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Stars hint at Milky Way’s ‘missing’ arms

A 12-year study of massive stars reaffirms that our galaxy has four spiral arms. The findings come after years of debate sparked by images taken by …

The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine

He was the man with "the nose of a blood hound," as one wine critic once put it.<p>Rudy Kurniawan was once the toast of the fine-wine world, renowned for his ability to find some of the rarest — and priciest — wines in the world.<p>He was also, prosecutors alleged, a fraud who duped some of the country's …

Reddit User Freaks Out When Secret Santa Named “Bill” Turns Out To Be Bill Gates

“Before I realized it was THE Bill, just thought it was a friendly fellow named Bill.”<p>A Reddit user named Rachel was shocked this week when she found out that the "Bill" who was assigned to her in the website's annual Secret Santa gift exchange was actually a billionaire.<p>Bill Gates gifted her a …

Bitcoin Drops 50% Overnight As China’s Biggest BTC Exchange Stops Deposits In Chinese Yuan

China’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, BTCChina, has stopped accepting deposits in Chinese yuan. The shutdown has sent the currency into a downward spin, stripping it of half its value overnight. It is trading at $572 on Mt.Gox, down from a high of about $1,200 last week.<p>Chart via Bitcoincharts<p>BTCChina …

Telegram offers award to crack encryption

<b>Telegram, a secure messaging service app, has offered a reward to the first person who can crack its encryption.</b><p>The firm's founder has put up an award of $200,000 (£122,000) worth of Bitcoins for breaking the protocol.<p>To win the award, users will have to intercept a daily message between the …

Information Systems

Drivable 500,000 piece Lego car runs on compressed air, insanity (video)

If you're still stuck on that Lego Mindstorm EV3 project, then you might have a tiny inkling of how the folks from the Super Awesome Micro Project feel. They've just pieced together a car with 500,000 of the plastic blocks that can actually hit the road, thanks to four radial engines with 256 …

Renault Creates Life Sized Scalextric Track In London (Video)

Renault has created a life sized Scalextric track in London to promote their latest electric vehicles, the Renault Zoe, and two of the Zoe cars were …

Electric Vehicles

Can A Human Fall In Love With A Computer?

Short answer: love conquers all.<p>The film <i>Her</i>, which opens across the country this month, tells a love story between a man and some software. It may seem far-fetched, but researchers say it’s plausible. If so inclined, they could stitch together existing systems into one irresistible romance …

Artificial Intelligence

A Calgary Man Won A $40 Million Lottery Jackpot And Is Giving It All To Charity

A 64-year old Calgary man named Tom Crist was playing golf back in May, when he received a phone call from the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. The reason for the call? He’d just won the $40 million jackpot, the largest in the WCLC’s history. Crist’s response? He hung up the phone and just kept …

Giant Multi-Colored Slugs Invade France

Artist Florentijn Hofman likes to make big, bold statements with his oversized works, most of which are animal themed and adorable by the way. This …

33% of US Tourists Think That Haggis Is an Animal

(Photo: Tess Watson)<p>A <b>survey of American tourists</b> in Scotland found that 33% of visitors thought that haggis is an animal and that 23% thought that …

Study proves that you can secretly hijack an older Mac's webcam

If you believe common wisdom, it shouldn't be possible to take over most webcams without alerting users. The indicator LED is supposed to be hack-proof, after all. However, a pair of Johns Hopkins researchers have recently published a research paper showing that it's possible to control the camera …