Take Your Phone For a Swim With This $8 Dry Bag

Before you head out to the beach or pool, be sure your phone is protected with this waterproof dry bag. The pouch is transparent, meaning you can still use your phone (including the camera), but it’s certified waterproof up to 100 feet, and will also keep dirt and sand off your precious pocket computer. [Newisland… » 5/22/15 6:15pm 17 minutes ago

See How SpaceX Astronauts Could Survive a Failed Launch

Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual… » 5/22/15 4:41pm Today 4:41pm

Here Are 40,000 Photos Of Old New York Plotted on a City Map

Hope you’ve already checked out of work on this pre-Memorial Day Friday because this site might eat your long weekend for breakfast. Over 40,000 vintage photos of New York City from the New York Public Library archives have been geotagged to a Google Map, letting you click right through history on every street corner. » 5/22/15 3:48pm Today 3:48pm

Genetic Engineers Are Building a Biological Kill Switch

The fear of genetically-modified creatures escaping from the lab is the basis for a thousand sci-fi stories, but it’s also a legitimate concern. That’s why genetic engineers are inventing kill switches, or genetically-encoded suicide triggers, for GMOs they want to keep contained. Here’s how they work.
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The Groundbreaking History Of Star Wars Toys

When Star Wars released in 1977, the face of science fiction in popular culture was changed forever — but a year later, the movie helped transform the toy industry as well. Since then, Star Wars and the toys it inspired have been forever linked, a story that can just as easily be told through figures as it can the… » 5/22/15 1:56pm Today 1:56pm

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Are China's Robot Restaurants a Threat To American National Security?

It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that… » 5/22/15 12:49pm Today 12:49pm

The Mattress Reimagined: Casper Delivers Comfort to You + Special Offer

Despite spending a third of our time in bed, mattress shopping remains a dreaded activity. It’s a soulless experience riddled with ambiguous terms, a lack of brand differentiation, smarmy sales people, and marked-up prices from major retail chains. Then there’s Casper, who, with a direct-to-consumer model and a … » 5/21/15 3:55pm Yesterday 3:55pm

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