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Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Lips

Duet Makes Your iPad A No-Compromise Display For Your Mac

iPad-as-secondary-display apps have been around almost as long as the iPad, but most who used them once have seldom used them since. These things mostly work over Wi-Fi, and work poorly over Wi-Fi at that, with unwatchable video performance, choppy animation and tons of lag, even in the best of …

Your Smartphone Could Replace Your Driver's License Someday Soon

Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa.<p>We've all probably left the house and hopped in a car before realizing that we left our wallet at home, though most of us have probably been lucky enough not to then be pulled over. But you may soon be able to produce your smartphone when you're asked for your driver's …

Iowa

Secretive D.O.D. Drone Dodges Defenses At Hypersonic Speed

A new weapon in America's superfast arms race with China<p>On August 25, an explosion tore through the southern Alaskan sky. The blast shook the remote island that houses the Kodiak Launch Complex, where the U.S. Department of Defense was testing an unmanned hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). The flight …

U.S. Army

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Go Up, Down, And Sideways

Elevators: not just for elevating anymore<p>For more than a century, elevators have gone pretty much just up and down. Ever since the first elevator was introduced in 1854, a cable-based design has pulled the elevator car along a single shaft, using steel ropes connected to a counterweight.<p>But now, …

We Know What You've Been Googling

We asked the mega search engine for its top science and tech terms of 2014<p>Good morning, Internet. You are a mysterious animal, but we know a few things about you. We see some of these things borne out in Google's "top searches of 2014" list. More than two-thirds of all online searches go through …

Lyme Disease

What To Expect In 2015: Ultrafast Data Transfer Speeds Up Science

All aboard the fiber-optic express<p>When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) comes back online this spring, it will produce more data than ever before—40 petabytes per year. That surge reflects a trend in science: Increasingly precise instruments produce greater amounts of data.<p>It’s a nice problem to …

Science

Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer

Precision on the smallest scale<p>Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean enemies can hide behind walls or buildings and not get hit, a clearly undesirable prospect for anyone …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Your Mac’s Firewall is Off By Default: Do You Need to Enable It?

Mac OS X ships with a built-in firewall, but it’s not enabled by default. The Windows firewall has been enabled by default ever since worms like …

Inside Spotify's redesign

Spotify’s New York office is any teenage boy’s dream.<p>We are not talking just about the obvious perks of working for a hip startup or the array of cool musicians parading through the office. We are talking about the New York office’s unofficial mascot: Spiderman.<p>The walls separating many of the …