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NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.<p>Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies …

Forgotify Only Plays Spotify Songs That No One Has Ever Played Before

Indie music? <i>Pffft.</i> Indie music is way too main stream, man. All the <i>cool</i> kids are into music that <i>no one has ever heard.</i><p>Meet Forgotify. Forgotify tears through Spotify in search of songs with zero plays, playing only the songs that <i>no one else</i> has ever listened to.<p>Certainly, there can’t be many of …

Valve Expects Virtual Reality To Be Awesome Within 2 Years

Virtual Reality is coming. As in, actual, good, user-friendly virtual reality. The stuff sci-fi has promised us for decades.<p>Don’t take my word for it. Valve — easily one of the most revered and admired companies in gaming — has gone deep on virtual reality R&D, and they believe that amazing, …

The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

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My ideal Pebble smartwatch setup on iOS 7

When I first put on a<p>Pebble smartwatchshortly after it was made available at Best Buy, I was excited. The thought of being able to leave my phone in my coat pocket, or in another room, and receiving alerts on my wrist was <i>very</i> appealing. Quickly I realized the watch only lived up to half of the hype …

Make Your Own Computer For $99

The new DIY computer kit from Kano delivers everything you need to build a computer, make music, hack games, and start coding<p>For most of us, the inner-workings of a MacBook Air remain a pleasant, whirring mystery. That is until, something goes horribly south and we realize we need a Genius to fix …

They grow up so fast: What this console generation’s characters have learned

<i>This is part of our ongoing series about games and trends of one of the most longest-lived eras in gaming’s history — the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 generation.</i><p>The current console generation is almost eight years old now, and you don’t stick around that long without going through some changes and …

No, America is not a Christian nation

<b>(History Channel)</b><p>Why is the Right so obsessed with pushing revisionist history?<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>October 17, 2013 1:02pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>It’s common to hear conservatives say things like Paul Ryan did during the campaign: “Our rights come from nature and God, not from …

Fall asleep to the sound of Wikipedia

When one thinks of edits to Wikipedia, back and forth bickering and arguments over minutia generally come to mind. A project called Listen to Wikipedia offers a very different vibe, however, as it translates Wikipedia edits into soothing sounds and pleasant animations. Using the data provided by …

Astronomers Find Trio Of 'Super-Earths' Around Nearby Star

New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.<p>At just 22 light years away from Earth, Gliese …

Cloning technique produces human stem cells for the first time

Researchers say they have finally managed to use cloning technology to make human embryos and grow stem cells from them in the hopes of making perfectly matched grow-your-own tissue transplants.<p>They used a human egg cell and parts of a human skin cell to grow a very early human embryo, then …

Personal Information Is the Currency of the 21st Century

The currency of the 21st century digital economy is your personal information. It has no transaction costs and does not decrease in value when the …

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals

We shouldn't punish students who are trying to understand how their world works.<p>On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old public school student in Bartow, Florida did what any kid with an ounce of curiosity does: She performed an experiment. Like many acts of science, however, it didn't go as …