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One of the biggest complaints about smartwatches is their mediocre battery life. It sounds like the Apple Watch will be no different. In other news, internet activist Barrett Brown was sent to prison for five years and Russia showed off some "combat robots" that still have a lot to prove, fortunat...

January 22nd 2015 at 11:54pm 0 Comments
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Live animals. Hazardous waste. Used tires. Cash. These are all items that you can't ship via FedEx. Medication is accepted, however, as it poses no risk to the carrier -- or so it seemed. Today, FedEx was indicted in a US District Court, facing criminal charges for its role in providing logistics...

July 17th 2014 at 9:03pm 0 Comments
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New York is against second-hand smoke of any kind; even beneficiaries of the state's new medical marijuana law will need to avoid lighting up. Government restrictions do allow vaporizers, however, which got their (legal) start with tobacco and are about to become big business in NY. The handheld d...

June 20th 2014 at 4:50pm 0 Comments
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One Way Trip demonstrates that if there's anything more terrifying than impending mortality, it's spending your final days in the sort of hallucinatory haze that would make Tim Leary posthumously jealous. One Way Trip, announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita, centers on a protagonist who has been...

June 4th 2014 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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Few would say the FBI was doing something wrong by shutting down Silk Road's online black market, but new research suggests that there may have been a silver lining to the service's dark cloud. Researchers Judith Aldridge and David Decary-Hetu claim in a recent study that Silk Road was cutting bac...

June 3rd 2014 at 12:13pm 0 Comments
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Scientists at the Cockrell School of Engineering in Texas have created a nanomotor less than one micrometer in diameter, smaller even than a cell. Powered by electric fields, it consists of a nanowire, magnet and electrode and can spin at a terrifying-sounding 18,000 RPM for over 15 hours (see vid...

May 21st 2014 at 7:41am 0 Comments
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The latest strangely enticing phenomenon, Cookie Clicker, rewards players with cookies for every click of the mouse. Among the list of things more addicting than cookies is methamphetamines, the drug central to the plot of the popular, recently ended TV show Breaking Bad. Capitalizing on both prope...

October 17th 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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This is an idea I've thought would be useful for a long time, and now a developer has gone forth and brought it to life. The PocketPharmacist app (US$1.99) has been long appreciated for drug information and drug interaction data, and now has the ability to refill a Walgreens prescription right fr...

February 4th 2013 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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The nanobot war is escalating. Not content to let Penn State's nanospiders win the day, Georgia Tech has answered back with a noticeably less creepy blood-swimming robot model of its own, whose look is more that of a fish than any arachnid this time around. It still uses material changes to exert...

August 7th 2012 at 2:44am 0 Comments
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Sure, Breaking Bad is a show about the crippling stress and fractured interpersonal relationships of running a high-stakes meth-cooking operation, but it's a show that makes us want to experience that kind of mind-melting trauma firsthand. And now we can, thanks to Cooking Mama: Breaking Bad.Develo...

August 2nd 2012 at 7:30pm 0 Comments