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Hurricane Harvey may have destroyed 1 million cars—and changed the U.S. used auto market

The flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey may have destroyed 1 million cars—and in doing so, totally changed the U.S. used auto market.<p>As the city …

[Exclusive] Draw in 3D with the ‘Mental Canvas’ Illustration App

The new app combines traditional illustration with 3D computer-aided design software.<p>There are apps like uMake that rather easily turn 2D sketching into useful 3D models for prototyping, but the new app Mental Canvas takes a different approach. It fuses the illustrator’s need for aesthetics and …

Toyota Makes Breakthrough Battery Discovery, Hopes To Increase EV Range By 15%

Yes, you have read right. Toyota has developed what it says is “the world’s first method for observing the behavior of lithium ions in an electrolyte when a battery charges and discharges.” Able to observe those ions for the first time in real time, Toyota researchers think they have found the …

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This Specific Type of Exercise Will Keep Your Brain Young, Study Says

Do this type of exercise twice a week and your brain will thank you.<p>Exercise doesn't just make you fitter. It also makes you smarter. Don't believe me? A whole host of studies prove that moving more leads to thinking better, which is a phenomenal thing to know if you're looking for a little …

This New App Puts 3D Scanning In The Hands Of Designers

Canvas makes it easier to take 3D scans of spaces and turn them into usable CAD files.<p>In 2013, the startup Occipital launched the Structure Sensor, a portable 3D scanner that hooks up to an iPad, on Kickstarter. After becoming one of the site’s most funded campaigns at the time, the company began …

How ‘Doctor Strange’ (and Marvel) Made Benedict Cumberbatch a Movie Star

Six months ago, you might have called Benedict Cumberbatch one of the most impressive actors of his generation, British division. You could have …

Apple fans have agreed to more than 100,000 words of legal contracts

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re an Apple fan. You’ve got a Mac, an iPhone, an Apple TV, and at least one Airport router. You even bought that overhyped watch. If you own those five devices, and use the software that Apple provides for each, then you’ve agreed at least 30 contracts, …

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: First Drive

How does a sports sedan developed by a skunkworks team of Ferrari engineers drive? Exactly as you'd think.<p>Sonoma Raceway parking lot, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Or as the locals know it, Wednesday Night Drags. The turnout is impressive, a daisy chain of trucks and trailers, dirt farmers in big-block …

Diver may have found 'lost nuke' missing since cold war off Canada coast

Sean Smyrichinsky thought he saw a UFO when he encountered object that may have been abandoned by an American bomber before crash in British Columbia<p>The Canadian navy will be heading to the coast of British Columbia to investigate claims that a diver may have come across “the lost nuke” – a Mark IV …

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Study: Uber and Lyft have ‘pattern of discrimination’ against black passengers

Waiting times for black Seattle passengers were 35% longer, and Boston drivers cancelled rides for black passengers more than twice as frequently, study found<p>A new academic study has found “a pattern of discrimination” against passengers with African American-sounding names by Uber and Lyft drivers.<p>…

Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps

New collaboration tools for designers embrace the Material Design philosophy<p>Google is launching a new suite of tools meant to make it easier for designers and app makers to collaborate. It’s partially an expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago as a way to rethink …

Study: Humans to wipe out two-thirds of wildlife by 2020

Wild animals are disappearing at an "unprecedented" rate, and humans have already caused their populations to drop nearly 60 percent since 1970, a …

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

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The Man Who Got Rid of Everything

Following a bad break-up, Finnish man Petri Luukkainen began his one-year human experiment: put everything he owns into storage and live without any material goods. Here's his story.<p>In October 2010, Petri Luukkainen's long-term relationship fell apart. The Finnish commercials director and …

Stephen Hawking: AI will be 'either best or worst thing' for humanity

Professor praises creation of Cambridge University institute to study future of artificial intelligence<p>Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”, and praised the creation of an …

Artificial Intelligence

Twitter's abuse problem is reportedly part of the reason Disney chose not to buy it

Bloomberg is reporting that Disney chose not to pursue an acquisition of Twitter in part because it thought the bullying and behaviour of some of the ailing social network's users might damage the entertainment company's image.<p>That news came shortly after a report by CNBC's Jim Cramer that …

Samsung reportedly tested the exploding Galaxy Note 7 batteries in-house

While it’s a standard practice for most smartphone manufacturers to leave it up to third-party companies to convey tests on its phone batteries, it turns out this isn’t the way Samsung does things.<p>Unlike other companies like Apple, the South Korean tech giant is apparently among the few …

Here's A Robot That Will Mow Your Lawn, Rake Your Leaves, And Shovel Your Snow

Do you enjoy doing yard work? If so, this article is not for you. However, if mowing the grass, raking the leaves and especially shoveling snow aren’t leisure-time activities you look forward to, relief is on the horizon. A robot named Kobi will do all of these things for you because yard work is …

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DeepMind's new computer can learn from its own memory

DeepMind, an artificial intelligence firm that was acquired by Google in 2014 and is now under the Alphabet umbrella, has developed a computer than can refer to its own memory to learn facts and use that knowledge to answer questions.<p>That’s huge, because it means that future AI could respond to …

Artificial Intelligence

Lawmakers join Elizabeth Warren's call for US to 'step in' on illegal Airbnb hotels

<b>Exclusive:</b> a joint letter marks the escalation of a growing campaign for Airbnb to eliminate illegal hotels that take affordable housing off the market<p>Airbnb is facing renewed calls for a federal investigation from more than a dozen US cities, boosting senator Elizabeth Warren’s efforts to force …

Here's what Halloween costume you should wear, based on your zodiac sign

With Halloween approaching faster than the speed of moonlight, we’re starting to go costume crazy. After all, we don’t have a ton of time to plan out …

12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Runs up $110,000 Google Bill

How do you say oops in Spanish?<p>A 12-year-old in Spain reportedly made an expensive mistake, racking up a $112,000 bill when he apparently confused Google's AdWords and AdSense platforms while trying to promote his band.<p>José Javier, who is a trumpet player in a band called Los Salerosos, was hit …

Social media companies suspend Geofeedia's access after reported police tracking

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have suspended Geofeedia, a platform that collects real-time social media information based on location, from having …

The Most Haunted Places in the United States

Travel<p>Discover the paranormal at these spine-chilling historical haunts.<p>In the spring of 1692, a dangerous hysteria descended upon the quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts, snaking through the community like an insidious virus. Over the coming months, a group of young girls claiming to be possessed …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 production permanently ended following battery explosions

South Korean electronics company to kill off its flagship smartphone after failing to fix problems with batteries catching fire<p>Samsung has confirmed that it is permanently stopping production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after it was involved in dozens of fires and explosions worldwide.<p>In a …

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First recording of computer-generated music – created by Alan Turing – restored

Researchers restore 1951 recording generated on machine built by computer scientist famous for breaking Enigma code<p>Researchers in New Zealand say they have restored the first recording of computer-generated music, created in 1951 on a gigantic contraption built by the British computer scientist …

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Google's self-driving car in broadside collision after other car jumps red light

Autonomous Lexus SUV could not prevent accident that caved in front and rear passenger-side doors, setting off airbags and forcing it to be towed away<p>One of Google’s self-driving cars was involved in one of the worst autonomous vehicle accident yet, when a driver ran a red light and collided with …