1. Fire Ant Invasions Are Ecological Karma

    If humans didn't make it so easy for them, invasive fire ants wouldn't invade. So concludes one of the first experimental tests of the hypothesis that invasive species are not uniquely superior to local species, but take advantage of ecological...

    12.08.08 From Wired Science
  2. Spy Lens Lets You Take Photos On the Sly

    In many parts of the world, the best way to make people mad is to take their picture without asking. Some simply see it as a sign of disrespect and others just don’t want their likeness to be abused in...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  3. Unique Transparency Program Uncovers Problems with Voting Software

    As I wrote in my previous post, a California county uncovered a problem with its voting system software only because the county's registrar of voters had decided to implement an innovative public auditing program. That program, the Humboldt County Election Transparency Project, was launched by...

    12.08.08 From Threat Level
  4. Fringe, True Blood Snag Writer Kudos

    Fringe, True Blood and The Simpsons made the grade Monday as the Writers Guild of America announced its nominations for 2008's best-written TV shows. The Writers Guild Awards nominees, voted on by WGA members, singled out Fox's weird science show...

    12.08.08 From The Underwire
  5. Complex Medical Test Made From Paper and Tape for Three Cents

    A sophisticated medical test that checks for dozens of diseases at the same time can be made from little more than paper and double-sided tape, bringing the cost within reach for the developing world. The devices, known as microfluidics chips,...

    12.08.08 From Wired Science
  6. Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Available for Download

    As expected, Mozilla announced the availability of Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 on Monday afternoon. Download it at Mozilla's beta page in your choice of one of 55 languages. We wrote about what to expect from this release last week, and...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  7. Around the World in a Solar Car

    Louis Palmer has driven 32,000 miles through 38 countries in 17 months to become the first person to circumnavigate the glove in a solar car. The 36-year-old Swiss school teacher pulled up to the U.N. climate talks in Poznan, Poland,...

    12.08.08 From Autopia
  8. Netflix Says Roku Streaming Problems Are Over, Some Users Disagree

    Last Friday, Netflix announced on its blog that the glitch plaguing their streaming service (mostly through Roku’s hardware box) was now pretty much over. "Working with our content distribution partners and key carriers, we made some specific changes that should...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  9. Violent Star-Forming Nebula Caught by Spitzer Telescope

    A brand new photo of the Swan Nebula taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals chaotic star-making in action. In this infrared view, the gooey-looking red stuff is made up of tiny particles of dust. The sinister green glow represents...

    12.08.08 From Wired Science
  10. Try Burnout Paradise on PC, For Free

    When the PC version of Burnout Paradise arrives in February, it'll bring all of the updates and enhancements that have already been released on the console version, and one rather exciting new feature -- a free trial. As opposed to...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  1. Pilots Complain the A380 Is Too Quiet for Sleeping

    The last thing you'd expect to hear from anyone who's flown recently is that planes are too quiet. But that's exactly what Airbus is hearing from pilots who say the A380 super-jumbo makes so little noise they're having trouble getting...

    12.08.08 From Autopia
  2. Spore 2008's Most Pirated Game, Says TorrentFreak

    In an unofficial race for the dubious honor of most pirated game, Electronic Arts' Spore has toppled the competition, amassing a rather impressive 1.7 million illicit downloads since its September rele. The list, compiled by BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak, is...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  3. Analysis: ARM Chips Could Appear in Apple Netbooks, Tablets

    Apple's recent acquisition of a semiconductor company suggests the corporation is developing mobile chips that will power not just iPhones, but netbooks and tablets as well. CEO Steve Jobs acknowledged in April that Apple acquired PA Semi to work on...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  4. Dog Unto Others: Canines Have Sense of Fairness

    Man's best friend expects a fair treat for doing tricks, canine cognitive scientists at the Clever Dog Lab in Austria report. Like humans and chimpanzees, dogs seem to expect fairness in their dealings with humans. When two dogs sitting next...

