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How far back in time could a modern English speaker go and still communicate?

July 16th, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  The transition from Old English to Modern English was a process, not an event Changes in language don’t occur overnight, though slang terms come in and out of use relatively quickly and new words are invented while others fall into disuse. The rules of grammar you learned in school are the same ones your […]



Facebook wants to make thought-hearing glasses

June 13th, 2020 at 3:02 pm » Comments Off

Plus smart glasses from Google, transforming drones, AR clothing and other patents from Big Tech. It’s the weekend! Time to switch my digital avatar’s outfit from a suit to lounge pants. I don’t actually live in VR yet (though I did try working in it this week), but a new patent from Amazon might make […]



CDC says 40 percent of Americans surveyed tried using bleach to wash food to prevent coronavirus

June 6th, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that over a third of Americans who took its survey reportedly misused household cleaners by using them on their fruits and vegetables in the attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Calls to poison control centers regarding disinfectants and household cleaners reportedly went up since the […]



This lick-able screen can recreate almost any taste of flavor without eating food

June 6th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

No matter how they may make you feel, licking your gadgets and electronics is never recommended. Unless you’re a researcher from Meiji University in Japan who’s invented what’s being described as a taste display that can artificially recreate any flavor by triggering the five different tastes on a user’s tongue. Years ago it was thought […]



Indiana man checked his bank account for his $1,700 stimulus check and found $8 million had been deposited by the feds

April 16th, 2020 at 5:20 pm » Comments Off

A man from Indiana ended up receiving what appeared to be a lottery win rather than a stimulus check. Charles Calvin, a volunteer firefighter was expecting a payment for $1,700. Upon checking his bank account he found there was a payment for $8 million. Each time he checked the ATM machine he was given the […]



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 […]



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