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Free energy for sale: Steorn's impossible Orbo hits the market

Last week a small company in Dublin called Steorn started taking orders for their USB phone charger. It's on the large side, and is only good for two …

'Pink' dolphins in jeopardy from Hong Kong airport expansion & Macau bridge

Plans to expand Hong Kong's international airport and build a bridge to Macau could trigger disappearance of Chinese white dolphins – also called the …

Inexpensive Mexican White Rice Dish

In a large saucepan heat the oil over medium-high heat and then add the rice, garlic, onion and chile. Saute over medium heat until rice starts to …

Food

‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’ Is 2015’s Most Eye-Popping Open-World Game

Monolith Soft's epic-scale JRPG looks and feels entirely unlike any other game out there, and is well worth taking a chance on.<p>Nintendo's Wii U hasn't had the easiest of rides in 2015. Great games have emerged—<i>Super Mario Maker</i> and <i>Splatoon</i> from Nintendo itself, plus indie productions like the …

Vtech breach dumps 4.8m families' information, toy security is to blame

Vtech is a ubiquitous Hong Kong-based electronic toy company whose kiddy tablets and other devices are designed to work with its cloud service, which …

Cards Against Humanity Has Made Over $54K Selling Nothing On Black Friday

While chain stores everywhere are trying to get you to buy things in their physical and online marketplaces, one brand decided to sell absolutely nothing.<p>For $5 a pop.<p>That’s right. The group behind the amazing and legendary card game Cards Against Humanity put nothing but a black screen and form to …

House of Keys: Industry-Wide HTTPS Certificate and SSH Key Reuse Endangers Millions of Devices Worldwide | SEC Consult

© seanlockephotography | Fotolia<p>In the course of an internal research project we have analyzed the firmware images of more than 4000 embedded devices …

Information Security

A tiger's best friend is a... goat: Activists call on zookeepers to separate the pals

A rare friendship between Amur and Timur, a Siberian tiger and a goat, has raised many eyebrows after the dare-devil goat refused to be the …

When children are breached—inside the massive VTech hack

4.8 million records from a Hong Kong toy company were compromised.<p>Troy Hunt is the founder of haveibeenpwned.com. This post originally appeared on …

Freedom of Information

Asia Struggles for a Solution to Its ‘Missing Women’ Problem

How South Korea turned the tide on a demographic imbalance threatening economic growth and social structures<p>SEOUL—A cultural preference for male children has cost Asia dearly. Count up all the girls who were never born because of selective abortion, victims of infanticide and females who died from …

Human Rights

Basic Design Principles and Styles for Garden Beds

Gardens should always be considered highly personal works of art. As in any kind of art, taste will vary greatly with every person having a different …

France pumps out clean energy from Europe's largest-ever solar PV project

Power is now pumping from Europe’s largest-ever solar photovoltaic plant, as France’s 300 megawatt Cestas solar project has been connected to the …

An unexpected social trick I learned running out of business cards at the worst time

Shit happens. I was on the eve of an important conference. I had spend good money, out of my own pocket, to purchase a ticket, travel and …

The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World

Edith Yeung Contributor<p>Edith Yeung is a partner at 500 Mobile Collective.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>How Uber Scaled The Great Wall, Or 5 Tips For Acquiring Mobile Users In China<p>In February 2011, I visited my friend Bill Huang who worked for Tencent in Shenzhen. Bill was telling me about their …

Woman adds vaginal yeast to sourdough starter, Internet flips out

When Zoe Stavri woke up with a yeast infection, she had a strange and intriguing idea: what about adding some of her vaginal candida to sourdough …

Tampons, Sterile Cotton, Sanitary Pads Contaminated with Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide (Glyphosate) – Study | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient</i> …

Distractify

Modern blockbuster movies have budgets that can easily reach hundreds of millions of dollars. <i>Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,</i> for …

People in close-knit neighborhoods feel more positive - Futurity

Feeling a close connection to neighbors may offset some of the negative effects of living in a socioeconomically deprived neighborhood, research …

Has Aquaponics Driven The Most Powerful Nations in Human History?

by Amish Shah<p><i>Words by: Spencer Curry</i><p>In this article, we’ll explore 3 ancient civilizations that used aquaponics at the height of their power.<p><b>Now</b> …

Aquaponics

The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind - MIT Technology Review

One of the curious things about social networks is the way that some messages, pictures, or ideas can spread like wildfire while others that seem …

Why we enjoy stroking animals and popping bubblewrap

As we know, there are plenty of materials that are lovely to touch. Silk, velvet, and polar fleece to name but a few. What factors affect whether or …

A US Military Base Could Kill Off Japan’s Last Dugongs

The Japanese island of Okinawa is the last holdout for dugongs. Now Camp Schwab is set to build new runways over their feeding ground.<p>Okinawa is an island on the most southern end of Japan. To mainland residents, it's mostly known as a place for tropical holidays and the foreign military. In fact, …

An Indiana Man Has Been Convicted of Stealing Brains from a Former Hospital for the Insane

And then putting them on eBay.<p>An Indiana man has been convicted of stealing human brains from a former hospital for the insane before selling them on eBay. Reuters reports that David Charles, 23, broke into the Indiana Medical History Museum on multiple occasions to steal jars of brains, before …

Scientists discover 308-million-year-old tropical forest in the Arctic

The trees date back approximately 380 million years, to a time when the continents existed in a very different arrangement from today’s world. At …

Global Warming

What It's Like to Expose Affairs for a Living

Jack Roberts has spent over 20 years uncovering extramarital affairs as a PI. We spoke to him about spotting the warning signs, following people, and exposing unsavory truths.<p>In <i>The End of the Affair</i>, Graham Greene describes adultery as "part of modern life." He wrote those words almost 65 years …

French President Francois Hollande Is the New George W. Bush, Says a Controversial Muslim Scholar

An interview with Tariq Ramadan, the Oxford professor who has made headlines for his conflicts with the French establishment<p>When Tariq Ramadan speaks, the French establishment disagrees. Although he's been invited to hundreds of French debate shows, his most notable appearance was probably a 2003 …

What Can A Technologist Do About Climate Change? (A Personal View.)

This started with a tweet. I’m embarrassed how often that happens.

Programming

iPhone smuggling ring using school students as carriers

An iPhone smuggling ring is said to be using more than 50 secondary school students to ferry the handsets across the border to Shenzhen on all …

Hong Kong

Frightened, Ignorant and Cowardly is No Way to Go Through Life, Son

<b>So, this week.</b><p>The last few days are a reminder that a large number of Americans are in fact shrieking, bigoted cowards, and that's a sad thing, …

Syrian Refugees

Ocean Rx

A better understanding of the physiology of myriad marine animals, including the Hawaiian bobtail squid (<i>Euprymna scolopes</i>), is helping to heal …