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Electric road charges buses while they drive

The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so they can charge. Some measures have been proposed, such as solar panels that can provide energy while the car drives, and even …

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Pakistan's New Big Threat Isn't Terrorism—It's Water

Shortages of the precious resource threaten to destabilize the region even further.<p>In a report released last week by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan was pinpointed as "one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, 'water-scarce'." As water demand …

The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

China just cut the ribbon on the world’s new largest building.<p>The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide. That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and …

Through The Looking Glass: What You’ll See Through Google’s Lens

I’ve spent a little over three weeks with Google Glass, and I’ve noted that the utility aspect of the device is strong, but the fun isn’t there yet. It feels a lot like the original iPhone did, before it had the App Store.<p>In this video, we discuss some of the quick assumptions about Glass, …

Google's Schmidt: The Internet needs a delete button

NEW YORK--The Internet needs a delete button, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Monday.<p>Actions someone takes when young can haunt the person forever, Schmidt said, because the information will always be on the Internet. He used the example of a young person who committed a crime that …

New Web site measures global happiness

There are many measurable quantities in the universe, but we would not have called "happiness" one of them.<p>Since 2008, however, a team of scientists from the University of Vermont and the Mitre Corporation, led by mathematicians Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds, have been figuring out a way to …

Palestine now recognised by greater power than US or Israel – Google

When the UN recognized Palestine as an observer state last November, Israel retaliated by announcing new settlements. Now an organization of arguably …

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Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants

A Pakistani army officer named Col. Zeshan is giving a tour of a jihadi rehabilitation center secreted in the hills of northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley.<p>"This place was also captured by the Taliban," he says, walking me around the heavily guarded complex. "The army took over this place from them ... …

Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world

A series of hand-painted signs dot the side of the winding mountain road that runs between the airport and the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Instead of …

First LGBT-friendly mosque opens in France

The first gay-friendly mosque opened last week in a Paris suburb.<p>Located within a small room inside a Buddhist monk’s home, it’s the first mosque that reflects a progressive Islamic revolution underway across Europe.<p>Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, the founder of the mosque and a gay-rights activist, says …

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did

Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy. Target, for example, has figured out how to …

Contact Lenses Can Display Your Text Messages

You wouldn't dream of checking text messages or responding to email in the shower — it's much too risky for your smartphone. But doing such tasks may …

Mastering Terminal To Hack Your Mac [Feature]

Terminal app can be daunting at first, but it’s really the best way to hack into your Mac’s configurations and preferences to customize things to work for you rather than against you. With the right Terminal commands, you can tweak the Finder, mess with the user interface, build a more private and …

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Whites to lose majority status by 2043, the census projects

Crowds such as this one in New York City shows the diversity of the U.S. population. (Andrew Gombert / EPA )<p>White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043 as the United States will for the first time become a majority of minority groups, the Census Bureau projects.<p>In its first …

DoorBot Wi-Fi doorbell camera lets you see visitors on your smartphone

Seeking at least a quarter of a million dollars in project funding on Christie Street, a company called Edison Junior has developed a wireless …

Mass rape, amputations and killings – why families are fleeing terror in Mali

They were told to assemble in Gao's market place at dusk. A man accused of using tobacco was escorted before the crowd by several members of the …

T-Mobile Makes 14 New Cities iPhone-friendly With HSPA+ Expansion

It looks like T-Mobile wants 2013 to be the year they truly start competing against the dominant forces of AT&T and Verizon. They just sewed up a deal to bring the iPhone to their carrier, and they’ve been trying to hurry up and bring iPhone-friendly HSPA+ speeds to fourteen new metropolitan …

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Loop Attachment’s Awesome Mummy Case Finally Comes To iPad Mini [CES 2013]

I’m a big fan of Loop Attachment’s Mummy cases for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5; I’ve reviewed them both in the past and found them to be two of the best silicone cases you can get for Apple’s smartphone. And so I’m delighted that the Mummy for iPad mini has finally be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this …

The xPrintServer Lets You Use Any Printer With Your iOS Device [Macworld 2013]

<b>SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD/iWORLD 2013</b> – Lantronix is showing off at Macworld what they call the xPrintServer, a small device that you can attach to your network to allow nearly any printer to become compatible with your iOS device using AirPrint.<p>The xPrintServer comes in two models, a consumer …

Relive the glory of conquest with remastered 'Age of Empires II', available on Steam April 9th

<i>Age of Empires II</i> is a monument to the glory days of sprites, battlefield evangelism, and real-time strategy, and you'll be able to get another shot at spreading your influence around the world when an HD version of the game arrives next month. <i>Age of Empires II: HD Edition</i> is based on <i>Age of Empires</i> …

What Would We Do If the Internet Crashed?

In 1982, the Internet was a safe place where everyone trusted each other. The community was so small that every email address on the web could fit …