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SpaceX's Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket simulation is out of this world

Elon Musk today gave us our first glimpse at what interplanetary travel and colonization could look like. In an Instagram post, Musk provided a series of five videos offering a look at a computer simulation of the SpaceX Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket, and how it could, conceivably, one day …

What it's like to spend 8 months on a fake Mars mission

Laura Lark spent most of 2017 in a dome habitat in Hawaii<p>Last weekend, a group of six people emerged from a white dome on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, feeling the fresh outside air for the first time in eight months<p>This was the crew of HI-SEAS — an experiment simulating what it might …

Inside Syd Mead’s visions of the future, from Blade Runner to Tron

A new book explores the designer’s powerful influence on Hollywood sci-fi<p>One of the main reasons the original <i>Blade Runner</i> remains so iconic is that its futuristic Los Angeles feels like a real place. From the clunky, utilitarian vehicles on the streets to the hulking megatowers that dominate the …

A night at the museum for grown-ups

Where’s that T. rex?<p>There is a specific hill in Argentina where several young dinosaurs died centuries apart. Millions of years later, I am looking at the 122-foot remains of one of them in the middle of the night.<p>The skeleton cast of the largest dinosaur ever discovered spans an entire room in the …

Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.<p>A clever developer came up with a somewhat simple approach to …

Identity Theft

I Went on Darren Aronofsky's Strange mother! Scavenger Hunt

Last Saturday I did something nearly everyone does when their friend goes to the bathroom at a bar: I checked Twitter. There, amidst the Hurricane …

Patreon raises big round at ~$450M valuation to get artists paid

In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career. Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay a monthly subscription fee for special access to their work. In exchange, Patreon takes only a …

How to set Cortana reminders in Microsoft Edge

How to create read later reminders using Cortana<p>To create a reminder to get back to a web article at a later time, use these steps:<p>Open <b>Microsoft Edge</b>.<p>…

Best Buy pulls Kaspersky Lab products after concerns over ties to the Russian government

Too many unanswered questions<p>Electronics retailer Best Buy will no longer sell security software from Russian internet security company Kaspersky Lab after concerns that the company could be unduly influenced by the Russian government.<p>This summer, the Moscow-based cybersecurity company has faced a …

VR’s biggest question — How real is too real?

At the onset of any revolutionary new platform such as Virtual Reality (VR), there is usually an ethical dilemma that presents itself, either in terms of the paradigm shift the technology itself creates (i.e. the Internet vs. IP rights-holders) or, in the case of VR content, the immersive and …

On Voyager’s 40th anniversary, here are 20 of the mission’s best images and discoveries

It’s been 40 years to the day since the Voyager mission commenced with the launch of Voyager 1 on September 5, 1977, with its twin Voyager 2 launching two weeks later. This groundbreaking and incredibly ambitious mission touched on practically every aspect of our solar system and planetary …

Bragi’s Dash and Dash Pro wireless earbuds to get Amazon Alexa

Bragi’s completely wireless earbuds, the Dash Pro (and the older Dash), will get access to Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant via a software update coming in October. This is the first time Alexa has been available on a totally wireless set of headphones, and could make The Dash even more appealing – …

A physicist on why AI safety is ‘the most important conversation of our time’

‘Nothing in the laws of physics that says we can’t build machines much smarter than us’<p>Should we be worried about the dangerous potential of artificial intelligence?<p>Sort of, says Max Tegmark, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tegmark is a co-founder of the Future of Life …

Artificial Intelligence

Go big and go analog with the Lomo’Instant Square camera

We don’t do a lot of Kickstarter posts because the outcomes of crowdfunding campaigns, especially hardware ones, are notoriously unpredictable. But it’s with an easy conscience that I recommend Lomography’s new instant film camera; I backed the company’s last one, the Automat, and it’s been …

Scientists developed unhackable communication based on underwater teleportation

Researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently published a paper claiming they’ve sent entangled light particles through seawater, something that’s never been done before.<p>The team was able to transmit particles over three meters of seawater in an isolated environment. While this isn’t …

