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New "Diverging Diamond" Intersection Design Cuts Crashes by Sixty Percent

It’s tempting to think of technological advancement in terms of radical new materials or near-magical computer science—for example, the way …

How to use your iPhone as a mouse or trackpad

Your iOS devices have some of the best touch screens out there. As a matter of fact your iPhone screen makes for a great mouse, or trackpad.The idea …

This motorized wheel adds electric power to your bike

GeoOrbital brings a novel idea to Kickstarter<p>Many different kinds of personal transportation are undergoing an electric revolution, but electric <i>bikes</i> might make up the biggest section of the market. In fact, it's boomed fast enough that we're already seeing weird, alternative ideas pop up. A …

A New App Lets Kids Design Their Own Games

Infinite Arcade is the latest app from Brooklyn-based TinyBop that is designed to create inclusive digital experiences for kids.<p>For all their aesthetic virtuosity, kids’ gaming apps can actually be pretty limiting. Whereas analog toys forced kids to use their imagination, high-tech games with …

Molotov is defining the future of TV

For the smartphone generation, the idea that you have to sit in front of the TV at a very specific time to watch something is archaic and unconceivable.<p>And yet, I’ve been using Molotov for three months, and I can clearly say that the startup represents the future of TV.<p>Molotov is what Apple has …

Download These Apps to Keep Young Kids Happy While Traveling

Electronic babysitter, commence. Each of these appsᅡᅠwill provide enough entertainment and learning opportunities to make everyone happy.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>Making sure theᅡᅠtots are occupied while traveling is key to their enjoyment, your enjoyment and fellow passengers' …

Apps

IBM Watson is creepily good at guessing what's in photos

IBM announced that its Watson AI is getting image recognition capabilities earlier in the year, but this site that lets you feed in your own photos to see what it thinks is in them is both impressive and scary.<p>The visual recognition demo lets you give Watson an image URL or upload a photo and it’ll …

IBM Watson

This Richard Branson-backed startup failed on 'Shark Tank' — but just raised $61 million from Kleiner Perkins

After struggling for the first three years, Ring's smart video doorbell business has been on a wild ride, appearing on ABC's "Shark Tank," getting funded by Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and becoming one of the hottest startups in the world.<p>"It doesn't even feel real," Siminoff told …

The People Who Made The 'Monotune' Android Commercial Recorded An Entire Album, And It's Free On Google Play Music

Google's "Monotune" Android commercial is pretty cool. The musical analogy is interesting (and it ties in well with Google's "be together, not the …

Android News

China to build ventilation 'corridors' in Beijing to help tackle air pollution

Construction in zones created by connecting parks, rivers, lakes, highways and low building blocks, will be strictly controlled and obstacles to air flow removed<p>Authorities in Beijing are reportedly developing a network of ventilation “corridors” to help tackle the city’s notorious air pollution.

Pollution

Self-parking chairs make this office tidy with just a clap

If you're annoyed by slovenly colleagues, their desks full of paper and abandoned cups of tea, and their chairs left askew, Nissan have a solution: …

Your ability to read this message reveals something incredible about the mind

Can you read the message below?<p>That's not exactly true — just about everybody can read the message with ease. But according to one scientist, our ability to read such messages reveals something pretty incredible about the brain.<p>Interpreting passages like this hardly activates the section of the …

APPLE: THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO — 2016

It also sold 74.7 million iPhones — another record. The company could not be in better shape.<p>And yet Apple is a troubled beast:<p>The fear is that Apple is at its peak, and the only way from here is down.<p>Of course, only idiots bet against Apple. The company has a history of confounding its critics by …

This Solar-Powered Streetlight Also Zaps Mosquitoes

See ya, suckers.<p>Innovations in streetlighting are not always the kind of scientific discoveries that get the masses jumping for joy. But researchers at Malaysia’s University of Malaya have come up with a particularly cool and multitasking streetlight, one with an extra-bright LED light powered by …

Depth-sensing cameras will open up a whole new frontier for smartphones

<i>[Full disclosure: Body Labs is backed by Intel Capital and is working with Intel RealSense to develop 3D body scanning software for smartphones.]</i><p>2016 marks the beginning of a fundamental leap forward in smartphone hardware: depth-sensing cameras. We’ve already seen accelerometers, gyroscopes, …

The Best Teacher I Never Had

A video tribute from Bill Gates to Richard Feynman: phenomenal explainer, amazing scientist, and all-around colorful guy.

