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Human paints nude self-portrait with own blood and a humorless robot

Ted Lawson is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. You now know what he looks like drawn in the nude in his own blood by a robot.<p>As shown in the video below, Lawson's piece "Ghost in the Machine (blood robot selfie)" uses a robot — connected to a vein in his arm via medical tube — to capture …

If you lived and died in Delaware, your family now gets access to your digital afterlife

The state just enacted a broad measure to protect digital inheritance<p>The law can't always keep pace with technology. We end up with digital remains haunting loved ones after death, and patchwork laws that don't always work out for the companies holding data, or the families who want it. The …

How Sprint's Family Share Pack plan compares to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile

With a new chief executive at the helm, Sprint this week announced an aggressively priced plan that launches Friday and heavily caters toward families of four or more who use large amounts of data.<p>------------<p><b>FOR THE RECORD</b><p>An earlier version of this post incorrectly said AT&T charged $25 per line …

Skinheads: a photogenic, extremist corner of British youth culture

With their short hair and swastikas offsetting neat clothes, the skinheads who street photographer Derek Ridgers found roaming UK youth culture in the late-70s made a virtue of visual and social disruption<p>• Shooting skinheads: Derek Ridgers captures a cult – in pictures<p>If you are old enough to …

HTC just announced a Windows Phone version of its best Android phone

HTC makes a Microsoft version of its award-winning smartphone<p>HTC is today announcing a new variant of its popular One M8 smartphone: the HTC One M8 for Windows. The new phone has the exact same hardware features and specifications as the Android model released earlier this year, but it is running …

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano alert raised to orange

The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, after a series of earthquakes in the region.<p>The risk level to the aviation industry has been raised to orange, the second-highest level.<p>The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe's …

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This is What Happens When You Challenge a Photographer to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve been on any form of social media recently, you’ve no doubt heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Chances are actually pretty good that …

Elon Musk's SpaceX reportedly raising $200 million in funding at $10 billion valuation

The rocket business is booming<p>The company that Elon Musk hopes will some day carry him to Mars has been making big strides in recent months, winning contracts to provide the rockets that ferry public and private satellites and other equipment into space. As NASA looks to limit it new launches and …

The AIDS Granny In Exile

In the '90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.<p>The enormous brick fortress in West …