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Rumor: Verizon Switching to Tiered Data Plans This Month

It was inevitable.<p>AT&T was the first to officially move away from unlimited smartphone data plans to a tiered system. That move aroused a ton of ire among techies: AT&T didn’t just add tiered pricing, they eliminated the old unlimited plan. Of course, a lot of that is a gut reaction to the …

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Google's Chromecast A Brilliant Play For The Living Room -- Especially With $35 Price Tag

Google is taking another stab at being the center of your living room, and this time they’ve opted for an affordable, platform-agnostic device called Chromecast.<p>Essentially Chromecast is a 2-inch HDMI dongle running a stripped down version of Google’s Chrome OS. A user plugs it into any …

This Documentary About A Microsoft Paint Artist Is Incredible

If the story of 97-year-old Hal Lesko doesn't make you tear up, you are soulless.<p>Hal Lasko is a 97-year-old retired typographer who goes by the nickname Grandpa. (Not for the reason you'd expect; you should watch the video to find out why.) After he was diagnosed with an eye defect, Lasko's family …

While we may never know all the details of our universe's explosive birth, scientists have been able to piece together quite a bit by studying the ancient light that saturates the cosmos. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/84ci In this image, two Cosmic Microwave Background anomalies have been enhanced with red and blue shading to make them more clearly visible.

A Subway Map Of The Metabolism [Infographic]

Just take the Krebs Cycle train to the Carbon transfer!<p>We've seen metabolism maps before, but never one quite so simple to read as this one, designed by Richard Wheeler, an illustrator and Oxford postdoc who researches the cell biology of parasites.<p>Metabolism encompasses all the chemical reactions …

One of the coolest GIFs we've ever seen: a rotating, 3D nebula

Things that GIFs are good for, in no particular order:<br>1. Cats. This one, specifically.<br>2. IWDRM<br>3. Absolutely jaw-dropping 3D renderings of …

Incredible Pictures of Early Science Labs

If you love mad science, you are about to be ecstatic. In these amazing historic images of laboratories — many over a century old — you can see the …

The Memory Hack That Got Me Through Med School–And Inspired A Startup

By Shiv Gaglani4 minute Read<p>As a medical student with a background in neuroscience, I’m constantly searching for brain hacks that will help me learn</i> …

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures breathtaking images of Earth from Saturn

NASA's unmanned Cassini spacecraft has already returned some gorgeous views of the planet Saturn, which it is currently flying around. But the latest images should be enough to make it and any other interplanetary travelers (such as Voyager 1) homesick. On July 19th, the spacecraft, located about …

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

GCSE results 'influenced by children's genes, not teaching'

Children’s exam results are largely a product of their genes and not standards of teaching in schools, according to a new study that could have a major bearing on future education policy.<p>Research shows that inherited intelligence may account for almost 60 per cent of teenagers’ scores in GCSEs …