Human Torch-Shaped Drone Is Set on Fire and Flies Around to Promote Fantastic 4

Monday, August 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Fox and viral-video agency Thinkmodo are doing a good job here of hooking in the all-important Beavis demographic. A Human Torch drone that's actually on fire...fire...FIRE! Hehehehehm heh heh!

The space it's flying around is Nassau County's Fire Service Academy, so don't worry - no innocent neighborhoods were put at wanton risk just to market a superhero movie. The Denny's menu probably harmed more people, in the end.

Ironically, this proves that a practical effects Human Torch is completely achievable, and looks better than the CG version shown in the trailers - though to be fair, trailers are often unfinished. It could be the coolest thing connected to the movie.

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The Problem With Computer-Targeting on Rifles - Hacking

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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Frankly, there are some issues with sniper rifles that target things automatically to begin with, like the fact that any moron can pick one up and rather easily kill somebody even if he/she has never aimed a weapon before - though the $13,000 price tag presumably ensures that only someone absolutely determined is going to get one.

But there's another problem - or perhaps a solution. The targeting computer uses wi-fi and can be hacked. This is good if our hypothetical moron gets hold of one and we can make him miss every time, but rather bad if we actually want to arm our military with them.

Maybe they shouldn't have named it the TP-750. Because it's arguably for bungholes.

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When Crossbows Are Outlawed, Only Outlaw Lamps Will Have Daryl Dixon's Crossbow

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

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Now here's a light fixture that will make me bolt...straight to the bank so I can get the money to own this Walking Dead illuminator. If I were the dad in A Christmas Story, this is the lamp I'd want as a very special award.

It is decorative only, so if a real zombie attack happens, don't just think you can break the base off and use it as a weapon. But feel free to daydream to that effect.

For $71.99, it seems like it ought to come with a light bulb. I'm guessing it doesn't because the manufacturers are concerned that if Daryl's light dies, you riot...and they don't want it to be against them.

US Department of Defense Building Hoverbikes

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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Simpsons World

Courtesy of Reuters via Gallen, an international team of engineers just inked a deal with the US Department of Defense to build hoverbikes in Maryland. HOVERBIKES!

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Robots Can Play Mario Kart Now.

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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Some jackass is teaching a computer how to play Mario Kart, because it's not enough that you have to try and lodge a Wii-mote in your friend's skull every time you play. Now you get the added terror of contributing to the eventual robot uprising with every lap. You can watch our existence as apex predators continue to erode on his Twitch stream here, or you can check out his shameful excuse for being a species traitor below the fold.


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Bill Nye's Solar Sail Kickstarter Crosses $1 Million Mark

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 6:50 am

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Bill Nye lent his name and his position as CEO of The Planetary Society to help set up a Kickstarter that's doing some real, hard science and will hopefully be the launch pad for a ton of new research on space propulsion. Their crowdfunding campaign crossed a major milestone over the weekend. More after the break.


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NASA's Going to Europa

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

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Not like this...

Wait, when did it get announced that we're going to Europa? And why don't we have a tag for IRL Science?

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France Develops Smart Bikini That Tells You When to Add Sunscreen

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Good job, France.

Now develop one that alerts people when to bathe and shave. It'll revolutionize your image.

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Sex-Bot Builder Wants His Dolls to Talk Back, Negating The Purpose of Sex-Bots

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 6:30 am

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There are so many gems in this video feature from the New York Times about a sex-bot maker, above and beyond that terrifying still above of a doll with her face peeled off. Like the fact that he compares having sex to playing Guitar Hero, he wants people eventually to fall in love with the dolls for their AI personalities, and yet...he wants them to always look like artificial dolls, because he thinks making them look too humanoid would be creepy.

Yeah. THAT's the creepy part. Okay.

Nobody has apparently told him that if he really wants to make the big bucks in non-photo-realistic sex dolls, anime styling is where it's at.

Hug your pillows tightly as you watch this...

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This Homemade 40-Watt Laser Shotgun Pops Balloons Real Good

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Says the maker, "The massive diode array is powered by a huge lithium polymer battery pack (capable up dumping 250A) and the laser array is regulated by a whopping 24 LM317 drivers." I hope somebody reading this knows what that means. It sounds important.

Don't try using the weapon to shoot burglars, though - it's basically just an amped-up version of using a good magnifying glass and the sun. Still cool, though, and there's video to prove it. I hear George Lucas watched it and claimed the balloons fired first.

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