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EE giving all customers portable chargers they can refuel in stores

Carriers are forever looking at new ways to incentivise customers -- whether it be with a subscription to this, or discounts on that, and so on -- but we can't recall any perk that's quite as practical as the one EE's introducing shortly. (Unless you're running an ancient Nokia, that is.) In the …

Gear & Gadgets

UK to build the world's first tidal lagoon power plants

It's easy to forget that it's possible to generate electricity not by burning coal or splitting atoms, but using the power of the sea. One company has thought long and hard about the process and is set to change the way Britain generates its renewable energy. Under new plans, Tidal Lagoon Power …

National Geographic Magazine

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Extreme Sports

Diagnose An Ear Infection With A Smartphone Accessory

Now ear this<p>Is there anything that's worse than having a child who <i>might</i> be suffering from an ear infection? (Other, of course, than being said child.) A new device hopes to make those cases easier to diagnose by taking advantage of the powers of your smartphone.<p>Like the Peek Portable Eye Exam Kit, …

Medicine

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Family

Digging Massive Tunnels Deep Under London

Workers are tunneling out a whole new Underground<p>London's Crossrail is a railway system -- currently the largest construction project in Europe -- that will run partially underground, and is designed to create a faster link between the center of London and its outlying areas. Trains will start …

The Story Behind this Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop at a Ferguson Demonstration

Amidst the many photos of hate, anger, sadness and sometimes outright destruction that have flooded the media since a grand jury decided not to …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer – eight things we learned

Eighty-eight seconds of JJ Abrams’s instalment in the Star Wars saga were released today. Ben Child has sifted through the evidence and come to these conclusions<p>• Jordan Hoffman at the New York cinema premiere • Watch the trailer • Reaction roundup<p>The Force awakens in Tatooine<p>Where else to kick off …

Brilliant Innovation Lets London Subway Riders Donate Leftover Fares

About 100 million British pounds (more than $150 million) spent on Tube transport cards in London goes unused every year and one British designer has found a way to make sure those funds stop going out the window.<p>Entrepreneur Zander Whitehurst recently developed Common Pence, a platform that allows …

Apple’s Health app can now track how drunk you are w/ updated BACtrack breathalyzers

With an update for the BACtrack Mobile and BACtrack Vio smartphone-connected breathalyzers, iPhone users are now able to share blood alcohol content results with Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8.<p>An update to the companion app for the breathalyzers, which we previously reviewed alongside the BACtrack …

Amazon to begin testing same-day delivery drones in Cambridge

Online retailer expands R&D operations in England, two years after buying Cambridge-based startup Evi Technologies<p>Amazon is planning to test drones in Cambridge, England, as the battle to offer consumers same-day deliveries heats up.<p>The US company announced with considerable fanfare late last year …

What new power looks like

We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy …

APIs

New international trailer for Paddington

Just a few months ago it was revealed that the original choice for Paddington Bear, Colin Firth, had a conscious uncoupling with the filmmakers of …

Traffic ticket for driving with Google Glass gets dismissed in court

Pay attention to the road. At least, until the cars are able to drive themselves. That's the rule, and it was probably one of the reasons why Google Glass early-adopter Cecilia Abadie got ticketed for donning the wearable at the wheel. It was a second citation, alongside speeding, although it was …

Behind the scenes of Star Wars – in pictures

It's more than 30 years since the first Star Wars film was released. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, has shared via Twitter images of the cast letting their hair down behind the scenes

Starting fire with water

Astronauts on the ISS are experimenting with “supercritical water,” a form of water with a strange property: it can help start fire.<p>When firefighters …

Space

Gaming finally has its day at CES 2014

After years of taking a back seat at the world's largest consumer electronics show, gaming finally rises to the occasion.<p>LAS VEGAS -- CES 2014 will go down as a landmark show for gaming. Normally a stage reserved for the newest TVs, laptops, phones and other tech, CES had plenty up its sleeve for …

Consumer Tech

Will This Helicopter Truck Fly?

It could be the future of military rescue.<p>It's a lot easier to "leave no man behind" when the rescue crew is robotic. Advanced Tactics, an El Segundo-based firm, plans to test a remotely operated, transforming, flying, driving evacuation vehicle early this year. It's not quite a drone, but it's not …

Aviation

DNA sequencer raises doctors' hopes for personalized medicine

The device could accelerate the use of genetic information in everyday medical care, physicians hope, improving diagnoses and treatments.<p>January 03, 2014|By Melissa Healy<p>Among the many stents, surgical clamps, pumps and other medical devices that have recently come before the Food and Drug …

New research on King Tut's genitals could point to ancient religious rift

Historians have pored over the remains and mystery of King Tut since the discovery of the long-deceased Egyptian Pharaoh in 1922, and a fresh theory sheds new light on why the ancient ruler was laid to rest in an unusual manner. In unscientific terms, Tut — short for Tutankhamun — was mummified …

Searching For The Science Behind Reincarnation

Say a child has memories of being a Hollywood extra in the 1930s. Is it just an active imagination, or actual evidence of reincarnation? Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia studies hundreds of cases like this and joins NPR's Rachel Martin to share his research on the science …

Movie Review - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

<b>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</b>, 2013.<p>Directed by Justin Chadwick.<br>Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Terry Pheto, and Riaad</b> …