Rodney Leviton

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Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

Robotics isn’t all stomping metal men and robotic dogs – it’s also about beauty. The folks from Team BlackSheep proved this by flying a powerful, long-range drone over the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. And when I say over, I mean <i>over</i>.<p>The average drone can hit about 165 feet before panicking and coming …

Kotoba Miners uses Minecraft to teach Japanese

I’ve seen Minecraft used for all sorts of different purposes. Recreating Westeros from Game of Thrones. Taking a tour through Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters. Teaching Japanese? That’s a new one.<p>James York is an English teacher at a Japanese university, as well as a PhD student researching …

How Amiga hackers saved Andy Warhol's digital images

A new documentary from the HIllman Photography Iniative (see the video below) has revealed exactly how those now-famous Andy Warhol Amiga works were extracted from decrepit 3.5-inch floppies. First, researchers had to figure out that the image files were actually saved on the original graphics …

Investigator: No sexism at GitHub, but CEO’s wife was a problem

Former GitHub chief executive Tom Preston-Werner acted confrontationally and disregarded real issues among his company’s ranks, but the company lacks the sort of sexist environment former employee Julie Horvath previously alleged, according to new findings from an independent investigator.<p>The …

'Big Bang Theory,' other U.S. shows vanish from Chinese Internet

BEIJING —<p>Johnny Galeckirecently came to Beijing to rub elbows with Chinese fans of his nerdy TV comedy,"The Big Bang Theory."The 38-year-old actor signed autographs, was serenaded by a harpist and drank tea on a talk show interview streamed on Sohu.com.<p>The Chinese Internet portal streams the<p>Warner …

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What the Death of Nike’s FuelBand Means for the Future of Wearables

In the midst of all the breathless hoopla and “extra, extra, Tweet all about it” that’s going on over wearables, one of the leaders in the field announced they’ll no longer be making them. To which we said, “Wait… what?!” You probably heard about Nike’s FuelBand way before you even started …

Fly Virtually Using This Drone and Oculus Rift Combination

Mashups of bleeding-edge technology are the lifeblood of innovation, and one team of experimenters may have outdone themselves by combining the …

Google: Self-driving cars are mastering city streets

Long a veteran of the highways of rural California, Google's self-driving car is working on becoming safer in the city.<p>Over the past year or so, Google has been fine-tuning how the software running its fleet of automated vehicles handles the complexities of stop-and-go driving in heavily populated …

Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business

One day last month, the seven employees of Everpix gathered at their co-working space in San Francisco to discuss the company's impending shutdown. Wayne Fan, one of the co-founders, opened a mock-up of the screen that the photo storage service’s customers would see once the company announced the …

Exploring Amsterdam’s ‘Nine Streets’

I’m not a big souvenir person. My souvenirs have always been the pictures I take or the occasional piece of jewelry or cool scarf.<p>It’s harder than ever to find a product unique to its country these days — and I don’t want to end up with something I can find on junk-clogged Canal Street in Manhattan.<p>…

European Travel Skills: Staying Healthy

10 Gorgeous Hotel Room Views (PHOTOS)

During our travels around the globe, we have stayed in some pretty gorgeous rooms. But a beautiful room means nothing if it looks out at a brick wall. On the other hand, a drab room can be seriously lightened up by an amazing view. So we rounded up the 10 best hotel room views we've ever seen.<p><i>--</i> …

European Travel Skills: Taking Local City Tours

Video of the week: The Quiet City: Winter in Paris

A languid and mesmerizing ode to the big city, “The Quiet City: Winter in Paris” is a stark and beautiful short film that takes us through a slow …

A windsurfer carries his board and sail over sand dunes in Pistol River, Oregon. Explorers discovered gold and other precious metals in the rivers and along the beaches of the area in 1852. More recently the area has played host to several U.S. windsurfing championships. http://on.natgeo.com/XxQcPz Photograph by Skip Brown, National Geographic

No Kids Allowed: The World's Top Five Adults-Only Retreats

By Joshua Hergesheimer, HotelsCombined.com<p>Maybe you don't have kids. Or maybe you do, but need an escape from a world of dirty diapers and dancing dinosaurs. If you're seeking relaxation and romance instead of rampaging rug rats, check out our top five destinations for adults only:<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>No …

Travel Tips: How to pack your Toiletries

South Africa's Cape Winelands Provide Perfect Day Trip From Cape Town

Miners in South Africa made international headlines last year for their protests demanding higher pay. I'm considering heading back to South Africa to join a new protest that's brewing over tolls the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants to charge on highways from Cape Town to the Cape …

A female Eurasian otter searches for prey in a river in western England in one of our most popular Photo of the Day images from March. (Photo by Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic) Which photo is your favorite? http://on.natgeo.com/17de0tS

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

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Restaurants With Views Worth Dining For (PHOTOS)

As we've said before, a vacation just isn't a vacation without delicious food and delicious views. And when you can have both together, well, that's a match made in culinary heaven. Back in August, we gave you a peek at five hotel restaurants with scrumptious food set against amazing backdrops -- …

The Funniest Cruise Complaints: Sea Too Loud, No Celebrities On Board And Other Gems

A list of the wackiest cruise complaints from BonVoyage.co.uk has been making waves, with gems such as a woman grumbling that the ocean was "too loud" and another passenger asking for a refund on her Celebrity Cruise because there were no celebrities aboard.<p>But do you want to hear something perhaps …

Rosetta Stone acquires online language-learning community Livemocha

Rosetta Stone has just acquired Seattle-based online language-learning community Livemocha for $8.5 million in cash. Livemocha has one of the largest …

How to Plan Your Next Great Adventure - Part 2 of 2

This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and unexpected costs) as you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.<p>First, …

How to Plan Your Next Great Adventure - Part 1 of 2

Old man winter is slowly creeping back into his cave. If you're starting to get the itch for summer travel, you're probably not alone. However, depending on how adventurous your itinerary is, planning for a trip can be frustrating and a deal breaker for some folks. Having completed a …