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You can light this candle with your phone, and it’s officially the future

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:50 am » Comments Off

   Apparently, smartphones really do have everything we need, from cameras to calculators to flashlights to even… matchsticks? You read that right. But instead of shooting flames out of a port, your phone can now create fire by activating a Bluetooth-enabled scented candle called Candle Touch, currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Said to be the world’s […]



Somebody snuck a potato int CES 2020 to make a scathing point about useless smart gadgets

January 13th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Startup founder launches ″Potato″ at CES 2020 I almost walked right by it. But then I realized the object the young man was holding up, apparently thrilling the small crowd gathered around his tiny CES 2020 booth, was a potato. The vegetable in question looked like an ordinary, chunky Idaho spud, although protruding out of […]



The worst designed products of 2019

December 7th, 2019 at 1:49 pm » Comments Off

   Don’t add any of these to your holiday wish list. It’s never a good sign when the masses wonder whether your latest product is really an April Fool’s Joke. (Looking at you, Creme Egg Mayo.) Heinz and Cadbury weren’t the only ones to launch a highly mockable product. For your reading pleasure, we’ve rounded […]



‘Freeze… and marry me!’ – Russians who propose at gunpoint

September 24th, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Anastasia is expecting her boyfriend Sergei to be waiting for her when her flight arrives at St Petersburg airport. But as she lands he texts to say that, due to unforeseen work commitments, a friend will be picking her up instead. So far, so normal. Later, as Anastasia is approaching her apartment building in the […]



Watch two ‘Jetmen’ fly alongside an A380 superjumbo

September 7th, 2019 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

We’ve seen Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy (aka Jetman) fly his carbon fiber jet wing over Rio, and above Dubai with his protege Jetman Vince Reffet. The latest video from the fearless aviators sees Rossy and Reffet share the skies with something a little bigger — an Emirates A380 airliner. Once again, the flight takes place […]



French inventor successfully soars over English Channel on hoverboard

August 20th, 2019 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

  How a French inventor crossed the English Channel with one short refuel and in 22 minutes on a hoverboard. The French inventor of the jet-powered hoverboard soared over the English Channel despite wind gusts Sunday, becoming the first to cross the channel in such a futuristic way after failing in his first attempt last […]



Worlds’s first AI universe simulator knows things it shouldn’t

July 18th, 2019 at 7:50 am » Comments Off

  Great Mystery  ”It’s like teaching image recognition software with lots of pictures of cats and dogs, but then it’s able to recognize elephants.” Since we can’t travel billions of years back in time — not yet, anyways — one of the best ways to understand how our universe evolved is to create computer simulations […]



Flat Earthers now plan to “shut this debate down” by getting to the “outer edges of Earth

March 28th, 2019 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Mm-kay After their last experiment went pear-shaped, Flat Earth supporters have announced an expedition to the “outer edges of flat earth” in order to “shut this debate down” once and for all. An extremely in-depth report in Forbes saw journalist Jim Dobson speak to “dozens” of believers, one of whom – Jay Decasby – is […]



Physicists reverse time using quantum computer

March 19th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology teamed up with colleagues from the U.S. and Switzerland and returned the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past. They also calculated the probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will spontaneously travel back into its recent past. The […]



Lipstick in kindergarten? South Korea’s K-beauty industry now targets those barely able to read.

February 23rd, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

PriPara Kids Cafe is one of the many beauty parlors in South Korea that cater to young girls. (Jean Chung/For The Washington Post) Last year in kindergarten, Yang Hye-ji developed her morning routine. Uniform? Check. Homework? Check. Makeup? Definitely. “Makeup makes me look pretty,” the 7-year-old said on her second visit to the ShuShu & […]



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 […]



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