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Watch a brave drone get dramatically close to an erupting volcano

DJI has just shown off one of the most spectacular drone videos we've ever seen of an erupting volcano, so close it resulted in a melted a GoPro camera. The pilot, Eric Cheng, captured the footage at the Bardabunga volcanic system in Iceland using an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 2 drone equipped with …

Evidence Found Of A Particle That Is Its Own Antiparticle

In the future, the exotic particle could go into quantum computers.<p>There's a particle that physicists theorize exists that acts simultaneously as both matter and antimatter. Whoa! The particle is called the Majorana fermion, and a team of physicists is announcing today that it's seen some evidence …

Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Colorado's new campaign to deter teen marijuana use tries to make the case that weed is bad for your brain.<p>One TV ad shows a group of teens lighting up inside a dark car as moody music plays in the background. The commercial cites a Duke University study that found a link between regular marijuana …

Who Cares If PS4 And Xbox One Are Out Of Date?

<i>Remember, video games are more about entertainment than tech.</i><p>Recently, Forbes contributor John Archer raised something of an Internet firestorm by pointing out what has been common knowledge for a while now: neither Sony's PS4 nor Microsoft's Xbox One are even close to the most powerful gaming …

Here's the video that made Notch question his connection to Minecraft's fans

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of <i>Minecraft,</i> said today that he was selling that powerhouse property, and the studio he co-founded, because the game had made him into "a symbol," something he never wanted to be. He came to that realization after watching this video about the indie games …

'Minecraft' Creator On $2.5 Billion Deal: 'It's Not About The Money'

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson was already a rich man — his game has been one of the top selling titles across multiple platforms for a staggering amount of time now — but as of today, he’s quite a bit richer. Microsoft just bought Mojang, the company that owns Minecraft, for $2.5 …

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

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Abrasive Organic Herbicide Method Blasts Weeds To Death

The herbicide uses some ingredients that sound like they could have come from a gritty face wash.<p>One U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher is experimenting with a sandblasting-style method of killing weeds that could be certified organic, Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports. Agronomist Frank …

Kevin Smith is making a superhero movie about teenage girls

<i>Yoga Hosers</i> is geek movie legend Kevin Smith's first comic book film. Instead of casting a buff bro in the action-hero title role, he's constructing an action-adventure story that has two teenage girls saving the world from an ancient evil.<p>According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnny Depp, and …

Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?

In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Dyson Sphere (or Dyson Swarm), a way to capture all available solar energy.<p><b>Name:</b> Dyson Sphere or Dyson Swarm<p>…

What is a magnetic monopole?

Scientists Turn Cigarette Butts Into Electrical Storage

By burning them. No, really.<p>The electrical power of the future just might be waiting in ashtrays across the world. Researchers in South Korea discovered that, with a one-step conversion process, cigarette filters turn into great supercapacitors. This is great news for anyone who wants new …

Twitch Muting Further Demonstrates Copyright Law Needs To Relax For Its Own Good

There have been two camps of reactions following Twitch’s recent decisionto mute certain VODs based on whether or not they contain copyrighted audio. The first is that they’re the scum of the earth and the worst content host of all time, and the other is “well, of course they’re doing this.”<p>After …

Sony sued for 'deceptive marketing' of Killzone: Shadow graphics

Sony Computer Entertainment of America is being sued for “deceptive marketing” over its PlayStation 4 shooter, Killzone: Shadow Fall. The lawsuit attests that the game’s multiplayer mode does not run in the advertised high-definition 1080p resolution.<p>According to US news site Polygon, the action is …

Ebola risk unheeded as Guinea's villagers keep on eating fruit bats

Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in west Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices.<p>While meat from wild animals such as …

Comcast Confessions: why the cable guy is always late

The recording of the “Comcast Rep from Hell” has now been listened to more than 5 million times, sparking a conversation about the largest player in the nation’s cable industry. That debate is a timely one: Comcast is in the process of acquiring the second-largest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, …

Fuel-Less Space Drive May Actually Work, Says NASA

Travel through space without filling up the gas tank.<p>Whenever NASA’s space shuttle was launched into orbit, it made the trip with the help of a very important tagalong: the external tank. Acting as the shuttle’s “gas tank,” the massive orange chamber housed all of the liquid hydrogen fuel—and …

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Consume, Consume, Consume With The False Promise Of Happiness!

Victor Lebow an economist, retail analyst and author, wrote a very pertinent account of modern consumerism in his 1955 paper, “Price Competition in …

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Talk to the Animals: the search for a new Attenborough continues

Lucy Cooke is an engaging and very chatty new screen presence in this new nature documentary, says Gabriel Tate<p>It’s hardly news that David Attenborough casts a long, long shadow over wildlife programming, nor that the BBC would dearly love to identify a clearcut successor.<p>Given that the pressure on …

Coolest Cooler Raises Over $4 Million On Kickstarter Just Days After Launch (video)

If you need to keep your food and drink for your friends and family cool all day whilst out and about, you might be interested in this new …

Giant New Jellyfish Species Washes Ashore Down Under

According to researchers, we can expect a lot more of this sort of slimy event.<p>What appears to be a giant living blob washed ashore a beach in southern Tasmania, where it was discovered by a family. Turns out it is a new species of lion's-mane jellyfish.<p>Government scientist Lisa-ann Gershwin told …

Why no apps? Kids react to original Nintendo Game Boy

Nothing makes us gaming elders feel older than watching kids react to an original Nintendo Game Boy.<p>In the latest "Kids React" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine (also known as The Fine Brothers) kids ages 6-13 attempt to use a Game Boy. Past episodes of the series have kids …

With Facebook’s wallet, Oculus VR acquires game-networking engine RakNet — makes it open-source

Oculus VR is using that Facebook money to make another purchase.<p>The company announced today that it is acquiring RakNet, which specializes in a software-development engine for connecting games across an online network. RakNet, which is also the name of the technology, enables studios to quickly add …

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing but think.<p>So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric …

Nintendo Investor: 'I Do Not Understand Video Games'

Here's an excerpt from Nintendo's annual investors Q&A, which was posted online in English this morning:<p><b>I do not understand video games and I even</b> …