Thursday, 25 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “LG to Launch Smartphone With a Flexible Screen Late This Year”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “LG to Launch Smartphone With a Flexible Screen Late This Year”


LG to Launch Smartphone With a Flexible Screen Late This Year

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 03:44 AM PDT

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LG plans to launch a smartphone with a flexible OLED display in Q4 2013, the company has announced during its financial results call

No details about the device were disclosed. Making an entirely flexible smartphone is a daunting task; instead, its screen could extend over the device's edges, similar to a recent Samsung prototype

Samsung has also reportedly been working on an even more advanced flexible smartphone, though there's no word when such a device might hit the market

The announcement goes hand in hand with the recent revelation from LG's head of mobile marketing Won Kim, which said "something different and something unique" is coming later this year, though that device — whatever it may be — is penned for a Q3 release Read more...

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Augmented Reality Brings 3D Street Art to Life

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 02:27 AM PDT

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Artist Leon Keer has worked on a large number of 3D street paintings in the last couple of years at events around the world. Because these street paintings have to be viewed from an exact vantage point, Keer is looking for ways to create a bigger visual impact for the spectators and add information.

On Lost At E Minor, he writes that his solution is augmented reality with new object recognition technologies. This adds a new dimension to the 3D-painting medium, making street art interactive so viewers can use their mobile devices to see virtual objects and additional information overlayed.

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Video: This Is What Water Will Look Like in Games of the Future

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 01:43 AM PDT

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Although graphics in 3D computer games has gone really far in the last decade or so, the water in most of them does not look very real — especially when you throw a couple of solid objects into it

Now, a new fluid simulation algorithm, called "Position Based Fluids" (PBD) makes it look easy, with water bouncing off objects in a startlingly realistic fashion

"In fluid simulation, enforcing incompressibility is crucial for realism; it is also computationally expensive. (...) By formulating and solving a set of positional constraints that enforce constant density, our method allows similar incompressibility and convergence to modern smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) solvers, but inherits the stability of the geometric, position based dynamics method, allowing large time steps suitable for real-time applications," explain NVIDIA's Miles Macklin and Matthias Müller-Fischer Read more...

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CNN's President Freaked Out By Twitter

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 01:02 AM PDT

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Almost two and a half decades ago, CNN became a household name with its 24-hour coverage of the war in the Persian Gulf and Operation Desert Storm. Never before had viewers been literally bombarded with nonstop news coverage. The formula glued them to television sets and cemented the Ted Turner-founded company as a media giant

Fast forward to 2013 and things are less stable

Besides plummeting ratings and competition from the MSNBCs and Fox News's of the world, CNN is going toe-to-toe with social media. And "the most trusted name in news" is starting to get cold feet when it stares into the eyes of its young opponent. Read more...

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Kim Jong-Un's Life Parodied in New 'Draw My Life' Video

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 12:20 AM PDT

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The recent onslaught of "Draw My Life" videos — in which someone's life is represented by a series of crude drawings — had to include North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at some point

In this parody that lasts three-and-a-half minutes, you'll see it all, including Kim's early days, the time he spent in Switzerland (Sweetserland?), his adventures with the ladies and finally, his ascent to power

SEE ALSO: CollegeHumor's Glorious 'Adventures of Kim Jong-Un' Video Trends Online

How do you like the video? Share your thoughts in the comments. Read more...

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Yahoo Announces 'Exclusive' Deal for 'Saturday Night Live' Content

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 11:35 PM PDT

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Yahoo announced Wednesday that it struck a deal with production company Broadway Video to exclusively stream Saturday Night Live content.

In an official blog post, CEO Marissa Mayer revealed that the partnership gives Yahoo "exclusive access" to the entire 38-year catalog of SNL skits — from 1975 to 2013 — as well as clips from this season.

In the post, Mayer admitted being a "lifelong fan" of the iconic live television sketch-comedy show, saying SNL "has pervaded and defined our culture for decades." She also expressed her excitement via Twitter:

Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!The complete 38 year collection of skits is coming soon to @yahooyodel.yahoo.com/blogs/general/…

— marissamayer (@marissamayer) April 24, 2013 Read more...

