A 17-Year-Old Climbed NYC's Tallest New Building and Took These Photos

We've watched the future tallest residential building in America grow from a mere rendering into an almost-complete building over the past three years. 432 Park Avenue is now a prime target for the growing number of daredevils who climb forbidden or abandoned structures and bring back photos as proof—and now, two… » 9/29/14 10:36am Yesterday 10:36am

A Map of Amazon's Empire of Warehouses and Shipping Centers

Over the past decade Amazon has developed an incredible infrastructure of warehouses and fulfillment centers dedicated to delivering your toilet paper and books within hours. For customers, these spaces are invisible, rarely thought about or even seen. But a new map reveals exactly where they are—and how quickly… » 9/26/14 3:15pm Friday 3:15pm

One Clever Explanation of Why the iPhone 6 Plus Might Bend

Pundits have blamed the iPhone 6 Plus bending non-scandal on dozens of potential issues, from the weak aluminum case to the crushing force of their own butts. But while we don't know for sure about why a few phones have been bent, one here's one plausible structural explanation with moment diagrams and everything. » 9/26/14 12:05pm Friday 12:05pm

These Mesmerizing Cityscapes Are Stitched Together From Dozens of Photos

No one ever lingers on their commute home—at least not on purpose. But photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao has made a career of it by setting up his camera at the busiest, most recognizable places in the city and... waiting. Then, he stitches together dozens of shots into incredibly complex panoramas that capture hours… » 9/25/14 4:36pm Thursday 4:36pm

7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To the Surface of the Comet

Last week, the European Space Agency announced a final date—November 11—for when it will release its Rosetta lander, a tiny pod called Philae, down to the surface of the comet. Like a cosmic hobo carrying a stick and bindle, it will travel laden with only the essentials. Thanks to Universe Today, ESA, and NASA, we… » 9/25/14 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

The Project to Let Anyone Download and Print Their Own House

If you could go online, select a home, print the plans for free, and build it yourself for less than $80,000 in a few days, would you? That's the dream behind WikiHouse, an open source home design project that just finished construction of its fourth prototype, a two-storey home that snaps together in just a few days. » 9/24/14 12:55pm Wednesday 12:55pm

Report: Amazon Wants Your Smart Home To Know What You Need Before You Do

Despite having almost a quarter of a billion active users, Amazon is struggling to find a footing for its hardware in peoples' homes. You might have ten old Amazon boxes lying around—but did any of them contain a Fire phone? A new report from Reuters details how Jeff Bezos plans to change that by doubling down on… » 9/24/14 9:08am 9/24/14 9:08am

Mysterious Radar Cloud Over the Midwest Was Actually... Butterflies

Was it a bird? A plane? A tornado cell? Nope. The huge, slow-moving cloud picked up on radar in Illinois and Missouri last week was nothing anyone expected. The US National Weather Service reports it was actually a swarm of millions of monarch butterflies—which have been disappearing at alarming speeds over the past… » 9/23/14 9:56am 9/23/14 9:56am

Watch This Madman Fix the iPhone 6's Biggest Design Flaw With a Grinder

The industrial design of the iPhone 6 is close to flawless... Except for one flaw so weird, so major, that it's maddening: The fact that the camera protrudes from the body of the phone, meaning it never lies completely flat and gets caught on all kinds of stuff. The perfectionists at PeripateticPandas have a solution,… » 9/22/14 5:13pm 9/22/14 5:13pm

8 Videos of New iPhones Getting Dropped, Soaked, and Torture Tested

You knew it was coming. Videos of people torturing the newest rash of iPhones are starting to emerge online, including one by SquareTrade, which shows the new iPhones being tortured in every way imaginable. So how did Apple's latest crop hold up? Surprisingly well, with a few caveats. » 9/22/14 2:52pm 9/22/14 2:52pm

The Souped Up Acoustics Behind a Giant David Bowie Retrospective

When art museums first became a thing, in the 19th century, they were the aristocracy's idea of intellectual charity: A chance for the hoi polloi to catch a thin whiff of true civilization. They couldn't have imagined a fine art museum spending $2 million on a show about a pop star who grew up in a completely average… » 9/22/14 2:44pm 9/22/14 2:44pm

This Shot of the Moon Is the First Photo Taken By a 3D-Printed Telescope

You might spend a few thousand dollars on a telescope that can see the moon's surface in detail, but a team of astronomers at University of Sheffield spent just a fraction of that. Using a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi camera module, they built a telescope that can shoot 5MB images of sky. » 9/22/14 10:00am 9/22/14 10:00am

The Internet's Ode to Music from Saharan Cellphones

Constant access to Wi-Fi and LTE make it supremely easy for us to swap songs with each other. More often than that, we swap URLs. In parts of Saharan Africa where service is scarce, Bluetooth does the trick—which means that a booming culture of peer-to-peer MP3 sharing has sprung up, contained on the memory cards… » 9/19/14 7:00pm 9/19/14 7:00pm

NASA Is Blasting the First 3D Printer Into Space Tonight

A few minutes after 2 AM tonight, a SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft will lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying something that's never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docks with the ISS, it will deliver the first machine capable of making things in orbit—a huge step forward for exploration. » 9/19/14 5:35pm 9/19/14 5:35pm