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The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in ... 1648

The discovery would push back the pre-history of the emoticon by (at least) 200 years.<p>A dedicated poetry reader appears to have discovered a smiley face in a poem from 1648, a find that would extend the pre-history of the emoticon back by about 200 years.<p>Editor Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the …

And if Telltale Games had made Super Mario Bros. ...

Comedy site Dorkly abandons platforming gameplay for gut-wrenching dialogue and choices in "The Walking Koopas," — aka what they think the Super Mario Bros. series would be like if Telltale Games, makers of the acclaimed T<i>he Walking Dead</i> adaptation, got their hands on it.<p>Wonder how many players …

Yo-kai Watch Is Popular Enough In Japan To Be Compared To Pokémon

<b>By Sato</b> . April 11, 2014 . 5:31pm<p>Earlier this year, Level 5 revealed that they had already shipped over 500,000 copies of <i>Yo-kai Watch</i> in Japan, but …

11 Weird Body Part Words

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Sony's Project Morpheus 'Validated' By Facebook's Oculus Purchase

The Oculus Rift has grown into a formidable technological force, even before it’s publicly released, now that it’s been acquired by Facebook. It will probably be a direct competitor to Sony’s recently announced “Project Morpheus” VR system, and you would think the whole scenario could turn into a …

Mark Cuban Just Invested In A Pot That Charges Your Smartphone By Boiling Water

The makers of the device snagged a $250,000 investment from billionaire Mark Cuban on the show that features inventors and entrepreneurs pitching to investors. They were initially offering to sell 10% of their company, Power Practical, for that sum — a $2.5 million valuation.<p>Cuban liked the company …

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Landmark Supreme Court Decision Lets Americans Cram Cash Directly Into Politicians' Mouths

Bionic hand gives amputee real feeling – video report

A bionic hand that allows the wearer to experience genuine feeling has been developed in Switzerland. The prosthetic limb returns the sensation of touch to users by connecting sensors to nerves in their arm. The first tester, amputee Dennis Sorensen, says he is delighted with the invention

Engineered 'Glue' Helps Wounds Heal Faster

By Jesse Emspak, Contributing writer<p>Published: 02/20/2014 03:58 PM EST on LiveScience<p>In the movies, superheroes' and vampires' wounds heal so quickly that life-threatening cuts and gashes close up in minutes. These super healing abilities may be out of reach, but researchers in Switzerland have now …

You Can Pay Via Fingerprint With Samsung's Latest Phone

The company teamed up with PayPal to bring biometric scanning to its Galaxy S5<p>At Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced the latest version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. If it's anything like the S4, lots of people will buy it. Since it has a larger number in the front, it will …

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Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, review

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain<p><b>Quadriplegics move artificial limbs with the mind</b>. Video games are directly controlled by the power of thought. A monkey’s brain connected to the internet can control an avatar on a video screen or a robot half a world …

iPhone case makes Star Trek's tricorder a reality

An iPhone case which monitors your blood pressure, heart rate and lung function - just by holding your phone with both hands for a few seconds - will go on sale in the UK this summer<p>An iPhone case designed to help you keep track of your health by monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen …

Put away your Pokeflute and go to sleep on a Snorlax

You want a pillow-sized Snorlax plush, right? Our friends at Tomopop have spotted a large Snorlax plush that comes out this June and can easily …

Sixense’s MakeVR will let you design a 3D object with your hands — and then print it out

You may soon no longer need to master complicated design software to dive into 3D printing.<p>Sixense Entertainment plans to launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign next week to raise money for MakeVR, or virtual reality software that enables anyone to create 3D-printable objects by using wireless …

The Secret World dev delisted in Norway, company under investigation (update)

<i>The Secret World</i> developer Funcom was delisted from the Norwegian stock exchange earlier today and is now under government investigation for negligent bookkeeping, according to statements published by the Oslo Stock Exchange.<p>The documents state Funcom is charged with infringement of the Securities …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

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Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

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1 in 3 Children Under the Age of 5 Does Not Officially Exist, Says UNICEF

In Pakistan, 3 out of 4 newborns last year were not registered with the government. It’s worse in Yemen, where 4 out of 5 were not registered. And in …

The Lego Movie Videogame trailer teams up Batman and a false savior

A trailer for TT Games' game adaptation of next year's <i>The Lego Movie</i> features the Dark Knight teaming up with a man who isn't the savior everyone thinks he is.<p>Emmet is an ordinary Lego minifigure who somehow becomes mistaken as "The Special," a Master Builder who will save the world from evil. He …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 puts full Android phone on your wrist (pictures)

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Soda of future designed to trick taste buds into sweet submission

The future of the soda industry may end up looking a lot like a science-fiction movie. It will involve the loss of real ingredients and the creation of virtual substances meant to manipulate and trick the mind.<p>PepsiCo is working with Senomyx, a biotech company based in San Diego, to create a taste …

Insanely lifelike Morgan Freeman portrait painted on an iPad

Artist Kyle Lambert created an incredibly photorealistic portrait of actor Morgan Freeman using nothing but the Procreate app on an iPad Air.<p>A …