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Literal death machine offers a way to peacefully slip out of existence

When we talk about death machines, we’re usually speaking hyperbolically about contraptions like this one, or the rise of AI overlords that get bored with their menial tasks before rising up against their oppressors. This might start with buying up Papa Johns franchises and taking up Soul Cycle but …

The psychology of Web design: How colors, typefaces and spacing affect your mood

A great web design is so much more than just delivering content and making it look good. When visitors come to your site, they produce a set of feelings about your website and your organization. The type of feelings they produce – positive or negative – are entirely in your hands and should not be …

UI Design

Uber works with NASA to get flying taxis ready by 2020

They say the best revenge is living well, and so in the midst of its ongoing and messy breakup with London, Uber has proven it's <i>doing just fine thank you very much</i> by signing an agreement with NASA to develop software for its proposed flying taxi project, Elevate.<p>At a speech at the Web Summit in …

Los Angeles

Saber is a rugged portable battery that can fully charge a laptop twice

It’s the first consumer product from Romeo Power<p>A relatively new commercial battery company with expats from Tesla, SpaceX, Amazon, and Faraday Future wants to put an end to searching for wall outlets with a new power brick called Saber. Saber is a 2.2-pound portable lithium-ion battery with 86 …

Gear & Gadgets

Keurig and Anheuser-Busch work on an in-home beer maker

Just because Keurig didn't succeed with its Kold soda machine doesn't mean it's giving up on the prospect of making cold beverages at home. It's partnering with Anheuser-Busch InBev on developing an "in-home alcohol drink system" -- in other words, a Keurig for booze. It'll build on the …

Twitter account is resurrecting the Japanese art of wood joinery

The ancient Japanese art of wood joinery might be a dying tradition in today’s modern technological landscape, but one man is still trying to thrust this age-old practice into the future – and now he’s bringing it to Twitter.<p>For those unfamiliar with this culture, Japanese wood joinery is a …

Woodworking

The secret sauce to creating dynamic, advanced websites is this PHP and MySQL training

If you’re going to build for the web, you need to know PHP and MySQL. In tandem, these vital web development tools can produce function-rich, beautifully customized websites and databases, and you’ll learn all you need in this Complete PHP & MySQL Web Development Bundle. Pick up this package of …

Another Earth might exist right next door — and this tiny telescope may be the first to see it

The first telescope to photograph a "pale blue dot" of another Earth in a distant solar system may not be funded by NASA, the European Space Agency, or some other government agency.<p>It might come from Kickstarter.<p>Dubbed Project Blue, the effort isn't run by hucksters out to peddle unrealistic …

Universe

Chevy starts manufacturing the Bolt

A new wave of affordable yet practical electric cars is finally reaching production lines. GM has started manufacturing the Chevy Bolt at a plant in Orion Township, Michigan, putting it on track to sell the $30,000 (after tax credits) EV in California and Oregon by the end of the year. It's not …

Google's ad-tracking just got more intrusive. Here's how to opt out

Google now has the option to combine everything it knows about you from its Gmail, YouTube and other applications - including personally identifiable …

Privacy

BMW's motorcycle of the future doesn't require a helmet

BMW has unveiled a slew of concept vehicles to mark its 100th birthday, but its fourth and last example might be the most daring. Its new Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle would supposedly be so smart that you wouldn't need a helmet, or even a padded suit. The key would be a …

Researchers Use Beer Waste to Make Batteries

A win-win for breweries and battery makers.<p>Beer and batteries aren't two things you'd consider in a symbiotic relationship. But new research from the University of Colorado in Boulder has developed a new bio-manufacturing process that can essentially turn a brewery's wastewater into a fungal pool …

My new robot friend Kobi loves to mow the lawn and plow snow

Kobi is a modular robot that’s basically a Roomba for snow and leaves. It’ll mulch grass and leaves, throw snow into a dedicated area, and mow the lawn. You have to define its physical boundaries through its app and where to dump the leaves and snow, but after that, the company says Kobi apparently …

