Ancient Wonder Recreated By 3D Printer

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One of the seven wonders of the world has been recreated with a 3D printer. But the new version of the Statue of Zeus is only around an eighth the size of the original. The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta commissioned the new statue to tie in with an upcoming exhibition on the Olympic Games […]

Apple Launches Bug Bounty Program

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Apple has announced it will pay up to $200,000 to researchers who find security bugs in its software and devices. It will initially be invite only. The news came at a rare appearance by an Apple representative, security head Ivan Krstic, at the Black Hat conference. The payouts will include maximums of: $25,000 for bugs […]

Cartman, Cthulu & Tyrion Lannister Running For President

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A host of TV and movie characters are officially registered as candidates for this year’s US Presidential election. Sadly few are likely to make it onto the ballot. They are among 1,824 people who’ve registered with the Federal Election Commission as candidates. Doing so doesn’t bring any specific benefits but is instead a legal requirement […]

Harry Potter Hogwarts Acceptance Up For Auction

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Auctions houses often have collections of movie props, but one coming up on September 27 may be the motherload. Lots include Harry Potter’s Hogwarts acceptance letter, Christian Bale’s Batman outfit, Marlon Brando’s Apocalypse Now shirt, the Terminator’s shotgun and nearly 600 others. The auction takes place at the BFI Imax theater in London and those of […]

Megabus Straddles Two Lanes Of Traffic

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A bus tested in China this week carries 300 passengers without getting in the way of cars. That’s because it straddles the road leaving a two meter high, two lane gap for cars to drive through. The electrically-powered Transit Elevated Bus is 72 feet long and 25 feet wide and is designed to perform the […]

One Step Closer to Skynet: IBM Uses Blu-Ray Tech For Artificial Brain

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IBM has created artificial neurons that work in a way much closer to a human brain than previous efforts. It’s a step closer to creating computers that learn in the same way as humans. The project is the latest attempt to overcome the biggest weakness of computers: that in principle a processor can only do […]

Apple Replaces Gun Emoji With Water Pistol

Apple has replaced an emoji of a handgun with one of a toy water pistol. It hasn’t commented on why it made the change. The water pistol is one of “More than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters” coming to iOS10 in the fall. While Apple hasn’t publicly confirmed this, The Guardian cites unnamed sources […]

Uber To Make Its Own Maps

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Uber is to invest in its own set of maps rather than relying on Google. It’s not just a cost issue: the company says a new approach will be needed for autonomous vehicles. While Google does charge for commercial use of its maps, Uber’s move isn’t necessarily a case of cost-cutting. It’s said to be […]

Microsoft Marries Minecraft With Oculus Rift

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Microsoft has announced Oculus Rift support for Minecraft. It’s for the Windows 10 version of the game, though whether suspension of disbelief will be possible remains to be seen. The announcement appears to be timed as a last-minute push for the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 that Microsoft says will end today (July 29.) […]

Pokemon No: Backlash Goes Nuclear

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The operators of the Fukushima power plant have warned Pokemon Go players to stay clear of nuclear stations despite game characters being (virtually) located there. The call comes from the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, which says it tested the game at three of its power stations and found characters. The stations include Fukushima Daiichi, […]

Ice Bucket Challenge Pays Off Big Time

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The ALS Association says the money raised by the ‘ice bucket challenge’ craze has helped researchers identify a gene that contributes to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. That could provide a new route for providing therapy for the incurable disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. […]

Movie Theaters Could Get 3D Without Glasses

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MIT researchers have designed a movie theater screen that would allow every viewer to watch in 3D without needing glasses. However, they stress their prototype is not market ready right now. While glasses-free 3D already exists, it isn’t practical for movie theaters. The main version used on TVs involves tiny “parallax barriers” across the screen […]