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Slushy Sochi: Warm Weather Shows Challenges of Subtropical Snowmaking

Some athletes are voicing concerns about what they say are dangerous conditions.<p>It's slushy in Sochi.<p>Athletes at the Winter Olympics are voicing concerns about safety hazards presented by melting snow, with American snowboarders Shaun White and Hannah Teter citing conditions on the halfpipe.<p>"It is …

Skiing

How It Really Feels at the Olympics in Sochi

It is at times unfinished, other times exceedingly harsh, and always under watch. But, God, is it beautiful.<p><b>Late yesterday afternoon</b>, I sat atop a high Caucasian peak eating the best beef stroganoff ever and thought, "These Olympics have just been grand." There have been fabulous storylines such as …

Lolo Jones

Sandro Viletta wins super-combined

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- For Sandro Viletta, it was a stunning Olympic gold.<p>For Ivica Kostelic, it was the same old Olympic silver. For the …

Yuzuru Hanyu

Why Some Olympians Load Up On Salad Instead Of Pasta

When we imagine Olympic athletes at the table before the most important competition of their lives, we might picture a huge plate of pasta, with Gatorade to wash it down and a well-deserved ice cream sundae for dessert.<p>Turns out, they might be preparing with a salad, a glass of beet juice and some …

Sochi 2014: 10 luminous ski jumpers at the Winter Olympics – in pictures

These colourful images of Olympic ski jumpers were created by photographers who used slow shutter-speeds (around 0.4 seconds) to blur the movement of the competitors. The results are pretty stunning

Sochi's Giant Pinscreen Wall Is Hypnotic in Action

British architect Asif Khan's MegaFace art installation was teased well before the athletes had even arrived in Sochi. But now that the Winter …

Statue of Liberty

Olympian hits wall, falls off skeleton sled, somehow doesn't die

We were just sitting around here at SB Nation World Headquarters discussing the merits of luge vs. skeleton. Or, more specifically, which one of these insane Olympic sports is more dangerous. Seconds later, this happened.<p>He stuck the landing, but I still think skeleton wins.

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CES 2014: The $8,000 'snore-stopping' superbed

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1042000/1042185_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518135785_9b2d31923a77955af6e95e3ac91e0935<p><b>In our hyper-connected world, in which dinners are interrupted by smartphones, and where 75% of us (one study says) check our messages while on</b> …

Pete Seeger and the American Soul

The folk singer, who has died at 94, had one defining feature: selflessness.<p>The singer-songwriter-folk hero Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94, always reminded me of Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad in John Steinbeck's immortal <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. Not just Fonda's character, although surely …

CES 2014: Popular Mechanics Editors' Choice Awards

The world's biggest consumer electronics extravaganza is in full swing, and we've seen every curved TV, Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush, and robotic gadget in Las Vegas. Here's the best of the show, the items you really want to know about in 2014.

Gear & Gadgets

Click! Pivothead Smart Colfax glasses put a camera on your face (pictures)

Camera, meet glasses<p>Bullseye<p>Not a touch pad<p>Power up<p>Latest Stories<p>Alexa had a ridiculously busy 2017<p>23<p>Vizio M-Series makes midrange TV sense<p>How to recycle your phone for cash<p>CNET does Reddit's Secret Santa<p>A Concorde finds its final home<p>3:12<p>CNET does Reddit Secret Santa

Twitter CEO Says He Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, says that it’s easy enough for consumers to opt out of tailored ads on Twitter, but he does not know how many actually go through the process of doing so. “You can opt out of tailored ads and content,” he told an audience today. But asked how many percentage-wise …

Full-body virtual reality is here, but try not to puke

The latest version of the Virtuix Omni is sickeningly immersive<p>When a Combine Soldier throws a grenade at you, your instinct is to run. In the Virtuix Omni, you can.<p>At CES 2014, Virtuix showed off the latest version of its virtual reality rig, which features 40 capacitive sensors in its base to …

MakerBot Is Changing The World

It was an inauspicious beginning. At the MakerBot event last night at CES 2014 the intro music tended towards soft hard rock. On the plate was a lilting guitar anthem by the Foo Fighters and then a song by Incubus, <i>Pardon Me</i>.<p><i>So pardon me while I burst into flames.</i><p>Luckily, nothing did.<p>Instead, as I …

Channel Master is developing a whole-home DVR solution for cord cutters

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Channel Master, known for its over-the-air TV antennas as well as some early digital video recorders that go along with these …

Smart TV

LG Fitness Band blends the best of Nike+ FuelBand and a smartwatch

LG joined the wearable tech market at CES in Las Vegas this week with the launch of the activity-monitoring LG Fitness Band.<p>Like many contemporaries, …

Hands-on With MYO Gesture Control Armband

The last time we caught up with Thalmic Labs, the guys behind the MYO gesture control armband, the team was just beginning to ship Alpha editions of the device late last year. As gesture control continues to gain momentum with the likes of the Leap Motion, we sat down with the MYO’s creators to see …