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The Next Space Race: Farming Solar Power in the Cosmos

Aboard an imaginary space station surrounded by distant planets, an astronaut on the fringes of human life toiled to turn the sun’s rays into …

The Voyeur’s Motel

Gerald Foos bought a motel in order to watch his guests having sex. He saw a lot more than that.<p>I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur. With the assistance of his wife, he cut rectangular holes …

Behavioral Sciences

Tesla Reimagines the Century-old Power Grid - JB Straubel | SDF2015

Obama Takes on Climate Change: The Rolling Stone Interview

"I don't want to get paralyzed by the magnitude of this thing. I'm a big believer that imagination can solve problems," says the president<p>In Alaska, …

Neptune Duo: a Phone on Your Wrist, a Screen in Your Pocket

We’re now used to the idea of smartwatches relaying information from our phones to our wrists. The Neptune Duo is turning the concept on its head: it’s a wearable smartphone with a secondary display you can stash in your pocket.<p>The Neptune Duo consists of two parts. The Hub is a device you wear on …

Tesla factory racing to retool for new models

FREMONT, Calif. — Xavier, Wolverine, Iceman, Thunderbird and Cyclops were all working hard.<p>In balletic movements, the massive robots, among the world's largest industrial machines, were silently building<p>Teslaelectric cars.<p>Named by Chief Executive<p>Elon Muskafter popular comic book characters, the …

Sharing Economy Series: How Udemy ramped up without paid advertising

Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world's largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they …

Trent Reznor: David Fincher Wanted 'Massage Parlor' Music for 'Gone Girl'

"Imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel," the Nine Inch Nails frontman explains<p>Filmmaker David Fincher gave soundtrack composers Trent …

Groupon Introduces Gnome, an iPad-Powered Point-of-Sale System

Groupon today announced Gnome, a new point-of-sale system that integrates with the company's network of daily local deals. The iPad-based system provides a payment processing system as well as customer management tools for merchants that offer Groupon deals.<p>In addition to serving as an all-in-one …

Wirral Cricket Club: World Cricket's Clowns of the Month, April 2014

April’s dubious award of World Cricket’s Clown of the Month does not just go to one individual, but to Wirral Cricket Club, a team based in Northwest England, who were bowled out for just three runs by Haslington Cricket Club in the TACS Partnership Cheshire Cricket League.<p>Their opponents put …

England

NFL Draft 2014: Best Landing Spots for Each Top Quarterback Prospect

Right now, each of the top quarterbacks in the NFL draft are focusing on where they will be drafted.<p>While everyone wants to be the first player taken, what really matters is where you end up rather than when you get there. Finding the right situation as a veteran quarterback in the NFL is …

Football (U.S.)

Mark Zuckerberg's $2 Billion Chance At A Moon Shot

Why Facebook just spent $2 billion on virtual reality.<p>Google has humanoid robots, self-driving cars, and deep neural networks. Tesla has a Hyperloop. Facebook now has virtual reality.<p>As with most recent high-profile tech acquisitions, the knee-jerk public reaction tends to be one of confusion, …

The team behind the Android watch phone, the Pine, plans a line of wearables

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The startup behind the world’s first Android(s goog) watch phone, the Neptune Pine, is partnering up with the designers of …

The true lives of low-level drug dealers: “What’s the point of surviving if you can’t live?”

“Breaking Bad” this ain’t: The real world of drug dealing is less flashy than TV — and much more complicated<p>Quality cocaine has a sheen to it, like the paint on a lowrider. Shorts, a drug dealer in Albuquerque, flicks a clump with his nail to show me.<p>"See?" he says. "Like fish scales." I'm watching …

How Liverpool Have Made Themselves a Great Premier League Team

An international break is usually either positive or negative for a football club dependent upon their last result—Liverpool's 3-0 defeat of Southampton means that their fortnight break now arrives nicely for them ahead of the end of season run-in.<p>With 10 games remaining, Brendan Rodgers' side are …

Soccer

A Look At Lumus, The Amazing Lens Technology That Is Going To Change Wearables

You may not know the name Lumus now, but expect to be hearing a lot from them in the future. When we first met the Lumus rep Ari Grobman two years ago he showed us some amazing technology. It was basically an augmented reality display embedded into a standard lens that could fit into a standard …

nanoFLOWCELL Quant E-Sportlimousine: 2014 Geneva Show

“A vision becomes reality.” With these words, Nunzio La Vecchia presented the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine during the press day of the 2014 Geneva …

So You've Installed an iBeacon System. Now Comes The Hard Part No One Is Talking About.

Those businesses that have effective app marketing strategies will be the ones set up for success.<p>Thanks in large part to Apple’s inclusion of iBeacon technology in its iOS 7 software, in-store beacon systems are poised to be the shiny new thing of brick-and-mortar retail in 2014.<p>In short, the …

'Loop Fob' Allows Swipeless Credit Card Purchases at Any Traditional Swipe Terminal

While Apple is reportedly working hard on its own mobile payment service, Boston-based startup Loop has just released its own mobile payments device -- one that works at most traditional U.S. retail outlets. The Loop Fob is a small device that allows users to store credit card information on the …

A Battery with Liquid Electrodes Can Be Recharged or Refilled - MIT Technology Review

A new kind of battery stores energy in what researchers are calling “rechargeable fuel”—electrodes in liquid form. The result can be either recharged …

Clean Energy

Paris' Ghost Metro Stations Could Become Subterranean Swimming Pools and Restaurants

While entrepreneurs in London are planning to build the world's longest subterranean farm in tunnels below the city, Paris is planning to turn its …

France

Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht's Big Fall

It was the eBay of vice, an online hub of guns, drugs and crime. But its alleged founder soon learned that you can't rule the underworld without …

What is graphene? Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance …

Tesla is more Apple than Ford, but will its car sales take off in Canada?

When Jaffray Stevenson’s car breaks down, or needs a small repair, the experience he has is a lot more like dealing with a computer glitch than a …

Apple TV graduates from hobby/accessory to product line ahead of major changes

Apple appears to be putting its ducks in a row ahead of major Apple TV changes. Alongside last night’s changes to the Apple Online Store to promote Valentine’s Day specials, Apple added an entire Apple TV section.<p>The Apple TV is now promoted as a full product line alongside Macs, iPads, iPods, and …