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How casinos get you to spend more money

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the science of slot machines, the secret behind BuzzFeed and the origin of laughter… and tears.<p>Why we procrastinate<br>Alisa Opar | Nautilus | 14 August 2014<br>We see our future selves as other people, as not-quite-us. This disconnect that we feel …

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Robin Williams, depression and the complex causes of suicide

While many people who kill themselves have been experiencing the extreme distress we might think of as depression, that’s not always the case and is rarely the whole explanation<p>As the tributes to the actor and comedian Robin Williams continue, so too do the arguments over the meaning of his death. …

The mystery of motion sickness - Rose Eveleth

Although one third of the population suffers from motion sickness, scientists aren’t exactly sure what causes it. Like the common cold, it's a …

The 10 Best Things From September 2014

Some things are just... better.<p>Each month at Popular Science, we sift through a mountain of new products—everything from gadgets and tools to books and movies—so that you don't have to.<p>View the gallery below to see 10 of our favorite things hitting the shelves (or are already on them) this …

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You can charge a phone battery by playing music at it

There are any number of research teams trying to build alternative power sources for your cellphone. Do you want to put tiny windmills on it? What about plugging it into a solar-powered charging bench or just holding it up to the sun? Now, at the Queen Mary University of London, a group of …

Scientists Turn Cigarette Butts Into Electrical Storage

By burning them. No, really.<p>The electrical power of the future just might be waiting in ashtrays across the world. Researchers in South Korea discovered that, with a one-step conversion process, cigarette filters turn into great supercapacitors. This is great news for anyone who wants new …

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Week's Best Space Pictures: Orion Gets Wet and Clusters Twinkle

A deep-space capsule is put through its paces, a globular cluster gets its portrait taken, and Hawaii is imaged from on high.

Behind the Scenes at the City Morgue

Close Your Eyes And Listen To The Night Sky

Goodbye Big Bang, hello black hole? A new theory of the universe's creation

Could the famed "Big Bang" theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a …

Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

Physics

Graphene hybrid foam bounces back - Futurity

A new graphene oxide foam is super strong and can bounce back after being stretched and compressed.

Nanotech

Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips

Subtle vibrations can be translated back into audio<p>Your bag of potato chips can hear what you're saying. Now, researchers from MIT are trying to figure out a way to make that bag of chips tell them everything that you said — and apparently they have a method that works. By pointing a video camera …

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away - Nature and Environment

<i>Learn how to keep mosquitoes away with these handy suggestions to repel mosquitoes before they attack.</i><p>Humans have been taking aim at mosquitoes since …

Joomla Templates - Praxis

About Praxis<p>3D Visuals<br>• Side Module<br>• Custom Font<br>• Styled Modules<p><b>Praxis</b> is an elegant nexus of content <b>enriching</b> visual elements and powerful, underlying …

Basics: Debugging & Customizing with LESS/CSS

This guide is a brief overview of the tools for self help, providing you with the abilities to debug your own issues and identify what and how to …

Understanding Joomla! Versions

15 Effective Productivity Tools For Designer and Developers

Web designer and developers have a really tough job, which is not only very hectic but is also very time consuming. So they are always looking for …

Joomla Extensions - RokPad

Code Editor<p><b>RokPad</b> is designed as an advanced <b>code editor</b>, the perfect alternative to the WYSIWYG editor, without the frustrating code errors, but …

Optimizing your Joomla site for speed

The speed at which your site loads is very important. Firstly, a fast loading site will have your readers stick around longer. If they are served …

Gantry - Next Generation Theme Framework | Gantry

surfarcher<p>"As an experienced coder that was relatively new to Joomla! I felt theme frameworks had a very steep and intimitating learning curve. …

20 New Things

Joomla has recently released the Joomla 3.0.0 version on September 27th, 2012 with significant updates and major developments. Following right up …

Web Design

Building A Better Responsive Website

Benefits<p>A single website to build, maintain and promote.<br>• Support for a variety of screen sizes, not just the extreme cases of large desktop monitors …

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code

And what I’ve learned from teaching others<p><b>Before you learn to code, think about what you want to code</b><p>Knowing how to code is mostly about building …

13 Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013

Every month, a committee of Firefox volunteers — who really, REALLY love Firefox Add-ons — puts their time and effort into finding the best new …