Physicists Are Backing Away From the Biggest Discovery of this Century

Back in March, a group of physicists announced the first direct evidence of the Big Bang in a splashy press conference followed by Nobel prize forecasts and champagne. But scientists have since questioned the discovery, and a new paper suggests the signal detected was not evidence of the Big Bang but instead largely,… » 9/22/14 3:55pm 19 minutes ago

Scented Duct Tape Review: Why Is the Room Spinning?

When nuclear winter strikes, it's highly likely that cockroaches and duct tape will be all that survives. But just because our new post-apocalyptic wasteland might appear bleak doesn't mean it has to smell bleak, too. At least, that seems to be the train of thought behind the Duck Tape brand's new line of scented… » 9/22/14 3:30pm 44 minutes ago

The 1930s Refrigerator-Radio Combo That Never Quite Took Off

By the late 1930s the vast majority of American households had a radio. So how were radio manufacturers supposed to expand their market? By insisting that the ideal American home has a radio in every room. Sometimes that meant putting radios in the latest appliances — like right inside every American's favorite new… » 9/22/14 3:14pm 59 minutes ago

Touch-Sensitive Outlet Shuts Down Power To Protect Kids From Shocks

Here's a wonderful mashup of existing technologies that promises to make it all but impossible for little kids to get shocked by a power outlet. The Guardian Angel Shockproof Safety Outlet uses similar technology as your smartphone's touchscreen to detect when it's being touched, and then automatically shut down power… » 9/22/14 2:59pm Today 2:59pm

8 Videos of New iPhones Getting Dropped, Soaked, and Torture Tested

You knew it was coming. Videos of people torturing the newest rash of iPhones are starting to emerge online, including one by SquareTrade, which shows the new iPhones being tortured in every way imaginable. So how did Apple's latest crop hold up? Surprisingly well, with a few caveats. » 9/22/14 2:52pm Today 2:52pm

The Souped Up Acoustics Behind a Giant David Bowie Retrospective

When art museums first became a thing, in the 19th century, they were the aristocracy's idea of intellectual charity: A chance for the hoi polloi to catch a thin whiff of true civilization. They couldn't have imagined a fine art museum spending $2 million on a show about a pop star who grew up in a completely average… » 9/22/14 2:44pm Today 2:44pm

Today is Earth's equinox and this is how it looks from space

Right now, the Earth is at its equinox. Today, the duration of the day and the night all around the world would be the same because the sunlight is hitting the Earth at the perfect angle to align its shade with Earth's spin axis. You can see it in this video, captured by the Russian satellite Elektro-L. » 9/22/14 2:18pm Today 2:18pm

How to Use a Fake Name on Facebook Without Getting Flagged

Facebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there's still a risk of getting caught. Here's how to fly under the radar if you need to. » 9/22/14 1:49pm Today 1:49pm

Animated Music Video Jumps Across 14 iPhones and iPads in One Shot

In a time where everything you see on TV and in the movies could easily be faked with computer graphics, it's nice when someone goes the extra mile to create something special using old-school techniques. For its new single Knock Knock, the band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created an animation that jumps across 14… » 9/22/14 1:37pm Today 1:37pm

GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack and Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they're slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer,… » 9/22/14 12:21pm Today 12:21pm

Nexus 9 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

It's been a long time since we've had a Nexus tablet. 2013's Nexus 7 was a wonderful if underpowered little device, and there hasn't been a bigger version since 2012's Nexus 10. But a newcomer is almost certainly on the way soon, a 9-inch tab that could be the best of both worlds. » 9/22/14 12:08pm Today 12:08pm