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Bill Gates Funds A Smartphone Battery That Runs On Human Urine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a mission to improve human sanitation, particularly in areas of the world that don't have a reliable water supply. Much of that effort is about reinventing the toilet but the foundation has also challenged scientists to find ways to turn human waste into …

Bill Gates

Scratch builds a free mobile service over Wi-Fi, using cellular as a last resort

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>There’s no shortage of new virtual operators emerging onto the U.S. mobile scene, but there are very few that are giving voice …

No One Wants To Be A Drone Pilot, U.S. Air Force Discovers

The Air Force's drone program is too unmanned for its own good.<p>While the vast majority of U.S. Air Force pilots still control their aircraft from inside the cockpit, about 8.5 percent are drone pilots who operate their vehicles remotely. That percentage is expected to grow, but there's a problem: …

NASA discusses its warp drive research, prepares to create a warp bubble in the lab - ExtremeTech

By on August 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Late last year, it emerged that a …

Space Travel

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.

Astronomy

Invisibility cloak made from simple mirrors can stop time indefinitely - ExtremeTech

By on August 14, 2013 at 11:16 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at Northwestern …

Northwestern University

Leap Motion Is Amazing

3D-printed 'Cortex' cast concept puts a modern spin on bone fracture treatment

To anyone that's ever broken a bone, the negatives of traditional plaster casts are familiar: they're cumbersome, heavy, and can get rather smelly. Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill is looking to change all that with his Cortex cast. A mere concept for now, Evill says the cast — …

Hacking The World’s Dictionaries To Change The Definition Of Marriage

While the U.S. government is speeding ahead with progress on marriage equality, a group of San Francisco activists believe that there’s an under-the-radar institution holding back progress: the dictionary, which generally defines marriage as between a man and a woman.<p>Given the changing meaning of …

Barnes & Noble

7 Gadget Predictions Sci-Fi Authors Got Right

Looking back 30 years or more, these sci-fi authors predicted a dystopian (or, in some cases, a utopian) society. Some of the dialogue seems dated now and the plot devices overly quaint, but these writers nailed a few things.

Science Fiction

Xbox One dev claims Kinect costs 'almost as much' as the console itself - ExtremeTech

Xbox One dev claims Kinect costs ‘almost as much’ as the console itself<p>By on July 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from …

Kinect

Amazing Underwater Dog Photography by Seth Casteel

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and New York Times Best Selling Author. His series of underwater dog photographs have been seen by …

Amazing

Return Of The $750 Gaming PC Build: Now With Blu-Ray, Modular PSU, Double The SSD Storage

In April I posted an article titled “How To Build A Powerful Gaming PC For $750 — SSD And Operating System Included.” In less than three months it has attracted a shocking amount of views and inspired throngs of readers to wade into the exciting waters of PC gaming. Hundreds of you built that …

Your Smartphone Can Photograph You, and Share the Pictures, Without Your Knowledge

Imagine if you discovered that your smartphone had been surreptitiously taking pictures of you at times when you thought the camera was off, and forwarding the resulting photos to some unknown stranger.<p>Sound like science-fiction horror?<p>It is actually possible today via cleverly-crafted malware.<p>One …

Xbox One could allow remote play over Skype, Siri-like voice conversations with Kinect

With the first phase of Microsoft's Xbox One reveal complete, the company now looks ahead to E3 where it plans to give gamers a more thorough look at the upcoming console. <i>Polygon</i> is today reporting that there are two major features of Xbox One that weren't shown off in Redmond this week: …

Kinect

Cars, drivers plunge into river after Wash. I-5 bridge collapse - U.S. News

Cars and people are in the Skagit River at the scene of an I-5 bridge collapse near Mt. Veron, Wash.<p>By Andrew Rafferty and Justin Kirschner, NBC News<p>Three people were rescued from water after a bridge along Interstate-5 in Washington State collapsed on Thursday evening, plunging cars into Skagit …

Multiple accounts can use a single Xbox Live subscription on the One

If you joined us for the Xbox One reveal yesterday, you'll probably know that amidst all the excitement, we learned that a single Xbox Live Gold membership will cover both the 360 and the next-gen console. Good stuff -- no extra expenditure, subscription sign-ups or other irritations. But, it gets …

Apple iWatch Rumors: Late 2013 Release Date Expected As 1.5-Inch Smart Watch Display Features Tested Overseas

Ever since The New York Times reported in February on Apple’s plans to create a smart wristwatch that could rival “science fiction comics and spy …

Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein

When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.<p>But they were sorely, …

Crunching The Numbers: How Does A Budget $750 Gaming PC Perform?

In this special installment of <i>Crunching The Numbers</i>, I shift the critical gaze inward to analyze the performance of my personal $750 gaming PC build — before I give it away to one lucky reader.<p>As many of you know, I recently undertook a tricky challenge: Build a powerful gaming PC within the …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …