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Paint Your Roof With Working Solar Cells Made from Grass Clippings

Installing a solar roof on your home could one day be as simple as mixing your yard clippings into a stew of inexpensive chemicals and painting the resulting mixture right onto your rooftop. An MIT researcher has developed a method of manufacturing solar panels on the spot from agricultural waste, …

New "Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur Discovered

The 66-million-year-old feathered dino resembled a giant, demonic bird.<p>A newly discovered dinosaur species that paleontologists have dubbed the "chicken from hell" is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America.<p>The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) <i>Anzu</i> …

Julian Assange Plans an "Important" New WikiLeaks Release

At SXSW today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Skyped in from the Ecuadorian embassy in London to take part in an hour-long Q&A session. While the main topic of the discussion – government surveillance of the Internet – and his opposition to it, was unsurprising, Assange had some interesting …

When Sleep Goes Terribly Wrong

A story of lost time<p>Chris Stimac was a typical high school freshman: athletic, friendly, into science. He loved football and hoped to play it in college. But in the winter of 2003, he got a flu-like illness, which left him somehow changed. Stimac descended into a dark, foul mood, and he couldn’t …

This Man Is Rescuing Stray Dogs From Alleged Extermination In Sochi

In January, news broke that an extermination company was hired to kill stray dogs in Sochi, Russia, in the weeks leading up to the Winter Olympics.<p>"Dogs must be taken off the streets," Alexei Sorokin, the owner of the company, told ABC News, "even if that means putting them to sleep."<p>Several online …

'Meet The Press' Shows Us Exactly How Not To Cover Climate Change

On Friday, "Meet the Press" host David Gregory sent out this tweet:<p>This, to put it mildly, is not the way to do things.<p>First, some context: TV news shows almost never cover climate change, which ought to be one of the most aggressively-reported issues around, given that, y'know, it's a dire threat …

More Evidence for iWatch; Apple's Sapphire Crystal May Be for iWatch, Not iPhone

<i>MobiHealthNews</i> posted a number of iWatch scoops Monday based on sources with "limited but direct knowledge of Apple's plans...." They reported that Apple has over 200 employees working on the project. That suggests Apple is really serious about this new device, not just experimenting with …

The US government is helping illegal pot producers destroy California’s water supply

Heavy rains in California in recent days have partly alleviated the drought that parched the state in January. The dry spell is merely exacerbating a long-developing problem in northern California, however: The huge volumes of water used to grow marijuana, as well as the noxious fertilizers and …

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The Sun's Busy Week -- The Sun blew off over a dozen solar storms during a busy week of activity and appeared to digest one comet as well (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2014). Several eruptions were quite bright as they sent large particle clouds into space. In these images from STEREO's COR2 instrument the Sun (represented by the white circle) is blocked by a black occulting disk so that we can observe faint features in the corona. The sun-grazing comet appears on Jan. 31 in the lower right and seems to dive right into the Sun later that day. The bright object that enters the field of view on Jan. 31 moving left to right is Jupiter. Credit: NASA/Goddard/STEREO #nasagoddard #sun #space #comet #Jupiter

Most Popular Pizza Chains Map Visualization

FlowingData has released a fantastic map visualization of the Most Popular Pizza Chains in the United States.<p><i>Most of the major pizza chains are</i> …

Apple Receives Perfect Score For Password Policy

I recently went through the horror of fraud on one of my credit cards. Thankfully, it was caught quickly, but it has been a pain to replace it and enter my new credit card number at all the e-retailers' sites where I routinely make purchases.<p>After reading a new report from Dashlane, a password …

X-Mini Me and We, Handles Your Audio Needs on the Go

Whether you want a tiny speaker to boost the volume of your iPhone or you want to wirelessly share your music with others, X-Mini has a speaker for you. Introduced at CES, they offer the X-Mini Me which has an audio jack for connecting to your phone via cable, or the X-Mini We which adds a wireless …

More Evidence for Larger iPhone 6, Phablet; Other Specs Revealed

More evidence has emerged suggesting that Apple will be coming out with an iPhone 6 that has a 4.7- or 4.8-inch display, as well as a "phablet" with a 5.5-inch display. The most recent rumors come from a post on <i>BGR</i>, which cites a report from a South Korean securities firm known for having inside …

Watch Amazing New Footage From the Epic Reboot of Cosmos

We've been anticipating <i>Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey</i> for some time now, but a new teaser on YouTube gives us a look at some actual footage from the …

This Phone Charger Uses Crystal Orbs to Focus the Sun's Rays

Solar panels might be the solution to climate change, but they sure are ugly. RawLemon, a startup founded by architect André Broessel, wants to …

A Surefire Way to Stop Hoarding Photos on Your Phone

We are all photographers thanks to smartphones. Millions of photos of sunsets, lunches, friends, kids, cats (so many cats), and selfies are taken …

Audio-Technica's Beloved Headphones Finally Get a Makeover

Kick around the web forums dedicated to headphones — or just spend some time reading Gadget Lab, The Wirecutter, CNET, and countless other gadget …

Coming to Google's Chromecast: A Flood of New Apps

Google's inexpensive Chromecast streaming dongle has been slowly adding content partners since its introduction. But even with the recent additions …