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What would happen to you if the Earth stopped spinning?

We humans take it for granted that the Earth is constantly rotating. But what if it didn't? What if one day the Earth just stopped spinning? That's what popular curiosity seeker Michael Stevens, aka Vsauce on YouTube, set out to answer with his latest video.<p>The answer, of course, is simple: we …

Meet the HEXO+ and AirDog: autonomous drones that extreme athletes will love

Flying a drone is difficult, which can be scary when you’re sending one hundreds of feet in the air around other humans. I’ve crash landed them more …

The $6,700 Luxury Toilet Opens And Closes The Lid For You, Plays Soothing Music, And Even Has A Heated Seat

Starting at $6,097, the Numi is clearly targeted at the luxury market. It's completely automated. The touchscreen remote means you never have to touch the toilet with your hands.<p>Other features include a heated seat, integrated bidet, color-changing lights, controls for music, and even a heater for …

This Is How Stunning GTA V Will Look on Next-Gen

That Rockstar’s sprawling crime epic <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> is headed to next-generation consoles is no surprise. But just how good it looks on better …

Nextgen

World's Largest Video Game Collection Sells for a Pretty Penny

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Last week, Michael Thomasson put his record-setting video game collection up to auction. Thomasson …

Will.i.am aims to shake up 3D printing with Coca-Cola branded Ekocycle Cube

Will.i.am's iPhone camera accessory may not have taken the gadget world by storm, but his next technology product could make more of an impact: a 3D printer that sources its materials partly from recycled plastic bottles.<p>The Ekocycle Cube printer is being made by 3D Systems, the US-based …

What Does the Discovery of “Another Earth” Mean for Us?

On Thursday, researchers announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting in a “habitable zone.” Could this bring us closer …

A 5-Year-Old's Black-and-White View of Race

“Daddy, you <i>have</i> to pick Taylor up from school so she can take theater class with me!” Penny implored. Taylor is her good friend. Wait. I take that …

Color Blindness

Malaysia Airlines MH370 as it happened: China calls Malaysian confirmation of foul play 'painfully belated'

Police raid house of the MH370 pilot of the plane, who failed to activate emergency signal after key communication systems were manually shut down<p><b>• US officials believe plane my have be deliberately flown west</b> <b><br>• Malaysia PM confirms plane was deliberately turned off course</b> <b><br>• Communication systems</b> …

The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, …

Angry Birds

India plans mission to the Sun

India's Mangalyaan spacecraft is on its way to Mars, but the county is already planning its next major space exploration mission.<p>The country visited …

Cubestormer 3 robot breaks Rubik's Cube world record

<b>A robot has broken the world record for the fastest solving of a Rubik's Cube.</b><p>Cubestormer 3, designed by David Gilday and Mike Dobson, recorded a time of 3.253 seconds at Birmingham's NEC.<p>The previous record of 5.27 seconds was set by the same design team three years ago.<p>Craig Glenday, editor in …

Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now <i>3.253 seconds.</i> The robot, which is the third in …

Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Extinction Risk' To Humanity Says Oxford University's Stuart Armstrong

Artificial intelligence poses an "extinction risk" to human civilisation, an Oxford University professor has said.<p>Almost everything about the …

Sri Lanka to Start Tally of Civil-War Dead

The government of Sri Lanka announced plans this week to conduct a nationwide census to tally “human and property damages” inflicted during the …

Livescribe 3 Smartpen: Handwritten Notes to Digital

Livescribe has announced its new Livescribe 3 Smartpen, to help transfer handwritten notes into digital form on your smartphone and tablet.<p>We first brought you news on Livescribe with its Echo Smartpen way back in 2011, which we said dragged the humble pen into the 21st Century. It then followed up …

Top ten hidden YouTube features

YouTube is used by millions of people to watch videos every day, but how many of us really put it through its paces? Here are a few of its hidden gems<p><b>1. Better linking</b><p>If you want to link to a specific point in a video, just right-click the video and select 'Copy video URL at current time'. When …

Police firing GPS tracking 'bullets' at cars during chases

Car chases are exciting, but fraught.<p>One slip of the wheel, one errant pedestrian, one drunken driver, and difficult consequences may follow.<p>Police in Iowa and Florida, however, seem to have taken the counsel of Q from the "Bond" movies.<p>Instead of constantly hurtling after potential madmen, they …

GPS Tracking

PlayStation 4 FAQ explains sharing games and displaying 2,000 count friends lists

Need for more PS4 info after news about the companion app and day one 1.50 firmware update popped up earlier today? SCE President Shuhei Yoshida just tweeted a link to the system's official FAQ, which answers questions users might have about game sharing and how friends lists work across the new …

20 Stunning Free-Kick Goals

A stunning goal can make you do a number of things.<p>Scream, drop open your jaw in disbelief, shake your head—all are completely normal reactions to watching a stunning goal take place in front of you.<p>Be prepared, then, for that to happen here.<p>We've put together the 20 greatest free-kick goals in one …

Soccer

Articles about top 10 houses dwell week 1 on Dwell.com - Dwell

Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.<p>From a home designed by David Chipperfield in London to WORKac's New York duplex, here is what caught our eye over the last few...<p>From floating student dorms to concrete homes, catch up from …

Building A Console From the Ground Up, PlayStation’s Top Priority Was To Make Gaming More Social

Integration with live-streaming service Twitch will make broadcasting from the living room easier than ever–and in the process, turn gamers into celebrities in their own right.<p>Before there was a FarmVille or Words With Friends, gaming socially meant two people in a basement playing on a split …

Gameplay

Shuttle's final journey captured in epic time-lapse video

We marked the end of an era in manned spaceflight as Endeavour was sent into stately retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in late 2012.<p>That final journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the museum in California was punctuated with a piggyback ride on a …

September sales spell more success for Sony's PS platform

Grand Theft Auto V's record-breaking billion-dollar plus run last month made the video game industry's health a front and center topic, putting both the game's now-standard controversial content and the role of video games as an influential entertainment medium up for debate in media outlets small …

Gaming

Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Writes Children's Book About Going Offline

Things may be a little awkward at one of the multiple Zuckerberg households this holiday season. Randi, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, …

F.lux Helps Computer Addicts Sleep Better

I discovered F.lux earlier this year, and it has changed how I work. F.lux is a program that sits quietly on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer removing the blue light emitted by your screen which can cause your body to subconsciously delay its natural timings — and adversely affect your sleep.<p>In …

Android: 10 hidden features

Android smartphones are used by millions of people worldwide, but how many of us know the little tricks and hidden features they are capable of? Radhika Sanghani compiles a top 10<p><b>1. Google Maps</b><p>If you’re lost and without wifi or data, you can still use Google Maps. The system is available offline …

Next generation video game Watch Dogs delayed until 2014

Ubisoft pushes back hotly anticipated Xbox One and PlayStation 4 title until next Spring in order to "polish and fine tune"<p>The launch lineup for Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 has been considerably weakened by the surprise announcement that French publisher Ubisoft is delaying the …

Researchers achieve 100 Gbps over sub-terahertz wireless, set world record

100 Gbps over fiber is old news, but those same speeds achieved wirelessly? That's a first. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology have managed to use sub-terahertz waves (237.5 GHz, in this case) to transmit data over 20 meters at 100 gigabits per second. Since the experiment used …

Nine Jaw-Dropping Hotel-Room Views Around the World (Photos)

Stunning<p>The sightseeing doesn’t have to stop when you get back to your hotel room. Check out these fabulous hotels that are even better looking out …