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Find free stopover vacations with AirWander flight search

Flying to London? You could spend three days in Amsterdam on the way for free or cheap. That’s the promise of AirWander, a new flight search engine for the adventurous. AirWander finds you inexpensive stopovers — essentially multi-day layovers when you can explore a connecting city between other …

13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December

It’s December. I can hardly believe how fast the year flew by. December means the full rush of Christmas and holiday shopping, and it means a slightly lighter load of new books hitting bookstores. That’s fine by me: it means that I can try and tackle the accumulated piles of books on my own to-read …

War in space: Kamikazes, kidnapper satellites and lasers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It was May 2014 when a small team of American airmen monitoring a Russian satellite launch saw something they had never seen before. An object the team thought was a piece of debris from the launch suddenly came to life.<p>"The one object that we assumed was a piece of debris …

Space Exploration

Humanity is cosmically special. Here’s how we know.

<i>Howard A. Smith is a lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.</i><p>As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let’s reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we …

Universe

In search of the funkiest little town in America

On a quest to find the best alternative town in the US, our writer takes a road trip through the north-west. Along the way he finds plenty of contenders with great diners, bookshops and easy access to the outdoors, but which place gets his vote?<p>Out on Route 21 in Washington state, the long golden …

Northern California

Psychology Researchers Found New Evidence for the 'Broken Windows' Policing Theory

Do visual signs of neglect encourage criminality? The long-controversial idea may have just gotten a little stronger.<p>First devised by a pair of criminologists writing in <i>The</i> <i>Atlantic</i> some 34 years ago, the theory of “broken windows” swept U.S. cities during the crime-ridden 1980s and 90s. Former New …

Psychology

The Future of Sex Is Orgy Domes

We spoke to Emily Witt about her brilliant new book 'Future Sex', which takes on cultural myths around sexuality and sexual experimentation with a serious, radical eye.<p>When I met Emily Witt six years ago, I felt that touch of vertigo that comes when you realize you're in the presence of a highly …

Books

Researchers use the human body to transfer wireless passwords

Sending data over wireless formats like WiFi and Bluetooth is very convenient, but not necessarily secure. A Princeton report back in January revealed that some smart home devices unwittingly broadcast location information while others didn't encrypt their data streams at all. To get around the …

This Tool Tells You If It's Cheaper to Drive or Fly

You're going to want to bookmark this.<p>Now there's one less barrier to going on vacation. TravelMath, a website that calculates the cost of travel, can figure out if you should drive or fly to cities around the world, according to Lifehacker. The website uses a "travel cost calculator" to consider …

Travel

100 under-the-radar places everyone should visit in the world

That's why we have compiled a comprehensive list of lesser-visited destinations, whether they are natural or man-made spectacles, hidden wonders, or points of breathtaking scenery.<p>From a Japanese island that doubles as an active volcano to a neon green lake in New Zealand, here are our top</i> …

Skynet Anti-Drone Rifle Can Jam Signals In The Air

Hope you like jamming too<p><i>Terminator</i>, the 1984 film about a time-traveling robot assassin, looms large in the popular understanding of drones. At the core of the Terminator universe is SkyNet, an artificial intelligence that nukes humanity to save itself. I only mention Terminator as a preface to …

Drones

Google Street View's beefed-up privacy blurs cow's face

Google admitted their software had been udderly ‘overzealous’, but didn’t begrudge cow for milking its newfound fame<p>We are used to faces and number plates being obscured by Google to protect privacy for images on Street View, but animals don’t often suffer the same fate – except for this Cambridge …

Google Street View

Considering ethics now before radically new brain technologies get away from us

Imagine infusing thousands of wireless devices into your brain, and using them to both monitor its activity and directly influence its actions. It …

Facebook’s Trending Topics served up a 9/11 conspiracy theory

Facebook’s Trending Topics news ticker has been updated after showing readers a tabloid article promoting September 11th conspiracies. This morning, <i>The Washington Post</i> reported that the "September 11th Anniversary" topic was paired with a story from the <i>Daily Star</i>, which repeated a largely dismissed …

