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Australian archaeological startup raises $679,000 to rebuild ancient sites in VR

Archaeology isn’t an easy job, but it becomes easier in virtual reality, where you can walk around ancient buildings as if they were still there.<p>Lithodomos VR, an Australian virtual reality archaeological startup, knows this and has raised $900,000 in Australian dollars ($679,000 U.S.) in a seed …

These smart glasses automatically focus on what you’re looking at

They could become available in two to three years<p>When Carlos Mastrangelo hit his early 50s, he started suffering from a vision problem many people have as they age: he couldn’t focus up close anymore and so, his eye doctor told him, he needed to wear glasses whenever he wanted to read a book.<p>“I …

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The Internet Is Going Crazy Over This Guy's DIY Firepit — and We Can See Why!

If you're looking for a quick weekend home project, this DIY firepit may not be for you. One guy documented his progress on Imgur, in which we see a dirt lot backyard get revamped into an impressive outdoor lounge space. The skill level required definitely appears to be above beginner, but it's …

Google and NASA are getting a new quantum computer

The famous Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is getting some powerful new hardware. A joint project between Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association, the Quantum AI Lab today announced a multiyear agreement to install a D-Wave 2X, a state-of-the-art quantum processor released …

Quantum Computing

Vandals deface Junipero Serra statue after pope's canonization of controversial friar

CARMEL, Calif. — Vandals defaced a statue of Father Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission, where the remains of the recently canonized missionary are …

Native Americans

Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 encrypts calls and messages by default

Silent Circle has unveiled its sequel to the Blackphone, promising a combination of security and style<p>Blackphone 2, the sequel to the privacy-focused Blackphone, has launched today, promising to protect users against government surveillance and cyber attacks without compromising on …

Gear & Gadgets

Donald Trump Announces Huge Tax Reform Plan

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump announced a comprehensive plan to reform and simplify the nation’s tax code Monday that would lower …

Donald Trump

Mars Shows Strong Signs of Flowing Water, Researchers Say

A new study provides the “strongest evidence yet” that salty liquid water sometimes flows on modern-day Mars, researchers said on Monday in a discovery that holds implications for future expeditions to the Red Planet.<p>“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water’ in our search for life in the …

Geoscience

A Blood Supermoon Rises Around the World: Pictures

Buenos Aires

Bills seek to turn U.S. land over to 11 states; group raises questions

So far this year, 36 bills have been introduced in 11 western states aimed at wresting control of public lands from the federal government and turning management over to state legislatures, according to recent tally by a conservation group.<p>But a report released Tuesday said states are not prepared …

Cloud upstart Infor pays $675 million for commerce platform

Most companies rely on a complex network of supply chain partners to design, manufacture and deliver products. Coordinating orders across multiple …

Procter & Gamble

Mounted police to patrol Spain's Camino de Santiago amid security fears

Team of Guardia Civil officers to provide escort for walkers on ancient route to cathedral after reports of harassment and disappearance of American pilgrim<p>For hundreds of years, pilgrims have trekked along Spain’s Camino de Santiago to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, believed to be the …

Hiking

The universe is slowly dying, but don't freak out

The cosmos is on its way to a very slow death, according to a new study.<p>A group of astronomers has surveyed the energy generated in more than 200,000 …

Google Fiber

12 Street Artists You Need To Follow on Instagram

Keep tabs on the best graffiti, sticker and street artists from NYC’s first ever Lower Manhattan Mural Festival.<p>If you happened to be in lower Manhattan the second weekend of August, you might have noticed something a little out of place: graffiti artists, out in the open, spray painting the city …

Streetwear
Government

Top hotels for Summer 2015

LIFESTYLE TRAVEL<p>From an eco-hotel in Miami, to a boxy design retreat amidst lush vegetation in Puerto Rico and the coolest of guesthouses in …

Puerto Rico

Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies?

<i>Watch "Blindsided: How ISIS shook the world," a GPS special airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> For weeks, reports have been circulating that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was seriously injured in an airstrike back in March.<p>On Wednesday, …

Al-Qaeda

Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Game of Thrones

Report claims Apple investigating improved touch panel for 12.9-inch iPad using silver nanowire tech

A new report from ETNews claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12+-inch iPad:<p><i>Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans</i> …

Asian stocks retreat as Greek cash crunch intensifies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly weaker Tuesday after the latest talks between Greece and its European creditors failed to reach agreement on bailout terms as the Greek government runs low on cash. Chinese stocks were a bright spot, boosted by an interest rate cut on the …

Stock Markets

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

Putin accuses US of supporting separatists in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia's North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West.<p>The two-hour documentary, which aired Sunday on the state-owned Rossiya-1 TV channel, …

Russia

Kim Jong-un Is Headed to Moscow to Make North Korea and Russia BFFs | VICE News

They both like macho photo-ops, enjoy the friendship of washed-up Western celebrities, and have been sanctioned by the United States — so why wouldn't Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin be friends?<p>Russia has ramped up its cooperation with North Korea amid international condemnation over its role in the …

North Korea

The World’s Weirdest Libraries (Photos)

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.