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Famed Indian Scout Finds Its Way Back To Modern Motorcycle Market

In the early 1920s and 30s, a popular carnival attraction was the Wall of Death, a barrel-shaped wooden track, or motor drome, in which daring motorcycle riders would gradually climb the inside walls until they were riding horizontally, circling the lip of the barrel, thrilling spectators peering …

Second Life has devolved into a postapocalyptic virtual world. The weirdest thing is how many people still use it

Remember Second Life?<p>Launched in 2003 by Linden Lab, it was an unprecedentedly wide and open free online world (which allowed real-money purchases). Complete with its own in-game currency, it was a virtual reality with no objective other than to let people build and do what they want, and people …

A woman with deadly Ebola virus escapes quarantine, now loose in a city of 1 million

<b>Scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions (Public Library of Science)</b><p>The deadly virus has killed 660 people across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since February<p>Sarah Gray<p>July 25, 2014 6:27pm (UTC)<p>A woman who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus is now on the loose in a Sierra …

The man who made Atari's E.T. names his worst video game of all time

Howard Scott Warshaw would still like to be remembered as The Man Who Made the Worst Video Game Ever. That doesn't mean he thinks <i>E.T.</i> for the Atari 2600, which he built over five weeks in 1982, is the worst video game of all time.<p>"<i>Charlie's Angels</i>," Warshaw said, put on the spot by a fan at a …

Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

If you’re interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We’ve heard before that Samsung was working on its own …

ComiXology starts offering DRM-free downloads on (some) digital comic book purchases

Digital comic book platform ComiXology announced today that it now has DRM-free downloads for some of the comics and graphic novels available for sale through its online store.<p>Considering that ComiXology is the leading seller of digital comics in the U.S., this is pretty big news.<p>Why? Well many …

Samsung’s VR Software Leak Shows Initial Apps, Ability To Switch Between Virtual And Real Reality

Samsung‘s VR efforts are one leaky ship lately, with a report today echoing earlier rumors that the company would be partnering with Oculus VR for its own headset. Now, a leaked pre-release version of the Samsung VR software has made its way into the hands of SamMobile, apparently revealing some of …

The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source -- here are instructions to make your own, right now!<p>But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR. It's emblematic of Google's approach to virtual …

California company reinvents the rotary engine

Addresses shortcomings of past rotaries while promising better power and efficiency.<p>The rotary engine could be on the verge of a revolution.<p>California startup GoTek Energy has received a patent for a new type of motor – one that addresses some of the shortcomings of past rotaries, while promising …

Engineering

25 Women Reveal What They Find Unattractive About Men

After last week’s no holds barred revelations about the things men find unattractive about women, it’s time to let the ladies speak their minds and …

The Trick to Great Corn on the Cob? Mayonnaise, and a Grill

Step away from the boiling water! In this grilling video, we show you how to add way more flavor to your ears of corn.<p>We could eat a lot of corn on the cob. A <i>lot</i>. But we've thankfully abandoned the boiling-pot-of-water ways of our youth in favor of a smokin' hot grill, some fresh lime juice, and …

The Original Mortal Kombat Cast, Still Kicking Ass Two Decades Later

Last weekend at the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, Illinois, ten of the actors rotoscoped for the first three <i>Mortal Kombat</i> games gathered to …

Retrogaming

Someone Beat 'Super Mario Bros' In Under 5 Minutes

A video gamer who goes by "Blubbler" online just set a new world record for beating 1985's "Super Mario Bros." -- aka the original "Mario" game -- by completing it in 4 minutes and 57.69 seconds. That blows the previous record out of the water by a full two-fifths of a second.<p>It almost goes without …

RANKED: The Rarest, Most Expensive Video Games In The World

Just because video games are fun doesn't mean they can't mean serious business.<p>People are willing to pay a hefty price for nostalgia and one-of-a-kind releases, and thanks to retro gaming website RacketBoy, you now see just how much.<p>From golden Nintendo cartridges to games that let you play as an …

Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit: Weirdest Thing at I/O 2014 - TIME

When Sundar Pichai announced that everyone at the Google I/O developers conference would get “Cardboard,” his tone was so understated that no one …

Virtual Reality

9 Ways Virtual Reality Will Affect the Startup Scene

<b>9. Nothing Yet — But Give It Five Years</b><p>These technologies are very cool. I’ve used Oculus and was impressed, but also a bit underwhelmed given the hype. It’s a new market and it has a long way to go and a lot of improvements to be made before we see mass adoption.<p>In its current state, it’s inferior …

Explore Minecraft-Created Westeros on a Virtual-Reality Treadmill

Scaling the wall isn't just for wildlings anymore.<p>The giant world of Westeros has already been created in <i>Minecraft</i>, but you can crank up the geek …

Meet Mobile Odin, a must-have app for flashing Android phone or tablet software

Modifying the operating system on an Android(s goog) device has been an arcane process for years. There’s a benefit to knowing the process of …

Oyster, the 'Netflix for books,' has finally arrived on Android

The popular book-subscription service Oyster has finally arrived on Android devices, Amazon's Kindle Fire, and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD.<p>Launching today, the Android iteration of " the Netflix for books" sports a new, responsive design tailored for the myriad Android device display sizes and new …

Oculus Rift: still stomach churning, but needs better resolution

Oculus Rift's roller coaster demo proves it has still got the ability to make us nauseous/terrified/totally immersed. We just can't wait for the next …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

Oculus VR heads discuss the problem with PC-driven VR, and standalone hardware

The launch date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset draws closer, although details on exactly when that may be remain guarded. The hardware team is looking at display that actually run above 1080p resolution, and we know that virtual reality becomes uncomfortable at …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

Facebook has built its own switch. And it looks a lot like a server

Not content to remake the server, Facebook’s(s fb) engineers have taken on the humble switch, building their own version of the networking box and …

ANTVR Is An Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Gaming Kit

This embed is invalid<p>Products like the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus have revolutionized the gaming landscape by making virtual reality headsets accessible to the average gamer, but they have a major drawback. Each are married to their platforms and only work with a relatively limited list of …

A Shiny New Shower & Tub: A Cleaning Regimen for Keeping them Perfect Forever

Alright, I keep telling myself, this is your one chance. You may never again have a bathroom with a brand-new bathtub and shower surround. Of the 10 …

Open source for enterprise: MuleSoft, Alfresco, and Acquia under one Canopy

<i>This post is sponsored by Appnovation Technologies.</i><p>Finally. Free-as-in-beer and free-as-in-speech are together at last.<p>Open-source integrator Appnovation is sponsoring a free executive breakfast next week Tuesday in San Francisco, in which key leaders of the Mulesoft integration platform and the …

A pair of mangoes sells for record £1,760 in Japan

Japan’s appetite for perfectly formed fruit is reflected in record sale of two mangos for £1,760 in a seasonal fruit auction<p>A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan have sold for a record Y300,000 (£1,760) at the fruit’s first auction of the season.<p>The highly-prized mangoes were among a batch of …

China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist Party in Zhejiang rejects claims of campaign against Protestant churches but one official describes Christianity’s growth as ‘excessive’<p>Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly …

Unleash Your Inner Wolverine: How to Develop Superhuman Healing Power | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This article was a collaboration between Brett McKay and Chad Howse.</i><p>What man doesn’t want to be Wolverine?<p>He’s super strong, sports …