Weather

Chevy Bolt will have 238 miles of range, EPA says

It’s an impressive number<p>The upcoming all-electric Chevy Bolt, perhaps the most important car GM has ever released, will sport an electric range of 238 miles according to estimates by the EPA. Chevy had previously said only that the car would have a range in excess of 200 miles.<p>This will make the …

Electric Vehicles

General Electric wants to build a $1 billion 3D-printing empire

Industrial titan General Electric Co. announced on Tuesday plans to acquire two industrial metal 3D printing companies, Sweden-based Arcam AB and Germany-based SLM Solutions Group AG, for a total of $1.4 billion.<p>If the combined deal is approved, it will be by far the largest deal ever in the …

3D Printing

Tesla Gets $300 Million Credit Line From Deutsche Bank

Tesla can borrow up to $300 million for its vehicle leasing program through an agreement with Deutsche Bank as part of a broader effort to bolster …

Tesla

NASA spacecraft beams back incredible images of Jupiter

A NASA spacecraft has captured the best views of Jupiter yet, revealing turbulent storms in the north pole.<p>Jupiter's northern polar region is stormier than expected and appears bluer than the rest of the planet, said mission chief scientist Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San …

Astronomy

Nasa satellite witnesses a rare double eclipse

NASA’sSolar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft witnessed a rare double eclipse on September 1 as both the Earth and the moon crossed in the path of the sun.

Daimler plans at least six electric car models: source | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker Daimler (DAIGn.DE) plans to roll out at least six, and possibly as many as nine, electric car models as part of its push to compete with Tesla (TSLA.O) and Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) Audi, a person familiar with Daimler’s plans told Reuters.<p>The Mercedes B-Class …

Autos

Motorola shows off its Moto Mods in two hilarious new ads

Motorola just released two new TV commercials for Moto Mods – one for the Moto Insta-Share Projector and the other for the JBL Soundboost Mod – and they are pretty funny.<p>The first is for the Moto Insta-Share Projector, which projects up to 70 inches on any flat surface. It comes with an integrated …

Mobile Technology

Graphic Designers: Cheat Sheets That Simplify Design Elements, Print Terms, More

Image via Canva<p><b>Graphic designers</b> who are just starting out may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the myriad jargons used in the field.<p><b>Adding on to</b> these …

Graphic Design

Electric Big Rig Startup Now Says Its Trucks Will Run on Hydrogen

Nikola Motor says it has abandoned compressed natural gas in favor of hydrogen to generate power for its electric trucks.<p>Trucking startup Nikola Motor got a lot of attention a few months ago when it announced its plan to build a 2000-horsepower turbine-electric hybrid big rig. Its next big …

Ryan Reynolds Paid to Have 'Deadpool' Writers on Set When Fox Wouldn't

<b>Rhett Reese</b> and <b>Paul Wernick</b> cared deeply about <i>Deadpool</i>. The two screenwriters behind <i>Zombieland</i> spent six years on the project, on and (mostly) off. …

Film Industry

After ruling, Apple could owe billions in EU taxes

The European Commission has finally finished its investigation into Apple’s tax breaks with Ireland and it appears that the company will be slapped with a fine for more than $1 billion in back taxes.<p>The commission’s final ruling is expected to come tomorrow, according to a new report that claims …

Michigan may soon allow self-driving cars on the road with no one behind the wheel

Michigan may soon become the first state to allow self-driving cars on the road without a human driver sitting behind the steering wheel.<p>Lots of companies are already testing self-driving cars on the road all over the country, but they have an actual driver at the controls, ready to take over if …

Autonomous Cars

Researchers are building a robotic Lionfish exterminator

We joke around a lot about bringing about a horrific robot apocalypse, but let's get real: sometimes, building a killer robot is just the <i>right thing to do.</i> Well, at least when those robots are being used to cull invasive species. Researchers at Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) are …

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore.<p>Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and …

Driverless Cars

Delphi and Mobileye are teaming up to build a self-driving system by 2019

Major auto-suppliers joining forces to create Level 4 autonomous driving<p>Delphi and Mobileye, two leading auto-parts suppliers, announced today that they are forming a partnership to develop a near-complete autonomous driving system by 2019. The plan is to create a mass-market, off-the-shelf system …

Autonomous Cars