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This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Old console, new tricks: Getting the most out of your PS3

Already paid up for Sony's PlayStation 4? Or are you waiting on a certain blockbuster title before you make the move to the next gen? We don't blame you. However, the PS4's ancestor -- that slightly curved obelisk sitting under your TV, the one with half an inch of dust -- still has a few tricks in …

Dead Man Kicking: Mississippi Man Wakes Up In Funeral Home Right Before Embalming

A Mississippi funeral home says it found a man alive and kicking in a body bag hours after the coroner pronounced him dead.<p>Walter Williams was …

Top 10 Apps and Services That Are More Than Meets the Eye

Some apps do one thing, and they do it well. Others have a host of clever, hidden uses that you might have never thought of on your own. Here are our …

Apps

Scientists reveal the full power of the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion

Scientists have published the most complete picture yet of the devastation caused by the meteor that exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia this year.<p>The 20-metre-wide space rock hurtled into the skies over the city in February and began to tear apart at an altitude of 28 miles. Travelling …

Automated Program Culls Inexplicable Illustrations From Antique Books

Say hello to the British Library's Mechanical Curator.<p>It's just like digging through a stack of old books, only a bit less sneezy. Researchers at the British Library have written a program that automatically identifies illustrations in the library's collection of 14th- to 20th-century books. The …

Books

Holy Crap, This Real-Life Laser Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like Nothing

We've seen real laser guns before, pulling off tricks like starting small fires, or popping black balloons. That's cool, sure, but it's got …

FYI: Why Do I Poop More When I Have My Period?

I mean, it's not just me, right?<p>The answer is prostaglandins. These are the chemical signals girls' and women's bodies make and send to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins aren't super picky about whom they talk to, …

Unseen Nirvana Footage Shows The Band Rehearsing For Famed 'Live and Loud' Concert

Get More: Nirvana, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live), Music, More Music Videos<p>Later this month, Nirvana fans will have the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the famed grunge band with the release of the upcoming "Live and Loud" concert DVD. Tied to the anniversary reissue of the band's …

15 Toylines from the '80s That Will Never Ever Be Coming Back

The ‘80s were the golden age of the action figure, but not all '80s toylines were gold. For every He-Man or Transformers, there are a dozen series …

The Action

Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo

The long-serving Nintendo president died today at 85.<p>Hiroshi Yamauchi was the president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, and might be the person most responsible for bringing gaming into mainstream culture. He shepherded the company when it was a small business selling playing cards, and, through …

Beyond Black and Yellow: The Stunning Colors of America’s Native Bees | WIRED

If you don't look for bees, you probably don't see them. At least not many of them. Sure, you might notice a honeybee, or a bumblebee, the generic …

Firefox 23 finally kills the blink tag, removes ability to turn off JavaScript, introduces new logo - ExtremeTech

By on August 7, 2013 at 7:34 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Some 20 years after it was first …

Web Development

Simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors - ExtremeTech

By on August 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The brain is a deviously complex …

How I Survived A Week Without Food

I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).<p><i>Click here for a step-by-step guide to making homemade Soylent</i><p>My best friend's graduation ceremony starts in 10 minutes and I'm trying to suppress vomit at a Speedway.<p>It's my third day on …