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The ten most ridiculous things “on the blockchain”

February 9th, 2019 at 3:28 am » Comments Off

  Oranges, babies, democracy, frozen people. We take a whirlwind tour of all things on the blockchain that probably shouldn’t be. When you put a thing “on the blockchain,” you’re not actually putting it “on the blockchain.” Nothing is “on the blockchain.” The “blockchain” doesn’t exist. Instead, what you’re really doing is “notarizing information about […]



Weird CES: The bizarre things we didn’t expect to see

January 11th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

  The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest technology events of the year where brand new devices and products are shown off to the world, sometimes for the very first time. As such, you’ll see some of the coolest and most exciting things at CES. However, at CES 2019 we saw some things […]



Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved

December 24th, 2018 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

A pair of Lovot robots at their unveiling this week. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images It’s not been a great year for home robots, with two high-profile projects — Jibo and Kuri — shuttering operations. But a new competitor from Japan is entering the market with a different approach. Lovot, created by Kaname Hayashi, a […]



Inside the ‘World Cup of E-sports’

November 11th, 2018 at 7:05 pm » Comments Off

The League of Legends World Championship Finals in Incheon, South Korea, on Nov. 3. Two squads battled it out at a 50,000-seat stadium in the South Korean city of Incheon. Photography by Jean Chung This weekend, legends were created in South Korea, the birthplace of esports. Watched by tens of millions of people each year, […]



Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses- and what happened was profound

September 26th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal […]



Mercedes-Benz Digital Light LED headlights display messages on the road

August 27th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

With more than one million micromirrors per headlight, Mercedes-Benz Digital Light HD headlights do much more than just illuminate the highway. Drivers can project messages on the road in front of a car equipped with the new headlights. The lights can also project navigation guides and road conditions or traffic warning symbols. Digital Light onboard […]



The booming business of luxury chicken diapers

August 5th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

It’s Instagram’s fault. Julie Baker never intended to become a figurehead of the luxury chicken-diaper industry. Before she launched her brand Pampered Poultry in 2010, she had never even heard of chicken diapers. Around 10 years ago, Baker was raising chickens with her daughter on their small farm in Claremont, New Hampshire when she first […]



China is using robotic bird drones with cameras to monitor its citizens

June 28th, 2018 at 10:29 pm » Comments Off

When you gaze into the sky, what do you see? If you happen to live in China, the answer might be surveillance drones disguised as birds, according to a new report from the South China Morning Post. The new report alleges that Chinese military and government agencies have been using undercover drones to spy on […]



We can now use AI to see through walls

June 19th, 2018 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Wireless radio signals can be used to monitor a person’s precise movements through a solid wall, thanks to artificial intelligence. The technology could help us monitor people for health and safety less intrusively—but it also raises a range of security and privacy issues.



How people fake their own death — and why

June 14th, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

The Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko who faked his own death isn’t alone. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was recently found lying face down on the floor of his apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, blood seeping through his T-shirt. He was quickly driven away by an ambulance, pronounced dead, and delivered to a morgue. But the three bullet […]



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