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Your next computer will be nearly twice as fast as existing PCs

Computers may no longer be tech darlings now that everyone uses their smartphones to do basically everything, but they're about to get really …

The world's first glasses-free holographic phone is coming, and it's not from Apple

Forget the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8.<p>RED, the company that makes professional digital cameras for shooting Hollywood movies, is making a …

Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with remarkable accuracy

When someone commits suicide, their family and friends can be left with the heartbreaking and answerless question of what they could have done differently. Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hopes his work in predicting suicide risk will give people the opportunity …

Mental Health

Dog Caught on Camera Stealing Bread from Store

A husky walked into a Dollar Store, made friends with the employees, then stole bread from the shelf.

Recipes

All mammals poop in 12 seconds and there’s an equation for the ‘duration of diarrheal defecation’

Welcome to Poopular Science<p>An elephant’s rectum is about 10 times longer than a cat’s, yet they poop in the same amount of time. This conundrum may not have stumped you—or even occurred to you—but it vexed researchers at Georgia Tech. “How do animals defecate at a constant duration?,” they quite …

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Filed Under Physics<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Get ready to have your mind …

Quantum Mechanics

Anjem Choudary associate jailed for beating up schoolboy who cuddled his girlfriend in public

An associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for 28 months for knocking a schoolboy unconscious because he cuddled his girlfriend in the street.<p>Michael Coe, a Muslim convert, has a long record of violent offences starting when he was 16, including assaults, burglary, robbery and …

Nestle Claims a Scientific Breakthrough, and Chocolate Will Never Be the Same Again

Dear chocaholics, swallow this.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>This is more important than most news you've read in, oh, the last decade.<p>This concerns an essential foodstuff, one that -- for some people, at least -- can …

Occupy Wall Street

The Death Star would cost $7.8 octillion a day to run

The British energy supplier Ovo has put some very well-spent hours into a comprehensive calculation of the operating costs of the Death Star, which will return to the spotlight in the December 16th movie <i>Rogue One</i>. They conclude that operating the planet-destroying starbase would cost 6.2 octillion …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

This sperm test via smartphone proves there's an app for everything

Fertility clinics probably aren’t the most comfortable places to “extract” sperm. I haven’t had the pleasure, but being handed a receptacle and led into a room with visual aids and hearing that door close behind you has to be a bit awkward. More awkward is the thought that everyone outside this …

Sperm

Physicists Just Discovered a Second State of Liquid Water

Wha?<p>It’s one of the most fundamental compounds on Earth, and it makes up roughly 60 percent of the human body, and yet water is turning out to be …

Defining our relationship with early AI

<i>“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain. Time to die.” — Roy Batty, Blade Runner</i><p>Artificial intelligence has fascinated …

US companies given permission to try and bring people back from the dead

Scientists in the US have been given permission to try and bring dead people back to life.<p>Initial tests will use a range of techniques on 20 subjects …

Microsoft experiments with DNA storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in a gram | Ars Technica

Reading and writing are a bit of a chore, but it keeps data safe for thousands of years.<p>Microsoft is buying ten million strands of DNA from biology …

Genetics

How to tell if other people think you’re hot, according to science

One of the most pressing and mysterious questions for humans, the self-centered beings that we are, is what other people think about us. We expend a huge amount of time and mental energy wondering if our date finds us attractive, or if our co-workers noticed that stupid thing we said in the meeting …

Psychology

Android apps are about to look more like iOS apps

Android apps are going to start looking a bit more like iOS apps in the near future. Google updated its Android design guidelines yesterday telling developers that, in some cases, they should place a bar across the bottom of their app that can be used to navigate between different sections. If that …

Apps

Daniel Radcliffe says he was 'not wanking' on set of 'Harry Potter'

Today in unfortunate celebrity Google alerts: Daniel Radcliffe has clarified comments he made previously about masturbation.<p>Last month, in an …