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Ferrari 488 GTB, Ford Focus RS, Porsche Cayman GT4: This Week’s Top Photos

This past week was a great one for performance fans, with a number of cars, both for the road and track, making their debut. One of our favorites was …

Sports Cars

6 Things You’ll Have to Give Up if You Want to Lose Weight FOR GOOD

Remember: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.<p>Juice fasting, low-carb, Paleo, the Master Cleanse—if you’re someone who struggles with her weight, you might always be looking for the hot new diet that will magically make it all easier. Sorry to break it to you, but staying slim and healthy is usually …

Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Spurs New German Tank Design

Filling a Fulda Gap in future defenses<p>Germany’s parliament just submitted a budget request to develop a new tank. Nestled inside the budget committee report is the call for a Leopard III development program, to create a new “Kampfpanzer” or battle tank. Spotted at Defence Blog, the proposal to …

Study: Hookah use up among teens, especially white males with money

Nearly 1 in 5 American high school seniors has used a hookah at least once in the preceding year, and the risk was greater for students from higher-income families, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.<p>Hookahs, a type of water pipe, have become increasingly popular in …

Even Used Car Prices Escape The Sting of GM's Recalls

Another week, another several million cars recalled. That’s been the agonizing trend for General Motors lately, a company that’s called back a reported 29 million vehicles so far this year for safety related issues, including potentially deadly problems with faulty ignition switches that date back …

Why the U.S. players aren’t heroes and Germany doesn’t stink

Have you ever heard someone say something but not truly understood the significance of their statement until years later?<p>Why the U.S. players aren’t heroes and Germany doesn’t stink<p>07/02/2014<p>Have you ever heard someone say something but not truly understood the significance of their statement until …

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

Supreme Court To Decide When A Facebook Death Threat Should Send You To Prison

<i>“There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. Hurry up and die, bitch, so I can bust this nut all over your corpse from atop your shallow grave.” — Anthony Elonis in an October 2010</i> …

Deutsche Telekom will bring its Qivicon home automation hub to the U.S.

T-Mobile’s German parent company, Deutsche Telekom, wants to make a grand entrance in the U.S. home automation market, a space that has heated up considerably in the past few years.<p>Comcast and AT&T have jumped in, and rumor has it that Apple may follow.<p>Deutsche Telekom has been selling a home …

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Samsung is working with Oculus on a media-focused VR headset

Last week we told you about Samsung's unannounced virtual reality headset: a peripheral that enables VR interaction for flagship phones from the world's largest phone manufacturer. This week we've got <i>far more</i> details. First things first, Samsung's headset is the fruit of a collaboration with Oculus …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Government gag orders violate free speech, tech giants contend

A group of prominent tech companies argues that US government gag orders that prohibit them from disclosing what type of national security information requests they receive are a violation of their free-speech rights.<p>In court documents (PDF) unsealed Friday, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo …

Google said to acquire satellite startup Skybox

Google has been known to wander off its territory, venturing into new markets with <i>lunatic</i> ideas. In fact, their latest venture may very well get them closer to the moon, with rumors of possible satellite company investments coming soon. Google could be acquiring satellite startup Skybox.<p>This deal …

Oculus Rift is the latest weapon in the Defense Department's fight against cyberattacks

The military’s army of hackers may soon use Oculus Rift to fight the cyberwar.<p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), basically the Q to the U.S. Department of Defense’s James Bond, is experimenting with using the Oculus Rift headset (as Wired first reported). It wants its crew of …

Apple too late to stop massive iCloud breach, hackers claim

An anonymous hacker who has exploited an iCloud security flaw that lets anyone unlock a lost or stolen iPhone says Apple contacted him about the matter today, but he deleted the email.<p>“They have asked me to contact [them] as quickly as possible, but why now?” the hacker, who goes by AquaXetine, …

San Francisco

Verizon could be doubling bandwidth in cities with so-called 'XLTE'

If you've been using Verizon's LTE service in major urban areas for a few years, you're probably well aware that speeds aren't what they used to be. The drop in speeds has provided fuel for competitors AT&T and T-Mobile, but Verizon is about to roll out its answer to those problems next week, …

Android user sues Apple for not delivering texts after she ditched her iPhone

A former iPhone user is suing Apple for not delivering her text messages after switching to a competitor’s smartphone.<p>The lawsuit follows similar complaints by ex-iPhone users, in which they claim they aren’t receiving text messages after leaving iOS for Android.<p>While this appears to be a technical …

Young blood reverses effects of aging in mice

Can an infusion of young blood reverse the loss of physical and mental ability in old age?<p>In a group of studies published Sunday in the journals Science and Nature Medicine, researchers say old mice who were infused with the blood of spry younger mice showed clear improvements in memory, sensory …

Medicine

Report Claims iPhone 6 Will Feature Curved Display, All-Aluminum Rear Shell

Apple's next-generation iPhone may feature rounded edges and a curved glass display, according to a new report from <i>Mac Otakara</i> [Google Translate].<p><i>The Squair Curvaceous Bumper</i><p>Citing "reliable sources", the publication notes that the iPhone 6's cover glass will sit flush with the device's rounded …

Cherry trees blossom six years early after a trip to space

In 2008 Japanese scientists decided to take a handful of cherry tree seeds (and by "handful" we mean over 250) to space. The embryonic plants spent eight months aboard the International Space Station as part of an educational project aimed at children. When the stones returned, 14 of them were …

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Astronomy

Germany's Cherry Blossom Season Totally Beats Yours

Yes, we know about the annual flower-budding festival in Washington, D.C., but have you ever considered jaunting across the pond to Germany for your foliage fix?<p>It's where you could waltz through this magical tunnel in the lovely city of Bonn, where the cherry blossoms go positively bonkers for two …

Darpa is building a silent motorcycle for stealthy raids

Special Forces teams are all about silently penetrating remote areas and executing complex, lightning-fast raids. Now Darpa is developing a new …

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook …

Apple patents were actually Google inventions, says Samsung

Apple and Samsung are again in locked horns in a bitter patent dispute that has, so far, spanned two years. After Apple’s 2012 win against Samsung involving a $930 million settlement, the two companies are at it again.<p>This time, Apple is accusing Samsung of having infringed on five software patents …