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Dilbert creator Scott Adams issues bad-faith ‘climate challenge’
Yesterday, Dilbert creator Scott Adams issued a challenge to scientists with all the arrogance of someone who believes the main trait Hillary supporters have in common is being bullies: Climate Science Challenge. Find a scientist — just one — who says the climate prediction models are credible:…
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Can paint strokes help identify Alzheimer’s?
A new study shows that it may be possible to detect neurodegenerative disorders in artists before they are diagnosed.
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Duolingo’s clubs make language learning a competition
Duolingo debuted chat bots to help you learn a new language back in October, but now the company is looking to offer a bit more human interaction. Today, it introduced a new feature called Language Clubs so you can band together with friends and othe…
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Bacteria-powered battery made from a single sheet of paper
The earth-friendly bio-battery could be used in remote areas, for disaster relief and more.
9to5Mac
Report details Apple’s ‘iPhone City’ in China and difficulties bringing manufacturing back home
David Barboza takes an in-depth and investigative look into the many moving pieces that have and continue to help Apple maintain the foothold it has in China to this day. Combing through confidential government records and a swath of interviews, Barboza explores the complexities technology companies…
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Peter Zumthor’s vacation houses built from solid wood
“The solid timber has a tangible presence – soft and close to the body, it gleams gently and silkily in the light.”
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Flood threats changing across US
A new study finds the threat of flooding is increasing in the northern half of the United States and declining in the South. The findings are based on water-height measurements at 2,042 stream and rivers, compared to NASA data showing the amount of water stored in the ground.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Possible treatment targets found for pre-malignant bone marrow disorders
Medical researchers report on a new mechanism that controls blood cell function and several possible molecular targets for treating myelodysplasia syndromes (MDS) — a group of pre-malignant disorders in which bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. MDS can lead to acute myeloid leukemia…
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Omega-3 supplements can prevent childhood asthma
Taking certain omega-3 fatty acid supplements during pregnancy can reduce the risk of childhood asthma by almost one third, according to a new study.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Image-based modeling
Novel and realistic simulation tool combining high resolution biomedical imaging and supercomputer computational fluid dynamics results in ability to model the exact hydrodynamic microenvironment experienced by cells cultured in bone tissue engineering scaffolds.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Responsive filtration membranes by polymer self-assembly
Polymer self-assembly is a crucial tool for manufacturing membranes using scalable methods, enabling easier commercialization. This review surveys approaches to impart stimuli responsive behavior to membrane filters using polymer self-assembly.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Nitrogen doped bimodal cellular structure activated carbon produced
Phenol-urea-formaldehyde (PUF) organic foam were used as precusors for the new monolithic nitrogen-containing microporous cellular activated carbons production. Carbonization and CO2 activation were used to prepare this novel monolithic nitrogen-containing activated carbon foam with both interconnected…
Digital Trends
Microsoft swaps out iconic Blue Screen of Death for a greener version
First there was the Black Screen of Death (BSOD), where a Windows 3.x PC would throw up a screen with white text on a black background when it crashed. Then, around the time of Windows NT, Microsoft switched to the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). These stop screens have been an important part of Windows…
Lifehacker
The Best Way to Get Compensation for a Delayed or Cancelled Flight
Lost or mishandled luggage, broken equipment, or overbooked flights are some examples of situations where you may be entitled to some form of compensation from airlines. Bad weather or a missed flight are not. Here’s how and when to seek recourse.First, your air travel and compensation rights vary from…
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Watch Dudes in Jetpacks and Daredevil Wingwalkers Flying Over Dubai
Yves Rossy, the famous “Jetman,”—the Swiss aviation enthusiast who stages high profile flying events with his jetpack—and his partner Vince Reffet, recently teamed up with the Breitling Wingwalkers—daredevils that stand on the wings of flying biplanes—to perform a flashy formation flight over the only…
MakeUseOf
Getting Started With Blynk: Simple DIY IoT Devices
Blynk is an Internet of Things (IoT) service designed to make remote control and reading sensor data from your devices as quick and easy as possible. In this article we will cover exactly what Blynk is, how it works, and provide two short example projects on different uses of the service with NodeMCU…
Geek.com
Players Honor Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Video Games
2016 saw the death of many popular celebrities, but for us nerds and geeks, none hurt nearly as much as the passing of Carrie Fisher. Losing the woman who brought the iconic Princess […] The post Players Honor Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Video Games appeared first on Geek.com.
Mashable
This app wants to help you invest in companies that align with your morals
Keeping track of which companies are under investigation, which invest in fossil fuels and which dodged taxes can be tough for a new investor.  Shape, a new iOS app founded in the United Kingdom, wants to help new people navigate the complex ethical terrain of investing.  Founded by an investment banker…
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Taktick Indoor Amplified Ultra Thin HDTV Antenna $3.99
Taktick Indoor Amplified Ultra Thin HDTV Antenna $3.99
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Genes and the environment equally affect language-related brain activity
Researchers showed that brain activity in the left frontal area is equally affected by environmental and genetic factors. They also demonstrated that verbal memory is related to language-related brain activity. The findings provide novel insights into how language is influenced by genes and the environment.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Hubble gazes at a cosmic ‘megamaser’
This entire galaxy essentially acts as an astronomical laser that beams out microwave emission rather than visible light (hence the ‘m’ replacing the ‘l’).
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Biomarker tests in breast cancer: Decision on chemotherapy remains difficult
Omitting chemotherapy can lead to more cases of distant metastasis and deaths. It cannot yet be judged whether this risk outweighs the chemotherapy-related burden.
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Hatchimals: everything you’re too embarrassed to ask
If the word “Hatchimal” sounds like utter nonsense to you, you’ve come to the right place. The toy craze of 2016 has, for many Americans, been released from its temporary, concealed home beneath Christmas trees, and unleashed upon living rooms. It squawks, it waddles, and of course, it hatches. But what…
TechCrunch
How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses
 Hordes of new enterprise-IT upstarts have popped up in Silicon Valley, with some drawing lofty valuations from investors. They’re driven by new, more-advanced technologies in areas such as databases, software development, networking and cloud computing. And many are taking aim at incumbents like Dell,…
VentureBeat
Accenture’s top 5 predictions for what will be hot at CES 2017
Roughly 177,000 people are expected to converge on Las Vegas next week for the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2017 will have around 2 million square feet of exhibit space, and I’ll be there checking out the event with VentureBeat writers Ken Leung and John Brandon. We’ll all be trying to figure out what…
VentureBeat
Facebook open-sources Atom in Orbit, a web-based IDE
Facebook developers have crafted a version of the Atom open-source text editor that can be deployed in a web browser. Atom in Orbit, as the new technology is called, is now available on GitHub under a BSD-3 Clause open-source license, and a demo app lets you take the tool for a spin. The new tool —…
VentureBeat
CMOs under pressure: How real-time analytics demonstrates bottom-line results (VB Live)
VB LIVE: Data-driven digital marketers can’t just stay on top of real-time data — they need to start thinking two steps ahead, with pressure from their CEOs and board to show bottom line results. Join our latest VB Live event to learn how to turn data into actionable insight across your org. Access…
VentureBeat
15 interesting startups to watch in 2017
REVIEW: People are gearing up to say good riddance to 2016, and as the Earth completes another revolution around the sun, we’re all eager to try our hand at predicting the next big thing. Will virtual reality, on-demand services, and bots shine again in 2017? Or will the spotlight turn to messaging apps,…
VentureBeat
Netflix vs. Amazon in 2016: A big year for 2 video streaming giants
If the year 2015 saw Netflix and Amazon go head to head in the video-streaming realm, this year we’ve seen more of the same, as the two companies ramped up their respective efforts to capture the cord-cutting video generation. Here, we take a look back at some of the notable developments in the worlds…
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Police Taser Report Watered Down By NYPD Civilian Complaint Review Board
New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) watered down the conclusion and recommendations of its own report on police use of Tasers, after a “collaborative” process of revisions with the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. CCRB had released a draft of the report earlier this year…
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Scientists develop drug discovery approach to predict health impact of endocrine-disruptors
Breast cancer researchers from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a novel approach for identifying how chemicals in the environment—called environmental estrogens—can produce infertility, abnormal reproductive development, including “precocious puberty,” and promote…
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
New tool shines light on protein condensation in living cells
A tool that uses light to manipulate matter inside living cells has begun to explain how proteins assemble into different liquid and gel-like solid states, a key to understanding many critical cellular operations.
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Off-switch for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system discovered
UC San Francisco researchers have discovered a way to switch off the widely used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system using newly identified anti-CRISPR proteins that are produced by bacterial viruses. The technique has the potential to improve the safety and accuracy of CRISPR applications both in the clinic…
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Why are these birds falling from the sky in South Jersey?
Weather-wise, it had been a fairly typical November day, two days before Thanksgiving, in the western Cumberland County agricultural community of Stow Creek Township – mostly sunny, with a bit of a nip in the air.
SciTech Daily
Band 5 Receivers Improve ALMA’s Ability to Search for Water in the Universe
With the newly installed Band 5 receivers, ALMA has now opened its eyes to a whole new section of this radio spectrum, creating exciting new observational possibilities and improving the telescope’s ability to search for water in the Universe. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)…
Next Big Future
Predictions of human intelligence possible from DNA alone as we near effective embryo selection and gene editing of humans
Stephen Hsu at Infoproc reports that we now know enough about the genetic architecture of human intelligence to make predictions based on DNA alone. While it is a well-established scientific fact that variations in human cognitive ability are influenced by genes, many have doubted whether scientists…
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Nintendo tackles 3DS piracy with ‘freeShop’ takedown
Homebrew software designed to imitate the Nintendo eShop has been issued a takedown notice by the house of Mario. FreeShop allows 3DS owners to browse, search and download games using “titlekeys,” a form of encryption employed by Nintendo for its onl…
Lifehacker
How to Sew a Zipper Into Your Favorite Hoodie
Pullover hoodies are fine, but sometimes what you really want is one that zips up—especially if you’re going to layer with it on chilly winter days. Enter this simple sewing project: just two seams and one cut. Best of all, the picture or writing on the front stays totally visible.What You’ll NeedExpect…
HiConsumption
Macbook HyperDrive Port
A simple but powerful dongle for your MacBook Pro with up to 7 ports.
