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Google Maps gets offline mode, lane assist, and more

Google has just deployed a huge update to its Map application which brings offline mode, lane assistance, and Uber integration.<p>Updated for both …

Navigating through the new Google Maps 8.0 interface

Drastic improvements to navigation and search interface highlight app overhaul<p>Google today unveiled a pretty great refresh to the Google Maps app …

Google Maps

Lunar Orbit Rendezvous and the Apollo Program

December 1992<br>NF175<p><b>The Rendezvous That Was Almost Missed:</b><br>Lunar Orbit Rendezvous and the Apollo Program<p><b><br>In the opinion of many space historians, NASA</b> …

Space Science

Real or Not? Magnet and Copper Pipe - Cool Science Experiment

After Guidelight, night-lights may never be the same again

Plug-in night-lights have rarely been lauded for the beauty of their design. They are usually utilitarian-looking gadgets or over-the-top silly gizmos with Disney princesses on them.<p>The SnapRays Guidelight on Kickstarter takes a very different approach. It replaces the cover plate on an electric …

The Best Core-Building Exercise You've Never Tried

Bored of the plank? Then challenge your core muscles and shred your abs with this all-new version of the exercise<p>From hitting golf balls to conquering a max deadlift, a chiseled midsection makes you stronger in everything you do. That's why most effective workout plans include the plank. The …

The (Brief) Story of the Saturn IB Rocket

If you look at a composite image of all the manned Apollo launches side by side, it’s pretty clear there’s something different with the first flight. Every manned Apollo flight launched on the iconic Saturn V rocket except Apollo 7; this first manned mission of the program launched on the smaller …

Derringer's board-track styled e-bike hits Kickstarter

For years Derringer has been hand building board-track styled bikes out of its Los Angeles studios, but now the house of Adrian Van Anz has shifted …

SwiftKey 4.3 exits beta, launches on Google Play as free update

Following the completion of the beta program, SwiftKey 4.3 has reached stable status and has launched as a free update on the Google Play Store. The …

Google Play

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Spots 3 Planetary Nebulae

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured images of three planetary nebulae, which emit ionized gases, plasma and dust from dying stars. They end their …

Universe

What Happened to Apollos 2 and 3?

Things were looking good for NASA at the beginning of 1966. The Gemini program was halfway done and well on track to accomplish all the major program goals by the end of the year, and Apollo was in the pipeline on track to begin manned missions early in 1967. And flights in support of Apollo's …

Crunching The Numbers: Should You Buy An AMD R9 290X Or Nvidia GTX 780?

Last night I began the draft for a glowing review of AMD’s new Radeon R9 290x graphics card. This morning Nvidia completely changed the game — and subsequently my ultimate recommendation — with an aggressive price drop on their GTX 780 and GTX 770 cards.<p>So instead of a traditional “review,” I’m …

Are We Alone?

The search for life among the stars<p>There are two stories, both of great consequence, that Lee Billings tells in his new book, the excellently titled <i>Five Billion Years of Solitude</i>. The first concerns the recent discovery of planets circling distant stars, and our ongoing struggle to find life on …

What to do if stains turn up on your stainless steel fridge

Stainless steel is supposed to be, well, stainless, isn't it? That was John's question after he noticed rust stains on the refrigerator he'd purchased from Sears.<p>John also had purchased an extended warranty, so he contacted Sears and explained the problem.<p>Sears' response: Your warranty doesn't …

Delete Windows update files to regain hard-drive space

Fortunately, there's an easy way to clear out the clutter with tools that are provided in Windows itself (imagine that). While needing to do some extra work to save hard-drive space isn't ideal, at least the option is there. Here's how to clean out old update files, and regain more space for cute …

FlyKly smart bicycle wheel gives riders electric momentum

Electric bicycles are nothing new, but they can be loud clunky things that aren't very easy on the eyes. However, that could soon change.<p>A company called FlyKly is looking to remake the electric bike into something a bit more svelte. It's taking the idea of a motorized bicycle and transforming it …

Monoprice 10565 review: Superb-sounding speakers that are a little short on style - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Monoprice 10565</b> 5.1 speaker system sounds even better than our longtime favorite compact speakers, the Energy Take Classic 5.1. The speakers are small, yet sound exceptional for their size, especially with movies. The $249 retail price is significantly lower than what you pay for most …

NanoLeaf LED Light Bulb

While it may look like a mad science experiment, or some weird art piece gone wrong, the NanoLeaf LED Light Bulb ($35) represents a huge leap forward …

F.lux Helps Computer Addicts Sleep Better

I discovered F.lux earlier this year, and it has changed how I work. F.lux is a program that sits quietly on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer removing the blue light emitted by your screen which can cause your body to subconsciously delay its natural timings — and adversely affect your sleep.<p>In …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Gear & Gadgets

The 15 Wittiest Things Oscar Wilde Ever Said

Or wrote. Maybe. (He said a lot of witty things).<p>Happy birthday, you quote machine, you!<p>All photos by Napoleon Sarony, via Oscar Wilde In America.

15 best camera apps for Android

Cameras on smartphones are a much bigger deal than they used to be. Companies are chomping at the bit to make their cameras more reliable, work better in low light, and add features that people want. Many will base their purchase decisions on the strength of the camera. The point is that cameras …

Apps

The Science Of Alcohol Aging [SPONSORED ARTICLE]

The ![](http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&c=19&mc=imp&pli=7 532157&PluID=0&ord=123456789&rtu=-1)complete science of barrel-aging whisky is something we have only recently come to understand. In the 1970s we began to uncover the full details of what happens when the …

Three Easy Tricks To Never Count Calories Again

Liz DiAlto<p>Read full profile<p>Ever notice that when things are complicated, tedious, or generally not fun, the likelihood of quitting is higher? When it …

Woody’s Women

In nearly every Woody Allen movie, from <i>Bananas</i> to <i>Midnight in Paris</i>, which opened this year’s Cannes film festival, there is a central male character who’s a facsimile of Woody Allen (neurotic, brainy, urban). And, like a sun encircled by planets, Allen surrounds his cinematic twins with a …

How to Learn Speed Reading

Whether you're hitting the textbooks in philosophy class or reading the morning newspaper, reading can feel tedious. Train yourself to speed read to …

Component of the Month: The Transistor

<i>Each month this year, we’re exploring a different electronic component, delving into what it is, how it works, and how you use it in projects. Last month we covered capacitors, and before that we looked at LEDs and diodes. This month we examine tranistors! As always, we’ll start things off with an</i> …