertebrates had a common ancestor, as Live Science reports. …

The Right Amount of Exercise to Protect Your Heart

Find out why 30 minutes a day might not be enough to stave off this serious condition<p>Your daily half-hour exercise session might not be enough to keep your heart healthy, according to a new meta-analysis published in the journal <i>Circulation</i>. After analyzing the exercise habits of almost 400,000 …

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