HiConsumption
Hankook Mirae Method-2 Robot Suit
A high tech mechanical suit built to destroy all in its path.
HiConsumption
Alien Buffalo Tents
Conquer the outdoors with this four season 14-person camping shelter.
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Hello, this is my bicycle backpack.
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Rocketbook Everlast Notebook
Could one notebook last you the rest of your life? If it had ten or twenty thousand pages, maybe. More practical though is Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook. Couple the notebook with Pilot’s Frixion pens and you can write normally like on regular old paper. But grab a moist tissue or towel and the pages…
BBC News – World
The Afghan families being repatriated by Pakistan
The BBC follows a family being repatriated to Afghanistan from Pakistan
SciTech Daily
Astronomers Determine Orbit of Proxima Centauri
Using ESO’s planet-hunting HARPS instrument, astronomers have the strongest evidence to date that Proxima Centauri orbits Alpha Centauri A and B. Interest in our neighboring Alpha Centauri star system has been particularly high since the recent discovery of an Earth-mass planet, known as Proxima…
Deals
Pick Up a Quality 10″ Chef’s Knife For Under $30
Mercer Culinary Genesis 10-Inch Forged Chef’s Knife, $28Update: Sold out.Read more…
How-To Geek
Change How macOS Handles ZIP Files With These Hidden Preferences
When you double-click a ZIP file on your Mac, the files are automatically uncompressed and the ZIP itself is sent to the Trash. What if that’s not what you want?Click Here to Continue Reading
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PCWorld
Super Mario Run appears in the Play Store with a ‘pre-register’ button
Super Mario Run is the hottest thing since sliced app updates over in the iOS App Store, but Nintendo is about to send Mario running to the Play Store.A listing for Super Mario Run is live, and you can click the big friendly “Pre-register” button if you’d like a notification sent to your device when…
Curbed National
Trump versus American mayors
The president-elect’s proposals lay the groundwork for a few key battles A sea of red, with scattered drops of blue: The post-mortem political map of the United States, a staple of elections for decades, took on new relevance this year with the unexpected results of the 2016 election. The varied storylines…
HiConsumption
Vasque Lost 40 Snow Boot
A modern mukluk-style boot that can be worn in even the toughest conditions.
Next Big Future
Spacex shows a Falcon Heavy at the Rocket Factory
Spacex shows the Falcon Heavy on instagram Falcon Heavy interstage being prepped at the rocket factory. When FH flies next year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.The first launch of the Spacex Falcon Heavy is expected to take place in early 2017. Read more…
Gizmodo
New Cancer Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Aggressive Brain Tumors
Artist’s depiction of immune cells attacking a cancer cell. (Image: Diamond Light Source UK)By boosting the power of a patient’s immune cells, researchers from the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute have demonstrated the potential for a revolutionary new therapy to treat a particularly aggressive…
Mashable
2016: The year Facebook became the bad guy
Facebook numbs us.  It’s supposed to: As an app and social network, it offers an unending feed of comforting memories, photos from friends and updates from trusted brands. (“Not enjoying pooping at work?” Let Charmin help.) SEE ALSO: Facebook’s ideals: As fake as its fakest news But we felt a little…
Ars Technica » Scientific Method
You won’t believe what NASA hid from us this year
Enlarge / One ufologist found a Borg cube feeding off the Sun. (credit: UFO Sightings Daily) As the federal agency at the forefront of exploring outer space, NASA winds up being the front door for all manner of alien conspiracies. And so every year, to find out what the miscreants at the space agency…
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
New nutritional strategy gives a boost to tiny premature babies
On New Year’s Day this coming Sunday, we will once again be waiting to see the first baby is born safe and sound to be our “New Year’s Baby 2017”. It could even be a premature baby. The tiniest premature babies – weighing less than 1 kg at birth – often fail to gain very much weight during their long…
Coolest Gadgets
The HYDRA SmartBottle Bluetooth Speaker helps you get and stay hyped
When you’re looking to work out, you have to stay motivated from start to finish or you’ll just be going through the motions without any benefit. Everything from lack of sleep and improper nutrition to what clothes you’re wearing and how much water you drank that day will affect your performance. To…
The Next Web
Best Xbox One games of 2016
2016 has seen the release of some great Xbox One games, and now that the year’s drawing to a close, we’ve decided to round up a handful of the best ones to add to your wishlist this holiday season. Battlefield 1 Inspired by the events of the First World War, Battlefield 1 lets you armor up and take part…
Scientific American Content: Global
Build an Irrigation System
An engineering project — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Mashable
This unique reflective spray could save your life
Volvo’s ‘LifePaint’ is part of their pledge to prevent all cyclists from being injured in auto collisions by 2020.  It’s a water-based reflective spray that is invisible by day and lights up at night in the direct glare of headlights. It’s now available for purchase online for $13.99. Read more…More…
Big Think
How Language Can Make You a Time Traveler
The words we speak might actually help us see the future. Here’s how.Read More
Lifehacker
If You Still Don’t Own a KitchenAid, Today’s the Day to Get One
KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus, $200Update: Looks like there was a separate listing for other colors at the same price that are still in stock. Grab one in black, red, or silver.h/t Tim CUpdate: Sold out.If you didn’t get a chance to grab a KitchenAid during deals week, now is your chance. The KitchenAid…
Gizmodo
Build Out Your Multi-Monitor Setup For Just $75 Per Screen
Acer 24″ 1080p Display, $75This 24″ 1080p monitor doesn’t have any bells or whistles, but at $75, you could probably afford to buy several of the to build out your battle station.Read more…
BBC News – World
Flight simulator catches fire at Frankfurt airport
A training simulator at Frankfurt airport has caught fire causing part of the airport to be evacuated.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Aromatase inhibitors for breast cancer: Advantages over tamoxifen in early-stage disease
Patients survive longer, recurrences occur later, and certain side effects occur less often. Overall, the evidence for late-stage disease is much poorer.
