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Inside decaying US prison, former inmates are guides

<b>At a 19th Century prison that pioneered the use of solitary confinement in the US, former inmates lead one-of-a-kind tours about the history of incarceration and their own experience within it.</b><p>Standing in a cool stone corridor near the heart of Eastern State Penitentiary, a sprawling Gothic …

North Carolina

What's killing white middle-aged American women?

<b>The rich world has got used to health and longevity getting better, and death rates falling for everyone.</b><p>But over the past few years, data has been accumulating which suggests that this trend has stopped for poorly-educated, white Americans.<p>And for one group in particular - middle-aged women - …

Princeton University

Scientists could learn a lot from 13 people whose genetic mutations should have made them sick, but didn't

Their DNA could hold the secret to treating severe childhood diseases<p>Scientists have identified 13 people who carry genetic mutations that should cause severe diseases, but who are surprisingly healthy. Because of this, researchers think their DNA, or the environment in which they live, might hold …

Genetics

Online game Rust is randomly assigning genders to players

'We understand this is a sore subject for a lot of people.'<p>Some players of multiplayer survival game <i>Rust</i> are logging into the game only to discover that their avatar has a new gender. Developer Facepunch Studios, which originally launched <i>Rust</i> in 2013, has just recently introduced female character …

Rust (Programming Language)

People interpret the same emoji in completely different ways

Leading to image miscommunications<p>Although emoji fill in where words are lacking, their true meaning might be getting lost in translation. People interpret emoji differently, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. This holds true even if chatting is happening over …

Language

The money in Silicon Valley has attracted a different type of tech worker, says Apple cofounder

In an interview with Mashable, Wozniak argued that Silicon Valley's transformation from a land of fruit trees to a paved office park has it mirroring Los Angeles and Orange County now.<p>It's also changed who is coming to Silicon Valley for work.<p>"I think the money that's been made has attracted a …

Silicon Valley

Nigeria campaign to stop women giving birth in church

<b>Twenty-seven-year-old Ransom Linus Martin, four months into her first pregnancy, has come to the Land of Promise church near the city of Calabar for prayers, but it is also where she will be giving birth.</b><p>She is not alone in her choice, but campaigners are trying to end the practice which is …

Pregnancy

Oculus founder thinks VR may affect your ability to perceive time passing

Time is an illusion. VR time doubly so.<p>Most of the VR experiences we've had thus far can be measured in minutes — a short film here or tech demo there — but that isn't because of technical limits or health concerns. According to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, you'll likely end up spending more time …

Ready Player One

Tracking down India's $4 smartphone

In a country hungry for smartphones, can something this inexpensive be a reality?<p>Last month, an India-based mobile manufacturing company named Ringing Bells announced a series of ultra-low budget, domestically-produced mobile handsets. These new phones included India’s cheapest 4G smartphone at …

Mobile

Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Monogamy is a mystery. A Martian zoologist, visiting Earth and noting our basic biology — not to mention our frequent philandering — would conclude that monogamy is not "natural" to the human species. So why is it so widely promulgated, especially in the modern Western world?<p>Of course, just because …

Americans increasingly approve of gay and lesbian adults adopting kids

Americans have grown increasingly supportive of gay and lesbian adults adopting kids, and a new report from the CDC shows just how far attitudes have shifted. In a survey completed in 2013, nearly 75 percent of women said they agreed that gay or lesbian adults should have the right to adopt …

LGBTQI

Inventor of email and savior of the @ sign, Ray Tomlinson, is dead at 74

A computing legend has died. The inventor of email, Ray Tomlinson, suffered an apparent heart attack on Saturday, according to reports. He was 74 years old.<p>Tomlinson sent the very first email back in 1971; at the time, he was working in Boston at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN), a company that was …

E-Mail

The Indian man who chases fires

<b>"A fire talks to you," says Bipin Ganatra, squatting in his one-room flat in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta).</b><p>"Fires come in red and blues. The blue ones are more lethal. And the roar tells you so much on what exactly the blaze is feeding on."<p>Mr Ganatra, a wiry 59-year-old man, is not …

Merchant Shipping

Scientific journal cites a creator. Scientists say OMG

Technically Incorrect: The popular journal PLOS One publishes a paper that says the human hand was "the proper design of the Creator." The scientific community does a face palm.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Intelligent design is a …

Education

How Scott Kelly's year in space may have changed his body

The body reacts in strange ways to microgravity<p>NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth tonight, wrapping up a 340-day-long stay aboard the International Space Station. It's the longest amount of time an American astronaut has lived in space, says NASA. The extended stay is part of the …

Space Science

Video games in 2016 would be unrecognizable to someone in 2006

If you stepped away from video games for a decade, would you recognize them when you returned?<p>Over the weekend, I received an email from Murali Ramanujam, who hasn't played video games in earnest since 2007. Returning to the medium after nine years, he feels lost.<p>As he puts it:<p>I simply cannot …

Model Trains

What counts as artificially intelligent? AI and deep learning, explained

Artificial intelligence seems to have become ubiquitous in the technology industry. AIs, we’re told, are replying to our emails on Gmail, learning how to drive our cars, and sorting our holiday photos. Mark Zuckerberg is even building one to help out around the house. The problem is that the …

Artificial Intelligence

J.J. Abrams says Star Wars without gay characters is 'insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive'

'The fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility'<p>Does director J.J. Abrams think there's a place for gay characters in the <i>Star Wars</i> universe? At the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday night, his answer was clear: "Of course!" He continued, "When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay …

Star Wars

Smartwatches have outsold Swiss watches for the first time

For the first time in history, smartwatch sales have surpassed Swiss watch sales, according to Strategy Analytics. A new report from the research firm estimates that there were 8.1 million smartwatch shipments in the last quarter of 2015, compared to 7.9 million Swiss watch shipments. …

Wearable Tech

Why Breakfast Is Not the Most Important Meal of the Day

For years I told people that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. I published the advice in three books, referenced the smartest minds …

Laptops are getting destroyed by cheap USB-C cables

Laptops are getting destroyed because of faulty wiring on cheap cords<p>Over the past year or so, one of the biggest tech stories has been about one of the smallest things: a USB plug. Specifically, the new USB Type-C plug and port, which promises to become the single thing that we can use to connect …

USB Type-C

The Academy announces goal to 'double number of diverse members' after Oscar backlash

It's hoping to achieve that goal by 2020<p>The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is overhauling its governance, membership rules and sponsorship process in response to intense criticism over the diversity of this year's Oscar nominations and the Academy's membership. In an emergency meeting …

The Oscars

How to Eat Healthy on a Low Budget

When it comes to healthy eating, it often means a serious dent in your bank account. From the daily $10+ cold-pressed juices to the $500+ week-long detox meal plan, staying slim on a budget is harder than it sounds. Here, 6 food tips to stay healthy and save money.<p><b>1) Buy the Basics:</b> Grocery …

Healthy Eating

How Star Wars and the internet changed movie trailers

When the first trailer for <i>Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace</i> came out in 1998, the only way to see it was to buy a ticket for <i>Meet Joe Black</i>, <i>The Waterboy</i>, or <i>The Siege</i>. Which, of course, many fans did — cheering while the trailer rolled and filing out immediately afterward. A few recorded the …

Movies

Streaming Video Now Accounts for 70 Percent of Broadband Usage

How Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon ate the Internet (and terrified cable).<p>You use your Internet connection to do all kinds of things. But you use it for one thing much more than anything else: To stream video and music.<p>If you’re reading this site (or if you work at a giant TV and broadband …

Televisions

Beyond 'he' and 'she': The rise of non-binary pronouns

<b>In the English language, the word "he" is used to refer to males and "she" to refer to females. But some people identify as neither gender, or both - which is why an increasing number of US universities are making it easier for people to choose to be referred to by other pronouns.</b><p>Kit Wilson's …

Language

There's got to be a better name than 'The Founders' for the generation after Millennials

This job can't be left up to 13-year-olds<p>We all know about Millennials — the generation born roughly between the early ‘80s and 2000 — but how are we going to grossly oversimplify the next generation? Clearly, we need a name. Generation Z might be the default choice, but MTV of all things has taken …

Music Videos

Scientists shouldn’t edit the human gene pool, expert panel decides

At least not right now<p>Scientists shouldn't use gene-editing technology to modify human embryos that might result in a person, a group of international experts concluded yesterday in Washington, DC, during the International Summit on Human Gene Editing. The experts also said in a statement it would …

Genetics

Scientists have figured out what makes Dr. Seuss so silly

Chris Westbury was trying to get work done, and everyone around him kept laughing.<p>As part of a study on aphasia, a speech and language disorder, the University of Alberta psychology professor was running a study in which test subjects were shown strings of letters and asked to distinguish real …

Language