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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

• 1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped<br>• ⅓ cup milk or cream<br>• ½ tsp vanilla<br>• 1 Tbs coarse sea salt (optional)

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

FAA

Future Army helmets make for cooler soldiers, terrified enemies

It's hard to look at the US Army's latest helmet and not think of <i>Halo</i>, but the design does serve a purpose beyond gaming chic. Its latest "soldier of the future" concept would not only protect grunts in high heat and humidity, but also shield them from chemical and biological agents. While much …

Scientists Have Induced Lucid Dreaming with Electric Shocks

We're one step closer to on-demand dreaming you can control, after a recent study showed that applying a mild electrical current to the scalp can …

DIY Building Projects

By Leo Sharashkin<p>Make your own beekeeping equipment with free and cheap materials to save money while creating the best hive possible for your …

Gardening

32 Awesome DIY Backyard Ideas

7.) Make a giant Scrabble set.<p>8.) Build a fire pit in the back yard.<p>9.) And if you don’t want to spend too much money, try this cheap fire pit.<p>10.) …

From Learn to Solder to Weekend Projects, Everyone’s a Maker

It begins with some simple instruction, and then there’s that “Aha!” moment when everything comes together – and you made it!<p>All who think they can’t solder are amazed at how quickly they learn the fundamentals. More people than we have ever seen before are lining up outside the <i>Learn to Solder</i> tent …

Adam Savage’s 10 Commandments Of Making

Adam Savage took a few minutes on Sunday at the Maker Faire Bay Area to share what he feels are the 10 Commandments of Making. Braving the somewhat precarious elevated stage of the crowd-favorite Life-Sized Mousetrap, Adam addressed the audience with bits of wisdom and jewels of experience. It was …

Alice Oswald: how to read Homer

The prize-winning poet Alice Oswald celebrates the bewitching strangeness of Homer<p>There is a stag on Circe’s island, only visible for about 30 lines of Homer’s Odyssey, but it is very disconcerting. The stag comes down from the woods to drink. It is huge with high antlers. Odysseus shoots it, the …

Summer Reading: 20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter

Summer! A time of backyards, barbecues, and babes, if you’re lucky. It’s also a time for that glorious practice of summer reading; a good book is a …

Robots Are Strong: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

<i>The first in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction in creating and spreading them. Other topics: Robots are smart, the myth of inevitable AI, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>Last week, I created a minor disturbance in the Internet, …

New Roller Coaster Sends You On A 60-MPH Face-First Fall

<i>Weeeeee</i><p>The 335-foot Falcon’s Fury, which opens this spring at Busch Gardens Tampa, isn’t the tallest drop tower in the world. That honor goes to 415-foot Zumanjaro at Six Flag’s Great Adventure. But the Fury offers a thrill no other ride does: a 60-mph, face-first free fall.<p><b>1) Slow brake</b><p>After about …

Congress Is Making Plans To Limit Use Of Military Drones

Hiding in the new defense spending omnibus are subtle changes to America's drone war.<p>Inside the National Defense Authorization Act, the congressional bill that grants the Department of Defense the ability to spend money alloted to it, lie a host of amendments that alter the way American military …

What do you want in a spouse? Genetic similarity may help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - He leaves the toilet seat up, prefers old Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fancies mixed martial arts over ballet. So what do you have in common with your husband?<p>More than you may think.<p>People tend to choose spouses who have similar DNA, according to …

South Korea ferry: Body count reaches 113

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1070000/1070971_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1531859377_8aeccb233eb9b5bec7b4a1d0c2481635<p><b>The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry that capsized last week has reached 113, as divers recovered more bodies from the sunken …

South Korea

Zero-energy-consumption magneto-optical storage for next-generation flexible plastic computers - ExtremeTech

By on April 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at the University of …

5 best N64 emulators for Android

The Nintendo 64 was in a class all on its own. It was one of the last consoles ever to use cartridges and featured some legendary games such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007 Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Fable, and Pokemon Stadium. Now you can play those classics on your Android devices. Let’s …

Len Wiseman Directing FBI Sci-fi 'Black Chapter' – /Film

For a while there, it looked like <b>Len Wiseman</b> was going to follow up his unasked-for <i>Total Recall</i> remake with an unasked-for <i>The Mummy</i> reboot. But then …

Air-powered leopard robot doesn't need a complex brain to walk - ExtremeTech

Air-powered leopard robot doesn’t need a complex brain to walk<p>By on April 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links …

The Invention Of The Solar Cell

60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.<p>The great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell wrote in 1874 to a colleague: “I saw conductivity of Selenium as affected by light. It is most sudden. Effect of a copper heater insensible. That of the sun great.”<p>Maxwell was …

Robot Resupply: The Navy's Autonomous Cargo Helicopter Kit

Or, how the Marines in a danger zone will use tablets to call for autonomous resupply helos.<p><b>A group of Marines fighting in some far-flung</b> locale are trapped in harm's way—they need water and ammo but can't be safely resupplied. On the battlefield of the future, unmanned helicopters might answer the …