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How to set up your new Mac like a pro

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and one of the hottest gifts around is a new MacBook or iMac. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get one this year, you’ll want to rip open that box, tear off that plastic sheeting, and get to the good stuff.<p>Once you’ve plugged in your new Mac, you’re in for a …

Why Knuckles Crack

Scientists think they may have solved an old question about the cracking of knuckles: Why does it make that sound?<p>The crack apparently comes from a bubble <i>forming</i> in the fluid within the joint when the bones separate, according to a study published Wednesday. It's like a tiny air bag inflating.<p>The …

Here’s What Scientists Learned In The Largest Systematic Study Of Email Habits

For one thing, you’re shockingly predictable<p>You probably get a lot of emails. Heck, maybe someone even sent you this article in an email. And you have likely developed a systematic approach to dealing with this digital avalanche that never seems to end. Even though email has been around for about …

Researchers Develop A Troll-Hunting Algorithm

Automatic detection of the internet's "future banned users"<p>Cornell University researchers are coming for you, Internet trolls.<p>After an 18-month study of banned commenters on cnn.com, breitbart.com and ign.com, three researchers claim they can identify Internet trolls with great accuracy. The say …

The Hacker's Guide To Smart Homes

How to make your house intelligent, efficient, and way more fun<p>Sure, we’ve heard a lot about smart homes and how they’re the wave of the future. Yet that future has always seemed just over the horizon. But now several home-automation platforms have emerged that give Internet-connected …

Like-Fueled Algorithm Knows Facebook Users Better Than Their Family

But not quite as well as spouses<p>Every day, Facebook learns more and more about each person who uses it. Clicking a “like” affirms an interest and teaches the machine valuable information about its users. A new study from researchers at Cambridge and Stanford reveals that a few likes are enough for …

Prototype Retainer Could Help Hearing-Impaired 'Listen' With Their Tongues

Putting the words right in your mouth<p>For individuals with significant hearing loss, cochlear implants have proven to be an incredible tool for regaining some sense of sound. Yet the small, electronic device, which works by stimulating an individual’s auditory nerve, requires both surgical …

When Will Humanity Finally Pull The Plug On Power Cords?

Look, ma, no wires!<p>In the mobile age, we're largely unfettered by wires, thanks in no small part to Wi-Fi, cellular networking, and the rise of laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But one thin tether keeps us perennially bound: power. Though battery technologies have improved, we still need to …

Make Your Chores Suck Less with the LEGO Principle

Chores can be frustrating because your results disappear so quickly. Dishes get dirty again, toilet paper needs to get replenished, and laundry needs …

Official haircuts of North Korea

There are 28 official state-approved haircuts in North Korea, and there is renewed emphasis on the official coiffure parameters under its new leader, …

FYI: Does Thinking Too Hard Wear You Out?

If it does, it's all in your head.<p>The brain makes up about 1⁄50 of our body weight but consumes about one fifth of the oxygen we breathe. It's natural to assume that overtaxing the cerebrum would leave one feeling lethargic, but that's not quite true. The brain uses most of its energy just to …

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

Genius, As A Tot

She learned to read, then for a challenge she taught herself Spanish – at the tender age of 2. Her parents took her to the doctor, where IQ tests put her in the top 2% of test-takers, with an IQ of 160 – the same as Albert Einstein’s. Her doctors told a reporter that her IQ was “off the scale."<p>This …

Certain People Are Much More Prone To Catch Contagious Yawns

Susceptibility seems to decrease with age.<p>If you see or hear somebody else yawn, or even think or read about yawning, there's a good chance that you may yourself yawn; between 40 and 60 percent of people are susceptible to contagious yawning. Previous studies (for example here and here) suggest …

5 Bar Tricks You Can Do With Science

Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight<p>As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his classic <i>Cat's Cradle</i>, "science is magic that works." The same can be applied to these seemingly magical bar tricks, which are not really tricks but based in simple physics and science. They were shown to me by …

Microwaves

The Wii U has had a rocky start since the beginning of 2013 following its initial release in November of the previous year. However, since launch, …

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

<b>Listen · 3:00</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother.<p>Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — …

Born without fingerprints

Adermatoglyphia is a very rare genetic condition causing you to be born without fingerprints. In 2011, a small group of researchers pinpointed the …

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Build A Smartphone Scanner To Digitize Your Notes

Got 30 minutes and $5? Then you can add those scribbled notes to your phone.<p>Graphic designer Giovanni Re likes to scribble his many ideas and drawings in paper notebooks. He also wants digital access to them, so Re built an inexpensive scanner using his iPhone. A stand positions the phone’s camera …

Just Liking A Cause Doesn't Help: Internet Slacktivism Harms Charities

Contrary to some previous studies, research from the University of British Columbia says "liking" a charitable cause publicly allows people to feel they've done their part without committing any actual money or time to it.<p>Changing your Facebook profile picture, wearing a pink ribbon or signing an …

Advanced Mathematics With Legos In A Washing Machine

Science with colorful bricks<p>Every generation, a scientific paper comes along that rocks the very foundations of research, upturns our sense of the world, leaves us collapsed, in awe at everything that we, for all of our work, still fail to comprehend about the universe. "Random Structures from Lego …

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5 Extinct Animals That May Still Exist

1. Thylacine<p>Reported extinct around 1936.<p>Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, means “the dog-headed pouched one” in Greek. Thylacines were …

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Sonja Ocampo's Cupcake Cheat Sheet

Sonja Ocampo Shares with Us Her “Cupcake Cheat Sheet”<p>It’s no surprise that Cupcakes by Sonja has become such an established dessert nook in Metro …

Man Has Condition that Brews Beer in His Gut, Gets Him Spontaneously Drunk

Homebrewers have long debated whether it is better to brew beer in glass or plastic, not realizing there is a third, more direct option — their own …

How to install iOS 7 on your iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, and iPad Mini right now - ExtremeTech

By on September 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p><b>Updated:</b> Apple has just …

If Only Modern Pokemon Games Looked Like This

Yes, <i>Pokemon X & Y</i> looks excellent, visually. But even so, looking at the photoshop handiwork of Justin—Bieber, it's hard not to fantasize about an …

Samurai Jack Back From The Past in New Comic Series

In 2004, the beloved Cartoon Network series <i>Samurai Jack</i> was abruptly cancelled. The time traveling hero was never able to return to his own era and …

These Fake Pokemon Ads Will Make You Wish You Could Buy Rare Candy

First, there were Pokemon travel posters that advertised vacation locales around Kanto. Now Chuz0r adds to that through a variety of ads for items as …

What Salamanders Could Teach Scientists About Growing Human Limbs

Regeneration, salamander-style<p>In an attempt to recreate the plot of multiple recent superhero movies, a team of Australian scientists is looking into the regenerative properties of salamanders--and into how humans can pull off the same trick.<p>Salamanders, specifically the axolotl, are vertebrates …