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Quantum Computing

The 3D-Printed Semi-Automatic Gun Is Almost Here

95 percent 3D-printed, 5 percent other<p>All 3D-printed guns are young guns. The weapon as a distinct category didn’t exist before May 2013, when Defense Distributed’s single-shot Liberator blasted them into existence. Before the Liberator, people printed parts and incorporated them into existing guns.<p>…

3D Printing

ASMR and 'head orgasms': what's the science behind it?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call ‘head orgasms’, or ‘brain tingles’. But what does the research say about it?<p>Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in …

Psychology

This online coding program guarantees its graduates jobs—or their money back

It’s easy to see why so many people are lured by the tech industry. The demand for software engineers is higher than ever, the salaries—even for entry-level jobs—are typically in the six figures, and a degree isn’t even a prerequisite.<p>But being a programmer does require the ability to code, which …

Online Education

Looking for classic gaming fun? Here are 20 of the best emulators for Android

The rise of smartphones has led to a renaissance for a lot of classic games, but ports don’t always live up to the nostalgic glory of the original. …

Retrogaming

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig most reliable for weight loss, study says

Dieters looking to maximize their chances for long-term weight loss should consider trying Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, according to a new review of clinical trials.<p>People who used the Jenny Craig program lost 4.9% more weight after one year than their counterparts, who only got dieting …

Report: Jeremy Clarkson Punched Producer, Rest of Season Cancelled

After the surprise announcement earlier today that Jeremy Clarkson had been suspended from <i>Top Gear</i> for an unspecified “fracas” with a producer, more details have made it to the U.K. press: According to <i>Radio Times</i>, the host was suspended after throwing a punch at a BBC producer. The report also says …

Top Gear

This stationary crankshaft engine is a thing of sorcery

Adams-Farwell built some brilliant machines, including this five-cylinder, stationary crankshaft 50-horsepower motor. Check it.<p>You're looking at one very clever piece of engineering. It's an Adams-Farwell air-cooled, piston-driven, rotary engine. The crankshaft stays put, connected to the frame of …

Occult

20 Must-Have Seeds To Store For A Crisis

Image source: organicfarmingblog.com<p>Having to subsist on a survival garden may seem like a distant reality right now. But whether you would ever have …

What Apple Just Did in Solar Is a Really Big Deal

It was a year ago this week that Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook responded to a climate-change heckler at the company's annual shareholder …

Renewable Energy

Cheetah 3.1 3D Printer With Massive Build Area Launches For $8,600

Hans Fouche has designed a new style of 3D printer called the Cheetah 3.1 that is capable of creating 3D printed objects you would not normally be …

3D Printing

Blu Studio Energy Review: I Wish Every Phone Had A 5,000mAh Battery

• Update 1: 2015/02/11 7:03pm PST A bit more info on charging.<p>Article Contents<p>1 Specs<p>2 The Good<p>3 The Not So Good<p>3.1 Appearance, Hardware, and Build …

Microsoft say their newest learning system beats humans — and Google

Microsoft Research has outdone itself again when it comes to a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning.<p>In a new academic paper, employees in the Asian office of the tech giant’s research arm say their latest deep learning system can outperform humans by one metric.<p>The Microsoft …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

5 fun multiplayer games for your Google Chromecast

You can do more with Google's HDMI dongle than just stream audio and video. Here are a few games that play nice with this low-cost media device.<p>Introduced nearly 18 months ago, Google's Chromecast has become a top-selling media streaming device. Thanks to its low price point ($35, £30, AU$50) and …

Board Games

Anita Sarkeesian shares the graphic, violent threats that fill her Twitter feed

Anita Sarkeesian, author of the ongoing Feminist Frequency video series, has been enduring a "sustained intimidation campaign," as she terms it, for several years now. Today, she offers a look at her Twitter feed, which is filled with intimidation and repeated, graphic threats of violence.<p><i>The</i> …

Why the new Ghostbusters cast is perfect, in four videos

In four clips, we'll explain why we're excited about the new Ghostbusters cast.<p>Leslie Jones<p>Jones has already mined this material a bit on Saturday Night Live.<p>Kristen Wiig<p>Wiig has already proven her comedic chops across Saturday Night Live and <i>Bridesmaids</i>, but the song and dance number from <i>Skeleton</i> …

Film Industry

An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island

Easy come, easy go<p>There’s a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that’s been going on for the past month.<p>The new island is in the Tonga archipelago--a group of islands southeast of Fiji. Scientists discovered it on January 16, about a month into the volcano’s …

Explosive documentary shows Scientology may be even creepier than you thought

Did you think Scientology was just a goofy fake religion revolving around Xenu and Operating Thetan levels? Well, it turns out the reality behind the …

18 apps that earn you money

We found 18 apps that will make you money. All of the apps can be downloaded for free, and each has a strong user base to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.<p>From taking surveys to kicking back and watching TV, here are the apps that will put a little cash in your pocket.

Apps

The Wrist Report: Introducing Leatherman Tread and Other Tech-Free Forearm Functionality

<i>'The Wrist Report' is the semi-serious, bi-somethingly bulletin from the frontier of forearm fashion and functionality.</i><p>Even earlier this month at CES …

Wearable Tech

Man Toasts Giant Marshmallow Over Fire Made Entirely of Snow

As massive amounts of snow have coated US cities like Boston and New York, there's one sure-fire way to make the most of it – build a snow sculpture! Brendan Schaffer, of Schaffer Art Studio in Stillwater, New Jersey, constructed this fantastic, larger-than-life fire and marshmallow completely out …

New Jersey

Meet America's Young Fight League Kids

Mixed martial arts fighter Brock Locnikar, 8, in the octagon, takes precious advise from his corner men Clay Carpenter a<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Miikka Pirinen<p>1 …

Martial Arts

22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix

In search of some inspiration? Then we have the movies for you!<p>Sometimes you take a look at your Netflix queue and think there’s nothing decent on the service. That’s not entirely true! Netflix has certainly lost its library of mainstream Hollywood films over the past few years. But for the …

Dance

11 Years of Love and Friendship Between a Lion and the Man Who Raised Him

The lion may be known as “the king of the jungle,” but 11-year-old Zion is nothing but a loving sweetheart to his caretaker Frikkie Von Solms, a 69-year-old man who lives and cares for big cats in southern Africa. Born to a lioness named Simba, Zion was separated from his parents as a cub due to …

Big Cats

Woman Gives Her Dying Dog a Beautiful Bucket List Adventure to Say Goodbye

Travel writer Lauren Fern Watt had been through everything–college, her early 20s, boyfriends, moving to from Tennessee to NYC, and more–with her dog Gizelle at her side. The 160-pound English Mastiff was her best friend, roommate, confidant, and greatest joy. So when Gizelle was diagnosed with …

New England