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Robotics championship draws the brightest science students from around the world to compete for NASA's attention

17,000 students from 30 different countries competed at the 20th FIRST Robotics Championship. The students are building fully functioning robots and attracting NASA's attention in the process.<p><i>Produced by Jason Gaines. Video courtesy of Associated Press.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Stone Age toolmakers deserve more respect

Making a Stone Age hand axe took serious brain power, experts say.<p>The skill of making a prehistoric hand axe is “more complicated and nuanced than …

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10 of the Best New iPhone/iPad Apps from February 2015

Despite that February is a short month, there’s been a veritable explosion of new iPhone and iPad apps. In fact, iOS users have been kept super busy trying out everything from social networking and games to some awesome photography and artistic debuts. Here’s 10 of our favorites.<p>Vurb<p>Vurb is a handy …

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Library Sets Up World's Longest Book Domino Maze

To celebrate the start of its 2013 Summer Reading Program, the Seattle Public Library set up and knocked down this domino maze consisting of 2,131 …

Students Build A 22-Foot-Tall Home For Local Bees

The Elevator B tower is part of a larger effort to regenerate a historic district in Buffalo.<p>It’s not a good time to be a bee. In the last several years, unprecedented numbers of honeybees have been killed off, and no one is exactly sure why. Some blame commercial pesticides–particularly a new …

Apple, Samsung Share of Handset Industry Profits Declines to 100 Percent

If you’re a smartphone manufacturer whose name isn’t Apple or Samsung, condolences on your March quarter. Because according to new research from …

Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife

What will happen to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ accounts after you die? That’s probably not something you really want to think about, but as more and more of our data now lives online, that’s sadly a question that comes up with some regularity. Today, Google is launching its …

Google challenges US government's private data demand in court

Google is fighting back against National Security Letters, the secretive, controversial requests for data from the US government that bypass the court process and come with a gag order. The company has filed papers in a case called <i>In Re Google Inc. Petition to set aside Legal Process;</i> while the …

Popcorn Preview: House of Cards (2013)

<b>Film: House of Cards</b> (2013)<p>Cast includes: Kevin Spacey (<i>Se7ev</i>), Robin Wright (<i>Moneyball</i>), Michael Kelly (<i>The Adjustment Bureau</i>), Michael Gill (<i>Ideal</i>), Corey Stoll (<i>The Bourne Legacy</i>), Kate Mara (<i>127 Hours</i>), Sakina Jaffrey (<i>Before the Devil Knows You're Dead</i>), Kristen Connolly (<i>Revolutionary …

The World's Most Fascinating Churches (PHOTOS)

As we arrive on one of the holiest dates on the Christian calendar, Easter, flocks of believers the world over are heading to places of worship to commemorate this important spiritual event.<p>But you don't have to be Christian, or even religious, to appreciate Cheapflights.com's top 10 fascinating …

Video Of Iron-Infused Silly Putty Swallowing A Magnet

This is a time lapse video of iron-infused silly putty swallowing a rare earth magnet over the span of an hour and a half (similar to this one I …

Scientists develop biological transistor that can command living cells

Fully biological computers are getting closer to reality. Scientists at Stanford University today announced they have created a new type of transistor, the most basic part of a computer (and almost all other modern electronics), that is made entirely using genetic material, and works inside of …

Amazon says it will 'do no harm' to Goodreads after acquisition

When news broke earlier today that Amazon would be acquiring Goodreads, many users of the social reading site were worried that it might spark unwanted change. In a joint interview with <i>PaidContent</i>, however, both Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler and Amazon's VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti sought …

Survey: Adults more likely to text while driving than teens

More adults text while driving than teens — at least enough that are willing to admit it.<p>That’s according to a new AT&T study provided to USA Today, …

Internet Eyewear Darling Warby Parker Can Now Be Seen On Your TV

While most brick-and-mortar operations have gotten used to supplementing their TV advertising with online videos, many natively digital businesses have done things the other way around. Warby Parker is the latest example.<p>For its very first TV ad, the Internet eyeglasses retailer offers a …

Google lets you make your own maps with Maps Engine Lite Beta

Maps are handy items, especially when made to provide specific information that would be otherwise hard to visual or utilize, such as the specific …

FBI Wants To Spy On Your Online Chats As They Happen

Technology has moved on, and the FBI wants to be right there, snooping on the latest tech.<p>"Is this conversation unencrypted?" is going to be the new "Are you wearing a wire?"<p>Noting that communication technology has changed faster than the law, FBI general counsel Andrew Weissman said recently that …

Bright Lights, Old iMacs

Even with their outdated CRT displays, Apple's old rainbow assortment of iMacs are just too damn adorable to toss. But what do you do if you have a …

California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

This week, Santa Clara broke some new ground by blanketing its entire city with free public WiFi. The public WiFi network spans across 19 square …

Climber is a Vine-inspired video sharing app built for App.net

It's impossible to look at Climber, a "very simple video-sharing tool" created for App.net users, and not instantly think of Vine. It's essentially a clone of Twitter's popular iOS app with near-identical functionality — even if Climber's developers don't readily acknowledge that fact. Much like …

Flipboard 2.0 refreshes app's look, now lets everyone run their own magazine (hands-on)

Flipboard announced today that it has 50 million users, and also released a new version of its app that lets every one of them become an editor-in-chief. Flipboard 2.0 is "the most epic release we've ever done," CEO Mike McCue told <i>The Verge</i>, and most of its new features focus on curation: users can …

Insync, A Google Drive Client For Power Users & Businesses, Exits Beta With Pro Features & Pricing Plans

Insync, a startup offering an advanced, business-focused alternative to the Google Drive desktop client, is today taking the service out of a beta with a 1.0 release for Mac and Windows users. The updated client application includes a number of features not found in the earlier build (or in Google …