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DJI and 3D Robotics Named to National Drone Registry Task Force

With an increasing number of hobbyist drones in the air — and scores more predicted to be showing up this holiday season — the Department of Transportation (DOT) is fast-tracking the creation of a registry system for all our small flying rigs by the end of the year.<p>Formally announced on Monday, the …

Researchers create blackest material ever made

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at King Abdulla University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia has made the blackest material ever created by …

Fabrication

Think Twice Next Time You Want To Eat Bacon

There is no doubt about it: bacon is awesome. You can add it to pretty much anything and make a tasty meal of it. Eggs and bacon, bacon on your …

Tom Holland Talks Spider-Man Inspiration and Injury on CIVIL WAR Set

Japanese Robot Annoys People Until They Talk To It

“Talking Ally” is more of an irritating acquaintance<p>“Talking Ally”, a robot made by researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology’s Interactions and Communication Design lab, can follow a human’s gaze and respond accordingly. For example, it can make a fuss if the person stops talking to it:<p>The …

The origins of… ellipses, commas, and other punctuation marks

Everyone is now expected to add punctuation when writing, but that wasn’t always the case. It took centuries for the English language to build up the list of rules that has now become commonplace. Here’s a brief look at how we came to use these well-known punctuation marks.<p><b>Colons, commas, and</b> …

Linguistics

Say Hello to the First New U.S. Nuclear Plant in Almost 20 Years

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor just got approval to operate. What does this mean for the future of American nuclear energy?<p>Remember the last time a new nuclear power plant opened up in the U.S.? If not, that’s excusable. It wasn’t in this century. It was Watts Bar in …

Bruce Willis Doesn't Understand John McClane, Thinks DIE HARD Prequel is "A Very Good Idea"

Back to the Future day: it's 21 October 2015 – and we still need roads

Culture,Back To The Future,World news,Nintendo,Technology,Universal Pictures,Games,UK news,Film,Michael J Fox,Pepsico<p>As fans worldwide celebrate the date depicted in cult 1989 film, Universal Studios, Nintendo and Pepsi also get on (hover)board<p>It is the day that Back to the Future fans have waited …

Toyota to Recall 6.5 Million Vehicles Globally

Recall is Toyota’s fourth since 2009 due to faulty power-window switches<p>TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles world-wide over power-window switches at risk of fire, the auto maker said Wednesday, the latest in a series of similar recalls involving around 14 million cars.<p>This is …

Automotive Industry

The EU rules Starbucks isn’t paying its “fair share” of tax. Apple anxiously watches and waits

Starbucks and Fiat will each have to pay between €20-30 million ($22-34 million) in taxes that they avoided by using complex structures agreed with particular European nations.<p>The European Commission has ruled that the arrangements made between European car maker Fiat and Luxembourg, where it is …

Europe

Surface Pro 4 review: Yes, it can really replace your laptop

With the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft's surprising hybrid tablet journey finally makes sense. It's as if Microsoft was laser-focused on fixing the issues we had with the Surface Pro 3. We liked that device quite a bit, but its Type Cover was endlessly frustrating, with a sloppy keyboard and wonky …

Back to the Future Day: What the franchise sneakily got right

Many seismic events have shaken the world in the past 30 years -- the fall of Communism, the rise of the Clintons and Bushes, the invention of the iPhone, the realization that suspenders are a bad look for anyone under the age of 70.<p>One constant, however, has been "Back to the Future." The 1985 …

Wiz Khalifa

Why We Should Land on Mars' Moon Before We Land on Mars

Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.<p>NASA wants to land a human crew on Mars in the 2030s. But to succeed with such an ambitious, expensive, long-timescale project, the agency needs a roadmap that …

Breakthrough rectenna converts light into DC current

Rectifying antennas – "rectennas" – are used as parasitic power capture devices that absorb radio frequency (RF) energy and convert it into usable …

Nanotech

Find Out Where The Cast Of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Went After The Final Frontier

Twenty-eight years ago, <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i> aired its first episode and brought a breath of fresh air to the <i>Star Trek</i> mythology, being the first series to follow the original – not including the animated series. With a new crew aboard a new USS <i>Enterprise</i>, Trekkies – or Trekkers, depending …

Science Fiction

How GOTHAM Went From Good To Must-Watch This Season

“The Martian” and the big Mars discovery: Here’s why we have to go, no matter what it costs

Was this week’s big NASA announcement a movie tie-in or a leftist plot? Either way, Mars is calling<p>I believe it was the film historian Mark Harris (also the undisputed heavyweight champion of Oscar bloggers) who first injected a note of cynicism into the furor surrounding one of the biggest …

What Happened At Oculus Connect And Why You Should Care

Oculus Connect 2 was the best thing to happen to virtual reality (VR) since Palmer Luckey put the Oculus DK1 on Kickstarter. I wanted to share with …

Virtual Reality

18 Movies to Watch Before They Leave Netflix in October

"That rug really tied the room together."<p>Every month, Netflix bids farewell to a collection of great titles, but this September is a particularly difficult month for those who love the streaming giant. From horror to drama to comedy, an unusually large number of notable films will disappear when …

Did you spot the Doctor Who villain on Sheldon’s desk in The Big Bang Theory?

Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton tweeted out a snap of the Time Lord's nemesis...<p>He’s often been likened to one, but did you know The Big Bang Theory’s …

Mars water discovery just 1 piece of the puzzle in figuring out which planets can sustain life

It's getting more and more likely that earthlings may have a neighbour next door.<p>Some of the Martian surface is at times covered with seasonal flows …

Astronomy

NYC man faces second work suspension for talking like robot

An employee of the New York City health department is facing a second work suspension for the offence of talking like a robot.<p>Ronald Dillon, 67, was …

Something Strange Is Happening Inside Saturn

Unusual ripples in Saturn's rings are revealing the mysterious inner workings of the great gas giant. Planetary scientists and modelers are slowly …

10 Things to Check Off Before Flying Your Drone for the First Time

Drones present an exciting new world of possibilities for photographers looking to explore and capture their world. Never before has aerial …

Unpopular Opinion: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Is a Scam

Then there’s the list of who’s actually in there. For the first several years, the Hall saw fit to induct mostly non-controversial figures who, by …

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Here Are The Top 10 Most Banned Books A.K.A. Your Required Reading List

It's that magical time of year again, where we celebrate the wonder that is imagination, literature and progress through Banned Books Week.<p>Every year …