Ep 45: Divine - Technology & Hip Hop

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Find Your House On This Map and Watch the Satellites Passing Above You

There are more than 2,250 satellites orbiting the Earth right now. But that abstract number didn’t prepare me for the shock of watching a Soviet-era …

Space

Mining (And Learning) With The 21 Bitcoin Computer

A few days ago a $400 charge hit my credit card and Amazon notified me that my 21.co bitcoin computer was on its way.<p>Essentially a Raspberry Pi connected with a custom bitcoin-mining ASIC and a heatsink, the computer is one of the most interesting MVPs in modern memory. While you could easily …

Cryptocurrency

Dunkin' Donuts takes aim at Starbucks with mobile ordering and delivery

You can already order your coffee from Starbucks before you get there, and soon you may be able to do the same from another popular purveyor of the brew. Dunkin' Donuts is testing mobile ordering through its app at locations in Portland, Maine. What's more, a few stores in Dallas are trying their …

For the first time, scientists spot baby planets forming around an alien star

For the first time, scientists have caught sight of planets in the hot, messy act of being born.<p>Astronomers using the Large Binocular Telescope and …

Universe

6 futuristic cars powered entirely by the sun

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Innovators around the world are obsessed with harnessing the power of the sun. Solar energy has been used to power lamps that light up the night, to run desalinators that create clean drinking water, and to offset fossil fuels on utility grids. But what about solar cars? The world …

Clean Energy

Wait, Did Facebook Just Build A Kickstarter Competitor?

Facebook’s on a quest to absorb the Internet, and now it looks like it could invade crowdfunding. Today the company released a new Fundraiser product that allows nonprofits to set up a campaign page, show off a video explaining their goal, collect cash, and let people share News Feed posts with …

Facebook

Our National Encryption Debate, In Quotes

The long-burning debate concerning encryption, its impact on both consumer privacy and the government’s ability to protect its citizens is back with a vengeance.<p>The dialogue appeared to be dwindling after the White House said it would not require companies to breach the security of their products …

Encryption

ISIS reaches new level of sophistication with tech-support 'help desk'

The Islamic State (ISIS) is now an international organization with many layers of complexity and logistical demands. And like any sprawling …

Islamic State (ISIS)

I tried the startup that wants to replace your lunch with futuristic nutrition 'squares' — and they actually tasted good

If you are intrigued by the idea of an efficient, quantified meal, but are a bit weirded out by drinking Soylent, you might find Mealsquares more palatable.<p>Mealsquares is a "beta" stage startup that bills itself as a "solid, whole-food Soylent alternative."<p>But wait, a food version of Soylent, you …

Food

American Medical Association wants to ban ads for prescription drugs

On Tuesday, the American Medical Association called for a ban on consumer advertisements for prescription drugs and medical devices, an attempt to help customers make the best, most affordable health care choices, the group said. The AMA claims drug advertisements create high demand for the …

Health Care

Meet the new female Link from The Legend of Zelda

Linkle makes her debut in Hyrule Warriors 3DS spinoff<p>Amid Nintendo's flurry of fall news during the Nintendo Direct announcement today came the introduction of a long-awaited and much rumored new character named Linkle. Even non-Nintendo fans should be able to figure out that the …

Legend of Zelda

Pressure In Congress Grows For GPS Tracking Reform After Supreme Court Passes On Cell Phone Case

Senators and House representatives this week are calling on Congress to act on bills that would limit location tracking and phone surveillance after the Supreme Court decided not to hear a cell phone case earlier this week.<p>The justices on Monday declined to review a federal court’s decision from …

Surveillance

Motus is a Futuristic Wireless Instrument That Is Entirely Movement-Based

Modern technology has become a critical part of the way we consume music, but also in the way we create it. A new example of that is Motus, which is …