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Watch SpaceX Probably Crash a Rocket Live Right Here Watch SpaceX Probably Crash a Rocket Live Right Here

Following its recent successful landing on a drone ship, SpaceX is setting itself up for failure again, by attempting a “hot and fast” landing later tonight.

A 29-Year Study Has Found No Link Between Brain Cancer and Cellphones A 29-Year Study Has Found No Link Between Brain Cancer and Cellphones

If, and by how much cellphones increase the risk of brain cancer is a long and disputed argument. No one study is going to settle anything, but one statistical analysis of data in Australia hints at cellphones being reasonably safe.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Play With Ropes Near Helicopters

It’s basic common sense that ropes and fast, spinning blades don’t mix. But in case you need a reminder, recently released video of a near-crash from a rescue helicopter should scare you witless.

Police Used Stingray in Hunt for $50 Chicken Wing Thief Police Used Stingray in Hunt for $50 Chicken Wing Thief

Stingray is a controversial cellphone tracking tool that sucks up information from all nearby cellphone users. It’s often sold as a vital tool for finding serious criminals and terrorists, an argument that is weakened somewhat when it emerges Annapolis police used it to try and find the perp in a $50 chicken robbery.

The Creators of Siri Are Releasing a New AI Next Week  The Creators of Siri Are Releasing a New AI Next Week 

Although you might associate Siri with Apple, that particular pocket assistant wasn’t born in Cupertino. In fact, Siri was an independent app before its acquisition by Apple in 2010, and now its founders are back with a new and improved version, “Viv.”

The World's Largest Coal Supplier Is Building a Giant Solar Plant The World's Largest Coal Supplier Is Building a Giant Solar Plant

I suspect the Germans have an overwrought seven-syllable word for extreme irony, but even they’d have a hard time describing this. The Shenhua Group, the largest coal producer in China, the nation producing the most coal, is building a giant solar plant.

David Bowie's Blackstar LP Does Amazing Things When It Sees the Sun David Bowie's Blackstar LP Does Amazing Things When It Sees the Sun

David Bowie’s hauntingly beautiful Blackstar was the artist’s final gift to us all, shortly before he died last year. But as it turns out, there was one final surprise hidden in the gatefold cover of his last LP.

This Bike Lock Does Double Service As a Tail Light This Bike Lock Does Double Service As a Tail Light

Cyclists love to bitch about the unnecessary weight involved with carrying a quality u-lock, but those same riders also really hate having their bikes stolen. So if you could incorporate a red light into a bike lock, saving a little weight and adding functionality, that really wouldn’t be a bad thing.

I'm Surprised It Took This Long to Make an Uber-Booking App I'm Surprised It Took This Long to Make an Uber-Booking App

Uber is all about increasing efficiency in the economy, which is why I’m amazed that the app has never had a book-a-car-for-later service. Luckily, a college sophomore has changed all that.

These Cute Robots Fix Problems In Nuclear Reactors These Cute Robots Fix Problems In Nuclear Reactors

Unsurprisingly, humans and nuclear reactors don’t mix well. So what do you do when you have to maintain the inside of an experimental fusion reactor? Deploy Wall-E’s more competent cousin, of course.

Apple CEO Very Insistent Everything Is Fine Apple CEO Very Insistent Everything Is Fine

In the last quarter, Apple’s money-printing machine slowed slightly, recording the company’s first decrease in revenue in 13 years. But in an interview with CNBC, CEO Tim Cook was very insistent that it’s still smooth sailing.

Graphene E-Readers Could Be Much Sturdier Graphene E-Readers Could Be Much Sturdier

I love my Kindle, but mostly because of Amazon’s warranty. In five years of owning Kindles, I have broken three, all entirely because of user error that involved a sharp force to the unyielding e-ink display. A new tech from China promises to put a stop to all that.

Early Graphics Show How Far Special Effects Have Come Early Graphics Show How Far Special Effects Have Come

John Whitney was one of the earliest pioneers of computer graphics, most memorably known for his work on the opening sequence of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. But even in this educational video for IBM in 1968, the distance that computer graphics has come is startlingly clear.

It's Depressing That We All Needed a Lesson In Apple Grammar It's Depressing That We All Needed a Lesson In Apple Grammar

Apple is known for harboring a bunch of design freaks, but did you know that you’re never meant to speak of iPhones, just “multiple iPhone devices?”

Is Captain America's Shield Really Bulletproof?

Cap’s shield has deflected all kinds of shit over the last few years, but outside the Marvel universe, vibranium is in short supply. So what can Captain America’s shield do when it’s made of titanium?

This Bad Indiegogo Campaign Won't Charge Your Phone Twice As Fast This Bad Indiegogo Campaign Won't Charge Your Phone Twice As Fast

Crowdfunding campaigns often get a bad rap for vaporware and scams, even though the vast majority come through in the end. That bad rep comes from projects that get creative with the truth and the laws of thermodynamics, such as this slightly glorified USB meter.

SpaceX Has Finally Won a National Security Contract SpaceX Has Finally Won a National Security Contract

SpaceX has been making good money sending all sorts of non-classified things into space, and has also been making some fantastic highlight reels of the crashes on return. But things have taken a turn for the serious now that SpaceX has won its first contract for a military launch.

GoPros Make Road Biking Look Way More Intense

Road biking is a sport normally associated with skinny Europeans and creative cheating. But beyond the packaged hour-long TV highlights, it’s also an incredibly gritty and dedicated sport.

Paris Police Want to Fly Drones Over Crowds to Make Everyone Safer Paris Police Want to Fly Drones Over Crowds to Make Everyone Safer

Drones flying over crowds are not normally a good mix—if there’s anywhere you don’t want four blades merrily spinning, it’s in the middle of a group of people. But nonetheless, Parisian police think they’ll be a useful tool for policing large gatherings.

Samsung Is Developing Standalone VR Devices Samsung Is Developing Standalone VR Devices

Samsung’s Gear VR is one of the cheaper ways to get into good VR, but it’s soundly surpassed by the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But Samsung is determined to stay in the game, which is why it’s developing at least one standalone VR devices.

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