Astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why humans should be optimistic

It feels like everything is going to hell, especially as a seemingly dreadful year comes to an end and winter keeps getting stronger. But, despite the continuous onslaught of bad news flooding media, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future. Everyone's favorite astronaut Chris Hadfield explains. » 12/28/14 7:30am 12/28/14 7:30am

One of the greatest, most electrifying speeches in history

There have been some great speeches through history. On rallies, radio, TV, books, or movies, they move people in unexpected ways and against all odds. They ring so true and meaningful inside us that they make us aspire to be something greater than ourselves. To be better humans. Here's one of the very best—a true… » 12/11/14 2:19am 12/11/14 2:19am

Wonderful prank gives housekeeper the home she was supposed to clean

Those make-good-stuff-happen pranks are getting crazy. After turning a waitress' shift into the best day of her life, the people at Break decided to give away a house to Cara Simmons, a housekeeper and single mother of three. But first, they made her believe the new house was actually her new workplace. » 11/18/14 1:42am 11/18/14 1:42am

Robot deers catch illegal hunters who shoot at them

Though it may look like a deer, though it may move like a deer and though it may even smell like a deer... it still might just be a robotic deer that officials use to catch illegal deer hunters. Like the robot deer above, who totally looks like a normal deer but actually got a hunter who shot the robot in the neck… » 11/14/13 10:54pm 11/14/13 10:54pm

A Melodious Mashup of Nearly Every Chime and Bleep in Tech History

Close your eyes at any given moment, and you're likely to hear an audio artifact or two—whether the boo-dah-ling of a text message or the clacking of a keyboard. But as this new sound collage reminds us, hundreds of once-familiar audio cues are now doomed to obscurity, thanks to technology's forward march. » 8/22/13 2:00pm 8/22/13 2:00pm

Bring the Drive-Thru to Your Kitchen with this Instant Breakfast…

Breakfast sandwiches are one of the best ways you can start the day (taste-wise, at least). But they tend to be logistically difficult. Either you've got to take the time to carefully assemble one, or pay some scruffy, minimum-wage employee to make one for you. Hamilton Beach's Breakfast Sandwich Maker merges the… » 3/04/13 1:00pm 3/04/13 1:00pm

This Old Chinese Man Repairs Damaged Photos with Photoshop for Free

Baojun Yuan, the man pictured above, learned Photoshop at 60 years old. He's now 76 and for the past decade or so has repaired over 2000 damaged photos and done it all for free. Yuan bought a computer and scanner himself and doesn't charge people because he jokingly says, "My teacher just taught me how to repair the… » 4/23/11 9:00pm 4/23/11 9:00pm

Google Would Remind My Grandpa of the Arrogant White Invaders

Days after Google moved from China, Sergey Brin is pushing the US to fight censorship there. But the West has a history of forcing moral and economic standards onto foreigners. This sort of thinking isn't good—it's how wars start. » 3/24/10 2:03pm 3/24/10 2:03pm

Why Android Is Bad for Business

As a guy who spends way too much time in Google apps, I look forward to testing Android now and as it develops. I need my Gmail and Gcal straight away, and would expect to see support for Google Docs materialize at some point, at least via the browser. Now that it's launched, though, it's easy to see some obvious… » 9/23/08 8:45pm 9/23/08 8:45pm

Apple Eying Open Wireless Spectrum Battle

According to multiple Business Week sources, Apple has been considering the merits of bidding on the 700Mhz open wireless spectrum that goes up for grabs this January. Expected to sell for around $9 billion, most say Apple has the liquidity to make the purchase—even among competition like Google. » 9/10/07 9:38am 9/10/07 9:38am

62-Year-Old Man Attempts Hara-Kiri by Jumping from 25 Miles Up

A 62-year-old Frenchman is giving his attempt on the world free-fall record one last try in the skies above Saskatchewan. Michel Fournier has spent $13.25 million trying to jump from 25 miles above the earth's surface and break the world free-fall record set by USAF test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960. But first he has… » 8/13/07 7:12am 8/13/07 7:12am