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Wearable tech to hack your brain

The technology sounds simultaneously fake and dangerous: Strap on a headset and send targeted electrical currents into your brain for about 15 minutes to get more energy, improve your focus or calm down.<p>Brain stimulation is a very real but still unproven area of technology for tinkering with the …

At Long Last, Scientists Have Produced A Real, Functioning Hoverboard

Those shoes from <i>Back to the Future 2</i> with lights and USB charging port were cool, but more cool in the way a scorpion jacket from <i>Drive</i> is cool than an actual new product. A working hoverboard has always been the holy grail of science’s ability to replicate technology from sci-fi movies (at least, …

Here Are The Deep Secrets People Are Sharing On Whisper, The App That Just Got Ripped Apart For Its Privacy Practices

Whisper immediately fired back that The Guardian's story was full of "lousy falsehoods," and that it does not collect or store any personally identifiable information from users, insisting its service is completely anonymous.<p>The Guardian has since responded, reiterating that Whisper does collect …

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

This Adtech Startup Is Looking To Impress Clients With Virgin Galactic Tickets

The company is asking creatives to send their video campaigns to its dedicated "Race To Space" website. The marketer judged to have entered the spot most likely to go "viral" will be handed a ticket to become one of the very first passengers to take a commercial spaceflight on board Virgin …

Priceless Reactions of People as They Get Hit by a Taser

Getting Tasered is by no means anything but pleasant. A Taser is a specific brand for electroshock weapons or a conductive electrical weapon or CEW …

4 Speed-Reading Apps To Give You Lightning Fast Eyes

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.</i><p>Reading the entire Harry Potter series in a week—could it be possible?! Spritz, a new app that debuted at last month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, wants to reinvent how you read and get you bolting through …

First 48 hours of free agency transformed 15 NFL teams

<i>The first 48 hours of NFL free agency ended at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. Here are 15 teams that underwent various stages of transformation — for better or worse. (Note: All salary data obtained by USA TODAY Sports unless otherwise noted.)</i><p><b>Denver Broncos</b><p>Coming off a lopsided loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, GM …

The bleak state of American fiction

“Writers write. But what do they do for money?” That’s the tagline on the back cover of <i>MFA Vs. NYC</i>, a collection of essays on the current state of …

Inside The Pixar Braintrust

In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools–the Pixar Braintrust, which has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row.<p>A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and …

The Week in Tech: 5 must-know things

AUSTIN — The week's tech highlights began in the Texas capital city, where about 30,000 tech enthusiasts dominated the area during the South By Southwest Festival's interactive portion.<p>Speaking to a crowd for the first time, via videoconference from Russia, NSA leaker Edward Snowden was mostly …

Hidden in plain sight: Proof GOP doesn’t actually care about the poor

Want to see how Republicans aren’t serious about reducing poverty? Look at how they abuse poverty statistics<p>Every time a Republican wins positive press by posing as a tribune for the poor, an angel gets its wings ripped off by the invisible hand of capitalism, which means today, the day after Rep. …

7 absurd things America’s kids are learning thanks to conservatives

With public education gutted, children are being taught that gun control is a gateway to tyranny and worse<p>Conservatives are masters at using distortion and subterfuge to sell people on things they would never buy if properly labeled. Nowhere is this more evident than in the arena of “school choice” …

Bill Gates on poverty, GMOs, Microsoft, and vacationing at the Large Hadron Collider

This morning, Bill and Melinda Gates published their foundation’s annual letter, which attempts to debunk commonly held beliefs in development economics.<p>Quartz caught up with Mr. Gates to talk about the letter, how he’s juggling his work at the Gates Foundation with his work at Microsoft, and what …

Turning Dead People Into Materials

Once upon a time, human beings were biodegradable. But with modern-day corpses shot full of embalming chemicals before being sealed inside metal …

Quadrant brings 1970s horror to the present day in this first-person survival game

Indie studio HKFiftyOne Games has released the first set of teaser videos for its upcoming indie release <i>Quadrant</i>, which gives a taste of the game's narrative-centric style of horror.<p><i>Quadrant</i> tells the story of a member of a bio-hazardous waste removal crew tasked with responding to a substance …

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

Kwes: ilp. – review

Producing for the xx, playing keys for Bobby Womack, recording mixtapes with Micachu, being sampled by Kanye – 26-year-old Londoner Kwes has done a lot before releasing his debut album. You can see why doors have opened: there's something distinct and unusually ebullient about his electronic …

Toby Jug nebula as seen by ESO's Very Large Telescope - video

Extraordinarily detailed images of the Toby Jug nebula, located some 1,200 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Carina, captured by the European Southern Observatory's Chile-based Very Large Telescope. The nebula is formed from wispy clouds of gas and dust, loosely forming the …

Top 10 action movies

Peter Bradshaw on action movies<p>In some ways, it should be the quintessential cinema genre. After all, what does the director shout at the beginning of a take? Action – at times a euphemism for violence and machismo – evolved into a recognisable genre in the 80s. Gunplay and athleticism resurfaced …

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Today on YouTube: German side Rot-Weiss Essen bamboozle the opposition with a sneaky free-kick

A training-ground plan comes together for German fourth division side Rot-Weiss Essen, who score past opponents Fortuna Dusseldorf II with a sneaky free-kick.<p>The match, which took place on Sept 1st 2012, deserves to be seen. Trailing to Fortuna Dusseldorf II, Rot-Weiss are awarded a free kick in …

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth …

Ben Affleck is Batman: Argo director to appear in Man of Steel sequel

Ben Affleck will play Batman in the new Superman v Batman film.<p>Warner Bros made the announcement on Friday.<p>Deadline quoted Warner Bros’ Greg Silverman as saying: “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly …

Futuristic sleeve helps you play perfect basketball

9 In 10 New Drugs Are No More Effective Than The Old Ones

Medical ethics researchers say the time has come for fundamental reforms at the FDA, which has gotten too cozy with industry. The result? Not enough innovation and more risk for consumers.<p>A few sobering facts about the drug industry. Only one in 10 products approved by the Food and Drug …

Fantasy football: Updated top 200 overall rankings

NFL season is fast approaching, and USA TODAY Sports is ready to help your fantasy football team win your league title.<p>A good cheat sheet is the first step in dominating your draft, so we present our fantasy rankings for the 2013 season, both overall and by position.<p>To help you set your priorities, …

2 Chainz Arrested After Tour Bus Standoff [Now with Mug Shot]

<b>12:30 PM</b> <b>PT</b> -- Law enforcement sources tell us, drugs WERE found on the bus ... but they wouldn't specify which, or how much.<p>Rapper <b>2 Chainz</b> was on …