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Explore Scenes From Studio Ghibli Anime Films In Virtual Reality

A designer recreated moments from 'Spirited Away,' 'My Neighbor Totoro,' and 'Howl's Moving Castle'<p>If romping around inside the magical worlds created by Studio Ghibli is appealing, virtual reality is here to help. The folks over at <i>Polygon</i> noticed that designer Nick Pittom has released a Ghibli VR …

HP abandons futuristic tech for its futuristic supercomputer

HP has abruptly changed course on its 'Machine,' a new type of memory-driven computer it thinks will radically alter large-scale data processing. When the company first launched it last year, the plan was to use a new kind of memory chip called the "memristor," which is as fast as DRAM but can …

Remote Control Submarine Turns A GoPro Into An Aquanaut

Sea drones see<p>Every swimming pool needs an underwater navy. The Seawolf remotely operated submarine, made by TTRobotix, is about to get an upgrade, with a new model capable of carrying GoPro cameras inside its submersible head. There will be two models, one for freshwater and one for seawater, and …

Close-up look at new Virgin Galactic spaceship

Virgin Galactic have been building a new spaceplane in a hangar in the desert in the US.<p>Eight months ago in October 2014, Virgin Galactic's spaceplane broke apart during testing over the Californian desert, killing one of the pilots.<p>The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Westcott takes a look at …

Spacecraft

For the first time, scientists create a lab-grown limb

A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital has grown a rat limb in a lab -- paving the way forward for bioengineered human transplants.<p>Mind-controlled robotic limbs for amputees are growing more sophisticated all the time -- but a challenger has appeared. Human limb transplant surgery …

Virgin Galactic 'owe it to dead pilot' to make space tourism project succeed

Colleague of Mike Alsbury, who died on test flight of VSS Enterprise SpaceShipTwo, says team are determined to press on with project<p>Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic team owe it to the pilot who died in a test flight crash to make the space tourism project succeed, a colleague has said.<p>Dave Mackay, …

This app lets you chat as Bill Gates to Steve Jobs' ghost

You might not realize but role-playing online as real people and characters from fiction is a huge thing. A quick search of Twitter or Tumblr throws up thousands of people who indulge in it as a hobby.<p>It’s the inspiration behind Studio, a new messaging app with anonymous role-play using trademarked …

Bill Gates

Ocushield: A screen protector that protects your eyes more than the screen

It’s easy for us to get consumed in our smartphones, tablets and laptops, considering everything they can do. But the side effects are often overlooked. Eye strain, retinal dysfunction and fatigue can all be caused by using electrical devices too much and at the wrong times of day.<p>A recent study by …

Optometry

Man on motorbike crashes, lies in road and plays with phone

Technically Incorrect: In China a man appears so obsessed with his phone that he clutches onto it and plays video games while lying in the road.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>There are moments when I think I've seen it all.<p>That's when I …

Rally legend Erik Carlsson dies at 86

The motorsports world has lost a legend with the passing of famous rally driver Erik Carlsson at the age of 86. If you've ever seen a photo of a vintage Saab sliding around a corner or blasting through tree-lined roads, there was a good chance that Carlsson was behind the wheel. The man was so tied …

Motion-sensing 'PomPom Mirror' recreates your likeness in fur

If you're tired of your ugly mug staring back from across the bathroom sink every morning, just install this furry silhouetting mirror from New York-based artist Daniel Rozin. He built it for the Descent With Modification exhibit at NYC's bitforms gallery. The "PomPom Mirror," as it's called, …

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates battle in new National Geographic series

The TV channel is launching a show called "American Genius" that's about bitter rivalries, including the Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss, Colt vs. Wesson and Oppenheimer vs. Heisenberg.<p>Some of the world's greatest stories are about rivalries -- and this is what the National Geographic Channel is …

New Panda font is designed to help protect beloved animals

Extinction sucks and no one wants that to happen to the panda.<p>Rare members of the bear family, the Giant Panda resides in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China. They are highly prized throughout the world for their beauty and their peaceful natures.<p>Despite lacking natural predators …

Giant Pandas

Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history

No, this isn't some guerilla marketing campaign for <i>Back to the Future's</i> upcoming pseudo-anniversary. It's a world record-setting flight by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru aboard a homebrew hoverboard. He recently piloted this prototype nearly 1000 feet across a Quebec lake to set the …

Sound Torch Sets Fire to Your Music - Literally

May.20.2015 / 8:06 PM ET<p>"Like fire? LOVE music? Now you can combine the two!" If you're not sold on the Sound Torch already, maybe you need a bit more excitement in your musical life. This ridiculous but laudable Danish Kickstarter project aims to create a pair of wireless speakers with real flames …

