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Coast Guard rescues man trying to run to Bermuda in inflatable bubble

A man who planned to run from Miami to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble was rescued this weekend off northern Florida, three days after the Coast Guard asked him to call off his trip, officials said.<p>The Coast Guard said it received a report Wednesday that Reza Baluchi was seen in his bubble, …

Is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lying low?

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen at a public event for three weeks, including a prominent state meeting that he has attended every year since coming to power in late 2011.<p>On Thursday, Kim was conspicuously absent from the Supreme People's Assembly, which is North Korea's parliament …

California wildfires: Thousands evacuated, fires explode in size

Thousands of residents who live near the American River in the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California remained evacuated Wednesday as a fast-moving wildfire exploded by 6,000 acres overnight.<p>The King fire continues to threaten thousands of homes and structures as winds drive it east, west …

Hate Flying? Airbus Filed A Patent For In-Flight VR Helmets To Help You Chill Out

Would you wear it?<p>Since most people tend to not fly first class, jetting around in a hulking metal contraption in cramped quarters tends to be its own little hell bubble, often requiring the saving graces of tiny bottles of alcohol. Or Vicodin.<p>While airlines like Delta and US Airways are looking to …

Augmented Reality

BlackBerry has yet another Porsche Design smartphone coming next month

The P'9983 is the smartphone that thinks it's a car<p>BlackBerry is launching its next Porsche Design-branded smartphone, the P'9983, in October. Unlike the P'9982, its Porsche-emblazoned predecessor, the new P'9983 has a QWERTY keyboard — but just like a real Porsche, the P'9983 will likely be sold …

Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert, The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

For years the Tissot T-Touch line has been Switzerland’s unique answer to the quartz hiking watch. While other manufacturers offered analog quartz pieces, Tissot has been the only company that has tried to take on the altimeter-barometer-thermometer uber watches made by Casio, Seiko and Citizen. …

Engineers made a battery-free radio the size of an ant

The devices could help power the Internet of Things<p>This is the promise of the near future: all of your gadgets — from your smartphone to your fridge — will be able to talk to each other, wirelessly communicating whether you're around or not. We're almost there, but a new device from Stanford and …

A 512GB SD Card Has More Storage Than Your Computer

You can now get an SD card with more storage than your average PC.<p>SanDisk announced the Extreme Pro SDXC card (UHS-1) on Friday, the world's first SD …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

The Navy Wants To Fire Its Ridiculously Strong Railgun From The Ocean

They want to test firing it from a ship in 2016, and again in 2018.<p>In 2016, the U.S. Navy is going to test a railgun—a weapon that can repeatedly launch a projectile at more than 5,000 MPH—from a boat. In 2018, they're going to do it again. And in the 2020s, the Navy is going to figure out just …

After Decades Of Silent Wandering, NASA Probe Phones Home

You might call it the ultimate long shot — a group of space enthusiasts trying to re-establish contact with a wayward satellite launched in 1978. Figuratively speaking, it's been off the radar for decades.<p>No more.<p>"The initial contact was a tone followed by specific commands," project organizer …

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Watch this madman lap Silverstone in a van, then a mobility scooter

Our kind of eccentric British mad scientist.<p>We hadn't heard of Colin Furze, either, until this video of him screaming with delight, armed with the best set of Wolverine claws we've ever seen, got the better part of 4 million views. It's not all superhero wish fulfillment at his YouTube channel, …

Ford Mustang

This dive watch sold in a bag of water is marketing genius

Would you leave your TAG Heuer inside?<p>You know what they say about first impressions. Most watches get theirs laid out on a cloth inside a display case. Then there's Festina—a Swiss watch company based in Spain, whose name recognition in the US is negligible except by the most hardcore watch …

Watches

RIP Car Washes: Nissan Debuts 'Self-Cleaning' Car

If you enjoy spending Saturdays in the driveway, hosing down your favorite ride, we have some bad news.<p>If you happen to own or work at a car wash, …

The design process behind Google's modular phone

It's easy to see the appeal of Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. With Ara, a dead battery in the middle of a day trip doesn't set off …

Glow in the dark road unveiled in the Netherlands

<b>Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.</b><p>The paint contains a "photo-luminising" powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights.<p>Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde …

Driverless Cars
American Airlines

Ghost hunt: 'The crypt was large and empty. Then I realised I was not alone’

Tim Stanley, who saw his first ghost as a boy, tests the limits of his belief at a 'haunted’ castle in Oxford<p>Some time ago I wrote a flippant article for this newspaper about ghosts, and received a lot of letters urging me to take the matter more seriously. One asked me if I was aware that Nell …

Dolphin-Squeak-To-English Translator Works In Real Time

You had me at "seaweed."<p>For the first time ever, a device has enabled people to translate a dolphin whistle in real time. The dolphin's first word was "sargassum," a type of seaweed.<p>"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in …

4DX movie theater will soak you this summer

Movie theater visitors in Los Angeles: prepare to be thrown around, blasted with air, and sprayed in the face with a fine mist. South Korean company CJ Group's '4DX' movie technology — in which 3D film showings are augmented with wind, light, fog, water, and scent effects — is coming to a US …

North Korean Elections: Kim Jong Un Wins 100% Of Vote

Kim Jong Un has been unanimously re-elected to North Korea's parliament – via a ballot that featured his name only.<p>The North Korean leader was …

Need For Speed airs extended Super Bowl commercial, hits theaters March 14

Sunday's Super Bowl saw a new 30-second spot air for the upcoming <i>Need For Speed</i> movie, starring <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Aaron Paul. But what you may not have seen yet was the extended, 90-second trailer that went live online last night. The other item of news is NFS's release date - the new flick will hit …

Bitcoin's Legality Around The World

Last November, the U.S. Senate dove head-first into the world of Bitcoin, prompted by Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, a Democratic senator from Delaware who has become very interested in the digital coin. Representatives from law enforcement and financial agencies …

4 Things You Need to Know About Future NSA Director Michael Rogers

Vice Adm. Michael Rogers was confirmed as the new director of the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command. He will succeed Gen. Keith Alexander, who's …

Breaking Bad Comes True: Blue Meth On Rise in New Mexico

Federal investigators in New Mexico said Tuesday that blue-tinted meth inspired by the hit TV show <i>Breaking Bad</i> is on the rise in New Mexico, where …

Olympics 2016: Rio's golf challenge

The first edition of a new weekly golf blog looks at the sport's Rio test, Simon Dyson's return and Padraig Harrington's putter<p>Any debate over the legitimacy of golf as a modern Olympic sport is a worthwhile one. A gold medal would never usurp major titles as the pinnacle of the career of Tiger …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …