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How to Delete Yourself from the Internet

Americans love the Internet, with 87% of us active online. We have accounts everywhere, letting us kill time at work on Facebook, check Twitter for …

Privacy

NASA spacecraft slams into dark side of the moon as planned

At roughly 12:30AM ET early on Friday morning, a soda machine-sized NASA spacecraft slammed into the far side of the moon at 3,600 miles per hour. The impact was entirely planned by NASA engineers in order to conclude the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) program, which …

The telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago. A couple of old concrete platforms and some rusty pipes, parts of the mountain's old weather station, are the only hints that humans have ever taken an interest in this …

Technology Quarterly | The Economist

I know what you’ll do next summer<p>The relationship between information and crime has changed<p>Walls have eyes<p>Police have many new ways of monitoring …

Crime

iFixit Tears Down the Original Machintosh 128k Released in 1984

Apple is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mac, a machine that has revolutionized its market, but the folks at iFixit went back in time to …

Apple reflects on 30 years of Macintosh

Apple released the first Macintosh computer 30 years ago today, and Cupertino is in party mode. The Apple website has been updated to point to a celebration of the original computer and its descendants. The page is essentially a timeline that acts as a look at the various Mac models and also …

Watch human-inspired artificial muscles move a robotic leg

People with cerebral palsy sometimes turn to an ankle brace to provide support for weak ankle and foot muscles, but it can limit their range of …

'Fastest ever' broadband speeds achieved in London test

The "fastest ever" broadband speeds have been reached during a test in London<p>French networking company Alcatel-Lucent and BT, the firms behind the joint-test, said speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were reached, the equivalent of sending 44 uncompressed HD films in a single second.<p>The test proves …

Heat-sensitive solar cell could lead to much more on-demand energy

It's tough to build solar cells that capture both heat and light -- most of these multi-talented devices can't trap more than one percent of the energy they receive. However, MIT has just blown past that limitation with a prototype chip that absorbs warmth through an outer layer of carbon …

PowerUp's smartphone-controlled paper plane makes us jealous of modern kids

So, it turns out that people really like paper airplanes, and by that we don't mean the M.I.A. song, although that's pretty neat too. No, we're talking about PowerUp's Bluetooth propellor kit for paper planes that enables you to steer your origami aircraft. Creator Shai Goitein had already …

'GrillBot' Is A Robot Designed Just To Clean Your Barbecue

Among all of the gadgets unveiled at CES, good and tragic, none immediately grabbed us as something that could directly improve our ability to grill …

PCBGRIP Electronics Assembly System (video)

If you are in need of a helping hand when building your PCB assemblies you might be interested in the PCBGRIP which has been designed to make …

Intel announces Edison, a computer the size of an SD card

Intel built a processor for wearable computing, and now it has a tiny computer where that processor can live. At CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced Edison, "a full Pentium-class PC" that's the size and shape of the SD card you might otherwise put in your camera. It's powered by a …

Hands on: iRobot’s new Scooba 450 cleans better, charges faster, speaks verbal cues

Chances are you’ve heard of iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaning robots, thanks to some very effective (and highly catchy) commercials, but the Scooba …

Ozobot is a tiny robot that uses your mobile devices as a playground

All right, we've officially figured this one out. It's definitely the sort of thing it helps to see in-person, which is why we weren't able to really do it much service the first time out. So here's the quick explainer: Ozobot is a tiny robot (roughly the size of a twist-off bottle top) that is …

Ozobot is a tiny robot that lives on your tablet, wants you play with it

The good news is that we'll be seeing Ozobot in action shortly. The bad news is that we're not entirely sure what it does or why we should want one in the meantime. Here's what we do know: It's a 1-inch sized "intelligent game robot" that hangs out on smartphones, tablets and board games and …

A Kid-Friendly Circuit Board Turns Everything Into A Musical Instrument

This musical device lets you play music on a plant.<p>Media artist Yuri Suzuki specializes in making creations that bring music to everyone. Just look at his last invention, a robot train that lets you write music with magic markers and makes music notation more accessible to children, the illiterate, …

The Top 8 Robot Stories Of 2013

Will the robots be our friends or our overlords? With robots learning how to love and imagine, the day of reckoning is getting closer.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top Stories Of The Year<br>• Infographics<br>• …