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Fund a hoverbike, get a quadcopter

Three years ago, engineer Chris Malloy unveiled his Hoverbike: a twin-bladed 'copter that, he claimed, could reach speeds of 173mph (278.4kph) and was built to withstand altitudes of 10,000ft (3km). Understandably, this has been taking quite some time to refine for the consumer market; but Malloy …

Japan in the 1950s

After Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II, Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation, bringing drastic changes. Japan was disarmed, its empire dissolved, its form of government changed to a democracy, and its economy and education system reorganized and rebuilt. Years of …

The Lost Creators Come Clean

Ten years later, they talk about their mistakes, their successes, the worst episode, and why we're all still talking about this damn show<p><b>Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse</b> are seated around the infamous hatch from <i>Lost</i>. The duo, who became the voice of the ABC series during its six-season run, have met …

The complex controls of an F1 steering wheel revealed

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you're going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ …

NBA Mock Draft 2014: Breaking Down Where Top Prospects Will Land in 1st Round

While the majority of NBA fans continue to focus on the playoffs and who will win the 2014 title, there are plenty looking forward to the future and the upcoming draft.<p>More than any other sport, one or two key players can transform an entire roster in the NBA and turn a squad into a playoff …

The Lost Empire that Ruled the Silk Road

Today, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is relatively remote, known mostly for its magnificent medieval ruins. But over a millennium ago, it was …

Is pCell the Holy Grail of wireless networking?

Serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman claims that his new patented technology can create the wireless network of our dreams.<p>His invention, pCell, theoretically delivers on the long-sought dream of ubiquitous, fast Internet, with the reliability and consistency previously only achievable through a wired …

Mobile Devices

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

Science could explain why your racist relatives are so racist

<b>(PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)</b><p>Recent research suggests that those who degrade minorities could feel ostracized themselves<p>Tom Jacobs<p>February 4, 2014 12:50pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>What leads people to develop a hostile, suspicious attitude toward minorities? Social …

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

<b>Karl Marx, Gordon Gecko</b><p>Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>Jesse Myerson<p>February 2, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most …

Apple reportedly testing inductive, solar and motion charging for its unannounced smartwatch

We've heard that when Apple reveals its first smartwatch product, there's going to be a heavy focus on health and fitness, but there might also be a way to charge the wearable without plugging it in, according to a report from <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i>. Inductive charging came in a wave of smartphones last …

How would you change the iPhone 5?

The iPhone 5 was thinner, lighter and came with a bigger display than its predecessor. There's plenty to like about this handset, even if the Lightning connector broke compatibility with 100 million iDevice accessories. But what we want to know is this: if you had disguised yourself as Jonathan Ive …

Building the ultimate paper airplane, one manila folder at a time

Move Over Electric Car, Auto Companies To Make Hydrogen Vehicles

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have announced that they plan to build hydrogen-powered cars in the next few years. But is America ready for automobiles fueled with gaseous hydrogen? Take a test-drive in one and find out.<p><b>Listen · 4:06</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From …

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

Big Money for Mobile Crowdsourced Transit App Moovit, With Sequoia Leading $28M Round

The notion that public transportation is a large and growing global opportunity for a tech company might seem a bit of a strange one. But, as Moovit …

Startups

Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

California is regarded as the leading state when it comes to addressing climate change. But in 2012, according to analysts at Rhodium Group, California's carbon emissions actually increased more than 10 percent, bucking the national trend of decreases. That's in large part because California shut …

Japan increases defence budget amid tensions with China

Japan is to significantly increase its defence spending over the next five years to acquire surveillance drones, fighter jets, naval destroyers and amphibious vehicles to counteract China's growing military activity in the region.<p>New defence and security strategies ordered by Japan's conservative …

Wi-fried: do wireless routers really kill plants?

You may have seen in the Daily Mail on Monday (well, you MAY read the Daily Mail, who am I to judge?) the headline "What’s wifi doing to us? Experiment finds that shrubs die when placed next to wireless routers".<p>Really? This is a bit worrying if so. What shrubs? Well, read a bit further down and …

A Koi-Fueled Nursery in New Orleans Yields Tasty Profits | WIRED

<b>In New Orleans east</b>, a collective of Vietnamese fishermen left jobless after the BP oil spill has found a new enterprise: growing upmarket produce in …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Why SolarCity and Tesla are going to replace your utility

Millions of California homeowners and businesses have installed solar panels on their roofs to generate their own electricity. Now a small but growing number of them want to pull the plug on their utilities by storing that energy in batteries and tap that power when the sun isn’t shining. And that …

Solar Power

Top Bitcoin exchange explains virtual currency in simple web tutorial

Leading Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has released a new website that provides a simple explanation of what Bitcoin actually is. The site, Bitcoins.com, is essentially a tutorial on the virtual currency, a single unit of which last week reached the price of $1,000 for the first time ever last week. Mt. …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …