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Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

Physics

With the 3D printer revolution slow to reach the household market, MakerBot regroups

In the lobby of MakerBot’s office is a framed issue of the Economist, featuring a cover story about the rise of the 3D printing industry. It’s from 2013, when MakerBot was the pride of the burgeoning consumer 3D printing market.<p>Last month, the company laid off about 20% of its staff and closed its …

3D Printing

Here are the security measures NSA spies hate the most

It's tempting to imagine that few online safeguards will stop NSA surveillance in its tracks, but that's not true. A new leak from Edward Snowden's files reveals that there's a surprising number of ways to thwart these snoops, at least as of 2012. While you may already know that the NSA sees Tor's …

10 Unfilmable Books We'd Like to See as Movies

If Thomas Pynchon can make it to the big screen, why not these writers?<p><b>There's really no such thing as an unadaptable book.</b> With the release of <i>Inherent Vice</i> in theaters today, the work of Thomas Pynchon, one of literature's most unique and seemingly "unfilmable" voices, will debut on the big screen …

Literature

How To Increase Your Willpower? Just 10 Simple But Powerful Tricks

The box of cookies was staring at me from the cupboard. Even though I was full from lunch, I wanted one so badly, I could almost hear the little red …

An intelligent, sneaky, wireless camera for the ultra-connected home

The Butterfleye serves as eyes and ears for smart connected houses.<p>According to startup Butterfleye, traditional Web and IP cameras are just not smart enough. The company's new battery-powered camera, also called Butterfleye, will supposedly change all that. Envisioned to merge Nest …

Smart Homes

L2 rakes in $16.5M to run market research companies out of business

Venture capitalist Paul Sagan sounds quite enthusiastic as he opens our phone call about his firm’s latest investment. Sagan’s firm, General Catalyst Partners, just announced its lead in a new investment of $16.5 million in business intelligence firm L2, and he will now be advising a friend of over …

The SXSW 2014 Bands You Need to Hear, A-Z

Because it's good to impose some kind of rule<p><i>Plus: Listen to the playlist on Esquire Spotify or scroll down.</i><p><b>The music portion of South by Southwest</b> officially kicks off tonight in Austin, Texas. Over 2,200 acts will play 110 venues across five days. And that's just the official showcases. You can …

Bands

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

How ISOCELL works: inside Samsung's evolution of BSI camera sensors

[Update – The Galaxy S5 contains Samsung’s revolutionary new ISOCELL technology. Check it out below, and more on this to come soon!]<p>Megapixels make for an easy number to compare, which is why so many manufacturers love to brag about it, selling higher MP counts like the panacea of all problems of …

Samsung Galaxy S5

10 Newish Highland Park Spots You Should Check Out

With new openings seemingly every month in the hip Northeast L.A. neighborhood, we take a look at 10 of our favorites that have opened over the past …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

The Best Rooftop Bars in L.A.

<i>As the weather continues to warm, there's no doubt you'll be drawn outdoors. Thankfully, you can do so while you're drinking at these fabulous</i> …

Sunday Brunch: Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops with Fried Eggs

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>Any combination of pork and eggs makes for a satisfying brunch, but if you're …

Zapier Opens Its Developer Platform, Gives The Everyday Joe A Way To Connect APIs

Zapier, a platform for connecting apps to automate tasks, has been constrained to some extent by the limitations for integrating third-party services. That has changed with Zapier’s update to its developer platform that the company announced this week.<p>The change is noteworthy for, if nothing else, …

Shopkick testing iBeacons in 100 American Eagle locations in largest roll out yet

Deals and rewards app Shopkick is continuing to push support for Apple’s iBeacon technology adding 100 American Eagle Outfitter locations (<i>via GigaOm</i>) to its iBeacon test bed.<p>Shopkick previously introduced iBeacon support, or shopBeacon as it brands it, to select Macy’s retail locations ahead of …

Google acquires Nest's line of home automation products for $3.2 billion, pledges continued support for iOS

We'll be honest: if you told us a big company was going to buy Nest, we wouldn't have guessed Google. After all, the home automation company was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both ex-members of the original iPod team. Heck, the Nest Thermostat is sold at Apple stores, and is referred to …

19 Best Finance Books That The Richest People Read

If you want to become one of the richest people, should you just read what they read?<p>Maybe.<p>But there’s more. Besides getting the <b>information</b> the …

Homemade Caramel Made Right Every Time

<i>Dawn Perry, photos by Zach DeSart</i><p>A salted caramel always makes for the ideal winter fix. With a few tips from the BA Prep School, you can have homemade caramel candies in your dessert arsenal.<p><b>SEE MORE:</b><b>Ingredients We Can't Cook Without</b><p>Undercook your caramel mixture and you'll end up with a stiff …

Baking

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

GNU Radio demo: ultrasound data transmission via a laptop

Here the open source GNU Radio companion program is used to demonstrate the transmission of data from one laptop to another using frequency shift …

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

Stock Markets

Datameer Raises $19M As Market For Hadoop And Big Data Analytics Hits An Inflection Point

The data analytics market is starting to boom. Hadoop distributions from big data companies like Cloudera have matured and are becoming more useful as they allow for better ways to perform real-time data processing by using cheap commodity hardware in clusters to spread data and then retrieve it …

Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers Into Manufacturers

Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, is the cofounder of 3D Robotics, which sells small UAVs. How did he make the jump from editor to entrepreneur? These are the three factors lowering the barriers of entry.<p><b>Four years ago, when I was a magazine</b> editor, I bought one of the first …