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16 Apr 17:03

Etsy's massive IPO puts big money behind small sellers

by Billy Steele
Selling handmade stuff on the internet is big business, and Etsy's IPO shows just that. The online marketplace completed its initial public offering today, raising over $270 million towards a total valuation of more than $3.5 billion -- not too shabb...
16 Apr 20:20

Adorable new 'Star Wars' droid proves it's not CGI

by Andrew Tarantola
When the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, the internet lost its collective mind. Not only were people up in arms over the fact that a stormtrooper could be *gasp* black, but also nobody could believe that this incredible r...
15 Apr 18:00

Scientists Figure Out Why Your Knuckles Crack

by Alexandra Ossola
Whether it’s a nervous habit or done just by accident, most people crack their knuckles every once in a while. But the reason why joints crack at all (and the long-term…
15 Apr 13:35

How It Works: The Toyota Mirai

by Nick Davidson
In the past year, three automakers--Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai--have debuted new hydrogen cars. The biggest launch is likely the Toyota Mirai, which will hit U.S. streets…
14 Apr 20:45

After Successful Launch, SpaceX Rocket Lands On Drone Ship But Topples Over

by Loren Grush
Another update from Elon. Looks like the company is making progress! The rocket did, in fact, land. Musk says we'll have only pictures for now, but video will be posted in a…
14 Apr 20:19

Universal record gives all your music that vinyl sound

by Jon Fingas

Strange way to remaster music

So you've bought a turntable with hopes of hearing that warm vinyl sound, but you don't have a record collection just yet. What to do? If you're Jesse England, you 'cheat' using digital tunes. He recently built the Universal Record, a device that let...
14 Apr 20:37

SpaceX rocket launched successfully, landed 'too hard for survival'

by Richard Lawler
Today SpaceX successfully launched its latest mission to the International Space Station, but couldn't reach its goal of safely landing the rocket's first stage on a barge. According to CEO Elon Musk, while the ascent was successful, the "Rocket land...
15 Apr 02:59

Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' card game lands on your smartphone

by Jon Fingas
There goes your hope of staying productive at work. Blizzard has updated Hearthstone for Android and iOS to support smartphones, so you can indulge in its Warcraft-themed free-to-play card gaming while you're stuck in your cubicle. You shouldn't lose...
15 Apr 07:26

Segway is now a Chinese company thanks to Ninebot and Xiaomi

by Richard Lai
Can't say we saw this coming, but Segway has just been fully acquired by a Chinese company called Ninebot, which also specializes in self-balancing human transporters. The irony here is that Segway actually accused its then competitor of IP infringem...
15 Apr 09:00

Nokia to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion

From rumor to official press release in record time - Nokia is officially combining with Alcatel-Lucent. "Combine" is what the press release calls it, it's really an acquisition - Nokia will acquire Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share transaction valued at €15.6 billion. Nokia is offering its shares in exchange for Alcatel-Lucent shares at 0.55 to 1 ratio. Current Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will end up with 33.5% of the combined company, Nokia shareholders will have the other 66.5%. The deal has been approved by the Board of Directors of each company and is expected to close in the first half of 2016, pending approval by Nokia's shareholders, regulatory bodies and other considerations. It's important to note that Alcatel-Lucent is not connected to the Alcatel phones other than by name, AL manufactures networking equipment similar to Nokia Networks. With their forces combined, the two will tackle the development of 5G tech, the Internet of Things and the increased reliance on cloud services. In 2014 there were 40,000 R&D employees (20,000 of which from AL) working on a budget of €4.7 billion combined. Both have strong presence in the US, Europe, China and the Asia pacific and work on anything from core networks to cell networks. For last year, the combined sales of the two companies comes out to €25.9 billion with a non-IFRS profit of €2.3 billion. The company will be called Nokia Corporation and keep the headquarters in Finland (but with a strong presence in France). Current Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will keep his postion in the new company, Chairman Risto Siilasmaa will keep his post too. There have been some rumors that Nokia is looking to sell its HERE Maps business and the press release says the company is reviewing its strategic options, which "may or may not lead to a...

15 Apr 00:47

Researchers Hope to Find "Exotic" Lifeforms Inside Crater of Dinosaur Killing Meteor

by Jason Mick
Chicxulub crater may hold clues to one of the world's most catastrophic extinction events
14 Apr 17:13

Mathematician's Sociological Formulation May Explain the "Hipster Paradox"

by Jason Mick
Model offers potential explanation to why and when of curious phenomena of anti-conformists falling into ironic conformity
13 Apr 13:02

I told my friend to start writing comments, I think he overdid it [OC]

11 Apr 15:04

Web Developer with and without a job

13 Apr 09:45

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13 Apr 12:28

Asked my students to make a resource monitor. Got this.

14 Apr 12:45

A Patch That Delivers Vaccines, No Needles Necessary

by Alexandra Ossola
2015 Invention Award Winner Category: Medicine Inventor: Katarzyna “Kasia” Sawicka Company: ImmunoMatrix LLC Invention: ImmunoMatrix…
14 Apr 14:01

The New Guitar Hero Wants to Give You Stagefright

by Daniel Krupa

Guitar Hero looks totally different. The bright, caricatured rockstars of yesteryear have morphed into real-life musicians playing in front of live audiences. The assault of colour-coded inputs racing towards you is still there, of course, but it’s evolved into a more elegant system. It immediately looks like a more contemporary incarnation of the familiar Guitar Hero experience, but there's more to its new appearance than a desire to look modern.

“We thought of it as a clean slate," Jamie Jackson, the creative director tells me. "One of the briefs I gave the team early on was to think of it just as a name. Think of it as a music game with a guitar peripheral, but pretend that nothing else has ever been done. We want to come back with some big innovation and to do that we almost felt like we needed to start from scratch.

