A Floating Artificial Reef Would Let You Walk Down Into the Ocean Deep

This month, a grim study in the journal Science reported what we've feared for decades: That the ocean may "be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event," in the words of one author. There's a colossal amount of work to be done if we want to turn it around—including reclaiming habitats, which is the goal of… » 1/26/15 8:03pm 18 minutes ago

All the faces of Ultron: The design evolution of the Avengers' archenemy

Outstanding illustration of the new Ultron on the cover of Empire this week. I remember how fascinated I was the first time I saw Ultron in Avengers. It was issue #162, published in 1977—I saw it much later because it arrived to Spain in 1980s. Here's how artists changed Ultron's appearance through the years: » 1/26/15 7:14pm Today 7:14pm

You Can Remotely Control This LED Camping Lantern With a Smartphone

Is there anything worse than entombing yourself in a warm sleeping bag only to realize you'll need to face the cold of night again to turn off the lantern in your tent? For those who like their camping on the comfier side, Brunton's new Lightwave Amp can be controlled remotely using a Bluetooth connection to an app on… » 1/26/15 7:00pm Today 7:00pm

Giant Circular Panorama Recreates The Hell of Fire-bombed Dresden

Seventy years ago, in one of the most controversial actions of World War Two, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped circa 4000 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on Dresden. Only months before the end of World War II, in four fierce raids between 13… » 1/26/15 6:10pm Today 6:10pm

How Comcast's Political Machine Is Manipulating (And Impersonating) You

Did you know that Comcast ghostwrites endorsement letters from politicians to the Federal Communications Commission about its awful merger with Time Warner Cable? Like, a Comcast flack literally puts words in local leaders' mouths and then uses them as evidence that America likes this merger. » 1/26/15 5:45pm Today 5:45pm

A 3D Model of Microsoft's HoloLens Is the Closest You Can Get For Now

As we all stop caring about 3D TVs, smartwatches, and other recent tech fads, the attention now turns to head-worn interactive displays. And if you think Microsoft's new HoloLens has what it takes to challenge the Oculus Rift, here's your chance to look over the hardware—at least a 3D interactive model of it—courtesy… » 1/26/15 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

This Is Why Glowing Jellyfish Proteins Have Revolutionized Medicine

In his new book Illuminating Disease, chemist Marc Zimmer explains how fluorescent proteins have changed science. Taken from glowing jellyfish, these proteins are now one of the most important tools in medicine, used in everything from brain mapping to disease research. And yes, that is a GMO glowing chicken. » 1/26/15 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

The Forgotten Story of NYC's First Power Grid

Lower Manhattan of the 1880s was a wonderland of futuristic technology and engineering: The city's first cable car arced over the harbor. A spindly new steel bridge was forming to connect Williamsburg to the city. And on the Lower East Side, Edison was tearing up the streets to build the first permanent power station… » 1/26/15 4:13pm Today 4:13pm

Have You Ever Been Catfished or Impersonated Online? 

Catfishing is what we call it when people lie about their identity online. It's unsettling, and it happens often: Last week, I wrote about how the DEA catfished drug dealers on Facebook by impersonating a woman arrested on drug charges. Today, Jezebel covered a disturbing story about a woman named Ellie Flynn who… » 1/26/15 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts. As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed, anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social… » 1/26/15 3:28pm Today 3:28pm

What's the Best Humidifier?

Your homes are warm and toasty after treating yourselves to the great recommendations in last week's Best Space Heater vote, but now your air is dry, and we need to balance that out with a humidifier. But which one? Head for the comments and nominate your favorite. » 1/26/15 3:15pm Today 3:15pm

You'll Buy a VR Headset For the Movies, Not the Games

Smart people think that movies—not games—will be the first killer app for virtual reality. Maybe that's why Oculus is poaching Pixar veterans for its very own virtual reality film studio, and showing off its very first film at Sundance this week. » 1/26/15 3:05pm Today 3:05pm

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Watch A UCB Comedy Quarterback Fix One Of Game Day's Biggest Problems

We're days away from kickoff, can you feel it? Football fans have taken sides, New England and Seattle fans are beginning to go wild from the anticipation. Real football fans are living, breathing, dreaming the game. Your party is all planned, you've #PreGiorno'ed. You've got your tailgate going, you've inspired your… » 1/26/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

3TB 802.11ac Router, A Multitool That's Also A Tripod, and More Deals

Apple's 3TB Time Capsule is $50 below retail today, which is as cheap as we've ever seen a new one go. If you haven't yet upgraded your network to 802.11ac, this represents only a small premium over most routers of comparable quality, and you get a built-in 3TB hard drive for backups to boot. [Apple 3TB Time Capsule,… » 1/26/15 10:15am Today 10:15am