This Is the Smart Home of the Future

February 18, 2018

Don’t worry: Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and men may become obsolete (sorry, guys), but home will always be home. It’ll just be a heck of a lot smarter. Photographer: Evan Ortiz/Bloomberg Granted, some tech is better than other tech. No one needs a Wi-Fi-connected juice press that doesn’t actually juice anything. Gadgets that offer real utility—like a…

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How You Could Road Raceand WinFrom Your Living Room

February 17, 2018

Dave McGillivray is an improbable advocate of virtual exercise. The race director of the Boston Marathon for 30 years, McGillivray estimates he's logged more than 150,000 miles in his lifetime, the overwhelming majority of them outside, and a formidable number of those in Forrest-Gumpian feats of endurance. In 1978, he ran from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Massachusetts—a distance of 3,452 miles—for charity. In 2004, he did it again. And just…

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Can Our Phones Save Us From Our Phones?

February 15, 2018

Hi. My name is Robbie, and I'm addicted to browser tabs. For years, I deluded myself into thinking they were an efficient way to gather information on a given subject. Or subjects. Sub-subjects, too. You see the problem. Which is why, for the past few months, I've been experimenting with a Chrome extension called xTab. It works by limiting the number of tabs I can have open in a given…

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The Secret To Breaking Up With Your Phone? Remember That You Will Die.

February 10, 2018

So you’ve decided you need a fragment from your smartphone. You’re not looking to do anything drastic, like revert to one of those old school Nokia bricks, because, let’s face it, having a supercomputer in your pocket comes in handy. But you’ve grown attentive of how you use the thing–the nature it keeps you up at night, distracts you from your work, interrupts family time. The impulsive highway you check…

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With AI, Your Apple Watch Could Flag Signs of Diabetes

February 9, 2018

Before modern chemistry brought doctors blood and urine tests for diagnosing diabetes, they had to rely on their taste buds. Sweet-tasting pee has long been the disease’s telltale biomarker; mellitus literally means honey. Too much sugar in your bodily fluids means your metabolism has gone haywire—either your cells aren’t making insulin or they’re not responding to it. But a little over a decade ago, a group of researchers discovered a…

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Why No Gadget Can Prove How Stoned You Are

January 29, 2018

If you’ve spent time with marijuana—any time at all, really—you know that the high can be rather unpredictable. It depends on the strain, its level of THC and hundreds of other compounds, and the interaction between all these elements. Oh, and how much you ate that day. And how you took the cannabis. And the position of the North Star at the moment of ingestion. OK, maybe not that last…

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Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

August 28, 2017

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Googles Mustafa Suleyman suggests UN to obstruct exploit of destructive autonomous artilleries to prevent third age of war Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are announcing on the United People to restricts the proliferation and use of executioner robots. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are…

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

August 15, 2017

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within…

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CRISPRd pigs offer hope for the human organ transplant shortage

August 11, 2017

Pig organs are the same size as human organs and function pretty much the same way, but pig to human transplantation has long been an elusive goal for researchers due to fear of activating dormant viral diseases in the pigs cells. But theres hope on the horizon, thanks to a new study out in Science today involving CRISPRd piglets. Researchers in the study used the gene-editing technology to effectively cut…

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How Far Weve Come: This Incredible Photograph From 1959 Shows What It Was Like When Magic 8 Balls Were So Big They Took Up An Entire Room

August 4, 2017

Ready for a blast from the past to completely blow your mind? While most people today take it for granted that a Magic 8 Ball fits easily in the palm of their hand, theres an older generation that remembers when that wasnt the case. Cant imagine it? Well, luckily theres photographic evidence. This incredible picture from 1959 shows what it was like when Magic 8 Balls were so big that…

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