    12.08.08 From Wired Science
  5. Marine Jet Crashes into San Diego Houses (Updated)

    A Marine Corps F/A-18 jet crashed into a San Diego neighborhood this afternoon. The pilots got out safely. But two people on the ground were killed, and three houses are on fire, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The jet was...

    12.08.08 From Danger Room
  6. Wikipedia Blocks British Editors Amid Censorship Flap

    Wikipedia spokesman Jay Walsh says the encyclopedia is being censored in Britain over an album cover. Jon Snyder/Wired.com Wikipedia is blocking tens of thousands of its editors in Britain after the site was blacklisted by a watchdog group for publishing child porn. Over the weekend,...

    12.08.08 From Threat Level
  7. Kill a Few Minutes With a Strong Bad 'Roomisode'

    Did you think the Homestar Runner creators would let the Strong Bad games come out without some in-browser companion gaming to go with 'em? Videlectrix, the Chapman brothers' faux retro videogame label, submits for your approval Dangeresque Roomisode 1: Behind...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  8. Serious Error in Diebold Voting Software Caused Lost Ballots in California County

    Election officials in a small county in California discovered by chance last week that the tabulation software they used to tally votes in this year's general election dropped 197 paper ballots from the totals at one precinct. The system's audit log also appears to have...

    12.08.08 From Threat Level
  9. House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence. The House Select Intelligence...

    12.08.08 From Threat Level
  10. Proof That Meteors Could Have Sparked Life on Earth

    If meteors hitting Earth's primordial oceans can be represented by balls of iron and carbon shot into a stew of water and ammonia, then meteor strikes may have triggered the evolution of life. The simulation, conducted by a team of...

    12.08.08 From Wired Science
  1. Rare Sci-Fi Movie Props Hit Auction Block

    Calling all millionaire sci-fi fanatics: The original lightsaber used by Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back can be yours -- for a mere $175,000 or thereabouts. That's the price auction house Profiles in History expects to get...

    12.08.08 From The Underwire
  2. Google Brings AdWords to Android and the iPhone

    Google advertisers today received word of a new feature: seamless mobile integration into AdWords campaigns. Google’s Mobile Blog announced that AdWords users can now avoid creating ads in special mobile formats and send desktop ads directly to the iPhone, G1...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  3. The Best Tech Writing of the Year

    Wired's friends at Yale University Press have just announced that they're seeking nominations for the annual collection of the year's best technology writing. Past editions have been edited by Wired contributing writers Brendan Koerner, Clive Thompson, and Steven Levy. This...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  4. DownloadShopper Scours Amazon, iTunes, Walmart for Digital Music Bargains

    Apple has succeeded in holding the price of a single song download at around 99 cents per song, but Amazon and other sites have let record labels experiment with pricing based on popularity and other factors. If this continues, legal...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  5. Contractors Ready to Gorge at Federal Trough

    Change is coming to Washington, supposedly. But the business of feeding from the government trough is continuing, unabated. One firm is showing businesses exactly how to position their snouts -- and exactly who they ought to roll around in the...

    12.08.08 From Danger Room
  6. Silicon Valley Conference Aims to Raise Planetary IQ

    Forty years ago Tuesday, a Silicon Valley engineer named Douglas Engelbart made a presentation so influential that computer scientists now call it "the mother of all demos." More than a mere product demo, it was a down payment on an...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  7. Nintendo Bullish After Big Week of Wii Sales

    Nintendo has a decidedly rosy outlook on the U.S. economic slump, owing almost certainly to the 800,000 Wii consoles sold during the last week of November. That 800,000 console figure, revealed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in an interview with...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  8. Imeem Brings Easy Music to Google Android

    At our computers, music fans occasionally like to have music programmed rather discovering a new band, downloading their songs and loading them into our media playback software on our own. We have lives to lead, and sometimes, we just want...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  9. Amazon.com's Amazing One-Day Deal on Lost DVDs

    Amazon.com's Gold Box Deal of the Day is a winner: You can buy the first three seasons of Lost on DVD for just $59. If you've been waiting for the perfect time to dive into ABC's time-traveling, head-tripping desert island...

