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9 Ways To Avoid Cracked, Dry Skin This Winter

Let's just put it out there: winter and skin are <b>not</b> the best of friends.<p>At this point in the season, your door can't hang one more heavy coat and your online shopping cart is full of one too many scarves, but let's not forget about the most essential part of winter: the ongoing battle with dry skin.<p>…

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

Why We Use "X" as the Unknown in Math

For hundreds of years, x has been the go-to symbol for the unknown quantity in mathematical equations. So who started this practice?<p>Algebra was born …

Mathematics

Nature Photography… With A Cellphone?

The inherent wide angle nature of a cellphone’s camera is perfect for making landscape photographs. Shot with: Xolo Q800. Photograph/Supriya</i> …

Pen that draws real circuits

When we were young, Physics and Electronics classes used to be from another space. Our textbooks used to be full of drawing of squiggly lines that …

Common Portrait Lighting Mistakes

Here is a quick list of several common portrait lighting mistakes that beginners, and even pros, often make. Why are they mistakes? Because the goal …

List-Worthy

The Best Hidden Features of VLC

VLC is easily one of our favorite media players (and yours too). However, it's not just a one-trick pony. Under the surface, there's a wide range of …

Software

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Biology

Five questions for the creator of Google's modular smartphone

It's been just over a year since Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division announced Project Ara, a full-scale effort to produce the world's very first modular smartphone. The team has been working hard and fast to get a unit on the market before the end of its two-year mission, and …

The Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions

There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done. So when a 2004 exhibition explained Harry Houdini's illusions, …

Mercedes-Benz's self-driving truck set for Europe's roads "in 10 years"

<b>News:</b> Mercedes-Benz has unveiled an autonomous lorry that will be able to drive itself across Europe's roads within the next 10 years (+ movies).<p>"In …

Hewlett-Packard reportedly plans to split into two companies

Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to split into two companies, separating its personal computer and printer division from its business services unit.<p>The Palo Alto-based company, which markets personal and business technology products, announced the split on Monday. It is expected to be completed by …

IT

Practical Photography Tips for Beginners

Is photography getting you down? Did you stretch your budget to buy the best camera you could, then realize you were in over your head? One look at …

Landscape Photography

How to photograph landscapes with people: 5 ideas to try right now

<i>Shooting lone figures in a stunning setting is a great way to add another dimension to your landscape photography. Here Mark Hamblin shares five</i> …

Code/red: Apple Releases iPhone Killer

Plus, a gray market iPhone 6 price check, Google tweaks News Corp. and an outpouring of support for the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal.<p>// HAPPENING TODAY<p>Samsung, LG and KitKat are reveling in Apple’s #bendgate misfortune.<p>This iOS 8 Release Contains Improvements and Bug Fixes Including: BREAK …

Harry Potter Is Fiction, but Invisibility Cloak(ing Device)s Are Real

Hey, where'd you go?<p>University of Rochester researchers have developed — take a breath — a “three-dimensional, transmitting, continuously multidirectional cloaking” device.<p>That pileup of adjectives basically means the “perfect paraxial” cloak makes an object invisible, and it stays invisible even …

Harvard Wants To Help You Make Your Own Squishy Robot

Modern robotics has gone soft.<p>Ever sit alone in your room and think to yourself, “If only I had a soft robot to call my own.” All right, so that scenario is pretty unlikely, but for those who might have wondered how to create a squishy automaton, Harvard has the blueprints you’ll need.<p>In …