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How Far Do You Run Playing Different Sports?

While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common …

LA and San Francisco have the worst traffic in the US, study claims

Driving home at rush hour can be rough, but your situation may not be all that bad compared to commuters in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu. Those three locations topped TomTom's measurements of the most congested cities in the United States, which it released today as part of …

Street View imagery catalogs Detroit's decay

Beleaguered by financial trouble and high crime rates, Detroit slumps under the weight of its problems. The GooBing Detroit Tumblr offers a poignant glimpse of how the once-thriving city has been affected by its multibillion-dollar debts. Created by a developer named Alex Alsup, the site uses …

How Daydreams and Videogames Can Make Us Confident In Real Life (Yes)

<i>Editors' Note: The following excerpts are from the book Creative Confidence, coming out this week from Tom Kelley (author of The Art of Innovation)</i> …

Obama drafts $320 million rescue package for bankrupt Detroit

The Obama Administration has pledged $320 million in aid to Detroit as the city emerges from bankruptcy. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that a delegation of administration officials arrived in the onetime auto-manufacturing capital on Friday and announced a package of federal, state, and private aid.<p>Detroit, …

Are iOS 7 apps burning a hole in your pocket?

Outdated App Store policies make paid app updates a hassle for everybody<p>When developer Realmac announced that it would release a new, separate version of its popular Clear to-do app for iOS 7, the crowd went wild. With anger, that is.<p>"What’s this? Greed?" one user said on Twitter. "I have to get a …

Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion

This is why it's so hard to catch a fly bare-handed.<p>Ever wonder how a fly or a chipmunk can evade your clumsy human grasp so easily? A new study published in Animal Behavior finds that, generally, the smaller the animal, the more information it can see in a small amount of time. That means certain …

Flies See the World in Matrix-Style Slow Motion

If you've ever sat puzzling over a fly's ability to outmaneuver your swift slap of death almost every. single. time—puzzle no more. According to …

The Only Thing These Superman Coins Will Rescue Is Canada's Economy

As if Canadian currency wasn't already colorful enough, to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of Superman—which was co-created by Canuck Joe …

Massive molasses spill smothers sea life in Honolulu

<i>Ke'ehi Lagoon in Honolulu, on a better day.</i><p>A leak in a molasses pipeline discovered on Sunday has resulted in a sticky environmental disaster in the Honolulu Harbor that is killing thousands of fish and potentially attracting sharks. Local officials predict that the molasses could also "cause an …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a UI

We've seen how kids take to touchscreens. To them, our unfathomably sophisticated smartphones and tablets are about as hard to figure out as a bucket …

Lake Michigan

<b>Locale:</b> Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, & Indiana<p>The only one of the Great Lakes located entirely in the US, Lake Michigan's beaches are sometimes …

Getty Museum's Open Content project makes 4,600 pieces of art freely available to download

Much of the world's great artwork is tightly controlled, but the Getty Museum just announced a significant initiative to open things up — its new Open Content Program has made some 4,600 pieces of art from the museum's collection free to use. Users can visit the Getty Search Gateway to browse …

Final 'Ender's Game' trailer puts space battle front and center

The film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel <i>Ender's Game</i> is just a few months away, and Summit Entertainment has just released the final trailer for the film. It's heavy on the sci-fi spectacle; while the movie's trailers up to this point have offered fleeting glimpses of its visual effects and …

Roald Dahl Book Covers Get Reimagined

<b>For its first year anniversary,</b> Galerie F decided to celebrate the much-loved children’s author Roald Dahl, and engaged the help of European …

'Legends Of Gaming': Jovenshire And More Are In A New Gaming Show, And It Looks Awesome

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Pokémon Go<p>Sure, the game has quickly eaten society. But it's helping us see the world …

Meet the College Kids Who Set Out to Build the 'Ultimate Electric Vehicle'

The World Solar Challenge is returning to the Land Down Under this fall, and with new rules, new teams, and new cars, the University of Michigan team …

A Play-By-Play of Last Night’s Protest | Hoodline

Since the raid of the Occupy protests early morning on Thursday, Hayes Valley Farm has been well-guarded by dozens of police officers patrolling its …

'Project Spark': build a game, or don't, with Microsoft's incredible new sandbox

AI for rocks, playable trees, meaningful use of SmartGlass... Spark has it all<p>I'm an unabashed Sparkaholic. I'm sorry if you clicked on this link looking for a critical, nuanced preview of Microsoft's new game that makes games, because I'm the wrong guy for that. I'm in love. <i>Project Spark</i> comes out …

Logitech and MOGA Reportedly Working With Apple On Upcoming Controllers

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iOS 7 to include standardized game controller support

For the first time since Apple opened the App Store in 2008, it’s explicitly opening up iOS to hardware game controllers, enabling console-like gaming experiences to be powered by its mobile devices. The implications are big: game developers will be able to target all controllers that conform to …

Vesper, a minimalist notes app from John Gruber and Brent Simmons (hands-on)

In an App Store entirely oversaturated with notes apps, it's not easy to stand out. Vesper, an iPhone app which launches today, is at first glance remarkable because it was built by Apple pundit John Gruber (of Daring Fireball), developer Brent Simmons (known for MarsEdit and NetNewsWire), and …

Proxy Project Extended For 8 Years | Hoodline

The temporary experiment that is the Proxy project on Octavia Street just got a little less temporary, with its lease being extended through …

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya City by Yume Cyan | Colossal

<p>For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around …

Heineken Wanted Beer Bottles To Be Bricks For People In Need

Beer and soda companies are doing bottle redesigns left and right lately, and like so many things these overhauls seem to be motivated by brand …

Views Of The Hong Kong Sky, Framed By A Canopy Of Skyscrapers

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze’s photographs are a reminder of the dazzling views to be found simply by looking up.<p>For as long as he can remember, when Romain Jacquet-Lagreze has found himself walking in the forest, he’s always had the inclination to look up, searching for patches of sky poking through the …

Skyscrapers

Sydney's Harbour Bridge transformed into a massive LED interactive light show

Last week, Sydney's Harbour Birdge was lit up as a part of the city's annual Vivid Sydney festival — which see many of the city's landmarks shod in rainbow hues. But the Bridge took things a step further than other displays around the city by giving the public a chance to choose the colors shown in …