    12.08.08 From The Underwire
  10. Mine is Bigger: JVC Launches Giant 720p Screen in Times Square But Walgreens Beats it

    JVC is premiering a new LED billboard in New York's Times Square this week that they claim is the first true 720p high-def giant screen in the world. But it's being overshadowed by a much cooler screen only a few...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  1. The Incredible Shrinking Online Dollar

    This holiday shopping season is beginning to look a bit more Christmassy, with shopping numbers for November and December finally matching up with the dollars spent online last year, according to comScore. With 17 more days left until Christmas, consumers...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  2. Video: Cloud vs Sephiroth in Dissida: Final Fantasy

    Aside from a few flamboyant introductory scenes and screenshots I hadn't seen much of the actual game within Square Enix's Dissidia: Final Fantasy, until I came across this clip pitting Final Fantasy VII's angst-ridden protagonist Cloud against angst-incarnate antagonist Sephiroth....

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  3. Feed Your Dog With an iPhone

    Stephen Myers has a dog, an iPhone and not much time. As a University of Florida Ph. D student, he's rarely home. So he did what any engineer would do: he created a way to give his dog a treat...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  4. WAR Adding Statues to Immortalize Players

    World of Warcraft might have a larger install base, but Warhammer Online always has the coolest ideas for in-game content. To wit, the game's upcoming statuary. Far from simple aesthetic enhancements, each statue will represent one of the game's best...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  5. Halo Wars Bumped Back to March

    Those patient Halo fans anxiously waiting to command a full squad of space marines in the upcoming real-time strategy spinoff Halo Wars are going to be waiting just a bit longer. Despite promising a "February 2009" release date only one...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  6. Logo Design Trends 2008

    http://www.logolounge.com/logotrends/ (...)This year, however, it seems as though there has been a change in the nature of trends themselves. Instead of a hub-to-spoke relationship in which trends fan out from a central source, prevailing tendencies in logo design now seem...

    12.08.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  7. Tribune Co. Files for Bankruptcy Protection

    The Tribune Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Chicago-based media corporation announced Monday. It will continue to operate its media businesses during the restructuring, including publishing its newspapers and running its television stations and interactive properties as...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  8. Greener Gadgets Contest 2009

    http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/ " This year's Greener Gadgets Conference will take place on February 27, 2009 in New York City. As part of the event, Greener Gadgets has once again partnered with Core77 to generate outstanding design innovations for greener electronics. This...

    12.08.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  9. Fable II Designer Joins Splash Damage

    Splash Damage, a game developer most famous for the Enemy Territory series of id Software shooters, has appointed Richard Ham as their new game director, reports Gamasutra. Previously, Ham was employed by Lionhead Studios where he was lead designer on...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  10. Security Report: Most PCs Run Outdated, Hacker-Friendly Software

    Hardly anyone runs a PC without known holes that hackers can exploit, a Danish security company reports. Of those who run the company's free security-scanning tool, nearly half have more than 11 out-of-date programs. Secunia Software's Personal Software Inspector checks programs installed on a user's...

    12.08.08 From Threat Level
  1. Norman Foster to re-design Mecca.

    (((Well, if anybody's up for the job...))) http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/dailynews/2008/11/foster_and_hadid_to_redesign_mecca.html Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid have been lined up to take on one of the most high-profile projects on earth – the redevelopment of Mecca According to sources, (((I wonder who THOSE...

    12.08.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  2. Logitech Launches Attractive New Lapdesks

    Most notebook users have experienced the burn that comes from keeping notebooks on their lap for an extended period of time. Laptop desks try to fight that problem but most of them are tacky and poorly designed. With its latest...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  3. Twilight Sequel Moves Ahead, Without Director

    After Twilight's box office success, plans for a sequel are moving ahead faster than a sprinting vampire. But director Catherine Hardwicke, who steered the first movie to a $139 million-and-counting take, will not be on board for the follow-up. Variety...

