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The water on Earth is even older than the sun

Next time you reach for a “fresh” glass of water, think of this: some of the molecules in that water are billions of years old — older, in fact, than the solar system itself.<p>On the face of it, this seems impossible: how can water on Earth pre-date the solar system in which it exists? But a new …

Teens feel better when they think people can change - Futurity

When teenagers see that people and situations can change, they are less likely to suffer from depression when they transition to high school.

Cement's 'genome' could make concrete greener - Futurity

By paying attention to concrete's atomic structure, scientists say they could make it better and more environmentally friendly.

<b>Al Jean</b> and <b>David X Cohen</b> of The Simpsons and Futurama reveal the maths behind the two hit animation series<p>This week on the podcast <b>Nicola Davis</b> meets <b>David X Cohen</b> (executive producer of Futurama) and <b>Al Jean</b> (head writer and executive producer of The Simpsons) to unravel the higher maths behind the …

Portal 2 Improves Cognitive Skills More Than Lumosity Does, Study Finds

What does it mean when "entertainment" games improve players' test scores more than brain-training programs?<p>Like many people, Val Shute likes playing video games. But while she's gaming, she doesn't exactly think about the same things the average person does.<p>For example, Shute loved playing the …

Handsome Men Have Poorer Sperm Quality, New Study Shows

Sure, <i>he</i> looks good. But how about his sperm?<p>That might not be such a ridiculous-sounding question, now that a new study has identified a link between men's facial attractiveness and the quality of their semen--with handsome, masculine-looking guys having slightly lower-quality semen than other …

Free Downloadable 3DS Pokemon Game Coming to Japan

With a heavy emphasis on Streepassing.<p>Nintendo has announced a free downloadable 3DS game titled The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon, currently only …

Sega v Nintendo: Sonic, Mario and the 1990's console war

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1076000/1076149_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524644840_f43b77e4e208b8b36c64ffbf3d500592<p><b>It's the console war that arguably laid the foundations of the video games industry as we know it today.</b><p>Sega's battle against Nintendo in the late-80s …

Speed up Chrome for Android with this simple tweak

Chrome for Android is one of the fastest and most feature-rich browsers for Android. But a persistent problem has ruined Google’s mobile browser for many users – janky scrolling. Especially since Google replaced the AOSP Browser with Chrome as the default browser on new Android devices, people have …

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Why Solid State Drives Are Your Best Performance Upgrade And They're Getting Cheaper Too

Nothing and I mean literally nothing, has done more for general computing performance in the past 3 – 5 years, than the SSD or Solid State Drive. Faster processors, more memory, and even faster graphics cards don’t offer the kind of instantaneous and observable boost in system responsiveness, …

The Mythical 'Map Of The Internet 2.0' Is Even Better Than The First

Amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic has put together the second version of his "Map of the Internet," and not surprisingly, it's even better than the first.<p>His original map, put together using Photoshop along with data from Alexa, featured websites as different countries within different …

Take a walk with Alzheimer's disease in this short video game

Alzheimer's disease, and any form of dementia, can place a great burden on those who love and care for someone suffering from it. The brief, poignant flash game <i>Alz</i> tries to tell the other side of the struggle: what it's like to go about the day when your memory is so displaced and filled with</i> …

What Project Ara could mean for the future of mobile customer service

When we first heard about modular phone projects like PhoneBloks, initially mobile tech publications like <i>Android Authority</i>, industry experts and even tech enthusiasts were skeptical about whether such a concept could ever be anything more than just a pipe-dream.<p>Although a smartphone that can have …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

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How to take control of an unruly system (like your brain) - Futurity

Economic collapse, disease, and bad dinner parties can result when complex systems break down, which is why researchers want to learn how to control …

Spintronic thermoelectric power generators: A step towards energy efficient electronic devices

(Phys.org) —Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. While such an idea may seem far-fetched …

Television Shows That Helped Scientific Research

Popular television shows have actually shaped scientific experiments? <i>Mental Floss</i> provides 9 examples of when researchers used TV shows to study test …

How To Trick Others Into Doing Your Bidding

Soon, they'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.<p>We like to think of ourselves as rational beings, but there are many ways we can be subconsciously influenced. At least, that’s the premise of ABC’s new series <i>Mind Games</i>. Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star as consultants who use psychological …

Balancing Gameplay and Narrative

I finally got around to giving <i>Spec Ops: The Line</i> a play a few weeks ago. A third-person military shooter, <i>Spec Ops</i> was met with mostly positive …

The working Lego keyboard of your nerdy dreams is here

Back in 2005, Lego tinkerer Jason Allemann attempted to build a prototype of a working keyboard out of Lego using the membrane from a curved Microsoft Natural keyboard. The curves fought back, and the project was never finished. Fast forward to 2014 and Allemann has taken another stab at it, this …

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The Camaro Z/28 Is So Fast, It Outran Its Own Tires. Here's How Chevy Fixed It.

It's well known that the Chevy Camaro Z/28 has the widest front tires of any production car. At 305 mm wide, those tires produce tremendous …

The Best Music to Work or Study To Could Be Video Game Soundtracks

Lots of different sounds can make you more productive while you work or study (particularly music you're not familiar with), but video game …

You're Looking at It Wrong — Why the Web Demands Vertical Screens

The first person to twist apart an Oreo, or sit backwards in a chair, or pretend a tennis racket was a guitar — visionaries who recognized that …

Movie streaming app Popcorn Time is coming back from the dead — thanks to a torrent site

For a brief moment, watching movies via BitTorrent was just as easy as watching something on your Netflix queue.<p>The app Popcorn Time came out of nowhere a week ago with a slick interface that boiled down the messy torrenting experience into something simple. All you had to do was download the free …

Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit shown off in official presentation videos

You’ve probably seen them in a ton of hands-on videos already (including some very nice ones from our Josh Vergara), but if you still can’t get enough of the new Galaxy S5 and its accompanying wearables, Samsung has got you covered.<p>These two videos published today do a nice job of explaining the …

The Next Transformers Game Crosses Continuity Lines. I'm Scared.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is not just a sequel to Activision's lovely <i>War for/Fall of Cybertron</i> games or a Michael Bay-flavored movie …

What If Apple Bought Tesla?

Rumors about Apple showing interest in buying Tesla have resurfaced after the SF Chronicle reported that Apple’s M&A chief met with Elon Musk last spring. Considering Tesla’s market capitalization of more than $24 billion, such a deal would be unprecedented for Apple, but the two companies do …

Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Nanotech

Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 concepts bring new Samsung design patents to life

After a couple of new design patents have been awarded to Samsung on the last day of the previous year, a couple of new smartphone concepts have emerged imagining what the future Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 would look like in case Samsung would actually use the design shown in those …