Chris Brophy

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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

Manhattan's Central Park is surrounded by one of the densest cities on the planet. It's green enough, yet hardly the first place most people would think of as biologically rich.<p>I think soil biodiversity is like the stars beneath our feet. There is so much going on.<p>But a team of scientists got a big …

Whoopr Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Is Equipped With Dual Engines (video)

A new smartphone controlled paper airplane has been created by Toys Tekk called the Whoopr, that has been designed to be controlled by a 2.4 GHZ …

Gear & Gadgets

16 Hilarious Confessions About Being Fired

There's no doubt that getting booted out of work is humiliating to talk about.<p>But sometimes there are "getting fired" stories that are just too …

Europe and South Korea will develop 5G together

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr / FlySi<p>5G is coming — slowly and hazily — and, having been a leader in 3G but a follower in 4G, Europe wants to …

US to begin selling off its Silk Road Bitcoin hoard

When the FBI seized Silk Road and the assets of its founder, it inadvertently became the owner of one of the world's largest Bitcoin hoards. Just six months later, the US has decided that it wants to sell the smaller, Silk Road-owned portion of the stash, made up of 30,000 BTC worth around $18 …

Toyota is investigating cars that hover above the road

Toyota today said it's investigated the possibility of vehicles that are capable of hovering just above the road, technology designed to improve efficiency. In an interview at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit in San Francisco, Hiroyoshi Yoshiki — the managing officer with Toyota's technical …

Virtual reality is going to make everyone sick — including companies that dump billions into it

When my kids and I walked into a coffee shop one sunny day last month, we were greeted by a row of tables holding laptops with gaming demos.<p>My son gravitated toward the biggest display, a huge TV screen with a giant, face-obscuring set of goggles set in front of it. This was the Oculus Rift, the …

Xcovery Presents Interim Phase 1 Results of X-396 in ALK positive NSCLC at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

<b>–Activity shown in both crizotinib-naïve and crizotinib-resistant ALK+ NSCLC patients– -X-396 is well-tolerated with limited toxicities-</b><p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 3, 2014–<p>Xcovery, a developer of next-generation targeted therapeutics for cancer, today presented preliminary results at …

John Oliver's Net neutrality response swamps FCC

The agency's comment system, accepting public input on proposed Net neutrality rules, buckles after the comedian tells Internet trolls to pile on.<p>When the Federal Communications Commission released its proposed Net Neutrality regulations, Chairman Tom Wheeler said the founding fathers were likely …

Net Neutrality

5 Great Front-End Developer Tools You Must Try

<i>Arnaud Breton is a full-stack developer at mention with a specific focus on the front-end side and user experience. This post originally appeared on the mention blog.</i><p>Over the last few years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in an entirely new generation of Web applications. These apps have become much …

Reddit, Imgur and Boing Boing launch anti-NSA-surveillance campaign

The Reset the Net campaign aims to encourage direct action, urging visitors to install privacy and encryption tools<p>Some of the world's largest websites are planning a coordinated day of action on Thursday to oppose mass surveillance online.<p>The sites, which include Reddit, Imgur and BoingBoing, will …

An Incredibly Rare Glimpse of How Disneyland Was Supposed to Look

The Disneyland of today is one of the most well-known places in the world. But in 1953, it was just sketches on paper, the pipe dream of two brothers …

Ice melt in part of Antarctica 'appears unstoppable,' NASA says

New research shows a major section of west Antarctica's ice sheet will completely melt in coming centuries and probably raise sea levels higher than previously predicted, revealing another impact from the world's changing climate.<p>According to a study released Monday, warm ocean currents and …

Retro Game Crunch hits Steam May 19

<i>Retro Game Crunch</i>, a compilation of seven NES classic-inspired games, will launch via Steam May 19 after being Greenlit by the community, developer Rusty Moyher announced today.<p>The compilation, which features platformers, puzzle adventure games and shoot-'em-ups, was released in March for Mac and …

Mozilla to FCC: Let us help you keep from screwing up net neutrality

U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is in a bind. Idealistic, nonprofit browser maker Mozilla thinks it has a way for him to get out of it.<p>Mozilla made the suggestion today in blog post titled “Protecting Net Neutrality and the Open Internet.” The nonprofit organization, …

Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack: No Fix For Windows XP Leaves 1 In 4 PCs Exposed

Microsoft is scrambling to fix a major bug which allows hackers to exploit flaws in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, responsible for 55% of the PC browser market. The company has also confirmed it will not issue a fix for web browsers running on Windows XP after it formally ended support …

Nintendo's Original Game Boy Turns 25

On April 21, 1989, Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan. It was built like a brick and rendered a mixture of black and gray pixels on a muddy green background. The console wasn’t light, slender or powerful, but it was the trigger for a new culture around video games and changed people’s …

Learn to See Photographically With These 4 Tips

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in becoming a proficient photographer is learning to see the creative possibilities of the scene in front of …

‘Mobile Lovers’ & ‘Spy Booth’: New Murals from Banksy | Colossal

<p>After a brief hiatus from his whirlwind New York residency last October, Banksy emerged with at least two new pieces over the weekend. The first …

If Comcast gets TWC, three out of four Americans could get a broadband cap

Advertisement<p>31 Comments<p>As regulators attempt to sift through the possible public harms and benefits of Comcast’s(s cmsca) $45.2 billion plan to buy …

3 Times Nintendo Brought Itself Back From The Brink

It would be a stretch to call the Nintendo Wii U a failure. Between its launch in November 2012 and the end of 2013, the console had sold only 5.83 …

This Is 4K PC Gaming With Falcon Northwest's Mach V And Triple Nvidia Titan Blacks

There’s a classic scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film <i>Jackie Brow</i>n, wherein Samuel L. Jackson provides some colorful commentary about the, shall we say, undeniable blanket effectiveness of an AK-47. Falcon Northwest’s Mach V PC is a <i>lot</i> like that.<p>Let’s weed out the window shoppers: the specific …

Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle'

Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum who last month debated TV personality Bill Nye "The Science Guy" pitting his Biblical literalism against Darwinian evolution, says the highly publicized showdown has been like manna from heaven for a foundering $73 million Noah's Ark theme park.<p>"It was a …

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

Boeing Unveils Super-Secure Android Smartphone

Boeing is best known for manufacturing airplanes, but it has now stepped into making smartphones by unveiling the ‘Boeing Black’ — an extra-secure device designed for government-level “missions.” Yes, that makes it sound like a smartphone built for spies, à la James Bond.<p>In a filing to the US …

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

Mega Android releases this week - new features, but the same great Android Collectible feel

Are you ready for the biggest Android release yet? At almost 10-inches tall we would like to introduce Mega Android. Dead Zebra and Andrew Bell’s new Android Collectible vinyl robot that absolutely dwarfs their popular, you might even say famous, Android Mini Series. For now, Mega Android comes in …

Mini-series

'Don't be a Glasshole', Google urges Glass users

Google has issued an etiquette guide for users of its Google Glass headsets, urging them to be respectful and polite while wearing them<p>Google has published an etiquette guide for users of Google Glass, including a list of Dos and Don't when wearing the headset.<p>Expected to be released for wider …