TechCrunch
SoftBank lets Trump brag about creating jobs (he didn’t) so that it can buy T-Mobile
 Yes, Trump is still talking about the same SoftBank fund that has nothing to do with him. In a convoluted turn of self promotion, the President-elect just revisited his not-so-humblebrag from earlier this month, falsely taking credit for SoftBank’s Vision Fund, a joint $100 billion plan between SoftBank…
Lifehacker
If You Still Don’t Own a KitchenAid, Today’s the Day to Get One
KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus, $200Update: Looks like there was a separate listing for other colors at the same price that are still in stock. Grab one in black, red, or silver.Read more…
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The Adam Ruins Everything takedown of electric cars is wrong because it’s built on lazy research
Adam Ruins Everything, a TruTV show created by comedian Adam Conover, points out obvious problems in an effort to get some laughs. Segments from his show are often broken off into standalone videos that are tailor-made for viral success on the internet, pulling in millions of views while explaining things…
Computerworld
Changing other people’s flight bookings is too easy
The travel booking systems used by millions of people every day are woefully insecure and lack modern authentication methods. This allows attackers to easily modify other people’s reservations, cancel their flights and even use the refunds to book tickets for themselves, according a team of researchers…
Computerworld
New year’s resolution for IoT vendors: Treat LANs as hostile
In November, researchers from cybersecurity firm Invincea reported a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to infect Belkin WeMo smart plugs with malware. The flaw was located in a configuration protocol that worked over the local area network and didn’t require any authentication. In 2015,…
Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine
Volvo looks away from the road to Skype for Business
Volvo Cars will introduce Skype for Business to its new 90 Series vehicles. This makes Volvo the first carmaker to launch an in-car productivity tool like Microsoft’s collaborative app. This could be just a new distraction, or it could be a next step in autonomous driving… Continue Reading…
Scientific American Content: Global
Vera Rubin Didn’t Discover Dark Matter
She wasn’t even convinced it existed — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
ArchDaily
World’s Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic in Southwest China
Image <a href=’http://www.indialivetoday.com/beipanjiang-worlds-highest-bridge-inaugurated-in-china/87276.html’>via India Live Today</a> Today China inaugurated the world’s highest bridge, opening the new crossing to traffic after the structure was completed in September, reports…
Reason.com Full Feed
6 Foreign Hotspots the Trump Administration Will Have to Deal With in 2017
2016 is mercifully coming to an end this weekend, and the Obama presidency will end less than three weeks later. Despite Donald Trump’s insistence that he’ll do things differently, January 20, 2017 will be no more a clean break from the past than January 20, 2009, was, especially when it comes to the…
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Review: These Bluetooth speakers can be life of the party anywhere
We are becoming a nation of people who take our music wherever we go.
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Languages still a major barrier to global science, new research finds
English is now considered the common language, or ‘lingua franca’, of global science. All major scientific journals seemingly publish in English, despite the fact that their pages contain research from across the globe.
Science | Smithsonian
Why Are Endangered Sea Turtles Showing Up Cold and Seemingly Lifeless on Northeastern Shores?
In the past three decades, scientists have confronted a worsening epidemic of stranded Kemp’s ridley sea turtles
CNET News.com
2016 reimagined as a horror movie – CNET
The Galaxy Note 7’s explosive saga gets a cameo in the thriller of the year.
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Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Google WiFi
Google WiFi is the company’s latest (and very aptly named) wireless router. Like the OnHub router that Google put out last year, WiFi is meant to be sleekly designed and easy to use. This time, though, WiFi also can create a mesh network with other Google WiFi routers — an alternative to standalone…
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Iron deficiency anemia associated with hearing loss
Medical researchers examined the association between sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia in adults ages 21 to 90 years in the United States.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Drug discovery approach predicts health impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals
 Breast cancer researchers from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a novel approach for identifying how chemicals in the environment—called environmental estrogens—can produce infertility, abnormal reproductive development, including “precocious puberty,” and promote…
Latest news
Snap Spectacles Review: A fun way to capture memories, with potential for much more
A couple weeks of using Snap’s Spectacles has me excited for their potential.
