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This WEEK in LAW on Flipboard

By Denise Howell | Possible TWiL discussion topics (http://twit.tv/twil)<p>Supreme Court quotes 'Spider-Man' in toy patent case, gives win to Marvel<p>Two …

1950s Ranch

This addition and renovation of a midcentury California ranch home is tied together with warm ipe wood. In Menlo Park, California, a retired couple set out to add space and function to their cute but compact 1950s ranch home. Knowing the original house needed structural improvement, the owners were …

Houses

How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard

If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret: The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has …

Amazon Echo

California Drought, Then and Now, in Pictures

Gardening

Here's a flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

Flying cars are the future, right? In the 1960s, the world imagined a future in which anyone could afford to take a drive above the scenery, but the technology simply never got there.<p>Now, Slovakian startup AeroMobil has announced it will be launching a flying car this year — and unlike their first …

Transportation

Hacker sets off every emergency siren in Dallas

A hacker set off all 156 emergency sirens in Dallas which wailed for 90 minutes overnight.<p>The hacker tricked the system into sending repeated signals 60 times from 11.42 pm until 1.17am on Saturday morning.<p>Rocky Vaz, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management said the hacker was from …

Dallas

A Mountain Lion Kitten Is Found, Leading To Excitement And Concern

Admit it. You only clicked on this story because of the photo of that insanely cute mountain lion kitten. You just wanted to gaze into her (yes, it's a her) milky blue eyes.<p>That's fair.<p>But there's more to the story of this kitten. Researchers have named her P-54. She's no more than a few months …

Wildlife

Scientists plan to drill into the Earth's mantle for the first time

We'd know a lot more about what's under the Earth's crust if Jules Verne's Icelandic volcano weren't but a figment of his imagination. Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology's (JAMSTEC) largest drilling ship called "Chikyu" is very real, though, and a group of international …

Earth Science
Government

High school junior launches TagDat, an emoji-based local reviews app

Buffy Li was very patient when she took time off from her Spring Break to talk to me.<p>Li, an 11th grader at Santa Cruz’s Kirby prep school, spent most of the week off coordinating the launch of her new app, TagDat. While she’s stressed about getting her ducks in a row, the app is actually the second …

Startups

'Right in the bull's-eye': SpaceX just pulled off a revolutionary rocket launch

Elon Musk has just pulled off his dream of more than 15 years: fuel up a used rocket booster, fire it off, then recover it for yet another launch.<p>"It's an amazing day for space as a whole, for the space industry," Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch.<p>SpaceX, Musk's rocket company, …

SpaceX

After Internet Privacy Vote, Some ISPs Pledge Not To Sell Browsing Histories

Under its privacy policy, AT&T, for example, states that it may collect: “IP addresses, URLs, data transmission rates and delays. We also learn about the pages you visit, the time you spend, the links or advertisements you see and follow, the search terms you enter, how often you open an …

Net Neutrality

Watch what happens when Spotify gives unknown music acts a big push

The playlist effect.<p>Spotify is the equivalent of a music store, stacked with more than 30 million singles. If you pay Spotify $10 a month, you can grab any of the singles you want, whenever you want.<p>But that’s a lot of singles. Who’s going to help you pick through them?<p>Spotify has more than than …

Music Industry

4 Weird and Fascinating Things That Actually Happen to Your Permanently Lost Luggage

As scary as the possibility of losing luggage may seem to many travelers — who will frequently go through serious hoops to fly carry-on only — the …

Bravo TV

Underwater drone is ready to make a splash

The 3-kg (6.6-lb) drone is being made in Standard and Advanced models, both of which come with a 30-m (98-ft) tether running up to a Wi-Fi-equipped …

Drones

A Modern Guide to Tulum, Mexico: Super Food, Dreamy Beach & Blissfully Boho Vibes

The Best of Tulum: Where to Stay, Eat, Drink + Explore<p>STAY: Wanderers will be happy to land at <b>Nomade</b>, where a meditation tent, wind chime garden, and …

Travel

Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Stunning Video of Mars

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don’t count on a good view. The Red Planet’s dusty atmosphere will probably …

Space

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance—that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

Drones

Uber is about to lose its VP of mapping as well as its president

Uber's vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, is the latest executive to announce a departure from the taxi-hailing company.<p>His exit was reported Sunday by The New York Times just hours after Recode broke the news that Uber's president, Jeff Jones, was quitting the world's …

Uber

13 Surreal Drone Photos Transform America Into a Roller Coaster

Pity the poor rancher who finds himself trapped in an Aydın Büyüktaş photo. There he is in his pickup, cruising along a flat Texas road with nothing …

Not everyone's thrilled Cheerios gave away 1.5 billion wildflower seeds to save the bees

Cheerios' recent campaign to give away flower seeds was both wildly popular and, no surprise, controversial.<p>General Mills, maker of the O-shaped oat cereal, said it initially planned to dole out 100 million wildflower seeds to customers who requested them.<p>The goal? Boost the ranks of North …

Bees

Harvard Law School Accepting the GRE Could Lead to Sweeping Changes

Harvard Law School's verdict this week to open its admissions process could set off a national trend.<p>After announcing Wednesday that they will accept the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) as well as the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the Ivy league school could be setting a different kind of …

San Francisco startup Apis Cor 3D-prints a house in 24 hours

Thanks to advancements in 3D printing technology, a small house can now be printed in a day.<p>San Francisco-based 3D printing startup Apis Cors …

3D Printing

NASA released a ton of software for free and here’s some you should try

NASA has just published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Of course, most of it is pretty closely tied to… you know, launching spacecraft and stuff, which most people don’t do. But here are a few items …

New Marin restaurants popping up like wildflowers

The past two months have seen a number of new restaurants arrive on the Marin dining scene.<p>The Whisk + Skillet made its debut at Strawberry Village …

Restaurants

What to Do in San Francisco This Month: Off the Grid & CAAMFest

With spring fast approaching, the city’s weekly outdoor food truck festival Off the Grid is returning to Fort Mason. Help the Roxie movie theater …

San Francisco

BEST RESTAURANTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco is known to have amazing food and it sure does! I’ve been eating my way through San Francisco for the last year and a half and there is …

WHERE TO BRUNCH IN SAN FRANCISCO

One of the only things I look forward to during the weekend is <b>BRUNCH</b>. It’s one of my favorite meals of the day since it has all of my favorite food …

Mill Valley: What to See, Do and Eat with Kids

This quaint hamlet located at the base of Mount Tamalpais, a mere four miles north of San Francisco, was once a weekend retreat for city-dwellers. In …

RVs