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Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

A gadget for text messaging without cell service sees a spike in interest from the pro-privacy crypto and Bitcoin communities -- even though that wasn't its creators' intention.<p>"If you're solving a problem that is real to them, they're going to come out of the woodwork."<p>Daniela Perdomo, GoTenna CEO

Text Messaging

14 Tech Billionaires Who Never Got Their College Degree

But that's not the case for everyone, especially in the tech industry.<p>Billionaire investor Peter Thiel, for example, is paying $100,000 for kids to drop out of school and start their own companies.<p>Thiel has a point: Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs have racked up billions of dollars …

Self-assembling origami robot is world's first Transformer

Harvard scientists have built the world's first working Transformer robot, inspired by the ancient Japanese paper-folding art of origami.<p>The alien robots that feature in the Transformer movies conceal their true nature by taking on the form of cars and trucks. The scientists' robot has yet to reach …

Siberian Holes Could Be ‘Visible Effect’ of Global Warming, Experts Say

There's a scary answer for why Siberia is turning into Swiss cheese: Mother Nature has gas, so to speak, and we gave it to her.<p>That's the preliminary conclusion of scientists who have explored the mysterious holes that began popping up in Siberia beginning last month, some of whom have postulated …

Global Warming

Human brain subliminally judges 'trustworthiness' of faces

The human brain can judge the apparent trustworthiness of a face from a glimpse so fleeting, the person has no idea they have seen it, scientists claim.<p>Researchers in the US found that brain activity changed in response to how trustworthy a face appeared to be when the face in question had not been …

Time-Lapse: Incredibly Dedicated Teen Takes One Selfie Per Day for 7 Years

This might be some sort of record for PetaPixel, because the longest selfie time-lapse I remember us publishing covered six and a half years of life. …

Brain-Inspired IBM Chip Puts Traditional Computers To Shame

Crossing a traditional computer with a biological one, the brain, is no easy task — but researchers at IBM have been hard at work doing just that. On Thursday they announced the results of 10 years of research and $53 million in DARPA funding. The company's new brain-inspired chip achieves …

Demonstration

Bitcoin Momentum Grows in Emerging Markets

By Min-Si Wang<p>[Image via Shutterstock]<p>Bitcoin is gradually making progress as a medium of exchange in developing countries. While it can be volatile as an investment asset, it has real utility as an instrument for payment and money transfer, especially in places where conventional payment systems …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

HP settles with Chubby Checker over manhood-length app

After the famous singer brought a lawsuit accusing a Palm app of trademark infringement, the two parties come to an agreement.<p>It's been too long.<p>More than a year, indeed, since Chubby Checker sued Hewlett-Packard because of an app that was called, well, Chubby Checker.<p>An app that was originally …

Hewlett Packard

Lab mice get addicted to sun exposure; you might too

Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that.<p>Researchers found that mice who were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not exposed to UV light. They also experienced …

Neuroscience

The Great Arctic Melt Opens Up A Lot Of Questions

Can we answer them before it's too late?<p><i>The Great Melt: This animation of images taken over time by NASA satellites shows Arctic sea ice declining for the past 30 years. The year to year rate of decline 11.5 percent per decade. Via The Bridge. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization</i> …

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

Natural Gas

New Study Uncovers Why Stress Leads To Depression In Some, But Not Others

In response to stress, some people cope easily while others succumb to depression or other mood disorders. While depression can develop from a wide variety of biological and genetic factors, stressful events are often a major trigger. But why does stress make some people develop mood disorders …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

Harley-Davidson unveils its first electric hog

Harley-Davidson unveiled its first electric motorcycle Thursday, and promised it will still sound really cool.<p>"The sound is a distinct part of the thrill," chief marketing officer Mark-Hans Richer said in a news release. "Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier."<p>The electric Harley, dubbed Project …

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.<p>"As researchers work to solve one of the most persistent problems in public …

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The complex controls of an F1 steering wheel revealed

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you're going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ …

Photos from Skatopia: ’88 Acres of Anarchy’ in the Woods of Ohio

In 2007, Durham, NC-based photographer Travis Dove was studying photography at Ohio University when he heard of Skatopia. The DIY skate park’s “88 …

“On Beauty”: Close-Up Portraits Taken Under UV Light

By exposing supposed “flaws” in the human face when photographed under UV light, Detroit-born and Brooklyn-based photographer Cara Phillips manages …

Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter

A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people's brains work better.<p>The finding in <i>Cell Reports</i> could someday lead to drugs that improve memory and learning, researchers say.<p>"We've discovered a way to potentially boost cognition," says Dena Dubal, one of the study's authors who does …

California Senate Passes Smartphone Kill Switch Bill on Second Try

California lawmakers have passed a updated version of the state’s cell phone kill switch bill, a measure that requires mobile device manufacturers to …

You suck! Why criticism is more powerful than praise

As many have noticed, criticism tends to have more impact and stay with you a lot longer than similarly delivered praise (within reason; an arena full of people screaming that they love you isn’t going to have a lesser impact than someone tutting at you if you hold up a queue). The potency of …

The best-observed X-flare in history

NASA says the March 29, 2014 X-flare was the best-observed in history. This post contains beautiful images of that intense event on the surface of …

Astronomy