Macworld
The Week in iPhone and iPad Cases: Dress your iPhone just like a book with Twelve South’s protection
Check out Story Leather’s gorgeous patterned leather and great colors for your iPadImage by NAFound a brand new iPhone or iPad under the tree? This week’s roundup of new cases brings you all the latest protective options to keep your precious gift safe all day long.To read this article in full or to…
Scientific American Content: Global
Online Insomnia Therapy: A Dream Come True for Some Patients
Automated six-week interactive program comes amid a shortage of trained clinicians  — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Digital Trends
Videos show glimpse of Fujifilm medium format — here’s what we know so far
Fujifilm’s first mirrorless medium format camera is expected out in early 2017 — and the company is building up already high expectations with a series of teaser videos. While the teasers began in September after the official announcement, the company has now released five new glimpses of the camera….
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Novel hardware-based modeling approach for multi-robot tasks
Technological revolution means robots no longer are the song of the future. The Governor of the Bank of England predicts today that up to half of British workforce face redundancy in the imminent ‘second machine age’. No wonder, the research of multi-robot systems generates serious buzz both for promising…
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
No excuses: Real reason you’re late may vary with age
A song is just a song, but as time goes by, something as random as a song’s length could be the difference in whether you miss an important deadline or arrive late for an appointment, suggests time-management research.
Ars Technica
Dealmaster: Get an Alienware 13 laptop with a GTX 1060 GPU for just $1199
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have a new list of deals to share. Now you can get a great price on a powerful gaming laptop: the Alienware 13 R3 notebook with a Core i5 processor, GTX 1060 GPU, and a 256GB SSD is now just $1199. That’s over $200 off its…
Big Think
The Big Thing People Get Wrong About Their IQ Scores
Author David Shenk explains how we frequently misinterpret the meaning of IQ scores.Read More
Mashable
Alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos got a big book deal and Twitter is furious
Breitbart editor and notorious troll Milo Yiannopoulos has secured a $250,000 book deal, infuriating his critics, who were pleased to see him banned from Twitter earlier in 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yiannopoulos landed a $250,000 advance for the book, titled Dangerous, which is expected…
Techbargains.com
GVDV 16 in 1 Multi-Function Bike Bicycle Cycling Mechanic Repair Tool Kit $3.99
GVDV 16 in 1 Multi-Function Bike Bicycle Cycling Mechanic Repair Tool Kit $3.99
TechCrunch
In light of discrimination concerns, Uber and Lyft defend their policies to show rider names and photos
 Uber and Lyft have responded to Senator Al Franken’s questions regarding potential racial discrimination against passengers. Last month, Franken wondered why it’s necessary to include names and photos of passengers requesting rides, and what steps both companies can take to dissuade drivers from canceling…
Gizmodo
Hi-Def Video of Earth From Space is So Beautiful You’ll Want to Punch Yourself in The Face
Earlier this year, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured ultra high definition video of our pale blue dot from the vantage point of the International Space Station. It’s easily the most uplifting thing you’re going to see all day.Read more…
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Find out when you can download ‘Super Mario Run’ on Android
If you’ve been staring wistfully at the many iOS folks who are playing Super Mario Run on your commute, wondering when your Android gizmo could get in on the action, maybe stop doing that. First up, it’s a little creepy and, secondly, soon enough you’ll be able to play on your own device. To find out…
Reason.com Full Feed
Don’t Abolish The Electoral College, Abolish The Popular Vote
It was the perfect ending to the strangest election in modern American history. Donald Trump was officially elected as the next president of these United States on December 19, winning by a wide margin in the Electoral College despite having lost the national popular vote six weeks earlier. Trump’s…
Curbed National
Las Vegas now powers all government buildings with renewable energy
The move to renewables is expected to save the city roughly $5 million each year When it comes to Sin City, there’s at least one thing that’s now guilt-free: energy use. Las Vegas officials recently announced that 100 percent of city-run systems are powered by nearby solar farms, solar panels on city…
Digital Trends
Fan-crafted ‘X-Wing’ remake delivers Star Wars space battles in full 3D
A dedicated group of Star Wars fans banded together to produce XWVM, a collaborative Unity project that aims to port LucasArts’ 1993 space combat sim X-Wing to modern PC platforms. Mod creator David Esparza Guerrero gives a glimpse at the current version of XWVM in the teaser video above, showcasing…
Mises Institute
Top Ten Most-Read Mises Wire Articles in 2016
A A Home | Feed | Blog.rssTop Ten Most-Read Mises Wire Articles in 2016 0 Views Mises.org continues to be one of the most high-traffic economics and commentary sites on the web, read by millions every year.In 2016, we published more than 1,000 new original articles in our online publication…
Lifehacker
Make Rich, Roasted Vegetable Soups Without a Pot
Making soup without a pot may seem like an impossible task, but Helen Rennie has devised a way to make rich, roasted vegetable soups using only a sheet pan and a blender.Read more…
EETimes:
Thinnest Nanowire Self-assembles
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center claims to have created the world’s thinnest wires using a 10-atom diamond cage around a three-atom copper core.
