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Apple Patents A 3D Hologram Display System With Gesture Input

Apple has patented a 3D display system (via AppleInsider) that uses a familiar mirror box-type design, but that works with digital images instead of physical objects like those you might find in novelty stores, and that also incorporates 3D gesture-based input from a user for control.<p>The 3D display …

Cherry trees blossom six years early after a trip to space

In 2008 Japanese scientists decided to take a handful of cherry tree seeds (and by "handful" we mean over 250) to space. The embryonic plants spent eight months aboard the International Space Station as part of an educational project aimed at children. When the stones returned, 14 of them were …

Meet the university students trying to send a spacecraft to the moon — for $10 million!

Penn State’s “Lunar Lions” tell Salon about their trailblazing effort to put students in space<p>One hundred and twenty students at Penn State University have their sights set on the surface of the moon -- and some may land a spacecraft there before they earn a degree. The Penn State University Lunar …

Tennessee is Making Pregnancy a Criminal Liability

The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Nanotech

Gorgeous and Rare Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by John Vernon Lord

<i>“Words mean more than we mean to express when we use them,”</i> Lewis Carroll once wrote in a letter to a friend, <i>“so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer means.”</i><p>Perhaps due to its timelessly whimsical nature, <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> — the umbrella title given to Lewis Carroll’s …

The 10 Best Bond Villains

<b>James Bond is often only</b> as good as his villains, which is why the Internet went nuts when rumors began circulating late last week that 007's next adversary might be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Oscar-nominated <i>12 Years a Slave</i> star would be not only the rare black actor to face off against Bond …

Secret Service

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: America's Anchors

They faked it until they made it. Now they may truly be the most trusted names in news<p>I thought Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might be a little …

Attorney general announces investigation into high-speed stock trades

WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen.<p>Eric H. Holder Jr.announced Friday that the Justice Department is investigating the practice of high-speed trading on the stock exchanges.<p>Holder, in testimony prepared for delivery before the<p>House Appropriations Committee, said the Justice Department is investigating the use …

World Food Prices Jump Again In March

Global food prices rose to their highest in almost a year in March, led by unfavorable weather for crops and political tensions over Ukraine, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.<p>The Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) price index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket …

Solar Panels Made Easy - VERY Easy!

Introduction: Solar Panels Made Easy - VERY Easy!<p>NOTE: the longer the panel that is exposed to the sun the hotter the air gets as it rises.<p>Let me …

Home Improvement

Generating Off-Grid Power: The Four Best Ways

So, you've thought about whether or not living off the grid is right for you; you know that it means no more utility bills and generating all of your …

Renewable Energy

Low-cost Solar Panels are Easy to Make and Reconfigure

What’s the size of a deck of playing cards and can pump out enough power to charge your cellphone? These awesome little home-made magnetic solar …

17 Diabolical Tech Pranks For April Fools' Day

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Scientists Develop Night Vision Contact Lens

Troops might be able to replace those heavy night vision goggles strapped to their helmets and replace them with contact lenses.<p>The University of …

Beware the rise of Putin the Terrible

At the moment, our preoccupation is President<p>Vladimir Putin's next move outside Russia. Will he invade eastern Ukraine? Will he move into Moldova? But even more worrisome than these territorial issues is what Putin may have in mind for Russia itself.<p>The Russian president did not engineer the …

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials – is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam<p>Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon …

Foodini is a 3D printer for everything from burgers to gnocchi

Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead? That's the idea behind Foodini, a new 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and turns them into a culinary masterpiece. The device can do things like make custom ravioli, your own unique crackers …

Now Gmail Encrypts Messages Sent to Google Servers

Starting Thursday, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection for sending and receiving email.<p>Gmail has supported HTTPS since 2004 (an …

Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in unused wallet

Discovery reduces the number of bitcoins believed stolen in fraudulent withdrawals from 850,000 to 650,000.<p>Mt. Gox has discovered 200,000 missing bitcoins in a wallet no longer in use, the troubled Bitcoin exchange announced Thursday, reducing the number of missing bitcoins from 850,000 to …

Bitcoin

The Devil and the Art Dealer

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich …

Cloak Plots Out Your Enemy's Location and Helps You Avoid Them

iPhone: We all have a few people we're friends with on social networks who we just don't want to ever see in real life. Cloak is an app that makes …

HomeMade Modern EP29 Hanging Garden

This DIY vertical garden is an easy-to-make project that can turn a window into a beautiful and productive herb garden.<p>SUPPLIES:<p>4" to 5" Terra Cotta …

Sony Announces Project Morpheus, A Virtual Reality Headset For The PS4

And just like that, the Virtual Reality wars have begun.<p>Firing a shot across the bow of Oculus (the company responsible for getting many people excited about virtual reality again, after the myriad flops of the 90s), Sony has just announced that they’re building a VR headset for the PS4.<p>Sony is …

Epic drastically drops the price of Unreal Engine game development

Epic Games, the company that created <i>Gears of War</i>, <i>Infinity Blade,</i> and the popular Unreal Engine for developing game titles, has been rather quiet as of late. The firm's most prominent recent announcements have been around selling off that <i>Gears of War</i> franchise to Microsoft, and delivering a fancy …

Putin signs treaty to make Crimea part of Russia

MOSCOW — Russia has signed a treaty to incorporate<p>Crimeainto its territory following a referendum in which residents of Ukraine's region overwhelmingly backed the move.<p>President<p>Vladimir Putinsigned the document Tuesday with Crimea's prime minister and parliament speaker following a televised …