My new favorite Twitter account is @CrimeADay

Back in college I took an undergrad law course that devoted a day to looking at silly old laws that were still on the books. One of the laws stated that it was illegal to serve margarine in any Wisconsin restaurant without also offering customers butter. The whole class thought it was hilarious. And then, not a few… » 7/23/14 3:34pm 3 minutes ago

Report: Apple's Got a 12-inch MacBook, 4K Desktop in Works

In the midst of updating its operating system to Yosemite, Apple seems to also have some hardware refreshes in mind. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, sources say that Apple is planning a smaller Macbook (12-inch diagonally) with a high resolution display as well as a pixel-drunk 4K iMac or standalone monitor. » 7/23/14 1:55pm Today 1:55pm

Augmented Reality Climbing Walls Turn Mountaineering Into a Game

There are lots of reasons to tackle a climbing wall at your local gym: it's great exercise, it can improve your hand-eye coordination, and it helps instill useful mountaineering skills should you ever find yourself trapped on a cliff. But researchers at Aalto University in Finland want to take them one step further » 7/23/14 1:44pm Today 1:44pm

Watch An Active Protection System Destroy An RPG Fired At Israeli Tank

We have discussed Active Protection Systems many times before, but it is another thing seeing one work operationally. The video below depicts a Merkava IV tank being fired on in Gaza by an RPG, with Trophy intercepting and destroying the explosive projectile before it could plow through the tank's side armor. » 7/23/14 1:41pm Today 1:41pm

A Triptych That Proves Portrait-Oriented Video Isn't Always Horrible

Usually, we are very much against shooting video with your phone in portrait orientation, because for the most part it looks like trash. But Dan Toth did something we never thought of, using three portrait-oriented videos to make a lovely triptych of his neighborhood in Sunnyside, Queens. » 7/23/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Finally, A Pair of Sunglasses That Will (Hopefully) Never Break

If you're prone to breaking sunglasses just hours after you've bought them, hold off on ordering a bunch of replacements in bulk until you can try the I-Ultra sunglasses from Italia Independent. They're made of stiff but forgiving rubber—everything except the lenses—so they'll require quite a bit of effort to destroy,… » 7/23/14 1:06pm Today 1:06pm

You Can Access 15,000 Marvel Comics Right Now For a Buck

As we all prepare our brains and twitter feeds for the unstoppable flood of comics and entertainment news that will pour out of San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced some news in the quiet before the storm. Now, for 99 cents, readers can gain access to Marvel Unlimited, the publisher's treasure trove of 15,000 issues… » 7/23/14 12:53pm Today 12:53pm

A Self-Powered Bike Trailer That Pulls All Of Its Own Weight

They're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now a better solution. Someone's created a self-propelled bike trailer » 7/23/14 12:30pm Today 12:30pm