SlashGear
Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries
Google has tweaked the way it presents recipes for food searches on its mobile search. Pull out your phone and search for any particular food item or multiple items using Google Mobile Search, and you’ll see an array of recipe cards at the top of the results. Above those cards you’ll find related search…
BBC News – World
Mosul battle: Iraqi forces advance in fresh push
Iraqi forces advance in eastern Mosul in a fresh push to take the last Iraqi stronghold of IS.
How-To Geek
How to Link Your Google Calendar to Your Amazon Echo
If you use Google Calendar and want Alexa to read off your upcoming events without having to take the time to actually look, you can easily link your Google Calendar to your Amazon Echo and have the quintessential personal assistant you’ve always wanted.Click Here to Continue Reading
Scientific American Content: Global
Accepting the Reality of Climate Change is Good for Business
The climate cause has lost an ally in the White House, but the private sector has ensured that the clean technology revolution is here to stay. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
TechSpot
Smart TVs aren’t immune to ransomware as one user recently found out
Security experts for years have been warning consumers that smart TVs are a prime target for hackers. Aside from the fact that sets with microphones and cameras can serve as excellent eavesdropping devices, we’re now seeing connected TVs being hit with ransomware.
Fast Company
Where Will Trump Fall On The Encryption Debate? Tough Call
Parsing the impulsive president-elect’s stance on encryption is tricky. Here, a look at how the encryption issue could unfold in 2017. Parsing the impulsive president-elect’s stance on encryption is tricky. Here, a look at how the encryption issue could unfold in 2017.Judging by…
Scientific American Content: Global
Eating Disorders Creep Up Among Males
Boys are increasingly confronted with “their own versions of Barbie” — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Newswise: SciNews
Scientists Engineer Gene Pathway to Grow Brain Organoids with Surface Folding
Whitehead Institute researchers provide insight into a specific gene pathway that appears to regulate the growth, structure, and organization of the human cortex. They also demonstrate that 3D human cerebral organoids can be effective in modeling the molecular, cellular, and anatomical processes of human…
Digital Trends
Here are the coolest, craziest and most creative Kickstarter campaigns of 2016
When you look back on 2016 in the years to come, what will be the overriding memory you have? Great Kickstarter projects, of course. From unimaginably popular “Fidget Cubes” to some impressive gadgetry and a tremendous survival horror board game, a rundown of the year’s hottest crowdfunding campaigns…
Mises Institute
Top Ten Most-Read Mises Wire Articles in 2016
A A Home | Feed | Blog.rssTop Ten Most-Read Mises Wire Articles in 2016 0 Views Mises.org continues to be one of the most high-traffic economics and commentary sites on the web, read by millions every year.In 2016, we published more than 1,000 new original articles in our online publication…
Uncrate
Movie User Interfaces
The Dark Knight. Kingsman. Skyfall. If you saw a decent action film in the last few years, odds are the interface was designed by the geniuses at Blind Ltd. From…Visit Uncrate for the full post.
Gizmodo
The Gates Foundation Just Invested Millions in Technology to Stop the Spread of HIV
Image: WikiMedia CommonsOver the past two decades, HIV has gone from a lethal diagnosis to a manageable condition. And yet, the virus continues to spread as some 1.9 million new people are infected each year. HIV is no longer always the fatal disease it once was, but catching it is still common. An implant…
The Awesomer
Cronometrics Engineer S3
Price: $249  | BuyA striking and sleek monochrome timepiece with design elements inspired by engineering’s strongest shape – the triangle. Its 42mm stainless steel case carries PVD black coating on every surface, and is set onto a matching black Italian leather strap. More Awesome Stuff: Deal:…
The Verge – All Posts
Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources site no longer says humans cause climate change
The website of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources no longer says that humans and greenhouse emissions cause climate change. The new language says that causes of global warming are “are being debated and researched by academic entities.” It is not true that the causes of global warming are…
Lifehacker
Ask Yourself If You’re Motivated by Results, or the Process, to Be More Productive
Lots of productivity methods are effective for lots of different people, but while you’re considering a method, you should also consider what motivates you most to work (beyond the paycheck, that is.) Are you motivated by results? Or do you find joy in the process? That’ll help you find—or remix—a method…
Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine
Amazon floats the idea of drone-dropping airships
When it comes to delivery-by-drone, one of the main limiting factors is battery life. After all, the aircraft would have to fly from a warehouse to a client’s home and then back again, all on a single battery charge. Well, a recently-unearthed patent filed by Amazon addresses that issue. It…
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Stop calling everything a “hack”
Nevada state government’s website was leaking thousands of social security numbers, and highly sensitive personal data. They said it was a hack. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.
CNET News.com
VW adds parking prowess through PayByPhone acquisition – Roadshow
Volkswagen announced that it will acquire mobile parking payments service PayByPhone in a deal that could give drivers easier street parking.
CNET News.com
Tell Twitter’s CEO what you want from him in 2017 – CNET
Jack Dorsey puts out an open call for suggestions, using the hashtag #Twitter2017. It seems people are hankering to edit their tweets.
BBC News – World
Bears Ears and Gold Butte: Obama creates two nature preserves
President Barack Obama unilaterally designates two new “national monument” sites in Nevada and Utah.
BBC News – World
Venezuela: President Maduro extends money swap deadline
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro extends to 20 January the deadline to scrap the 100 bolivar note.
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2016: The year in wood construction
Because we’re not called TreeHugger for nothing.
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Fireplace Ideas – This Double-Sided Fireplace Separates The Living Room And Dining Room
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Ars Technica
DOJ won’t prosecute Redflex in exchange for restitution and cooperation
Enlarge (credit: mathieukor / Getty Images News) Federal prosecutors in Ohio and Illinois have come to an agreement with the red light camera company Redflex. Earlier this year, the former chief executive of the embattled Australian company pleaded guilty to corruption charges in those states. The…
io9
Your Crappy American Diet Might Leave Your Gut Bacteria Stunted
Adopting a healthy lifestyle might not seem that hard on the outset. You ate a lot of cheeseburgers and drank a lot of soda, and now you’re going to stop doing that. But a new study in mice suggests that it takes a while for the gut’s bacterial zoo, or microbiome, to adapt to dietary changes. If the…
Digital Trends
Engineers create silk-based materials with programmable functions
From its discovery in the fourth millennium BCE, silk production was a guarded Chinese secret for thousands of years. Now, researchers from Tufts University have engineered silk fibers to develop materials that can be programmed to respond to their environment. “In nature, there is a strong interplay…
Digital Trends
Wireless HTC Vive 2 may appear at CES 2017, rumors claim
What will the next-generation HTC Vive headset look like? Well, according to rumors out of Taiwan, it could be wireless and feature twin 4K displays — and we might see it at CES 2017. But let’s take a step back — are those capabilities currently even possible? According to Techspot, it’s possible, but…
Gizmodo
The Jackery Titan Will Charge Your Phone Up to 8 Times For Only $28
Jackery Titan, $28 with code JKRTITANIf you somehow didn’t end up with an external battery in your stocking this year, how about this Jackery Titan for only $28? Use the code JKRTITAN and pick up this 20,100 mAh battery.Read more…
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
New way to defeat therapy-resistant prostate cancer
A new study sheds light on a signaling circuit in cells that drives therapy resistance in prostate cancer. The researchers found that targeting the components of this circuit suppresses advanced prostate cancer development.
VentureBeat
Why AI will dominate the conversation at CES 2017
AI is everywhere. At CES 2017 next week, it will become even more prevalent. Without giving away any secrets, it feels like there is something in the air already. Looking over my schedule, almost every meeting and test has an element related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. I know of…
Curbed National
U.S. housing affordability is at an 8-year low, report finds
With interest rate increases likely to happen next year, housing will only get more unaffordable The gap between housing costs and wages continues to grow in the U.S. While the national median home price has increased 60 percent since the beginning of 2012, average weekly paychecks have swelled by just…
The Verge – All Posts
DirecTV Now’s $35, 100-channel plan will jump to $60 on January 9th
DirecTV Now’s limited-time introductory $35-per-month subscription deal is going away early next month. AT&T’s website confirms that the “Go Big” package of over 100 channels will switch to its normal $60 monthly cost starting January 9th. If you’re at all interested in the streaming TV service,…
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Study: Ad-tech use shines light on fringe, fake news sites
What distinguishes mainstream news sites from those devoted to fake news or other hyper-partisan takes on events? It’s not just the stories they run, but also the way they use online technology that tracks readers and shows them ads, according to a new study by a web analytics firm.
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Varmint hunters’ ammo selection influences lead exposure in avian scavengers
Varmint hunters’ choice of ammunition plays a role in the amount of lead that scavengers such as golden eagles could ingest, a new study shows, and offers a way to minimize the lead exposure to wildlife.
Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories
Humanoid robot Pepper is amusing, but is it practical?
While merrily chirping, dancing and posing for selfies, a robot named Pepper looks like another expensive toy at a San Francisco mall. But don’t dismiss it as mere child’s play.
Lifehacker
Juice Gives Your MacBook a Customizable Battery Life Indicator
Mac: Apple might have pulled the battery life indicator out of the MacBook, but there are plenty of third-party ways to bring it back. If you’re looking for something a little more fun than just a number, Juice let’s you set your own customizable icons for different battery levels.Read more…
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Psychiatric conditions linked to increased risk of long-term opioid use
A wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use of opioid pain medications.
