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Be a poet with William Shakespeare's Star Wars Sonnet Generator

Not everyone can be as talented a scribe as the Great Bard himself. No, not George Lucas. We're talking William Shakespeare, or more specifically "Shakespeare Star Wars" book author Ian Doescher.<p>Due to the success of Doescher's "Shakespeare Star Wars" parody books that retell the "Star Wars" saga …

Literature

15 Landline Phone Moments You'll Never Experience Again

RIP prank calls<p>From the time you wake up to your commute home from work, your smart phone is with you everywhere you go. It plays your music, it shows you videos, and it can even tell you where the closest place to find good sushi is. There was a time in the not-all-that-distant past, though, when …

Japan Says Yes To Giant Robot Duel With America

Let the bot-on-bot action commence<p>Last week, American giant robot makers Megabot challenged Japanese giant robot makers Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The video, subtitled in Japanese and filled with waving American flags, coincidentally happened to come out right before a …

Funny Cat YouTube Videos: You Really Should Be Watching More of Them

A new study says that watching funny cat videos on YouTube is good for you and you should do it as often as possible, regardless of whether you like …

The Waterloo Myth: Where Was Napoleon Actually Defeated?

It wasn't in the town that his iconic last battle is named for.<p>History, they say, is written by the victors. And sometimes everyday expressions are too.<p>Two hundred years ago today, Anglo-allied forces commanded by the Duke of Wellington and Prussian forces led by Gebhard von Blücher decisively …

Fox US Open broadcast has live VR streams, drones and 4K cameras

We haven't connected cutting edge TV tech to golf much since 3D met the Masters, but Fox is promising a live streaming virtual reality setup this weekend during the US Open tournament. It's working with NextVR -- the same company that brought a Malibu beach sunrise streaming live in 180-degree VR …

Rare copy of Shakespeare's second folio may fetch $500,000 at auction

“Take choice of all my library,” wrote William Shakespeare in his play, Titus Andronicus. The quote graces a red, African marble mantle in the library of Manhattan’s Players Club, a social club for actors founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth in New York City. Booth surely did not realize how literally …

A Rare Look at Shakespeare's First Edition at DC's Folger Library

William Shakespeare died nearly 400 years ago, but he's still trending.<p>Every 11 minutes, a new article is being written about him. On Google, his …

Articles about brewing coffee bed and other reasons americans want smart homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Energy-monitoring and smart technologies have set up shop in the home, transforming machines for living into veritable living...<p>Beautiful things can come in small packages.<p>To complement our July/August issue's Smart Home product package, we've programmed a series of panels that cover the …

A Global Museum: How Flipboard Can Help Bring a World of Ancient Wonders to Classrooms Half a World Away

Being born and raised in Australia, it was easy for me to feel isolated from the rest of the world, especially as I developed a love of history as a child. I recall my disappointment when I learnt that the lands of the Romans, Incas and Medieval Europe were on the other side of the world from where …

5 Topics For…E3

Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are among the biggest companies expected to attend E3 this week. The important gaming conference, which takes place in Los Angeles, hosts developers, fans and companies for demos, annoucements and press events. The expected showing of Oculus Rift is getting much of the …

6 Places Every Adventure-Seeker Should Seek Out Before They Die

Forget Cancun. Think bigger the next time you need a 'break.'<p>There are people who go on vacations and there are travelers. The former go somewhere to escape and relax. The latter seek immersion, adventure, and a deeper connection with the world. We asked six adventurous men of style to tell us the …

South America

Robotics Engineers at Work on Real Transforming Car Robot

They aim to be completed by 2017<p>With transforming robots such an integral part of Japanese popular culture, and with the success of the <i>Transformers</i> …

Robotics

Man behind Darpa's robotics challenge: robots will soon learn from each other

Gill Pratt is set to leave the wing of the US defense department that develops cutting-edge technologies but lets us in on what’s next for the venerated agency<p>Gill Pratt invented legs. Well, sort of: the MIT-educated scientist invented electric series-elastic actuators, the technology that carried …

Robotics

Was Shakespeare as popular in his own time as he is now?

