Absurd Creature of the Week: This Marsupial Has Marathon Sex Until It Goes Blind and Drops Dead In the forests of Australia, every year just before spring, there erupts a sexual frenzy unlike any other on Earth. It’s bigger than an ultra-romantic Neil Diamond concert, bigger even than spring break in Cancun. Here a tiny hyperactive marsupial called antechinus sprints around mating almost non-stop for an exhausting three weeks, with single romps lasting as long as 14 straight hours. Males relentlessly bound from partner to partner, as massive hormone releases in their bodies cause their immune systems to crash and their fur to fall out. They bleed internally. Some males even go blind, yet still stumble around the leaf litter hoping for one last tryst. In a few short weeks, every single male lies dead, leaving the females to raise their offspring. And so it seems that in perpetually dangerous […]

Ghost Gunner CNC Mill Lets You Build Unserialized, Untraceable AR-15 Rifles From Scratch We’re not really sure if it’s a good idea or a terrible one, but someone just made it possible to build your own untraceable, unregistered semi-automatic rifles at home.  Called the Ghost Gunner, it’s a desktop CNC Mill that’s dedicated to nothing else but producing the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle. To the unfamiliar, the lower receiver connects the stock, barrel, and other parts of the AR-15 together, making it the essential component in building the firearm.  As such, it’s the one gun part of an AR-15 that’s legally considered a firearm under US law.  While you can purchase all the other parts of the gun freely, you’ll need to sign documents and go under scrutiny when purchasing the lower receiver — not exactly the most convenient thing.  Unless, of course, you can make it at […]

Next Big Trend: Robots That Follow You Around Dozens of robots will descend upon the Back Bay for the RoboBusiness conference in Boston this week. A few of them may even try following you home. Within the world of robots and drones, there is a growing trend toward tailing you—with your permission in this case. It’s great for recreational use, where unmanned aerial vehicles, equipped with GoPro cameras, create mesmerizing video selfies for far less than the cost of renting a helicopter and hiring a film crew. 3D Robotics’ Iris+ drone and its DroidPlanner 2.0 software have a “Follow Me” mode for just these kinds of shots, as do models from Hexo+ and AirDog. And this being the mobile era, the Iris+ and Hexo+ work their magic by connecting to your smartphone and using its GPS data as a flight plan. The AirDog system requires wearing or carrying a little […]

LittleBits New CloudBit Module Lets Anyone Build ‘Internet of Things’ Device With LittleBits’ namesake line of small, modular electronics that snap together magnetically, you can make musical synthesizers, light sensors, and simple robots. But, until now, you couldn’t connect your creations to the Internet. On Wednesday, LittleBits introduced the CloudBit, a new module that is made up of a small ARM chip, 64MB of RAM, and a USB Wi-Fi adapter. When you use it with other Littlebits pieces, the CloudBit lets you make devices you can control over the Web, either with the company’s own app or the popular service IFTTT. It’s a DIY entry point into the “Internet of things.” LittleBits is selling its CloudBit as a standalone module for $59, or in a $99 Cloud Starter Bundle that includes six modules and instructions for five different beginner projects. The bundle includes devices that will send you a text message […]

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Turn Yourself Into A High-Tech Detective With The Sherlock Cube Digital Forensic PC We’re not entirely sure what use we will have for a portable, all-in-one digital forensic computer kit.  But we’re not entirely sure why we wouldn’t want to buy one either.  This thing just looks too awesome for words. Made by ACME Portable, it’s a complete, field-ready kit with everything you need to conduct a digital investigation anywhere you are.  Need to settle a never-ending office discussion about who downloaded the super gross porn on your co-worker’s computer (he’s denying it’s him)?  Maybe you can use this to find out.   Want to know what happened to that source code that ended up, somehow, being deleted from the servers?  Yep, find out the goof who pressed “delete” with this thing.  Basically, if you like playing computer detective, this is the gear to help you pull it off. Billed as […]

PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices Hooking up your MIDI devices to an iPhone makes it easy to play music on the road.  The mass of wires you will have to deal, however, makes it just as much of a mess as when you’re playing at home.  The PUC can save you from the hassle. Created by the same guys behind the Jamstik, it’s a wireless MIDI interface that hooks up to your MIDI keytar, DJ controller, or Bliptronics Synthesizer to give the instrument the ability to wirelessly connect to your iOS devices.  That way, you don’t need to deal with long wires hanging all over the place, whether you’re making music at home, hanging out at the beach, or chilling on the school grounds with your friends. Once tethered to the PUC, your MIDI instrument can immediately connect with iPhones and iPads, where they […]

Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen When building your own electronic devices, whether for a personal project or a product prototype, the size of your screen usually dictates how big the device ends up being.  And when it comes to building wearables, small displays are key.  That’s exactly what TinyScreen brings to your electronic toolset. Designed for electronics makers and tinkerers, it’s a thumb-sized screen that measures a hair just under one inch diagonally.  The small size makes it ideal for integrating into lightweight wearable gadgets, including smartwatches, smart glasses, and other screen-toting accessories. TinyScreen is a full-color OLED display, sporting a 96 x 64 resolution and 16-bit color depth, with its brightness controllable directly from a software interface.  While you can use TinyScreen itself with other electronic parts lying around at home, its creator, TinyCircuits, also sells miniature boards they call “Shields” that you can pair it […]

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Beautiful But Deadly Undersea Raver That Digests Its Victims Alive Up here on terra firma, we’re treated to all kinds of wildly colorful wildlife: polychromatic parrots, iridescent green beetles, unicorns galloping on rainbows that one time I ate too many pot brownies. But in the depths of our oceans things are decidedly more drab—gaudy colors ain’t going to do you no good nohow in the darkness. You’ll find a creature here, though, that has evolved what is surely the most over-the-top Pink Floyd-esque laser show in the sea: the comb jelly. Read More

US Spy Programs May Break the Internet if Not Reformed, Google Leader Says PALO ALTO — You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that. This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance. Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs. This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create. “If you’re a consumer or a company, you own your email, your text messages, your photos and all the content that you create,” he said. “Even when you put your content in our data centers or on devices that we […]

7 Alternatives to Google AdWords for Small Businesses If you’ve been searching for ways to boost your online presence and search engine rankings through PPC advertising, you’ve probably considered Google AdWords. Known as the industry standard, businesses and marketers assume that by using AdWords, they’re doing the right thing. For small businesses, this might be a fatal marketing mistake. Keep reading to learn more about why Google AdWords might not be the best option for your small business, and check out the seven alternatives outlined below. Why Google AdWords Might Not Be Your Best Bet Even if you’re an expert in search engine and keyword optimization, AdWords may present challenges that will not become apparent until you’ve invested time and dollars into the platform. Other challenges for small businesses attempting to utilize Google AdWords include: * Competition. Because most companies – including large corporations – use Google AdWords to boost […]

“Stacked – Hong Kong” Is A Vertical Photo Series Chronicling The Mesmerizing Geometric Beauty Of Hong Kong’s Public Housing Sometimes, you just need to look at your surroundings from a different angle to turn them into a breathtaking sight.  That’s exactly what happens in “Stacked – Hong Kong,” a beautiful look at the expanse of Hong Kong’s high-rise public housing systems and its overwhelming symmetry. A series of images from Australian photographer Peter Stewart, it uses vertical angles to capture the erstwhile common sights of densely-populated buildings as objects of hypnotizing geometry.  Seriously, these photographs are a sight to behold, taking me back to memories of being a child and seeing a skyscraper for the first time.  Instead of shiny skyscrapers in the business district, though, you’re looking at high-rise living spaces, many of which have probably seen much better days. For “Stacked – Hong Kong,” Peter shot the scenes […]

Mandatory Google+ Accounts Dropped: Beginning of the End? Just a few years ago, when Google first launched its fledgling social network, Google+, hard sells abounded. Most notably, since January of 2012, any new Google account automatically had to create a profile on Google+. Whether you signed up for Gmail, Calendar, Google Analytics, or any other related tool, a Google+ account was mandatory. This strong arm tactic didn’t bode well for much of the community. Yet Google didn’t much care. They continued to give high value to active Google+ businesses in search rankings, and it looked like the world was forced to embrace the social network, or risk damaged search rankings or no access to Google’s other tools. Quietly, and rather mysteriously, Google has lifted this requirement. Now, when new users sign up for any Google service, they have a (gasp) choice regarding whether or not a Google+ profile is generated. […]

Watch This Sonic Levitation Machine Float Small Items Using Focused Sound Waves As it turns out, it’s possible to levitate objects using sound. And someone made a new toy that you can put on a desk to levitate small objects using just that principle.  Called the Sonic Levitation Machine, it will magically suspend objects using nothing but sound waves.  Really. The bad news?  It needs to produce sounds that are way louder than a jet engine to create the anti-gravity effect.  The good news?  The bulk of the sound pressure will only travel around 18 inches from the source, so if you stand far enough, any noise you pick up should be tolerable.  Plus, you can always wear earplugs. Do note, this will probably drive dogs crazy (they got super-hearing or something like that), so you might want to keep any pets out of the vicinity. The Sonic Levitation Machine […]