Inside an investigation into Exxon Mobil’s climate change misinformation

How Exxon sowed doubt about climate change, according to an author of a new study<p>For decades, the oil and gas company Exxon Mobil has waged a public-facing disinformation campaign about human-caused climate change — even as the company’s scientific publications and internal communications …

Clean Technology

A Very Dumb Mistake Costs Cryptocurrency Investors Big Time

The digital financial services developer Enigma prides itself on ultra-secure products. The company's Catalyst platform protects financial info with …

Taxes in the gig economy

Kristen Berman Contributor<p>Kristen Berman is a co-founder of Duke's Common Cents Lab with Professor Dan Ariely. Common Cents is generously supported by MetLife Foundation. Kristen was on the founding team of Google's behavioral economics team, and was previously the founder of Irrational Labs, a …

Google Docs has finally made working from my iPad possible

A little thing that makes a big difference<p>In the seemingly never-ending debate over whether or not the iPad is a computer, there is always something that prevents some people from adopting it as a full-time laptop replacement. For some, it might be the multitasking constraints, while others might …

Apple hypes iOS 11 with new iPad Pro videos

Learn how to use the software that isn’t actually out yet<p>With Apple preparing to release iOS 11 in the coming weeks, it's starting to show off some of the new features in a series of how-to videos that highlight some of the major additions to the iPad coming this fall.<p>The videos show off some of …

IPad Pro

This tiny $500 gadget can hack the passcode of any iPhone 7 and 7+

Apple is well-known for its maniacal approach to security, but it turns out not even the Cupertino heavyweight is safe from breaches: Popular YouTuber EverythingApplePro has stumbled upon a miniature hacking device that can crack the passcode of any iPhone 7 handset.<p>The device has a fairly compact …

Verge Editor’s Choice: Garmin Fenix 5S

The Garmin Fenix 5S isn’t the sports watch for everyone, given how expensive it is and how granular its activity-tracking features are. But for people looking for a specific kind of smartwatch — one that’s more focused on fitness than literally any other feature — it’s the best one out this …

Ground Control launches with CAA to bring entertainment’s biggest stars to Alexa, Siri, and Google

Ever since he first started listening to KISS on his 2XL robot tape player, former AOL executive Mike Macadaan, knew that voice commands would be the future for computer interactions.<p>That obsession stuck with Macadaan through his long years as a technology executive focused on user interfaces and …

DreamHost is fighting DoJ request for 1.3M IP addresses of visitors to anti-Trump protest site

Web hosting service DreamHost is fighting a Department of Justice demand to scoop up all the IP addresses of visitors to an anti-Trump website. The website in question, disruptj20.org, organized participants of political protests against the current U.S. administration.<p>Blogging about its objections …

Best Wireless Mouse of 2018

<i>Best overall:</i> Logitech MX Master 2S<p>The MX Master S2 ($88.14) by Logitech is the successor to the fantastic MX Master wireless mouse, which was our …

Can protein startups and their investors take on Big Cow?

Joanna Glasner Contributor<p>Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items<br>• The state of the unicorn<p>For many of us, our first experience with fake meat involves rubbery tofu that tastes more like …

Nutrition

The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

The Libreboot T400 doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a cubicle warrior on the road. But, under the hood, you have a machine that …

WTF is bitcoin cash and is it worth anything?

Early yesterday morning bitcoin’s blockchain forked — meaning a separate cryptocurrency was created called bitcoin cash.<p>The way a fork works is instead of creating a totally new cryptocurrency (and blockchain) starting at block 0, a fork just creates a duplicate version that shares the same …

Tesla has completed its first ever Solar Roof product installations

Tesla has already completed the first installations of its Solar Roof products, which use integrated solar panels to gather energy. The solar tiles were first introduced last year, and are designed to look essentially indistinguishable from traditional roofing materials so that they present an …

How to make a $7 cellphone sniffer

Please don’t use it for anything creepy<p>Tracking cellphone signals is much, much easier than you think. This demo from Danish IT pro Keld Normal uses a $7 USB device to snoop in on cell signals, essentially sniffing out any cellphones connected to a tower nearby.<p>There’s a lot of Ubuntu and Python …