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Anti-aging therapies targeting senescent cells: Facts and fiction
It’s an exciting time to be an elderly mouse. Researchers believe that by removing senescent cells (cells with a persistent damage response), which naturally accumulate with age, senior rodents can regrow hair, run faster, and improve organ function. This strategy may bring us one step closer to the…
The Verge – All Posts
We can’t expect virtual reality to make us better people online
Last week, I got to chat with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, one of the virtual reality gaming industry’s most prominent figures. Like many others, Sweeney believes that VR has the potential to transform how we interact online, especially as more sophisticated tracking systems translate body language, facial…
DudeIWantThat.com
Knuckle Duster Safety Bell
For runners, cyclists, and skaters, the Runbell provides the option of giving pedestrians and other manual motorists in your path polite notice of your presence and passing. So you don’t have to yell at them, plow them over, or use your little ding-ding!-ing knuckle duster as it was originally intended…
Digital Trends
2016 continues to be cruel year for celebrity deaths as Debbie Reynolds dies at 84
The spate of celebrity deaths in 2016 has tragically continued. Legendary actress, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday, just one day after the death of her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who suffered cardiac arrest on December 23 and died four days later. Reynolds was 84 and…
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – Front Page
Here’s a Detailed Aerial Photograph of Apple Campus 2
Apple’s spaceship-shaped campus in Cupertino, California is nearing completion, and most of the ring-shaped main structure and auxiliary buildings have been finished. We’ve seen monthly drone updates of the location during the construction period, letting us keep an eye on Apple’s progress, and now…
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Donut-shaped ice shelters could shield astronauts on Mars
Since future astronauts might be spending months at a time on Mars, their sturdy shelters must reliably insulate inhabitants from extreme outer temperatures and the cosmic radiation filtering through the planet’s thin atmosphere. Some have proposed c…
Latest Science News — ScienceDaily
Ancient Chaco Canyon population likely relied on imported food
The ancient inhabitants of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, the zenith of Pueblo culture in the Southwest a thousand years ago, likely had to import corn to feed the multitudes residing there, says a new study.
Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine
How Samsung can rebound from the Note 7 debacle in 2017
It’s no secret that, after a strong start, Samsung had a rough bottom half of the year, with the flaming Galaxy Note 7 debacle. After taking that kind of knock to the brand and consumer trust, it’ll require some strong moves to quickly rebound. Here’s what we’d like to see from Samsung in 2017… …
Curbed National
The most outlandish homes for sale in 2016
13 of the big, the bad, and the plain ugly For every covetable midcentury modern home on the market, there’s a dozen or so (at least) outlandish houses up for sale, too. To commemorate the end of 2016, here are 13—how shall we put it—unique residences that actually went on the market in search of a buyer….
Gizmodo
Watch Daredevils With Jetpacks Fly Next to People Standing on Top of Airplanes
If you’re going to be flying in the air with a jetpack attached to your back, you might as well do it with folks who have strapped themselves standing to the wings of an airplane. Why not, right? Read more…
Gizmodo
Obama Strikes Back at Election Hacks By Politely Asking Russian Guys to Leave
Photo: APSome say revenge is a dish best served cold. When it comes to alleged electoral interference by Russia, the White House apparently thinks it’s also best served largely symbolically.Read more…
Physics News
Explosions, evolution and energy: top 10 Cosmos explainers
If you get stuck for a conversation topic on New Years Eve, fascinate your companion with a few facts from our best explainers from 2016.
Slashdot
Amazon Patents Floating Airship Warehouse For Its Delivery Drones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013. But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights’ Zoe Leavitt, reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through…
9to5Mac
Apple again expected to begin making iPhones in India by April as new job listings emerge
Apple has long been rumored to be setting up a manufacturing presence in India, with a report most recently outlining some of the concessions Apple was seeking from the Indian government. Now, a new report from the Times of India claims that Apple will start manufacturing the iPhone in India in April…
SpaceNews.com
The people and policy shaping NASA’s future under Trump
This presidential transition has been, in many respects, unlike any other in recent history. President-elect Donald Trump has eschewed the traditional post-election news conferences, relying more on Twitter to broadcast updates on his plans. Political reporters have been reduced to staking out the lobby…
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Year-end deals: the best New Year’s sales at Amazon, Target and Walmart
Year-end deals on gadgets and other tech toys are harder to find now because the holidays are over, but the team at TechRadar has you covered.We’ve gone through everything on sale at Amazon, Walmart, Target and other stores, and figured out the best deals to close out 2016.Just because you may have missed…
Ars Technica
Obama tosses 35 Russians out of US, sanctions others for election meddling
Enlarge / Obama just left Donald Trump a nice little inauguration present—a fresh pack of sanctions against Russia and evidence of Russian interference in the presidential election. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images) In an executive order issued today, President Barack Obama used his emergency powers…
Digital Trends
Finch Shift universal VR controller helps you come to grips with virtual worlds
Virtual reality has moved way beyond the early “passive tourist” phase, when it was simply enough to present users with beautiful 360-degree environments they could explore by moving their heads. Today, what everyone is clamoring for — from VR companies to users — is a way of letting people interact…
DiscoveryNews
Obama Creates Two National Monuments in Utah and Nevada
Obama Creates Two National Monuments in Utah and Nevada
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