Paul OBrien

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How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

Bicycling's 50 Golden Rules

The cycling standards you need to know<p>Cyclists are innovators, constantly hunting for an edge. Over the last half-century, we've tried thousands of methods to become stronger, faster, and smarter on a bike—many of which have been discarded through the years.<p>These are the rules that have …

Dell's first Chromebook is destined for schools

Come tomorrow, Dell will take the wraps off of its very first Chromebook, which has been dubbed the Dell Chromebook 11. Specifics are scant at the moment, but we do know that the laptop (which will likely have an 11-inch display) has been designed for use in schools. Fret not Chrome OS fans who no …

Google opens first data centres in Asia

<b>Google has opened its first ever data centres in Asia as it looks to boost its growth further in the region.</b><p>The move comes as a growing number of people in Asia - which is home to more than half of the world's population - are getting connected to the internet.<p>Google said that having data centres …

Ultrasound scan and health check using your smartphone

Low-tech, relatively low-cost medical innovations are being showcased at an international health summit in Qatar.<p>One of the devices on show at the World Innovation Summit for Health is the "Smartphone Physical" developed by medical students at John Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University …

The Nikon Df Takes DxOMark’s Low-Light Crown, Outperforms the D4

It seems the Nikon engineers had some tricks up their sleeves when they put the D4 sensor inside the new Nikon Df, because while the sensor earned …

23 Extreme Gravity-Defying Photos That Will Give You Vertigo

How many times have you been told that anything is possible? Do you believe it? Here are 23 extreme photos of serious risk takers that prove anything …

CyanogenMod 10.1.3 Stable Is Rolling Out Now

CM stable users, it's time to update your ROM – the final build of 10.1.3 is rolling out to get.cm right now. We saw the last version bump to the …

The weather: bring me sunshine

As the Met Office predicts another decade of washout summers, can science change our weather for the better?<p>It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Back in the early 1990s, when scientists made their first predictions about what global warming would do to the weather of the British Isles, the crystal …

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Tawny Crazy Ants Invade Southern States

Tawny crazy ants are invading ecosystems and homes in states including Texas and Florida, wiping out other ant species and overwhelming homeowners. <i>Weekend Edition Saturday</i> host Scott Simon talks to Texas A&M research scientist Robert Puckett, who says the ants are "ecological steamrollers" that …

Zombies roam the animal kingdom — and some of them may be after us

The zombies in "World War Z" are just actors — but in the animal world, zombies are a fact of life. Evolution can come up with some fiendish twists: For example, there are some species that bend other creatures to their will to keep their bizarre life cycles going. Or just to feast on their …

Cook Almost Anything Outdoors by Using Your Grill as an Oven

Maybe you're tailgating, or it's a just a beautiful day and you want to spend it outdoors. When it comes time to cook, your grill doesn't have to be …

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Catching public transport does not give you flu

Public transport may not be the hotbed of infection it is feared to be.<p>A new survey by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that catching public transport does not increase your risk of getting the flu.<p>Researchers who surveyed nearly 6,000 people found that actually that …

How To Clean Up Fish Farms And Raise More Seafood At The Same Time

Last month, we told you about companies that are growing salmon on dry land. That's an effective — but expensive — way to reduce water pollution caused by fish farms. After all, marine aquaculture provides about half of the seafood we eat.<p>So a Canadian researcher named Thierry Chopin is pushing to …

Food Storage 101: Where and How Long to Keep Your Favorite Foods

<i>We've talked about food storage and safety quite a bit here at Lifehacker—from what you do and don't need to refrigerate, to the best ways to stop</i> …

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Box Acquires Crocodoc To Add HTML5 Document Converter And Sleek Content Viewing Experience To Cloud Storage Platform

Cloud storage company Box has acquired HTML5 document embedding service and Y Combinator alum Crocodoc, both companies announced in a press briefing today. Financial terms of the deal, which was a cash and stock transaction, were not disclosed; however, Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie said that …

This 7-Minute, Research-Based Workout Exercises Your Whole Body

Don't have an hour or even twenty minutes to exercise each day? You might not need it. This routine of 12 exercises is a complete workout based on …

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8 Extensions That Make Google Drive More Powerful Than Dropbox

A little over a year ago, Google officially changed the name of its Docs app to Drive and gave users cloud storage to compete with Dropbox. While so …