In the 1920s, Shoppers Got Punk'd By Fake Televisions

Today advertisers use futuristic tech like jetpacks and robots in their TV ads so that potential consumers think of their brand as forward thinking and innovative. In the 1920s, the cutting edge gadget that advertisers most wanted to associate themselves with was television. But, since the technology was still in its… » 7/31/14 4:00pm 15 minutes ago

A Flashlight That's Powered By the Sun (Or Your Strength)

Is there anything scarier than the thought of being out in the woods at night with a dead flashlight? Of course there is; your smartphone could be dead too. That's why GoalZero's latest flashlight, the Torch 250, can be recharged with a built-in solar panel, or simply your muscles using a pop-out hand crank. » 7/31/14 3:47pm 28 minutes ago

Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS

With more than 30,000 locations operating today, the United States Postal Service is still the largest retail network in the US. It's also an embattled institution that's struggling to stay afloat. That's why last year, it enlisted a small design studio to overhaul its look completely. Here's what they came up with. » 7/31/14 3:30pm 46 minutes ago

This Working Steam Engine Is the Size of an Apartment Block

The world's largest functioning triple-expansion steam engine is an unbelievably massive beast of a machine. For 77 years, the 62-foot-high engine—weighing in at 1,000 tons!—powered gigantic flywheels and crankshafts that pumped millions upon millions of gallons of water from west to north London. It was… » 7/31/14 2:38pm Today 2:38pm

Adventure Tested: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 3400 Backpack

Durable, waterproof, and comfortable, the ultralight, Cuben Fiber Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 3400 weighs just 2 lbs, but sacrifices zero performance. It's hands down the best backpacking bag you can buy. » 7/31/14 2:17pm Today 2:17pm

There Are Cells Inside Teeth That Can Turn Back Into Stem Cells

Inside each of our hard, calcified teeth is a small population of living stem cells that can differentiate into many types of tissue. The origin of those stem cells has long been unknown, but scientists may now have a completely surprising answer: Cells of the nervous system can migrate into the middle of a tooth and… » 7/31/14 2:10pm Today 2:10pm

Telecom Workers: Send Us Your Customer Service Call Scripts

Comcast COO Dave Watson has admitted that company policy was at least as much to blame for the customer service call from hell as the sad, desperate employee heard on the recording. As Watson wrote in a memo, that customer retention rep was only doing what he was trained to do. But what was he trained to do, exactly? » 7/31/14 1:51pm Today 1:51pm

The World's Fastest Network Lets You Download a Movie In .2 Milliseconds

Danish researchers just created the Usain Bolt of networks. A team from the Technical University of Denmark used a single multi-core optical fiber to transfer 43 terabits per second, making it the world's fastest fiber network. I'd say it makes Google Fiber look like 1996 AOL dial-up from a decrepit rural phone line,… » 7/31/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Los Angeles Is Fighting the UCLA Flood with a Giant Inflatable Pipe Plug

20 million gallons of potable water later, the massive double "trunk line" break that's resulted in spectacular flooding in the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the UCLA campus has finally been sealed off and crews have this bulbous blockage to thank for it. » 7/31/14 1:13pm Today 1:13pm

Deals: The Best Rechargeables, $100 in Free Android Apps, Mac Upgrades

If you own any gadgets that use AA or D batteries, you owe it to yourself to pick up some Eneloop rechargeables. This pack comes with a pair of AAs, with D spacers, and they'll pay for themselves after just a few cycles. [Eneloop AA 2-Pack, $7] » 7/31/14 12:45pm Today 12:45pm

This Whale of a Flying Boat Used to Fight Nazis, Now It Fights Fires

General Douglas MacArthur once famously quipped, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away." Obsolete military equipment should be so lucky. While most outdated systems are simply scrapped, a lucky few find new purpose after their time in service—like the Martin JRM Mars, a coastal patrol bomber that now demolishes… » 7/31/14 11:47am Today 11:47am

The Common Facebook Scams You Should Never Click On

It's been a little sad to watch Facebook devolve from being a squeaky clean site full of people you love to a spam-ridden wasteland. And with a fifth of the world's population using the site, you can be sure the spam is going to keep coming. So you need all the help you can get separating the good links from the bad. » 7/31/14 11:34am Today 11:34am

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

Win a $150 Best Buy Gift Card to Put the Pizzazz Back in Your Summer

Summer always starts with such promise. The air echoes with the clinking of ice cubes in highball glasses; your eyes fill with swimming pools. Then August rolls around. The grass turns brown, the air conditioning starts to wheeze from exertion, and the Back to School displays at the drugstore fill even long-ago… » 7/31/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm