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Galaxy Note 3 review: Still the king of phablets

It was two years ago when Samsung unveiled the very first Galaxy Note, which ended up starting the phablet craze. However, it wasn’t just about the …

2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: Subcompact that's a hot-rod at heart with tech to spare - ExtremeTech

2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: Subcompact that’s a hot-rod at heart with tech to spare<p>By on January 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate …

Bmw R1100gs | By Crd Motorcycles

Cafe Racer Dreams(CRD) from Madrid took a BMW R1100 GS and transformed it into this awesome "Desert Scrambler”. The build is still a work-in-progress …

Bitcoin Breaks Out, You Can Now Pay The IRS In Cryptocurrency

As bitcoin moves away from being known only to the tech cognoscenti and becomes a real viable currency that is adopted broadly, more organizations arise that look to leverage all this attention and add something of value to bitcoin holders. SnapCard is a San Mateo-based startup with the stated aim …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

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De Blasio's Daughter Chiara Talks About Depression and Drug Abuse in a New Video

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>"Every kid who grows up in New York grows up pretty fast," New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's …

The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

In app purchases - the good, the bad, and the ugly truth

In app purchases (or IAPs) have been drawing a lot of ire in the mobile world for quite some time now. Consumers agree that improperly done IAPs are ruining the app and game experience and even tech bloggers are giving otherwise great apps bad reviews because they include in app purchases. With …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Off the grid: Walgreens opens self-powered pharmacy of the future

It’s been said that sunshine is the best disinfectant, but might it also be good medicine? Walgreens is betting on it with the opening of its solar-powered drugstore of the future — America’s first dedicated retail space that generates all of the energy it needs to operate on-site.<p>Built just north …

ADHD Affects 11 Percent of U.S. Kids, CDC Reports

New research by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 11 percent of American children, spiking a staggering 43 percent since 2003 and growing by 2 million children since 2007. Researchers, far from being alarmed, are …

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath

In California's San Joaquin Valley, about halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno, on the outskirts of the fly-infested, windblown, stink-soaked, …

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Wild day for Bitcoin: currency cracks $700, feds say no new laws are needed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Guardian/Guy Grandjean, James Ball<p>Don’t expect the Bitcoin hype to die down anytime soon. On Monday, the virtual …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

The center of the galaxy as seen on NASA’s HD LCD Science Visualization Screen at the Ames Research Center. AWESOME

The center of the galaxy as seen on NASA’s HD LCD Science Visualization Screen at the Ames Research Center. AWESOME.

Why We Live 40 Years Longer Today Than We Did in 1880

The golden age of medicine—in one chart<p>The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a golden era of American health innovation. Breakthroughs like germ theory, antibiotics, and widespread vaccination, as well as major public-health advances in sanitation and regulation, neutralized many long-leading …

The science and magic of wine-making

Watching a cloudy, sweet liquid turn into a clear, alcoholic one – accompanied by the hiccupping of an airlock – is a treat<p>… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity …

The Flu Shot May Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Getting the flu vaccine may protect not only against the flu, but in some people, it may also reduce your risk of experiencing heart attack and stroke. According to a new study out in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association,</i> though the flu vaccine had previously been linked to reduced …

How Many Cells Are In Your Body?

You might be surprised to know that until very recently, no one really knew the answer to this question. Estimates have ranged from 5 billion to 200 …

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Flaws of Gravity

Even the idlest stroll through Cambridge, England, calls to mind a pantheon of great scientific minds, but none is greater than Isaac Newton, who revolutionized the world of “natural philosophy” while the rest of England was paralyzed by the plague. Reading an enlightening new biography by Peter …

Caterham Brutus 750

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>British<br>• Design<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Off Road<p>If this is the first time you’ve seen the new Caterham Brutus 750, it’s probably safe …

New transistor mimics human synapse to simulate learning - ExtremeTech

By on November 6, 2013 at 11:49 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The human brain is a marvel of …

SafeFlame torch turns water into fire

The pressurized acetylene and propane gas used in brazing and related tasks is highly flammable, and thus very dangerous. You know what isn't …

Sony goes retro by reviving PocketStation on PS Vita

Launching exclusively in Japan in 1999, the PocketStation was similar to the Sega Dreamcast's Virtual Memory Unit (VMU), combining a PS1 memory card …

Astronomers say one in five sun-like stars likely to have habitable planets

If there is life beyond the Solar System, then it is hidden in a haystack of cosmic proportions. In our Milky Way galaxy alone there are over 200 …

Roadless wheel concept adjusts to all terrains

We've all done it. Before embarking on a long driving trip on smooth-surfaced interstate highways or other roads of national importance, we'll raise …

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JumpCam Lets Users Combine Short Video Clips to Create One Single Movie

<i>JumpCam - Record Videos Together with Group Video Camera</i> is all about recording videos together with a group video camera. For some reason I feel …

New PlayStation Vita trades proprietary charging cable for Micro USB

Sony loves its proprietary standards, and while they occasionally make sense, every time we run out of space on a Sony-exclusive memory card or lose our Sony-exclusive charging cable we curse them to high heaven. Thankfully, it looks like the company has finally seen the light with the new …