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The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

One morning, a man discovered his double staring him in the eyes. Anil Ananthaswamy explores a dangerous hallucination that reveals how the brain constructs our sense of self.<p>More than two decades ago, Peter Brugger, as a PhD student in neuropsychology at the University Hospital Zurich in …

The mystery of the female orgasm

From the existence of the G-spot to the origin of multiple orgasms, female sexuality once mystified scientists. But as Linda Geddes discovers, radical experiments are finally revealing some answers.<p>On my washing machine, there is a lock. To activate it, you must hold down the start button for a …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Has the Most Ferocious Lawyer in America Defending Him

Judy Clarke, the publicity-shy anti-death-penalty attorney, has defended the Unabomber, Susan Smith, and Jared Loughner, and successfully spared them capital punishment. Mark Bowden provides an in-depth portrait of her startling career.<p>We do not often think of a defense lawyer as someone who wars …

7 crazy things you might be able to do with an Uber soon

Developers are only just starting to figure out what you can do with this. Uber suggested ideas like a calendar app that can have a car automatically waiting for you after your last meeting of the day.<p>The geniuses of news aggregator and online programmer hangout Hacker News have some of their own …

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The best Android games of 2014

Monument Valley, The Room Two, Clumsy Ninja and much, much more in our pick of games released this year through the Google Play store.<p>• <b>The best Android apps of 2014</b><p>What we say: Beautiful puzzler Monument Valley won bags of critical acclaim in 2014, deservedly. It’s a surreal shape-shifting game …

See which applications are connecting to the Internet on Windows

A change in your Internet speed can be the result of several different factors. If you've already ruled out issues with your ISP, router or other networking equipment, then it might be time to look at the computer itself.<p>To make sure that nothing suspicious is happening in the background, it's a …

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything (2014)<p>TOMATOMETER<p>AUDIENCE SCORE<p>Average Rating: 4/5<p>User Ratings: 75,463<p>Critic Consensus: Part biopic, part love story, <i>The</i> …

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'Treated like dogs': Migrants speak of horror at sea off Malta

<b>When at least 300 migrants drowned off Malta's coast on 12 September it was different from previous migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean.</b><p>It was downright mass murder, according to three survivors who spoke to the Times of Malta.<p>"We were treated like dogs all the way, but these Egyptian smugglers …

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Malaysia's tech manufacturing sector based on forced labor

"Hardly a major brand name" doing business in Malaysia is untainted by the use of forced labor from trafficked workers, according to a study backed …

Is music really all about sex?

Charles Darwin argued that music evolved as a way to attract lovers, and a study claims to support his idea. But how strong is the evidence, asks Phil Ball.<p>Humans have been making music for at least 40,000 years. The earliest known instruments are flutes made from hollow animal bones. What is less …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Being cynical: Julian Assange, Eric Schmidt, and the year's weirdest book

<b>Stephen Colbert:</b> Is this new digital age going to be good?<p><b>Eric Schmidt:</b> Yes!<p><b>Stephen Colbert:</b> The very first sentence of this damn book is, "The internet is among the few things humans have built that they don’t truly understand." Do you understand the internet?<p><b>Eric Schmidt:</b> I do not.<p>—Eric Schmidt …

Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now

If you've ever caught yourself scanning a room for outlets, or worrying about how long you can eke out a charge on your phone, then this collection of battery-saving Android apps is for you.<p>These apps are helpful even if you've got a built-in battery-saving feature to help you in a dire situation, …

Cellphones Through History: Motorola DynaTAC, iPhone & More (PHOTOS)

BRICK TO CHIC<p>It’s the 40th anniversary of the device 6 billion people can’t live without. See its evolution since 1973.<p>04.03.13 4:45 AM ET<p>Getty (4); …

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

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When will Apple kill the iPod?

Physical music formats were so 20th century, so we put our music on computers. But even that was too much of a burden, so music is going up, up, and away, into the cloud and streaming. The iPod Classic is firmly rooted to the ground, and I like it that way.<p>I can live without Siri, iCloud, a camera, …