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Zwift merges indoor fitness with massive multi-player online gaming

At its core, Zwift is indoor cycling software. But layered on top of its functionality is a community that in the two years the company has been operating has grown in both scale and sheer strength. At an event at Rapha’s cycling in SF, I found myself surrounded by core users proudly flaunting …

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

Feeling sad and tired? Watch Grumpy Cat, say scientists

Watching cat videos boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, scientists found<p>If you get that warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cat videos online, the effect may be more important than you think.<p>The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to …

Grumpy Cat

Century-old law cited in request to ban 136 porn sites from Republic of Tatarstan

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has received a request to blacklist pornographic websites based on conventions signed by imperialist and Soviet governments. Meduza reports<p>A local court in Apastovsky district of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has ruled to block access to 136 websites featuring …

Popcorn Time's movie piracy app works on iOS without tricks, for now

Popcorn Time's piracy-centric streaming video service just got a little <i>too</i> easy to access on the go. The outfit has released an installer that lets you use the peer-to-peer app on iOS devices without jailbreaking (that is, loosening restrictions though unofficial code). All you do is run an app on …

The real 'Terminator?' Chinese scientists create liquid metal machine

It’s the rise of the machines – a Chinese research team has developed shape-shifting, liquid metal machines. No, this isn’t the idea for a new “Terminator” sequel. Scientists from both the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University’s …

Nanotech

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

What Einstein termed "spooky action at a distance" has been successfully demonstrated in split single particles.<p>Quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition …

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target.<p>A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields …

The Pirate Bay's new network is making ISP blocks useless

Despite global efforts to put the kibosh on infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB), the lair of internet swashbucklers is proving almost impossible to sack. Swedish police succeeded in taking the site down late last year, only for it to reappear the following month. And stronger than ever it …