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This Gadget Communicates Human Emotions Through Touch

Ask engineers what the future of communication looks like and they’ll show you a fiber-optic cable. Ask artists and they’ll conjure something like …

New Jersey

Facebook made an AI that convincingly turns one style of music into another

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) scientists yesterday unveiled a neural network capable of translating music from one style, genre, and set of instruments to another. Soon, you won’t have to blow your own horn; you can just whistle to an AI and it’ll turn your song into the symphony or dance hit of your …


U.S. cautions citizens in China after 'abnormal' sound incident

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American citizen working at a U.S. consulate in China has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday and China said it was investigating the incident.<p>The embassy, which issued a health …


Epic Bill Gates e-mail rant from 2003

In 2003 Bill Gates tried to download Microsoft Movie Maker from His confusing, frustrating, futile experience prompted him to write a …

Bill Gates

Stellarator’s plasma results show a triumph of engineering and modeling

A possible route to fusion makes a very impressive start.<p>Many moons ago, Ars was introduced to the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator (W7-X), an …


Here's Your First Look at Matt Groening's New Netflix Animated Series, Disenchantment

After <i>The Simpsons</i>, Matt Groening took to the future for his jokey love letter to science fiction in <i>Futurama</i>. Now, he’s planning on doing something …


We Sat Down With the ‘Arrested Development’ Cast. It Got Raw.

Perhaps no moment better defines “Arrested Development” than a recent attempt by Tony Hale, who plays the high-strung, blissfully immature (and one-handed) Buster Bluth, to set up a promotional clip on “Conan.”<p>“I don’t even know how to explain this,” Mr. Hale said.<p>The show, created by Mitchell …


Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did

The popular conception of pterodactyl flight shows them in a pose with wings and legs spread far apart similar to the way bats do it. But as new …


Today Mac OS X is as old as the Classic Mac OS

Here’s a bit of numerology for you. Today marks 17 years, one month, and 29 days since Mac OS X 10.0 was released on March 24, 2001. That’s a …



TANK is an animated short film that I have been working on for a year and half. It's up today on Red Giant's site.<p>The Making of Tank<p>The way I made …

Vector Graphics

Thandie Newton on 'Westworld' Nudity & Finding Strength Through Her Character | Close Up With THR


Horse Destroys the Universe


Fruity Loops Finally Comes to Mac

FL Studio—the music production software colloquially known as Fruity Loops—is used by music-makers worldwide, including renowned producers like Metro Boomin, Hit-Boy, Vinylz, and Murda Beatz. Since its inception, FL Studio has been a Windows-exclusive program. After years of users asking for a Mac …

Music Production

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.<p>It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling rail stations.<p>To the …


Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hot Spots Sparks Global Backlash - WSJ

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand—Towering mountain ranges, forests and glacier-fed rivers made New Zealand the perfect stand-in for Middle Earth in “The Lord of the Rings” movie series and a cinematic billboard for the country’s natural beauty.<p>Today, jet boats rip down rivers seeking the mythical Isengard, …

Natural Beauty

The evolutionary advantage of having eyebrows

Eyebrows, we all have them, but what are they actually for? While eyebrows help to prevent debris, sweat, and water from falling into the eye socket, …


NASA’s New Planet Hunter Snaps Initial Test Image, Swings by Moon

After launching April 18, TESS has completed its lunar flyby to put it on track for its final science orbit, and has released a first test image.


Video: Forcing more children to figure out more ’80s technology

They do pretty darn good, considering they don't know what a cassette tape is.<p>It has been a few weeks since we last checked in with the cadre of kids …

Time I

Getty is trying to bring disability inclusion to stock photos

Nearly one in five people have a disability, but just 2% of publicly available imagery depicts their lives. The photo company, alongside Oath and the National Disability Leadership Alliance, is working to change that.<p>In the stock photo world, images of people with disabilities tend to cluster at …


The Last Days of Time Inc.

An oral history of how the pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.

20th Century

Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology

Amazon, which got its start selling books and still bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company,” has officially entered the surveillance …


Releasing the Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

By Len Shustek<p>Electronic mail is one of “killer apps” of networked computing. The ability to quickly send and receive messages without having to be …


FL Studio 20 Now Available For Mac (Native) & Windows

Image Line today introduced FL Studio 20 for Windows and - for the first time - for Mac (native). … Read More FL Studio 20 Now Available For Mac …


Experts: China far side lunar mission potentially historic

China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges, but if successful would propel …

Space Exploration

Drug could prevent memory loss in deep space astronauts

Cosmic radiation is one of the greatest threats to astronauts embarking on deep space missions, not the least of which is the effect on the brain: it could hinder your memory and destroy vital synapses. Thankfully, you might only need to take some pills. UCSF researchers have discovered that a drug …

Memory Loss

Psychotronic horror and sci-fi films with the people edited out

VanTassel2 posted a fantastically weird series of ridiculous horror and science fiction B-movies with all appearances of humans edited out. Above, is …

Science Fiction

Three Visions of Human Space Settlement: 1970s

How NASA Imagined Life in Space<p><b>You may have seen images of NASA’s 1970s space colony artwork. But you’ve never seen them like this, in full size,</b> …

Stanford University

NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster

Test reveals that the magic space unicorns pushing the EM-drive are magnetic fields.<p>It was bound to happen eventually. A group of researchers that …


'The Expanse' Revived for Season 4 at Amazon

The news comes 10 days after Syfy canceled the space drama after three seasons.<p>Amazon Studios is in talks to revive one of CEO Jeff Bezos' favorite …

Science Fiction

This is what America’s new space shuttles look like

US astronauts haven’t had their own ride into orbit since the space shuttle was retired in 2011. Two private companies are racing to replace it and become the first to fly astronauts for NASA.<p>Boeing and SpaceX are being paid billions of dollars to build and operate crewed space capsules that will …

Space Exploration