Science & Technology

Kim Dotcom set to revolutionize the internet

Kim Dotcom on Mega, Hollywood, the internet and copyright enforcement - video

A defiant Kim Dotcom vowed to win his upcoming extradition hearing during the Sunday night launch party for his new project, Mega. Dotcom, the founder of the now defunct file-storage site Megaupload, held a press conference Sunday evening at his Coatesville, New Zealand mansion in order to celebrate the unveiling …

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Alien life proven? Scientists claim fossilized algae inside meteorite

Fossilized algae recently discovered inside a Sri Lankan meteorite could finally prove the existence of extra-terrestrial life, claim the authors of the new paper. In a recently published article in the Journal of Cosmology titled “Fossil Diatoms in a New Carbonaceous Meteorite”, scientists from the UK and Sri Lanka claim …

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Disney to roll out RFID wristbands

rfid disney

Disney wants to show you a whole new world, but not everyone is feeling the love. On Monday, the Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced an ambitious plan to transform the visitor experience at its Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. The MyMagic+ program, which will roll out this spring, combines an interactive website …

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Global cyber-spy network uncovered by Russian experts

Operation Red October Kaspersky

A sophisticated cyber-espionage network targeting the world’s diplomatic, government and research agencies, as well as gas and oil industries, has been uncovered by experts at Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The system’s targets include a wide range of countries, with the primary focus on Eastern Europe, former Soviet republics and Central Asia …

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Clothing to make you invisible to drones

Anti drone clothing

Some fashonistas strive for sexy when it comes to clothes, but one artist from New York is taking a rather utilitarian approach with outfits — he’s about to unveil a whole line of garments designed to make the wearer nearly invisible to drones. Brooklyn-based artist Adam Harvey used to work …

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‘Tsunami bomb’ tested off New Zealand coast

Tsunami

The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a “tsunami bomb” designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was …

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Netherlands highways will glow in the dark from mid-2013

Glow in the dark highway

A smart road design that features glow in the dark tarmac and illuminated weather indicators will be installed in the Netherlands from mid-2013. “One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to …

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Scientists discover black holes weighing 40 billion suns

Arp 147

This NASA image shows a new image of a ring – not of jewels – but of black holes. This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth, shows X-rays from the NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) and optical data …

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Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too

google spy

The most powerful company on the Internet just got a whole lot creepier: a new service from Google merges offline consumer info with online intelligence, allowing advertisers to target users based on what they do at the keyboard and at the mall. Without much fanfare, Google announced news this week …

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Potentially habitable planet discovered

tau ceti

Astronomers have discovered that the closest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, is orbited by five planets, one of which is in the “habitable range”. If its existence is confirmed, the planet could be the closest potentially life-harboring world to our own. Tau Ceti, twelve light years away, belongs to the same …

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