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Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
scientificamerican.com — Valentine's Day was a bummer in Mountain View, Calif. For the first time, one of Google's self-driving cars, a modified Lexus SUV, caused a crash. Detecting a pile of sandbags surrounding a storm drain in its path, the car moved into the center lane to avoid the hazard.

Science Confirms The Obvious: We Hate Being Hot

Science Confirms The Obvious: We Hate Being Hot
popsci.com — As if the climate-change debate weren't heated enough, it turns out that as global temperatures rise, so do tempers. A UC Berkeley researcher has gathered a dataset from social media that links warmer weather and general crankiness.

An Island Fit For A Bond Villain

An Island Fit For A Bond Villain
popsci.com — Thanks to climate change, the 1 percent now have a new problem to worry about. As sea levels rise, their private islands are imperiled. With a new concept from Swiss submarine-maker Migaloo, islands no longer have to be so annoyingly stationary.

Ossic X Headphones Immerse You In A 360-Degree World Of Sound

Ossic X Headphones Immerse You In A 360-Degree World Of Sound
popsci.com — In a virtual world, hearing is as important as seeing. When you walk on a moon, you want to hear footsteps in the dust. So it's no wonder virtual-reality headset-makers like HTC, Oculus, and Sony have invested in 3D audio engines that immerse the user in location-specific sounds.

This Plastic Can Repair Itself

This Plastic Can Repair Itself
popsci.com — Forty years ago, plastic surpassed steel as the most widely used material in the world. Sure, the affordable and malleable polymers have brought plenty of convenience to modern life (Tupperware! Teflon! Velcro!) as well as taking on more-vital roles, in airplanes, cars, and smartphones.

The Playboy Centerfold That Revolutionized Image-Processing Research

The Playboy Centerfold That Revolutionized Image-Processing Research
theatlantic.com — The story of a 1970s computer-science lab, a spare magazine, and one model's unlikely technological legacy Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > The field's gender-diversity problem is well documented.

Genesis Lamp: A New Hope for Better Sleep

Genesis Lamp: A New Hope for Better Sleep
bloomberg.com — Our bodies evolved to rise with the sun and rest with the moon, and then the lightbulb ruined it all. Artificial light-emitted by everything from office fluorescents to phones-contains sun-replicating blue wavelengths that keep us up into the wee hours, which can potentially lead to obesity, depression, and other diseases, as well as what a doctor might describe as general crankiness.

The Most Immersive Virtual-Reality System Yet

The Most Immersive Virtual-Reality System Yet
popsci.com — Palmer Luckey built his first virtual-reality (VR) headset for a simple reason: Every attempt he'd seen, including his own collection of 46 pairs of goggles, failed in one way or another-too heavy, too slow, too limited a field of view. So he set out to invent the perfect pair himself.

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Test a New Ground-Based GPS

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Test a New Ground-Based GPS
scientificamerican.com — Anyone who has struggled to pinpoint his or her location in a mall, airport or urban canyon amid skyscrapers has experienced a GPS gap firsthand. In fact, the global positioning network is filled with them: buildings, jammers and the landscape itself can block a signal's path between GPS satellites and receivers in a smartphone or other digital device.

How to Destroy a Hard Drive‑Permanently

How to Destroy a Hard Drive‑Permanently
scientificamerican.com — This time last week FBI divers were searching Seccombe Lake, a freshwater lake about three kilometers from the Inland Regional Center, the site of December 2 shooting that left 14 dead and 22 injured.
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Apr 01, 2016

Whether intended or not, what's going on on GQ.com right now is an amazing ad for @hulu

Feb 29, 2016

A parallel universe in which NYC is considered more-affordable. Oh, wait... bit.ly/1T48fsj

Feb 26, 2016

@katiedrumm me for the last five minutes: cluster = duster clank = dank cloth = doth clump(y) = dump(y) ...

Feb 26, 2016

RT @AthertonKD: Trump's full cabinet will just be a Breitbart comments section.

Feb 26, 2016

I believe in multiverse theory, because I have to believe there's a world in which what's happening right now isn't. nyti.ms/20ZXp5U

Feb 25, 2016

RT @PopSciEats: Could God create an iPhone so secure He couldn't hack it?

Feb 25, 2016

Wonder what the #gamification community has to say about this: Tracking kills fun, via @TheAtlantic theatln.tc/1THcD0g


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