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Chasing History, Yosemite Climbers Sand and Superglue Their Fingers

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson take special care of their hands to help their fingertips hang on to a sheer vertical wall.<p>Soaking in hot tubs and doing dishes are to rock climbers what garlic is to vampires.<p>For all the courage and skill it takes to climb mountain walls, the thought of softened, …

Problems with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and how to fix them

Samsung finally gave into the call of the consumers, by introducing its first smartphone to feature a metal frame in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a design element that has found its way to subsequent releases as well. Design is definitely the bigger selling point here, as opposed to raw performance, …

Gear & Gadgets

You have a right to record the police

Film the truth<p><b>Update 11/21/14:</b> It's been more than three months since Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson, and tension with police still presents a troubling reality for the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. As officer Wilson is widely expected to dodge a grand jury indictment …

We Are Not Alone In Universe, NASA Scientists Say

It's highly unlikely we're alone in the universe, NASA experts are saying, and we may be close to finding alien life. In fact, it may happen in the next two decades.<p>NASA held a panel discussion at the agency's Washington headquarters on Monday, where space experts talked about the search for …

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Enhancing Reality • fr0zenmind: just wow

'Google Street View' Picture Of Seattle Bus Crash Is Not Quite What It Seems

A bus hangs over the edge of a huge Seattle highway, its passengers huddled in the snow - safe, now - after coming just inches from disaster.<p>This …

Shake: Hilarious High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson | Colossal

<p>Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture …

New Details On How U.S. 'Helped Saddam As He Gassed Iran'

Newly declassified CIA documents "combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States' knowledge of how and when Iraq" used chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980s, <i>Foreign Policy</i> reports.<p>According to the magazine:<p>"In …

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we …

Photographers

14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent

Los Angeles police arrested 14 people overnight for failing to disperse after hundreds of protesters splintered off a peaceful demonstration in the Crenshaw district and began stomping cars and breaking windows.<p>“It started off as a peaceful protest at Leimert Park,” said<p>LAPDOfficer Bruce Borihanh. …

Mysterious 2,000-year-old graves, pyramid ruins found in Mexico

Monumental stone architecture has rarely been found in Veracruz, archaeologists. The remains of this ancient pyramid were discovered in Jaltipan.<p>Construction work in eastern Mexico exposed an ancient settlement, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of a pyramid, believed to be up to 2,000 years …

Archaeology

iPhone 5 The ‘Most Hated Handset’, Galaxy S4 The Most Loved [Report]

Apple’s iPhone 5 is “the most hated handset” currently available, receiving the most criticism on social networks, reports British tabloid <i>The Daily</i> …

Stereoscopic images from World War I animate the horrors of history

A Toronto photography and graphic design studio has acquired a camera and photographic slides that allow the viewer to experience World War I in 3D. The Verascope is a series of handheld stereoscopic cameras designed and built in the 19th century by Jules Richard, and this unit, which was owned by …

Istanbul Erupts In Violence After Protests Against Razing Of Gezi Park

A small protest against the razing of a popular public park has spiraled into widespread demonstrations against Turkey’s government. Mike Giglio …

Cracking Kinect: the Xbox One's new sensor could be a hardware hacker's dream

Will a higher-resolution camera lead to more inventive DIY creations?<p>One of the biggest upgrades to Microsoft's recently unveiled Xbox One console is the new and improved Kinect: the device now features a higher fidelity sensor, a larger field of view compared to the original, and better skeletal …

Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data

Secret lawsuit in Manhattan filed last month asks judge to force Google to cough up user data without a search warrant. A different court has already ruled that the process is unconstitutional.<p>A new lawsuit in Manhattan pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against Google offers a rare glimpse of …

Surveillance

Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now

These apps keep your handset going longer between charges and can help smooth out performance overall.<p>If you've ever caught yourself scanning a room for outlets, or worrying about how long you can eke out a charge on your phone, then this collection of battery-saving Android apps is for you.<p>These …

Apps

Cleveland Kidnaps Suspect Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says

Saying that their client is not a "monster," attorneys for Ariel Castro have told Cleveland's WKYC-TV that the man accused of kidnapping three young women, holding them captive and repeatedly raping them over the course of about a decade will plead not guilty to all charges if he is indicted by a …

Teen suspended for tweet critical of high school sports

The senior class president at a Wichita high school is suspended for suggesting that his school isn't all that at sports. Just that. No cursing. No incitement to violence.<p>I am writing this with a cold compress on my head and a milk chocolate digestive biscuit in my mouth.<p>Both are to soothe my …

High School

Colleges Soak Poor U.S. Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to …