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The evangelicals who believe they can raise the dead

Last year, a documentary showed a Christian 'Dead Raising Team' apparently using the power of prayer to bring the dead back to life. Did it win them any converts?<p><b>The most gripping sequence in</b> Dead Raisers, a 2013 documentary <b>film</b> following a gang of evangelicals Christians who say they can raise the …

Navy's future: Electric guns, lasers, water as fuel

Imagine ships that fire missiles at seven times the speed of sound without using explosives, or that use lasers to destroy threats at the cost of about a dollar a shot, and vessels making fuel from the very seawater in which they're floating.<p>That's the glimpse of the high-tech future the U.S. Navy …

Sprint's cellphone for kids lets parents keep a close watch

Many parents are comfortable with giving cellphones to teens, but young kids are a different story -- how do you introduce them to mobile technology without also exposing them to all kinds of dangers? Sprint thinks its new WeGo phone is a good answer to that dilemma. The simple, rugged design not …

Google exec: We never copied iPhone features for Android

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, takes the stand for Samsung in its patent infringement trial against Apple. Samsung argues that many features Apple has accused it of copying were created by Google first.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google engineers have never copied Apple's iPhone …

Computer Science

SociBot: the 'social robot' that knows how you feel

Capable of mimicking human expressions and emotions, the SociBot is designed to bring a human touch to teleconferencing – or to imitate your friends. But will it just creep you out?<p>If Skype and FaceTime aren't giving you enough of the human touch, you could soon be talking face to rubbery face with …

Sony's Project Morpheus 'Validated' By Facebook's Oculus Purchase

The Oculus Rift has grown into a formidable technological force, even before it’s publicly released, now that it’s been acquired by Facebook. It will probably be a direct competitor to Sony’s recently announced “Project Morpheus” VR system, and you would think the whole scenario could turn into a …

Woman wins competition, clones her dog

A British woman passionately needs her 12-year-old dachshund, Winnie, to be copied. So she wins a competition and a Korean company clones Winnie for free.<p>If your lover left you and you still pined painfully, would you have them cloned?<p>This cheery view of the near future slaps my face as I consider …

Mammoths

I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco

A colleague and I had just finished covering a march in protest of a Google employee who had recently evicted several tenants after buying and moving into a home in the area.<p>After more than an hour spent working on the story in a coffee shop, I arranged my laptop, camera, and notes in my backpack. …

Silicon Valley

How We Hacked Google's Production Server and Got Paid $10K

<i>Fredrik Almroth and Mathias Karlsson are the co-founders of Detectify. This post originally appeared on the Detectify blog.</i><p>To stay on top on the latest security alerts, we often spend time on bug bounties and CTF’s. When we were discussing the challenge for the weekend, Mathias got an interesting …

Netflix lands exclusive rights to 3D-printing documentary

The streaming service will soon premiere the award-winning documentary “Print The Legend,” which is about the cutthroat world of 3D-printing startups.<p>Netflix has added another exclusive documentary to its cache. The video streaming service announced Wednesday that it acquired the rights to "Print …

3D Printing