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The Cool Virtual-Reality Interstellar Publicity Stunt Makes You Feel Like a Brain in a Jar

Bruce Handy takes the four-minute journey into space for journalism.<p>Well, this takes the cardboard lobby poster a bold step further: as part of the hype for <b>Christopher Nolan’s</b> presumably epic science-fiction film, <i>Interstellar</i>, opening on November 5, Paramount is sponsoring a four-minute …

The Week In Drones: Hawk Attacks, Drone Races, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Hawk Attacks Drone</b><p>A cambridge man flying his quadcopter got an aerial surprise when a hawk attacked his drone midair. The video is …

Charge your iPhone or iPad on the go with the powerful Pronto external battery pack

Power Practical is turning to Kickstarter again with another unique and handy charging gadget. The company is well known for its PowerPot line of …

Tech and Science

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The Tempescope shows you tomorrow's weather by physically creating it

Another very cool item hidden within CEATEC, Japan's biggest tech show, was the Tempescope. The team behind it call it "an ambient physical display that visualizes the weather, inside your living room" -- it's an elaborate lit-up box that shows you tomorrow's weather in a very classy, oddly …

How To: The Ultimate Gaming PC

With $1500 and a plan, Imgur user ZacksJerryRig built a water-cooled gaming PC that is wall-mounted, and complete with LED lights. After using a laptop for video editing that took two hours to render a ten minute video, he decided it was time for an upgrade. This custom built PC renders a ten …

This is what London's Tube trains will look like in the 2020s

Gallery: This is what London's Tube trains will look like in the 2020s<p>Gallery: This is what London's Tube trains will look like in the 2020s<p>+ 4<p>+ 3<p>+ …

Aero MVP Airplane

Cars capable of flying? Done. Planes capable of boating? We guess sea planes count. But never have we seen a plane, boat, and camper rolled all into …

Thirteen-year-old says she'll be the first human on Mars

Declaring that "failure is not an option," Alyssa Carson wants to go further than any human has gone before. She's already been to NASA's Space Academy three times.<p>When I was 13, I just wanted to be 14.<p>Alyssa Carson, however, seems to be made of stuff that is sterner and more imaginative than most …

Space Exploration

Kano coding kits on sale for £100

Kano, the company that developed Raspberry Pi coding kits and smashed its Kickstarter target in November last year, has now put its computer kits on …

The greatest myth about phones is that you are in control

In the human-machine relationship, you, fellow <i>Homo sapiens</i>, are commonly designated as the owner, operator, or otherwise dictator of the subservient device in your possession.<p>Consider, however, the reality of your relationship with your phone. First of all, it knows everything about you. It reads …

Train Wreck Caught On Video As Locomotive Slams Into Truck In Louisiana

A train crash in Louisiana was caught on video over the weekend. The stunning footage shows the locomotive slamming into a truck that had been stopped on the tracks.<p>The crash Sunday in Mer Rouge, La., injured the conductor and engineer and derailed two engines and 17 cars of the 87-car train, state …

Police: 4-year-old brings heroin to daycare, gives it out as candy

Nice kid. Wrong thing to share at daycare.<p>A preschooler's mom was arrested this week after her 4-year-old daughter brought 249 packets of heroin to a Delaware daycare and handed them out to other students, thinking it was candy.<p>Police say the child ended up with the drugs when her mom gave her …

Man With A Gun Robs Man With A Gun

An man in Oregon had a pistol and was openly carrying it which the state permits. The suspect, who had a more powerful gun, approached the man with the pistol and demanded he give him the weapon.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>And now this. We have the story of a man with a gun.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, …

Navy tests out new way of making clothes: welding

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore.<p>The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could …

Send Your Name on NASA's Journey to Mars, Starting with Orion's First Flight

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth …

Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer

Jonathan Amos @BBCAmos on Twitter<p><b>"Soon" is the watchword. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides says his passenger rocket plane should get into sub-orbital space within the next few months. Finally.</b><p>It's been a long road for the project, but you get the sense now that the light really could be …

4 Scenarios For The Future Of Transportation

Self-driving cars manage to backfire on Los Angeles and cause even more traffic. Meanwhile, New Jersey has invested in public transit and become a commuters’ paradise.<p>It’s 2030. Google has taken over Atlanta’s transportation system. Automated cars have failed to solve Los Angeles’s traffic problems …

Transportation

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Makes The Bullet Train Look Like A Steam Locomotive

But compared to the so-called "Hyperloop" concept that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduced last year, the bullet train might as well be from the age of steam propulsion.<p>Three hours? Try 35 minutes.<p>Musk says the Hyperloop would cost $7.5 billion to build, versus $68 billion for the high-speed …

High-speed Rail

Backlit Editing Keyboard

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Tutorials

Kinect for Windows can track individual finger movements

Microsoft's new Kinect sensor is a lot of things, but absurdly accurate isn't one of them. To that end, Redmond' Research division is showing off some recent advancements its made with Handpose -- a way to fully track finger movement with its do-all gizmo in a variety of conditions. The video we've …

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FPS1000: The low cost, high speed slow-mo camera

Just about anything fast or destructive becomes infinitely more fascinating in slow motion. The high speed physics of violence, for example, are at …

Trace Me Luggage Tracker Tag

Never lose touch from your luggage even after losing it by tagging them with this Trace Me Luggage Tracker Tag. Available for fastening on suitcase, …

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The 3 most useful skills to teach at a hackathon

I spent last weekend mentoring participants in PennApps, a hackathon organized by undergraduate students at UPenn. I enjoyed the experience of mentoring, and had an especially great time pretending to know a lot about hardware.<p>While working with various teams, I noticed a pattern: although I was …

GitHub's free student bundle gets you started on writing code

It's harder to score student discounts on programming tools now that many of them are subscription services, but GitHub has just launched a bundle that could make it far less expensive to get cracking. Its new Student Developer Pack gives you free access to the kind of tools you'd typically need to …

GitHub Launches Free Tools for Students

Social coding community GitHub has announced that students will now be able to gain free access to a slew of developer tools.<p>The new initiative is in partnership with a handful of third-parties, and constitutes part of GitHub Education, a dedicated site launched earlier this year to help schools …

Out with the air: Bridgestone shows off tires you never have to inflate

Bringing new meaning to the term flat tire, the Japanese company shows a second-generation prototype of its airless tires at the Paris Motor Show.<p>PARIS -- Maybe it's time to move beyond those donut-shaped balloons that connect our cars to the road.<p>At the Paris Motor Show here, Bridgestone showed …