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This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Ebola victims’ bodies left in hospital doorway by protesting burial teams

Bodies of Ebola victims have been dumped outside a hospital in Sierra Leone by burial workers, who are protesting at the failure of authorities to pay them bonuses for their hazardous work, residents have said.<p>Tensions in the eastern town of Kenema reached new heights with the action by members of …

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Philae: ‘I’m feeling a bit tired, did you get my data? I might take a nap’

After a rollercoaster week, Philae sent a last tweet and shut down. Now the world waits to see if the comet probe can be revived<p>It began with a bumpy landing and ended with a touching tweet. “I’m feeling a bit tired, did you get all my data? I might take a nap …” tweeted @Philae2014.<p>It was early …

More than 2m 3D printers will be sold in 2018, analysts

The 3D printing market could hit $10bn in just four years, but it is likely to remain a niche pursuit for many years to come<p>3D-printer shipments will grow exponentially until 2018, according to analysts at Gartner.<p>But even with that growth rate, 3D printing is likely to remain a niche pursuit for …

Danny MacAskill releases breathtaking Isle of Skye tricks video

Watch footage of trials rider Danny MacAskill risking life and limb on the Isle of Skye's notorious Cuillin Ridge<p>Danny MacAskill's has made a name for himself as one of the world's most fearless trial cyclists by documenting his exploits in a succession of YouTube videos since 2009.<p>It all started …

Scotland

No Fukushima radiation in tests off US West Coast

Low levels of radiaction from 2011 Fukushima disaster expected to reach America, but inital tests show no sign yet<p>Tests of water off the US West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the …

Harley-Davidson unveils its first electric hog

Harley-Davidson unveiled its first electric motorcycle Thursday, and promised it will still sound really cool.<p>"The sound is a distinct part of the thrill," chief marketing officer Mark-Hans Richer said in a news release. "Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier."<p>The electric Harley, dubbed Project …

Infinadeck is a 1000 Pound Omnidirectional Treadmill Built By One Man

Infinadeck is a new entrant into the omnidirectional treadmill space for VR use. The device allows a user to walk completely naturally in any …

Giant underground ice wall approved to protect Fukushima plant water

Japan intends to move forward with an ambitious plan to freeze the ground around its damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, creating a so-called underground ice wall to prevent water that's been contaminated with radioactive materials from escaping and entering the broader water supply. Japan adopted the …

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spreads Around the World

Public Health

FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The rules will allow providers to charge …

Facebook To Buy Oculus VR, Maker Of The Rift Headset, For Around $2B In Cash And Stock

Facebook has announced plans to purchase Oculus VR, the company behind the Rift headset, for around $2 billion in cash and stock. This includes $400 million, and 23.1 million Facebook shares. An additional $300 million earnout will be paid in cash and stock if Oculus hits certain unspecified …

Final Fantasy 14 killed by Square Enix’s stubbornness, reborn by a new approach

<i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i> director Naoki Yoshida gave a presentation at the Game Developers Conference today to dig into the behind-the-scenes story of why the initial version of <i>Final Fantasy 14</i> failed and how Yoshida and his team managed to pick up the pieces.<p>What went wrong<p>Beginning with a …

Epic Games breaks triple-A secrecy and gives access to Unreal Engine’s source code

SAN FRANCISCO — Unreal Engine just became a realistic option for developers big and small.<p>As of today, anyone will be able to get access to Unreal Engine 4 for a $19 per month subscription fee and a revenue-sharing agreement that grants Epic Games 5 percent of all revenues. The royalty terms apply …

Using the PlayStation 4's virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus (update: now with video!)

The cat's out of the bag and... uh, on our head? Okay, we can do better than that, but what we're trying to say is that we just used Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: Project Morpheus. You already know the specs and all that good stuff; we're here to tell you what it's like using …

Oculus Rift Games, Virtual Porn May Cause Simulation Sickness

Oculus Rift games may have an unfortunate side effect for some gamers, especially if those games happen to be of the erotic variety. We’re not …

Sony set to reveal PS4 virtual reality headset at GDC 2014

Rumours of Sony's PS4 virtual reality headset have been running rife since last year, but now an inside source has told TechRadar that they've spent …

Virtual Reality

Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room

Going back to ancient times, the aim of storytellers has been to immerse us in an experience — of another place, time or point of view. This past week at the South by Southwest film, music and technology conferences in Austin, storytellers and great technologists showed off new ways to take us …

Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?

When it comes to media, parents all want to know: How much is too much for my child?<p>Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, professor and father of two, has spent a lot of time thinking about the effects of media on young children.Christakis tells NPR's Arun Rath that not all TV is bad.<p>Some …

Stunning Animated Short Set in Post-Apocalyptic, Underwater Brooklyn - FATHOMS

This Guy Makes Millions Playing Video Games on YouTube

What?!<p>The YouTube personality with the most subscribers isn’t Justin Bieber (8 million) or Rihanna (12.5 million). That honor goes to a 24-year-old Swede named Felix Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle, PewDiePie.<p>PewDiePie doesn’t sing or dance, no. PewDiePie has made his name—and a …

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko …

The Elegant Secrets Of Flying Snakes

Flying snakes are mysterious. How do they soar? Without wings or other helpful appendages, how do they glide from tree to tree?<p>A team of American scientists, including Lorena Barba of George Washington University and Jake Socha of Virginia Tech, has been studying the small flying snake – about a …

At 4.4 Billion Years Old, Oz Crystals Confirmed As World's Oldest

Scientists have used a powerful new technique to prove that some tiny crystals found in Western Australia are indeed the oldest known materials formed on Earth.<p>Back in 2001, scientists reported that one of the zircon crystals was about 4.4 billion years old — so old that not everyone believed …

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Bad week for the internet: UK and North Korea take big steps to purge the past

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Candida.Performa (on vacation)<p>It’s not quite book-burning, but it’s not much better. Two countries this week …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

After 2.5m downloads of its first PirateBrowser, filesharing site still attacking 'domain blocking, domain confiscation, IP-blocking'<p>The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working …