James Reynolds

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Watch These Robotic Plant Roots Grow Like The Real Thing [Video]

One day, they could be used to monitor soil. Or your inner organs.<p>This robot is putting down roots. Recently at the Living Machines conference in London, researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology debuted a system of robotic roots that can grow and turn in response to stimuli in their …

Watch A Homemade Coilgun Destroy A Laptop

It's an electric gun, boogie woogie woogie.<p>This homemade gun uses electromagnetic coils to send steel rods flying at a speed of 138 feet per second. Pressing the trigger loads a steel rod into the barrel, where the first electromagnetic coil pulls the rod forward via magnetism, then turns off. The …

Fox News’s Don’t-Come-to-Jesus Moment

By now, you may have heard of the incident, quickly gone viral, in which a Fox News “on-air personality” raised questions about a revered if semi-mythical figure, with a combination of obliviousness and opacity and point-missing that set new standards even for Fox. I mean, of course, Brian …

Phony Scandals? Not to Voters

<b>Fox News Poll: Phony scandals? Not to voters</b><p><i>By Dana Blanton</i><p>Benghazi. Snooping on reporters. The IRS and NSA. The White House dismisses them as phony and fake scandals. Americans do not.<p>A Fox News national poll released Thursday finds that 78 percent of voters think the questions over the …

Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

We all secretly suspected that Fox News was behind climate change denial, but new research actually proves that tuning into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh …

President Obama's Surprise Revelation of Sealed Benghazi Indictment

President Obama surprised aides when he revealed today the existence of a sealed indictment in the Benghazi, Libya, attack, leaving some wondering if …

Corruption

Bankrupt Detroit finds $1m cheque in city hall drawer

Finding a $1m uncashed cheque would be a dream come true for anyone, but for the largest US city ever to file for bankruptcy, it could have paid for vital services.<p>The cheque was found in a city hall desk drawer in March, a month after it was received. Four months later the city collapsed into …

Finance

Small Business Lending May Not Be as Bright as Recent Surveys Suggest | Inc.com

New data suggests the economy is on the mend, and that small business owners are reaping the benefits as banks start to lend again.<p>But a closer look suggests circumstances may not be so rosy.<p>"If you are lucky enough to be in the top 10 percent of small businesses, banks will fight to give you …

Small Business

STARBUCKS CEO: Bill Ackman 'Ruined The Lives Of Thousands Of JCPenney Employees'

Ackman's letters are calling for a new CEO within the next 30 to 45 to replace interim CEO Mike Ullman, who returned after Ron Johnson stepped down.<p>The activist investor also wants the board's chairman Tom Engibous replaced with Allen Questrom.<p>Here's what we've transcribed part of Shultz's …

Bill Ackman