    12.08.08 From The Underwire
  4. Seize his cellphone. Wrap it in foil.

    http://www.darkreading.com/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212201218 "You have to be fast when seizing a mobile handheld device in the wake of a security breach -- a dead battery or still-live signal could wipe out or taint the evidence stored on it. "As handheld devices gain...

    12.08.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  5. NYT: The Trash Market Has Crashed

    After years of stacking cash by recovering valuable materials from piles of trash, the recycling industry is in free fall, reports The New York Times. Plummeting commodity prices — tin is down 98 percent from its high of $327 a...

    12.08.08 From Wired Science
  6. Online Retail's Killer Mobile App Hasn't Offed Anybody Yet

    A plethora of new mobile phone applications allow users to type in a code or snap a picture of a product to find out exactly how much their local retailer is gouging them for that tube of toothpaste. They've been...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  7. Gaming Gets a Level Up On Age

    Here's a window into why the gaming industry is 'recession-proof': there are a whole lot of gamers. According to a Pew Internet survey, more than half of adults are gamers, in addition to almost every teen. As you might expect,...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  8. HP Prototypes First Flexible Display

    The Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University has promised that thin paper-like displays are just about three years away from field trials. Now HP in partnership with the Center says it has created the first prototype of an "affordable"...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  9. NCsoft Leaves Entertainment Software Association

    Update: NCsoft's decision to leave the ESA "was not remotely financially motivated," according to an email from NCsoft's Janna Bureson to Edge. "There have been many changes in the gaming industry over the past couple of years and, like other...

    12.08.08 From Game | Life
  10. Obama May Keep CIA Chief. Ugggh.

    U.S. News says that team Obama might ask CIA chief Michael Hayden to stay on for a while. Let's hope not. Not only does the man have a history of condoning torture and misleading Congress, as Think Progress notes. But,...

    12.08.08 From Danger Room
  1. Best of MAKE Last Week: Robot Gift Guide, Art on Wheels, and More!

    Here's the best of the best last week from our friends over at MAKE: The ultimate robot gift guide from MAKE In the last few years, the world of hobby robotics has exploded. Driven by the plummeting prices and ubiquity...

    12.08.08 From Geekdad
  2. Reports, Employees Suggest Walmart Will Sell iPhones

    Walmart on Monday confirmed rumors that the retail chain will sell iPhones. Employees in the cellphone departments of five California stores said they were training to start selling the device by the end of December, according to Bloomberg. Gadget blog...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  3. Three Major Record Labels Join the 'Choruss'

    U.S. universities are getting a glimpse at a plan that would build a small music-royalty fee into the tuition payments they receive from students. If successful, the model — proposed by digital music strategist Jim Griffin on behalf of Warner...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  4. Sound bytes: Composing music for video games

    The Los Angeles Times has a great story up today about composing music for video games. It's interesting how our culture's creative industries create career opportunities for kids who grow up with particular ways of thinking about the world.

    12.08.08 From Geekdad
  5. New App Helps Songbird Rock the iPhone

    Songbird, the Firefox-based alternative to iTunes, is busy chipping away at the iTunes feature set with a new remote application that allows you to control Songbird from your iPhone or iPod Touch. While the new Songbird iPhone application is simplistic,...

    12.08.08 From Epicenter
  6. Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime!, a Free Holiday Download, and CD Giveaway

    This has been an interesting year for multi-million selling Canadian pop-rock favorites Barenaked Ladies (or just BNL). They've been busy engaging in rock star kinds of shenanigans- you know, miraculously walking away from airplane crashes and that sort of thing......

    12.08.08 From Geekdad
  7. Accused Blackwater Shooters Turning Themselves In

    Five Blackwater security guards are getting ready to turn themselves in, after being indicted on manslaughter and gun charges in connection with a 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisour Square. A sixth contractor is negotiating a plea. To recap: 17 civilians...

