Amateur Satellite Trackers Found the Secret X-37B Space Plane in Orbit

The U.S. Air Force’s supersecret X-37B was launched into orbit for the fourth time last week, and amateur satellite watchers have promptly identified its secret orbit—also for the fourth time. There is, you see, a small army of amateurs who keep track of over 300 spy satellites, often with little more than a pair of… » 5/27/15 8:00pm 23 minutes ago

Can A Cube-Like Shape Really Make A Better Tent?

Earlier this year we told you about a new generation of tents that are ditching the traditional domes and triangles for an all-new shape: cubes. And man, you guys found some flaws in that idea. Will the roof pool rain or the sides collapse in high wind? We took one backpacking in Yosemite to find out. » 5/27/15 7:20pm Today 7:20pm

I Got My Friends to Try Female Condoms. Here’s What They Thought.

I know they’ve been ridiculed. I know some people think they’re ew. Thing is, I don’t believe in judging things on blind emotion. I believe in data. So I recruited two of my friends and their partners, all of whom have a really good sense of humor, to test some female condoms for me. » 5/27/15 6:37pm Today 6:37pm

Saving the Last of the World's Glaciers By Sending Them to Antarctica

Glaciology is in the middle of a slow-moving crisis. As the climate warms, glaciers are shrinking and then disappearing. So scientists have come up with a plan to put ice cores from melting glaciers in the most permanent cold storage possible on Earth—in Antarctica. » 5/27/15 4:55pm Today 4:55pm

Chevy Is Bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto To the Masses

Chevy has announced it will integrate both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into 14 of its models next year. That’s a lot of cars, and Apple anticipates that CarPlay will be in 40 models worldwide by year’s end. I tried out both systems at an event yesterday, and left curious: Have cars finally become rolling computers? » 5/27/15 4:29pm Today 4:29pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/27/15 4:26pm Today 4:26pm

Wax Woz! Steve Wozniak Will Be the Next Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds

Last month Madame Tussauds asked you, the American public, which tech icon should be the next to be depicted in wax. Competition was stiff among the ten nominees, with everyone from Elon Musk to George Lucas in the running. But the American public has decided, nay, demanded: WE MUST HAVE A WAX WOZ! » 5/27/15 3:35pm Today 3:35pm

How to Win Your Physics Class Egg Drop Competition

The problem is simple enough. You’ve got a raw egg, and it’s going to be dropped from a high place. You have to build a contraption so that it doesn’t break when it hits. Easy? Maybe. But how do you make it as light as possible? Or as small as possible? » 5/27/15 3:25pm Today 3:25pm

Apple May Be Creating a Google Now Alternative for iOS 9

The iPhone’s big software version for 2015 seems surprisingly dull. Security and stability are always good things, but iOS 9 had appeared to be more about maintenance than a makeover. However, a new rumor about a feature called “Proactive” suggests iOS 9 might have a few tricks up its sleeve. » 5/27/15 2:47pm Today 2:47pm

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Splash into Summer With A $150 Visa Giftcard

It’s here, it’s finally really here! What’re we yelling about? Summer, obviously. It’s finally getting hot, the beaches are starting to fill up, and we’re shedding those winter layers in favor of bikinis and swim trunks. What does that mean, though? It’s time to buy a whole lotta sunblock. Where are you going to get… » 5/27/15 3:53pm Today 3:53pm