A Squeezable "Glass" Water Bottle That Won't Collect Tastes or Smells

A plastic water bottle can survive the rigors of an active lifestyle, but over time it will collect odd smells and flavors that eventually can't be scrubbed out. A glass bottle is a better option, naturally eschewing mold and odors, but one wrong move and suddenly it's a pile of shards. These Squeezable Glass bottles » 7/30/14 5:52pm 2 minutes ago

My Weekend Hanging Out With PC Gaming's Most Hardcore Players


Face-to-face LAN parties—local game gatherings, usually PC-focused—just aren't what they used to be in this modern, always connected age. Not even one of the biggest in the world can escape time. But the thousands of PC gamers who gather in Texas every summer are pushing off the inevitable as heroically as they can. » 7/30/14 5:48pm 5 minutes ago

This 1D Graphene Switches from Conductor to Insulator When It Stretches

You've heard all about the wonder properties of graphene, so come meet its one dimensional cousin, carbyne. A chain of single carbon atoms to graphene's two-dimensional layer of atoms, carbyne has some pretty amazing properties of its own. By one measure, it's the strongest material in the world (over graphene!), and… » 7/30/14 5:31pm 23 minutes ago

Being a Kitchen Timer Is R2-D2's Latest Side Job

As far as resumes for droids go, the skills and experience section on R2-D2's must be at least 100 holograms long by now. This latest Star Wars tie-in sees Artoo back in the kitchen as a simple $20 timer, counting off anywhere from one to sixty minutes with a quick twist of his rotating dome. When the time's up a… » 7/30/14 5:00pm 54 minutes ago

Burbank's Aerial Monorail of the Future

The city of Burbank, California was incorporated in 1911 with a population of just 500. Today the population is just over 100,000 and the city is best known as the home of big name movie studios (and the closest Ikea to my apartment). Leading up to the incorporation of Burbank there was a lot of discussion about… » 7/30/14 4:05pm Today 4:05pm

Food of the Future: Just Freeze-Dry It All!

If I had to name one food that defined my childhood it would have to be astronaut ice cream. I can still remember getting it from the gift shop at the Minnesota Science Museum in the late 1980s and thinking that it was absolutely the coolest thing in the world. Look Mom, I'm eating just like an astronaut! » 7/30/14 3:36pm Today 3:36pm

The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money

In late 2000, the producers and crew for action flick Rush Hour 2 gathered at the now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas and prepared to blow up a casino. The scene, which pitted policemen and Secret Service agents against a counterfeiter attempting to launder $100 million in superdollars, was to culminate with… » 7/30/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

One Super Common Bacteria Is Wasting Labs Millions in Research Money

Unless you're a biologist, the bacterium Mycoplasma probably will not strike fear in your heart. Our mouths are teeming with this tiny and usually harmless microbe. But when Mycoplasma finds its way into a petri dish of cells, it becomes a big and expensive headache. A new study finds that 11% of samples in… » 7/30/14 2:54pm Today 2:54pm

How an Atomic Clock Was Used to Record a House-Sized Instrument

Nestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings, tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the… » 7/30/14 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

Turn Your iPhone Charger Into a Portable Backup Battery

Even carrying your iPhone's charger everywhere you go doesn't guarantee you'll be able to keep your phone running all day. Sometimes outlets can be hard to find, and for those times the NomadPlus is here to help—transforming your iPhone's standard charger into a portable 1,500 mAh battery for back power on-the-go. » 7/30/14 2:19pm Today 2:19pm

​Boy Scouts: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, But We Still Won't Let Them Lead

On January 1 of this year, the Boy Scouts of America opened its doors to openly gay scouts. But, it still bars gay adult leaders. We talked about this issue with the organization's National Commissioner and asked him if Scouting considers gays pedophiles. » 7/30/14 2:06pm Today 2:06pm

Learn to Code with 90% off the Pure Python Hacker Bundle

When you first start coding, the biggest question is which language to learn. A language like Python provides an easy, beginner friendly start — and this bundle of 7 courses (and over 50 hours of content) offers a complete education in everything from apps, to websites, APIs, and more. » 7/21/14 12:39pm 7/21/14 12:39pm