The zero gravity coffee cup
High above our planet in the realm of satellites and space stations, the familiar rules of Earth do not apply. The midday sky is as black as night. There is no up and no down. Dropped objects do not fall, ...
Intuit sells financial services unit for $1.03B
Intuit is selling a division that provides software to financial institutions in a deal worth about $1.03 billion as it focuses on products for consumers and small businesses.
Robots learn how to arrange objects by 'hallucinating' humans into their environment (w/ video)
To win an election, a strongly connected voter network is key, physicists conclude
The dangers of surveillance: It's bad, but why?
(Phys.org) —Surveillance is everywhere, from street corner cameras to the subject of books and movies. "We talk a lot about why surveillance is bad, but we don't really know why," says Neil Richards, JD, privacy law expert ...
Researcher finds intuition prevails in innovative decision making
Decisions concerning innovations in the early stages of product development arise mostly from intuition. Olli Hyppänen has studied development work in strongly innovative ICT companies in his doctoral dissertation for the ...
Yahoo adds 1 director as 2 board members exit
Yahoo is adding a new director and parting ways with two other board members in the latest shake-up of the Internet company's hierarchy.
US adds eBay to accused firms in 'poaching' probe (Update)
US authorities sued online retail giant eBay Friday, claiming it was part of a conspiracy with software maker Intuit to refrain from hiring each other's employees to keep salaries under control.
Higher-math skills entwined with lower-order magnitude sense
The ability to learn complex, symbolic math is a uniquely human trait, but it is intricately connected to a primitive sense of magnitude that is shared by many animals, finds a study to be published by the Proceedings of ...
It's all in the details: Why are some consumers willing to pay more for less information?
Some consumers will pay more for a product if they are given detailed information on how it works while others are inclined to pay less when given too much detail, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Eye-tracking glasses look for airport navigation clues
(Phys.org)—Do you love planes, airports and technology? And perhaps you've been lost at an airport at some stage in your travels?
Retailers large and small find advantages to mobile payments
The way we pay for things is changing. Those credit-card keypads yielding paper receipts are giving way to a new group of mobile payment devices that merchants say charge cheaper swipe fees, and are faster and easier to use.
Software that recognizes behavior patterns developed to improve computer tracking of human activity
(Phys.org)—Contrary to what you might see in police dramas, you don't have to be Jason Bourne to shake off a computer tracking you through a video feed. Cross paths with someone who vaguely resembles you, ...
The more people rely on their intuitions, the more cooperative they become, study shows
It's an age old question: Why do we do good? What makes people sometimes willing to put "We" ahead of "Me?" Perhaps our first impulse is to be selfish, and cooperation is all about reining in greed. Or maybe cooperation happens ...