    12.08.08 From Danger Room
  8. Five Ways Digital Cameras Beat Film

    Film might not be dead, but it has been relegated to a niche category. In its place has risen the digital camera, a product so successful that it has set the popularity of amateur photography on fire in a way...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  9. Five for Fighting 12/8/08

    * Pakistan militants destroy 160 NATO trucks * U.S. wants more mercs for Afghanistan * Pirates strike 450 miles east of Tanzania * Big day for missile defense * Now that is a flying car (High five: EM)

    12.08.08 From Danger Room
  10. How Much Action Is There Really In An NFL Football Game?

    Sunday afternoon was cold and gray, the weekend was drawing to a close and all I wanted to do was veg out in front of the television and enjoy the roaring fire in the fireplace. I asked my son if...

    12.08.08 From Geekdad
  1. Drone to Keep Watch on U.S.-Canada Border

    On Saturday, a Predator drone touched down at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The unmanned spy plane will provide eyes in the sky for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which currently employs three Predators to monitor the U.S.-Mexican border....

    12.08.08 From Danger Room
  2. Adapter Puts Leica Lenses on Micro Four Thirds Cameras

    It could successfully be argued that the whole point of owning a Leica is that you are then able to use the (deservedly) legendary Leica M lenses. The cameras themselves are, like any other camera, just boxes. Exquisitely engineered, wonderful...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  3. Diamond Encrusted iPhone, Without the Diamonds: $1200

    Above you see the extremely valuable Midnight iPhone from London's greatest diamond pusher, De Vere’s. To illustrate fully the beauty of the all-black design (and due to the lack of any kind of product shot), we have pictured the Midnight...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  4. GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: An AUSM Holiday

    This week, the heroes of AUSM celebrate the holidays. Remember, email your solutions by 10:00 p.m. EST Thursday to be part of the random selection of correct answers and win a $50 gift code to ThinkGeek! All readers who check...

    12.08.08 From Geekdad
  5. Portable CD Player Sales Up 50%

    The CD is far from dead, at least in the...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  6. Canon 5D MkII Plagued by 'Black Spots'?

    Over-zealous in-camera processing might be causing black dots to appear on images from Canon's new DSLR, the 5D MkII. Posts on internet forums are reporting that these dots appear at the edges of over-exposed (or "blown") highlights. The dots are...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  7. Cardboard iPhone Coffee Table with Icon Coasters

    This giant iPhone table is apparently made of "corrugate and glued together with white glue", which take to mean corrugated cardboard and PVA adhesive (or wood glue). The cardboard actually looks great -- kind of a low-rent version of plywood...

    12.08.08 From Gadget Lab
  8. ABC to get Vertigo's Fables for TV

    Proving there are actually graphic novels out there that haven't already been adapted into film or TV, ABC picked up Fables from DC Comics' Vertigo label. Created in 2002 by Bill Willingham, Fables features classic characters from well-known fairy tales...

    12.08.08 From The Underwire
  9. Get Your Own Vintage Flying Car for $3.5 Million

    Want to be just like sitcom star Bob Cummings? We don't remember who he is, either, but Marilyn Felling does. She wanted an Aerocar just like his, got one — and now she's trying to unload it for $3.5 million....

    12.07.08 From Autopia
  10. Top 10 Incredible Animal Videos: Readers' Choice

    Three weeks ago, we gathered 10 amazing animal videos videos together. In response, readers alerted us to more amazing animals we had missed, including a hedghog, dolphins, dogs, a lion and another hamster. Here are the best of the bunch.

    12.07.08 From Wired Science
  1. Man vs. Wild Star Bear Grylls Injured in Antarctica

    Discovery Channel The Discovery Channel sent out a press release this morning saying that Bear Grylls, the star of their popular show Man vs. Wild, has sustained a shoulder injury on his expedition to Antarctica. Grylls, with whom I spoke...

