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Drones help find World War II's missing soldiers

The BentProp Project has spent years finding American soldiers who went missing in the Pacific during World War II, but available technology has limited its success. Team members have frequently had to scan wide areas themselves, slowing down their efforts to find downed aircraft and unexploded …

This onesie turns you into a walking WiFi hotspot

Forget carrying a separate hotspot router to have a local network wherever you go -- what if <i>you</i> were the hotspot? Fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk has come very, very close to making that vision a reality with his experimental BB.Suit. The goofy-looking cotton onesie is knitted using a special 3D …

Google is researching ways to make encryption easier to use in Gmail

In response to Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations, Google is working to make complex encryption tools, such as PGP, easier to use in Gmail.<p>PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is an encryption utility that historically has been difficult to break. But Google has “research underway to improve …

Sony sold seven million PS4s already, beating its own predictions

Sony was quick to pat itself on the back for passing five million PlayStation 4s sold more than a month earlier than it predicted, and now that the fiscal year is over there's more to celebrate. As of April 6th, Sony says it has sold more than seven million PS4s worldwide, covering more than 72 …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Alcohol

Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet

Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. These robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping people who are paralyzed, including many veterans, stand up and walk. As Erin Toner of WUWM reports, the technology helps improve …

One third of patients in 'vegetative' states show signs of consciousness

As many as one third of patients who receive a "persistent vegetative state" diagnosis might still be conscious, reports <i>Maclean's</i>. These results, published today in <i>The Lancet</i>, carry many ethical and legal implications for how healthcare professionals and society at large regard patients who appear …

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, published in the journal Nature, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" …

Glow-in-the-dark 'smart' highway opens in the Netherlands

One of the proposed features of the highway: weather-sensitive markings.<i><br>(Credit: Studio Roosegaarde)</i><p><b>A strip of "smart" highway with glow-in-the-dark</b> …

Road Safety

It Took Just Four Days to Hack the Samsung Galaxy S5's Fingerprint Scanner

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It took German "researchers" at SRLabs just four days to created a fake fingerprint using wood glue …

Foodini Machine Promises to 3-D Print Dinner

Spending hours in the kitchen may be a thing of the past once the fabulous Foodini goes on sale.<p>The sleek silver machine uses 3-D printing technology …

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

The 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago may hold the key to the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century.<p>A Channel 4 documentary on Sunday will claim that analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in …

A Closer Look At The McLaren 650S: Video

At the recent 2014 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren Automotive gave supercar fans yet another piece of eye candy to drool over.<p>The McLaren 650S is a …

Sports Cars

Volvo Gets Serious On Driver Sensing Tech

Follow Antony<p>Volvo has always been known for its stance on car safety. Whether that's through headrests, airbags or seatbelts, or simply building …

Autonomous Cars

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO With N-Attack Package Tested At Fuji Speedway: Video

The 2015 Nissan GT- R NISMO is one of the fastest cars ever produced, having set an incredible 7:08.679 Nürburgring lap time at the hands of racing …

Amazing technology lets you read at insane speeds

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Amazing

Justin Bieber’s Twitter was hacked and it almost ended the world

If you follow Justin Bieber on Twitter, you know he usually tweets pithy, elegant, Dorothy Parker-esque bon mots such as these:<p>Late night with the …

Channel Homepage

Chicken eyes may hold clues to new state of matter - Futurity

The arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye is the first known biological occurrence of a possible new state of matter called "disordered …

Chickens

First Amputee Has Touch Restored With Bionic Hand

The researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) recently developed a completely new sensory feedback channel which allowed a Danish 36 year-old amputee, Dennis Aabo Sørensen, to feel objects in his hand in real time. …

Finally, A Strip-Proof Screw

Using your head<p>The common screw may not have been screaming for a makeover, but consider its shortcomings: stripped heads, tedious pilot holes, endless bit swapping. The company Outlaw has developed a new fastening system that cures all those headaches and could unseat the Phillips head as the …

Woodworking

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s largest smartphone makers and it’s time to update your flagship device? If you’re Samsung, you trot out the new Galaxy S5, a refined and updated take on last year’s wildly successful Galaxy S4. Like the new Gear wearables, the Galaxy S5 looks and feels …

Can We Get Some Love for a Straight Six Mustang?

Mixed in with the enthusiasm for the hyperbolic GT500 and Kraut-devouring Boss, both the outgoing ’10-14 Mustang and upcoming ’15 set the thinking …

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

Teen Nathaniel Wentz Loses Job After Wearing Broncos Jersey to Work in Seattle

Link to Media<p>Being a Denver Broncos fan in Washington will be difficult for the next couple weeks as the team prepares to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. One teenage fan learned that the hard way during conference championship weekend.<p>A report from 9News in Colorado passes along the …

NFL

More Galaxy S5 rumors: New 2900mAh Li-ion battery with rapid charging

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / koya979<p>When I reported on the latest rumored specs for the Galaxy S5 yesterday, one thought kept going …

5 things you need to know about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Your road-legal C7.R is ready.<p>Forget the ZR1. When GM's engineers put the first 2015 Z06 mule on the Milford RoadCourse, the car promptly set a new lap record. More insane? It did it using engine and suspension calibrations that were nothing but good guesses by engineers. Tadge Juechter, chief …

Samsung foldable AMOLED display secretly show-off at CES

There was plenty on show at this year’s CES, but it seems that Samsung was also sneaking around the event with some new secret technology. Samsung was reported showing off a prototype foldable AMOLED display to selected guest behind closed doors.<p>Samsung Display showcased a 5.68 inch high resolution …

Electronics Industry

Sony announces PlayStation Now, its cloud gaming service for TVs, consoles, and phones

The PlayStation 4 may not be the most important part of Sony's gaming strategy anymore. At CES 2014, Sony has just announced PlayStation Now, a service that will bring streaming PlayStation games not only to PS4, but also PS3, PlayStation Vita, and even televisions, tablets, and smartphones.<p>It's …