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Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

Engineering

Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure …

Sleep

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Physics

The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

7 Phenomenal Video Games Released In 2017 That Were Severely Underrated

We all love our Resident Evil 7s, our Breath of the Wilds, our Destiny 2s, and our Call of Duty’s. We all know that these are powerhouses in the …

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions. But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. Today you can put a corporate dashboard in place to manage them and tweak the settings to try to …

Innovation

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

We Need to Talk About Madness: A Reading List

When I was 15, a teacher I was very close with killed himself over winter break. I found out about it in an AOL chatroom the night before school …

Mental Health

This 31-year-old Japanese journalist died holding a phone after working 159 hours of overtime in a month

A political journalist in Japan died from overwork, her employer has revealed four years after her death.<p>Miwa Sado died of congestive heart failure in 2013 after working 159 hours and 37 minutes of overtime in one month, her employer, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK, announced on Wednesday, …

Japan

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

Nobel Prize

RED finally explained how its magic holographic display works

Pro camera maker RED came out of nowhere a few weeks ago with a Hydrogen One smartphone of its own, which is supposed to deliver features not …

Top 10 websites for Programmers to learn coding

September 2, 2017<p>In every industry, there are at least a handful of experts considered authorities on the subject. Most have a blog or website, …

20 Grab-and-Go Recipes For the Busiest of Mornings

When you're busy, portable breakfasts make all the difference, and there are so many options that'll get your day off to the right start. Here are 20 ways to make it possible to eat breakfast every day, from freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches to yogurt parfaits and more recipes that you can make …

Here Are (Approximately) 3000 Free Data Sources You Can Use Right Now

If you need data about government activity, the welfare of Mother Earth and her children, finance, economies, industry, weather and climate, or any of a myriad of social and scientific concerns, you can get it right now, free of charge.<p>Thousands of municipal, state, and national governments now …

OECD

Wrap Your Mind Around Neural Networks

Artificial Intelligence is playing an ever increasing role in the lives of civilized nations, though most citizens probably don’t realize it. It’s …

Deep Learning

Bill Gates once said 'definitely send me a résumé' if you finish this fiendishly difficult book

"If you think you're a really good programmer... read (Knuth's) <i>Art of Computer Programming</i>... You should definitely send me a résumé if you can read the whole thing," read a quote from Bill Gates on the cover of the third edition of the first volume.<p>That quote was taken from a syndicated newspaper …

Bill Gates

Three Bars to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles

<i>By the time Friday finally comes, we here at Eater LA start to get pretty darn thirsty. After drinking our way around town, we're here to be your guide to the</i> <i>city</i><i>'s best watering holes, whether it be a craft beer mecca or a hidden speakeasy for cult rums. Yup, we've officially become your favorite</i> …

California

These Three Games are Just as Mean to You as You are to Each Other

There are plenty of games out there that let you be mean to your friends. The “take that” genre is alive and well. And sure, there are cooperative …

Board Games

Sci-fi show 'Firefly' lives on -- as a micro drone racing course

Set pieces from the beloved cult TV series recently found new life as a mini drone track.<p>There's nothing quite like stepping onto a set from one of your favorite TV shows -- so when I walked onto a fully lit spaceship set from the show "Firefly" to check out DR1 Racing's Micro Series, I had to …

The Thistle & Shamrock: Spring Sounds

The new spring shoots of music from Celtic roots are ready for broadcast. Hear new songs from Eamon Friel, Molly's Revenge, Runa and more.

Leonardo da Vinci's Ingenious Design for a Self-Supporting Bridge

Or, "How to build a bridge in 10 minutes that's strong enough to support a car"<p>Of the many structures Leonardo da Vinci designed, perhaps none made …

Want to Get Into Tabletop RPGs? Here Are 6 Games to Get You Ready

Plenty of io9 readers are already obsessed with role-playing games; to you guys, we say take five. It’s the rest of you that we’re talking to, those …

Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con Sync Issue Is Even Worse If You Put It In Your Butt

This is how you're supposed to play video games, right?<p>Nintendo's hot new console is finally here and everyone is talking about how great it is. It's <i>Zelda</i> this, <i>Zelda</i> that, <i>Zelda</i>, <i>Zelda</i>, <i>Zelda</i>. If you didn't know any better you'd think it only had one game, but thankfully that isn't the case.<p>One other …

Nintendo Switch

7 Epic European Landscape Photography Spots you Might Regret Not Seeing

Photographers! Check Out these European Landscape Photography Spots<p>Planning a trip to Europe with your tripod & gear or already live there?<p>By now, …

Landscape Photography

We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government

I served in Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the Constitution describes.<p>For more than a dozen years, teaching government classes to graduate students at Harvard and Princeton, I filled my students’ …

Political Science

The Mind Behind Dusk City Outlaws Tells Us About the Intricacies of Tabletop Game Design

Having a hand in making some of the most famous tabletop roleplaying games around is one thing, but striking out to create your own world and rules …

Winter hills

Genesis

'Candleman' is a 3D platformer that will make your heart melt

Proper 3D platformers are a rarity these days, especially on the Xbox One. That's why we're intrigued by <i>Candleman</i>, a charming adventure featuring a tiny wax-based hero. To succeed, you'll need to decide when and how to melt your little candle. Illumination can trigger vital bridges, or spook …

Red Dead Redemption