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Hubble Dreams: 1946 Paper Promoted Powerful Space Telescope

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 10:57 PM PDT

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The Hubble Space Telescope is aging. But there was a time when it was merely a twinkle in some astronomer's eye.

In fact, we know exactly who that astronomer was, and when he first told the world about the twinkle.

Lyman Spitzer, who was at Yale in 1946 (and later went to Princeton), published Appendix V of the Douglas Aircraft Company's Project RAND. The title of the work was, "Astronomical Advantages of an Extra-Terrestrial Observatory."

"While a more exhaustive analysis would alter some of the details of the present study," Spitzer wrote, "it would probably not change the chief conclusion — that such a scientific tool, if practically feasible, could revolutionize astronomical techniques and open up completely new vistas of astronomical research." Read more...

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Bill Clinton Officially Joins Twitter

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 09:58 PM PDT

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Bill Clinton received a warm welcome from Twitter, after the former U.S. president officially joined the microblogging network Wednesday night

Welcome to Twitter @billclinton, 42nd President of the United States and founder of @clintonfdn.

— Twitter Government (@gov) April 25, 2013

Under the handle @BillClinton, he sent out two tweets on Wednesday, including one in which he expressed excitement at joining his daughter and comedian Stephen Colbert on Twitter:

Excited to join @chelseaclinton and my good friend @stephenathome on Twitter!

— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 25, 2013

But those who visit Clinton's Twitter account will notice a third, noticeably sillier tweet sent on April 6. That message was actually written by Colbert (as dictated to him by Clinton) during an interview with the president on a special edition of The Colbert Report. At that time, the comedian had opened a Twitter account for Clinton under the handle @PrezBillyJeff, which now has its tweets protected Read more...

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Scan These Smart Pajamas to Read Your Kids a Bedtime Story

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 09:20 PM PDT

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No bedtime routine with your kids is complete without a good story. And now, one Idaho-based company has added a futuristic twist to the age-old ritual.

Smart PJs, based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, has designed unique pajamas for children that feature colorful polka-dor patterns. But this isn't any ordinary sleepwear: The printed dots on the fabric work like QR codes, as shown in the above video.

Using a smartphone, parents can scan the dot patterns on their child's pajamas, unlocking a story with pictures and words on the screen. What's more, a free companion app can even recite the tales aloud. Read more...

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Pew: Online Political Engagement Can Lead to Offline Activism

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 09:01 PM PDT

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Americans are increasingly engaging with political issues on social media — leading some to become civic activists offline, a study from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has found

According to Pew's "Civic Engagement in the Digital Age" study, a full 39% of American adults "took part in some sort of political activity" on a social network during the 2012 elections, whether that meant liking a candidate's Facebook page, posting a political news story, encouraging another user to vote or several other actions. That percentage is up from 26% during the 2008 contest

Pew's study also sheds light on the often-asked question of whether political involvement in the online world translates into offline action: 43% of social media users told Pew they decided to learn more about an issue they first discovered on social media, while 18% took offline action on a political or social issue after reading about it on social media. Read more...

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The Pro's Guide to Working Remotely

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 08:42 PM PDT

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Does the four-hour work week really exist?

Even before the bestseller hit stores in 2007, entrepreneurs everywhere had been searching for author Tim Ferriss' elusive algorithm for the secret formula to a better, more productive life. Sadly, there's a reason it doesn't exist. For one, it's hard to get reliable Wi-Fi on the beach. And sand in your keyboard is another serious drawback.

Perhaps the biggest and most universal hurdle is that unless you've already amassed an IRA-worthy fortune, a week consisting of less than half of the work day of the average employee just isn't realistic. But what is credible is a method and strategy for working efficiently to maximize the time you do have and even stretch it out to enjoy leisure time and increased productivity. Read more...

