Asad Ahmed

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How to Detect if Someone's Stealing Your WiFi

It may be hard to imagine, but just a mere 20 years ago, the Internet was nothing more than a novelty -- a way for incredibly smart college …

Mysterious Radio Bursts Are Indeed Coming From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

New research clears the reputation of these distant signals<p>In 2001, the Parkes Radio Telescope picked up an extremely energetic burst of radio waves that lasted a mere five-thousandths of a second. Since then, astronomers have found several more so-called fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and even …

How To Turn Conductive Paint Into A Liquid Lightbulb Switch

Your DIY questions, answered<p>Q: How can I make conductive paint into a liquid switch that turns a lightbulb on and off? <i>--Patrick Stevenson-Keating</i><p>A: You’ll need to suspend the water-soluble conductive paint in a liquid it can’t mix with: an oil with low viscosity. We recommend clear baby oil. Put …

Light Bulbs

Why Apple is obsessed with gold: It's all about Asia

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook often promotes the company’s green initiatives and socially progressive policies, but if look at what the company is putting in …

Britain 'is experiencing same decline as Rome in 100BC'

Dr Jim Penman believes Britons no longer have the genetic temperament that sparked the Industrial Revolution<p>Britain is experiencing the same decline as Rome in 100BC, with the collapse of civilisation inevitable, a scientist has warned.<p>Dr Jim Penman, of the RMIT University in Melbourne, believes …

The Apple Watch’s S1 chip looks great under X-ray

For anybody who wants a detailed look at what makes the Apple Watch’s chip tick, the silicon experts at Chipworks have posted an X-ray look inside the S1 processor.<p>The first thing Chipworks noticed about the new Apple device is that, given all the new and proprietary technology integrated into the …

The Brain

MIT Invention Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

It could help farmers in developing countries<p>From plants to people, every living thing on this planet needs water. But getting enough to survive, and survive comfortably, that can be a little tricky. Just look at the furor around California's new water restrictions. If a state as wealthy as …

Water

Judith Woods: Where do we draw the line between playing Darwin and playing God?

The fact that Chinese geneticists have taken the first steps to creating designer babies should fill us with horror<p>TWO contrasting stories this week have thrown into sharp relief the complex relationship between humanity and science. The first was the harrowing yet inspirational story of how …

Genetics

Prominent Pakistani rights activist killed

<b>Karachi, PAKISTAN</b> - Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been killed shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan's "disappeared people" in the southern city of Karachi, officials have told Al Jazeera.<p>Mahmud, 40, was the director of T2F (The Second Floor), a …

Pakistan

Powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocks Nepal

The quake’s epicenter less than 50 miles from capital city of Kathmandu. Hundreds dead and many historic buildings collapsed.<p>The death toll is still …

Natural Disasters

'Bravest woman,' free speech activist Sabeen Mahmud killed in Pakistan

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Her second floor cafe on a dusty industrial road was painted with dashes of psychedelic colors. And Sabeen Mahmud surrounded herself there with books, people, and discussions on technology, human rights and women's entrepreneurship.<p>Introducing others to Jimi Hendrix, …

Pakistan

7 things we just found out about the Apple Watch

Thought you knew everything there was to know about the Apple Watch? Think again.<p>Apple fans worldwide began posting their unboxing videos and …

Here's How Wi-Fi Actually Works

Most computer users know little about how Wi-Fi works. In fact, one of the only things many do know is that sometimes it doesn’t. But even a little …

Wi-Fi

How To Build A Soft Robot Hand

Use it to wave hello or flip the bird<p>In the field of soft robotics, engineers use squishy materials to make robots durable, flexible, and safer to operate around humans. Now intrepid DIYers can also bring life to squishy machines: Last September, Harvard University published an open-access Soft …

Arduino

How It Works: The Large Hadron Collider

To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power<p>The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously upended physics with the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. But it was only operating at half power. Since then, …

Physics

Did A Giant Asteroid Impact Make Earth's Rock Crust Splash Like Water?

Next year, scientists will start drilling into the issue<p>Over 65 million years ago, when a 6-mile wide asteroid slammed into the earth with the force of a billion atomic bombs, it left a crater 110 miles wide.<p>The Chicxulub crater, just off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is best known for being the …

Astronomy

The disgusting creatures inhabiting your body

Humans are teeming with bugs, including tiny spiders, lice and microbial colonies. Far from being a hazard, however, they are the making of you.<p>We hate to break it you, but you’re not totally human. It’s nothing about you personally. It’s just that more than 90% of the cells in the human body are …

Biology