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Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

Scientists split over whether Nasa probe has finally left the solar system after 36 years<p>It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to …

How To Build Your Own DIY Centrifuge

Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.<p>For any garage-ista ready to tackle molecular biology, the centrifuge is an essential laboratory tool. Its super-rapid spin supplies the right G-forces to neatly separate biological materials—including cells, proteins, and DNA—from a liquid. …

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

How CERN’s Grid may place the power of the world’s computers in your hands

The combined power of the world’s computers could soon be placed in the palm of your hand thanks to technology that is partly being developed at the home of the Large Hadron Collider.<p>Scientists at CERN in Switzerland and in the US have been developing a new kind of computer system that is already …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

Cubify Sculpt lets you mold 3D printable designs like clay

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: 3D Systems<p>Open a computer aided design program like AutoCAD, and you are met with a blank screen. New software from 3D …

The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth

During the summer of 1963, Earth looked a tiny bit like Saturn.<p>The same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington and Beatlemania was …

Humans tame light, stop it from moving for a full minute

Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186,000 miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute …

The Trippiest Time Lapse Video We've Ever Seen

The night sky + weird dragon sculptures = total mind screw<p>Just in case the cosmos are not fantastic enough for you: This new video shows time lapses of the night sky over enormous metal dragons, dinosaurs and other creatures in Galleta Meadows in the desert town of Borrego Springs, California.<p>The …

Tangiers: A stealth game inspired by Dada, David Lynch

This sandbox-style video game about the surreal and the avant-garde is seeking support on Kickstarter -- and it's unlike anything we've ever seen.<p>The …

The Classics: 'Persona 3'

Buffy the Dungeon Crawler<p><i>Persona 3</i> is a video game where Japanese teenagers shoot themselves in the head with magical guns in order to summon powerful monsters into battle. And that's not even the most notable thing about it. <i>Persona 3</i> is sort of like what would happen if you mashed up a typical …

This is the future of web browsing

So long as web developers actually embrace it<p>An article shared on <i>Sidebar</i>today highlights the mind-blowing power of HTML5. Web developer / Mozilla evangelist David Walsh has collated nine demos that use just native web technologies to show how much can be done in your web browser without the need …

You Have No Control Over Security on the Feudal Internet

Facebook regularly abuses the privacy of its users. Google has stopped supporting its popular RSS feeder. Apple prohibits all iPhone apps that are political or sexual. Microsoft might be cooperating with some governments to spy on Skype calls, but we don’t know which ones. Both Twitter and LinkedIn …

Pirate3D Printer Exceeds Kickstarter Goal By 14X

The Pirate3D Buccaneer printer has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, reaching $1,438,765 in funds—more than 14 times its original $100,000 goal.<p>The Singaporean startup burst onto the scene in May with news of its relatively inexpensive printer. The Buccaneer cost $347 on Kickstarter, far …

Voyager 1 Entered Weird Region In Space Last Summer

New papers describe an unexpected boundary region at the edge of the influence of the Sun.<p>Voyager 1 entered a strange and unexpected part of space within the solar system last August, scientists announced in three papers published yesterday.<p>A few different effects mark the area, which astronomers …

Drakengard 3 for PS3 coming Oct. 31 in Japan

Square Enix's <i>Drakengard 3</i> will see a release in Japan on Oct. 31 for the PlayStation 3, according to Square Enix's Japanese online store.<p>The Japanese Square Enix store is currently offering a 10th Anniversary Commemoration Box for ¥19,800 (approximately $202.50 USD). The Commemoration Box consists …

CyanogenMod adds encrypted messaging to help beat the NSA

In light of the recent surveillance scandals that have hit the USA and to some extent the UK, the key developers for the CyanogenMod project have been adding some new privacy features to the alternative Android firmware. First, the Run in Incognito Mode, which limits as apps access to your personal …

Privacy

Pharaoh’s curse: Why that ancient Egyptian statue moves on its own

An ancient Egyptian statue appears to have started moving on its own, much to the amazement of scientists and museum curators.<p>The statue of Neb-Senu, believed to date to 1800 B.C., is housed in the Manchester Museum in England — at least for now. But if the statue keeps moving, there's no telling …

Archaeology

Tetsuya Nomura explains why Final Fantasy Versus 13 became Final Fantasy 15

Seven years and a month after it was first announced in E3 2006 under the name <i>Final Fantasy Versus 13</i>, <i>Final Fantasy 15</i> finally had its first "real" debut trailer revealed at the LA Convention Center last week; However, as director Tetsuya Nomura revealed to <i>Famitsu</i> magazine in this week's issue, the …

Firefox add-on warns internet users of the dark side of the NSA

Dark Side of the Prism from Justin Blinder on Vimeo.<p>Privacy-conscious fans of Pink Floyd may never use the internet in the same way again.<p>A new …

The US Pirate Party Is Working On A Way To Get Around The NSA's Surveillance

Like many third parties, the Pirate Party supports some uncommon ideas. But with the hullabaloo surrounding the NSA's secret surveillance program PRISM, one of its goals sits at the forefront of everyone's mind — online privacy.<p>"Captain" (but really chairperson of the national committee) …

Surveillance

Visions of the universe: 20 historic images - Telegraph

Astronomy

NASA Is Building An Intergalactic GPS

For your next family trip to Mars<p>You're probably already used to getting great GPS coverage in many of the places you visit. Now get ready for GPS in space. NASA is working to build a navigation system that would work anywhere in our solar system and beyond, IEEE Spectrum reported.<p>Spacecraft now …

Inconsistency In The Big Bang Theory Resolved

Previous measurements of lithium isotopes in the galaxy may not have been entirely accurate. Woops!<p>A team of scientists working at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii has solved one of the vital inconsistencies in the Big Bang theory, reconciling observed data with our current theoretical models of how …

Rain built around the concept of playing an invisible character

Sony Japan Studio wanted to offer gamers a surprise with PlayStation Network exclusive <i>Rain,</i> and decided they could do so by designing the game around the idea of playing as an invisible character, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.<p>In <i>Rain</i>, players step into the shoes of an invisible boy …

How It Works: The Mechanical Bomb Sniffer

A guide to the machine that could change how we screen for explosive threats<p>Last fall, David Atkinson and a team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they had "sniffed" certain explosives in ambient air for the first time. Most common explosives—RDX, PETN, blasting gels—exist …