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Listen to Alexander Graham Bell's Voice from 128 Years Ago

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 08:19 PM PDT

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Alexander Graham Bell — inventor of the telephone — may have died over 90 years ago, but you can still hear his voice today

Smithsonian researchers recovered Bell's voice from a historical recording by using optical technology, Smithsonian Magazine reported.

The recording was recovered from a wax-and-cardboard disc that dates back to April 15, 1885, the magazine said

Bell is credited with inventing the first telephone, and also making the first phone call back in 1876. It's chilling to hear his voice over a century later, especially considering the historical significance: Read more...

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CoFoundersLab is Like Match.com For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 08:04 PM PDT

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The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: CoFoundersLab

One-Liner Pitch: CoFoundersLab helps aspiring entrepreneurs connect through their online platform and in-person events across the country

Why It's Taking Off: The startup unites co-founders based on geographic location, complementary skill sets, compatible personalities, goals and values

So you've got a great idea for a startup and maybe you even have the venture capital to back it up, but you need to find a co-founder with complimentary skills to help your business flourish. What do you do? Read more...

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LeBron James Quits Twitter, Smartphone for NBA Playoffs

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 07:40 PM PDT

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How bad does LeBron James want to win a second straight NBA title?

Well, the Miami Heat superstar is doing something most of us would never consider: abstaining from Twitter

James told Fox Sports Wednesday that he's also giving up his beloved Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone for the Heat's playoff run, which is likely to last into mid-June if the team makes the NBA Finals, as expected

Indeed, a tweet James posted on Saturday confirmed what should be an extended absence from his 8.1 million followers:

Zero Dark Thirty-6 Activated! I'm gone

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2013

Will LeBron's tech-free playoff diet work? It certainly seemed to last year. He didn't make any big announcements, but was pretty much gone from social media for the 2012 playoffs. Instead of fiddling with his phone in the locker room, James was often seen engrossed in books before games Read more...

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Zynga Launches 'Draw Something 2' With New Tools, Social Features

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 07:21 PM PDT

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Zynga has officially launched Draw Something 2, the followup to its highly-successful Pictionary-like mobile app Draw Something, which was released last year.

Unveiled during the company’s earnings call Wednesday, the latest version of the popular game brings new ways to play, a number of new drawing tools, as well as patterns and textures that can be incorporated into drawings.

In addition to drawing features, the game includes a live social feed where players can follow friends, celebrities or artists. Users can also like and comment on pictures that aren't part of the game in which they're specifically involved Read more...

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How an Indian IT Consultant Became a Dutch Soccer Star on Twitter

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 07:00 PM PDT

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Robin van Persie is one of the world's top soccer players, starring for Manchester United and the Dutch national team. Many fans know him simply as "RVP."

Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad is a man in India who does IT and telecom consulting for a living. He uses the Twitter handle @rvp

That's van Persie in the above photo. Here's Prasad:

courtesy @rvp

When RVP the player scored a hat trick to help Man U win its record 20th English league title on Monday night, RVP the Twitter account was inundated with thousands of messages from fans who were both overjoyed and angry about the result

You've probably guessed the problem by now: All those messages went to Prasad, who had just been minding his business over in India. (The soccer star's actual Twitter handle is the much more unwieldy @Persie_Official.) Read more...

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A Look at the 'Inside 3D Printing' Conference in New York

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 06:30 PM PDT

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For two days, New York became the center of the 3D-printing world, with some of the industry's leading companies gathering at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday3D Systems, Makerbot, Stratasys and many more attended the Inside 3D Printing Conference.

The conference was intended primarily as a networking event for 3D-printing startups, investors and industry consultants, but the creators of 3D printers and 3D printer-related software took the opportunity to showcase their latest products and coolest 3D-printed objects. Check them out in the gallery, above. Read more...

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You've Got 99 Problems and They're All First World

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 06:03 PM PDT

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Admit it — you've had your fair share of "first world problems." Whether you ran out of sriracha sauce or have too many smudges on your glasses, you've complained about trivial situations that pale in comparison to struggles in other parts of the world.

We'd say it's nothing to be ashamed of, but ... it kind of is.

