Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 4:04pm 3/23/15 4:04pm

A Basic Guide To Cheap Outdoors Gear For Broke Adventurers

On a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your outdoors adventures? Here's a guide to what you need to spend money on, what you don't and how to find effective clothing, tools, boots, bags and whatnot on a budget.
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How To Make Your Own Tent Footprint For $25

Footprints help extend the life of your tent by protecting its floor. But, they're inexplicably expensive. You can slash that price by half or more if your make your own from Tyvek. Here's how. » 12/03/14 2:37pm 12/03/14 2:37pm

The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We've walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we'll update periodically as prices and components change—we'll walk you through the hardware we'll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast's system for gamers and media… » 9/24/14 11:29am 9/24/14 11:29am

​All The Camping Gear You'll Ever Need For Under $100

Camping is cheap, but get serious, and the camping gear is not. It's actually totally possible to stay warm, dry and comfortable in the outdoors for virtually no money, you'll just have to sacrifice some weight and convenience. Here's how. » 8/05/14 2:00pm 8/05/14 2:00pm

Russia's World Cup Is Already Outrageously Expensive

Maybe you're still mourning Brazil's catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on—to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it's going to be very, very expensive. Like $11,500 per seat expensive. » 7/18/14 12:13pm 7/18/14 12:13pm

Five Best Budget Computer Mice

A good computer mouse doesn't have to cost a ton of money, especially if you need it to travel, or you're on a budget. This week we're looking at five of the best mice on the market for around $20, based on your nominations. » 6/29/14 12:16pm 6/29/14 12:16pm

​Moto G Review: The Best Cheap Phone, But Still a Cheap Phone

Cheap smartphones—we mean really cheap, off-contract smartphones—are terrible. They're tormented by horrid, pixilated screens, they're slower than your grandma, and they feel like they're held together by Scotch tape. The $180 (off-contract!) Moto G is none of those things. It definitely has significant shortcomings,… » 12/09/13 1:57pm 12/09/13 1:57pm

Why the Government Must Spend More Money On NASA

Let's speak about this one more time because, now that the new Federal budget is coming up, we need to. The government should, must, dedicate a lot more money to NASA. And there's no way around it. » 11/26/12 8:00am 11/26/12 8:00am

How Budgeting Your Gadget Purchases Could Blow Your Budget

We all know what it's like: you decide you finally need to get a new computer, TV or camera. The first thing you do is work out how much you can spend, then start looking for the best products in your price range. Big mistake, because budgeting like that will likely cause you to spend more. Here's how to wise up. » 7/04/12 7:00pm 7/04/12 7:00pm

These Two Politicians Barely Know What Computers Are

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has a pretty big problem: they have to find a way to keep our broke-ass country from financially imploding. They also appear to have just received their first computers over the weekend. » 9/13/11 4:00pm 9/13/11 4:00pm

Pocket Video Showdown: Four Budget Camcorders Reviewed

When Cisco decided last April to kill its Flip camcorder—arguably the most popular product in a category that the Flip created almost single-handedly—everyone concluded than the pocket camcorder market was dead. Everyone was wrong. If you're the least bit interested in shooting casual videos, don't whip out your… » 7/21/11 5:40pm 7/21/11 5:40pm

$35 Dollar Tablet Will Cost $20, Eventually $10

The Indian government has revealed its super-super-low-priced tablet computer, which it says it'll start selling to students this year—for $35. It's a bit bulky, but for $35 you can't really whine about the bezel size. » 7/23/10 5:00am 7/23/10 5:00am

Android's Budget Future, Now: Droid Eris Free On Contract

Super-spec'd premium phones like the Droid and Nexus One are only part of Google's long term plan for Android. What we have here is a glimpse of Android's other future: Free. Android handsets are the new flip-phones! Sort of! » 2/25/10 1:22pm 2/25/10 1:22pm

Are We Spending Too Much On NASA?

Yesterday Obama unveiled an $18.7 billion budget for NASA in 2010—a 5% increase over this past year. This is a preliminary figure that could change after a 3-month review of the agency is completed. » 5/08/09 5:00pm 5/08/09 5:00pm

The Daily Show Mocks the Army's Unfeasible, Unaffordable Laser Plane,…

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart spit in the face of real-world sci-fi by applauding the U.S. Military's elimination of its laser plane project. A plane. That shoots lasers. What's the problem, Stewart? » 4/10/09 12:30am 4/10/09 12:30am

Obama's New 2010 Budget Promotes Radical Pro-Science Agenda

President Obama's proposed 2010 budget goes where no Bush has gone before by including significant spending for scientific agencies, including NASA, the EPA, and Department of Energy, on top of the stimulus package. » 2/28/09 10:00am 2/28/09 10:00am

Aiptek's AHD 300 Camcorder Does Full 1080p HD, Costs $250

Aiptek's last HD camcorder » 8/11/08 6:03am 8/11/08 6:03am we showed you did 720p recording for a budget $170. But time and technology waits for no man, so Aiptek's newest cam now records at 1080p. The AHD 300 actually manages 30 frames per second at this resolution, but if you're into slightly high-speed filming, it can even stretch to 60 fps if…

Hop-On Set To Release $125 Smartphone, Super Cheap 3G, GSM and More

You may recognize Hop-On from their wide array of cheap-o disposable cellphones and budget-friendly mobile devices. The company is looking to build on this reputation by unveiling six new phones including the $125 HOP 1801 smartphone and the HOP1809 which they claim will be one of the cheapest 3G capable phones you… » 6/06/08 2:50pm 6/06/08 2:50pm

FCC Reveals Details on New PS3 Model

Why can't Sony just come out and say that they're making another PS3 model? We know it, they know it, and now the FCC knows it. While most of the details are blocked from the public eye, such as what size hard drive will be included, it does note that there will only be 2 USB ports and the card reader seems to have… » 9/27/07 6:12pm 9/27/07 6:12pm