Gear & Gadgets

You can download an Adblock Plus browser for Android

Adblock Plus is one of the most popular desktop browser extensions, but so far it hasn't had a real presence on mobile. That starts to change today with the beta release of Adblock Browser, an Android browser that blocks ads by default. The app is built off of Firefox's open-source Android browser, …

DrumPants 2.0 is open source, still turns your pants into drums

That crazy DrumPants wearable tech we first saw in '07 -- the same one that raised 75 grand on KickStarter and was featured on Shark Tank in 2014 -- is back. Its creators have now turned to Indiegogo to fund the mass production of DrumPants version 2.0, which they claim is faster and stronger than …

Razer will now sell you a mouse pad that glows in 16.8 million colors

This could be the moment. This could be peak Razer<p>If there's one thing the gaming community can agree on, it's that the only way to finish off a high-end, multi-thousand-dollar gaming machine is to house it in a case full of totally sweet and definitely not tacky glowing LEDs. Fortunately, the …

'The Apple of China' is dipping its toe in Apple's home turf

On its Facebook page, Xiaomi said it will start off lightly in these countries by selling only four accessories from an online store, including two power banks, a pair of headphones, and a fitness wearable. Customers can place orders beginning May 19th at 7 a.m. EST.<p>Still, it's doubtful Xiaomi has …

Xiaomi

Samsung Is Releasing an "Iron Man" Edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge

For all the Iron Man fans out there, you can now have a piece of the superhero with you at all<p>For all the Iron Man fans out there, you can now have a piece of the superhero with you at all times as Samsung has released an image of the much-rumored Iron Man edition of its flagship phone, the Galaxy …

Mobile

How Stephen Wolfram’s image-recognition tool performs against 5 alternatives

This week Stephen Wolfram, founder and chief executive of Wolfram Research, announced a new component of the Wolfram Language for programming called ImageIdentify. Wolfram also introduced a new website, dubbed The Wolfram Language Image Identification Project, that demonstrates the language’s new …

German Shepherd

Seven times Kanye West dressed like a 'Final Fantasy' character

Apparently the Kanye West role-playing game, <i>Kanye Quest 3030</i>, contains an eerie hidden area involving a butterfly and a New Age cult called Ascensionism. We know, it's hard to believe that Kanye has a video game. Anyway, this secret game-within-a-game is weird, but it's certainly not surprising …

Curtain lifts on first 'Rock Band 4' songs

Not to be outdone by <i>Guitar Hero Live</i>, the folks over in the <i>Rock Band 4</i> camp unveiled the first handful of tracks for this fall's face-melting simulator. And they're pretty diverse! As noted on <i>IGN</i>, the half-dozen ranges from Avenged Sevenfold to The Who. Developer Harmonix is debuting gameplay on …

YotaPhone 2 review

What would it take to get you to put down the iPhone and switch to an Android alternative as your main smartphone? It's the question that every Android phone maker obsesses over, and the typical answer is a combination of higher specs, bigger screens, and even louder hyperbole. But the truth for …

Young women spend five hours a week taking selfies, says survey

Technically Incorrect: Women aged 16 to 25 years old take three selfies a day, according to a new UK study. And there's lighting, make-up and camera angles to consider.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>We've come to accept that social media …

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

A holographic heads-up display ships later this year<p>There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate …

New VR game lets you be the bullet

Remember <i>Superhot</i>? It let you dodge bullets by controlling time <i>à la</i> <i>The Matrix</i>, but a new VR game takes that premise even farther by making <i>you</i> the bullet. <i>Drift</i> is a game for Samsung's Gear VR, developed by a pair of programmers during the course of Oculus' Mobile VR Jam. The idea is pretty simple: …

Here's a Living Concrete That Repairs Itself

How bacteria can fix the cracks in your driveway<p>A Dutch inventor has come up with an ingenious way for concrete to repair its own cracks: It's alive.<p>Okay, Henk Jonkers hasn't created a new form of life. What he did find is a kind of bacteria that lies dormant until activated by water. Water is …

Engineering

The World’s First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do

Chip is a bona fide Kickstarter hit. But the tiny computer’s implications go far beyond the novelty of a cheap computer.<p>Over the years, a number of ultra-cheap computers have popped up–in fact, a $169 computer for the developing world, called Endless, was announced just last month. But nothing out …

Raspberry Pi

And that's why you don't drift over speed bumps

If you're ever curious to see how a vehicle reacts if its balance suddenly gets upset during a slide, here's the answer. This driver comes careening down a roadway too quickly and realizes too late that there's a giant speed bump ahead. Things don't go well for the hatchback from there, but you can …