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Calories counted from single photograph

Dieters could measure the portion size and calorie count of their meals using a single photograph taken by a tiny camera attached to their clothing, researchers claim.<p>Although people are better informed than ever before about the nutritional value of their food, a major problem for many dieters is …

Robots: Is the uncanny valley real?

For decades the golden rule in robotics has been that the more lifelike a creation, the more likely it crosses the line from cute to creepy. But questions are being raised as to whether this is really true.<p>Mick Walters opens a door in his lab and points his computer’s camera towards the small, …

The Official Popular Science Guide To All The Gadgets You'll Need In College

What's the best laptop? How can you avoid losing your papers to Microsoft Word's temper tantrums? The answers, and more, within.<p>So, you're heading off to college, eh? Well, congratulations on spending, on average, somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 a year! And when you're dropping that much …

A Visual Guide To New York City's Massive Data Trove

Nearly all the documents you could want (and also not want) about New York, in one handy map<p>The NYC Open Data initiative has dumped a ton of New York public records--school test scores, court districts, even laundromat maps--on one website. But the site is not exactly what you'd call "explorable." …

Here’s why India is never going to be safe for women

A few days ago, after news of the sexual assault case in Mumbai broke out, someone on Twitter said something that got me thinking. A female resident of Mumbai, presumably, lashed out after seeing the umpteenth tweet asking women in Mumbai to “take care” and “be safe.”<p>Enough of this patronizing …

The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in …

As Ballmer Exits, Microsoft Inks Deal With ValueAct That May Lead To Board Seat

Today Microsoft announced that it has reached a “cooperation agreement” with ValueAct Capital, an investment company that had been a thorn in its side. It was said that ValueAct wanted a seat on Microsoft’s board.<p>Instead, Microsoft and ValueAct have come to a different agreement, in which the …

Watch: A 2-Minute History Of American Industrial Design

The design movement that revolutionized consumer goods, explained.<p>If you were born after a certain year, then buying toothpaste that doesn’t come with the promise of whitening your snappers is unthinkable.<p>As explained by the animated short from The Open University‘s series on 20th century design, …

Six Flags Says World's 'Tallest Drop Ride' To Open In 2014

Talk about terrifying: Six Flags announced today that it is building the world's "tallest drop ride" at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure.<p>As the company said in a press release, it'll "hoist riders 415 feet into the sky, twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, and rocket them back to Earth at …

The Mobile Industry In the UK And Europe Is Highly Developed, But Badly Lags The U.S. In Making Money

At BI Intelligence, Business Insider's tech research service, we've often noticed the paradoxical nature of the UK and European smartphone markets. These markets boast high rates of smartphone ownership and usage, but have fallen behind in other ways.<p>Smartphone bills are much lower than in the U.S. …

Here’s Why Microsoft Coming To Foursquare’s Salvation Might Make Sense

Rumors that Foursquare is looking to take on a strategic investment from a large technology company kicked up a gear when several sources have reported that Microsoft is perhaps the potential suitor, and, to quote Dina Bass of Bloomberg, the talks are “advanced.”<p>What the hell, you might be …

Apple begins training support staff on iOS 7 & iTunes Radio, preparing for customer surprise

Apple has started training its AppleCare technical support staff on the changes and feature-set of iOS 7, according to multiple AppleCare employees. These people say that training began today, and AppleCare employees are required to complete the iOS 7 training by the second week of September.<p>The …