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How to Build a Custom Star Wars Lightsaber

<i>Master & Apprentice</i> is a web series, created by Rooster Teeth, where production designer Marcus Gray LaPorte and novice cosplay-maker Adam Ellis make …

Nearby system has 7 Earth-sized planets, several in the habitable zone

Less than 40 light years away, TRAPPIST-1 hosts a plethora of planets.<p>Less than a year ago, an international team of astronomers put the star …

Apple History: Acorn, a virtual click-wheel-based OS which lost out to iOS, shown in its 2006-era glory [video]

Sonny Dickson this evening posted posted a log and video of a never before seen in public version of pre-iPhone era software that was built as an alternative OS to what eventually became iOS.<p>The OS, which was devised in the iPod’s heyday, was based on a virtual click-wheel that was put on the touch …

Multi-Touch

Track how drunk you are with this Apple Watch accessory

Getting a reading of your blood-alcohol content levels is about to become as easy as glancing at your Apple Watch.<p>The first-ever wearable alcohol monitor made its debut at CES in Las Vegas this week, giving drinkers a new option for keeping track of whether or not they’re fit to get behind the …

Apple Watch

Oculus Changes The VR Game, Introduces Interactive 'Parties' And 'Rooms'

By Adie Pie , Dec 19, 2016 03:55 AM EST<p>Earlier this year, Oculus helped bring virtual reality to the forefront of technology by introducing the …

Virtual Reality

More than 600 million Indians don't have cards. So how can the country ban cash?

India has become a leader in IT services and its skilled workers now occupy offices across every continent. Yet the digital divide is stark; around a …

India

Smartwatch can help detect signs of cardiac arrest for at-risk patients

Fitness trackers typically monitor users’ sleep, activity and exercise patterns. But the iBeat, a new wearable technology, does those things while trying to reduce deaths due to the leading fatality worldwide, heart disease.<p>The iBeat smartwatch uses microsensors to measure users’ heart rate for …

A hypersonic commercial plane that goes into space for insanely fast travel

The concept<p>The Paradoxal is a commercial supersonic/hypersonic passenger aircraft concept capable of flying on a sub-orbital parabolic trajectory between distant parts of the globe within hours. It uses a Rotary Ramjet engine as the air-breathing engine and then converts to a rocket to reach a …

The top 30 gadgets of 2016

From the retro gaming delights of Super Mario Bros to virtual reality, home-bots and hybrid cars, here is this year’s must-have technology<p>This first person-view drone can bank, twist and zoom through the heavens at nearly 50mph. Probably as close as you can get to flying without leaving the ground.

Massive Apple Leaks Reveal Radical New iPhone

Is Apple set to <i>Wow the world</i> with a radical new iPhone? A rash of leaks from a variety of credible sources strongly suggest so, and they promise a level of reinvention we haven’t seen from Apple in several years.<p>Here’s the breakdown.<p>The biggest news comes from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo (widely …

Mobile Technology

SpaceX Hauls Massive Mars Spaceship Tank to the Sea for Testing

Elon Musk’s out-of-this-world brainchild, SpaceX, is working on a new way for mankind to travel to Mars with its Interplanetary Transport System. The …

Readdle taking sign-ups for upcoming Spark for Mac email app beta

Readdle has been working on bringing its email app called Spark to the Mac for a while now, and this week the company started taking sign-ups for users who want to test the beta version.<p>Spark for Mac will be an alternative email client to Apple’s built-in Mail app with better support for Gmail and …

This paper-like battery charges in one minute and lasts for 10,000 cycles

Research company ITRI has introduced an Ultrafast Rechargeable Aluminum Battery (URABat), said to be a safer and more efficient alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Developed in partnership with Stanford University, the URABat can be fully-charged in one minute for more than 10,000 cycles.<p>The …

Clean Energy

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 internet satellites

SpaceX has just asked the FCC for permission to launch 4,425 satellites that can provide high-speed (1 Gbps) internet around the globe. That's more than <i>thrice</i> the current number of active satellites orbiting our planet, based on the data posted by the Union of Concerned Scientists. SpaceX chief …