<b>Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular play in modern times, but how did Shakespeare's contemporaries rate his works? Professor Laura Estill of the</b> …

Richard III

Oculus Rift Consumer Edition: 5 Things We Now Know

Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company, threw a big event in San Francisco on Thursday to formerly announce the availability of the consumer edition of its Rift VR gaming headset.<p>Previously available to developers in various prototype stages, the Oculus Rift consumer edition is one of …

Why WWDC is totally terrifying for indie developers

SAN FRANCISCO — If you watched the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote earlier this week, you’d think it was a big love fest. But there’s a section of the audience sitting there in a cold, cold sweat.<p>Attendees are mostly software developers, and some of them are very nervous that Apple will …

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Five reasons we should celebrate Albert Einstein

<b>1. His science</b><p>Einstein was, first and foremost, a scientist. In 1905 and again in 1916, he radically revised our understanding of the universe. He was a pictorial thinker who came up with a new, intuitive sense of what reality looked like. Physics at the start of the 20th century was a rather …

E3 2015: will living room PCs and virtual reality shake up the console war?

Smartphones were once the major disruptive force in the games industry, but now Steam Machines and immersive entertainment technologies are set to stir things up again<p>For the past 30 years, the console wars have always played out in pretty much the same way. A new set of machines arrives with more …

Microsoft’s Oculus partnership is a very clever move

Oculus revealed the final version of its Rift virtual reality headset today, but Microsoft managed to steal the show. The company surprised the world today by announcing a partnership with Oculus to bundle an Xbox One controller with every Oculus Rift and the ability to stream Xbox One games to the …

3 MasterChef Juniors Cook the Perfect Mother’s Day Brunch

Smoke filled the air and announced your burnt Eggo waffle with a side of over-sweetened weak coffee—that’s the Mother’s Day breakfast in bed we remember serving. But what happens when your kid knows how to sous vide? We visited three past contestants, including one winner, of the cooking challenge …

Breakfast

15 Ideas That Will Make You Reconsider Virtual Reality

What can virtual reality be when you forget about video game cliches? These experimental apps ponder that question.<p>We’ve heard a lot of talk about virtual reality, but what will people actually do with it, other than make a more immersive <i>Call of Duty</i> sequel? Right now, Oculus and Samsung are …

Virtual Reality

Epic doodling

I’m a pretty big fan of doodling, but my stuff has nothing on Peter Deligdisch.<p>His YouTube channel is full of videos where he documents his …

Doodling

Here's what people eat for breakfast around the world

But breakfast foods vary wildly from place to place.<p>Inspired by a HostelBookers.com post by Victoria Philpott and a Quora post, we took a look at some classic breakfast choices from countries around the world.<p>Whether it's bread and cold cuts in Germany or baked cheese pancakes in Russia, each …

Google I/O Developers Conference

Mobile Photography

60+ Incredible Tiny Houses You'll Hardly Believe Are Real

Be warned: This list might inspire you sell your home and downsize immediately.<p>Tiny homes aren't just about looking cute — they're part of a growing movement that promotes sustainable living. Many designers have figured out innovative ways to make these small homes amazingly well-equipped and, …

Disney Uses Fabric Store Supplies to Build Robot Muscles

By coiling thread, shockingly strong arm muscles can be built<p>Using a braided bit of sewing string, Disney engineers have figured out a way to make strong muscles for robot arms, helping their automatons to grow even more life-like. They used conductive sewing thread, like that used in …

Magna Carta: the things you didn't know

800 years ago, Magna Carta was granted and in 2015 the reunited copies are on display. Here's the story of the seminal document<p>This will be the year of Magna Carta. It is a year rich in historical anniversaries, including those of the battles of Agincourt (1415) and Waterloo (1815). But it is the …