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This face-tracking projection is the craziest thing you'll see today

We've seen a whole bunch of projection-mapping videos, but this demo raises the bar, training the projection to recognize a model's face and follow her as she moves it. The result is basically real-life CGI — a real-time layer of animated light that's inseparable from the object itself. People say …

The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."<p>The busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is not Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or any of …

These 28 Chairs Prove That Furniture Can Be Art

These 28 creative chairs and armchairs will prove that even something as mundane as a chair can be turned into a work of art in the hands of a …

Ubitricity: What If You Could Charge Your EV Just About Anywhere?

As the adoption rate of electric vehicles picks up and the network of fast-charge stations gets built out, the conversation around proprietary standards versus open networks becomes louder. Companies like Tesla do their own thing, building out ultra fast chargers with the prospect of free …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

They're far better known for the sports and race cars, but believe it or not, Lotus can come up with a pretty slick two-wheeler, as well. The Lotus …

These submarine drones will predict the weather months in advance

In the next decade, US Navy scientists will be able to predict the weather as far as 90 days into the future with the help of mathematical models, satellites, and submarine drones.<p>The mathematical models are the most important element in the ocean and weather prediction cocktail. But making those …

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Mars Flyby Proposed for 2021 NASA Astronaut Mission

A space agency trip around the red planet for astronauts has picked up some supporters in Congress.<p>Mars or bust? A daring mission to send NASA astronauts on a nearly 600-day mission to fly by Mars and Venus in the early 2020s has picked up some fans in the U.S. Congress. (See: "Future of …

Hobbyists are now building tablets using a $35 computer brain

Hobbyists have been assembling personal computers from their components for decades, buying the processors and other parts and putting them together in their basements. Now they’re doing the same for tablet computers.<p>Among them is Michael Castor of Make, the publisher of geek do-it-yourself …

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Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Cell-phones' link to health problems debated

Some convinced devices cause harm, but conclusive evidence still lacking<p>Every weekday morning, Bret Bocook sits in a cozy Starbucks in downtown Los Altos. He sips coffee and reads the paper. But mostly, he watches people as they chat on their cell phones.<p>Then he walks over to deliver a message.<p>"I …

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The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Bank of America says Bitcoin could become a 'major means of payment'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued the bank's first research report today on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, concluding that the currency has the potential to become a "major means of payment for e-commerce" as well as a "serious competitor to …

Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

The inspiration for a bike build can come from the most unlikely of sources. In the case of this most unusual BMW sprint bike, it was a vintage M&H Racemaster drag tire.<p>The tire belonged to the amiable Séb Lorentz of The Lucky Cat Garage, a familiar face on the European custom show circuit. While …

KnowRoaming SIM sticker slashes roaming fees abroad

International phone-roaming fees can be enough to make you never want to step outside your own home. Sure, you can pick up a local SIM card everywhere you go, but that's an inconvenience. KnowRoaming's new SIM card sticker lets you connect to local networks without having to do a thing.<p>KnowRoaming …

Researchers Build A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a cool innovation that could make particle accelerators much smaller than they are today. Using a laser, they successfully accelerated electrons in a chip about 3 mm long. These findings have been published in <i>Nature.</i><p>Particle …

What Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Will Look Like in 2026

The <i>Sagrada Famlia</i>, a world-famous Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the late renowned architect Antoni Gaud, is set to finally complete construction in the year 2026 after over a century of work. Having first embarked on the ambitious architectural project in 1882, Gaud took his time …

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H2 oh my: NASA's Curiosity rover finds water in Mars dirt

Future Mars explorers may be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests.<p>NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight. That means astronaut pioneers could extract roughly 2 …