This Site Lets You Search the Worldwide Netflix Library

Netflix might have declared its plan to crack down on unblockers and VPNs to avoid users country-hopping, but there are still ways to view the …

Licensing

Home, sweet home: how to combat the ‘indoor pollution’ of scented candles

Air fresheners and cleaning products release chemicals that are harmful in enclosed spaces. But houseplants could help cut the risks<p>The last bits of tinsel are down and the fairy lights are back in hibernation. With the dark, cold nights here for a while, there is no better time to light up those …

This smart wallet easily consolidates your credit cards into one

The Wocket is a stand-alone smart wallet that costs $180.<p>Anyone who's ever lost a wallet knows the pain of having to cancel credit cards, and the subsequent anxiety of hoping your identity doesn't get stolen. The Wocket is a smart and secure way to avoid this hassle. It's available in the US, UK …

This wearable tent makes sure that bikers never get wet

To solve this problem, the Amsterdam-based bike design company Vanmoof designed a poncho that keeps riders dry, even in snow or a downpour. Called the Boncho, it's like a wearable tent that repels water.<p>"Just have the Boncho inside your bag, and don't worry about the weather," Vanmoof's CEO and …

Helmets

Microsoft released an ‘intelligent’ selfie app for iOS

Microsoft has revealed a new app for selfies on iOS that uses intelligent processing to tweak and edit your pictures.<p>Hot on the heels of Twist for iOS, another app from the company’s Garage division, it seems Microsoft is continuing its targeting of other platforms.<p>Microsoft Selfie isn’t an add-on …

How an IRS agent discovered the identity of the Silk Road kingpin using Google searches

At least that's the lesson from a young IRS agent, Gary L. Alford, who first uncovered the identity of Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht using Google searches.<p>By the middle of 2013, Ulbricht had built Silk Road into a "dark web" marketplace that facilitated the sale of enormous amounts of contraband, …

Google's new YouTube video shows you more stuff as you move your phone around

It's the first of Google's new "Spotlight Stories" which showcases new kinds of interactive 3D videos. While anyone can view the short YouTube cartoon on any PC or device, this video comes to life by viewing it on the YouTube app on a smartphone or tablet.<p>That's because it's full of "Easter Eggs," …

Wuvo Spot Keeps You Sane and Tracks Your Stuff

Losing anything drives people absolutely mad. We’re sentient beings; we should be able to place items down in a location and remember them when it’s …

Reengineered Brick Can Keep Buildings Cool

This clay brick from a pair of Colombian architects shows that material innovation doesn’t always have to be high-tech.<p>When Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro set out to re-engineer the brick, they did so through the lens of sustainability. They wanted to create a mass producible, …

This Swatch watch will let you pay with your wrist

Swatch has partnered with Visa on a watch capable of making smartphone payments with the swipe of your wrist.<p>The Swatch Bellamy, scheduled to launch in early 2016, can be used anywhere contactless Visa payments are accepted, the companies jointly announced Monday. It looks much like any other …

5 reasons why your next light bulb should be a smart bulb

Smart bulbs aren't your average LED. They don't just sit in a socket and light a room like your basic bulb. That's boring. Smart bulbs can do so much more.<p>Smart bulbs are called smart for a reason. They can wirelessly connect with phone apps, a capability that opens up major possibilities.<p>Here are …

Home Automation

What the Hell Caused This California Road to Suddenly Rise Up and Crumble?

A stretch of Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita has inexplicably lifted upwards over the course of just a few hours. Geologists are stumped.<p>As CBS …

Earth Science

How One Company Is Bringing Old Video Games Back From The Dead

Night Dive Studios got started on a whim. But in less than three years, it’s given dozens of games a second life.<p>“Stephen! This is Harlan Ellison!”<p>With a gruff tone, Stephen Kick is describing an unexpected phone call from one of his sci-fi heroes. Kick had been trying to license the rights for <i>I</i> …