    12.07.08 From Geekdad
  2. Bears... In... SPAAAAAAACE!!!

    This is some space science we can get behind here at GeekDad. Students from Parkside and Colleridge schools helped to launch four teddies wearing space suits that they had designed. The teddies reached an altitude of just over 30 km...

    12.07.08 From Geekdad
  3. Coming Friday: The Twelve Days of Geekmas (12DOG)

    Just a reminder, folks: Starting December 12th, we at GeekDad will be celebrating the 12 Days of Geekmas (or 12DOG, for those in the know). We will be taking a look back over the amazing year we've had on GeekDad,...

    12.07.08 From Geekdad
  4. Explorien Colony Ship is a Wonder of LEGO Building and Imagination

    German LEGO power-builder Thomas Grassman sounds like one heck of a GeekDad. He, and his son Sebastian, have assembled a ginormous, and incredibly impressive Explorien Colony Ship, a massive-scale spaceship with a completely self-contained colony meant for another world. They...

    12.07.08 From Geekdad
  5. Military-Entertainment Complex Expands

    Creative Technologies Incorporated -- the Hollywood-based company that grew out of the Army's gaming lab at USC -- is pairing up with defense megalith Boeing to collaborate on new sim tech for land forces. Among other things, the Army wants...

    12.07.08 From Danger Room
  6. New Rifftrax DVD Airs Out Old Shorts

    The Rifftrax team of Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy just released its first original DVD -- Rifftrax: Best of Shorts, Volume One. The site sells its laugh-out-loud commentary tracks for recent bombs like The Happening or The...

    12.07.08 From The Underwire
  7. Who's 4th Series, Sci-Fi Season Sets Arrive on DVD

    Sci-fi fans are never at a loss to spot gift ideas that could stuff their oversize stockings, but they have a few extra choices to consider this holiday season. We at Wired.com put together a quick look at some recent...

    12.07.08 From The Underwire
  8. Liking the generative analog crowdsourcing here

    In the plaintive words of the generative artist, "no no no no no no no no okay." OFFFestival'08 - Joshua Davis from we-make-egos-grow-not-art on Vimeo.

    12.06.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  9. Cardboard Playhouse is a Wonderful, Green Holiday Gift for Younger Kids

    I'll just lay it out there: this is an awesome holiday gift for younger kids. This Little Piggy's Playhouse, designed by an architect for their kid, is an all-cardboard playhouse, made in the USA from 100% recyclable materials. They come...

    12.06.08 From Geekdad
  10. A Surprise Appearance by My Italian Twin Brother, Bruno Argento

    I'll be back soon, Torino. Mio fratello gemello, Bruno Argento di Bruce Sterling interpretato da David Orban Presentato alla conferenza Multiverso il 19 Ottobre 2008 a Torino, nellambito delle manifestazioni ICOGRADA per Torino Capitale Mondiale Del Design 2008 Video completo...

    12.06.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  1. Take Home a Monster Mii Today!

    If you're like me, you've felt a bit constrained by the Nintendo Wii's Mii Channel—not because it doesn't get quite as close to recreating your face as you'd like, but because it's hard to create anything weird-looking enough to be...

    12.06.08 From Geekdad
  2. The MAKE Holiday Gift Guide to Robots

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/12/holiday_gift_guide_robots.html Karakuri Tea Serving Robot Kit Karakuri dolls are said to be one of the original forms of the modern robot. The history of Karakuri (meaning "mechanism that drives a machine") automatic dolls began in the early Edo period of...

    12.06.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  3. A 2008 tribute to Loie Fuller

    The Chicago vaudeville dancer who became the goddess of the French Belle Epoque. This would be a cool top-end steampunk performance if you could find a real dancer and some guys to handle Loie's patented colored high-tech-for-1908 stage limelights. Another...

    12.06.08 From Beyond the Beyond
  4. Gadget Lab Videoblog: Danny and Steve's Excellent RV Adventure

    So this is a video of Steven Leckart and I taking a 2009 Airstream Interstate 3500 down to Los Angeles. The Interstate began its life as a Dodge Sprinter van but was then was completely tricked out in the inside...

