A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 3:00pm 6 minutes ago

Short film about using the microwave makes fun of something we all do

You've done this. I've done this. We've all done this before. Daniel Koren completely nails the hilarious truth about using the microwave late at night and how our initial goodwill for silence is negated by our stupidity and desire for hot food. We all start out as a do good superhero and end up as his goofy klutz of… » 3/27/15 2:45pm 21 minutes ago

This Robot Arm's Water Balloon Gripper Is Inspired By a Gecko's Tongue

Five fingers at the end of an arm has turned out to be a fantastic tool for humans, but coordinating so many digits is a lot to ask of a robot. So inspired by the stretchy tongue on a gecko, engineers at Festo have come with a bulbous-looking water-filled gripper that's just as adept at picking things up as the human… » 3/27/15 2:15pm 52 minutes ago

Police Departments Offer "Safe Lots" For Craigslist Transactions 

You can find some great deals on bargain automobiles on Craigslist. However, recent stories about buyers and sellers being robbed or even killed illustrates the risk you take when dealing with an online stranger. Some police departments are responding by allocating a portion of their parking lot to ensure a safe sale. » 3/27/15 1:57pm Today 1:57pm

It's Official, Kitty Litter Caused a Drum of Nuclear Waste to Explode  

A drum full of radioactive waste exploded at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico last February, sparking serious safety concerns about the U.S.'s only longterm nuclear storage site. A yearlong government investigation has officially fingered the long-suspected culprit: kitty litter. » 3/27/15 12:52pm Today 12:52pm

Disable the Control Center in iOS So It Stops Popping Up By Accident

The Control Center joined the iOS party with version 7.0 and is a useful way of accessing shortcuts for Wi-Fi, brightness, music control and so on. However, it can pop up inadvertently when you're gaming, browsing maps, or binge-watching your way through a Netflix marathon. Here's how to disable the feature if you… » 3/27/15 12:15pm Today 12:15pm

The Nextdoor App Is Making My Neighborhood Safer

My neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave. Just on my block in the last week, several packages were stolen from doorsteps and tires have been slashed on at least two cars. I found all of this out from an app that's quickly becoming our neighborhood's best security system. "I heard it from Fred two doors down" is… » 3/27/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Create an Ultra-Secure, Easy-to-Remember Passphrase Using Dice

So you replaced the letter "e" with "3" and capitalized a random letter, and now you think your password is secure? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That's why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable passphrase. » 3/27/15 11:20am Today 11:20am

The Nine Best Hoaxes to Have Hit Wikipedia

Snappy & Friends, a short animated show sponsored by Kellog's Rice Krispies, first aired sometime in 1949. In 1968, a visionary toy scientist named Alex Cartwright created an artificially intelligent robotic arm that could play full games of Stratego, Battleship, and Candyland, to the delight and vague unsettlement of… » 3/27/15 11:13am Today 11:13am

The fascinating underworld living in flood channels beneath Las Vegas

Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam extravagance that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the community for 12 years and takes a tour of it in this video. » 3/27/15 10:05am Today 10:05am

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Don't Be A Statistic: Be Smarter About Protecting Your Passwords

It's embarrassing and a bit terrifying, but it's time to admit an Internet behavior that many are guilty of. Nobody is proud of it, but it's happening in staggering numbers: password laziness. Chances are your password choice is not enough to guard your most important financial information, your clients' documents, or… » 2/18/15 4:00pm 2/18/15 4:00pm

Dollar Shave Club Delivers You Fresh Razors for a Few Bucks a Month

It's no secret that shaving with a fresh razor blade feels great. But razor prices are so high people try to make their blades last for weeks at a time. Doing so causes cuts, skin irritation, and generally painful shaves. But with Dollar Shave Club you can always get a smooth shave with a fresh razor because they… » 3/06/15 1:31pm 3/06/15 1:31pm