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amAze GPS app review: navigate no matter where you are in the world

Introduction<p>Do you find yourself traveling often, do you plan to visit a destination overseas that you are unfamiliar with, are you new in town, or …

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Roman Jokers

Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up<p>by Mary Beard<p>University of California Press, 319 pp., $29.95<p>In 1984 the American …

AT&T, T-Mobile Bring More Chaos To Phone Plans But Should You Care?

T-Mobile’s reign of chaos over the mobile phone industry seems to have no end. Although the carrier itself is only launching a single new plan that few here will likely find very interesting (more on that in a bit), its self-proclaimed “un-carrier” approach is apparently causing fits over at AT&T. …

12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science

Brace yourself. These are shocking developments, people.<p>1. Yes, your cat is ignoring you<p>Your tabby recognizes the sound of your voice, but it’s …

Durian, the World's Smelliest Fruit

Durian is renowned as the world's stinkiest fruit. As <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> explained:<p>"To eat it seems to be the sacrifice of self-respect," wrote …

Brain Stimulation May Induce the Human Will to Persevere

One epilepsy patient reported a flushing in his chest and described a feeling of determinedness, like getting ready to drive through a storm. A …

The View from Up Here: Babies Learn Faster in High Chairs

Playing with those sweet potatoes again? Mashing that avocado like it’s a piece of playdough? All that gooey, messy fun could help babies learn words for things that aren’t solid.<p>Researchers have long known that babies learn language first by naming objects – table, chair, doggie, and so on. They …

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What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

New water-repellant surface destroys drops that hit it

Water-repellant materials are everywhere. Inspired by structures found in nature, these materials excel at staying dry by making water "bounce" off their surface. Now, a new structure detailed in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> improves water-resistance even more by shortening the time fluid makes …

Michael Neuberger obituary

The molecular biologist Michael Neuberger's research into antibodies did much to increase our understanding of how the body defends itself against microbes – single-cell organisms including viruses and bacteria. His own death at the age of 59 came, by sad coincidence, from myeloma, a cancer of the …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …