REVIEW: Is Betterment.com Really a Better Way to Grow Your Money?

By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] As a graduate student, I’m certainly not a high-roller financially, but for the first time in my life I’m making more money than I spend.  It’s certainly not much, but it’s gotten me thinking: should I be more proactive about my savings? Over the last few weeks I’ve looked […]

America prepared for online warfare

Keith Alexander is officially number one at online warfare’s Cyber Command. But he’s no sofa-slumper and it’s no game. Alexander is in fact four-star General Keith Alexander, and Cyber Command is a newly created subdivision of the US Army’s Strategic Command, which is effectively the military’s tech unit and already deals with missile defense and […]

BeBionic: A New Generation of Advanced Myo-Electric Hands

Complete with a range of naturally compliant grip patterns that provide repeatable accuracy, our powerful new hands combine innovative technology with life-like appearance. Functions of the hand such as speed, grip force and grip patterns may be custom programmed to suit individual user requirements through smart software and wireless technology. Lighter than existing products it […]

The Wild World of Robots! [Infographic]

Did you know that the word “robot” was originally coined in 1920 after the czech word “robota”, which means “Compulsory Labor”? We’ve got a bunch of other interesting facts about our robotic friends right after the jump!

Little Dog Robot is Big Dog’s Nimble Little Brother

Remember Big Dog, that amazing 4-legged robotic mule we posted about a while ago? Well Big Dog has a little brother folks, and this guy really knows how to handle bumpy terrain. I’ll let you check him out: Now just imagine yourself trying to run away from that thing (for whatever reason) in a not […]

Science Is Sexy: What’s The Big Deal About Synthetic Life?

By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you follow the science (and probably Sci-Fi) news at all, you’ve probably heard about Craig Venter’s successful creation of the first synthetic organism.  Just so we’re all on the same page, the new organism is much like any other bacterium, except it has a custom-made genome with not only […]

ATM Creator Makes Final Withdrawal

John Shepherd-Barron, the man regarded historically as having invented the ATM, has died at the age of 84. Born in India but growing up in the United Kingdom, Shepherd-Barron is generally credited with creating the first widely used machine for debit accounts. Previous automated machines had either been for making deposits or for accessing cash […]

Pirates Sail Across Baltic Sea

This may be the only time you’ll ever read this sentence: Politicians have come to the rescue of filesharers. Sweden’s Pirate Party, which has one elected member in the European Parliament, has become the internet service provider of The Pirate Bay, the site at the center of much legal controversy in recent years. The deal […]

Eight Ways to Be A Better Tweet Geek

Twitter is my preferred social network for a number of reasons. But more than anything I love it because it’s simple and, with the help of various clients and lists, easy to organize and keep track of. It’s far easier to spend twenty minutes a day catching up on tweets, in my opinion, than the […]

The Geek Alphabet: From “Away Team” to “Zork”

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As a geek, you definitely know your ABCs, but do you know these? From A to Z, “away team” to “zork,” here is [GAS]’s take on the Geek Alphabet. Please note that all pictures featured below were licensed under a “CC” license. We’ve sourced them all at the bottom of this post. All images used […]

Pub noise a problem? Put on this helmet!

Have you ever had to shout just to be heard one seat over at a bar or pub? Ever struggled to hear or outright misheard that geek or geekette you’ve been eyeing all night who finally comes up to you to talk? Well, struggle no more. The BBC profiled the work of a design student […]

Up Close and Personal with One of Google’s Street View Cars

My pal Korben (who runs the most awesome French blog on the web, seriously) recently got his hands on a few close-up shots of a Google Street View vehicle, and when he sent me his link to the shots, I knew some of you guys would be interested in seeing them. Unfortunately, the 360° objective […]