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Airthings wants you to measure the Radon in your house

We have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. They live in our houses, sniffing the air for nasties, and causing a right stink if something has gone horribly wrong. Norwegian company Airthings wants to add Radon to the list of things you constantly monitor for, with the Wave radon detector.<p>…

Home Automation

Aerosols Could Alleviate Global Warming And Cool The Planet

But scientists say it's not a long term solution to climate change.<p>For years, scientists have warned that aerosols seriously damage the ozone layer, …

Climate Change

MIT’s DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin interfaces

Your next tattoo could be functional as well as aesthetic. A new MIT Media Lab product called DuoSkin created in partnership with Microsoft Research turns temporary tattoos into connected interfaces, letting them act as input for smartphones or computers, display output based on changes in body …

Wireless

US Air Force's plan to improve radio communications? Plasma bomb the atmosphere

Radio communication is a weak point for most military operations -- it is often not long enough or strong enough to adequately meet soldiers' needs. The U.S. Air Force's "go big or go home" solution to improve their long-distance calls? Supercharge the atmosphere by detonating aerial plasma bombs …

Military

The world’s largest jet engine is as wide as a Boeing 737 and more powerful than America’s first manned space rocket

As large in diameter as the body of an entire Boeing 737, the GE9X is the biggest jet engine in the world, and it delivers those extra fuel savings and more. GE Aviation has built the engine for the new Boeing 777X planes and started testing it in March. It's also one of GE's biggest draws at the …

Aviation

Publish tweetstorms on the go with Storm It for Android [Update: Now on iOS too]

There have previously been rumors about Twitter allowing tweets longer than 140 characters; some even speculated that it would allow up to 10,000 characters.<p>That’d be great for those of you who enjoy publishing tweetstorms, or a bunch of tweets in quick succession. We’ve seen them from Donald …

Hands on with Nura headphones that adapt to your unique hearing profile

Just as with vision, no two people have the same hearing, so why should headphones be one size fits all?<p>Off the back of a successful Kickstarter that …

Verizon and Samsung built a LTE network extender for your house

Verizon Wireless has partnered with Samsung's Network Division to create a LTE network extender for homes and small businesses. If you've ever had cell signal issues in your home or office you know it can be a pain, and Verizon says this small box which features Samsung's small cell technology …

Verizon

These headphones mold to your exact ear shape in 60 seconds

Headphones are a major pain point for music and podcast lovers. Traditional headphones are clunky, while earbuds fall out and can't seem to stay untangled.<p>But a new kind of earbuds might just fit better than other headphones. That's because they're custom fit to your ears.<p>Revols, created by a …

Consumer Tech

Facebook spends a ton of money to get users to watch livestreams

Facebook is getting really serious about live video. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is spending over $50 million on nearly 140 contracts for celebrities and publishers to stream live over the next year.<p>That amounts to over $350,000 paid on average. The highest paid outlets are …

From trash to treasure: Scientists turn plastic bottles and bags into liquid fuel

In the future, perhaps we'll be mining our landfills and fishing through our oceans for the raw materials to make fuel. Using a two-catalyst process, a joint U.S.-China team of researchers has figured out how to take discarded plastic products, from grocery bags to plastic bottles, and turn them …

NASA and Germany extend the life of their flying observatory

SOFIA, the airborne telescope that backed up New Horizons in studying Pluto, will go on flights to observe our universe until the end of 2020. NASA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or DLR) have extended their joint project for four more years. SOFIA is a …

There's a hidden volume control in your Mac menu bar

Menu bar applications on Mac give you quick access to your most important settings. But with this trick, you can control even more from the menu bar.<p>These days, there's a menu bar application for just about anything you can imagine -- checking Product Hunt, locking yourself out of all the …

Product Hunt

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

'Nightmare Bacteria' Superbug Found for First Time in U.S

A drug-resistant “superbug” that doctors have been dreading has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.<p>The bacteria has genetic changes that make it resistant to a last-ditch antibiotic called colistin and while it had been seen in Europe and China, no one in the …

Public Health

India Records Its Hottest Day Ever With a Blistering 123.8°F

A city in India’s desert state of Rajasthan set a new national heat record Thursday when the mercury rose to 51°C (123.8°F).<p>The stupefying …

Heat Waves

Everything Google just announced at its I/O conference

As usual, Google used the keynote at its I/O developer conference to unleash a barrage of product news. Here’s a summary of everything it announced.<p>Google Assistant<p>Better late than never. With chat bots dominating tech headlines in 2016, Google today debuted a new chat-based intelligent assistant …

Android News

T-Mobile's Binge On adds NBC, Spotify, Google Play Music

Customers of T-Mobile can now stream more than 80 video services without chewing up their cellular data.<p>T-Mobile is bent on retaining subscribers and winning over new ones by adding more streaming services to its Binge On program.<p>On Tuesday, the company announced the addition of more than 12 …

Net Neutrality

Alaska Airlines wants to replace Southwest Airlines as California's go-to airline

Executives at<p>Southwest Airlineslike to joke that they run a California airline, based in Texas.<p>For good reason. The Dallas-based carrier flies more passengers in and out of California each year than any other airline, thanks primarily to a dominance in midsize cities including Burbank, San Diego, …

Things could get a lot worse for Apple

If one assumes that Apple can maintain its current profits, the stock is outrageously inexpensive. Its net cash represents about 30% of the company's market capitalization at this point, putting the cash-adjusted P/E ratio at just about 7 based on last year's earnings.<p>But investors making this …

Mobile
McDonald's

PepsiCo Slips as Nelson Peltz Heads for the Exits

PepsiCo (pep) shares slid Friday on news Trian Fund Management has sold its 18.3 million shares in the company, according to a regulatory filing. …

Nelson Peltz

I flew on an all-business-class airline I had never heard of, and it was one of the best travel experiences I've ever had

And this was the only big trip most of us would be taking this year, so we were willing to spend a bit more.<p>The next day, he sent over a few options. We could fly economy from New York to Heathrow for about $800 per person, premium economy for $1,500, or business class on a big-name airline for …

New Jersey

U.S. Airlines Are Replacing Old Planes With Second-Hand Jets

It’s a tale that could be dubbed “From Russia to Love.”<p>Two Boeing Co. 737 jetliners swooped onto a factory airfield near Seattle in March, the last …

Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say

Reading on computer screens and smartphones has made people unable to fully understand what they are reading as our brains retreat into focusing on small details rather than meanings, a study claims.<p>Researchers found that those who filled in forms, read short stories or studied using computer …

The Brain
Apps

New Scosche MagicMount portable battery w/ Lightning attaches magnetically to your iPhone

As someone that often carries around a portable battery or two when on-the-go for extended periods of time (because I don’t particularly like the added bulk of using a battery case), this new MagicMount product from Scosche looks very interesting.<p>A super slim magnetic pad goes on your iPhone, and …

This Airline Will Send You Around The Globe For Free, If You Snapchat Your Adventure

Tired of sending the same Snapchat stories of food and drinks in your hometown? Wow Air can help you with that. The Icelandic budget airline is looking to send four people on free adventures to different locations around the world, provided they Snapchat the whole thing.<p>Each Snapchatter will go to …

Travel

E-cigarettes should be given to smokers, say doctors

E-cigarettes should be offered to patients trying to give up smoking, doctors have said.<p>A report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) …

Public Health