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Intel drones form US flag for Lady Gaga's halftime show

Remember when quadcopter drones juggled balls and formed up into a Star Trek logo? That seems downright quaint compared to what we just saw at Lady Gaga's elaborately produced Super Bowl halftime show. During her first number, 300 Intel drones formed the shape of an American flag, punctuating the …

How much is the Nintendo Switch? Price, release date and everything you need to know

Alright, so you just saw that Nintendo Switch commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, but you need more information, right? When does this thing …

Huge Fireball Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Illinois

The space rock created a sonic boom, and pieces of it crashed into Lake Michigan.<p>A large meteor was spotted last night streaking through the sky over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin around 1:30 AM Central time. The meteor flashed in dramatic blue-green light as it burned up in the …

Researchers invent paper that can be printed with light and reused 80 times

In an effort to fight the detrimental environmental impact of inkjet printing, researchers have invented a new type of “paper” that can be printed …

Does an anomaly in the Earth's magnetic field portend a coming pole reversal?

The Earth is blanketed by a magnetic field. It’s what makes compasses point north, and protects our atmosphere from continual bombardment from space …

Japan goes fishing for space junk but 700-metre 'tether' fails

An experimental Japanese mission to clear space junk from the Earth’s orbit has ended in failure, officials said on Monday, in an embarrassment for Tokyo.<p>More than 100m pieces of rubbish are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of …

Space Exploration

Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click “yes” or “no” to the question: “Do you see evidence of looting pits in the white highlighted area?”<p>This is …

Archaeology

What Immediately Happens to Your Body When You Stop Smoking

Knowing the damage that smoking does to your body in the long term doesn’t make it any easier to quit, but there are surprisingly some immediate …

Game publisher offers to demo games for developers affected by Trump's immigration ban

Words are good. Hell: words are <i>great</i>. But in this, the age of the Trump, it's action that matters most.<p>Enter Devolver Digital. The upstart indie …

Hacker spills code developed to crack San Bernardino iPhone

A hacker has released a cache of files allegedly stolen from Israeli mobile phone forensics company Cellebrite — including the hack it reportedly developed for the FBI to help break into older model iPhones.<p>In an interview with <i>Motherboard</i>, the hacker responsible said that the release was a …

Forensics

Domino’s now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger – no setup or account required

Domino’s is about to put its ordering bot, Dom, to a big test. Just ahead of Super Bowl weekend, the pizza chain is rolling out the ability to order off its full menu via Facebook Messenger – even if you haven’t already set up a pre-configured “pizza profile.” The update means it will be easier for …

Automation

You're More Likely to Die Choking Than Be Killed by Foreign Terrorists, Data Show

You're more likely to die from being buried alive or from choking on food than at the hands of foreign-born terrorists attacking on American soil.<p>The death rate data was compiled by NBC News in light of a recent report by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, which found the likelihood of …

Immigration

Google Maps for iOS now offers real-time info on how crowded a place is

Google Maps has been offering information on customer numbers at places like coffee shops and restaurants since 2015, though the obvious drawback was …

GameStop Is Allegedly Punishing Stores For Selling You Games

GameStop has, in theory, a simple business model. It’s a store that sells video games, so you go in and buy video games, right? Well, in the past it turns out GameStop hasn’t necessarily had the customer’s needs first. And new allegations are surfacing that the company is punishing stores that sell …

Selling

LiquiGlide raises $16 million to get every last drop out of packages or tanks

If you think it’s frustrating trying to get that last drop of ketchup out of the bottle, or toothpaste out of the tube, imagine having to waste and clean valuable and sticky substances from pipes or tanks in a factory.<p>A startup called LiquiGlide has raised $16 million in a new round of venture …

Startups

Google Is Giving $20m to The First Team to Land a Spacecraft on The Moon in 2017

The final countdown has begun.<p>Google's nearly decade-long quest to get private space explorers to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon is finally …

26 iPhone secrets, shortcuts and hidden features you should know about

Apps

Boost Your Credit Score with One Call to Your Credit Card Company

By<p>Updated April 19, 2017 4:17 p.m. ET<p>To boost your credit score, sometimes all you have to do is ask.<p>Of course, you can’t just call FICO and put in a …

Personal Finance

Build a Huge Floating Shelf With a Hidden Storage Compartment

Floating shelves are a great way to mount a huge shelf to the wall so it looks natural, but YouTuber DIY Creators took that to the next level with an …

Has China Announced a New Long-Range Missile? (Updated)

The target—at least of the announcement—is Trump.<p>A new, road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile may have been sighted <b>(see update at bottom)</b> in a city in northern China. The Dong Feng ("East Wind") -41 missile, or DF-41, can carry up to a dozen nuclear warheads is claimed to have longest …

Martin Luther King III Calls His Meeting With Donald Trump 'Constructive'

Today, President-elect Donald Trump met Martin Luther King III—one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sons—at Trump Tower. And according to King, the …

Donald Trump

Turn Your Old Fruit Into Wine and Beer With This Nearly-Magical Device

If you buy a lot of fresh fruit, you probably see it go bad here and there. Now you can do better than lemonade out of lemons by making wine or cider …

Another YouTube Trend Has Sucked My Kids In: Slime-Making Videos Are Now All The Rage

My kids asked me this summer if they could use cornstarch to make slime. “To make slime?” I asked. All I could think of was the green snot-looking …

Mystery Hackers Blow Up Secret NSA Hacking Tools in ‘Final F--k You’

A gang of elite hackers, believed by many to be Russian, say they’re quitting—just as Donald Trump gets ready to enter the Oval Office.<p>A mysterious …

That's no moon...

NASA claims this image taken by the Cassini probe depicts Saturn's moon Mimas with the distinctive Herschel Crater, but we know better. From …

Former Football Player Sues Gears of War Creators Over the Cole Train

All aboard.<p>Former footballer player and wrestler Lenwood Hamilton is suing the creators of Gears of War, claiming the company stole his likeness and …

Gears of War

Google Maps now displays Uber drivers in real-time

Google made everyone’s lives a bit easier when it added a taxi tab to maps for services like Uber and Lyft – though all it really did was provide a price estimate and link you to the respective app.<p>Now Maps is getting a much more useful integration with ride services. Mainly, it will now show an …

[Update] DROP'd is a platform-falling arcade game, out now on iOS

<b>Updated 19th January, 1:35 PM</b>: Yes, GalacticThumb's latest arcade addition, <i>DROP'd</i>, is available now on iOS.<p>Grab it free-to-play on the App Store and …

Arcade Games

Briefcam's algorithms can spot murderers and monitor bees

Briefcam has helped police find mass murderer Anders Breivik, spot the Boston marathon bombers and make sense of the Brussels attacks. How? By …

6 Tax Deductions Homeowners Won't Want to Miss

Though there are plenty of good reasons to buy a home, owning property can be a costly prospect. From maintenance to insurance to real estate taxes, there are numerous costs that come with buying a home. But one major upside to homeownership are the tax benefits that come along with it. If you're a …

Personal Finance