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27 Mar 16:58

Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-assisted surgery

by Mona Lalwani
Google's mysterious facility, Google X, is churning out next level technologies -- a self-driving car, delivery drones and Internet balloons. Its Life Sciences division is now teaming up with Ethicon, one of Johnson & Johnson's medical device compani...
29 Mar 08:19

Uber will pay for taxi licenses to keep operating in Germany

by Jon Fingas
Uber is only willing to bend German law so far, it seems. The ridesharing outfit tells Wirtschafts Woche that it'll get around a court-ordered ban on its unlicensed services (such as UberX) by creating a new service that both pays for the drivers' ta...
29 Mar 06:12

Volvo's reflective bike paint helps cars spot you at night

by Jon Fingas
Want to feel nervous? Try riding a bike at night alongside a busy road. Even if you're festooned in lights and reflectors, there's a real chance that a less-than-attentive driver will smack into you. Volvo may have a better way to keep cars at a dist...
27 Mar 21:08

Apple CEO's Pledge to Give Away His Fortune is Worth More Than Face Value

by Jason Mick
While his 785 million dollar fortune is dwarfed by Giving Pledge backers Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, it will surely inspire
11 Mar 22:22

Watch A B-2 Bomber Refuel And Return To Stealth Mode [Video]

by Kelsey D. Atherton
Stealth aircraft are defined by their smooth edges and deliberate angles. While this provides a sleek aesthetic, it's not very conducive to re-fueling during flight. Mid-air…
24 Mar 13:30

Malware Can Steal Data From Non-Networked Computers, Via Heat

by Dan Moren
Security researchers have come up with malware that can transfer compromised data between computers via increases and decreases in temperature.
26 Mar 18:30

China's Endangered 'Magic Rabbit' Photographed For The First Time In 20 Years

by Sarah Fecht
In remote northwest China, the cliffs of the Tian Shan mountains provide the last holdout for the Ili pika, a tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat. The Ili pika…
27 Mar 07:48

Driving instructors pranked by pro racing driver

by Daljinder Nagra

File under: Latest News

Driving instructors pranked by pro racing driver Photo credit: YouTube/ YouTube/ Never judge a book by its cover - or so the saying goes. It's a lesson instructors at a Malaysian driving school won't be forgetting in a hurry, after being made the subject of a practical joke on their first day at work. continue reading

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25 Mar 16:00

UltraTuner brings precision musical tuning to your Android phone

by Jared DiPane

The popular UltraTune app has arrived for Android, bringing ultra-precise musical tuning right to your phone.

UltraTune will allow precision tuning for your musical instruments right from your Android device. After having some great success with it's app on iOS, IK Multimedia is now bringing easy tuning to Android device. Knowing that accuracy is the most important part of tuning, UltraTuner boasts that they are able to deliver accuracy of +/- 1/100 of a cent, which is 10 times more accurate than a conventional mechanical strobe tuner.

26 Mar 17:29

From The CEO Of Salesforce

by Joe Jervis
David Badash has the story. (Tipped by JMG reader Scott)
26 Mar 21:09

TPP leak: states give companies the right to repeal nations' laws

by Cory Doctorow

A new Wikileaks-published leak from the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty reveals a January 2015 draft "Investment Chapter" of the agreement, where the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are set out. They allow companies to repeal nations' environmental, health and labor laws. Read the rest

26 Mar 10:33

Apple buys and closes database firm FoundationDB

by Dave Neal
Apple buys and closes database firm FoundationDB

If you blinked, you missed it

27 Mar 00:44

Great, now 3D-printed rifles can fire larger, deadlier rounds

by Andrew Tarantola
In 2013, Defense Distributed created the world's first 3D-printed handgun, the .38-caliber Liberator. The following year, they unveiled an AR-15 receiver capable of firing hundreds of 5.56mm rounds without fail. This year, the team has been outdone b...
25 Mar 13:51

Fargo: Bruce Campbell to Play Ronald Reagan in Season 2

by Matt Fowler

Not only is cult favorite Bruce Campbell headed back to TV for the Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, but he's also just joined Season 2 of FX's acclaimed Fargo.

As revealed by TVLine, Campbell will play former president Ronald Reagan. And since Season 2 takes place in the late '70s, and stars Patrick Wilson as a younger version of character Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in Season 1), Campbell's Reagan will be a Reagan on the presidential campaign trail.

Bruce Campbell (seen here in Last Fan Standing). Bruce Campbell (seen here in Last Fan Standing).

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25 Mar 23:52

Emilia Clarke Turned Down 50 Shades Over Nudity Concerns

by Jim Vejvoda

A slew of actresses were considered for the role of Anastasia Steele in the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey before Dakota Johnson was cast. One such actress was none other than Daenerys Targaryen herself, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Clarke met twice with Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson about starring in the erotic drama. So why did she ultimately turn down the film?

Clarke -- who has appeared nude on Broadway as well as in several episodes of Game of Thrones before stipulating that she won't do that again -- was simply uncomfortable with appearing naked onscreen (in what would end up being a large portion of the movie).

"I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "No regrets," Clarke said of her decision.

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26 Mar 02:57

Amazon hosts a robot competition to automate its warehouses

by Jon Fingas
Amazon leans heavily on warehouse robots to assist workers and fulfill your orders on time, but these machines still can't pack items quickly enough to replace humans. However, the internet giant is determined to make these mechanical helpers more us...
26 Mar 07:56

Google makes it easier for Android users to view custom maps

by Mariella Moon
A custom map you've created for a trip is only useful if you can access it when you need it. Thankfully, Google's bringing back My Maps integration with Android, so it's now easier to view your personalized files on mobile. As you might know, you can...
25 Mar 16:00

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24 Mar 20:42

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20 Mar 21:40

California’s Next Megadrought Has Already Begun

by Eric Holthaus

As California limps through another nearly rain-free rainy season, the state is taking increasingly bold action to save water.

