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No, The Customer Is Not Always Right

How many times have you had to grit your teeth, take a deep breath and silently repeat to yourself, “The customer is always right”? This is a motto that’s drilled into every young retail or hospitality worker, and has somehow made its way into the psyches of established business owners.<p>The problem …

Singing Solar Shockwave Confirms Voyager Is In Interstellar Space

Legendary NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 has been hit by another “tsunami wave” of solar activity, confirming that it’s definitely sailing through interstellar space.<p>These waves, which affect cosmic rays and plasma, are one of the indications that suggested to scientists back in 2013 that the craft had …

This Redesigned Cap Turns Any Water Bottle Into A Vegetable Garden

The Petomato allows you to actually grow tomatoes inside any plastic water bottle. “When the fruit ripens, it’s kind of shocking.”<p>As a gardening-obsessed college student in Japan, Takuya Hasegawa wanted to figure out how to help more people start growing their own food–even if, like many people …

Gardening

The Bill Gates-Inspired Galactic Cap Will Protect Your Wang-Dang-Doodle

As TechCrunch’s resident sex weirdo, I figured I might as well cover the Galactic Cap, a mini-condom that adheres the tip of the Fair Pink Vicar and allows you to visit Ye Olde Shoppe Of Curiosities without fear of issue. The project went live today on Indiegogo.<p>How does it work? Well, it’s a …

Dragon V2 Unveil

Global Warming Threatens More Deadly Everest-like Avalanches

Mountaineering tourism in Nepal faces a threat from global warming as melting glaciers feed the risk of more deadly disasters such as the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 people last month, scientists said on Tuesday.<p>More than 2,000 foreign mountaineers flock to the Himalayan nation …

Mountaineering

New Roller Coaster Sends You On A 60-MPH Face-First Fall

<i>Weeeeee</i><p>The 335-foot Falcon’s Fury, which opens this spring at Busch Gardens Tampa, isn’t the tallest drop tower in the world. That honor goes to 415-foot Zumanjaro at Six Flag’s Great Adventure. But the Fury offers a thrill no other ride does: a 60-mph, face-first free fall.<p><b>1) Slow brake</b><p>After about …

Engineering

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

In a neat demonstration of E=mc2, physicists believe they can create electrons and positrons from colliding photons<p>Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first …

Xiaomi's 49-inch Android TV boasts 4K for just $640

The Mi Pad wasn't Xiaomi's only announcement today. Following the Chinese company's first smart TV from last September, today it has unveiled a slightly larger model with a nice surprise: 4K for just CN¥3,999 or about $640! Like its affordable predecessor, this 49-inch TV comes with built-in …

You won't need roads with this $85,000 hoverbike

With Hyperloop still a twinkle in Elon Musk's eye, we've got to look elsewhere for our futuristic transport. Thankfully, Aerofex has stepped up with its Aero-X, a hoverbike that is finally scheduled to launch in 2017. Two users can ride this motorbike-like vehicle, where the wheels have been …

The Most Popular Instagram Hashtags For Each Day Of The Week

If you've ever been confused by one of the many, many, hashtags you've seen floating around on Instagram, here's a quick starter guide to some of the most popular ones for every day of the week.<p>#ManCrushMonday (or #MCM)<p>Man Crush Monday or #MCM is a hashtag for men and women. Guys can post pictures …

Kickstarting the city: Can crowd-funding save our neighborhoods?

New tools are emerging to help communities plan underfunded projects and ward off gentrification. But do they work?<p>A biking and walking trail in Memphis. An 8th-grade library at a charter school in Berkeley, California. A sculptural installation in London. What do these public improvements have in …

Colorado becomes first state to approve bill giving terminally ill access to experimental medication

Colorado became the first state to allow terminally ill patients to have access to experimental medicine not yet approved by the FDA Saturday.<p>Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the so-called 'right to try' bill into law in Fort Collins. The bill's co-sponsor, Democratic State Rep. Joann Ginall, was …

The California Drought Is Far From Over, And The Entire State Is Suffering

For a few days last month, it rained in San Francisco. Residents across the city cheered a welcomed respite from a drought that has crippled California for more than two years -- but the celebration turned out to be premature.<p>On Thursday, for the first time this century, the U.S. Drought Monitor …

Air Pollution Is Lowering The IQs–And Earning Potential–Of New York City Children

The city could improve education programs all they want, but kids who are most exposed to dangerous air pollution are starting from behind already and will earn less in their lifetimes.<p>Some of the biggest barriers blocking children’s access to opportunity are also the most invisible. It’s no small …

Pollution

10 Amazing Ways People Are Using The Oculus Rift Today

Now, two years and a $2 billion acquisition later, the device is being used for much more than video games.<p>The Oculus Rift, created by Oculus VR, is a virtual reality 3-D headset that uses 360-degree head tracking to make it feel like you're inside a different world.<p>For example, looking to the left …

Virtual Reality

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

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FCC and net neutrality: What you need to know

This story is about net neutrality. Have we lost you yet?<p>Few words strike fear into the hearts of Internet advocates and boredom into the the minds …

Apple wants to save you from the embarrassment of misdirected messages

Just yesterday I had the experience of sending a text message to the wrong person. Okay, luckily it wasn’t a compromising message in any sense, but it goes to show what happens when you’re carrying out too many text conversations at the same time.<p>Clearly someone at Apple has had a similar …

Messaging

An Oculus Rift For Chickens Gives Animals The Freedom To Roam Without The Roaming

Oculus Rift has plenty of potential for changing human interaction, but what about other animals? One project from Iowa State University assistant professor Austin Stewart (via FastCo Exist) imagines how VR goggles could make chickens believe they’re free-range, even when they’re not. They can …

Americans Back Death Penalty by Gas or Electrocution If No Needle: Poll

A badly botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has not chipped away at the American public's support of the death penalty, although two-thirds of voters would back alternatives to the needle, an exclusive NBC News poll shows.<p>One in three people say that if lethal injections are no longer viable — …

Polling

First Nations leaders ready to play hardball on education reform

First Nations leaders are moving to reject the Conservatives' on-reserve education bill and open new talks with the government, pressing ahead with a vision that challenges the powers of the leaderless Assembly of First Nations executive and confronts Ottawa anew.<p>A rare meeting of the AFN …

Canada

Fewest Americans in 7 years seek unemployment aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is …

China to build railway linking East Africa

China has signed a deal to build a $3.8bn railway link between Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi, the first stage of a line that will eventually link neighbouring Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.<p>The agreement was signed in Nairobi on Sunday by visiting Chinese premier Li …

Greek court clears Golden Dawn for EU vote

Greece's Supreme Court has allowed the far-right Golden Dawn party to take part in upcoming European parliament elections, a party lawyer has said.<p>The move came despite the imprisonment of six of its MPs, including its leader, over claims of involvement in political violence.<p>Nearly all of the …

South Sudan food security crisis could spiral into famine, agencies warn

Continued violence prevents delivery of vital supplies, leaving up to 3.7 million people in critical need of humanitarian assistance<p>The conflict in South Sudan has set the country on course towards a "hunger catastrophe", with almost 4 million people already in dire need of food and humanitarian …

This remote-controlled robot can run faster than you (video)

RC cars and helicopters are cool and all, but if you want a combo breaker in your collection, here's something different: a multi-legged robot that <i>runs</i>. At the moment, you can only get this remote-controlled sprinter called the OutRunner through Kickstarter, where its creators are trying to raise …

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …