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The Secret to Mercedes’ Formula 1 Success

We're two races into the Formula 1 season, and Mercedes-Benz has been killing it. Now we know the team's secret (one of them, anyway), and it's brilliantly simple.    

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Flitting From Folk to Funk in This Weekend’s Playlist

From cocainey disco to acoustibeard strummings, we've got a little bit of everything for you.    

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Sneak Peek: What the White House is Thinking About Antibiotic Resistance

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST for short) is preparing a major report on the problem of antibiotic resistance. The report won’t be published for a few months, but today PCAST held one of its periodic meetings, and aired what it thinks the most important issues are going to be....

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Jim Campbell’s Gloriously Low-Res Light Art

We live in a high resolution world. Just take, for example, a 4K television. This modern marvel of technology  can display around 8 million pixels on its screen, compared with the measly 2 million we got with the regular HD variety. Or walk through Times Square, where you’ll see a giant Coca-Cola sign made from 2.6...

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Watch Every Death in Game of Thrones in Less Than 3 Minutes

Game of Thrones likes to kill off beloved characters in pretty gruesome ways. Watch this supercut of every death so far for a refresher before Sunday's Season 4 premiere. (Spoilers, obviously.)    

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Exploding Anvils With Incorrect Physics

I feel bad for pointing out errors in TV shows. I have worked with this kind of stuff before and I understand that this isn’t the simplest job. Some of these ideas (like forces and momentum) aren’t so straightforward. Just think, students study this for a whole semester in college and then they still don’t […]    

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Happy Feigenbaum Constant Day!

You are no doubt familiar with π Day, the celebration of this mathematical constant on March 14th. But what about other constant holidays? Mike Vitevitch, a cognitive scientist at the University of Kansas and friend of mine, recommends we start celebrating April 6th as Feigenbaum Constant Day. Unlike π, which nearly...

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Eruption Update for April 4, 2014: Ubinas, Chilean volcanoes and Fearmongering

Let’s wrap up the week with some volcano news: Perú Villages around Ubinas had to be evacuated after explosions rocked the volcano - combined with the elevated seismicity, all signs that the volcano may have larger eruptions in the works. However, it seems like a lack of response from Peruvian authorities have...

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Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us

The 'Quantified Self' is a thrilling prospect for some: Massive datasets about oneself can be a new route to self-discovery. But for most of us, the idea of continuous self-tracking is a novelty that results in shallow insights.    

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Captain America Finally Gets a Kick-Ass Superhero Flick With The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier not only gives Cap an actual personality, it makes him badass-and makes his latest movie a worthy successor to, and almost rival of, The Avengers.    

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Game of Thrones Is Back. Here’s How to Get Ready for It

A lot happened on Game of Thrones last season. But despite everything that went down, there were also plenty of unanswered questions. Here's all you need to know before Sunday's Season 4 premiere.    

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How the U.S. Built the World’s Most Ridiculously Accurate Atomic Clock

Throw out that lame old atomic clock that's only accurate to a few tens of quadrillionths of a second. The U.S. has introduced a new atomic clock that is three times more accurate than previous devices.    

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Absurd Creature of the Week: This Eel Fires Extra Alien Jaws Out of Its Throat

The moray eel has a second set of jaws that fire forward and pull prey down its gullet, just like in Alien … or so people who have seen the whole movie tell me.    

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Microsoft Is Suddenly a New Company. But Is It Too Late?

Just a two months into the tenure of new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft feels like an entirely different company.    

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Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch the HAL 9000 Taunt Steve Jobs

The Apple Macintosh has slain countless foes over the years. But in 1999, the tiny machine faced its most formidable challenger yet: the HAL 9000.    

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Darpa’s Robots Could Soon Assemble Satellites in Space

Building satellites in the future could be as easy as sending robots packed with hardware into orbit, if a new project from Darpa takes off.    

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A Beautiful Super 8-Inspired Camcorder With Modern Smarts

The fully digital, 1080p Chinon Bellami HD-1 doesn’t just look like a Super-8 camera. It’s actually built around the same specifications, with a ⅓-inch-type sensor that’s about the same size as a frame of 8mm film.    

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This Simple Trailer Has Everything You Need to Deal With Disaster

A Penn State grad student's thesis project is a roving tool shed that will help show communities flattened by disaster how they can rebuild for themselves.    

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Fully Charged

Porsche's halo car stands as a striking monument to a moment in time when hundred year-old fuel burning technology merged with electric power to create a wave of flagship vehicles that changed all the rules.    

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Tsunami Warning Tests Galapagos Islands

At 8:46 PM, on April 1st, the Nazca and South American tectonic plates ground against each other, 60 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile, 12.5 miles beneath the coastal waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The resulting 8.2 magnitude earthquake triggered a swift reaction all along the South American coast, a region...

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Nest’s Smoke Alarm Stumble Is a UI Lesson for Everybody

After a nearly blemish-free record that culminated in a $3 billion acquisition by Google, Nest today issued a surprising halt to sales of Protect, its gesture-controlled smoke alarm. One of the device’s key features was that you could wave at it to turn it off. Turns out, sometimes people wave their arms around when...

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European Parliament Votes to Protect Net Neutrality, Kill Roaming Fees

The European Union is poised to pass new laws that would protect network neutrality within its borders.    

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Science Graphic of the Week: Fluorescence Reveals the Incredible Productivity of America’s Corn Belt

During photosynthesis, the chlorophyll in healthy plants absorbs light to be converted into energy, but it also emits a little bit of fluorescence. Scientists have now figured out how to use that glow to measure the productivity of plants in a given region.    

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Vine Creeps in on Messaging With New Private Video Option

Vine launches a new private messaging feature. Users can now send looping six second video messages to multiple contacts - whether or not those people are also on Vine.    

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Apple’s New Lottery System Gives Everyone an Equal Shot at Getting Into WWDC

Apple announced its annual, five-day Worldwide Developer conference (WWDC) will kick off June 2nd this year. And following the model that other large conferences like Google I/O have set, tickets will be doled out randomly, rather than first-come, first-serve.    

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Vine Creeps In On Private Messaging

Vine launches a new private messaging feature. Users can now send looping six second video messages to multiple contacts - whether or not those people are also on Vine.    

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Mario Kart 8 on Wii U Isn’t Anything New — That’s Why We Like It

Mario Kart on the original Wii was the best-selling racing videogame of all time. So Nintendo is pinning a lot of its hopes on Mario Kart 8 for Wii U.    

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Apple Levels WWDC Ticket Playing Field With New Lottery System

Apple announced its annual, five-day Worldwide Developer conference (WWDC) will kick off June 2nd this year. And following the model that other large conferences like Google I/O have set, tickets will be doled out randomly, rather than first-come, first-serve.    

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Underground Ocean Makes Enceladus A Top Candidate For Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists have determined that a hidden ocean of liquid water likely lies beneath the frozen crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Because the tiny moon freely sends samples of this water into space via spectacular geysers the finding could rocket Enceladus to the forefront of searches for life beyond our planet....

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Barrett Brown Signs Plea Deal

Barrett Brown, whose case became a cause célèbre after he was charged with crimes related to the Stratfor hack, has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, according to court filings.    

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