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Typhus fever rages in Manchester: From the archive, 25 December 1824

As people continue to die, a reader makes a plea for money to be raised to remove the loads of putrescent filth from the back streets of the town<p><b>Letter to the editor of the Manchester Guardian.</b><p>Sir, - The typhus fever still continues to rage. The long-continued wet weather, accompanied with the …

North Korea is suffering a complete internet outage (update: restored)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (that's "North Korea" to the common man) has just <i>four</i> networks that connect to the World Wide Web -- and none of them are working today. "The situation now is they are totally offline," Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn Research told …

The Big Picture: a heat map of the 'entire' internet

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, though, let's say it's worth millions and millions of internet connections. Thanks to John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine which focuses on helping companies locate internet-connected devices, we are getting a …

Scientists discover why mozzarella is the ideal pizza cheese

Pizza is essentially the perfect food. Well, so long as you aren't lactose intolerant or have problems with gluten. We realize that those are pretty big caveats, but stay with us for a second -- it'll be worth it: <i>NPR</i> spotted a study of why different cheeses diverge in looks and taste when baked. …

Back to School 2014: The 13 best accessories

Once you've figured out your laptop and smartphone situation, chances are you'll want to invest in a nice backpack or a few extras to make the dorm room feel like home. Our back-to-school accessories picks are a perfect mix of necessities and extravagant nice-to-haves. Check them out below, and …

Amazon.com: swing arm tablet holder

Surgeons replace a 12-year-old's cancerous vertebra with a 3D-printed implant

According to market-based research firm IDTechEx, the medical and dental market for 3D-printers is set to grow from US$141 million to $868 million by …

3D Printing

Want This Way Cool Steampunk Ring That Turns Into A Telescope?

There are few of us who haven't dreamed of living the life of a spy -- dashing about the great capitals of the world, being chased by evil agents …

An actual fish has been playing Pokémon Red for 135 hours now | Ars Technica

We can't cure ebola, but we can make it so a fish can play Game Boy games!<p>Earlier this year, a user on the Twitch game streaming site made a …

PS4 outselling the Xbox One 3-to-1 as total sales gap grows to 9 million vs. 5 million - ExtremeTech

By on August 1, 2014 at 9:06 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>According to its latest sales …

Elon Musk warns us that human-level AI is 'potentially more dangerous than nukes' - ExtremeTech

Elon Musk warns us that human-level AI is ‘potentially more dangerous than nukes’<p>By on August 4, 2014 at 8:39 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

India jails school staff over 94 fire deaths

An Indian court has convicted 10 people over a 2004 fire that killed 94 children in a thatch-roofed school.<p>The owner of the primary school was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for culpable homicide and endangerment. His wife, the headmistress, the cook and the meal planner were each …

New York targets Times Square Elmos and Cookie Monsters

Legal experts say city's attempt to clamp down on harassment of tourists could violate free-speech rights of performers<p>New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators – costumed characters who pose for photographs with tourists in Times …

Attack on Tor Has Likely Stripped Users of Anonymity

Tor, the network used specifically for privacy and anonymity, just warned users of an attack meant to deanonymize people on the service. Anyone who …

Boehner: Impeachment talk a Dem 'scam' to raise money

House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama, blasting talk about it as "a scam started by Democrats at the White House."<p>"We have no plans to impeach the President. We have no future plans," Boehner told reporters after …

Cable Snaps on 60 MPH Amusement Park Ride

This is the Skyhawk, a 10-story tall "Screamin' Swing" ride that flings its passengers round and round at up to 60 mph. It's the tallest of its kind, …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

<b>Cut The Rope (The objective is to 'Cut The Rope' by touching it in the right place with a star (or other tool) in a way that will pop the candy into</b> …

ChargeAll: A portable battery pack with a 120V AC wall plug outlet, so you can power all your things - ExtremeTech

By on June 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Have you ever wanted to recharge …

Stingray, the fake cell phone tower cops and carriers use to track your every move - ExtremeTech

By on June 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Over the past 12-18 months, there’s …

Encrypt, evade and obscure: Edward Snowden warns public

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has defended his actions during a SXSW appearance, insisting that “I’d do it again” and throwing down the gauntlet …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Apple Denies Working with NSA on iPhone Backdoor

Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its …

Surveillance

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HBO Go is coming... to PS3 and PS4

HBO Go is en route to PlayStation. While there isn't a release window for the premium service's streaming app, Sony's VP of business development assures it'll be "soon" for the PS3, with the PS4 version to follow. However, we <i>do</i> know that as with other streaming services on the platforms (including …

US Government now owns Silk Road's $25 million Bitcoin hoard

If we're honest, asset seizures are inherently hilarious. After all, for every sports car that's flogged to boost the public purse, there must be an unsaleable giant mechanical heron just gathering dust in a federal warehouse. After shutting down Silk Road, the US has now gained a slightly more …

Marvel Reveals First Look At Its $30 Million Traveling Theme Park

Starting this spring, the Avengers and Spider-Man will be touring the nation in a giant traveling theme-park like attraction called "The Marvel Experience."<p>Marvel and entertainment company Hero Ventures released the first look at their huge traveling dome this morning and it looks pretty cool.<p>The …

Amusement Parks

Bluetooth Audio Cassette Adapter

File this one under “how does this product not exist yet?” Apparently there are many mp3 to audio cassette adapters and they’re all like this Belkin …

China drops old ban on gaming systems — but new regulation could still prevent console sales

The 1.35 billion people in China represent an enormous, untapped market for console gaming. Today, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony might have hope that they can soon start selling their systems in that massive market … but new regulations could dampen those hopes.<p>Yesterday, the Chinese government …

Why Valve doesn't care if you take a sick day

Valve has managed to find success both as a game developer and through its Steam gaming platform, and a lot of that may come down to the company's famously flat structure. There are no managers at Valve, and the company doesn't track things like sick days or vacation time. In an interview with <i>The</i> …