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Have We Detected Megastructures Built By Aliens Around A Distant Star?

Or just a cloud of comets? Scientists want to investigate further<p>The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more …

Universe

11 Fruits and Vegetables to Eat if You Want to Lose Weight

Not all veggies are created equal.<p>You don't need science to tell you that fresh produce is healthier than processed, packaged food— especially if you're trying to lose weight. But science is here to help anyway. New research that tracked more than 133,000 people's eating habits and weights for four …

Nutrition

Philippine firms on billion-dollar global shopping spree

A combination of strong domestic growth, bargain prices in retreating economies abroad and rock-bottom borrowing rates have fuelled the acquisitions, analysts said.<p>The Southeast Asian nation has for years exported shopping malls and junk food to the region, but cashed-up Filipino firms have …

Asia

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Coolest Cooler: the small business that made millions overnight

The Kickstarter campaign raised $13m, shattering the crowdfunding site’s records. But is unexpected investment success a blessing or curse for startups?<p>As Americans fire up their barbecues for Independence Day and Britons swelter in record-breaking heat, people on both sides of the Atlantic may be …

Crowd Funding

Frank Gehry Is Right: 98% Of Architecture Today 'Has No Respect For Humanity'

At a press conference in Spain a few weeks ago, a journalist asked world-famous architect Frank Gehry what he would say to critics who accuse him “of practicing showy architecture.” Gehry, who was in town to receive a prestigious Princess of Asturias Award, responded by extending his middle finger. …

Nerdgasm

Network Password: Tutankhamun

Apple's new retail chief advises newbies to 'stay in your lane'

Angela Ahrendts makes her first public comments as head of online and physical retail at Apple -- in a LinkedIn blog post for people transitioning to new jobs.<p>Angela Ahrendts may be the new kid in town at Apple, but she's already sharing some tips she's learned.<p>The executive, who took over as head …

Angela Ahrendts

Second Life is Being Rebuilt for the Next Generation

The virtual world, Second Life celebrated its 11th birthday last Friday. To the average person, Second Life is that thing they signed up for years ago, walked around for 10 minutes and never returned to again. But, the virtual world’s marketplace has been a boon for creators and now the company …

An App To Diagnose Bipolar Mood Swings By How People Talk On The Phone

A system that detects early signs of a bipolar patient slipping into a manic episode could save untold heartbreak. But is phone-tapping the mentally ill the answer?<p>Psychiatrist Melvin McInnis was sitting in his University of Michigan office late one afternoon when the phone rang. It was a bipolar …

University of Michigan

This map reveals exactly where Silicon Valley gets its talent

Where does Silicon Valley’s talent come from? This incredibly detailed map tells all.<p>The visualization, made by Bloomberg Businessweek, shows the top 100 sources of “imported talent,” from both U.S. states and foreign countries.<p>According to Bloomberg, “Asian Americans became the majority of the …

Meet the world's first publicly traded tech incubator

Joey Ricard is the president of Development Capital Group OTCBB: DLPM, the first publicly traded tech accelerator.<p>Startups in Silicon Valley are queuing up to gain a place at tech accelerators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Techstars; but only accredited investors can get in on the deals.<p>With …

International Space Station beams a video back to Earth using lasers (video)

In April, NASA sent special equipment to the ISS that'll be able to test if laser beams can effectively transmit large amounts of data from space. Sounds like the project (called Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science) is going well thus far, because it successfully beamed a 27-second "Hello, …

Textual healing: are apps the future of therapy?

One company wants to connect patients and therapists on smartphones, but not everyone's convinced the idea has merit<p>Compared with finding a therapist in a big city, signing up for text-message therapy was a breeze. All I had to do was open an app on my phone, pick a username, and type my first …

A Closer Look at 'Handoff' and Other New iOS 8/Yosemite 'Continuity' Features

During yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple launched several new "Continuity" features to improve the cross-platform integration of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. One of the new abilities designed to allow better transitions from iOS devices to Macs is Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one device …

The 11 Most Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told

I have listed the worst examples in this article, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.<p>Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions of mainstream nutrition.<p>1. Eggs Are Unhealthy<p>There's one thing that nutrition professionals have had remarkable success with… and that …

Nutrition

More evidence that red wine and aspirin protect against cancer | Ars Technica

Not a reason to pop pills with an evening drink just yet.<p>Cancer is a disease of the genes. DNA mutations mess with the genetic content of a cell, …

Sprint teams up with Harman Kardon to launch an HTC One for audiophiles

NEW YORK — Sprint is declaring war on crappy sounding music.<p>The carrier today announced that it’s joining forces with audio technology company Harman Kardon and HTC to deliver an exclusive version of the new HTC One targeted at audiophiles.<p>The “HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition” can play …

Predictive tech is getting smarter and more pervasive — but more controversial, too

We’re seeing the biggest change in how we interact with computers in years. And it’ll mean much less input from you.<p>Apps like Google Now, Tempo AI, and others represent the first wave of “predictive technology.” These are apps and services that are smart enough to fetch information for you — before …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What's Shareable

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long …

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine

Andrew Anthony sent his stool off to have its bacteria sequenced. In the future, such techniques could help assess our susceptibility to conditions from diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's to autism, depression and cancer<p>We are all familiar with "gut feelings", "gut reactions" and "gut …

Ingenious Door Opens and Closes Like Folded Paper | Colossal

<p>Like the design of functional objects such as chairs or tables, it would seem new ideas for the humble door would be completely exhausted, and then …

Klemens Torggler's Wicked Evolution Door

Not practical, but awfully cool: Austria-based Klemens Torggler is on a mission to re-invent the door, by breaking it into two sections and adding …

Biology

A Stool That Expands to Seat Two

We’ve all been there – when you’re in a crowded bar or when you have too many guests over and you need just one more extra seat. Fortunately Karthik …

Furniture

Renaming Football Teams After The Star Wars Universe

Superbowl XLVIII is over, but the football themed posts are still coming out, thanks to the interest in the sport generated by the big game. But …

Flexible Paper Sculptures That Bend Like A Slinky

(Video Link)<p>Visiting museums and taking in all the art is fine and dandy, but sometimes all that silent nodding in appreciation and flash photography …

How to Make Cereal Tea

Aaron Geman has developed <b>an ingenious solution</b> for a problem that has plagued humanity for millennia. What do you do when you have eaten all of your …

Crypto: Furniture With Hidden Compartments

The Crypto line of furniture from Alexander & Pearl offers you minimal and compact designs but with hidden compartments for extra storage. Each piece …

Furniture