Anushka Lakshan

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Living Drones

Throughout human history, the honeybee has emerged as a machine of agriculture and of war.<p>Winter has descended upon the beehives. The drones have been killed. It's time for the workers and the queen to gather up, hunker down, and rely on body heat to weather the cold. The old will die, the young …

Insects

Apple Watch Companion App Features Said To Include Activity Reminders, Phone Unlock

A new leak of details from within the upcoming companion app for the Apple Watch claims to show some unannounced features we can expect from the wearable when it arrives sometime early this year. The dump of the app’s settings screens from 9to5Mac show panels that let users tweak how it handles …

Super-dense pulsing star ducks behind invisibility cloak

The pulsar is now all but invisible to even the largest telescopes on Earth.<p>Joeri van Leeuwen, astrophysicist

So they might have found Beagle 2 on Mars … Er, remind me, what was it?

Photograph: Beagle2/PA<p>A computer-generated image of the Beagle 2 probe on Mars. Sadly, the real thing is unlikely to be in one piece.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/13/1421167652077/231a8e0e-459e-4006-9e1b-653cc3d89dc5-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Beagle2/PA<p>A …

George Lucas was planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 and then sell Lucasfilm

George Lucas washed his hands of Star Wars when Disney bought Lucasfilm, but prior to the acquisition, he had been developing his own version of what might have been Episodes 7 through 9, he said in an interview with USA Today.<p>Lucas sold the the company he founded in 1971 to Disney for $4.05 …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Wearable Tech

15 best non-Freemium Android games

Freemium games hit Android like a dump truck. It allowed apps and games to go free with users paying money later if they chose to and it’s been a model that has been dominant. Freemium games make more money than their pay-once counterparts and people tend to download them more often. However, there …

Why Is Apple Going To Have A Better Time Launching A Wearable?

At some point in the next few months (“Early 2015” can’t push much past March, can it?), Apple will release its Watch, likely defining the high end of the wearable category.<p>The Apple Watch is, in hindsight, exactly what Apple <i>would</i> make when entering a new category: a general purpose computer …

These are the customized Lamborghinis of Japan's underworld

What do you do with your Lamborghini if you think it isn't getting enough attention? For some of the yakuza in Tokyo's underground, you customize it with vinyl wraps, flashing lights, and strings of colored LEDs. Japan-based director and cinematographer Luke Huxham created a mini-documentary last …