Beautiful Lonely Railroads Winding Through America's Landscape

Railroad tracks have been a constant presence in the ever-changing American landscape since the 1800s. Whether they are carrying cars of people and goods, or have fallen into disrepair, the site of train tracks is familiar site to all. For photographer John Michael Sanderson, the railroad and its surrounding… » 1/26/15 11:05am 28 minutes ago

How to Drive on Snow and Ice

There's an awful lot of bad information floating around about driving in winter weather. In fact, you're probably doing it wrong. Yes, even if you're from New Hampshire. Here's how to drive on snow or ice without crashing your car or wasting money on unnecessary stuff. » 1/26/15 10:54am 38 minutes ago

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete." » 1/26/15 9:05am Today 9:05am

Your Nexus 6's Lack of Fingerprint Sensor Is Apple's Fault

The Nexus 6 is incredibly large and also amazingly good. But as your fingers slide around that monstrous screen, there's one thing that's missing: finger print recognition. And that, apparently, is Apple's fault. » 1/26/15 7:00am Today 7:00am

How the Piano Was Invented

The names that come to mind at the mention of the Italian Renaissance are the likes of Medici, Da Vinci, and Galileo. Few, however, know the name Bartolomeo Cristofori, an accomplished craftsman who lived and worked during that era. You may not know his name, but you do know his greatest invention- the "harpsichord… » 1/26/15 6:30am Today 6:30am

​Sling TV Review: Holy Crap, We've Figured Out Internet Television

At some point, TV became complicated. It used to be this thing I would plop down in front of after school and mindlessly flip through. Then, in 2009, everything changed: analog signals were outlawed, and the new digital TV signals failed me in every way: my old television wasn't compatible, my house was too far from… » 1/26/15 6:00am Today 6:00am

This Concept Has a Use For Old Modular Phone Parts: A Supercomputer

Modular phones are certainly a popular idea right now, even if they're currently failing to deliver on their promise. But there's already a suggestion about what could happen to their parts when they're no longer wanted: they could simply slide together to form a supercomputer. » 1/26/15 6:00am Today 6:00am

A Look at How Mini Helicopters Could Help NASA's Future Rovers

Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified… » 1/25/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Most Popular Space Heater: DeLonghi Oil-Filled

Our space heater voting ended up being a dead heat, but the Delonghi Oil Filled 1500W Radiator ran the hottest in the end, figuratively. Oil filled space heaters have a slower start up time, but ultimately tend to be more capable of heating larger spaces, and retain their heat much longer after being turned off. » 1/25/15 3:15pm Yesterday 3:15pm

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