In this comic, Angela Liao of 20px provides us with some hilarious and relatable examples — and also something to think about. What's your most common "first world problem?" Share in the comments.

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Comic illustration by Angela Liao, 20px. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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You Can Have a Cup of Coffee With Tim Cook for $90,000

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 05:40 PM PDT

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Have you always wanted to meet Tim Cook? Those dreams can now become a reality — if you happen to have $90,000, that is.

A posting on the site Charity Buzz is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit down and have coffee with Cook at Apple’s headquarters to the highest bidder.

The experience will be for two people, and will last between 30 minutes and an hour. All of the auction's proceeds will benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Bidding has currently gotten up to $90,000, with 20 days left in the auction and 35 bids. The listing was originally estimated at a $50,000 value. Read more...

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Shaq Picks the 5 Funniest NBA Fails This Season

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 05:27 PM PDT

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Ah, sports fails — the Internet gift that keeps on giving. The 2012-2013 NBA regular season recently finished, offering of up a fresh crop of LOL-worthy mistakes from the greatest basketball players in the world

And who better to pick the funniest NBA fails of the year than Shaquille O'Neal? The NBA legend and notorious laugh lover did just that recently on Inside the NBA; the results are embedded above

Check it out for yourself, then let us know which play cracks you up most in the comments below

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NBC Tunes Into Social With 'Million Second Quiz' Game Show

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 05:17 PM PDT

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The Voice is a huge hit, thanks in part to its strong integration of social TV and the second screen. Now NBC is hoping to replicate that success with a new live competition show airing this fall called The Million Second Quiz.

From the description NBC released, The Million Second Quiz sounds like Big Brother meets Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. In Million Second Quiz, players compete in a 12-day, 24/7 competition that tests their knowledge and endurance.

The show itself will be broadcast live from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure in Manhattan, where the reigning champions in the game will also live Read more...

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New $100 Bill to Debut in U.S. This October

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 05:08 PM PDT

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The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that a new U.S. $100 bill — first announced back in 2010 — will debut on Oct. 8, 2013.

This is only the fourth time in U.S. history that the $100 bill has been redesigned

Originally, the bill was supposed to appear in 2011, but production delays held the new currency back. What makes the new bill so special? According to the Federal Reserve, it is more secure and should be much harder to counterfeit, thanks to a 3D security ribbon and other features.

Finding ways to prevent counterfeit currency has become a major focus for governments over the last few decades, as it's become easier for lower-cost machinery to create convincing replicas. Read more...

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Meet Sugar Bush: The World's Most Photographed Squirrel

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 04:52 PM PDT

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Even if it pains us to say it, we are growing tired of those cosplay cats and dressed up dogs. It's time for a new animal to don a fetching get-up for our amusement. And Sugar Bush may just be that needed breath of fresh air

The squirrel, from Boca Raton, Fl., has been garnering attention for years in the animal kingdom, known mainly for her elaborate costumes. The human world, though, has just been introduced to this nutty creature with a penchant for playing dress up

It turns out Sugar Bush has been in show biz for a hefty amount of time, her owner Kelly Foxton tells Mashable. Foxton has almost 6,000 images of the squirrel posing in more than 4,000 costumes Read more...

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Incendiary NASA Video Shows 3 Years of Sun Explosions in 3 Minutes

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 04:31 PM PDT

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For the past three years, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has tracked our sun as it approaches something called "solar maximum," which is the scientific term for the star's peak in solar activity each 11 years. The three-minute video above, which NASA released this week, shows the past three years at a rate of two images per day

The sun also appears to slightly fluctuate in size in this clip, but that's simply a result of changes in distance between it and the SDO spacecraft taking the pics

NASA calls out the following highlights from the video: Read more...

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JBL Charge Speaker: Size of a Beer Can, Sounds Like a Keg

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 03:57 PM PDT

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Mashable Choice

If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker, JBL just rolled out its JBL Charge, a beer-can sized speaker that promises great sound and plenty of battery life. The speaker's 6000 mAh lithium-ion battery can also be used to charge any gadget that uses USB for power.

