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This is the final hardware for Scanadu Scout: a real, functioning tricorder

It's been a long time coming, but a real, functioning tricorder is almost here, and we got to see the final hardware for it today at CES. Scanadu Scout is its name, and in case you aren't familiar, we've been tracking the little hand-held human health tracker since its inception in late 2012. Since …

Intel dreams up a smart bowl that will charge gadgets

Now this would be cool: a wireless charging bowl.<p>If you're anything like me, you have a specific place where you drop your keys and phone at the end of the day. What if the bowl you dropped them into charged them up for you? Intel has plans for just that. Sneaked in among the several new …

CES 2014: Myris Is A Personal Iris Scanner You'll Actually Want [Video]

Eye identification for the rest of us.<p>Iris identification is great for its accuracy, but the gadgets to make it happen can be expensive or unwieldy--and usually not great for personal use. Enter EyeLock and its myris, a cheap, beautiful, simple gadget for iris ID'ing.<p>The myris connects to your …

MiP is a balancing robot that works with your smartphone

Robotics company WowWee has brought its latest fun invention to the floor of ShowStoppers here in Las Vegas. MiP is a $99.99 toy-sized robot that's programmed to do pretty much whatever you want it to. In its default behavior, MiP responds to a user's claps and other hand gestures. Moving to other …

They’re multiplying! 3-D printers go big and small

3-D printed bunnies from Makerbot show the variety of color possible -- but other devices can create even more detail.<p>There are probably more 3-D printers in one place at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas than anywhere else, at any time. We know you want to keep up to date, …

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At the CES of 1970, Piracy Was a Selling Point

Behold, a tape that would allow "your kid to pirate music off the air and sell it to his friends."<p>In 1970, New York City played host to the fourth Consumer Electronics Show. The gathering featured some 200 manufacturers displaying an array of gadgets that is quaint by today's standards, but must …

A 1.42 million-year-old metacarpal bone found at a burial site in Kenya puts the origin of human hand dexterity more than half a million years earlier than previously thought http://bbc.in/1kSpzun It is the earliest fossilised evidence of when humans developed a strong enough grip to start using tools. Apes lack the same anatomical features. Follow the link above to learn more. Tell us what you think about the discovery in the comments section below. Image below demonstrates the placement of the metacarpal bone in the human hand - provided by the University of Missouri.

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A Mathematical Look at Focal Length and Crop Factor

I’m hoping this post can explain a lot of the confusion beginning photographers have about focal length and crop factors. Some understanding of basic …

'I resent the back-from-work smalltalk, the lack of escape room and that sex already seems like yet another chore' What I'm really thinking: the first-time cohabiter http://bit.ly/1bDNDN5 Illustration: Lo Cole for the Guardian

At the altar of the Big Green Egg: How a product becomes a cult

The sociologist Robert Bellah once wrote that the real purpose of Memorial Day, a US holiday that’s celebrated this Monday and commemorates those who have died in battle, is to re-indoctrinate the American public into the “national cult.”<p>His point is that federal holidays serve to reinforce …

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: Crack cocaine video 'does not exist'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/981000/981293_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524643559_d6682c5058a28c81afaed3c14788ee59<p><b>Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has denied allegations he was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine.</b><p>"I cannot comment on a video that I've never seen or that …

Going, going, gone

THE African Union meets in Ethiopia, Manmohan Singh travels to Japan, German football triumphs in Britain and France's government auctions off some …

Team game

ON MAY 25th Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees baseball team, is due to be the stage for a football (soccer) match between Chelsea and …

Experience: I've worn the same outfit as my husband for 35 years 'If we need a new outfit, we go to the fabric shop together and pick out something we both like' http://bit.ly/11fkTEm Photograph: Webb Chappell for the Guardian

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Unexpected discoveries in the quest to cure an extraordinary skeletal condition show how medically relevant rare diseases can be.<p>When Jeannie Peeper was born in 1958, there was only one thing amiss: her big toes were short and crooked. Doctors fitted her with toe braces and sent her home. Two …