Airplane Cabins Could Be 100X Quieter With These Rubber Mufflers

The dull throbbing hum that accompanies you on your jet-setting adventures might be quieted in the near future. Scientists from MIT and North Carolina State University collaborated on a thin rubber membrane that can be installed throughout the body of a plane like acoustical tiles, essentially sound-proofing the… » 4/28/15 10:25am Today 10:25am

My Wink Smart Home Is Just Plain Braindead Now

I recently took my first vacation in two years. It was fun! But I was excited to get home, raise my shades and relax in the finicky but sort of useful smart home I’d spent the past few months building. When I walked in the door, all of the automation was gone. The light on my Wink hub was yellow. This was not fun. » 4/28/15 10:00am Today 10:00am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an iTunes Master

Apple’s venerable media suite isn’t everyone’s favorite bit of software, but there are more functions and features available here than you might have realized—from desktop shortcuts to hidden columns to Android support, we’ve picked out 10 noteworthy tricks you can make use of in the latest versions for Mac and… » 4/28/15 9:34am Today 9:34am

Spectacular aerial photos of Los Angeles shows it like you never seen it

Photographer Vincent LaForet took his camera and a helicopter and captured the City of Angels at night like no one has ever done before. The detail in each shot is unbelievable and the colors almost feel unreal. It’s like seeing a neon glow spread itself all across the giant, beautiful city that is Los Angeles. » 4/28/15 7:37am Today 7:37am

Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection Knows Exactly Who's in Your Car

For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley… » 4/28/15 5:00am Today 5:00am

Google's 'Digital News Initiative' Will Help Make Online News Better

Google isn’t too popular in the EU right now, but it’s hoping that a new scheme may help smooth things a little. Its new Digital News Initiative will see it invest $150 million to help European publishers—including the FT and Guardian—to establish “more sustainable models for news.” » 4/28/15 4:15am Today 4:15am

Spraypainting Phalluses On Potholes Is One Way To Get Them Fixed

The roads around my house have emerged from the winter looking like the set from a WWII epic set on a war-torn Moon. Local government, as a rule, sucks at repairing car-eating potholes in a timely and effective manner — unless, that is, you surround said pothole with a brightly colored penis. » 4/27/15 11:55pm Yesterday 11:55pm

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