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High-flying hack: Researcher shows how to seize control of a drone

German grad student Nils Rodday figured out how to intercept flight instructions and start flying a drone himself. He says the hardware he exploited is present in drones from various manufacturers.<p>Drones -- those fearsome unmanned flying vehicles that ignite debates about privacy and the ethics of …


DARPA unveils its next VTOL aircraft concept

DARPA announced on Thursday that it had awarded the Phase 2 design contract for its unmanned VTOL X-Plane concept to Aurora Flight Sciences (AFS). VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) planes, like the current generation of V-22 Osprey or F-35B Lightning II, have to trade off between a number of …

SkyWall drone defense system can drop a quadcopter from 100 meters

Drones are everywhere these days, including a lot of places they don’t belong. Over the past few months we’ve seen several attempts to to keep drones away from places like stadiums, airfields and government buildings.<p>Most of these, like Tokyo’s police interceptor drone and Michigan Tech’s ‘Robotic …

How to turn off your search and location history in Google

By now, it should come as no surprise that Google keeps track of your search and location history.<p>But you may be surprised to find out just how …

Galaxy Note

The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

The SkyWall 100 is one of the latest device promising to protect the world from the impending drone takeover. It’s essentially a smart bazooka that fires a canister filled with a net at drones 100 meters away. Boom headshot.<p>An operator targets the drone and fires a canister that contains a large …

Disrupt NY

Why this $300 ergonomic keyboard might actually be worth the money

When you’ve raised nearly $300,000 on IndieGogo and make claims that you’re the “world’s best ergonomic mechanical keyboard” you’re setting the bar pretty high.<p>When you’re selling an item for $295 that most of us treat as an afterthought, that bar gets even higher.<p>I went into this review with a …


9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth

Lead found in Flint, Michigan water is an unfortunate example of negligence leading to the mass exposure of elemental lead found naturally in iron ore. Much in the same way humans communicate warnings of deadly plants and animals, it’s important to communicate the risks and exposure of deadly rocks …


How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …


The science of magic: how tricks are changing real-life research

The small yellow ball disappears from the magician's left hand, reappearing moments later, plucked out of thin air, by his right.<p>Hardly a …

University of London

The world’s most secretive places

From an isolated Pacific island without running water to a James Bond-like spy base in England, these five places are practically off-limits to even the most curious travellers.<p>The most alluring things in life are often those that are off-limits. And as travellers, this means that we’re fascinated …

Royal Air Force

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Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain

Why People Love Bass

The beat drops and people start nodding their heads. It's a common behavior, so it's easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a killer beat aren't necessarily obvious.