Shamil Asitha Kuruppu

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Lord Of The Rings: How Music Elevates Story

Arctic 'Doomsday Vault' opens to retrieve vital seeds for Syria

<b>Svalbard, Norway (CNN) —</b> Humanity has had to cash in on its insurance policy earlier than expected.<p>Deep in the side of a mountain in the Arctic archipelago is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.<p>Known as the "Doomsday Vault," this seed bank -- operated by the Norwegian government and containing a seed …

Arctic Ice

iPhone 6S teardown confirms smaller battery

Can you believe the iPhone 6s was disassembled to its tiniest bits already, hours after it became available in stores? Yes, yes you can, because it …

Tesla Model 3 preorders to begin March 2016, production in 2 years

The luxurious Model S sedan and Model X crossover helped start the conversation around Tesla, but the $35,000 Model 3 hopes to be the car that brings …

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Consciousness

Cricket in Sri Lanka: Battle of the Blues

Pavithra Jovan de Mello<p>COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The national cricket team just advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals, but last weekend, it was a high-school cricket match that brought this capital city to a standstill. The three-day faceoff between Royal College and S. Thomas College is the biggest …

For Sri Lanka’s Elite, High-School Cricket Match Is More Than a Game

Three-day match between storied Royal, S. Thomas’ schools is social event of season<p>COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—The new government here is racing to carry out an ambitious 100-day plan to overhaul the constitution and reinvigorate the economy as it girds for elections likely within the next few months.<p>But on …

Sri Lanka

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Humans Can Only Distinguish Between About 30 Shades Of Gray

Just a random fact we thought you might like to know<p>Of course, that's a rough estimate. Depending on the lighting conditions, surface texture, and background color, people may be able to distinguish a few more or a few less shades. Note that the image at the top of this story is an optical …

What Do Animals See in the Mirror?

Asian elephants, magpies, and great apes are among the species that can self-recognize.<p>Reflect on this: What do animals see when they look into a mirror?<p>Our Weird Animal Question of the Week came to us from @iscavenger, who tweeted us after reading our January column "Why Do Dogs Watch—and React …

Government Is “More Data-Driven Than Most Companies,” Says America’s First Chief Data Scientist

LinkedIn’s former chief data scientist DJ Patil aims to wrangle the government’s data in the service of “precision medicine.”<p>Python and R wonks take note: The United States now has a chief data scientist. DJ Patil was recruited by President Obama personally and just appointed to the newly created …

Joseph-Louis Lagrange

"Lagrange" redirects here. For other uses, see Lagrange (disambiguation).<p><b>Joseph-Louis Lagrange</b> (/ləˈɡrɑːndʒ/[1] or /ləˈɡreɪndʒ/;[2] French: …

Spot the robot dog takes a licking and keeps on walking

Robotics company Boston Dynamics, now part of Google, is showing off its latest robot — Spot, a four-legged robot that can navigate office hallways …

Robotics

Torrent site Kickass seized

In the world of online piracy, it seems like it's one in, one out at the moment. While The Pirate Bay returned last week, Kickass Torrents has now …

Internet

Large Hadron Collider Quiz: Are you ready for Run 2?

Photograph: Heinz Pernegger/Atlas<p>Installation of the ATLAS Insertable B-Layer<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/8/1423399230328/27dfd543-54c3-4fa4-afea-2661d5f137b7-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Heinz Pernegger/Atlas<p>Installation of the ATLAS Insertable …

Physics

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …

Astronomy

Transistors made of the world’s thinnest silicon

Silicene is made of a one-atom-thick layer of silicon, and now scientists have used it to create transistors.<p>The material has outstanding electrical …

Nanotech

New Horizons Spacecraft, En Route To Pluto, Sends Back First Images Of The Dwarf Planet

The little white dot is only going to get bigger<p>After waking up from its nearly 5-year-long slumber, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is fully powered and making its way to distant dwarf planet Pluto. And as it gets closer, the probe will be sending back some killer images of the rock and its tiny …

Three-person embryos: how the mitochondrial donation battle was won

Prof Doug Turnbull successfully communicated difficult and controversial research with scientific accuracy, but in simple terms. His triumph shows why public engagement is crucial to science<p>If you have been following the debate about whether to allow the new IVF technique of mitochondrial donation, …

Genetics

The Nobel prize-winning inventor of the laser dies at 99

Charles Townes, the man responsible for inventing the laser, died this week aged 99. A Nobel prize winner and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Townes thought up the idea for the maser, the predecessor to the laser, helping to alter the course of technology, society, and …

From Phones To Tablets: 26 Apple Designs That Never Came To Be

In Design Forward, frog design’s founder, Hartmut Esslinger, recounts the inspirations and process behind the computers that revolutionized consumer electronics.<p><i>Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from</i> Design Forward: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change <i>(</i><i>Arnoldsche Art Publishers</i><i>), by</i> …

Product Design

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Windows 95 on Android Wear

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story

SCROLL DOWN<p>The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my …

How Cultures Move Across Continents

Where were the artists, politicians and religious leaders? A blue light denotes a birth while a red light signals a death. The lines connect the two.<p>Credit: Maximillian Schich and Mauro Martino<p>They may look like flight paths around North America and Europe. Or perhaps nighttime satellite photos, …

Try to Kill Your Startup Before You Start

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.</i><p>I recently had the pleasure of sitting on an investor panel with Joe Dwyer, a partner at Founder Equity Fund and good colleague of mine. He made a …

32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …