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Pioneering Design Consultancy Berg To Shut Down

A conversation with Berg CEO Matt Webb a few months ago offers some clues as to why.<p>Berg, the British design consultancy behind some of the most creative experiments in the Internet of Things, is closing up shop.<p>It would be nice to fall asleep at night and know something is humming in the …

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

For two years, the company has been working to build flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. An Atlantic exclusive.<p>A zipping comes across the sky.<p>A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears …

The Original 21 Day Shred Ab Workout

Click here to get your copy of the expanded and improved version of <i>The 21-Day Shred</i>, plus The Shred Series workouts.

Real-life 'Flubber', made in the UK, saving lives in war zones and on the football field

VIDEO: An orange goo, invented and manufactured in Britain, is being used to protect Hollywood celebrities from harm during daring stunts, keep soldiers safe and reduce brain trauma in American football<p>Flubber, starring Robin Williams as a mad professor who invents a new rubber-like substance, was …

Celebrating 400 years of the logarithm

<b>Robyn Williams:</b> We also look backwards to anniversaries, and this one is of the log. Makes sense to me, but what about you? Let's ask a young</b> …

FDA Approves New Pain Pill Designed To Be Hard to Abuse

The Food and Drug Administration approved on Wednesday a new pain pill that was created to discourage abuse, the Associated Press reports.<p>The new …

This Pen-Style Device Hides Multiple Screwdrivers in One

mininch studio has designed the Tool Pen, a lightweight and portable alternative to a screwdriver set. Modeled after the “Pop-A-Point” mechanism, it …

Llar Fireplace

<i>Llar</i> is a minimalist outdoor fireplace that can be moved or left in a permanent location. It’s fueled by bioethanol — the most efficient fuel source …

The Summer House You've Always Wanted, Built Right Into Your Winter Home

You've gotta love a house that comes with instructions. The newest project from Iranian design group nextoffice scales up the the space-saving …

Here Are The Intercepted Transcripts Indicating Russian Rebels Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH17

The Ukrainian intelligence service has released more intercepted phone calls that show militants and <i>Russian military intelligence agents</i> discussing the presence, location, and disposition of BUK surface-to-air missiles in the Donetsk region. Ukrainian intelligence has provided the voice recordings …

NBC Reportedly Pulls Reporter Who Witnessed Child Deaths From Gaza

According to the report, by Glenn Greenwald, NBC executives said the decision was due to "security concerns" as Israel prepares its ground invasion. The attack that left the children dead occurred near the hotel where Mohyeldin and other journalists were staying. However, Greenwald insinuated the …

Israeli Government

Bejeweled Biometrics

FLIP is the latest in the wearable biometric tech craze, but quite different from fitness bands and smartwatches. Rather than on your wrist, the …

Pelty High Quality Audio Speaker Powered by Fire

<b>Pelty High Quality Audio Speaker</b> features a unique way to power itself, it’s one of its kind. It’s innovative technology allows this device to …

Walk On Water With This Floating Bridge

In the 18th century, the Dutch military built Ravelijn op den Zoom, a fortified stronghold surrounded by a wide moat. Now, it remains one of the last surviving components of the city of Bergen op Zoom’s elaborate defense system, first built in the 1300s and expanded for centuries.<p>Ravelijn op den …

John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans

In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.<p><i>Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in</i> Popular Science</i> …

Literature

Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms "open your mind," but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in <i>Human Brain Mapping</i>.<p>In the experiment, researchers …

Good 'n' Useful: PatchNRide Fixes The Fluster of Flat Tires

They say, not unfairly, that the only upper body workout cyclists get is having to pump up their tires. That's certainly one reason fixing flat tires …

Funding push would put Reading Rainbow on phones and game consoles

LeVar Burton had no trouble crowdfunding <i>Reading Rainbow</i> for the web; now, he'd like your help bringing it to living rooms and pockets everywhere. His team has announced a $5 million stretch goal that, if reached, will port his literary initiative to mobile devices, game consoles and set-top boxes. …

It Has Never Been Easier To Find Out Who’s Paying Your Congressman

This exceedingly clean tool lets you see in an instant which industries congressman take the most money from.<p>The past few years have given rise to lots of tools to increase transparency in government, led by groups such as the Sunlight Foundation. But it’s important enough of an ideal that are …

Disaster in the age of McMansions: America’s dangerous addiction to suburban sprawl

For decades, politicians like Ronald Reagan pushed for the rapid expansion of suburbia—and the cost was staggering<p>Despite the struggles of the 1970s, or perhaps because of them, sprawl moved on. It spread over wider territories. It mutated into new forms. The eye was assaulted by landscapes never …

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored, …

Mom says never leave home without clean underwear!

It’s sage advice that inspired this design, as well as an observation that 75% of college students admit to being constantly in need of underwear. …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Inotherm's Front Doors Put Yours to Shame

I bet you didn't realize this, but your front door sucks. Yes, it does. It's made out of steel or wood or even worse, steel disguised to look like …

Philips' new LED bulbs are powered over Ethernet, provide occupancy and climate info to office managers

Get ready for a whole new generation of connected lightbulbs. Philips latest concept replaces an office's traditional electrical wiring with Ethernet, used to power LED bulbs and pass info to and <i>from</i> each lamp. Each fixture outputs light, but also collects information from a variety of sensors. A …

Redesigning A Less Wasteful New York City, With Giant Trash-Composting Parks

The city spends millions a year to send its heaping piles of waste as far away as Texas. Two local architects have created a new vision of processing trash locally: 10 composting “hubs” that double as parkland around the city’s waterfronts.<p>Much of New York City was built on top of trash generated …

Medical First: 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted in Woman

Another day, another advance in 3-D printing technology.<p>Doctors in the Netherlands report that they have for the first time successfully replaced most of a human’s skull with a 3-D printed plastic one — and likely saved a woman's life in the process.<p>The 23-hour surgery took place three months ago …

3D

BP refinery leaks oil into Lake Michigan near Chicago

<b>A BP refinery has spilled an undetermined amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan in the US.</b><p>BP said a malfunction caused crude oil to enter the Whiting refinery's cooling water system, which discharges into the lake.<p>US regulators said the spill appeared to be contained by Tuesday evening.<p>The Whiting …

Oil & Gas Industry

Fold-away factory fits in your suitcase

<i>This article was taken from the March 2014 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …