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The Barisieur alarm clock automatically brews coffee while you wake

It's no secret the first five minutes of consciousness for many of us each morning involves brewing a cup o' joe. Well to help get a jump-start on things, designer Joshua Renouf has developed a striking alarm clock that starts the process before you even get out of bed. Using induction heating and …

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37 pounds. That stone, while enormous relative to others like it, is but an invisible speck when up against the Earth-sized diamond discovered 900 light …

Top 10 Leonardo da Vinci Inventions

Stock Montage/Getty Images<p>Leonardo da Vinci may well have been the greatest inventor in history, yet he had very little effect on the technology of …

Sad Batman: There's nothing sadder than a sad superhero

The "Sad Batman" meme that arose from Zack Snyder's sneak-peek photo Tuesday might just make you very happy.<p>Batman is so sad. How sad is he? Well, just look at his slumped shoulders in the above photo. That is one sad superhero.<p>Director Zack Snyder gave fans a look at the new Batman film starring …

Comic Books

Open thread: in search of the perfect tablet

The tablet market is huge business these days, with 61.42 million of them shipping out around the globe in the second quarter of this year alone. Shipments are up 4.9 percent on the previous quarter, 30.9 percent higher than the previous year, and there’s a huge array of models with varying sizes, …

Gear & Gadgets

Invention Awards 2014: Control An Old, Unruly Radiator With A Smartphone

How to regulate old boiler systems with new technology<p>While studying for his Ph.D., electrical engineer Marshall Cox moved into a 90-year-old Manhattan apartment. He soon learned that winters indoors were more like sweltering summers; a boiler-fed radiator blasted out so much heat that, even during …

Measles vaccines: Late is better than never

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the first quarter of 2014 has been the worst for measles outbreaks since 1996. According to the report, the virus has infected at least 129 people in 13 states. Most weren’t vaccinated or had no record or memory of being …

Gardening

HugeDomains.com - Bozgo.com is for sale (Bozgo)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

Grillo Portable: The Sculptural Grill that Opens Like an Umbrella

I grew up treasuring the days my dad would head out to refill the propane tank for the cumbersome grill we bought him for some birthday or Father's …

Fossil Unearthed in China Sheds Light on Origin of Flying Reptiles

A Chinese fossil is the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid, part of a group of flying reptiles that ruled the skies some 163 million years ago, scientists report.<p>Winged creatures called pterosaurs evolved from a primitive form that lived about 228 million years ago into the largest flying …

Dinosaurs

Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Can science and God co-exist? For centuries, science and religion have been at odds, with some fearing that the more scientists uncover, the more …

Japan looks to next-gen 3D printers for a return to manufacturing success

American 3D printer manufacturers have stolen a lead on the competition, but a Japan-based alliance is looking to fight back... it'll take a year or two, is all. The group includes universities, 27 companies including the likes of Panasonic, Nissan and Kawasaki, as well as the Japanese government. …

Powdered alcohol approved (hiccup or hooray?)

In a decision that some might deem surprising, the Treasury Department has approved a patent for a product called Palcolhol, a powdered form of vodka and other drinks. And yes, you just add water.<p>I have decided to start this week with optimism in my heart. And liver.<p>So might I first offer you the …

Alcohol

What is your dream Project Ara phone?

As many times as I’ve written articles and opinion pieces about Project Ara, I’d say I’m very excited about the project’s future. As for what my dream phone would look like? Honestly I like powerful phones even if they are overkill, so odds are I’d go with the most recent Qualcomm SoC avaliable and …

Mobile Technology

Smart watches and glasses: More 'tech' than 'wearable'?

In the recent months we have seen an influx of wearable technologies, with various manufacturers scrambling to get their devices out into the market. These include smart watches, smart glasses, health bands, and all sorts of devices meant to be worn as part of our clothing or apparel.<p>Wearable …

Smartwatches

Sea Serpent Eats Cosmic Diamond Ring

Changing Planet<p>Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this eye-catching image of planetary nebula Abell 33. Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue bubble is, by chance, aligned with a foreground star and bears an uncanny resemblance to a …

A telescope bigger than a galaxy

Abell 2744 cluster (credit: STScI)<p>Astronomers have announced a view of the universe though a lens more than 500,000 light years wide, as part of a …

A total lunar eclipse is happening tonight, and here's how you can watch

You may have a good excuse to stay up late tonight. A rare total lunar eclipse, where the Earth casts a shadow over the entire Moon, is due to start at 12:53AM Eastern. Our celestial neighbor should be completely enshrouded by 3:06AM, producing an eerie coppery glow as it's bathed in refracted …

10 spots in our solar system worth visiting in person (pictures)

Mars

Astronomy

Scientists Discover New Way to Make Ethanol Without Corn

Scientists said on Wednesday they have developed a new way to make liquid ethanol efficiently without using corn or other crops needed in the conventional method for producing the biofuel.<p>The scientists said their process turns carbon monoxide gas into liquid ethanol with the help of an electrode …

Biofuel

What's living with you?

An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

The people with ‘animal powers’

By augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire animal-like abilities, some people are trying to sense a world that most humans cannot experience, says Frank Swain.<p>At the end of World War I, the aristocratic Horace Ridler returned to Britain from Mesopotamia a changed man. Turning his back on his …

Circus

Robots and sex: creepy or cool?

Sex with robots may currently be restricted to fiction, but with advances in technology this could eventually change. Despite how some may react, this is something that should be accepted, maybe even embraced<p>Consenting adults’ private activities seem to get a lot of other people very cross. Almost …

Smiley Face Screws Bring Joy to Your D.I.Y. Projects

It's easy to overlook a screw. This ubiquitous object hasn't majorly changed in our lifetime, and you wouldn't expect it to. Well, forget the standard Phillips and flat-heads, because Japanese designer Yuma Kano created the <i>Screw 🙂</i>, a take on the universal product that has its head imprinted with a …

Woodworking

4.8-magnitude earthquake in Yellowstone Park on March 30

Yellowstone National Park is above a hotspot below the crust of the Earth. Its hot springs and geysers make it a popular tourist attraction. It is …

5 technologies that are shaping the future of design

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon/Gigaom<p>Theatrical robots. 3D printers that churn out cells. Wearables for infants. These types of …

3 Surprising Sources of Oil Pollution in the Ocean

The Texas spill is obvious, but automobile oil is a bigger contributor.<p>Obvious oil spills, like the 168,000 gallons (635,000 liters) of oil that leaked into Galveston Bay on Saturday, usually make national news, accompanied by pictures of oil-blackened wildlife.<p><b>But such publicized events account</b> …