Michael Alvarez

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3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of power in your backpack

For the most part, portable energy generators are intended for modest uses. They can charge your phone, but they won't drive high-powered laptops or small appliances. That might change if Omni3D gets its crowdfunded AirEnergy 3D off the ground. The 3D-printed wind turbine should fit into a …

First-ever 3D-printed space telescopes nearing completion

Telescopes are very simple devices in theory, but getting one to work in space means a complex assembly of mechanical parts that is expensive, …

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden on the Internet

Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University<p>It all started with a Facebook message from a dead guy.<p>His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an old-time portrait of a man in a dapper vest sporting a bushy Civil War …

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

Building the astonishing 1,000 mph Bloodhound SSC rocket car (pictures)

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

For Tesla, Nissan And The World, The Trillion-Dollar Battery Breakthrough Remains Elusive

Elon Musk, Tesla’s big-thinking CEO, sees the future better than most. Whether he’s talking about sending humans to Mars or building a $5 billion battery factory for his electric-vehicle maker, Musk’s plans tend toward the grandiose and yet his track record suggests its risky to bet against him. …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

How We Get Tall

Men grew four inches in 100 years, mostly in the early 20th century. How they managed that speaks to how our childhood living conditions influence our stature.<p>Emperor Napoleon I of France lends his name to an insecurity complex that supposedly plagues some short men. But the neurosis is misnamed: …

Patema Inverted anime Kickstarter funded in five hours

UK anime fans fund domestic release of Yasuhiro Yoshiura's award-winning movie in under five hours.<p>Start-up label All the Anime has scored an early …

Iceland's Most Famous Waterfall Is Big Enough To Stand Inside, Which Is Pretty Incredible

This is Seljalandsfoss, arguably Iceland's most famous waterfall. In a boundless green field, the cascade drops a whopping 200 feet from rocks above into a serene little pool below.<p>The most insane part of Seljalandsfoss, though, is that you can hike through the back of the falls and view them from …

Travel Like You're Rich, Without Spending the Money

We've all scrolled through Rich Kids of Instagram and watched those damn Kardashians go on one exotic vacation after another. But how do those random friends with average jobs afford yachting in Greece or jetting to Santa Monica in a private jet? Probably because they're following these travel …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Watch Tetris played on a 29-story skyscraper

The brainchild of Drexel University professor Frank Lee, "skyscraper <i>Tetris</i>" was played last night on the side of Philadelphia's 437-foot tall Cira Centre. You can watch video of it above.<p>Henk Rogers, the managing director of The Tetris Company, was in attendance to play the game with Lee. <i>Tetris</i> …

Carbon nanotubes move closer to competing with silicon

An international team based at Stanford has reached an important milestone in pursuit of faster computing: It can now create stable carbon nanotube …

Bigar Waterfall Looks Just Like Something Out Of A Fairytale

Sometimes you see a photo of nature and think "well, that just can't be real." This is one of those times.<p>Izvorul Bigᅣテr, or the Bigar Waterfall in Romania looks like something straight out of a fairytale. (We're thinking along the lines of the "Kiss The Girl" scene from "The Little Mermaid", …

Bill Clinton: If the U.S. gives up Internet oversight, Internet freedom will suffer

Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom, according to former U.S. president Bill Clinton.<p>Clinton joins a lengthy list of critics of the U.S. decision to give up oversight of ICANN, the non-profit organization …

Crazy Taxi free-to-play sequel on its way, original game free for limited time

Outside of classic staples like Sonic, one of the most iconic series from Sega would be Crazy Taxi. The arcade classic has great tunes, fun gameplay and is rather addicting. The original first arrived to Android in July of last year, and now a free-to-play sequel is on its way dubbed <i>Crazy Taxi:</i> …

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Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

HoverChat For Android Lets You Message Your Friends Without Switching Screens

HoverChat, the first Egyptian Y Combinator startup and makers of an SMS replacement application currently available for Android smartphones, is focused on making messaging more of a multi-tasking experience. The app also has a familiar look: its avatars, called “hoverheads,” are a lot like …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Movie streaming app Popcorn Time is coming back from the dead — thanks to a torrent site

For a brief moment, watching movies via BitTorrent was just as easy as watching something on your Netflix queue.<p>The app Popcorn Time came out of nowhere a week ago with a slick interface that boiled down the messy torrenting experience into something simple. All you had to do was download the free …

Israel mounts missile-destroying lasers to commercial jets

Israel is finally ready to combat shoulder-launched missiles and they're going to do it with lasers.<p>Israel's Ministry of Defense announced that …

FreedomPop Announces The Privacy Phone, A Fully-Encrypted Smartphone For $10 A Month

Meet the Privacy Phone, a device that FreedomPop brags is the only smartphone and mobile service that allows for encrypted communications. Lovingly nicknamed the “Snowden Phone” by FreedomPop, It can even be purchased with Bitcoin to further protect the owner’s anonymity. Simply put, if you’re in …

This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

Guidecentral's Maker Program Helps Crafters Monetize Tutorials

While quality is somewhat subjective, the startup gives some guidelines, such as using great pictures without watermarks or frames and avoiding incomplete captions.<p>Selected participants are set to receive $7 for every new DIY project shared by them through the app after joining the program and …

This Is 4K PC Gaming With Falcon Northwest's Mach V And Triple Nvidia Titan Blacks

There’s a classic scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film <i>Jackie Brow</i>n, wherein Samuel L. Jackson provides some colorful commentary about the, shall we say, undeniable blanket effectiveness of an AK-47. Falcon Northwest’s Mach V PC is a <i>lot</i> like that.<p>Let’s weed out the window shoppers: the specific …