A Rare Genetic Mutation Might Inspire the First Drug That Fights All Viruses

Viruses are notorious for evading man-made drugs, but they are powerless against a rare mutation in the gene <i>ISG15</i>. A person who possesses this …

Stephen Hawking just gave humanity a due date for finding another planet

By Peter Holley<p>, Reporter<p>If humanity survives the rise of artificial intelligence, the ravages of climate change and the threat of nuclear terrorism in the next century, it doesn't mean we're home free, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The renowned theoretical physicist has gone as far as providing …

Artificial Intelligence

Six gadgets from Star Trek that may soon become reality

It's a little over 50 years since the Star Trek burst onto US television and began boldly going where no man had gone before.<p>Over that time we've been treated to hundreds of episodes, more than a dozen films and scores of characters. Even as a show set in the future (way, way in the future), …

Star Trek

High-Speed Electrons Have Been Spotted Outside Earth's Magnetic Field, And NASA Can't Explain It

So fast, they break current physics models.<p>In the region of space just outside Earth’s magnetic field, NASA has detected electrons that are being …

Fraud charges dropped against South Africa's finance minister

South Africa's respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, is in the clear after the country's chief prosecutor dropped fraud charges against him.<p>The prosecutor announced the fraud charges just three weeks ago, rocking the domestic stock market and the South African currency. On Monday, he withdrew …

Air Force's X-37B space plane mystery mission wings by 500 days in orbit

The latest secretive mission of the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane has cruised beyond 500 days in Earth orbit since its launch last year.<p>The U.S. military launched the robotic X-37B space plane on May 20, 2015, marking the fourth flight for the Air Force program. A United Launch …

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Physics

Details On Playstation 4 Slim And New DualShock 4 Leaks

With the new PS4 slim out in the wild, new information is starting to trickle down thanks to Twitter user shortman82, who purchased one on …

The most dangerous object known to humanity

If you gazed up at the Perseids, you’ll want to appreciate the fact that we’re still here.<p><i>“Honestly, if you’re given the choice between Armageddon or</i> …

Report: U.S. transfers nukes from Turkish airbase to Romania

The U.S. has started transferring American nuclear weapons stationed at an airbase in southeastern Turkey to Romania, the independent Euractiv …

A Prototype Mars Colony Will Be 3-D Printed in the Mojave Desert

Think tank Mars City Design seeks to develop the Red Planet’s architecture<p>Vera Mulyani didn’t want to be just an architect when she grew up. She aspired to be a “Marschitect.” So she founded the think tank Mars City Design to explore the architectural future of our neighboring planet. And …

Watch Out: Dangerous Image Files Can Compromise Your Whole Mac or iPhone

Be careful out there.<p>You should always be careful opening files that come form a source you don't completely trust, but now there's more reason than ever if you are on a Mac or an iPhone. Researchers from Cisco's Talos have found that, thanks to an exploit, malicious TIFF image files have the power …

You Can Make Fire With Little More Than a Plastic Bag

A familiar trick with an unusual implement.<p>If you're in a pinch in the woods and you need to make a fire, don't fret if you're all out of matches. All you really need is a plastic bag, some wood, the sun, and access to water.<p>Grant Thompson, the self-proclaimed "King of Random," showcases this handy …

Camping

New Study Says Transistors Will Stop Shrinking In 2021

Sorry, Moore's Law.<p>A new report from the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicts that transistors will stop shrinking in size by 2021, a future that contradicts the premise of Moore's Law, which says that the density of transistors on a microchip doubles every two …

5 Things You Should Never Do With a Turbocharged Car

If you own a turbocharged car, learn why you shouldn't do these five things.<p>The days where you needed to be an expert to drive a turbocharged performance car (like the first-gen 911 Turbo shown above) are long gone, but there's still some skill involved. If you want to preserve the life of your …