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We're In For A Triple Celestial Treat, And Here's How To Enjoy It

Get set for a full moon, a lunar eclipse and a comet flyby this Friday night.<p>Turn your eyes to the sky this Friday night and prepare for a series of spectacular celestial sights.<p>A penumbral lunar eclipse, a full moon and a comet will all be visible from across North America ― weather permitting.<p>The …

Design a Mars Habitat for a Chance at a $1.1 Million Prize from NASA

Many children and amateur engineers — and even professional engineers — fantasize about designing things for NASA. Most people aren’t aware that NASA works with the public quite often! One of the most interesting ways to interact with NASA is through their Centennial Challenges, where they hold …

MIT is trying to crack wireless VR, too

Researchers have come up with a system that avoids obstacles to improve performance.<p>Smartphone-based virtual reality headsets are great and all, but for the best games and experiences you need a dedicated facehugger tethered to a powerful PC like it's a diver's lifeline. Wireless hardware is one of …

BrightSide — Inspiration. Creativity. Wonder.

Man searching for Pokémon at 3am caught up in 'drug deal' mix-up

There have some very strange Pokémon Go incidents reported since the game’s release, here’s just one example, and now another unusual tale has been told.<p>A fan of the augmented reality game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, has explained how he found himself hunting for Pokémon at …

Watch this very chill video of virtual soft-bodied creatures swimming underwater

Using computer simulations to model how virtual creatures evolve over time is a pretty standard research tool, but rarely does the process look — and sound — so strangely trippy. In the video above, you can see a number of soft-bodied animals going for a swim underwater. They've been designed by …

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with …

Critical Thinking

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

Hacking a Desktop Printer to Make Batteries and Circuits

Want to make a smart coffee mug that signals “hot”? A customized printer can make the flexible circuits and supercapacitors you’ll need.<p>Under a bench …

Supercapacitors

6 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Reading List

Every book, try to get one takeaway.<p><i>What books should entrepreneurs read? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by James Altucher, entrepreneur, angel investor, and best-selling author, on Quora:</b><p>I'm …

Augmented reality has no clothes

Augmented reality and virtual reality continue to buzz hotly as contenders for the next wave of computing. Tech-industry pundits predict enormous future markets reaching hundreds of billions of dollars based on speculation that AR will replace the smartphone.<p>The technology <i>looks</i> promising, but other …

A closer look at Thin Ice: the magical weight loss vest that siphons heat off your body to burn calories

It seems like something out of science fiction or a bad infomercial. A wearable that lowers the temperature when pressed on the skin to help the body …

Weight Loss

These smart clothes will do everything from charge your phone to monitor your workout

Whether it's tracking your workout or charging your phone, these clothing options show how fashion is moving in a technologically-focused direction.<p>Here's a look at the smart clothing options out there right now:

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

How You Record Ideas May Impact Creativity

Software for creatives must cultivate space for musing, writes Morpholio co-creator Anna Kenoff.<p>A tech VC recently asked me, “Do you even use your iPad anymore? I think they are over.” To which, I replied–perhaps a bit too loudly–“Yes!” There is nothing over when it comes to the potential of touch. …

Rare Sighting of a “Blue Dragon” Spotted on the Shores of Australia

Depending on your tastes, this bizarre little blue creature may inspire aww-worthy shrieks of excitement, a bit of discomforted shock, or possibly a combination of both.<p>Meet the blue dragon, one of the weirdest and most wonderful little-known animals in the world. The proper name of this …

AR VR there yet? The experts weigh in on the growth of augmented and virtual reality

SAN DIEGO — The big question among tech investors and entrepreneurs today has to do with how quickly a new computing paradigm will arrive. Augmented reality and virtual reality are expected to be huge markets, but when will they become huge markets? The first major VR headsets from HTC and Oculus …

Virtual Reality

The 7 Personal Branding Mistakes That Can Ruin Entrepreneurs

<i>Entrepreneurs are supposed to be the face of their respective companies, but these seven costly mistakes can interfere with that role.</i><p>Every company has a brand -- an image, a reputation, and a persona that defines that company's character and reputation. What most people don't realize is that you …

5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality App Aurasma in Your Class

October 3, 2015<br>Talking about augmented reality technology in teaching and learning the first thing that comes to mind is this wonderful app called …

Researchers have found one big reason sleeping is so important to your brain

Scott Wintrow/Stringer/Getty Images<p>Ever have a poor night's sleep and wake up the next day feeling foggy and slower than normal?<p>That's because when …

Spotify told us the top 20 songs people listen to in the shower — here they are

At a conference earlier this week, Ek revealed that there are 39,000 active playlists named "Shower." And these playlists get 550,000 streams every day. (No pun intended).<p>But what songs are these people listening to in the shower?<p>Business Insider reached out to Spotify to find out which songs go …

Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

A study by researchers Johanna Sänger, Viktor Müller, and Ulman Lindenberger used guitarists to investigate joint action, or “tasks that require the …

The Brain

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

The best infographics of 2015, and why we can’t stop looking at them

You’re not alone. We’re obsessed too. Over the last few years, a steady stream of illustrated charts, diagrams, maps, and process drawings have fed and fostered a raging appetite for infographics. Gareth Cook, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a former editor at <i>The Boston Globe</i>, has been sifting …

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don't have to be so awful.

Cleaning

Part 1: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

<i>I have often reflected on the idea of formative assessment. In my reflection I have come up with several main ideas. First, this is a practice that</i> …

Quantum Physics: Everything is Energy

Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in …

Understanding neural function and virtual reality

Like many data scientists, I’m excited about advances in large-scale machine learning, particularly recent success stories in computer vision and …

Things I wish I learned as an undergraduate: Educational technology

I have made it to my fifth year of teaching, and I do not have the urge to leave the profession. It is weird for me to say this because data shows …