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How To Get Paid To Play With Lego All Day

Have a passion for bricks and a willingness to really get inside your work.<p>David Fautley has what has to be one of the best jobs around: He plays with Lego for a living. As a modeler at England’s Legoland Windsor, he designs and assembles the Lego models set up all around the park, from a …

Lego

Man Asks Reporter out on a Date on Live TV in front of a Wildfire

(Video Link)<p>A wildfire is raging near Los Angeles. The sky near your home is filled with smoke. Firefighters are trying to prevent your neighborhood …

Paintings by Dutch Masters Brought to Life in Eerie Animation

Digital studio CS Digital Media brought eight paintings by Dutch masters to life in this eerie animation. The paintings are from the collection …

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Tablet demand hits a wall as many are happy with the devices they own

It looks like Apple wasn't the only tech firm to see its tablet business take a hit this winter; according to IDC, others suffered a similar fate. The analyst group estimates that overall tablet shipments grew just 3.9 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, a sharp contrast with the breakneck …

Beats Music Comes to the iPad

Beats Music, the latest entrant in the music streaming space, added an iPad version of its app in an update that rolled out to users Thursday.<p>The …

Will Apple's EarPods Track Your Health?

According to the latest rumor on the anonymous sharing app Secret, a future version of Apple's EarPods will include sensors to measure heart rate and …

13 of the Best New iOS Apps from April (2014)

From music-themed dating apps to browsers and Family Guy fun and games, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in April. Here’s our pick of the bunch for the month.<p>Carousel [From Dropbox]<p>Dropbox launched a new photo- and video-sharing gallery app called Carousel last month, combining content …

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch

<i>To celebrate the</i> 50th anniversary of BASIC, <i>Steve Wozniak has written some memories about his first experiences with this popular language—and how he</i> …

Samsung Keeps Profit Steady As Mobile Sales Decline

Samsung Electronics is softening the blow from a increasingly-difficult market for its high-margin phones by keeping costs in check, and by gearing up to sell more TVs for the World Cup.<p>The company released its first quarter results on Tuesday morning in Seoul which were largely in line with its …

Why bad inventions are good

It’s easy to dismiss or laugh at ideas that never take off, but failure plays a vital role in shaping the devices that rule our lives, as Richard Fisher discovers.<p>Timothy Prestero expected big things from his idea. He believed it would save the lives of millions of children worldwide – and he …

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Invention Awards 2014: An Electronic Studio At Guitarists' Fingertips

Relieving guitarists of frustration with one master control<p>Mixing synthetic effects with traditional guitar work can make for groundbreaking music, but even with musical instrument digital interface (MIDI)—which helps coordinate multiple electronic instruments—guitarists often hunch over and fiddle …

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To Get Help From A Little Kid, Ask The Right Way

Motivating children to stop playing and help out with chores isn't exactly an easy sell, as most parents and teachers will attest. But how you ask can make all the difference, psychologists say.<p>If you say something like, "Please help me," the kids are more likely to keep playing with their Legos. …

How To Prevent America's Next Train Crash

Long-overdue rail upgrades could prevent the next big train catastrophe. So why are the railroads so reluctant to make them?<p>The evening of January 5, 2005, was dry and cool in Graniteville, South Carolina. At 6:10, a 12-car Norfolk Southern freight train pulled up to the Avondale Mills textile …

The New DNA Test That Could Replace Pap Smears

The concept for Pap smears has been around for almost 100 years. Now a new test could replace it as a first-line screen for cervical cancer, but not everyone agrees that's a good idea.<p>There's a new, high-tech alternative to the Pap smear, the cervical swab-based test that women are supposed to get …

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Are we ready for a prenatal screening test for autism?

A blood test for diagnosing autism is becoming a realistic possibility, but the ethical implications are profound<p>Autism was formally described for the first time 71 years ago. The medical notes for "Case one", a 10-year-old from Mississippi, US, referred to as Donald T, describe a perplexing …

Tomato Plants' Chemical Signal Turned Into Pest-Killing Weapon

"I may be under attack, but take some of this to protect yourself," is an anthropomorphized way of looking at the interaction.<p>When cutworms attack tomato plants, the plants huff and puff various substances, which serve as a chemical warning to neighboring plants that the pesky grubs are afoot. What …

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