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  • The Computer That Can Read Your Mind
    By on March 4, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    magacious writes “Gtec has showcased a computer that can read your mind over at the CeBIT trade show in Germany. Designed primarily to help those who can’t write or speak, the system makes use of a skull cap and wireless technology to transform brain waves into letters. It’s the first patient-ready computer-brain interface, according to its Austrian makers. It takes around 30 seconds per letter for the computer to recognise what you’re saying the (more…)

  • Romancing your sister? Ice dancing is all in the family …
    By on February 28, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Israeli ice dancer Roman Zaretsky knows exactly what people are thinking when they see him and his sister skating hand-in-hand or doing a seductive tango. Disturbing.


  • Videogame your way through the Winter Olympics
    By on February 15, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    If you’re bored with (or inspired by) NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, there are lots of games for your PC or video game system to let you feel like you’re competing in these events. Yes, even curling. And biathlon.


  • Own Your Own Fighter Jet
    By on January 16, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    gimmebeer writes “The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the US had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Chess Boxing: Take Your Queen, Punch You In The Face
    By on January 10, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    We watch boxers Hubert Van Malek and Hector Gomez fight it out at this new and exciting game of brawn and brain that’s taking over Europe. Players play alternate rounds of chess and boxing – winners get the medal via either knock out or checkmate!


  • 12 Ways To Curb Your Spending
    By on December 30, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    A particularly effective means of draining your bank account is to do so in small doses. Twenty-dollar withdrawals from the ATM feel so petty that it doesn’t seem harmful to go through half a dozen of them over the course of a few days. Of course, when the monthly statement comes in, it becomes clear just how damaging they really are.


  • Google’s Reach Hits Your Tivo
    By on November 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    accido writes “As reported by The LA Times, Google has now decided to expand its marketing and data collection to include what you watch on your Tivo. The data collected would help Google, who sells TV ads, show who watches which commercials and who skips right over them. The article outlines how this could be bad for networks that cash in whether you watch the ad or not. Does this mean fewer commercials for viewers? Not likely, but one can hope.”


  • Is That Sushi Hazardous To Your Health?
    By on November 22, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    pdclarry writes “A recent study by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University found that a piece of tuna sushi may not be tuna at all: ‘A piece of tuna sushi has the potential to be an endangered species, a fraud or a health hazard,’ wrote the authors. ‘All three of these cases were uncovered in this study.’ The study, published in PLoS ONE examined 68 samples of tuna sushi purchased from 31 restaurants in Manhattan (more…)

  • Vampires Attack Oprah and Sarah Palin, Run For Your Lives
    By on November 22, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    What a surreal, epic week in mass media. On Monday, Sarah Palin appeared on “Oprah,” then on Thursday Oprah announced she’s quitting her talk show. Meanwhile, vampires rule the Earth.


  • Vet School 2.0: Stick Your Hand Up a Virtual Cow Butt
    By on November 6, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    There’s nothing tidy about sticking your arm deep into a cow’s backside, getting up to your elbows in warm and gooey bovine innards. But for new vet