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What it's like to be part of the 'rare breed' of people still using Google Glass

Kimberly Graham owns seven pairs of Glass, the smart headset that Google stopped selling in January 2015.<p>"It's my doomsday stockpile" she says gleefully. "I'll be the last person on earth who is still able to wear a usable pair of Glass — it's my mission!"<p>Graham stands with several other Glass …

Wearable Tech
Zoology

Hugh Newell Jacobsen Releases Customizable 'Dream Home' Plans

Name-brand modern architecture available to the masses<p>In the 90s, <i>Life</i> magazine launched its brilliant Dream House experiment, commissioning famous architects to design the perfect affordable home, and then sell the plans to anyone for just a few hundred dollars.<p>Maven of American Minimalism Hugh …

Paul Ryan: 'I'm just not ready' to back Donald Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he cannot yet support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's presidential campaign.<p>"I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now," the Wisconsin Republican told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" in an …

Republicans

These top twelve inventions could one day change the world

The European Patent Office (EPO) today announced its annual shortlist for its European Inventor Awards, which honors a range of scientists across industries. Much like last year, it’s packed with some inventions that could be truly groundbreaking.<p>The twelve finalists are grouped into four …

Engineering

Hover, a self-flying camera drone, lands $25M for better aerial shots

Have you ever tried to capture close-up video of yourself or others with a traditional drone? It’s nearly impossible.<p>To solve this problem China-based Zero Zero Robotics has raised $25M to build Hover, a small self-flying drone. The funding is composed mainly of a $23M Series A round from IDG, and …

These beautiful tiny homes cost less than $20,000 to build — take a look inside

After more than a decade of designing, editing, and reworking, the students at Rural Studio, Auburn University 's architectural-design program, built two cottages with raw materials that cost just $14,000 each. (The team calls them the "20K Homes.")<p>The goal was to create a model for building homes …

Housing

Obama's Disingenuous, Dead-On-Arrival, $10 Per Barrel Oil 'Fee'

<i>Sorry Mr. President, you can’t stick it to the oil companies without sticking it to the little guy.</i><p>According to a White House fact sheet, President Obama’s lame duck federal budget proposal will include a $10 per barrel “fee” on oil. The proceeds, some $40 billion a year, would be directed toward a …

Oil & Gas Industry

Stephen Hawking Says New Technologies Could Threaten Human Survival

Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that new technologies will likely bring about "new ways things can go wrong" for human survival.<p>When asked how the world will end — "naturally" or whether man would destroy it first — Hawking said that increasingly, most of the threats humanity faces come from …

Stephen Hawking

'Star Wars:' Here's what the critics are saying about 'Force Awakens'

<i>Star Wars</i> fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday morning when the first reviews of <i>The Force Awakens</i> were revealed.<p>Spoiler alert: it's good.<p>With a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and critical takes ranging from generally positive to four-star raves, here's the early buzz on <i>Force</i> …

Star Wars reviews: What critics thought of the 1977 film when it was first released

People outside of Disney have finally seen <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens;</i> if you’re not holed up in a bunker keeping out all news and plot details …

The psychology of waiting in line to see Star Wars

You already know whether or not you're going to see <i>The Force Awakens</i> tonight. Ticket sales opened two months ago, and if you live anywhere even remotely populated, the opening show probably sold out two months ago as well. That time-tested fan tradition of camping outside of a movie theater for …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Extreme wedding photographer Jay Philbrick helps newlyweds tie the knot - Telegraph

Weddings

WSJ: Samsung's Galaxy S7 will have a pressure-sensitive display

Nine months is a long time in the smartphone industry, so it should come as no surprise that Samsung is already preparing to launch the next iteration of its flagship smartphone. While the Korean smartphone maker may still be a few months away from showing us what's new, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has …

Egypt: No Evidence So Far of Terrorism in Metrojet Plane Crash

CAIRO — Egypt has so far found no evidence of terrorism in the crash of a Russian passenger jet, the country’s chief investigator said Monday.<p>A preliminary report into the Oct. 31 Metrojet crash said Egyptian investigators had not received any indication of any "illegal or terrorist act” in the …

Airplanes

The science of human behavior is reshaping the US government

Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.<p>The order, which directs federal agencies to incorporate insights from behavioral science into their …

Psychology

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

Harley-Davidson's reputation as an 'old, white-guy brand' may be its downfall

Amid revenue losses and expected job cuts, the famous motorcycle manufacturer must face facts: its all-American bad boy image is no longer cool<p>It’s been nearly 50 years since Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper rode out on their custom Harley-Davidsons in Easy Rider. Fonda and Hopper live on in American …

New video shows scenes from raid to free hostages from ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> Amid the incessant crackle of gunfire, the soldiers usher the cowering men through darkened rooms.<p>The men are barefoot, most of them wearing long robes, some with large stains. As voices holler at them in the darkness to move quickly, they hurry across the debris-littered floor past the …

CNN

The origins of… ellipses, commas, and other punctuation marks

Everyone is now expected to add punctuation when writing, but that wasn’t always the case. It took centuries for the English language to build up the list of rules that has now become commonplace. Here’s a brief look at how we came to use these well-known punctuation marks.<p><b>Colons, commas, and</b> …

Linguistics

Say Hello to the First New U.S. Nuclear Plant in Almost 20 Years

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor just got approval to operate. What does this mean for the future of American nuclear energy?<p>Remember the last time a new nuclear power plant opened up in the U.S.? If not, that’s excusable. It wasn’t in this century. It was Watts Bar in …

11 Benghazi takeaways: One for each hour

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The House Benghazi committee took its best swings at Hillary Clinton in a day-long hearing Thursday -- but the former secretary of state remained mostly calm throughout the hearing, save for a few animated moments in which she struggled to mask her contempt for her Republican …

Government

Hendo reveals next-gen hoverboard in time for 'Back to the Future' celebrations

Thanks to the popularity of <i>Back to the Future</i>, October 21 became the day to assess how close the future has come to the fiction of the iconic …

Breathless: I Rang In My 30s With a Foursome

I woke up on the morning of my 30th birthday naked and alone in an unfamiliar hotel room, with a dead phone, covered in peanuts. As I crawled around the room, desperately searching for a phone charger, I attempted to piece together memories of the previous evening. All I could think was: This is …

Relationships

Go inside the vault holding our doomsday food supply

Doomsday

Sprint Penalized Over Scheme That Charges Customers Extra For Having Bad Credit

The Federal Trade Commission says the company will pay $3 million in penalties related to its account spending limit system.<p>Sprint will pay almost $3 million in civil penalties tied to its handling of a program that levies an extra fee on consumers with low credit scores, the Federal Trade …

Germans 'working in specialist torture squad for Islamic State'

Members of the unit, which is responsible for the arrest and interrogation of deserters and dissidents, refer to it as a 'storm troop'<p>German jihadists are reportedly working in a special unit of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) that specialises in torture.<p>Members of the unit, which is …

Islamic State (ISIS)