    12.05.08 From Gadget Lab
  5. Taiwan Company Mocks Up Another Foldable Display Phone

    It's another day and another flexible display prototype gets to tease us with its sexiness. Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute is working with design firm Pilotfish to develop a mobile phone with a foldable display embedded within. Unlike the other...

    12.05.08 From Gadget Lab
  6. Inside Amazon.com's $100 Harry Potter Collector's Book

    Here's what's inside Amazon.com's limited-edition book of Harry Potter tales. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling's latest companion to the Potter series, hit stores Thursday. Online retailer Amazon.com, which famously purchased an original handwritten copy of Beedle at...

    12.05.08 From The Underwire
  7. Forrest J Ackerman, the Man Who Coined Term 'Sci-Fi,' Dies at 92

    Forrest J Ackerman, the magazine editor who discovered science fiction author Ray Bradbury and is credited with coining the term "sci-fi," died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 92. Ackerman, the founding editor of pulp mag Famous Monsters...

    12.05.08 From The Underwire
  8. Lips Mic Compatibility Coming to Rock Band

    Do you own a copy of Rock Band 2 sans microphone? Do you own a copy of Lips complete with microphone? Luckily for you Harmonix is working to make the peripheral work with their title, presumably via an upcoming patch....

    12.05.08 From Game | Life
  9. CD Projekt Co-Founders Named Entrepeneurs of the Year

    Michal Kicinski and Marcin Iwinski, co-founders of The Witcher creator CD Projekt, have been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year. The annual award is granted to businessmen who "present the most valuable examples of business success to...

    12.05.08 From Game | Life
  10. An Injection of Hard Science Boosts the Prognosis for TV Shows

    Photo: Dexter's Michael Hall (left) and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston play characters steeped in scientific fact. Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and three-time nominee Hugh Laurie bring acting chops to their roles as quirky men of science in Breaking Bad and...

    12.05.08 From The Underwire
  1. Some Details About Yahoo's New Video Platform

    Like the look of the videos on Flickr's new mobile site? If you're a website publisher, you may soon be able to use Yahoo's video platform to convert your users' uploaded clips into great-looking, iPhone-ready video files. Yahoo launched an...

    12.05.08 From Epicenter
  2. Young Boys Hang Kitten, Grand Theft Auto Blamed

    Two Arizona boys, ages six and seven, stoned a kitten before hanging it with a controller cord, reports AZfamily.com. As the boys were playing Grand Theft Auto prior to harming the animal, infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio blames the game...

    12.05.08 From Game | Life
  3. Hubble to Finally Get Some Astronaut Love

    The beleaguered Hubble Space Telescope can finally look forward to getting a much needed pick-me-up in May when NASA sends its fourth, and last, manned space shuttle mission to the satellite. The aging observatory was due for an upgrade this...

    12.05.08 From Wired Science
  4. Video: Latest Batman: Arkham Asylum Teaser

    It's no Lego Batman, but Batman: Arkham Asylum looks to be panning out nicely, if this new teaser trailer is anything to go by. The first trailer we brought you certainly demonstrated the game's dark climes, but displayed nothing of...

    12.05.08 From Game | Life
  5. Fed Blotter: Three Charged with International Bank Trojan Scheme

    Two U.S. men and a Russian face conspiracy and bank fraud charges for allegedly running a successful scheme to compromise online banking and brokerage accounts and help themselves to the cash. In a 15-month-long caper that ended in December of last year, prosecutors say Alexander...

    12.05.08 From Threat Level
  6. Japanese Toy Lets You Poke Inside a Box For Endless Fun

    Forget DSLRs and Laser TVs. A toy box that lets you poke it from the inside is the perfect holiday gift for your loved one. This is especially the case if your work takes you away on long periods of...

    12.05.08 From Gadget Lab
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