National Geographic on How Science Fiction Informs the Future

Word would travel of scientist Giovanni Aldini’s electric reanimation experiments on dead criminals in 1803 to author Mary Shelley before the 1818 publish of her book Frankenstein. It was an instance of science informing fiction. In turn, Shelley’s masterpiece would then inspire scientist Earl Bakken to develop the first wearable, battery-operated pacemaker. This is only one example of science fiction triggering the pursuit of scientific …

Sean Parker’s Rebooted Airtime App

Effortless video group chatting with up to six friends on mobile, all the while sharing songs, GIFs and more

It’s been easy to take part in group video chats on web browsers thanks to Google Hangouts, Skype or Oovoo. On the go, however, FaceTime (for example) sticks strictly to a one-on-one formatand Snapchat only allows for two-way conversations. So what’s the best way to tell your extended family (all at once, to keep things fair) that you just got engaged, or discuss the new …

Why Dogs Can’t Recognize You on FaceTime

Every dog owner has experienced it: that empty feeling that sets in when your beloved pooch won’t acknowledge you on FaceTime. But don’t fret, they aren’t mad at you for abandoning them. National Geographic reveals that a phone’s small screen makes it difficult for dogs to recreate a human image in their minds and, without your scent, an image alone may not be enough to …