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Mike Tyson Is Getting His Very Own Bitcoin ATM

Mike Tyson, former boxer and noted pigeon fan, is getting into Bitcoin. According to a promo website Tyson advertised in a tweet over the weekend, Tyson-themed Bitcoin ATMs will be coming to Las Vegas in August. Tyson isn’t the first...Show More Summary

What Gender Stereotypes and Sexism Have to Do With Algorithms and Robots

As technologists, and no small number of films, frequently remind us, the singularity, a time when the realization of smarter-than-human computers irrevocably alters our future, is nearer every day. Futurists take this prospect very seriously. Show More Summary

Watch 'Catapult' Bed Literally Launch Sleepers into the Day

If you’ve never heard of scientist and YouTube sensation Colin Furze, now’s the time to check him out. Just don’t ever spend the night at his house. Furze, who’s gained a huge following due to such insane, brilliant inventions as a bike...Show More Summary

'Wet Hot American Summer' Prequel Creator and Cast Speak About Its Netflix Revival

The counselors at Camp Firewood are gathered outside a cabin to hear announcements from the camp director when Andy, played by Paul Rudd, speeds into frame on a motorcycle. Instead of parking it, Andy—dressed in a denim jacket and jeans, with a red bandana hanging out the back pocket—jumps off the bike, sending it crashing. Show More Summary

Scientists Have Created a Self-Contained Laser in a Cell

Modern medicine is overflowing with futuristic concepts, but even so, the notion of embedding lasers into living cells is a whole new level of mind-boggling. But cellular microlasers are very much a reality, according to a paper published...Show More Summary

Uber's Phantom Cabs

When Heather, a driver who has been working for Uber for about eight months, opened up the passenger app a few weeks ago from her residence, she noticed something peculiar. The app’s map showed four drivers on the streets immediately by her pick-up location. Show More Summary

Chinese factory that produced 41,000 counterfeit iPhones shut down after some made it to the U.S.

Beijing police have raided and closed down a factory which employed hundreds of workers on six production lines to make more than 41,000 counterfeit iPhones – some of which made it to the United States, reports Reuters. The total value of the fake phones was estimated at 120M Yuan ($19M). While the raid took place in […]

Make a Microphone Out of a Hard Drive

[Rulof Maker] has a penchant for making nifty projects out of old electronics. The one that has caught our eye is  a microphone made from parts of an old hard drive. The drive’s arm and magnet were set aside while  the aluminum baseShow More Summary

The Mirage of the Marketplace

In June, the California Labor Commission ruled in favor of classifying Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick as an employee and not as an independent contractor. But the battle over ride-hailing apps continues to rage as companies, governments, activists, and incumbent businesses all seek to shape how a new generation of companies will be regulated. Show More Summary

Hackers Measure Cable Lengths with Time Domain Reflectometers

[android] has built up a fast edge pulse generator for time domain reflectometry (TDR). TDR is a neat technique which lets you measure cable lengths using electrical signals and can also be used to locate faults within the cable. TDR works by sending a pulse down the cable. Show More Summary

What Twitter doesn't need

Ben Parr writing in TechCrunch does a great job of explaining exactly what Twitter doesn't need in its next CEO. However it's probably how Twitter's board is trying to fill the job. I have a quote for that from one of the best movies of all time, As Good As It Gets. Show More Summary

The Neurological Reality of the 'Sense8' Sensates

In one of the sweetest scenes in Sense8, the “sensates” (eight strangers around the world who share a mental connection thanks to their specially evolved brains) sing “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes in tandem. The scene spans continents as the characters sing karaoke, in the shower, or through relieved tears, united in the delightful earworm. Show More Summary

‘Kids’ Turns 20, Doesn’t Feel a Day Over 16

I first watched Kids the way most 11-year-olds lucky enough to see it in 1996 did: on a worn-out VHS, slack-jawed and with one eye on the door. The movie struck me as glamorous. There we were, in a second-floor bedroom in a middle-class commuter community in New Jersey, ensconced in safety but also docility. Show More Summary

Shedding Light on the Mechanics of Film Projection

Do you know how a film projector works? We thought we did, but [Bill Hammack] made us think twice. We have covered the Engineer Guy’s  incredibly informative videos many times in the past, and for good reason. He not only has a knack for clear explanation, the dulcet tones of his delivery are hypnotically soothing. Show More Summary

A Handheld CNC Router

Over the last few years, the state of the art in handheld routers has been tucked away in the back of our minds. It was at SIGGRAPH in 2012 and we caught up to it at Makerfair last year. Now, it’s getting ready for production. Originally called Taktia, the Shaper router looks a lot like a normal, handheld router. Show More Summary

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