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This is a real-life Batmobile

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The Batmobile is arguably one of the most recognizable fictional transportation devices. Its sleek design has been imagined and reimagined by every Batman movie and a few comics, but it always maintains that certain je ne sais quoi that makes it powerful, sexy, and impressive all in one.Every so often, a superfan will try to recreate the Batmobile...

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Congress aims to cut off patent trolls’ food supply

November 12, 2013 2:23 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Recently, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R. VA) introduced the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), which extends and amends the America Invents Act of 2011. According to the congressman’s announcement, the bill “is designed to eliminate the abuses of our patent system....

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3D-printed metal guns are nothing to worry about

November 11, 2013 4:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Well, it was bound to happen. A company has finally succeeded in fabricating a wholesale 3D-printed metal gun. But this should cause considerably less hand-wringing than the “Liberator” and its follow-up, the “Grizzly”. To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide, don’t panic.

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Should we use drones to prevent animal abuse?

November 11, 2013 11:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Hunters beware: PETA may be watching you – or rather, its “customers” will if they purchase a specially modified Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 to “spy on hunters and catch them in the act as they terrorize animals and break game laws.” The animal-rights organization introduced the “Air Angels” drone on its site in an effort to cut down on “illegal” hunting activities or anything it deems immoral....

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Slacktivism: 'Liking' on Facebook may mean less giving

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Would-be donors skip giving when offered the chance to show public support for charities in social media, a new study from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business finds. "Charities incorrectly assume that connecting with people through social media always leads to more meaningful support," says Sauder PhD student Kirk Kristofferson, who co-authored the forthcoming Journal of Consumer Research article.

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This rock-climbing robot will haunt your dreams

November 8, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

 Every so often, you see a robot on the internet that is so macabre-looking it belongs in a horror film. There is a quality about these robots that’s not quite robot, but not quite human. Generally, in the technology community, nine out of ten of these robots come out of the Department of Defense sponsored Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a.k.a DARPA). (If you need proof, check out DARPA’s PETMAN)

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Just like on TV: Ocean exploration for the masses

November 7, 2013 3:34 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

Imagine upwards of eight tons pressing down on your body as you make the descent into the icy waters of the deepest parts of the ocean. The human body isn’t meant to withstand that sort of pressure, so we must utilize devices like the OpenROV to get our exploration fix if we don’t happen to have millions of dollars on hand for more sophisticated equipment.

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3D printers: A cheap solution for amputees and those with genetic defects

November 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

“Not to worry, I’ll just print another hand.” This statement would belong in a work of fiction a few years ago, but today, it is reality for those missing fingers or limbs. Prosthetics have come a long way from the archaic image of a pirate hobbling around his ship on a wooden peg leg.

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We finally have drones with "frickin’ laser beams"

November 5, 2013 4:43 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Dr. Evil would be proud. Lasers have always been the next frontier (some would say pipe dream) of weapons development. But recent developments have brought Sci-Fi closer to reality. And now this — the Pentagon has awarded a total of $26 million to defense contractors to develop a laser countermeasures system for manned and unmanned aircraft.

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This hypersonic Blackbird can launch weapons from space

November 4, 2013 3:43 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

In aviation, it doesn’t get more chic than the SR-71 Blackbird, the Rolls Royce of the sky. From 1964 till its retirement in 1998, this supersonic, Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft played a crucial role in the Cold War (and afterward) for over three decades. But ever since the Blackbird went to the Boca Raton of the skies, aviation buffs have been pining for a successor. And now they have one. And it’s glorious.

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Why you shouldn’t implant computer chips in your arm

November 1, 2013 3:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

In general, medical implants and their components are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and for good reason. You can’t just stick anything under your skin without extreme consequences including things like major infections, pretty gnarly scaring, and potentially deadly health complications.

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F-35 successfully targets aerial drone (is still a moneypit)

November 1, 2013 11:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The F-35 Lightning II program, which surpassed 10,000 flight hours in September, has another reason to celebrate today. On October 31, the F-35A, a 5th generation fighter, successfully launched an AIM-120 radar-seeking missile from the internal weapons bay. 

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Should the government regulate Google Glass?

October 31, 2013 4:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Every new technology or consumer widget must inevitably run headfirst into the regulatory powers of government — often in conjunction with automotive safety. So this was no surprise: San Diego police have pulled over a motorist and ticketed her for wearing Google Glass, touching off the latest battle between federal legislators and the private sector.

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Boo

October 31, 2013 12:47 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Gooood evening (said with my best vampire accent) Turn out the lights. Hide your Mosfets. Keep your phase-locked loops locked. Calm your Verilog. Your simulation is useless against the terrors of the infinite state machine. Your impedance is no longer...

This wallet will take your money and run

October 31, 2013 10:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

There’s chasing money and then there’s chasing money. According to Japan’s RocketNews24, one company has come up with a wallet that runs away before you run out of cash. (OK, it actually rolls away.) Not only does the “Living Wallet” sense its owner’s hand reaching for it and try to sneak off, it also, when caught, can scream....

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