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Demonii refuses to be censored despite pressure to axe hashes

Demonii, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Web recently had to ban over 10,000 torrent hashes because of copyright-infringements.<p>This is despite not actually offering torrents for download itself. Deomnii connects you to people who share their files on other sites like The Pirate …

GTA V mods for the PC let you flood Los Santos and swim with a whale

Mods on mods on mods<p>Being able to jam together different <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> mods is the only reason we wanted the game on the PC in the first place. Not only can you now destroy the city of Los Santos with disaster flick-sized tsunami, but you can also spawn a bunch of sea creatures afterwards and …

Grand Theft Auto

To use this drone, just throw it in the air and start running

The consumer drone industry is increasingly positioning itself as a maker of flying cameras, not autonomous robots. The goal is a sort of self-aware GoPro that you will allow anyone to be their own aerial cinematographer. Today a startup called Lily is trying to move a step closer to that future …

Drones

Physics be damned, we can’t stop obsessing over NASA’s ‘impossible engine'

Imagine an engine with nothing powering it. There are no moving parts, nothing appears to be coming out the back, and when you look inside, there’s nothing there either. This is the unbelievable premise behind the "EM drive" — a hypothetical space drive that we’ve been promised might one day take …

Physics

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, …

Raspberry Pi

Outer Outhouse: Tour the International Space Station’s Bathroom

Space

Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Game of Thrones

Why Do We Need Sleep?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Maslow's Human Needs<p><b>About Russell Foster's TED Talk</b><p>What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.<p><b>About Russell …

Sleep

What happens underground when a meteor hits

High-speed videos show what happens underground when an asteroid – or missile – strikes Earth.<p>When a missile or a rocky meteor strikes Earth, the …

Those puppy-dog eyes trigger chemical connection with humans

The long, loving gazes. The ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection. The heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other.<p>What is it about the bond between human and dog that is not like the relationship between parent and child?<p>Now science offers a new explanation for …

Humans love pet dogs as much as their children and the feeling is mutual

Researchers found that the same hormone, oxytocin, spikes in both human and canine brains when a dog is gazing at its owner<p>Humans love their pet dogs in the same way as they do their children, and the feeling is mutual, scientists have discovered.<p>Researchers found that the same hormone, oxytocin, …

Pets

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells<p>A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.<p>In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …

Microsoft Releases 'Halo' Spinoffs For iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 And Steam

Microsoft has released <i>Halo: Spartan Strike</i> today for iPhone, iPad, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Steam. The game was created by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games. You can digitally download <i>Halo: Spartan Strike</i> for a price of $5.99.<p>“Halo: Spartan Strike tells a …

Windows Phone

Julie’s gadget diary – 5 reasons why I think Apple devices are better than Android devices

When it comes to mobile devices, fans can be very vocal when talking about their favorite. If you dare put down their chosen platform, some people …

Watch April 16 telecon on MESSENGER’s crash into Mercury

After more than 10 years in space, the spacecraft will collide with Mercury, ending its mission, around late April. NASA telecon scheduled for April …

Astronomy

Surface 3: A tiny PC that gets the job done

The Surface 3 is a remarkable piece of hardware that could not have existed a year ago.<p>Microsoft's new PC-tablet is just a hair bigger and heavier than Apple's iPad Air, yet it is a full PC that runs all the Windows software you're accustomed to -- including iTunes, Chrome, Office, and the slew of …

Gear & Gadgets

Perfume That Gets Sweeter The Sweatier You Are

If you stink, or know someone who stinks, here’s some potentially life-changing news: the invention of deodorants and perfumes that become more potent as you sweat.<p>Researchers in Northern Ireland have developed chemicals that react with water, releasing aromas contained within. The key ingredient …

Geometry makes this foam hard to crush - Futurity

Materials scientist Jonathan Berger has developed a solid foam that he describes as "the most efficient in the universe."

India Undocks Its First Stealth Submarine

In the depths of the ocean no one can hear you submarine<p>If everything goes as planned, no one will see India’s new navy coming. The nation is committed to building a stealthy fleet, and now that vision has come one step closer to reality. The first of India’s six Scorpene stealth submarines was …

Military

New analysis may explain why the Earth and the moon are so chemically similar

It's a lunar mystery that has lingered for decades: If the moon is made of material from another planetary body that crashed into Earth, why is its chemical fingerprint so similar to that of our planet?<p>Nobody is 100% sure how the moon was created, but the giant-impact model is the most widely …

Android Creator Andy Rubin Launches a Hardware Incubator

Android creator Andy Rubin is shifting gears after building the OS at Google for nearly a decade, reports The Wall Street Journal.<p>Rubin is now launching Playground, an incubator for hardware innovators. The company has raised $48 million from Google, HP, Foxconn, Redpoint Ventures, Tencent Holdings …

Microsoft Surface 3 Makes A Welcome Transformation Into A Very Portable PC: Hands-On Review

<b>This is an update to a hands-on review.</b><p>Don’t let its appearance fool you. Microsoft's entry-level tablet is a PC.<p>Microsoft tried in vain to make the original Surface and the Surface 2 a pure tablet, replete with a new mobile operating system. That didn’t work out after two generations of losing …

Gear & Gadgets

Google wants no-cost international roaming for its phone service

Google may not have grand ambitions for its upcoming cellular network, but the company could still have a few clever tricks up its sleeve. <i>The Telegraph</i> claims that Google is talking to wireless giant Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three (and soon O2), about letting American customers roam at no …

The Large Hadron Collider: Shedding light

A bank holiday may not feel like the best time to grapple with the complexities of the so-called Standard Model of particle physics, but as millions of us relax, scientists operating the <b>Large Hadron Collider (LHC)</b>, on the Franco-Swiss border, are embarking on an attempt to push the boundaries of …

Physics
Cannabis

Small BeeRotor Drone Learns To Fly By Sight Alone

A less creepy alternative to cyborg beetles<p>Secretly, a lot of drones are cell phone parts disguised as flying machines. Advances in cellular technology, like miniaturized powerful batteries, cheaper smaller cameras, and sensors like accelerometers have all found their way from our pockets to the …

Robotics

Gone, The App For Selling Your Old Crap, Taps UPS To Go Nationwide Instantly

Gone, a service that launched out of Austin to help your sell your old crap, has today announced a partnership with UPS that will allow the company to rapidly scale nationwide.<p>Gone traditionally works by letting users snap pictures of their old gear, which is then automatically priced, picked up …

Apps

British faeces could contain £500 million of gold, silver and platinum

A study by the US Geological Survey found levels of precious metals in faeces was comparable to those found in some commercial mines<p>It is said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.<p>And now scientists have found that precious metals like gold, silver and platinum can be extracted from …

Precious Metals