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5 Weekend Deals For Techies and Outdoor Lighting Enthusiasts

If time got away from you this week, these weekend tech deals can help you reclaim a little savings. With a little help from our pals at …

Laptops

The Fervor Around Blockchains Explained in Two Minutes

Saving the planet, fixing healthcare, replacing conventional currency—there is apparently nothing that the shared-database technology known as …

Bitcoin

This Immortal Coil: How the Slinky Was Born

The Slinky may have become a phenomenon, but it was born an accident. Richard James, a naval engineer during World War II, was working with torsion …

Cool Stuff

How on Earth Does Aquaman Fly in the Justice League Trailer?

I'll be honest—I don't know as much about DC superheroes as Marvel superheroes. Still, I'm pretty excited about the upcoming DC movie <i>Justice League</i>. …

Physics

This Motorcycle Helmet Hushes the Hubbub of the Commute

When choosing a case for your cranium, you want something that’s smarter than you are. Schuberth’s sleek C4 motorcycle helmet is designed by Germans, …

Commuting

This Week in the Future of Cars: The Human Touch

Amidst the robocar hype, it’s easy to forget that for all their powers, computers are still lousy drivers compared to humans. This week, Eric Adams …

Transportation

The Acer Chromebook 15 is Too Big for its Britches

Author: Jeffrey Van Camp. Jeffrey Van Camp Gear<p>Date of Publication: 10.20.17.<p>Time of Publication: 9:00 am. 9:00 am<p>Review: Acer Chromebook 15 …

Laptops

America's Future War Truck Don't Need No Stinking Windows

The American military is working to add a lot of tools to its arsenal. Drones. Lasers. Laser-shooting drones. Drone-killing lasers. But the …

Off-roading

Equifax Deserves the Corporate Death Penalty

Equifax is in trouble. The credit reporting company failed to protect the personal financial data of as many as 143 million Americans. Equifax's …

Barnes & Noble

Airbus' New Boeing-Fighting Jet Takes Off for the First Time

The modern airplane-making business features a lot of players, but only two that actually matter: Boeing and Airbus. Naturally, instead of sharing …

Aviation

Can We Still Rely On Science Done By Sexual Harassers?

The pandemic of sexual harassment and abuse—you saw its prevalence in the hashtag #metoo on social media in the past weeks—isn’t confined to Harvey …

American Philosophy

Cutting Carbs Won't Save You From Cancer

Half-eaten doughnuts hit the bottom of waste bins around the world this week, as news feeds spread word of a new dietary danger. Yes, headlines …

Cancer Cells

Verizon's Longshot Bet to Disrupt Google and Facebook

Facebook and Google dominate digital advertising, but Verizon wants to change that. Like many telcos, Verizon desperately wants to own more of the …

Advertising

Your Browser Could Be Mining Cryptocurrency For a Stranger

There’s something new to add to your fun mental list of invisible internet dangers. Joining classic favorites like adware and spyware comes a new, …

Malware

Congress's New Bill Can't Eliminate Russian Influence Online

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday that would require online political advertisers to provide additional disclosures about …

Government

Weevil Sex and 19 Other 'Ew'-Inducing Microscope Photos

If you're looking to get freaked out this Halloween, there are a lot of options: haunted houses, corn mazes, every third or fourth post on Twitter. …

Biology

Use Wisdom to Win in These Tech-Centric Board Games

A game mechanic common to board games and computer games is the "technology tree"—a sequence of upgrades your character or team earns as it gathers …

Board Games

FCC Shouldn't Give Up on Reforming Inmate Phone Services

In recent years, the effort to reform our criminal justice system has brought together members of Congress, public interest advocates, and think …

Ajit Pai

How Scientists Predict If a Spacecraft Will Fall and Kill You

Maybe you've heard that Tiangong-1, China's 19,000-pound prototype space station, is scheduled to rain down on Earth ... eventually. As in, some time …

Exploration

To Survive the Streets, Self-Driving Cars Have to Start Thinking Like Humans

Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to …

Driverless Cars

Could San Francisco Get the Oil Industry to Pay for Climate Change?

When a raindrop falls in San Francisco, it has two choices: flow east into the San Francisco Bay, or west into the Pacific Ocean. A ridgeline divides …

Climate Change

Google Is Trying to Remake the Modern City, Starting With Toronto

Google has built an online empire by measuring everything. Clicks. GPS coordinates. Visits. Traffic. The company's resource is bits of info on you, …

Urban Design

This Robot Tractor Is Ready to Disrupt Construction

Zipping around like a bumblebee, the little black-and-yellow tractor claws its bucket into one of San Francisco’s few vacant lots, kicking up a puff …

Robots

Tony Fadell, Co-inventor of the iPod, Gets Back at Silicon Valley

Tony Fadell is at the Grove, a spectacularly beautiful country estate outside of London. The event is Founders Forum: the ultra ­exclusive …

Silicon Valley

Ultimate Ears' Popular Portable Speaker Now Comes With Alexa

Instead of simply updating its line of wildly popular Boom wireless speakers, Ultimate Ears has blown up the Boom line entirely. The audio company's …

Headphones

5 Tech Deals That Will Upgrade Your Home and Commute

The holidays are fast approaching and every day is a little shorter than the last at this time of year. If you're starting to get in the mood to …

Laptops

AI Experts Want to End 'Black Box' Algorithms in Government

The right to due process was inscribed into the US constitution with a pen. A new report from leading researchers in artificial intelligence cautions …

Intelligence

Amazon’s Cheapest Tablet Will Leave You Wanting More

Author: Jeffrey Van Camp. Jeffrey Van Camp Gear<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.17.<p>Time of Publication: 2:00 pm. 2:00 pm<p>Review: Amazon Fire 7 (2017)<p>Sub …

Tablets

This More Powerful Version of AlphaGo Learns On Its Own

At one point during his historic defeat to the software AlphaGo last year, world champion Go player Lee Sedol abruptly left the room. The bot had …

Artificial Intelligence

What It's Like to Rappel 1,000 Feet Down Into a Volcano

Most people's idea of a good night's sleep involves a plush mattress, blackout shades, and maybe some sleeping pills. But Ulla Lohmann catches her …

Nature