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How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

NASA's low-cost 3D-printed rocket injector withstands test firing

NASA has successfully tested its first rocket engine component made through 3D printing. On Thursday, NASA subjected its new rocket engine injector to a series of high-pressure fire tests involving liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, demonstrating that additive manufacturing (its official name) …

Hubble telescope discovers alien 'deep blue' planet

The heavens are home to an alien world that shines a deep cobalt blue in a solar system far, far away from our own.<p>Astronomers used the ageing Hubble …

In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …

DARPA unveils 6-foot-tall humanoid robot Atlas for researchers to program and pilot

It's not quite <i>Terminator</i>, but it's not that far off either: Check out Atlas, a new, 6-foot, 2-inch-tall humanoid robot designed for a contest being held by US Defense Department. The 290-pounds machine is being called "one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built," in no small part due to …

Robots, cat suits and the future of solar tech [photos]

One of my favorite things to do at trade shows is to walk around the exhibit floor to look for the newest technologies and players. Intersolar, one …

Bye bye Codecademy, MIT shows off a way to program using natural language

What if you could learn to code just by learning a few commands that match the way we speak or write?<p>Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute for …

Digital Storm's 13.3-inch VELOCE gaming laptop grants Haswell power savings, HD gameplay for $1,535 on July 17

Digital Storm's mostly known for its many desktop gaming rigs, but it dabbles in laptops, too. Its latest portable offering, the VELOCE, comes packing a 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, a quad-core Haswell Core i7 4800MQ CPU and NVIDIA GTX 765M graphics. It's also got 8GB of RAM and 2GB of graphics …

Is there a business selling ads on the hugely popular game Minecraft?

For millions of people, <i>Minecraft</i> has become a way of life. Started in 2009 by a man named Markus Persson (known to the <i>Minecraft</i> universe as Notch), …

Developer Hacks His Microwave Into The Microwave Of The Future

Hello, and welcome back to today’s episode of “Why? LOL BECAUSE WE CAN.”<p>Tired of your dumb old microwave that just <i>shoots friggin’ radio waves at food</i> to cook it? Stupid thing probably can’t even play animated GIFs or send Snapchats or download the Fergie. What’s the point?<p>In the coolest mod I’ve …

Low-cost vibration sensors can make any surface touch sensitive

Last month, I wrote about my frustration with Intel (s intc) for dawdling in bringing technology to market that can make any surface touch sensitive. …

LG’s Secret New Phone, The Optimus G2, Gets Leaked A Month Early

You know that big announcement LG has scheduled for next month? The one with the invite that more or less shouts “HEY WE’RE ANNOUNCING A PHONE CALLED THE G2 AT THIS EVENT”?<p>Yeah, so, the G2 seems to have just leaked. Whoops!<p>Someone just dumped a bunch of stills on our sister site Engadget, all …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

Human-animal hybrid organs imagine organic implants of the future

As biological engineering becomes more and more adept, scientists will eventually get to explore the limits of what they can craft in the lab. To that end, designer Agatha Haines has put together a conceptual series of custom organs, which could one day be used by humans as an organic way to …

Russia hopes to have a floating nuclear power plant in operation by 2016

Russia has been hard at work on a floating nuclear power plant for years, but the project is finally getting closer to completion. According to RT.com, one of Russia's biggest shipbuilders revealed that the country's first floating nuclear power plant is expected to be in operation by 2016. While …