Courtney E. Whitmore

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

<i>This being my last weekend with this blog, I wanted to repost a story I wrote a few years ago that has continued to intrigue me ...</i><p>I'm going to show you two kinds of nothing.<p>The first is a small patch of space, way, way out in the universe, remote from everything, with nothing in it, no stars, no …

The thrill of the fair

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Star Wars: Episode 7 Star Also Wishes George Lucas Had Left the Original Trilogy Alone

Oscar Isaac gets honest.<p>Episode VII actor Oscar Isaac believes the original Star Wars trilogy was fine just as it was, before George Lucas fiddled …

Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free?<p>Current gossip indicates that for …

Big Tobacco Is Ramming Home the Message About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

When it comes to e-cigarettes, large tobacco companies are suddenly stepping up warnings about their own products, the New York <i>Times</i> …

This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

For the past few years, the standing lazy punchline about wearables has been something about awkwardly strapping a computer or a phone to your body. Finally, a crowdfunding campaign has taken the joke to the next level and made that punchline a reality.<p>San Francisco Bay Area startup Arubixs has …

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Scientists make an invisibility cloak using off-the-shelf optical lenses

Most invisibility cloaks require fairly exotic technology to work, such as fiber optics or light-altering metamaterials. That's not very practical, especially since the illusion still tends to break when you move. The University of Rochester may have a far more realistic solution, however -- it has …

A Wearable Drone That Launches Off Your Wrist To Take Your Selfie

“Oh man, this would make a great picture. I wish there was someone else here to take our picture for us so we didn’t have to take a selfie!”<p>Has this ever happened to you?<p>Of course it has. You’re a human being in the 21st century who reads tech blogs.<p>The Nixie aims to solve that. It’s, as crazy as …

California adopts 'yes means yes' sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when …

Photos: This developer says his new iPhone 6 bent for no reason at all

Seattle developer Kav Latiolais woke up Saturday morning to discover something quite unpleasant.<p>The 128 GB iPhone 6 he’d purchased on Thursday …

Julian Assange Speaks in Nantucket—As a Hologram

A ghostly Julian Assange appeared by hologram at the Nantucket Project on Sunday, beamed in from the Ecuadorian embassy where he has stayed under …

Russian Student Covers Her Car in One Million Swarovski Crystals

21-year-old Daria Radionova has been attracting a lot of attention on the streets of London with her swanky, crystal-encrusted car. The Russian …

PRAISE TREE-SUS! Man Sees Jesus In Tree Trunk (PHOTO)

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee<p>What WOOD Jesus do?<p>A Tennessee lumber yard owner is stumped with what to do with a split-open tree trunk that appears to bear the image of Jesus Christ, WMC reports.<p>"If somebody wanted it I would sell it, but I do think it would be best served if it were in a …