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How To Clean Up All That Plastic In The Oceans

By 2050, it's estimated the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. One entrepreneur says he's developing a tool to remove much of that plastic.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>So it's not exactly beach weather on the East Coast but in parts of the country, it is. Think about how many …

The sport of the future has arrived: Droneboarding

Forget racing drones, or fighting drones: The sport of the future is strapping yourself onto a snowboard, and being dragged around by drone. It’s sort of like kitesurfing or wakeboarding, but for the 21st century.<p>A video that’s given rise to the “droneboarding” nickname, surfaced by The Verge, …

Drones

In the bleak midwinter, pesky drones made moan

Unmanned flying objects will be big business this Christmas… but you better make sure you know the rules<p>Well, Black Friday has come and gone and this columnist has missed the boat – again. But if the marketing mythology is to be believed, countless millions of our better-organised fellow citizens …

Toddler loses eye after drone propeller sliced through it

An 18-month-old boy was left blind in one eye when an out-of-control drone hit him in the face<p>An 18-month-old boy lost his left eye when he was hit in the face by an out-of-control drone.<p>Oscar Webb was left blind in one eye when a propeller sliced through his eyeball while he was playing in the …

Civil Aviation

Drone delivery could be a reality within months — if government gets out of the way

In between sessions, the Google X team shared an early look at "Project Wing", which promises to deliver items via drones anywhere in a 5 mile radius within 5 minutes. Here's a brief clip of what we got to see: a drone delivering a package into a drop area (luckily, it contained a water bottle and …

Walmart joins the race to beat Amazon to drone deliveries

Walmart has applied for a license to test aerial drones for a variety of uses in its operations, according to Reuters.<p>The report says that the retail giant wants to take on Amazon’s drone delivery plans by seeing how well they can do things like curbside pickups, checking inventories in a warehouse …

A massive national security leak just blew the lid off Obama's drone war

National Security

Technology

Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters<p>Sakakibara Kikai’s engineer Go Sakakibara poses with the bipedal robot Mononofu during its demonstration at its factory in …

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill banning drones from interfering with firefighters.

If you’re like me, you’ve been reading the news out of California this summer and fall, as the state has been ablaze with wildfires, and asking …

Jerry Brown

Drones Could Be About to Get Way Cheaper

Qualcomm has crammed a lot of features on a single chip designed to bring the cost of a drone down below $300, with a reference design it showed of …

Mobile Devices

A Mushroom Cloud Made From Coffee Creamer

Don't try this at home<p>In the early-morning hours of July 16, 1945, a team of scientists at the Trinity site in New Mexico fretted over a large sphere of steel and electrical cables they called the “Gadget.” A few hours later, the device exploded in the first test of an atomic bomb. It created a …

Dolphins' Stephen Ross putting $1M behind Drone Racing League

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is investing in a potential new sport: drone racing.<p>The Drone Racing League, which will pit drone specialists who …

Drones

The Apple iPhone 7 might NEVER need to be recharged

GETTYApple iPhone 7 might NEVER need to be recharged, new solar patent suggests<p>Apple could be planning to embed solar cells beneath its touchscreens, …

IPhone 7

The $10,000 Apple Watch Edition doesn't stand a chance against these magnets

It's cruel enough to purposely destroy an Apple Watch — not to mention a $10,000 gold Apple Watch Edition.<p>The pro YouTuber TechRax, who clearly has a …

Apple Watch

Science explains why hipsters grow beards

Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a study on monkeys suggests<p>Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Why <i>are</i> so many of today's men growing beards?<p>The answer, according to The University of Western …

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Vector smartwatches promise a 30-day battery life

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two different shapes -- Luna with a round face and Meridian …

Graphene Is The World's Most Amazing Material, And Now We Have A Simple Way To Make It

Graphene just might be the world's most incredible material. A honeycomb-like sheet of pure carbon only one atom thick, it's one million times thinner than a human hair and yet 200 times stronger than steel. It's also an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is stretchable, flexible, …

Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Stick it to the man<p>Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New …

BlackBerry's new tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S

BlackBerry has just announced a brand new tablet that has far more in common with a Samsung tablet than the company's failed PlayBook. That's because the tablet, called the Secutablet, is simply a modified Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (pictured above).<p>As you might have guessed from the name, …

Apple MacBook Makes A Compelling Pitch For Asus Zenbook UX305

Apple took advantage of being in the spotlight for the big Apple Watch event this week to also unveil a new line of MacBook laptops. Apple showed off the MacBooks and talked about all of the ways they’re magical and revolutionary and it turned out to be an excellent marketing pitch…for the Asus …

MacBook Air

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Physics

Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as …

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Are seals mutilating and killing porpoises? Scientists investigate

A gruesome series of killings has left porpoises stranded on the shores along the North Sea, and scientists now think they have a culprit: gray seals.<p>Turns out those adorable gray seals aren't so cuddly after all. The findings, described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, reveal a …