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14 Apr 14:00

Guitar Hero Live Announced With 2015 Release Date

by Luke Karmali

Activision has announced Guitar Hero Live, the latest installment in the popular franchise, will be released in autumn 2015.

Developed by FreeStyleGames, whose previous credits include DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live costs $99.99 and is currently planned for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Additionally, select mobile devices will support the game.

A new controller has been revealed with two rows of three buttons, while artists confirmed to join the tracklist include The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids.

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14 Apr 14:00

Resurrecting 'Guitar Hero' through live rock and robots

by Anthony John Agnello
Guitar Hero Live is trying to pull off one of the most difficult acts in rock and roll: the return to relevance. Not just a reunion tour feeding off nostalgic fans looking to recapture the good, old days of 2005, but a bona fide resurrection. After a...
13 Apr 17:13

Holograms replace people in Spanish protests

by Jon Fingas
Spain's imminent Citizen Safety Law isn't exactly protester-friendly -- you can face stiff fines just for daring to disobey police peacefully, let alone holding a protest without telling the government. The activists of Hologramas por la Libertad hav...
13 Apr 05:51

Terminator Genisys: A New Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800

by Rachel Haas

Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as T-800 in the upcoming Terminator Genisys and the film's official Twitter account has offered a new peek at the character.

UNLOCKED: New look at Arnold @Schwarzenegger as the #Terminator. Tweet #TerminatorUnlock to reveal the new trailer.

— Terminator Genisys (@Terminator) April 13, 2015

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12 Apr 16:12

IBM's Watson supercomputer has whipped up a cookbook

by Jon Fingas
IBM's Watson learning supercomputer isn't just content with making the occasional meal -- it has a whole slew of recipes lined up. The tech company is launching Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, a cookbook based on Watson's knack for combining food...
10 Apr 05:53

Physicist: Furious 7's Skyscraper Car Stunt 'Plausible'

by Michael Martin

Furious 7's outrageous double-skyscraper jump could be doable, according to a physics professor.

Speaking with Vulture, Pierce College professor Lee Loveridge says the stunt involving the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport - of which there are only seven in existence -  jumping from one skyscraper to another could feasibly happen.

“To be honest, that is probably the most plausible stunt in the whole movie,” Loveridge said.

The scene takes place in the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, a complex that includes five skyscraper towers with the tallest measuring 1,002 feet in height and the shortest at 714 feet. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) jump the supercar from what appears to be Etihad Tower 2 and land the car in Etihad Tower 3. They then proceed to jump it from Tower 3 into Etihad Tower 4 or 5 at a distance of about 150 feet between each tower, according to the Vulture breakdown.

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10 Apr 14:48

Dark Matter Trailer Debut

by Eric Goldman

Syfy's return to harder science fiction continues this summer with Dark Matter, a new 13-episode series debuting June 12th. The series comes from two veterans of the network, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who served as executive producers and writers for the multi-series Stargate franchise and is based on Mallozzi and Mullie's comic book, Dark Matter, from Dark Horse Comics.

IGN has the exclusive debut of the trailer for the series, which you can see above!

In addition, check out an exclusive cast image from the series.

(L-R) Alex Mallari Jr. as “Four”, Roger Cross as “Six”, Anthony Lemke as “Three”, Melissa O’Neil as “Two”, Marc Bendavid as “One”, Jodelle Ferland as “Five” and Zoie Palmer as “The Android” in Dark Matter. Photo credit: Dennys Illic. (L-R) Alex Mallari Jr. as “Four”, Roger Cross as “Six”, Anthony Lemke as “Three”, Melissa O’Neil as “Two”, Marc Bendavid as “One”, Jodelle Ferland as “Five” and Zoie Palmer as “The Android” in Dark Matter. Photo credit: Dennys Illic.

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10 Apr 21:13

Man Volunteers for World's First Head Transplant

by Mike Mahardy

A Russian man with a terminal illness is ready to undergo the world's first human-head transplant as early as next year.

Valery Spiridinov, a 30-year-old computer scientist from Vladimir, Russia, told the Daily Mail that he has full faith in the controversial Dr. Sergio Canavero, the Italian physician many medical professionals are criticizing for his radical views. Canavero recently said he thinks modern science can support a head-transplant procedure, and has been working to gather funds and resources.

'Am I afraid?" Spridinov said. "Yes, of course I am. But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting." Spiridinov was born with the rare Werdnig-Hoffmann muscle-wasting disease, a severe category of spinal muscular atrophy. He said he wants to take his chance at having a healthy body before he dies. "My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind."

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11 Apr 21:08

New Deadpool Movie Character Photo Revealed

by Eric Goldman

Ryan Reynolds continues to be the go-to source for Deadpool reveals. Today, the actor tweeted a new on-set photo debuting the first photo of the character Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hildebrand.

Said Reynolds' Tweet, "Negasonic Teenage Wat-The-S**t?!"


The oddly-named Negasonic Teenage Warhead was created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely in 2001 during their run on New X-Men. In the comics, she was a student of Emma Frost with precognitive abilities.

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10 Apr 21:31


10 Apr 23:58

Incredible GoPro footage shows what it's like to spacewalk

by Andrew Tarantola
Leaving the cozy confines of Earth's atmosphere for life aboard the ISS is an exceedingly rare experience reserved for just a handful of astronauts. But thanks to NASA and GoPro, now you can share in the breathtaking views/sheer terror that astronaut...
10 Apr 22:55

BitTorrent's P2P Browser For Decentralized Websites Now In Beta

BitTorrent announced its Maelstrom browser, a P2P browser based on Chromium that can load torrent-based websites.