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How Serious a Setback Is the SpaceX Rocket Explosion?

There are uncountable laws of physics and engineering that govern the launch of a rocket. But there’s one that supersedes them all: Ultimately, stuff …

PS4 has 70 to 90 percent of EU console market

It's no surprise to anyone even slightly plugged into gaming circles that the PlayStation 4 is doing well -- per Sony's own financials, over 22.3 …

Foldable screens are coming to revolutionise TVs, smartphones—and your clothes

Screens have revolutionised how we communicate: starting with the humble cathode ray tube, which was developed to observe the motion of electrons on single colour images, to today’s smartphones that we use for work, leisure and everything in between.<p>The next frontier for the screen would be to …

Nature Communications

Here's what will happen if Greece decides not to pay back its debt

<b>What happens on Monday when</b> <b>the banks open?</b><p>The Greek central bank has kept the main banks supplied with euro notes. Most branches that opened on Saturday were able to keep churning out notes with a few exceptions put down to administrative hiccups.<p>ATMs are also expected to be working on Monday, …

A Practical Vision For The Hyperloop Experience

Why should high-speed tubes look all that different from high-speed flight?<p>In 2013, Elon Musk unveiled a radical idea for high-speed transportation: a metal tube that fired passengers to their destinations in canisters traveling 760 miles an hour. The Hyperloop, as he called it, could make a trip …

The Big, Big, Big, Big Money Behind Tall Buildings

How super-luxury apartments became a major global investment tool.<p>The $100 million duplex penthouse to be perched astride the 73rd and 74th floors at 220 Central Park South will offer five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gallery, library and a 713-square-foot terrace. The luxe building is one of a …

Governments want to get rid of passwords, too

It's not just giant tech companies that want to put an end to passwords. Both the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology and the UK's Office of the Cabinet have become the first government bodies to join the FIDO Alliance, giving them a direct say in building more secure (and more …

Bracing for a Food Fight: High Tech vs. Slow Food

Eat real food. This is the advice of a thousand health advocates at a thousand typewriters in a thousand books. The problem is definitional: What is real food?<p>A thinking person can weed out the obvious imposters created by corporations who aren’t overwhelmingly concerned about public health or …

Silicon Valley

16 Breakfast Recipes to Take You Around the World

Breakfast is always lauded as the most important meal of the day, yet it's so easy to fall into a rut: a bowl of cereal and a cup of joe if you're in a hurry, pancakes if you have the time, and oatmeal when you want to feel virtuous. Don't you feel antsy just reading that litany? Let's try looking …

Breakfast

Paul Weller: Yes, I Threatened to Break Noel Gallagher’s Legs

The Modfather opens up about his impressive new solo album, Saturns Pattern, whether The Jam will ever reunite, and the plight of the aging rocker.<p>“I …

Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever

The brain works like a complex circuit board which could be recreated on a computer<p>Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion …

Singularity

These Photos Tackle An Uncomfortable Question: What If There Are Just Too Many People On Earth?

Population control is taboo. But it wasn’t always that way–and a new book, showing images ranging from a mall on Black Friday to a shepherd in Mongolia, could open up the conversation.<p>In the world of solutions to environmental problems, one topic rarely gets any discussion: Birth control. By 2050, …

Agriculture

Here's how a 353-gigapixel panorama is made

There’s megapixels and then there’s gigapixels.<p>Yes, the latter is actually a thing and it’s the hallmark of what’s being called “the world’s largest photo” at precisely 353 gigapixels.<p>How does a photo get that huge? It takes a lot of photos. Photographer Filippo Blengini alongside a five-person …

Skyping with the enemy: I went undercover as a jihadi girlfriend

It was 10 o’clock on a Friday night in spring 2014 and I was sitting on the sofa in my one-bed Paris apartment when I received a message from a French terrorist based in Syria: “Salaam alaikum, sister. I see you watched my video. It’s gone viral – crazy! Are you Muslim? What do you think about …

Islam

Why mathematician John Nash was a genius

The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, who died with his wife in a car crash in New Jersey on Sunday, has rightly been described as a …

Tesla’s New Battery Will Make Lithium Ion the Next AA

Author: Klint Finley. Klint Finley Business<p>Date of Publication: 05.01.15.<p>Time of Publication: 4:40 pm. 4:40 pm<p>Last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally …

In A Disaster, This Device Lets People Communicate Without A Cell Signal, Wi-Fi, Or Power

A solar-powered device that can survive a flood could help emergency responders connect to each other in the next big disaster.<p>In the wake of the massive earthquake in Nepal, as power went out, cell towers crumbled, and internet connections disappeared, a few people turned to ham radio to send …

Mesh Network

7 Most Surprising Things About Owning an Apple Watch

I’ve had an Apple Watch for a little over a week now. The most common question people ask you when you’ve got Apple’s wearable computer on your wrist …

Fantastic words with no easy translation in other languages

<i>Warmduscher</i>, in German, refers to a Goldilocks-like person who only takes warm showers, implying that he is a bit of wimp. <i>Gurfa</i>, in Arabic, is the amount of water than can be held in one hand. <i>Nunchi</i>, in Korean, is the art of listening and gauging another’s mood.<p>We have all met these people or felt …

Language

One 'Solution' to Urban Air Pollution: Let's Live in Bubbles

This architectural concept sounds like something from Under the Dome.<p>You know China and India have environmental image problems when people give up on fixing their dismal air quality and instead suggest living like the Bubble Boy in hermetic, climate-controlled complexes.<p>That's the innovative and …

Solar Panels

The Mind of a Burglar

Just like anyone else, criminals get better at their "jobs" over time, which can make it hard for them to quit and find respectable employment.<p>The notion of the cat burglar is one Hollywood likes to romanticize: A suave gentleman or lady with a penchant for mischief and fondness for shiny things, …

The most important part of self-driving cars will be human control

Self-driving cars are expected to revolutionize the automobile industry. Rapid advances have led to working prototypes faster than most people expected. The anticipated benefits of this emerging technology include safer, faster and more eco-friendly transportation.<p>Until now, the public dialogue …

Automation

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Review<p>A deep dive on <i>Avengers</i> for those who've seen the movie.<p>By The Editors of GQ4 days agoView More<p>Hair Gods<p>See the Avengers star's new facial hair …

Bill Murray

72 Hours Inside the Eye-Popping World of Cardistry

The kids lost it for the Danes. Like, jump-out-of-your-seat incredulity, involuntary burbles of whoas muffled by hands over mouths. These kids (nine-year-olds to twentysomethings) were watching a slick three-minute video titled “Pacemaker” accompanied by a propulsive drum-and-bass soundtrack. In …

David Copperfield

New technology will turn your phone's display into a biometric scanner

We should all be familiar with biometric scanners in smartphones by now. While sometimes it can ultimately work against us, biometric recognition is making its way into the mainstream, offering an easy way to gain access to our mobile devices. So far, we’ve only really seen fingerprint recognition …

Mobile

Project Fi - Google's Wireless Service

How gaming can improve our cognitive abilities

Adam Gazzaley is building a repertoire of games that could one day help us reduce or even reverse the impact on our cognitive faculties of disorders …

Bugatti Chiron heralds dawn of the hypercar

Still saving up for a Bugatti Veyron? That car is <i>so</i> over. If the manufacturer behind the £2m supercar is to be believed, the very concept of …

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

Movie-Inspired Gadgets In Real Life

From ‘Back to the Future’ hoverboards to ‘Blade Runner’ flying cars and ‘Star Trek’ tricorders—filmmakers’ fantasies are becoming a reality<p>IT IS 26 YEARS since film fans got a glimpse of what 2015 could be like in the cult movie “Back to the Future Part II.” Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, …

Blade Runner