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How Do You Construct A Voice?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Extrasensory.<p><b>About Rupal Patel's TEDTalk</b><p>Speech scientist Rupal Patel creates customized synthetic voices that enable people who can't speak to communicate in a unique voice that embodies their personality.<p><b>About Rupal Patel</b><p>Rupal Patel directs the Communication …

This iPhone App Wants To Kill Badly Framed YouTube Videos Forever

Horizon is a new app that solves Vertical Video Syndrome (but only if you realize you have a problem to begin with.)<p>Smartphones have put powerful video cameras in millions of pockets, but that doesn’t mean that the people wielding them know how to make a movie. Peruse YouTube and you will find tens …

U.S. Forest Service Solves Mystery Of Exploding Baseball Bats

Major League Baseball has teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to make baseball players' favorite bats safer to use.<p>Maple is the unofficial wood of baseball. Thanks to good old Barry Bonds, who used maple bats in his 2001 marathon home-run season, players increasingly favor the lighter wood, …

GoPro’s Action Cameras Get More Social With iOS, Android App Update

It now takes even less time to show off your mad shredding skills. With the latest update to the GoPro companion app, owners of the popular action cameras can now view, edit and, most importantly, share content from a smartphone or tablet.<p>The app is simple enough. It connects to GoPro cams through …

Military Aircraft Part Falls in Texas Backyard

Boeing is investigating how a piece of a military aircraft fell off and crashed in a Texas backyard, authorities told ABC News.<p>Nate Martinez and his …

Check Out The First Trailer For Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

Oh, man. Oh, man. (Please be amazing.)<p>It's awesome on its own that Neil deGrasse Tyson is hosting a new mini-series. It's doubly awesome that the astrophysicist/science educator/Jon Stewart-corrector is hosting the next generation of Carl Sagan's beloved 13-part science series, <i>Cosmos: A Personal</i> …

Don't worry, California drivers: you won't have to outrun drone strikes on the highway

Despite official-looking warnings, California highway motorists won't have their speed regulated by armed drones. San Fransisco's local CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reports that several fake signs have appeared on Bay Area highways, depicting a drone firing a missile along with a "speed enforced by drones" …

Former Microsoft Office manager learns how to dance in a year, becomes a YouTube hit

Former Microsoft employee Karen X Cheng quit the software maker over a year ago, with a farewell resignation video based on Don McLean's American Pie. During her year away from developing Microsoft's Office software, Cheng has learned to dance. She's detailed her daily progress and now says people …

Garmin Rolls With The Punches Of Changing Navigation Game With Smartphone HUD For Cars

Garmin built its empire on dedicated GPS devices, but those are obviously facing extinction in the face of smartphones that can replicate their function without requiring an expensive secondary hardware purchase. Today, Garmin announced a device that could help it capitalize on its changing role in …

There's A New Illegal Drug Marketplace Called Atlantis And It's Making Cute Cartoon Commercials

We've previously reported on the Tor network, an anonymous collection of sites that exist in semi-secrecy, outside of the scope of Google, Facebook, and even conventional Web browsers.<p>You may have heard of Silk Road, a relatively well-known site on Tor for buying illegal drugs. For a long time it …

Uber expands to the Hamptons and helicopters

To promote its summer SUV service to the upscale Long Island enclave, Uber is offering $3,000 chopper flights Wednesday.<p>Car-hire app startup Uber is expanding service to the well-heeled Hamptons this week ahead of the Independence Day holiday, a little more than two months after New York gave it …

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Geometry bake-off: sconic sections, toast tangrams and the Möbius bagel

When you slice a cone the surface produced is either a circle, an ellipse, a parabola or a hyperbola.<p>These curves are known as the conic sections.<p>And …

Where People Screw Up The National Anthem [Infographic]

You've probably seen at least one of the recordings, or, Lord forbid, actually been at a game, where a singer botches the words to the National Anthem. Whoops! Embarrassing. But also interesting! Where, exactly, are these singers messing up? <i>Deadspin</i> took a look, scouring YouTube to find the verses …

German railways to use mini- drones to stop graffiti

Germany's railway operator plans to deploy mini-drones to catch vandals who deface its trains with graffiti, with the aerial vehicles shooting thermal images of its train depots at night.<p>Deutsche Bahn plans to soon start testing the vehicles which have four helicopter-style rotors and can shoot …