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Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered illegal under local indecency laws.<p>"We are fighting absurdity with …

The only strategy that can defeat ISIS is one no Republican would ever embrace

Cut off the ISIL’s supply lines, then pull *everybody* out. If we want lasting peace, we must practice it ourselves<p>How can we stop the Islamic State?<p>Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to …

Genius Who Built A Nuclear Fusion Reactor At 17 Takes On The Payments Industry

If the Stratos smart card works as advertised, it will prove that patience is a virtue. Having a prodigy for a CEO doesn’t hurt either.<p>First there was Coin, then there was Plastc: two companies promising the smart credit card of the future–one card that could store all of your cards. The companies …

What is HTTP/2 and is it going to speed up the web?

Biggest change to how the web works since 1999 should make browsing on desktop and mobile faster<p>The web is about to get faster thanks to a new version of HTTP – the biggest change since 1999 to the protocol that underpins the world wide web as we know it today.<p>Hypertext Transfer Protocol is …

Asteroid that zoomed past Earth has own moon

An asteroid that traveled unusually close to the Earth Monday was orbited by a smaller asteroid moon, NASA has discovered.<p>The small natural satellite …

Flexible spinal cord implants will let paralyzed people walk

Doctors dream of helping the paralzyed walk through implants that stimulate their spinal cords, but current technology makes that impossible; these stiff, unnatural gadgets usually end up damaging or inflaming nervous tissue over time. Swiss researchers may have just solved this problem once and …

LG leaps quantum dot rivals with new TV

Samsung is widely expected to launch a line of LCD TVs with "quantum dot" technology at CES 2015, but LG has pipped it to the post with the first official announcement.<p>You'll hear a lot about the awesomeness of "quantum dot" TVs at CES 2015, but don't leap to any conclusions.<p>In fact, LG just …

Jaguar's 'Ghost Car' Navigation System Is Straight Out Of Science Fiction

Jaguar just unveiled a proposed new navigation system that's unlike anything we've ever seen.<p>Most modern navigation systems instruct drivers using a series of arrows or at best a pictographic representation of a highway exit. However, Jaguar's new experimental system abandons the arrows and instead …

Jaguar Land Rover

Could A New Injectable Gel Save Lives On The Battlefield?

"There's always room for injectable hydrogel!"<p>Blood, as the vital and life-sustaining passageway through the body, has a strong incentive to flow as easily as possible -- in all cases except that of injury. With a cut or larger bleeding injury, platelets rush to the opening, part of the body’s …

Nanotech

The 'mouse' and its many mutations

Since its inception in the mid-'60s, the "mouse," as it came to be known, has morphed and mutated into a diverse assortment of styles to accommodate efficiency, ergonomics and portability. In this week's <i>Rewind</i> we surf through the history of the device from its humble beginnings to its current …

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.<p>In the summer of 1996, while wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, two students stumbled onto a skeleton. Dated to …

Anthropology