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Major polls say deep-red Texas is now a toss-up in the presidential election

Texas is now a toss-up state in the presidential election, according to new data from RealClear Politics' poll aggregator.<p>The RCP average shows Trump leading Clinton 43.6 percent to 38.8 percent in Texas.<p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's lead showed signs of faltering earlier this …

Libertarians hope rallies and ads can nudge them into the presidential debates

PORTLAND, Maine — On Friday morning, the third day in his four-day New England campaign swing, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson told a joke. He was the punch line.<p>“This is a crazy election,” Johnson said, looking out at dozens of Mainers who had come out for a breakfast meet-and-greet. …

"Prestige Warps Even Your Beliefs About What You Enjoy."

Getting outside approval is reaffirming, especially in your career. But it also means you’re gaining your direction from where other people want you …

Debt Limit Analysis

Follow<p>Debt Limit Analysis<p>With updated government financial data and a more extensive analysis of daily transactions that will occur in September, …

See the world's first mind-controlled prosthetic leg in action

Prosthetic legs have gotten smarter and smarter thanks to advanced sensors and lightweight motors, but this week they're getting their biggest overhaul yet: the latest bionic leg can be controlled entirely by its wearer's mind. Though the mind-controlled prosthetic leg has been in the works for …

Scientists Make Photons Act Like Real-Life Light Saber

Photons are particles without mass; until now, our understanding has been that they do not interact with each other at all. That's why, when you shine two lights at each other, they don't bounce off and throw light all over the place; the photos simply pass right through. But new research from …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

University Of Washington Researchers Succeed In First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface

In what is believed to be the first human brain-to-brain interface, a researcher at the <b>University of Washington</b> (UW) sent a thought across campus to …

Could 'triple whammy' technique that beat HIV win battle against cancer?

Wing commander Brian Liversidge was 60 when he was diagnosed, in 2004, as having aggressive prostate cancer. The CEO of a Cumbria educational trust was given 18 months to live.<p>Liversidge – who is married with two sons and three grandsons – has since confounded that grim prediction thanks to a …

Where Was The Big Bang?

Desert Bus: The Very Worst Video Game Ever Created

Morgan van Humbeck completed his shift in front of the television and passed out. Ten minutes later, his cell phone woke him. “Morgan, this is Teller,” said a small voice on the other end of the line. “Fuck off,” replied Morgan in disbelief. He hung up the phone and went back to sleep.<p>* * *<p>The …

Physicists Pursue the Perfect Lens by Bending Light the Wrong Way

From ribosomes assembling proteins to viruses attacking cells, the main dramas in biology happen on a scale that is, tantalizingly, just one order of …

A new year every four hours? It's possible with exoplanets

Astronomers have detected a scorching-hot planet that zooms around its alien sun in just eight and a half hours. And if you think <i>that's</i> something, wait until you hear about the iron planet that spins through a whole year in just a little more than four hours.<p>Two overlapping teams of researchers …

“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell

Pennsylvania’s right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds — and the sickening details will shock you<p>Want to see a public school system in its death throes? Look no further than Philadelphia. There, the school district is facing end times, with teachers, parents and students staring …

The Only Ranch Dressing Recipe You Will Ever Need

Let us make one thing perfectly, perfectly clear: the house-made buttermilk dressing you may have been served at your last family-style, farm-to-table meal, over locally grown baby lettuces and herbs was ranch dressing. Straight up, American-comfort-food, arguably trashy ranch dressing. Please do …

15 CGI Artworks That Look Like Photographs

At the intersection of art and technology you will find the incredible work of CGI artists. These artists are blurring the lines of reality with 3D …

Sigmo Voice Translation Device

If you've spent any amount of time traveling abroad, you've likely run into a language barrier, making it hard to get the most out of your trip. With …

Android News

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

This Gadget Automatically Tunes Any Guitar In Seconds

The TronicalTune is your very own pocket roadie<p>Throughout their 23-year history, automatic guitar tuners have remained stubbornly complex systems that cost thousands of dollars and require tedious professional installation. Chris Adams, CEO of Tronical in Hamburg, Germany, has figured out a way …

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the …

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2013

Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when …

Chris Hadfield adapts to life back on Earth

Chris Hadfield may be back on the ground but his science mission remains in full flight. Since his return from the International Space Station last week, the Canadian astronaut has decamped to NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, where he's become the guinea pig for a full range of …