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A Pelican Shows Us What It's Like To Fly

Pelicans have the life. They live by the water, fly over the ocean, and eat lots of fish. Among humans, only T.C. from <i>Magnum P.I.</i> comes close to matching them. And he's just a fictional character, played by Roger E. Mosley.<p>But what happens when a pelican needs help from humans? Say he's abandoned …

A Waterwheel That Picks Up Floating Trash

Down, dirty, and wet<p>This spring, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy …

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Samsung Galaxy TabPRO tablets now available in Canada

A new round of Samsung tablets, specifically designed for the professional in you, have landed in Canada. The TabPRO 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch are …

Watch GLaDOS from 'Portal' explain the difference between fission and fusion

Do you know the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion? Here's a teacher guaranteed to hold your attention in class. GLaDOS, the hilarious homicidal artificial intelligence from the <i>Portal</i> games, explains the two nuclear reactions in a new video produced by NASA. While she isn't …

Quasar Eats Gas, Throws Up

You can’t beat a quasar for general awesomeness. When they were first discovered in the 1960s, nobody could imagine what those pinpoints of light …

Scientists in Japan to put Stars-2 satellite into orbit to trial space cleanup

It sounds like an idea for a niche movie aimed at sci-fi anoraks: a floating magnetic net that harnesses tonnes of wayward space junk and makes the overcrowded orbital lanes above Earth's atmosphere safe for future exploration.<p>Yet that is what scientists in Japan will have in mind when they put a …

Great Lakes are mostly frozen

Ice cover on North America’s Great Lakes reached 88 percent in mid-February 2014, levels not observed since 1994.<p>Ice cover on North America’s Great …

Fujitsu’s Amazing Touch Screen Can Change How It Feels

Strumming your tablet’s digital harp app actually feels like a harp. What!<p>Fujitsu debuted a new project at Mobile World Congress, the huge mobile-gadgetry convention going on this week in Barcelona, and it has the potential to change the way we use our gadgets. More specifically, it could change …

Unbelievable Stacks of Balanced Stones Seem to Defy Gravity

Artist Michael Grab of Gravity Glue is incredibly skilled at achieving beautiful harmony in the most surprising rock formations. His delicately assembled stacks, entitled <i>Balancing Rocks</i>, seem to defy gravity. However, he says that gravity is the only “glue” that holds his structures together.<p>The …

A Green Table Lamp Grown from Mushrooms

Brooklyn designer Danielle Trofe’s new Mush-Lume lamp is made from biodegradable mushroom material.<p>Created from living, organic material, Danielle Trofe’s new Mush-Lume lamp seeks to take sustainable design to the masses. The shade, made with an innovative mushroom technology that utilizes …

Well-Camouflaged Soldiers Make Themselves Hard to Find

While Simon Menner’s series <i>Camouflage Extended</i> might appear as friendly photos of the German Alps, there’s actually a hidden sniper every picture. Menner worked closely with the German Army to produce these incredible images that highlight the art of camouflage. Wearing special clothing designed …

Adorable Photo Booth Images of Rescued Pit Bulls

St. Louis, Missouri-based photographer Lynn Terry captured these priceless moments when she placed two pit bulls, Willis and Bumper, in a photo booth together. According to Terry, “They got right on set and started licking each other. I could instantly relate it to new lovers who stepped into the …

Moov: A Fitness Tracker And Personal Trainer In One

Moov doesn’t just count steps. It monitors your workout in 3-D to offer coaching insights.<p>Now that we’re a couple of years into the fitness tracking craze, it’s starting to feel like simply counting steps or strokes or REM cycles isn’t enough. Now that we have all that data in the palm of our hand, …

People Humorously Blend Themselves in with Book Covers

The photo series <i>Corpus Libris</i> (which literally means “Body Books” in Latin) was created by Emily Pullen on one slow Thursday night at the Los Angeles independent bookstore Skylight Books, where Pullen worked. In this series, similar to Sleeveface, people cover parts of their body with books in …

Chune Talkin' To Me?

This winsome widget might provide the seamless, socially interactive music experiences we've always wanted. Tap the Chune with your bluetooth …

Pinpoint Your Travels on the Cork Globe | Colossal

<p>A perfect mix of both functional cork board and world globe, the Cork Globe is a snazzy desktop object for any world traveler. Designed by Chiaki …

Lotus C-01 Motorcycle Integrates Carbon Fiber, Titanium, and Aerospace Quality Steel

After 2 years of careful planning and intense development, finally Lotus is ready to release its first motorcycle. <b>Lotus Motorcycle C-01</b> is road ready …

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Lawsuit against Google over Gmail faces hurdle, U.S. judge says

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday said some plaintiffs accusing Google of improperly scanning their email faced a significant hurdle in their attempt to move forward with the lawsuit as a class action.<p>An employee answers phone calls at the switchboard of the Google office in …

Samsung's Pass API opens up Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor to developers

Cries of ‘copycat!’ rang out when it was initially reported that the Galaxy S5 might contain a fingerprint sensor, but following the official …

Minecraft getting its own big-screen adaptation following the success of ‘The Lego Movie’

You can stack blocks. You can also stack cash. This can’t be a coincidence.<p>Hollywood is coming to the same conclusion now, and it has led Warner Bros. to pick up the film rights for the gaming phenomenon Minecraft from developer Mojang, according to Deadline Hollywood. The movie studio is already …