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Sony needs you to test its beta PS4 firmware

A new firmware update is heading to the PlayStation 4, and Sony has put out the call for public beta testers.<p>As announced on the PlayStation Blog, …

Firmware

New data storage solution can store the world's data in your pocket. Forever

Imagine a world where you can literally store the entirety of the world’s history in your jeans pocket. Forever. Well, that world is here and that time is now. Researchers have not only already discovered – but have now improved upon – a way to store huge amounts of data on tiny slivers of quartz, …

Human Rights

For budding female game designers, a new source of support

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences wants to empower women to create video games.<p>The organization unveiled a new initiative …

Gaming Industry

The Army's Runaway Blimp Escaped Due To...Dead Batteries

Batteries not included (apparently)<p>Making sure $3 billion doesn't get up and walk away is harder than it sounds. Last October, the Army lost control of a $2.7 billion blimp and watched helplessly as it drifted from Maryland to rural Pennsylvania. On a particularly windy day, the Joint Land Attack …

New Technology Brings Finger-Level Precision To VR

Leap Motion’s Orion lets developers create virtual reality apps that incorporate users’ finger movements.<p>Virtual reality is a great technology for putting users into immersive experiences, where they can look and play all around them. But although there are some tools for incorporating hands into …

Scientists Can Now 3D Print Otzi The Mummified Ice Man

Otzi, for those not up on their 5,300-year-old mummified men, died and was frozen in the Alps near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. His body is one of the best preserved human mummies in Europe and now he’s getting a 3D-printed makeover.<p>Researchers and engineers have worked …

The modular THeMIS mini-tank can be whatever you need it to be

Estonian defense contractor Milrem debuted its modular unmanned ground vehicle, dubbed the THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System), at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday. The THeMIS is basically a remote-controlled platform on tank treads. It can be easily modified for any number of …

Animation: The Black Hole Collision That Created Today's Gravitational Wave Announcement

A dance of destruction<p>Einstein was right. A hundred years ago, he predicted that really big objects in space can create ripples in the fabric of space-time. Today, scientists announced that these gravitational waves have been detected directly for the first time.<p>The confirmation came from the Laser …

Black Holes

VR will bring the Daytona 500 right to your eyeballs

Photo by Tim Hipps, Army News Service<p>Racing fans rejoice, because Fox Sports wants to put you right in the shoes of the pit crew at the Daytona 500 in 2016. This recent announcement is part of a string of mainstream VR initiatives that are driving virtual reality tech into the consumer market. …

Virtual Reality

Cat's next rugged phone will be the first with a built-in thermal camera

Mobile World Congress doesn't kick off for another couple of days, but the 2016 mobile firsts are already rolling in. Cat's new S60 is the latest rugged flagship smartphone to bear the famed machinery brand, and it adds a pair of unique features: a Flir thermal imaging camera and the first …

CAT S60 is the first Android phone with built-in thermal camera, can withstand drops of nearly 2 meters

Bullitt Group has partnered with Cat in the UK to create the first Android smartphone with a built in thermal imaging camera. The embedded thermal camera from FLIR can detect heat and measure surface temperatures from distances of up to 100 feet. In the press release published today, the company …

Mobile Technology

Mothballed Launch Sites Stand as Monuments to the US Space Program

Roland Miller spent 25 years photographing aging NASA sites. Now, his images of the historic structures have been brought together in a new …

This 500-Year-Old Book Revolutionized How We See Cities

The very first atlas of cities shows us how little has changed about our collective obsession with cityscapes.<p>Probably more than any other physical phenomenon, cities are a reflection of the incredible complexity of the modern world. And in the mid-1500s, as modern cities began to burgeon …

10 Amazing Treehouses You Can Actually Stay In

Fulfill that childhood fantasy and book one of these high-end treehouses, from Costa Rica to Italy to San Francisco<p>There’s something magical about a treehouse. And we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill backyard hideaway filled with kids’ toys. These 10 examples are architectural gems that …

Costa Rica

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide

On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, organised a war game like no other. The two researchers, working with an array of bodies such as the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, set out to simulate the effects of a …

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