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The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled …

Why does food taste different on planes?

When your taste buds are way above the clouds, your normal sense of taste goes right out of the aeroplane’s window. Katia Moskvitch investigates why this happens, and how airlines are trying to find ways to get our appetites back on track.<p>If you think the food airline companies serve up is bland or …

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These Cheap, Invisible Solar Cells Can Be Spray-Painted On Anything

The solar cells can be rolled up like wallpaper and then unrolled onto any surface.<p>Most solar panels, made of expensive electronics encased in glass, are awkward to use anywhere other than a rooftop or solar farm. But in the near future, spray-on solar cells will be able to turn almost …

Watch: How Jaguar Smart Windscreen Will Eliminate Driver Blind Spots

Jaguar Land Rover is hard at work in the lab, developing cutting-edge augmented reality systems to literally eliminate driver blind spots.<p>The research project, which is in advanced stages, aims to re-display areas the driver cannot see – including on the classic problem areas of roof-supporting …

Airline pilots face sunbed levels of UV radiation in cockpits

Spending 56 minutes behind the controls at 30,000 feet is the equivalent of 20 minutes on a sunbed, the University of California has found<p>Airline pilots often boast enviable tans, but it may not be from the exotic locations that they travel between, but from spending too much time in the cockpit, …

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Sony sells waterproof Walkman in a bottle of water

<b>MP3 players are no longer the hot property they were 10 years ago, but Sony has come up with a novel way to get people buying.</b><p>Sony's waterproof …

Apple Patents Induction Charging With Orientation-Based Action Triggers

Apple has received a patent from the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for a method of wireless induction charging that can perform different actions based on the orientation of the device as it’s laid on the charing mat or pad. The patent application was originally published back in September, 2012, and we …

3-D Printing Cells For Drug Testing Could Keep Animals Out Of Harm’s Way

Using a hacked MakerBot printer, researchers came up with a way to make human cells that work better than animal testing–and don’t need an animal.<p>Think of 3-D printing and you probably think of plastic gadgets like this bizarre toothbrush, but the technology can also be used for “bioprinting” …

Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel

Hydrogen and natural gas are among the alternative fuels starting to get more attention as car companies work to reduce emissions. But Audi is exploring another option that you may not have heard much about yet: e-fuels.<p>The German automaker, which aims to develop synthetically engineered e-fuels as …

Volkswagen Made The World's Most Efficient Car - But Won't Sell It In The United States

The most dangerous thing about Volkswagen’s XL1 is how it affects people <i>outside</i> the car.<p>They take cellphone photos and gesture frantically at highway speeds, looking across the steering wheel at a 90-degree angle from the road in front of them. They jump out in traffic directly in front of the …

3D Printed Record

Introduction: 3D Printed Record<p>In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing technology, I've created a technique for converting digital …

Microsoft’s First 3-D Printing App Is Made For The Average Joe

Recognizing that 3-D printing is an esoteric concept, Microsoft has designed its first 3-D printing app for crafty moms, bright kids, and pretty much anyone but the typical maker.<p>Just a few months ago, Windows 8.1 became the first OS to support 3-D printing natively. That essentially meant …

Google Play Movies & TV app Updated with Info Cards in the UK

Following a roll-out in the US earlier this year, Google is adding info cards to the Google Play Movies & TV app in the UK.<p>Similar to Amazon’s X-Ray feature, Android users can now pause the video they’re watching and instantly review a series of Google Now-style information cards, which can …