Shawn Berry

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Xiaomi has beat Apple in China, but can it win over the rest of the world?

<i>Quartz begins a series today profiling companies around the world experiencing explosive growth.</i><p>Lei Jun walks on to the stage like a young Steve Jobs. It’s September in Beijing and the founder of one of China’s scrappiest smartphone brands, Xiaomi, is about to unveil its flagship Mi-3 phone. This …

Cellular Networks

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Why your purring cat might not be as happy as it sounds

Scientists warn pet owners to avoid constantly touching their cats because it can make them stressed.<p>For cat lovers, little is more comforting than curling up on a sofa and hearing your beloved pet purr as you stroke it.<p>But your cat may not be as contented as you believe.<p>Scientists have warned pet …

Pets

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

A Powerful Particle Accelerator The Size Of A Speck Of Glitter

On the way to tabletop particle accelerators<p>This little chip may be hardly the size of a speck of glitter, but don't underestimate what it can do. It's actually a particle accelerator that is able to boost electrons at a rate 10 times greater than a conventional accelerator, all in a …

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by Scott Christianson. From The Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod

Infographics are cool (and trending) but you know what is cool? 100 most important diagrams that changed the human history, Scott Christianson decide to compile the most awesome diagrams in this book: you think that prismatic circle that you see on photoshop is a creation from Adobe, well Moses Harris did it in 1766, do you remember Dante’s Inferno, well there’s a diagram for that, phases of the moon? Yeah Galileo did it, and of course Da Vinci Vitruvian Man is there too.

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 …

Literature

Google teams up with Harvard and MIT to help boost free online courses

Google said today that it will develop software for edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT that solicits and distributes online courses for free. Open edX, as the effort is called, is a platform for creating courses that can be taken by anyone with internet access. The move builds on Google's …

Listen to a full recording of Dave Chappelle’s comeback concert in Chicago

When Dave Chappelle took the stage at Chicago’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre last Saturday (8/31), he unleashed a kiloton of verbal napalm against …

Comedy

Baby food from shops half as nutritious as homemade meals, study finds

Manufactured baby foods contain high levels of sugar and are promoted for use when infants should be on milk, scientists say<p>Baby foods made by firms including Cow & Gate, Heinz and Ella's Kitchen have far fewer nutrients than homemade meals, according to a new study.<p>Many contain high levels of …

Nutrition

Bashar al-Assad: A Tyrant in Full

Per­haps it’s the mourn­ful gaze, or the starched West­ern suits, or the quiet reti­cence of a middle son who grew up in the shad­ow of a more …

Middle East

The new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

How many other inhabited planets are there? It's a question that fascinates scientists and lay people alike. A new equation may help weigh up the possibility<p>Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried to …

Trent Reznor: 'I'm Not The Same Person I Was 20 Years Ago'

Trent Reznor is known as a detail guy: a meticulous composer and manipulator of sound, layers upon layers of it. From his band's genesis 25 years ago, the leader of Nine Inch Nails has been known for songs of deep, menacing pain, rage and self-destruction. Today, Reznor's dark days of alcohol and …

Let This Gorgeous Chart From 1944 Teach You About Electromagnetic Radiation

Everything you need to know about electromagnetic waves in one poster<p>Reflection, refraction, diffraction, oh my! Dive into the wonderful world of electromagnetic radiation--i.e., the energy that travels through space in waves, like x-rays, microwaves and good old visible light.<p>Lawrence Livermore …

Before The World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science

This engaging children's book presents the stories of some of the men and women who went against the prevailing notions of the day to help bring their scientific ideas to light<p>It's rare when I learn new things in a children's book, but that is the case for Claire Eamer's newly published book, …

10 Heartbreaking Photos That Might Reduce You To Tears

They say a photo speaks a thousand words, so with the greatest respect to these heartbreaking moments from our history & the photographers that have …

What's My Real Cancer Risk? When Online Calculators Don't Compute

Online risk calculators are all the rage these days among public health groups trying to get us to change our unhealthful ways. The World Health Organization developed an online tool that lets you estimate your personal risk of cracking a hip in the next 10 years, for example. You just plug in data …

How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself.<p>On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around …

8 signs the rich have way too much money

They control our world but barely even live in it<p>The statistics about wealth inequality in this country are both astonishing and alarming. But statistics can’t tell the entire story if they’re presented in isolation. Our country is increasingly being turned into a plaything for the ultra-rich.<p>Here …

US drug agency surveillance unit to be investigated by Department of Justice

Civil rights groups express concern after revelations that secret unit conceals use of wiretaps and telephone records<p>The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into revelations that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses surveillance tactics – including wiretapping and massive databases …

Millennials are hopeless, and it’s all our fault

Jobs are vanishing for young Americans, thanks to a narcissistic national politics that’s disconnected from reality<p>For decades now, America’s political leadership has pushed for our integration into the global marketplace, highlighting it as the central imperative for our national and planetary …

APOD: Tropic of Cancer (2013 Aug 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130802.html Explanation: This intriguing monument can be found in Taiwan between the cities of Hualian and Taitong. Split into two sides, it straddles a special circle of latitude on planet Earth, near 23.5 degrees north, known as the Tropic of Cancer. Points along the Tropic of Cancer are the northernmost locations where the Sun can pass directly overhead, an event that occurs once a year during the northern hemisphere's summer solstice. The latitude that defines the Tropic of Cancer corresponds to the tilt of planet Earth's rotation axis with respect to its orbital plane. The name refers to the zodiacal constellation Cancer the Crab. Historically the Sun's position was within Cancer during the northern summer solstice, but because of the precession of Earth's axis, that solstice Sun is currently within the boundaries of Taurus. In this starry night scene the otherwise all white structure is colored by city lights, with its orange side just south of the Tropic of Cancer and the white side just north. Of course, there is a southern hemisphere counterpart of the Tropic of Cancer. It's called the Tropic of Capricorn. http://www.deepskycolors.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130802 #APOD

Why “Gangnam Style” gave Psy’s father an 800% stock boost

So, there’s no reason this should have happened.<p>But shares of DI Corp., a South Korean company that makes testing equipment for the semiconductor industry, shot up last year. The reason? Perhaps, you say, a robust increase in the company’s earnings fundamentals, which was digested by the best and …

Gangnam Style