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How fingerprint scanners work - optical, capacitive, and other variants

Fingerprint scanners aren’t just reserved for the very top-tier of smartphones these days, even your reasonably priced mid-ranger can come packing in the additional security hardware. Heck, even a number of sub-$150 devices these days coming packing the technology. Technology has moved on a lot …

Matt LeBlanc Drives a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Proves He's One of Us

In case you doubted his car guy credentials.<p>The automotive world was initially shocked to hear Matt LeBlanc was joining the revamped <i>Top Gear</i>, but his inclusion slowly started to make sense. The BBC pointed out that he's a serious car guy and reminded us that he holds the fastest celebrity lap on <i>Top</i> …

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

It's 5:45 in the morning, and in a training field outside Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's demining rats are already hard at work. Their noses are close to the wet grass, darting from side to side, as they try to detect explosives buried just beneath the ground.<p>Each rat is responsible for …

The Failure Of Tom Cruise 2.0

As Tom Cruise makes the publicity rounds for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, there's no trace of his couch-jumping public implosion. But can those of us who knew him as the greatest star on earth ever shake the catastrophe of the last 10 years?<p>If you’re of a certain age — an age whose childhood, …

The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft

The company's latest trick: listening to its users<p><b>Windows 10 has a lot to live up to</b>. Microsoft has made a lot of promises about it. And oddly enough, we’ve heard most of them before, with Windows 8. Both were designed to acknowledge and embrace mobile and mobile apps, work well on touchscreens as …

This Is How Many Animals Were Killed in Zimbabwe in the Last 20 Years

The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of pilloried dentist Walter Palmer has sparked worldwide outrage, with virtual mobs tanking Palmer’s Yelp …

How A Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina

To the cops, Jabbar Gibson was just a low-level drug pusher. But to the residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, he’s the man who rescued them from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would.<p><b>NEW ORLEANS —</b> As Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the coast, small-time drug dealer Jabbar Gibson …

3 Startups Racing to Disrupt the Bicycle Industry | Inc.com

The leisure bike market is leaving high-speed bikes in the dust.<p>Total U.S. sales of leisure bikes shot up nearly 20 percent during the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, while racing bike sales fell 3 percent during the same period, according to data from market research firm NPD Group. With U.S. …

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The Story Behind New York Magazine’s Powerful Cosby Cover

New York mag’s photography director, Jody Quon, on the cover’s creation and hearing the women’s stories firsthand.<p>By now you’ve likely seen the cover of this week’s <i>New York</i> Magazine. Thirty-five of the 46 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault appear on the cover, dressed in …

The 5 Best Things About 'I Am Cait' (and the 3 Worst)

At its core, I Am Cait is incredibly brave.<p>On Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST, E! airs the first installment of its much-anticipated, eight-part docuseries <i>I Am Cait</i>, detailing the life and trials of Caitlyn Jenner. For those expecting an up-close examination of the transition process, or even one last …

Kim Kardashian

Bruce Lee: the kung fu star who inspired a generation

Paul Bowman, author of a book on the kung fu star of Enter the Dragon, pays tribute to a man who changed the face of films.<p><b>This article was originally published on 20 July, 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Bruce Lee.</b><p>Forty years ago this month, two events combined to change the …

10 Days on the World's Angriest Street-Legal Motorcycle

What I learned from commuting on the $25,000, snarling Ducati 1299 Panigale S.<p>No one needs this motorcycle. And, more to the point, the person who would buy the 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S is a rider who needs it least. I'm thinking of Justin Bieber, famed for his lack of good judgement while …

A Visual Guide To All Of Those Unpronounceable Ingredients In Processed Food

What do those mystery chemicals actually do? Take a tour of the most common additives to find out how food scientists modify what you eat.<p>If you’ve ever perused an ingredient list and wondered why there’s polyglycerol polyricinoleate in your candy bar or tertiary-butylhydroquinone in your cereal–or …

The Endless Fall of Suge Knight

On March 20th, inside the high-security wing of Los Angeles' Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, the man once called "the most feared man …

