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Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

As August winds to a close, so do the summer tech doldrums. Manufacturers are ramping up for the big fourth-quarter buying season, and that means new products galore. Expect an avalanche of announcements in the first half of September alone, with the IFA show in Berlin followed by an Apple event, …

Fan-made video pits Mario against Lara Croft, Master Chief

Lara Croft, Master Chief and a deadly assassin are no match for Mario, as demonstrated by a recent live-action, fan-made video from CorridorDigital.<p>"Powered UP!" sets the stage for a quick getaway by Lara and company. However, after retrieving Mario's famous power-ups, the trio quickly finds …

U.S. groups flex muscles in Brussels

It’s accepted wisdom that Washington is broken. That’s why the hottest spot in the lobbying and advocacy world is suddenly Brussels.<p>Yes, Brussels.<p>While Congress struggles to pass a budget or pay its bills on time — let alone address copyright law, privacy standards or energy policy — activists, …

Ten Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You To Know

<i>This is a guest post by Donna Ballman, a Florida employment lawyer and author of the book,</i> Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards. <i>Her blog is Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home and she tweets as @EmployeeAtty. Her other</i> …

Researchers say AI prescribes better treatment than doctors

A pair of Indiana University researchers has found that a pair of predictive modeling techniques can make significantly better decisions about …

The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is Anti-Consumer, Anti-Business, and Anti-Common Sense

The legal argument -- and the business case -- against the rule making it illegal to take your phone to a different carrier<p><i>The legal argument -- and the business case -- against the rule making it illegal to take your phone to a different carrier</i><p>Reuters<p>Since I called the Librarian of Congress's …

Why Are These 12 Tech Companies Afraid Of The Press? (Updated)

Tomorrow, Goldman Sachs kicks off the 2013 edition of its Technology and Internet conference in San Francisco with a bang: Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at 7:15 a.m. Pacific Tuesday morning, to be followed immediately by eBay CEO John Donahoe and Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor; the lunch keynote will …

Leonardo's Notebook Digitized in All Its Befuddling Glory

The British Library has been digitizing some of its prize pieces and they announced a new round of six artifacts had been completed including Beowulf, a gold-ink penned Gospel, and one of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks.<p>"Each of these six manuscripts is a true splendour, and has immense significance …

Oxfam Gives Big Food Companies Bad Behavior Grades

Do failing grades inspire more effort? Oxfam hopes so. The activist group on behalf of the poor has just handed out report cards to 10 of the world's top food companies, grading their commitments to protect the environment and treat people fairly.<p>Oxfam doesn't grade on the curve, evidently. Every …

Thread of the Day: What Would You Pay for a Budget Corvette?

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is still months away from reaching showrooms, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from suggesting possible variants we can expect in the future. First we heard about the possibility of the next-gen ZR1 topping 700 hp, and now there’s speculation on the …

Fukushima Radiation Is Only a 'Small' Cancer Risk, and That's the Scary Part

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On the same day that Japan's prime minister declared the country would re-start nuclear reactors …

New Chrome Experiment Turns Any Desktop Website Into A 3D Game You Control With Your Phone

Google Japan has just put out what looks to be one of the more interesting Chrome experiments to date. This latest online demo lets you sync up your computer and mobile device, turning any website into a 3D, playable game which you can control with your smartphone or the arrow keys on your Mac or …

Still Life Photography

In today’s photo tip, we begin a study of still life photography techniques. We’ll start out with a still life photography definition that will …

Photography Tips

How to Successfully Photograph Your Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again where days are shorter and colder, snow starts falling, and it begins to look a lot like Christmas. With the holidays …

How the Modders Conquered Skyrim

How talented fans have extended Skyrim’s appeal far further than Bethesda ever could.<p>The greatest secret of the Glorious PC Master Race is that – shh …

Hydrophobic Silic shirt repels sweat and stains

We're still a long ways away from the self-drying clothing seen in <i>Back to the Future II</i>, but we may have a useful alternative in the form of a piece …

Some Evidence That Violent Video Games Reduce Actual Violence

(Photo: Mack Male)<p>A few weeks ago, we released a podcast called “Who Runs the Internet,” which included Levitt’s thoughts on whether online mayhem, …

Better Matching in Online Dating

(Photo: Don Hankins)<p>Researchers led by <b>Kang Zhao</b> at the University of Iowa have devised a new matching algorithm for online dating sites. Business …

Is Academia Like a Drug Gang?

In <i>Freakonomics</i>, Dubner and Levitt wrote about how working for a drug gang is like working for McDonald’s. On LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog,</b> …

Preschool for Everyone?

(Photo: Let’s Colour Project)<p>Earlier this year, <b>President Obama</b> announced a plan to provide public pre-K education to low- and middle-income children, …

Why Christmas rituals make food tastier

Pulling crackers, clinking glasses, or setting puddings on fire – mere traditions or more important? Tom Stafford explains that rituals may date back to early human history, and can even change the flavour of food.<p>All of us carry out rituals in our daily lives, whether it is shaking hands or …

Strike Vector: An indie multiplayer combat game made by a handful of developers — and it looks hot

It’s always a delight when outrageously cool-looking games materialize out of nowhere from the indie game community. Strike Vector from Ragequit is one of those titles. Made in 10 months and started by four people (and now with nine over the past 15 months), the multiplayer aerial combat sci-fi …

Step Aside, Clark Griswold! The World's Most Extravagant Christmas Light Displays (Photos)

Happy Holidays<p>Step Aside, Clark Griswold! The World's Most Extravagant Christmas Light Displays (Photos)<p>12.23.13 5:45 AM ET

Wave hand. Turn any surface into a touchscreen

<b>CARNEGIE MELLON (US) —</b> New technology makes it possible to create touch-based interfaces almost at will, with just the swipe of your hand.<p>The system …

I am a research scientist, and that's why I drink

Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Dr Kayleigh Dodd, once a hard working, enthusiastic young science graduate preparing myself for an …

Environment: News & features

'Smart skin' hope for touch sensor

<b>Scientists have made a step forward in their ability to mimic the sense of touch.</b><p>A team from the US and China made an experimental array that can sense pressure in the same range as the human fingertip.<p>The advance could speed the development of smarter artificial skin capable of "feeling" activity …

The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Retold as Science by Steve Jones – review

You've always thought of the Bible as an early science text. You'd like now to compare its factual content with what modern technical experts have to …