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Element of the week: bohrium | video

This week's element is bohrium, which has the atomic symbol <b>Bh</b> and atomic number <b>107</b>. This element was named in honour of Nobel Prize winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr.<p>As with all the other super-heavy transactide elements we've been learning about these past few months, bohrium is a radioactive …

Enter, Sandman: how lucid dreaming ‘can help you change yourself’

Thomas Peisel will teach you to reign over the witching hour<p>Maybe the vast majority of your recollected dreams involve public speaking in the nude, or repeatedly failing your college chemistry final. Or maybe you don’t recall having any dreams at all. According to Thomas Peisel, both scenarios are …

iPhone 5S To Ring In The New With Expected Fingerprint Sensing Home Button

Tuesday will tell, but multiple rumors are pointing to a subtle design distinction for the forthcoming iPhone 5S. Along with new Gold and Graphite colors, the home button is expected have a new look signifying the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner within.<p>FOX News anchor (and now app developer) …

Biorb Flow Aquarium

When you want to add an attractive water element to your desk, the Biorb Flow Aquarium ($130) is the right place to start. It includes everything you …

Bad guys use 3D-printed bank card skimmers to steal $100K

For every good use of 3D printing, there are a half-dozen bad ones.<p>The latest in the latter camp comes from Sydney, Australia, where bad guys have used 3D printing to create custom bank card skimmers. The devices, which are used to snatch card numbers, affected tens of thousands of people and …

Security Researcher Hacks Mark Zuckerberg’s Wall To Prove His Exploit Works

Earlier this week, security researcher Khalil Shreateh discovered a Facebook bug that allowed a hacker to post on anyone’s wall — even if they weren’t that person’s friend.<p>While he was able to prove to Facebook that his bug was legit (despite an initial response that it wasn’t a bug at all), …

Wikileaks Just Released A Massive 'Insurance' File That No One Can Open

Anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks just released a treasure trove of files that, at least for now, you can't read.<p>The group, which has been assisting ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he leaked top-secret documents to the media, posted links for about 400 gigabytes of files on their Facebook …

Security

Hack this, NSA: Google now triple-encrypts all data in Google Cloud Storage

You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud, where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.<p>Perhaps that’s why Google announced yesterday it was triple-encrypting all data in Google …

Message unread: Silicon Valley's secret, failed bid to save BlackBerry

Could switching to Android and focusing on business have turned the company around?<p>In the summer of 2012, just a few months into the job, RIM (now BlackBerry) CEO Thorsten Heins was trying to guide the company through an ongoing crisis. The stock price had slipped to an eight-year low; BlackBerry …

Apple Wins Patent-Infringement Case Against Samsung

According to Bloomberg, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in Washington today handed out an almost-final verdict in Cupertino's …

Crowdfunded cups and straws quickly detect 'invisible' date rape drugs

The odorless and tasteless nature of "date rape drugs" can make them impossible for victims to detect before it's too late. But soon your drinking glass may able to warn you if dangerous chemicals have been slipped into your cocktail. Next month, DrinkSavvy will begin shipping plastic cups and …

Firefox OS-Based ZTE Open Shipping Soon In The US And UK For $80 Unlocked, Orders Start Friday

How do you make a splash in the heavily entrenched U.S. and U.K. mobile markets, which are dominated by Android and iOS? Release a Firefox OS -based device for just $79.99 off-contract and unlocked, that’s how. Want to raise even more eyebrows? Offer it exclusively via eBay. That’s exactly what ZTE …

The Pirate Bay Celebrates Its 10th Birthday By Launching A Tor-Based Anti-Censorship Browser

The Pirate Bay (TPB), the torrent site that really doesn’t need an introduction anymore, celebrates its 10th birthday today. To mark the day, TPB launched PirateBrowser, “a bundle package of the Tor client (Vidalia), Firefox Portable browser (with foxyproxy addon).”<p>The package, the group says, …

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side

Researchers imaged this planet around a sun-like star, but its origins remain a mystery.<p><b>There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.</b><p>In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly …

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old …

Pirate Bay releases 'PirateBrowser' to sail round censorship, mark ten years on the ocean wave

The Pirate Bay may be many things, but one that it is not, is a pushover. It's moved location, received continuous heat from various courts, and, of course, done some time. But still, it doesn't give up. The latest effort is a browser designed to help you access the torrent site in locations where …

Withings Pulse review

The walking portion of my daily commute got a lot shorter when I started at <i>The Verge</i>. The subway used to drop me one avenue and three city blocks from my previous office, and the walk added about 4,000 steps to my daily average without any extra effort on my part. Now the subway lets off across the …

TiVo Series 5 'Roamio Pro' and 'Roamio Plus' DVRs pop up in FCC filings

It has been more than three years since TiVo's Premiere platform launched, but it appears the company is finally readying a successor. A pair of FCC filings referring to new TGN-TCD8465 shown above) and TGN-TCD8400 (after the break) models have appeared, revealing a couple of design pictures and …

Users of 'darknet' websites advised to dump Windows

Users of the Tor anonymous browsing service have been advised to stop using Windows, following the discovery of a vulnerability in the Mozilla Firefox web browser that could be used to expose their identities.<p>Tor is a free encrypted network that conceals a user’s location or internet use from …

U.S. wind power fastest-growing energy source in 2012, report says

In a first, wind energy became the No. 1 source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity in 2012, according to a report released by the Energy Department on Tuesday.<p>Wind energy accounted for 43% of new electric additions last year, adding more than 13 gigawatts of new wind power capacity to the …

Renewable Energy

Why 4.7 inches is the perfect screen size for the next iPhone

Whenever we do a poll about what new features people would like to see most in a new iPhone, the No. 1 vote getter always seems to be "bigger screen" followed by "better battery life."<p>With the iPhone 5, the iPhone's screen did get bigger -- or at least longer -- but it's still not big enough for …

Samsung smartwatch patents revealed | Financial Times

Print this page<p>A South Korean website has unearthed trademark and patent filings by Samsung regarding a possible smartwatch. That’s a reminder that – …

Tech Giants: Move To Specialized Computing Or Die

If you follow high-tech like I have for the past 25 years, it probably “feels” like the rate of change is increasing. While I’m not a die hard “Singularity” devotee, it just makes sense that if today’s technology is used to develop newer technology for tomorrow, the rate of change will increase. …

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.<p>Although …

We'd Happily Break Our Wrist For This 3-D Printed Splint

Custom, printable splints could make it easier to treat minor-yet-debilitating injuries in disaster zones or underdeveloped regions.<p>Three graduate students at UCLA's school of Architecture & Urban Design have created a 3-D printed wrist splint that they hope could one day provide underdeveloped …

Thousands of Fish Die in Record Alaskan Heat Wave

A record-breaking heat wave recently resulted in the deaths of thousands of fish throughout Alaska. Highs of over 90 degrees devastated trout and …

Heat Waves

The Wheel of the Future is Here and It's Shaped Like a Cube

It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel—and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David …

BlackBerry Opens BBM for Android Beta to Select Users

Looks like some users are getting the chance to try out BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android ahead of the app's official launch.<p>PCMag reviews …

Nokia developing phone that recharges itself without mains electricity

Standby mode is often accused of being the scourge of the planet, insidiously draining resources while offering little benefit other than a small red light and extra convenience for couch potatos. But now Nokia reckons a mobile phone that is always left in standby mode could be just what the …