Brooklyn's Hasidic Hackers Organized a Global Broadcast System In the Seventies

All out of a tiny control room in Crown Heights.<p>Before the days of Skype or Periscope, a small control room at Brooklyn's 770 Eastern Parkway (known as "770"), the world headquarters of Judaism's Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, became a hub for broadcasting rabbinical talks throughout the …

Scientists Are Worried About 'Peer Review by Algorithm’

A researcher scanned 50,000 papers for statistical errors using an automated system.<p>On August 23, a Dutch statistician shook up the usually slow world of scientific publishing by giving it a glimpse of an automated open data future.<p>Chris Hartgerink, a researcher at Tilburg University's …

Peer Review

Warner Bros. shoots itself in the foot, flags its own site for piracy

Warner Bros. has long been among Hollywood’s most ferocious anti-piracy advocates, but it seems the studio has shot itself in the foot during its latest pursuit of justice.<p>In a recent DMCA notice to Google, Warner Bros. has mistakenly flagged one of its own pages for pirated content, asking Google …

Unilever Knows What Apple Doesn't: Playing By 'The Rules' Isn't Good Enough

I’ve just paid my corporation tax bill and feel a little nauseous. Not because of the amount – close to £20k – but because I paid more for the privilege of running my company in the UK (employees: 1, profit: small but healthy) than did global car hire giant Avis (employees: more than 5,000, profit: …

CSR

9 Times Other Artists Covered Justin Bieber On Radio 1's Live Lounge

After taking a much-needed break, Justin Bieber is returning to the limelight this week to perform on BBC Radio 1’s famed Live Lounge (a.k.a. the …

Is smart dust the IoT vector of the future?

The notion of smart dust sounds like a work of science fiction but scientists at University of California Berkeley have developed a “neural dust” that can be implanted into the body, to monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.<p>The sensors are about the size of a large grain of sand …

15 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving This August

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but there’s no wrong time to do some lazy-day reading. Or, as the case may be, …

New Adventures: all the best science fiction and fantasy books coming out in August

Space pirates, horror conventions, and epic fantasies<p>It’s a new month, which means that it’s a good time to look forward to the coming onslaught of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels coming out in the next couple of weeks. Get ready, because there are some amazing books coming to a …

3tags.org

4 Apps Changing the Way You Stay

These concepts are altering the guest experience as we know it.<p>We’ve all heard of apps that let you book a hotel room at the last minute. But what …

Are skintight suits the future of robotic exoskeletons?

Supersuit in the future? Source: BigstockphotoChildren with a rare neurological disease were recently given the chance to walk for the first time …

Robotics

Military Diet: Lose 10 Pound In Just 3 Days!

The concept of this Military diet includes precise menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Basically, you have to stick to the meals, except for some …

Ice Cream

Stuck Inside With The AC On? Try These Five Cool YA Reads

Summer is often a slower time for book releases, which can feel like a shame when school is finally out and the days stretch out ahead, waiting to be filled with reading for pleasure. Fear not: This summer delivers, with great new young adult stories for all interests and genres!

Books

Lin-Manuel Miranda Chose an Appropriate Date for His Final Night in Hamilton

This weekend will be a somewhat sad one from fans of <i>Hamilton</i>: its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, will perform his final show in the title role …

NASA's Juno mission will deliver the punchline on a 400-year-old joke

Jupiter is about to get busted<p>For a government agency, NASA has a notably off-color sense of humor. Whether they're making horrifying youth recruitment music videos, inviting boy bands on a field trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, releasing film parody mission posters, or rifling through …

Astronomy

Drive the northern Oregon coast: Haystack rocks, giant dunes and fresh seafood

One round-trip ticket to Portland. One rental car, pointed west. And one tank of gas.<p>Start with these elements, then stretch them across four days and three nights in the shape of a 270-mile triangle.<p>The result? A road trip to the northern Oregon coast, as far south as Pacific City, as far north as …

Oregon