On Tuesday, the California state government imposed new mandatory restrictions on lawn watering and incentives to limit water use in hotels and restaurants as part of its latest emergency drought regulations. On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a $1 billion plan to support water projects statewide and speed aid to hard-hit communities already dealing with shortages. Last month federal water managers announced a “zero allocation” of agricultural water to a key state canal system for the second year in a row, essentially transforming thousands of acres of California farmland into dust.

This week’s moves come after the state has fallen behind targets to increase water efficiency in 2015 amid the state’s worst drought in 1,200 years. Last year, voters passed a $7.5 billion water bond and the legislature approved its first-ever restrictions on groundwater pumping, which won’t go into full effect until 2025. Stricter, more immediate limits on water use are possible as summer approaches.

But it’s not enough. These moves are small potatoes compared to what’s needed to rein in statewide water use, of which agriculture forms the vast majority. Last week, a pair of op-eds, one in the Guardian, the other in the Los Angeles Times, spoke with urgency about the West’s growing water crisis.

“California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain,” wrote NASA water scientist and University of California-Irvine professor Jay Famiglietti. A better plan, he said, was for “immediate mandatory water rationing” across the state. Famiglietti’s work has focused on the shocking recent declines in groundwater across the West, where excessive pumping has caused the ground to sink at rates up to a foot per year and a measurable rise in global sea levels.

Underlying the frantic, short-term search for water is an ominous underlying trend that threatens to fundamentally transform America’s most important agricultural state. Climate change may have already initiated a new megadrought.

But first, a reality check: California’s cities have more than enough water to withstand the current drought and then some. They simply don’t use that much. Not true for agriculture, which uses 80 percent of California’s water—10 percent of that just on almonds. Though it’s still a national powerhouse, fed increasingly by fast-depleting groundwater supplies, the state’s agriculture industry has likely begun a long-term decline due mostly to simple math. Abnormally dry conditions have dominated in 11 of the last 15 years, and the cuts have to come from somewhere. Agriculture is the elephant in the ever-shrinking room of California water.

Statewide, California’s snowpack is now at a record low—just 12 percent of normal, and less than half of last year’s astonishingly meager total. Normally, California’s snowpack holds the equivalent of about 15 million acre-feet of water around its traditional April 1 peak, about as much as all the state’s reservoirs combined. This year, it’s as if half of the state’s water reserves simply vanished. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship the state will face this summer as the rivers of snowmelt that normally feed the state during the dry season dwindle dangerously. As I wrote last year during my drought-themed reporting trip across the West, California just wasn’t built to handle a world without snow.

But it’s not just California. It’s been freakishly hot out West all winter. Other states are also suffering, with record low water levels expected this year in the two major reservoirs on the Colorado River—Lake Mead and Lake Powell. The warm winter has helped to dry up the land even more, and pre-emptively melt what little snow has graciously fallen.

If a megadrought has already begun—and there is increasingly strong evidence to support that it has, or will soon—there will be widespread implications, including a significant reshifting of California agriculture outside the state. The California of the past is gone, and climate change is bringing a new one faster than it seems we’re ready for.

24 Mar 18:31

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24 Mar 18:14

TIE Fighter: '80s anime-style Star Wars fan-made short film, hand-drawn over 4 years

by Xeni Jardin

TIE Fighter is an incredible example of how truly amazing and painstakingly created a Star Wars fan film can be.

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21 Mar 15:22

Glasses that let colorblind people see colors for the first...

Glasses that let colorblind people see colors for the first time.

24 Mar 17:16

'The X-Files' is coming back to TV as a six-episode series

by Jon Fingas
Yep, it's happening -- if not quite in the way you might expect. After a flurry of rumors, Fox has confirmed that it's bringing The X-Files back to TV as a six-episode "event series" arriving this summer. It won't be the full-on relaunch some fans we...
19 Mar 19:00

Serafim Claims 'World's First' With ODiN Projection Mouse

Here's a cool alternative to the traditional physical mouse.
24 Mar 06:34

Priceless 1955 Mercedes and 1959 Lister-Jaguar crash at Goodwood

by Christofer Lloyd

File under: Latest News

Priceless 1955 Mercedes and 1959 Lister-Jaguar crash at Goodwood Photo credit: SWNS SWNS Two extremely valuable classic race cars - worth around £5 million together - crashed into each other at an event at the iconic Goodwood race track on Saturday. continue reading

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20 Mar 18:45

SXSW 2015: What IBM Has Cooking For Chef Watson's Future

by Lindsey Kratochwill
Last year at South by Southwest, one of our editors was lucky enough to taste a kebab designed by IBM's Chef Watson. This year, my stomach grumbled--the only food in sight…
20 Mar 08:42

Oblivious tourists ask Lewis Hamilton to take their picture

by Daljinder Nagra

File under: Latest News

Oblivious tourists ask Lewis Hamilton to take their picture Photo credit: Getty Images Getty Images As Formula One world champion and one of Britain's most prolific sportsmen, Lewis Hamilton must have one of most photographed and recognised faces in the world. continue reading

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23 Mar 15:10

Security firm shows how easy it is to hack BIOS chips

by Dave Neal
Security firm shows how easy it is to hack BIOS chips

So easy anyone can do it

18 Mar 03:57

Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own toys

by Mona Lalwani
3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to ...