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Futuristic solar home hidden inside 18th-century stone ruins

The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. …

Astronomers captured incredible image of nearby star, but found something they can’t explain

Like the rest of the world, we adore fantastic space photos. High-powered telescopes and exploratory spacecraft have delivered some truly …

Astronomy

New lip-sync tech generates scary-accurate video using audio clips

I’m not saying you should be afraid of the future, but… okay, that’s exactly what I’m saying. A group of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a method to take an audio clip of someone speaking and generate a frighteningly realistic lip-synced video with it.<p>I’m afraid, very …

What the light ring colors on Amazon Echo speakers mean

The distinctive light ring atop most Amazon Echo speakers is both a status indicator and a notification light -- it's how Alexa can relay information without speaking to you.<p>Typically, it only lights up a few different colors, such as white while you're changing the volume or two different shades …

Smart Homes

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the Amazon Fire TV -- you might find yourself talking to her more …

Smart Homes

Is consciousness just an illusion?

<b>The cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett believes our brains are machines, made of billions of tiny "robots" - our neurons, or brain cells. Is the human mind really that special?</b><p>In an infamous memo written in 1965, the philosopher Hubert Dreyfus stated that humans would always beat computers at chess …

High-Altitude Balloon Company Wants to Open a New Market at the Edge of Space

World View Enterprises, a private company that plans to sell balloon rides to the edge of space, has announced the grand opening of its new …

Global Perspectives

Nasa announces press conference on 'discovery beyond our solar system'

Nasawill hold a press conference on Wednesday to present a "discovery beyond our solar system," leading to speculation that the announcement will involve planets capable of sustaining life.<p>The agency has offered no details on the upcoming presentation other than that it will involve …

How to Make a Bug Out Bag

This handy checklist will help you make a bug out bag for any emergency.<p>The first step in preparing for an emergency situation that may require you to quickly leave your home, is setting up a disaster kit, or what's often known as a "bug out bag." In the case of a flood or fire, you may only have …

Survivalism

Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, a study suggests - with the parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.<p>Research on those who have had "near death" experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological …

IBM reveals new pride logo as a wave anti-LGBTQ legislation rolls out across the nation

It's been a particularly frightening month for those in the LGBTQ community, so even small symbols of solidarity matter.<p>On Friday, IBM announced that …

INFOGRAPHIC: Which supplements are backed by science and which are snake-oil

It seems like hardly a week goes by where we don’t hear about a new miracle supplement or cure-all vitamin. But sometimes these panaceas are nothing …

Infographics

Amazon is giving out discounts if you order through Alexa this weekend

"Alexa, give me one good reason to shop by voice."<p>If you want an idea of how seriously Amazon is pursuing the idea of shopping by voice, look no further than the way the executive who runs the initiative describes it on his LinkedIn page: “Amazon 2.0.” But customers are going to need an incentive …

Dex Torricke-Barton

After six months at SpaceX I’m leaving to work on causes focused exclusively on social change.<p>Over the last eight years I've helped tell the stories …

Florida Governor and unwitting Voldemort impressionist Rick Scott is one of the more unpopular politicians in America, thanks to his…

Florida Governor and unwitting Voldemort impressionist Rick Scott is one of the more unpopular politicians in America, thanks to his less-than-progressive views and a smile that looks as if he just unhinged his jaw to swallow an entire infant. Nowhere was this disapproval more apparent than when Scott entered a Gainesville Starbucks and found himself on the dangerous end of Cara Jennings, who scolded the governor about his record on health care and abortion before calling him an “embarrassment …

Science behind sleeping while you're awake

You may think you're awake but there's a good chance that part of your brain is asleep. And that can cause real problems, especially since you may …

This hypnotic illusion will make you hallucinate – without taking drugs

Scientists believe they have found a way to induce hallucinations in healthy individuals for the first time and have released a trippy video to prove it.<p>Researchers say the clip will make you hallucinate and hope the 'breakthrough' will lead to new treatments for people with Parkinson’s who may …

Consciousness

Amazon's simpler, cheaper Echo Dot is still pretty great

A lower price makes Amazon’s smart home access point even more attractive<p>Earlier this year, I reviewed the Amazon Echo Dot, a smaller version of the company’s full-size wireless speaker with a voice-controlled assistant. The Dot lacked the room-filling sound of the larger Echo, but it still had all …

Intense trailer for Evolution features a disturbing discovery

In the new film <i>Evolution</i>, Max Brebant plays a 10-year-old named Nicolas, who lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and …

Movies

Mental Clarity During Near-Death Experiences Suggests Mind Exists Apart From Brain: Study

If the mind is just a function of the brain, it stands to reason that the worse the brain is injured, the worse the mind would function. While this …

Super cool things to do with your Instagram photos that aren't a boring photobook

By Sarah Griffiths<p>Your Instagram pictures may be a colourful diary of days out with friends, trips to far-flung cities and sun-drenched days at the …

15 uses for your phone's camera (other than taking selfies)

Ford

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Ford Motor Company

Poll Shows Americans 'Alarmed' About 2016 Election

The presidential election has left many Americans feeling concerned about the country.<p>A <i>USA Today</i>/Suffolk University poll of likely voters across the …

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Nancy Pelosi on Apple CEO's Republican support: 'Poor Tim'

At least one powerful Democrat thinks that's a horrible decision.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — who represents San Francisco — essentially said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that she thought that Cook was making a mistake.<p>"Poor Tim. What a nice guy he is, but somebody gave …

Augmented eternity: scientists aim to let us speak from beyond the grave

Would you like a version of yourself to live on after death? A radical new concept called “augmented eternity” could make that fantasy a reality, creating a posthumous impression of our knowledge, opinions and even parts of our personality in digital form.<p>Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and …

Artificial Intelligence

How Kodak Accidentally Discovered A-Bomb Testing

Two thousand miles away from the U.S. A-bomb tests in 1945, something weird was happening to Kodak's film.<p>The ground shook, a brilliant white flash enveloped the sky, and the world changed forever. Code name "Trinity," the bomb test at dawn on July 16, 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico was the first …

Frequently Asked Questions about Scientific Pantheism

/ Jun 19, 2016<p>There are several compelling reasons.<p>1. Most traditional religions have elements which are hard to believe or to reconcile with common …

Spirituality

Putin clarifies Trump comment and says America is the world's 'only superpower'

Welcomes restoration of US-Russia relations but critical of intervention Calls presumptive Republican nominee ‘flamboyant’ Legal experts on Donald Trump: ‘He lacks respect for basic norms’ Who supports Trump? The new Republican centre of gravity<p>Vladimir Putin downplayed past comments about Donald …

Russia