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The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Solar Roadways wants $1 million to turn the US' roads into an energy farm

At some point, you've probably sat back and said "Couldn't we solve climate change and the broader energy crisis just by sticking solar panels to everything?" It's not a bad idea, mind, but the cost and resistance to such a scheme would make it a nightmare to implement. But what about if we turned …

Facebook's rule changes and profit chasing undermine its users

Chris Arnade: As a photographer who works with forgotten people, Facebook used to be my ally. Now it wants me to pay up<p>Shelley, a heroin addict and homeless prostitute, is excited when one of her pictures and stories appears on my Facebook page. She loves reading the comments. “So many people care …

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids to Code

This video by Code.org went viral a year ago. Though the picture painted of working in tech is a little overly rosy, it's fun to see luminaries from …

Heartbleed has flushed a decade's worth of trust down the toilet

This week has been riveting from the perspective of Internet Security. A tiny, yet devastating, security flaw was discovered in the OpenSSL library — literally the world’s most ubiquitous implementation of the SSL protocol.<p>The development of the SSL protocol in the mid 1990’s itself marked a …

Mozilla’s Australis Design And Improved Sync Come To Firefox Beta 29

A day after releasing the stable version of Firefox 28, Mozilla today launched the first beta version of Firefox 29. While there wasn’t all that much interesting in Firefox 28, the latest beta version represents a major step for Mozilla. It includes both the new — and very Chrome-like — Australis …

Almost a third of new U.S. electricity came from solar last year

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: SunPower<p>Solar power crashed its way onto the U.S. power grid last year and is now fundamentally changing the makeup …

Looking Back on 'The X-Files': A Reading List

I watched “The X-Files” in a Baltimore house I shared with eight people, at the end of days spent navigating the city’s shaky public transit system, …

Yelp's first top 100 restaurants list upends conventional wisdom

Yelp has revealed its first ever list of the top 100 places to eat in America and a small seafood restaurant in Hawaii has taken top spot. According to users of the crowdsourced recommendations site, Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona is the most impressive US restaurant, with an average five-star rating …

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state<p>Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. The eastern approach from I-5 and the Sacramento suburb of …

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Zina Lahr

The mayor was the last person to see Zina Nicole Lahr alive. Sometime in the early afternoon of Wednesday, November 20, Bob Risch, a 73-year-old native of Ouray, Colorado, and its mayor from 2007 until this January, noticed the colorful and well-known local strolling east. She was dressed in pants …

Mad Max

The Dark Power of Fraternities

A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.<p>One warm spring night in 2011, a young man named Travis Hughes stood on the back deck of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house at Marshall …

Your Facebook privacy settings will now live on after you pass

It's not a topic we discuss often here, but if you're active online, you may (or may not, ultimately) be concerned with how your data is handled after you die. On Facebook, accounts can be "memorialized" by a friend or family member, with some data remaining visible indefinitely. Previously, after …

What happens at Netflix when House of Cards goes live

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Germany and France are working together to keep internet traffic away from the US

The ongoing revelations about the extent of NSA data collection are causing other countries to tighten up their security and keep their citizens' data private. Germany in particular has been talking about keeping its internet traffic and email messages private within the country for some time, and …

The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles

Advertisement<p>28 Comments<p>For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Light Bulbs

Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

The most anticipated tech of 2014<p>So far in 2014: Iterative sequels, wearable tech<p>iPhone 6<p>iOS 8<p>Android L<p>Samsung Galaxy Note 4<p>Nexus 8<p>The next iPad and iPad Mini<p>Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite<p>Windows 9<p>Google Glass 2<p>Oculus Rift<p>Sony Project Morpheus<p>LG 55EC9300 OLED TV<p>4K TVs for under $1K<p>Roku TV<p>The next Apple …

Virtual Reality

IAC Fired PR Director Justine Sacco

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>Update, 3:57 p.m.</b> Per CNN's Brian Stelter, IAC fired Justine Sacco on Saturday. ""We take this issue …

The Only Thing Weirder Than a Telemarketing Robot

When a salesperson named Samantha West called a Time reporter, she seemed like a computer. But with current technology, it might not be possible to build such a robot, raising a truly bizarre possibility.<p>Sometimes, you have to think like a scammer.<p>So, when I saw that an apparent robot telemarketer …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

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James Bond is an 'impotent drunk'

<b>Vodka martini, "shaken not stirred" - often said as part of a bad Sean Connery impersonation - is one of the most quotable lines from Bond.</b><p>Yet Her Majesty's top secret agent's love of the bottle would leave him impotent and at death's door.<p>Doctors analysing the Ian Fleming novels show James Bond …

Alcohol

North Korea executes Kim Jong-un's uncle as a traitor

Jang Song-thaek was a mentor to the young North Korean dictator until he was publicly purged last week.<p>The once-powerful uncle of <b>North Korean</b> leader Kim Jong-un has been executed for treason after being branded "despicable human scum", according to the state news agency.<p>Jang Song-thaek was a mentor …

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Graph: Countries With Higher Math Scores Have Unhappier Kids

What's the matter with Korea?<p>One interesting nugget in international student test scores released today by OECD is that the countries with the smartest students also reported the unhappiest kids. Korea, for example, boasts the best math scores in the world, but also has the least-happy students. …

Standardized tests discriminate against the next Einsteins and Teslas

At 16, Albert Einstein wrote his first scientific paper titled “The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields.” This was the result of his famous <i>gedanken experiment</i> in which he visually imagined chasing after a light beam. The insights he gained from this thought experiment led to the …

Standardized Testing

Here's How 'Anchorman 2' Could Be an Oscar Contender

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>If you ruled <i>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</i> out of the Oscar race, you might have spoken too soon. …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …