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Lyft now books rides based on your calendar

Uber isn't the only ridesharing company to integrate your calendar and simplify booking trips. Lyft has added its own calendar syncing feature, making it easy to pick the address of your next meeting as the destination. It works on both Android and...

A Vast and Spooky Void Is Influencing the Milky Way

“The void” is more than a metaphor for gnawing existential pain. In fact, new research from an international team of scientists suggests that a huge void outside our extragalactic neighborhood could be impacting the way our galaxy—and others around it—move.

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Netflix project lets you mind-control its interface

Netflix's developers are at it again, using the company's annual Hack Day to come up with clever, if sometimes wild, ideas on how to improve the streaming service. This year's crop of hacks mostly focus on intriguing Stranger Things integrations, but...

Strapping a GoPro on a Sword Is the Best Way to Watch a Watermelon Get Slaughtered

Mounting a GoPro onto a sword and then watching it chop the hell out of things is awesome, but it isn’t as easy as I thought. You can’t just tape a camera down on one end of the blade and hope for the best, because the shot will look all wacky. The sword moves too fast so it’s all blurry, the camera angle is capturing…

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Vespa's creators just unveiled a personal cargo robot

The Vespa brand's owner, the Piaggio Group, doesn't have a reputation for cutting edge tech (it only just started making an electric scooter). However, it's making up for that in style. It's establishing a robot-focused company, Piaggio Fast Forwar...

These Ultra Close-Up Images of Saturn's Rings Are Mind-Blowing

Though NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is sadly nearing the end of its mission, the brave li’l orbiter is putting on quite the grand finale. Cassini, which is currently in its ring-grazing phase around Saturn, has just sent back some stunning images of the gas giant’s many rings.

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Silicon Valley Security Officers Protecting Facebook and Others Unionize

As the cost of living in Silicon Valley continues to rise, the security officers that work on the campuses of some of the biggest technology companies have moved to unionize in an effort to demand higher wages.

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Gap envisions a future with augmented reality 'dressing rooms'

Fashion brands know that experimenting with tech is imperative, whether it be to enhance the retail experience or introduce fans to the concept of virtual reality. For Gap Inc., which, in addition to its eponymous label owns Banana Republic, Old Navy...

New York City tech leaders object to Trump immigration ban

If it wasn't already clear that the tech industry is opposed to President Trump's immigration restrictions, it is now. Hundreds of New York City tech luminaries have signed a letter that urges Trump to change his mind on the policies, many of whom ar...

Logitech's Harmony app brings smart home control to Android TV

Logitech's ill-fated Revue was one of the first devices with Google TV -- how could we forget that ad campaign -- and now it's back in the fold with an Android TV app. Compatible with hub-based Harmony remotes, it brings control of Harmony Activities...

Apple Will Know If You've Tampered With Its New Macbooks

Apple’s Macbooks are known to be difficult (if not impossible) to repair, but there’s always been the option if you’re stubborn enough. But in a teardown of the latest extra-pink Macbook, iFixit discovered something more worrying: screws that change if you tamper with them.

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AI will frag each other with rocket launchers in 'Doom'

An AI learning to walk through a Doom-inspired maze by sight is one thing, but how can it handle live multiplayer mayhem? That's what the "Visual Doom AI" competition this September hopes to discover. The first set of matches are limited to a dozen 1...

Amazon Is Taking More Fake Reviewers to Court

Amazon takes its reviews seriously. That much is clear from the multiple lawsuits the company has already filed against websites offering fake Amazon reviews. The latest round of legal action just reinforces that you probably shouldn’t mess with Amazon’s reviews system.

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US government wants cyber forces that think like the enemy

Lawmakers want mandatory training for US military cybersecurity to act as the enemy in war games tailored to test the country's cyber defenses. The suggestion was included in a recent defense bill. To ensure attacks aren't confused with real (well, c...

'VR LAN party' software launches for free on Thursday

Darshan Shankar has been working on bringing computer screens into a VR environment for two years, and on Thursday his BigScreen software will launch on Steam for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Beta testers have been using it for a couple of months, b...

Why Nuclear Fusion Reactors Won't Blow Up

Nuclear fusion holds promise as a safe, clean source of energy to power our future. We’re probably decades away from using fusion as a viable source of energy, but some experimental reactors are already online.

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Hunger Games And Other Movies Come To Steam, Which Is Not A Great Place To Watch Movies

Steam’s had a movie section for a little while now, but for the most part it’s been home to indie flicks and Naruto. Recently, though, that’s been changing. Case in point: Lionsgate just added 100 movies to Steam, including Hunger Games and Twilight.

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Putin Annexes Sky, Exiles Dissident Clouds

There will be no clouds over Moscow on May Day—because military planes will spray them with liquid nitrogen, granulated carbon dioxide and special cement, miles before they ever get to the city. The chemically perforated sky pests will then either immediately disperse or void themselves first, deluging premature rainwater on whatever villages or suburbs they’re over at the time.

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Uber drivers partner with the Teamsters Union in California

Just because Uber has settled two big disputes with drivers doesn't mean that its rank-and-file is happy. Uber drivers in California have partnered with the Teamsters Union to create a new group, the App-Based Drivers Association, to represent rides...

Solar Impulse 2 completes its flight across the Pacific

After months of delays and days of flying, Solar Impulse 2 has finished crossing the Pacific. The sunlight-powered aircraft arrived in San Francisco Bay on the night of April 23rd, with an expected touchdown at Moffett Field (as of this writing) aro...

NASA pours $67 million into solar electric spacecraft engines

NASA is big on solar electric propulsion (the Dawn spacecraft uses it, for instance) for a good reason: while the engines aren't powerful, they supply thrust for a very long time before giving up the ghost. And it now looks like the agency is ready t...

Intel execs received threats over the company's diversity push

Intel's bid to promote company diversity is running into opposition... and some of it is particularly vicious. CEO Brian Krzanich told guests at a technology conference that it has received some hostility, including a "bit of a backlash" from within...

Amazon Has Begun Labeling Some Items Prime-Exclusive

Did you want to buy a Blu-ray copy of Academy Award-winning movie Birdman from Amazon? If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you’re out of luck. The retailer has begun to restrict sales of some items to its members.

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Stanford wind tunnel for birds could lead to more stable drones

Birds can navigate both urban and real jungles with ease even when they're facing moderately turbulent winds. If they could speak, we'd have already asked their secret. But since they can't, the Stanford School of Engineering built one of the most ad...

CERN Just Dropped 300 Terabytes of Raw Collider Data to the Internet

Yesterday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) dropped a staggering amount of raw data from the Large Hadron Collider on the internet for anyone to use: 300 terabytes worth.

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Build a Twitter-Based Home Automation System with a Raspberry Pi

There are all sorts of variations on Raspberry Pi-powered home automation systems , but ARM Tutorials shows off a pretty simple project that uses Twitter as the backbone.

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Shell's Adorably Weird New City Car Can Get 107 MPG

The new Shell city-car concept is a bit like the younger cousin you don’t see often—cute and kind of weird, but intriguing at the same time. The car, which has the ability to get up to 107 miles per gallon, comes by the efforts of an odd combination—an oil company and the designer of the McLaren F1 car.

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Drones will help scientists find the best plant for biofuel

A group of researchers plan to find the best type of sorghum (a genus in the grass family) for biofuel production with the help of aerial and ground drones. They're planning to deploy a 25-pound autonomous helicopter with visible imaging, thermal inf...

Snapchat's 'face-swap' now taps into your existing photos

Snapchat has scrapped its pay-to-replay feature, meaning repeat views of temporary videos and photos is now a free, one-time-only deal. Far, far more importantly, you can now swap your face with with any visage that Snapchat auto-detects on your phot...

Billboard mimics human sweat to entrap Zika-carrying mosquitoes

A couple of ad agencies in Brazil installed two special billboards in Rio de Janeiro, which don't endorse any kind of good or service. Instead, these billboards were designed to lure and kill Zika-carrying mosquitoes. They attract any Aedes aegypti u...

Uber will pay $100 million to settle lawsuits in two states

Uber announced tonight that it has settled a pair of class-action lawsuits from drivers in California and Massachusetts. The settlement will pay $84 million to the plaintiffs, plus an extra $16 million if the company goes public and its valuation exc...

Australia is pouring $178 million into cybersecurity measures

Australia is spending AU$230 ($178) million over the next four years to beef up its cybersecurity measures. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched the new strategy in Sydney, where he also admitted that the country has offensive hacking capabil...

If New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Can't Go Car-Free for One Day I'm Moving to Canada

Tomorrow is Car Free Day in New York City, which is kind of like having a day that celebrates breathing. In a place where 54 percent of the city commutes using public transit and about half of the residents don’t have cars at all, you’d think it would be pretty easy for anyone to give up cars for a single day. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s going to try his best.

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In Two Years Every Shitty Movie Will Be About Uber

Did you want a movie about Uber? No? Too bad! You’re getting two!

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Watch a Chef Make a Dish with a Poisonous Pufferfish

Watch a Chef Make a Dish with a Poisonous Pufferfish

In order to serve fugu (pufferfish) in Japan, a chef needs to have a special license. That’s because fugu is poisonous and toxic and lethal. So why would someone eat something that could kill you? Because when prepared properly, it’s safe to eat and delicious. Watch chef Sasaki, a fugu specialist for over 45 years, prepare his fugu dish.

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Monopoly Finally Made Something Worse Than Monopoly

With the launch of Facebook Live , brands everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to navigate this latest way of connecting with fans. In Monopoly’s case, this meant livestreaming the composite of all your childhood nightmares.

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What's Inside a Record Player and How It Works

What's Inside a Record Player and How It Works

A record player is always going to be a little magical. How it sounds, the nostalgia of it, the vinyls, the needle, and so forth. This exploded view of a record player plays down the specialness of its sound and breaks down what’s inside and how it works.

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 phones get pink option that isn't rose gold

Not one to hold back on spinning out new colors and editions months after a smartphone debuts, Samsung's revealed metallic rose-hued Galaxy S7s and S7 Edges for Korean phone-shoppers. Wait, it's not rose gold. That's some other company. These phones...

Former astronaut auctions Zeiss lens from Apollo 15

Today in oddly specific artifacts of technology: the first telephoto lens used by an astronaut on the surface of the moon is currently on the auction block alongside a payload of other NASA memorabilia. The special 500mm Zeiss lens was an essential p...

Report: Officials to Face Criminal Charges Over Flint Water Crisis

On Wednesday, prosecutors will announce the first criminal charges related to the contaminated drinking water and subsequent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people in Flint, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Google thinks Google.com is a dangerous website

Google's Safe Browsing Site Status checker lists, well, Google.com as a partially dangerous website, a Reddit user has discovered. It warns that "some pages on this website redirect visitors to dangerous [ones] that install malware on visitors' compu...

Samsung Is Trying Really Hard Not to Call These Phones 'Rose Gold'

Samsung has released a new, pinker version of the flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But don’t call them Rose Gold—that’s Apple’s color! Instead, they are something totally different called “Pink Gold.”

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This Thermal Imaging Helmet Gives Firefighters Predator Vision

Thermal vision might have been made popular by Predator, but infrared imaging is useful for humans as well as mutant aliens. Specifically, giving firefighters hands-free thermal vision could save lives, as well as making Hollywood jealous.

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Lyft nixed its surge cap and didn't tell riders

Surge pricing is an expensive fact of life for Uber and Lyft riders, but Lyft's policy was to cap their "Prime Time" surge prices at 3x normal. In February Lyft informed drivers it was removing the surge cap — but nobody told the riders. So muc...

'Max Payne' grimaces on PlayStation 4 this week

Quantum Break is the reason you should buy an Xbox One if you already haven't, but if you want to see an HD version of where developer Remedy Games basically got its start, you'll need a PlayStation 4 this week. That's because the first Max Payne is...

This Keyboard-Mouse Combo Is Ideal For Lazy Couch Gamers Like Me

I love gaming, but I also hate sitting up straight in chairs when I don’t absolutely have to. You’d think a console would be the solution, but really, this dumb-looking keyboard-mouse combo from Razer is the missing link.

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DARPA Wants To Swarm Enemy Skies With Small Reusable Drone Armies Called 'Gremlins'

DARPA is working on a new terrifyingly-named “Gremlins” program to develop swarms of small, reusable drones deployed from aircraft over “denied” zones with the intention of intelligence gathering, radar jamming, and other “friendly” operations... for now.

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Amazon Prime Video is now a standalone monthly service

Starting tomorrow, you won't need to pay $100 in one shot to get a year of Amazon Prime, according to the New York Times. The retail giant is offering a monthly option for its full Prime service at $10.99 per month, with the option to cancel at any t...

You can predict city gentrification through check-ins and tweets

Do you dread the thought of gentrification jacking up real estate prices (and stifling culture) in your neighborhood? In the future, you might only need keep tabs on social networks to know when your part of town is changing -- British researchers h...

Study: we can ditch fossil fuels in 10 years, if we want to

The quest to end the use of fossil fuels might not be as daunting as you think. A University of Sussex study claims that humanity could drop coal and oil within a decade, based largely on historical evidence that many tend to overlook. Professor Be...

Beverly Hills is creating its own fleet of self-driving cars

Picture the streets of Beverly Hills and you probably imagine seas of ultra-luxurious cars piloted by celebrities or their chauffeurs. However, you may have to get used to a new sight in the future: hordes of vehicles with no drivers at all. The ci...

Venus probe's first detailed results reveal strange clouds

Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft almost didn't make it into orbit around Venus, but it's clear that the effort to put it back on track is paying off. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency recently obtained the first detailed scientific results from its...

Genetically modified mushrooms cleared by the USDA

While the ethical debate rages on about genetically modified human embryos, the United States Department of Agriculture has cleared its first CRISPR-modified organism. CRISPR, in case you've forgotten, is an editing technique that can alter the genom...

Lockheed Martin's school bus takes you on a ride across Mars

Lockheed Martin's Generation Beyond initiative aims to "inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers." And what better way to spark young students' curiosity than to give them ride on a bus that...

Outlook arrives for Android Wear devices

Microsoft is putting Outlook on the wrists of Google fans. The email app now has support for the Android Wear platform. With it, you can check any notifications that pop, pore over messages, and use pre-set responses or voice dictation to bang out a...

Canada's prime minister schools reporter on quantum computing

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, paid a visit to the Perimeter for Theoretical Physicals in Waterloo earlier today. There, he encountered a sassy reporter who seemingly didn't expect him to know much about quantum computing. But, as it turns...

Uber, Lyft drivers will need a business permit in San Francisco

Uber and Lyft drivers in San Francisco will have to register for a business permit if they want to continue earning money from giving and sharing rides. City Treasurer Jose Cisneros has begun sending out letters to 37,018 drivers in the city letting...

A Tiny Death Star Is the Only Reason You Should Buy a Levitating Speaker

An unknown breakthrough in consumer levitation technology has led to an influx of floating speakers that don’t sound any different, but look kinda cool—were this the mid-’80s. Before you write them off completely, someone has managed to find a way to make these novelties genuinely worthy of your desk space, as a tiny Death Star replica.

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AMC Backs Down on Its Nightmarish Vision of Texting In Movie Theaters

Earlier this week, America was up in arms against the latest popcorn-related scandal to rock the country. AMC Theaters chief Adam Aron said that the largest theater chain in America was considering allowing moviegoers to text during screenings to attract millennial audiences. Well, the people have spoken, and the plan is no more.

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

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Exquisitely Preserved 17th Century Dress Recovered From Shipwreck

Marine archaeologists working off the coast of Holland have recovered a remarkable trove of well-preserved artifacts from a ship that sank nearly 400 years ago. Among the items is a beautiful silken gown that likely belonged to royalty.

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Trees Are Even More Amazing Than We Realized

Trees, is there anything they can’t do? Doubtful. Let’s see: producing half the world’s oxygen, providing habitat for millions of species, creating the soil and timber resources we depend on. Not bad. But all that’s just scratching the surface. As new research shows, there’s a lot more going on beneath the forest floor than we realized.

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Microsoft's AI conjures up captions for your photos

Microsoft has a new addition to its growing list of fun tools that can analyze images: CaptionBot. This particular AI describes photos you upload or link in natural human language with the occasional emoji to represent human emotion. The results aren...

It Takes a Serious Structure to Test the World's Most Powerful Rocket

Before any of NASA’s rockets can fly up to space, there’s a lot of testing to be done. Marshall Space Flight Center’s Building 4619 houses the structural testing, but to accomodate NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, it needed a few upgrades.

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'Save to Google' Chrome extension compiles webpages for you

Google has a new alternative for all those save-and-read-it-later apps like Pocket: a Chrome extension called "Save to Google." According to OMG! Chrome, the big G quietly released it as a feature that allowed users to stash away images you find onli...

AMC is considering letting people text in movie theaters

Just as AMC was starting to win customers back by replacing every old seat in its auditoriums with recliners, the company wants to destroy that good will among moviegoers. That's because CEO Adam Aron thinks letting people use their phones during a m...

Sharp's adorable robot phone is a not-so-cute $1,800

The RoboHon is real, it's going on sale, and (obviously) it's going to Japan first. At a press launch at the Sharp's HQ in Tokyo, we finally got some important details, and it's not all good news. Launching on May 26th in its homeland, the robot phon...

Watch all of a Vine channel's videos with one touch

Vine videos aren't awfully long, and that becomes even more apparent when you're scrolling through a profile's post history. So to save some of the hassle of dragging and clicking every six seconds the app will now autoplay an entire channel's videos...

Drone Racing Is Coming to ESPN, Which Is a Big Deal

Drones are most associated with clandestine missions, Amazon deliveries, and mutilated babies—in other words, not the makings of an exciting sport. But first-person-view drone racing is a fast-developing and immensely thrilling contest, and thanks to ESPN, a whole bunch of people are about to discover it.

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The Brazil Nut Effect Is More Complicated Than You Think

We’ve all experienced that moment of dismay when we open a fresh can of mixed nuts, only to find loathed Brazil nuts at the top of the heap, with the tasty cashews and trusty peanuts all the way down at the bottom. It’s called the Brazil Nut Effect. There’s well-known physics behind why this happens, but it’s a lot more complicated than you might think.

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This 360-Degree View of Game of Thrones' Opening Credits Is Totally Awesome

This 360-Degree View of Game of Thrones' Opening Credits Is Totally Awesome

The opening credits for Game of Thrones is such a fantastic sequence in that it lays out the map of the Seven Kingdoms and does so in a board game-esque fashion. You gain a sense of distance and try and understand each location’s importance but it all happens so fast that you don’t really get to explore. Well, here’s a 360-degree view of the opening credits from HBO. You hit play and you can swirl all around the land.

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PS Vita's 'Severed' goes wild on April 26th

What do one-armed warrior ladies do best? Use a living sword to cut off the limbs of the four-armed, three-faced, four-legged monsters around them. At least that's what the latest trailer for Severed from Guacamelee! developer DrinkBox Studios would...

'Textalyzer' Wants to Be a Breathalyzer For Your Cellphone

Distracted driving is a problem up there with drinking and driving, but with a problem for cops: Snapchat scores can’t be determined by smelling someone’s breath. A solution proposed in draft New York legislation would solve that, using a roadside phone analyzer.

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Yes, All American Alcohol Has to Be Radioactive

America has a long and storied history with regulating alcohol, which has left us with a high drinking age, and a very strange requirement that all alcohol be slightly radioactive.

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Impossible Project debuts its take on the Polaroid camera

The Impossible Project is releasing a new, old-timey instant camera on May 10th for people who want to be able to print their photos on the spot. It's called the I-1, and it works like Polaroid cameras of old, but with a modern twist. The I-1 connect...

Drake's new album only an Apple Music exclusive for a week

We had an inkling that Drake's next album, Views From the 6, would hit streaming services other than Apple Music but didn't exactly know when. The truth is you'll only have to wait a week after its initial release before you can hear it on other plat...

Why Are All the Third-Party Reddit Apps Vanishing From the App Store?

Last week, only a couple years late, Reddit finally released its own app for iOS and Android users. Today, the most popular third-party Reddit apps have been purged by Apple from its App Store, and no-one knows why.

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Lyft and partners make it easy to get a ride in Asia

If you're taking a trip to China or Southeast Asia, Lyft could be a valuable addition to your arsenal of travel apps. Starting this week, it will be able to access rides you can hail through its partners Didi if you're in China and Grab if you're in...

Just Hearing the Sounds from Mad Max: Fury Road Makes My Eyes Happy

Just Hearing the Sounds from Mad Max: Fury Road Makes My Eyes Happy

God, what a special movie. One that not only could I watch over and over again but also just listen to. Here is Zackery Ramos-Taylor splicing scenes that highlight the sound of Mad Max: Fury Road. They all combine to do such a good job in making you feel as if you’re inside the desolate wasteland.

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Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town

The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so gal...

Car makers ask the US to slow down on rules for self-driving tech

You might think that car brands would want governments to approve self-driving cars quickly so that sales can start as soon as possible, but it turns out that they're quite cautious. The Global Automakers industry group (which includes numerous heav...

Senators work on what might be the most anti-encryption bill yet

The White House might have avoided serious backlash by refusing to back an encryption bill being worked on by the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein. Kevin Bankston, director of New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, t...

Kanye West album will top charts after Tidal exclusive ends

If you guessed that Kanye West's short-lived decision to make The Life of Pablo a Tidal exclusive would hurt the album's chances... you guessed correctly. Music industry forecasters now expect Kanye's latest to top the Billboard charts for April 23r...

Now There's Video of BB-8's Surprise Visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

Remember when we shared those fantastic photographs of BB-8 visiting NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab? (That’s the adorable rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for anyone who’s been living under a rock the last few months.) Now the folks at Disney have released the video footage from BB-8's visit, whereby the plucky little droid meets Maggie, the twin sister of the Mars Curiosity rover, and “chats” with a JPL scientist.

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Google Fiber drops a free service in its original city

Google Fiber's biggest hook has always been its $70 gigabit internet access, but there has usually been a far more frugal option: you could get free 5Mbps service if you were willing to pay a construction fee. However, that choice appears to be going...

The White House Is Redirecting $598 Million From The Fight Against Ebola To Combat Zika

The White House Is Redirecting $598 Million From The Fight Against Ebola To Combat Zika
A blood-engorged female Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on a human host. Photo James Gathany

With summer approaching, the risk of a surge in cases of the Zika virus has become a major concern for US officials, and the White House has announced that they would be redirecting money earmarked for Ebola to efforts combatting Zika.

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Attack on Philippines Election Commission Might Be The Largest Data Breach Ever

Attack on Philippines Election Commission Might Be The Largest Data Breach Ever

At the end of March, hackers broke into the database for the Philippine Commission on Elections in what InfoSecurity Magazine is calling “what could rank as the worst ever government data breach anywhere.”

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And Then I Got Banned From Donald Trump's Second Life Mansion

Following news that the recreation of Donald Trump’s Florida mansion in virtual playground Second Life was owned by an anime schoolgirl , I decided to take a tour. It was lovely, until I was forcibly ejected by security.

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SpaceX's Landing Drone Ship Is Just As Complicated As The Rocket

SpaceX finally managed to land its Falcon 9 reusable rocket on its autonomous drone ship out at sea after four unsuccessful attempts, with plans for at least two more sea landings later this year. It takes a special kind of ship to catch a rocket falling from the sky, and here’s how they do it.

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Barnes and Noble farms out some Nook tech services

The slow retirement of the Barnes and Noble e-reader continues. After shedding its deal with Microsoft (and closing services outside of the UK and US), the bookseller is looking to save money by outsourcing dev support and cloud services to Bahwan Cy...

Toyota's 'Guardian Angel' Would Grab the Steering Wheel From Humans to Prevent a Crash

Self-driving cars, as popularized by the likes of Google and Tesla, are meant to be transportation bubbles that operate free of any human interference. But full autonomy isn’t the only option, and Toyota is investing in a system that would use computers as an aid to human drivers, not a replacement.

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Uber Has Settled a Lawsuit Over Background Checks In California

Uber is currently embroiled in hundreds of lawsuits around the world, but after today, it can cross one off the list. The cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco sued Uber in 2014 over its background check procedures, but the company has now settled out of court for at least $10 million.

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Hackers hijack radio stations to air a furry podcast

In the kind of story we should probably get used to hearing, Ars Technica digs into an incident Tuesday morning where someone redirected multiple radio stations including KIFT and KXAX to broadcast an archived episode of a NSFW podcast for the furry...

Some California Reservoirs Are Finally Getting Back to Normal

These days, when we’re talking about reservoirs and lakes in California, it’s normally using words like “historic low” and “unprecedented drop”. But thanks to recent heavy rain, California’s largest reservoirs are finally getting back to normal.

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Uber settles background check lawsuit in California

Uber promises never to describe its service as the "safest ride on the road" or call its background check process "the gold standard" again. That's one of the terms it agreed to when it hashed out a settlement agreement with the San Francisco and Los...

The Death Star Has the Most Impressive Public Transit System in the Galaxy

After the release of the Rogue One trailer , the internet was abuzz with theories that parts of the new Star Wars film were filmed in a London Tube station. Which is, of course, not true. Everyone knows that the Death Star has an incredibly comprehensive public transit system—possibly the best in the universe.

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These Pressed Record Albums Are Good Enough to Eat

Cheese, aubergine, ham, and tortillas are tasty in their own right, but in the hands of artist Matthew Herper, they also make beautiful music. He uses laser-etching to make edible—and still playable—record albums to explore the acoustical properties of food.

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