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4 hidden Windows tweaks to speed up your computer

Don't settle for slowdowns.<p>Windows 10 impresses in many ways, like the tight integration of voice control with Cortana, and the way the software adapts to fit both tablets and laptops. At the same time, it can't completely escape its past: The operating system remains a huge, labyrinthine piece of …

Operating Systems

Scientists Are Finally Set to Mass-Produce The Active Compound Found in Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin for everrrrybody!<p>For nearly 60 years scientists have known the chemical responsible for magic mushrooms' psychedelic reputation is a …

New Details Emerge on the Red Hydrogen 'Holographic' Phone - ExtremeTech

New Details Emerge on the Red Hydrogen ‘Holographic’ Phone<p>By on August 2, 2017 at 11:03 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Biological Teleporter Could Transmit Life to Other Planets - ExtremeTech

By on August 3, 2017 at 11:00 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>You’ve probably attached images, …

Immune System

Mazda's 2019 Breakthrough: a Diesel Engine That Runs on Gasoline - ExtremeTech

Mazda’s 2019 Breakthrough: a Diesel Engine That Runs on Gasoline<p>By on August 9, 2017 at 8:26 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

August 'smart lock' maker ships Siri-enabled locks

Open sesame, Siri<p>August, the San Francisco-based maker of smart door locks that can be controlled from a mobile phone, said today that it’s expanding its products to include an accessory keypad for its locks and a new doorbell that’s equipped with a video camera.<p>But going beyond just hardware …

Microsoft's design rules push Windows 'beyond mere rectangles'

Microsoft's Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 might have an ironically uncreative name, but the upgrade itself is flush with artistic potential and useful features. It will give users a timeline to manage complex work sessions, APIs that tie all of Microsoft's services together and, notably, a …

How to photograph the night sky like a pro

Gear up and look up<p>It’s a familiar story for those of a certain generation: As a kid growing up in the 1960s, Roger N. Clark was inspired by the NASA space program. By the time he was in junior high, he built his own reflecting telescope (grinding the primary mirror himself, no less). Clark pursued …

Shutter Speed

Netflix orders a series from 'Mythbusters' veterans

Still missing <i>Mythbusters</i>? It's not about to come back any time soon, but you might get the next best thing. Netflix (which has a habit of resurrecting fan favorite shows) has greenlit <i>White Rabbit Project</i>, a series from <i>Mythbusters</i> Build Team veterans Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci. The …

Is Lockheed's Stealthy Spy Plane the Future of Reconnaissance?

The unmanned TR-X is being designed to replace the U-2 and Global Hawk.<p>The Air Force needs to upgrade its fleet of spy planes. Capable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft have become more important than ever as missile defense systems in countries like China and Russia …

MIT's New Temporary Tattoos Turn Your Skin Into An Interface

Become a stylish cyborg with these glitzy skin-based controllers.<p>A new paper released by MIT Media Lab introduces DuoSkin, a temporary tattoo technology that enables people to create interfaces on their own skin. Inspired by metallic "flash tattoos," the team designed the technology with an eye …

This Data Scientist Has Mapped the Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

Microsoft releases task tracking Planner app for Office 365

Microsoft has irregularly introduced new features for its subscription-only Office 365 suite, like Sunrise integration with Calendar and smart car interoperability, but its latest gets back to the office suite's roots. Last week, Microsoft released its team productivity app Planner for free to …

This Intense Projector Can Beam Images that Look Painted On

No, he's not just holding a picture.<p>When you think of projectors, I bet you think of some janky old thing hanging from the ceiling at some boring business meeting you almost fell asleep in. The DynaFlash is different. Spitting out images at 1,000 frames-per-second and mere three-millisecond lag, …

Nerf Taser Darts Are a Great Way to Electrocute and Lose Your Friends

Seems like a shockingly good time.<p>Standard Nerf darts not back enough punch for you? Don't want to spend the money to upgrade all the way to messy paintball guns? Here's a happy medium: Mod your Nerf darts into tiny, flying tasers! What could go wrong!<p>Caleb Kraft is clearly determined to find out. …

Build This DIY Touchscreen Music Player for Your Car

All you need is a Raspberry Pi and a dream<p>Have you ever been stuck in traffic and pulled up next to some maniac singing along with the radio to an audience of no one, index fingers drumming out a spastic beat on the steering wheel? That's me. As a married man living in Manhattan, I have a special …

How to Read a Photograph's Histogram

What that chart of colors really means<p>You've probably seen this x-y graph on your camera or some photo editing software. It shows the data of your photo's color range. It's not as intimidating as it looks. Here's how to master it.<p><b>The vertical axis</b> shows the number of pixels at each light level. (A …

Tutorials

New Goodyear Tires Harness Friction To Help Power Your Car

Where the rubber meets the road, there's energy to be gained<p>When it comes to energy, heat is a big waste. Sometimes we can put waste heat to good use, like by redirecting steam from power plants to heat homes. But a lot of other times, heat is just lost. Take, for instance, when your car tires run …

Clean Energy

Robot Night At The Museum

After the humans have left, the 'bots come out<p>In the darkness of the deserted museum, something inhuman stirred. A pair of headlights swept around a corner, illuminating a statue—as a camera streamed the sight to viewers around the world. The nocturnal intruder was part of “After Dark,” an event …

Autonomous Materials Will Let Future Robots Change Color And Shift Shape

Some of the applications sound like pure science fiction<p>New robots could take on exciting new forms and applications, with each component of the machine able to react and act on its own, according to a review published today in <i>Science</i>.<p>The materials making up a robot are themselves are becoming more …

Computer Science

Graphene's First Commercial Application To Shed A Little Light

A bulb more efficient than an LED? Now there's a bright idea<p>Graphene is a material with marvelous properties: It can be used to make square ice and night vision contact lenses. It can even be made from your leftover dinner. And soon this form of pure carbon--which boasts a super-strong hexagonal …

Graphene

Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains

A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys<p>You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.<p>It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires …

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This Bike Safety Paint Is Invisible During The Day, Super Bright At Night

Spray on, wash off<p>Remember the glow-in-the-dark reindeer we wrote about last year? The same group that came up with an animal-safe spray paint to prevent herds of Santa's helpers from getting hit by cars has struck again--but this time they're keeping people safe instead of wildlife.<p>Reflective …

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Watch The Elaborate Process Of Changing An IMAX Lightbulb

It actually does take more than one person to change these lightbulbs<p>IMAX movies are awesome, and the projection equipment used to screen everything from blockbusters to nature films is equally impressive. The bulb of an IMAX projector is so powerful that if it was turned on on the surface of the …

Aluminum-Ion Batteries Are Flexible, Fast-Charging, And Won't Catch On Fire

But don't expect to find them in Costco just yet<p>Almost all of the electronic devices that we carry around with us all day now rely on one key, but increasingly antiquated, technology: the lithium-ion battery. A mainstay of rechargeable power for the last couple decades, this battery technology has …

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