Top Stories: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tools of the Trade | The technology that helped bring down Osama bin Laden

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Hyperspectral Imaging Helped Kill Osama bin Laden. But What the Hell Is It?

Killing ol' OBL wasn't just the work of SEAL Team 6-the beyond-badasses had a cadre of support staff backing them up behind the scenes, including classified hyperspectral imaging device experts. So, uh, what does that mean? More »

Please Keep the World's Tiniest Video Camera Away From Me

Just a few weeks ago, the world's tiniest video camera was as small as a grain of rice. Today, the world's nanoest camera is even smaller. More »

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Best Gadgets of the Day: Wednesday May 4, 2011

Today's coolest and best-designed devices all in one place! More »

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Best Buy Employee Canned for Tackling Laptop Thief

At most big retailers, shoplifters are allowed to run free, because any attempt to touch them brings up the terrifying prospect of a lawsuit. But a Montana Best Buy employee wasn't having that, taking down a thief. Now he's fired. More »

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Intel's 22nm 3D Transistors Will Keep Moore's Law Alive

Intel's introduction today of the world's first 3D transistors is more than just a tech breakthrough. It's an assurance that Moore's Law-that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years-will stay alive just a while longer. More »

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The Two-Headed Sith Series Spyder III Laser: Death by Fun

In honor of May the Fourth (be with you), the real-life lightsaber has gone over to the dark side. The special "Sith Series" edition of the Spyder III, available now as an actual thing you can buy and use and burn things with, combines two Spyder III portable More »

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Apple Really Did Delay the White iPhone for a Reason

All that talk of complications and difficulties building a white iPhone 4? Apple wasn't BSing. NYT's Nick Bilton compared the newly released pearly model to a first draft, bought directly from Apple's Chinese factory. The difference? The old one's grungy. More »

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This Electric Superbike Packs Enough Juice for 185 Miles of Cruising

When you think electric vehicle, you might think of some piddling, golf cart-like geezer, humming its way along gently. Not a futuristic, 125 mph super-cycle. The Lito Sora motorcycle hardly looks like what it is More »

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Obama Watching Osama's Downfall is Almost Flickr's Most-Viewed Photo of all Time

It takes a fair amount of badass to become the most-viewed photo of all time on Flickr, but the photo of Obama, Hillary Clinton and other officials watching Osama bin Laden's capture is well on its way to knocking a lame (by comparison) photo of Nohkalikai Falls, Cherraphunjee off the pedestal. More »

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270,000 Lego Bricks Make Up this Great Wall of Lego

ene Rønsholt Wille, a Denmark-based designer, made this absolutely stunning Great Wall of Lego. It took her six weeks to build! She used 270,000 pieces! Can you even imagine what it would be like to play around with 270,000 Lego bricks? More »

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This Is How You Play Chess in a Warzone

an anything trump chess, the ultimate game of warfare? Yes, warfare, in which actual bullets fly around and kill people in horrible ways. But someone in Afghanistan felt like getting meta, crafting this nifty chess board for more abstract combat. More »

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