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OPA finds backer for cliffside residence sunken into Lebanese mountain

Open Platform for Architecture is moving forward with plans to build a subterranean residence that will slice into a mountain near Beirut and feature …

BMW could ditch side mirrors in favor of cameras

'There will never be a true successor'<p>These parts need attention, too<p>A word from Aileen Lizada<p>Built for the outdoors<p>Meet the MU-X Luxe, D-Max X-Series

LG Display shows off press-on 'wallpaper' TV under 1mm thick

Before you get too excited, it's only a proof-of-concept display. The unveiling is part of a broader announcement to showcase the company's plans for the future, which center on OLED tech.<p>LG Display, the screen-making subsidiary of LG, is dedicated to OLED panels, and it has unveiled an impossibly …

Televisions

nexpaq Modular Smartphone Case Launches On Kickstarter (video)

It’s common knowledge that Google is currently developing a modular smartphone under the guise of Project Ara, but why have a modular smartphone when …

Gear & Gadgets

What's Really in Your Ecstasy?

A new study has looked at over 25,000 pill reports to figure it out.<p>Unlike that box of cookies you ate after you stumbled home drunk last weekend or the mac and cheese you made for breakfast this morning because it was the only thing left in your kitchen, ecstasy does not come labeled with …

Ecstasy (Drug)

GameStop's going retro with classic consoles and games

GameStop is trying a new tactic as it faces increased competition from the likes of Gamefly, Amazon and other online retailers: It's going old school. <i>IGN</i> reports that beginning April 24th, the company will once again begin accepting classic consoles for trade-in and sale in 250 of its …

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

Scientists want to blast space debris with frickin' lasers

To combat the increasingly dense layer of dead satellites and miscellaneous space debris that are enshrouding our planet, no idea -- nets, lassos, even ballistic gas clouds -- seems too far-fetched to avoid. Now, an international team of researchers led by Japan's Riken research institute has put …

Meet Droplet, the ‘smart button’ you’ll never forget

Our mobile devices can already be used to set reminders, manage chores and create to-do lists with the help of clever apps. But you might forget …

Apps

Finding The First Signs Of Alien Life, And Why NASA Thinks It's Coming Soon

When we think of alien life, images of little green men, Martians, or perhaps even spaceships carrying them to Earth are the first things that come to mind. Yet when you think about life on Earth, how it arose, and how it came to be the way it is today, you’ve got to recognize that the evidence of …

Paranormal

For 50 Years Now, The US Has Had A Nuclear Reactor Orbiting In Space

Exactly half a century ago this week, a rocket shot off from the California coast. It carried the US' first and only (known) space nuclear reactor, …

Nuclear Energy

Sony Announces Limited Edition 'Batman: Arkham Knight' PS4 Bundle

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> is a video game being developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is the final installment of the <i>Batman: Arkham</i> series by Rocksteady Studios. The release …

Comic Books

Recycled Packing Peanuts Could Make Batteries Better

Finally, a useful way to get rid of those pesky things<p>As Vilas Pol, a chemical engineer at Purdue University, unpacked new materials for his lab, the huge number of packing peanuts overwhelmed him. His team was dumping them out by the thousands, he says. Though many packing peanuts are made from …

18 Science Facts You Believed In The 1990s That Are Now Totally Wrong

The 1990s had better music, but it was a more primitive time. Science is a constantly changing endeavor.

Steven Spielberg

Why Microsoft Is Giving Away Windows 10 To Pirates

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free, automatic upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, it was an unusual move. The company has never been known for handing out its operating systems, but the running theory was that Windows 8 was generally so poorly received, they simply wanted to move on, …

Windows 10

New technology charges phone battery by motion-powered fabric

Scientists at the Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea have created a double-layered fabric out of silver-coated woven textile that can charge the …

There’s a new skyscraper planned that won’t have a shadow

A new skyscraper has been designed to not cast a shadow, in a bid to tackle the problem of shade encroaching on public space in London.<p>The …

Uber drivers in Chicago start testing electric cars

Chicago now serves as home to an Uber fleet comprised of 25 all-electric cars. They're not Tesla Model S vehicles like that Uber ride Engadget's editors hailed back in 2013, though -- they're BYD e6 EVs straight from China. Uber has teamed up with Chinese automaker BYD or "Build Your Dream" in an …

Hilarious Hacked Roadside Signs

Security

Foster to build Toronto tower with what looks like the largest living wall in North America

Mies Van der Rohe is famous for his phrase "less is more", but really these days, in cities like New York and Toronto, everybody is channelling …

Avant-garde

This Woman Wants to Take Common Folk to Space—In a Balloon

Jane Poynter has a mesmerizing way of describing what it will be like to be shuttled to the ends of the Earth in the souped-up space balloon being …

How One Man Invented the Console Adventure Game

There's this yellow guy who lives in a yellow castle, and he's on a quest for a gleaming chalice. He's a total square, and no one could argue he's …

JAXA beams solar energy from space to Earth with accuracy

The problem with gathering solar energy here on Earth via solar panels is that a lot of the energy that the sun produces doesn’t make it through the …

Solar Power

Monolith electric skateboard has motors in its wheels

According to Inboard Sports, there are several advantages to going with direct-drive hub motors.<p>For one thing, there's no motor dangling precariously …

Hung Up

Binge drinkers ‘most intelligent and sensitive’

<b>BINGE drinkers are highly sensitive intellectuals coping with the inherent pain of human existence, it has emerged.</b><p>Despite appearing to be …

7 Ways Architecture Can Tackle Global Warming

These ideas, from a structure made of recycled milk cartons to algae that can boost a sinking city, actually scale.<p>Architecture is one of the key drivers of climate change. Between construction and the energy required to keep buildings up and running, the industry is responsible for nearly half of …

Global Warming

Will the PS4 top Xbox One in sales through 2018?

The PlayStation 4 is winning the current game console war against the Xbox One at the moment. From launch the system was playing catch-up to Sony’s …

Xbox

The ZBoard 2 Is the Ultimate Weight-Sensing Electric Skateboard

For the times when it’s too far to walk but driving seems ridiculous, there’s the ZBoard 2. A few years ago, the original ZBoard weight-sensing …