Keyboard Shortcuts Resource List for Your Online Tools

In addition, there are a few regular shortcuts that can make browsing Facebook even faster.<p>j/k = scroll up/down between News Feed stories<p>l = like or unlike a story<p>c = comment on a story<p>s = share a story<p>p = post a new status update<p>/ = search<p>Typing a question mark will open the full list of Facebook …

Public photos mined to create beautiful time-lapses

In many ways, the internet is simply an extremely badly coordinated attempt to document our planet. Hundreds of millions of photos are uploaded online every day, depicting ourselves, our cities, our landscape, and our food. However, they're also isolated and disparate: it's difficult to sieve …

The Mysterious Columba Bush

Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign—and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage?<p>Now and then in an otherwise unmemorable speech, Jeb Bush will drop a mention of his wife, like a sudden pop of color. At an event in Nevada this March, one of his first speeches of …

How the Bandidos became one of the world's most feared biker gangs

The Bandidos motorcycle gang has a saying: "Cut one, we all bleed."<p>It's not clear who started the cutting, but there was plenty of bloodshed on Sunday when the Bandidos brutally clashed with members of several other bike gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Texas. A wild shootout in broad daylight left …

Crime

Australia: where spiders rain down from the sky - video report

The Australian town of Goulburn, NSW, was recently covered by spiders raining from the sky, but how did it happen and why? Whilst this would probably cause mass panic in the US or UK, 'spider rain' is not uncommon across parts of Australia. Some species of spiders climb to the tops of plants and …

Australia

4 Commencement Speeches to Get You Through the Work Week

Commencement speeches can be sappy, long-winded and sometimes flat-out uninteresting. Here’s a guide to the 2015 addresses that will have everyone …

12 Cars With Unexpected Performance

Where'd That Come From?<p>Most of the cars on this list are purchased for reasons besides performance, which is why some drivers may be pleasantly surprised to find out the appliance they use to get from point A to point B can actually be a blast to drive. Some on this list are more known for their …

Who are these people still buying Tom Brady jerseys?

This week, the NFLPA released its annual list of the top jersey-sellers in the NFL over the past year (from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 28 2015). FTW examined the list of 50 and the results are below:<p>Best-selling jersey: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Rank: No. 1)<p>That’s the second year in a row the …

Chloe Sevigny, Still the Coolest Girl in the World

"Are we talking about the 1890s or 1990s?" Chloë Sevigny laughs. We are chatting about Edith Wharton, eminent Edwardian author and New York …

Alabama Shakes Frees Itself

The band's sophomore album, Sound & Color, offers up sound experiments that are as wild as the voice over them.<p>Brittany Howard has given a name to each of the many dance moves she does onstage with her band Alabama Shakes. Those moves include, according to <i>The Guardian</i>'s profile of Howard, “the …

Jack White

Putin's Action Hero: How Steven Seagal Became the Kremlin's Unlikeliest Envoy

The Russian president stunned Barack Obama when he proposed Steven Seagal as an intermediary between Washington and Moscow. Max Seddon and Rosie Gray tell the extraordinary story of the faded action star's dalliances with the Kremlin.<p>Vladimir Putin knew his relationship with the United States was …

Reptiles were previously considered unable to play, but a Russian space experiment has overturned that view thanks to a loosely fastened collar<p>They can walk on walls with ease and shed their tails when they find themselves in a tight spot, but the one thing geckos were thought to lack was a …

Zoology

Behind The Collaborative, Competitive Process Of Being A Head Writer For “Saturday Night Live”

Co-head writer Bryan Tucker, who has had a hand in writing everything from the “Sump’n Claus” sketch to the Serial parody, talks about the reality of writing for comedy’s biggest gig.<p>Like pretty much everyone who has ever aspired to a career in comedy, Bryan Tucker long dreamed of being a part of</i> …

MLB sent Clay Buchholz a letter for stepping out of the batter’s box

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a pretty good day on Monday, Opening Day across baseball. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings against the …

David Chase Just Provided An In-Depth Analysis Of The Final Scene Of ‘The Sopranos’

David Chase has never given the audience a definitive answer about Tony’s fate at the end of <i>The Sopranos</i>, but he may have just done something even better. For the latest issue of DGA Quarterly, the Director’s Guild magazine, he went through the entire final scene. He hits all the most important …

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