The company sent us one for review, so let's give it a listen and decide if it's worth its $149.95 price.

This is an attractive little unit, 7 inches wide and 3 inches deep, and it arrived in a perky sky-blue color. You can also get one in gray or green. The package includes a carrying case that resembles a wetsuit, and it's a tight fit, making it a bit too difficult to place the unit inside the case or remove it from its stretchy confines Read more...

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World's First 'Braille Smartphone' in Development

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 03:31 PM PDT

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For all of their advantages, smartphones still fall a little short for some — specifically, for those living with visual impairment

While apps like Siri and SayText do offer a good deal of assistance, 2011 TED Fellow Sumit Dagar had an idea for a more effective solution: a smartphone that's specifically designed for people who have trouble seeing

The phone, which has yet to be officially named, has a screen comprised of a grid of pins, which move up and down to form into Braille shapes and characters whenever an SMS message or email is received. It uses what's called Shape Memory Alloy technology, so as each pin expands, it remembers and contracts back to its original flat shape Read more...

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'Tuna Melt' Could Be the Most Elaborate Rube Goldberg Video Yet

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 03:10 PM PDT

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There have been dozens of Rube Goldberg videos passing across our desks, but this one has to be the most elaborate we've ever seen. A combination of falling dominoes and outlandish tricks, this video for A-Trak & Tommy Trash's "Tuna Melt" breaks new ground in the Rube Goldberg genre.

A key component of any Rube Goldbergian video is the video production itself, which in this case is positively stellar. Purists might notice there are a couple of edits inside this magnificent foray around A-Trak's two-story house, however.

For instance, notice the transition between the bathtub shot and an underwater view, or the Hitchcockian wall between one section and the next. There could be edits, but does that ruin the fun? Read more...

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Baby Sea Turtles Inspire Flippered Robot

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 03:00 PM PDT

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Flippered robots inspired by sea-turtle hatchlings could shed light on how the ancestors of terrestrial animals first evolved to crawl on land, researchers say.

Such research could also lead to amphibious robots that can tackle both land and sea. Scientists are designing robots that can go where humans cannot or should not go, and often rely on inspiration from nature to do so. For instance, snakelike robots could, in principle, slither into crevices to help find disaster victims.

Challenging environments for robots to cross include sand, gravel, soil, mud and other unstable granular surfaces that can deform around legs in complex ways. To learn new ways to navigate such ground, Daniel Goldman, a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and his colleagues investigated sea-turtle hatchlings. Read more...

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Fight Jet Lag With This Wearable Light

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 02:53 PM PDT

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Frequent travelers who constantly fly across multiple time zones know how hard it is to even maintain a semblance of a "normal" sleep schedule. A new device from an Australian-based sleep research company might help out, and all you have to do is wear it like a pair of glasses.

The Re-Timer wearable light device can help you catch some z's by working to regulate your body's internal clock. The device emits a soft green light, which is supposed to mimic natural sunlight.

“Photoreceptors in our eyes detect sunlight, signal our brain to be awake, and set our rhythms accordingly,” Leon Lack, chief inventor and psychology professor at Flinders University in South Australia, said in a news release. Read more...

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The Science and Fiction of 'Oblivion'

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 02:41 PM PDT

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Oblivion, the sci-fi mind-bender topping the box office charts this week, is the first big popcorn movie of the season. Set in the year 2077, the film stars Tom Cruise and is notable for being an original story by director Joseph Kosinski – not a franchise reboot or adaptation.

Original sci-fi movies are something of a commodity these days, even though it's almost impossible anymore to come up with a truly original sci-fi story. The territory has been thoroughly mapped for 100 years in cinema, and a few hundred years before than in literature.

Oblivion doesn't break much new ground, but it does take several classic science fiction tropes and sorts them into new and interesting combinations. In fact, the film takes on a remarkable number of major genre themes, each based in real-world scientific issues and conjecture. You might say it throws in everything but the kitchen sink. Oops, wait a sec. There's a kitchen sink scene, too. Read more...

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