Norman Joseph Woodland, who died on Sunday at the age of 91, invented something that was used five billion times today alone. In fact, you probably have one (or lots) within arm's reach right now: the bar code.
Vancouver is on a quest to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. In pursuit of that goal the city has combined tricks old and new to help make their road repaving efforts more environmentally friendly. Vancouver's key contribution is recycling plastic into a wax that can be added to the pavement mix.
Elon Musk is a man of means and imagination. Tesla, his high-profile electric car company, announced that it has gone cash flow positive. That's great news for Tesla, Musk and all the company's investors, including the U.S. government. It's also welcome news for the humble electric car.
Want to make a Gingerbread house that you can't eat? Me either! But using a laser and a CAD program, you can do it anyway!
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has spoken about the company's fiber broadband business at The New York Times Dealbook Conference. He insists that it is, in fact, a business, not "just an experiment." He went on to note that the company is simply attempting to decide where to go next.
DARPA's Wound Stasis program launched in 2010 and is bearing impressive fruit. Wound stasis is meant to stanch internal bleeding and would be aided by a new foam that conforms to the victim's abdominal cavity. Pre-clinical trials showed improved survival rates for lethal liver injuries that are up to three hours old, from 8% to a whopping 72%.
Gift cards are a great way to get access to some amazing subscription-based Web services available these days. It's a personal, approachable and easy to track down gift that fits a wide range of budgets. We've clipped on a couple simple gift cards to round things out a bit.
In what we know is a real story, Syrian rebels have made a leap of necessity in their struggle against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The Al-Ansar brigade has built a functioning tank that will supposedly withstand 23 mm cannon fire. It will return fire in a way we are familiar with: with a PlayStation controller.
Nintendo's Wii U eShop is blocking users from purchasing PEGI-18 (things that would be rated M for Mature over here in the States) in Europe for twenty hours of the day. You can't buy games or even access trailers until Nintendo is apparently satisfied that every single minor in Europe is fast asleep.
New research suggests that Genghis Khan may have been aided by (natural, not man-made) climate change in his quest to run rampant over most of Eurasia. Studies of tree-rings from the period between Khan's ascendance, conquest and death showed conditions that benefited a Mongol horde.