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The amazing true story behind the Chernobyl 'suicide squad' that helped save Europe

The event immediately killed dozens and scarred the lives of tens of thousands of people over the ensuing decades.<p>Chernobyl is still considered the worst nuclear accident in history — but it could have been much, much worse, if not for a "suicide squad" of three brave volunteers.<p>Build-up to a …

Swimming Pools

The C-130 Just Never Dies

Lockheed Martin is building a new civilian version of the long-flying cargo plane.<p>Lockheed Martin started building its latest civilian version of the iconic C-130 Hercules in Marietta, Georgia earlier this week. The company's new LM-100J will bring the advancements of the C-130J Super Hercules to …

The Weird Science of How Bacteria Force Water Molecules to Become Ice

Ski resorts use these microorganisms to make fake snow. Now we know how the bacteria work their magic.<p>They kill crops, coax snowfall to fall out of the atmosphere, and help ski resorts stay open during unseasonably warm weather. These tiny life-forms are called ice-minus bacteria, and their talent …

Weld From Anywhere With This DIY Car Battery-Powered Welding Kit

Break a driveshaft on the trail and you're in deep trouble. Use this portable welding kit to help get you back to civilization.<p>Catastrophic structural failures can spell doom when you are off-roading in remote locations. An on-board welding kit is cheap insurance to get you back on the trail …

This DIY Pantograph Will Let You Do Freehand Plasma Cutting

Cut through steel with the ease of a pencil sketch.<p>Move too slowly with your plasma cutter, and you'll wind up frustrated, like Matthias Wandel. The molten metal blobs up, and clots as it cools. What you need for more intricate cuts, unless you're actual Iron Man, is a reliable way to sketch …

Woodworking

Productivity in Mind: How Ryder Carroll Designed Bullet Journal

Track the past, organize the present, and prepare for the future.Sound like a familiar challenge?Ryder Carroll, a New York-based designer, set out to …

Productivity
Employment

SpaceX Launches Cargo Into Orbit, Then Falcon 9 Rocket Hits the Deck

Space Exploration

Microsoft Office 365 Personal Launching For $70 Per Year

Today Microsoft has announced that their Office 365 Personal service which will be launching this spring will be available to users for $69.99 a year …

KickSat To Carry 100 Mini Satellites Into Space This Weekend (Video)

KickSat was a Kickstarter project from 2011, and this Sunday, KickSat will be launched into space, it will carry over 100 mini satellites into …

CommBadge Star Trek-Inspired Wearable Communicator (video)

Star Trek fans that have alway dreamed of owning their own communicator, might be interested in this new device called the CommBadge which has been …

MySpy Selling Smartphones With Spyware Built In

A company in the US has decided to start selling smartphones with Spyware built in, the company is called MySpy, and it offers a range of devices …

How 3D scanning let the Mail Rail prevail

Subterranean London's post office railway – the historic Mail Rail – is about to be torn down and transformed into a tourist attraction. "The air has …

Barcelona Couch

Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair is as iconic a piece of furniture as exists — but as with most single-seat creations, it can get kind of lonely. …

Furniture

Iridium Go! hotspot can turn your smartphone into a satellite phone

Smartphones are practically everywhere. But if you're in the middle of nowhere without a signal, that iPhone 5s or Galaxy S4 won't do you much good. …

iPhone

Riding Ecuador’s 'railway in the sky' in style

Anyone for the Avenue of the Volcanoes? How about traversing the Devil's Nose? They might sound intimidating, if not downright risky, but Ecuador’s <i>Tren Crucero</i>, or 'Cruise Train', passes both as it winds its way from Quito high in the Andes to Guayaquil down on the Pacific coast. Since the service …

South America

T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier Phase 3: International Data Roaming In Over 100 Countries At No Additional Cost

The Uncarrier itself is shaking things up again with phase three of its plan to change the mobile industry. As rumored earlier today, T-Mobile just …

The Thing System aims to Revolutionize Home Automation

Marshall T. Rose was recently at the O’Reilly Video Studio to discuss The Thing System, an open-source solution for both home automation and controlling the internet of things. It’s currently in alpha, but already boasts an impressive array of functionality with devices as varied as lightbulbs and …

K-Array Anakonda Speakers

The KAN200 Anakonda is a modular and flexible speaker for locations where there’s no space for bulky audio equipment. Measuring 6.6ft. long, you can …

Nuplug Power Outlet

A power strip and surge protector with an integrated clamp. It has silicone padding so it won’t damage whatever you clip it on to. It has two …

Garmin HUD

A display peripheral for Garmin’s Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 apps. The HUD connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth and displays traffic …

Apps

Squito Ball Camera

Invented by Steve Hollinger, the Squito is a ball-shaped throwable camera. It takes 360º panoramic videos or pictures and has built-in image …

Nokero Solar LED Bulbs

Nokero makes affordable and versatile solar-powered LED bulbs. The bulbs convert solar energy to power its LEDs. The rechargeable AA batteries can …

The Dextrus Robotic Hand Wants To Make Advanced Prosthetics 100X Cheaper Via 3D Printing

The Dextrus hand is the working prototype resulting from Joel Gibbard’s Open Hand Project, an open source hardware initiative that aims to lower the cost of robotic prosthetics dramatically. Dextrus is a fully-functional robotic hand, with features and capabilities similar to leading advanced …

Watch The Real-Life TacoCopter Drop Some Delicious Mexican Food From 20 Feet

When the inevitable happens and the robots take over the world, let’s all hope that Skycatch’s real live TacoCopter will bring delightful Mexican treats over the fence to the last remnants of humanity. Anthony Ha introduced the TacoCopter during his panel “These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking …

NVIDIA Outs New Tegra Note Design For Low-Cost Tablets

Thanks to a slew of leaks and early appearances NVIDIA’s newest Tegra 4-powered tablet design has never really been a secret, but the company has finally confirmed what it’s been working on for the past several months. What once was known as the Tegra Tab is now called the Tegra Note, a tablet …

Nymi Authentication Device

A bracelet that’s meant to hold passwords and other personal info. It uses your heart’s activity as authentication and it can interact with a variety …

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