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California V. Robots: The Fear and Loathing Behind Landmark Anti-Drone Legislation

If you happen to hate drones, put the champagne on standby. California lawmakers are in the process of enacting landmark legislation to restrict the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by law enforcement, with promises of similar laws to come for private and commercial systems. AB1327, which …

Surveillance

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

Parenting

Cancer Cells Tamed By Trip To Outer Space

Low-grav experiments may point the way toward more effective treatments on Earth<p>Low gravity may inhibit the growth and spread of thyroid cancer cells. In newly published research, experimental biologists describe the responses of thyroid cancer cell cultures to 22 seconds of simulated microgravity …

13 Things You Need To Know About Concussions

Ahead of the Super Bowl, here’s the lowdown on brain damage in sports.<p>In recent years, researchers have only just begun to understand how and why concussions are dangerous, fueling the debate about football safety. Here’s what you need to know.<p>1. There are roughly 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions in …

The Brain

The Email Service The Dark Web Is Actually Using

As denizens of the dark web run from law enforcement’s expanding crackdown on anonymous online services, they’ve found a new favorite email provider: a little known Israeli company called Safe-mail. Whether they’ve chosen wisely remains to be seen.<p>In July last year, while investigating a hosting …

Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB Price Slashed to $499

Microsoft Surface Pro is not a very popular product from the Redmond giant, but it still comes with a decent set of specifications. The tablet has …

Nidhogg Review

A wonderful mixture of slapstick and precise competitive duelling, Nidhogg is thoroughly entertaining, writes Phill Cameron<p><b>Format</b> PC <b><br>Developer</b> Messhof <b><br>Publisher</b> Messhof <b><br>Released</b> 13th January, 2014<p>Nidhogg is a pitch-perfect competitive fencing simulator. Two players huddled around a keyboard, each …

Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump GoPro Video Is Beautiful And Slightly Terrifying

New footage has emerged of Felix Baumgartner's utterly insane jump from the edge of space.<p>The GoPro footage shows his beautifully blissful free-fall …

Watch a fake flower blossom thanks to flexible 3D-printed materials (video)

Richard Clarkson, a student at New York's School of Visual Arts, has used a combination of pneumatics and 3D-printed flexible-materials to create an artificial flower that "blooms," and the result is pretty neat. When air fills a cavity in the rubbery petals, they expand and push outward against …

The Week In Drones: The Sound Of Stealth, Clearing The Robot Smog, And More

Here's a round-up of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Beer Delivery</b><p>Lakemaid Beer, a brewery in Stevens Point, Wis., used a hexarotor drone to carry beer to some ice fishermen. It’s probably just …

Bristol, UK

Microsoft Will Give You $100 For Your PS3

An interesting little promotion out of the Microsoft camp: the Xbox One maker will give gamers $100 for an old video game console at any Microsoft Store in the country. While the promotion extends to the Xbox 360, Xbox 360 and PS3, the “ditch your PS3″ language in the ad is fairly specific. The …

Steam Machine hardware performance ranked by Futuremark with charts

Futuremark release Steam Machine benchmark numbers based on known configurations from manufacturers. Are they worth the money?

Why you should be paying attention to Starbound

It's getting harder and harder to keep on top of all the games hitting early access, but there are some that really stand out. Starbound, for …

Total War: Rome 2 Assembly Kit beta released - Get mod making | PC Invasion

Creative Assembly release the Total War: Rome 2 Assembly Kit beta which is their tools designed to help mod makers of the strategy game.

How Big Is Twitch's Audience? Huge.

Gaming-centric video web site Twitch ended 2013 with more than 45 million unique monthly viewers who watched, on average, 106 minutes of video a day, according to an end-of-year report from the company.<p>Those are massive numbers for a privately-owned, two-year-old startup that serves what has …

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street Jumps From Blizzard To Riot Games

Riot Games has just hired Greg “Ghostcrawler’ Street as the new Lead Designer for the world’s most popular game, League of Legends. Street spent a decade working on the Age of Empires team, but is most well known for his role as Lead Systems Designer for World of Warcraft.<p>In his role at …

The Billion Dollar Market Microsoft And Sony Are Ignoring

The console video game market remains huge. Last September, <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> generated over $1 billion in revenue in its first few days, a feat even the wizards of Hogwart’s and Middle Earth never matched on the silver screen. And the new PS4 and Xbox One have generated tens of billions in …

Octodad: Dadliest Catch flops and twists on to PC later this month | PC Invasion

On 30 January, you will pretend to be an octopus husband. At least you will if you play Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

New class of drugs may help herpes sufferers - Futurity

A potential new drug for genital herpes may reduce outbreaks and possibly limit the likelihood of transmitting the virus.

How Did Insects Evolve To Feast On Your Blood?

For the past several weeks, I’ve been wrapping up revisions on my bed bug book, which is due to my publisher at the end of this month. Going through the manuscript got me thinking not only about the origin of the bed bug, but of bloodsucking insects in general. When did that happen? And how exactly …

Insects

Solar Flare 2014: CME From January 14 Seen in Photo

A coronal mass ejection from the sun, also known as a CME, on January 14 was caught in a picture.<p>Thought there is often confusion between CMEs and …

A Smartwatch That Tells Time With Scent

An idea that doesn't stink<p>Most smartwatches constantly pester their wearers about appointments, e-mails, or even calories they have left to burn. Aisen Caro Chacin, who teaches physical computing at the Parsons New School for Design in New York, has built one that doesn’t blast stressful reminders. …

Micro USB

Team identifies 13,000 fish with only one glass of water - Futurity

Using a glass of water from Monterey Bay Aquarium's 1.2 million gallon tank, scientists were able to identify most of the 13,000 fish swimming there.

Experimental Gene Therapy For Blindness Sees Some Promising Results

Study volunteer Jonathan Wyatt, for example, can now read three more lines on an optometrist's chart.<p>Jonathan Wyatt is less of a nuisance these days, his wife Diana told the BBC. Wyatt was the first volunteer to receive an experimental new gene therapy for a condition he has, choroideremia, that …

Gene Therapy

How Life Began: New Clues From New Worlds

The odds that the universe is bursting with life seem to be getting better all the time. Astronomers recently announced that there could be an …

Nokia Lumia 1820 with 2K display, Snapdragon 805 incoming alongside solar powered Lumia 1525 phablet? - Pocket-lint

Nokia already impressed us with the Lumia 1520 and it looks like the Microsoft owned mobile maker isn't going to stop there. The Lumia 1820 sounds …

Don’t count NFC out of Apple’s mobile payment plans just yet

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Apple(s aapl) filed a patent on Thursday that could yet bring NFC, or near field communications, to its iPhone. The patent …

Alcatel promises new Firefox OS phones for MWC 2014 | Trusted Reviews

<b>Following last year’s introduction of the Android rival, smartphone manufacturer Alcatel has confirmed it will launch a range of new Firefox OS</b> …

Sharp's latest high-res Windows tablet is an Ultrabook minus the keyboard

Let's see: sporty Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 8.1? Check. Retina-esque 3,200 x 1,800 15.6-inch display? Check. Plus 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD? Of course. If Sharp's RW-16G sounds like the laptop of your dreams, sorry, but it's actually a tablet in the mold of Panasonic's 20-inch, 4K Toughpad …