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Tornadoes Are 100 Times More Likely Than We Thought, But That's Good News

New research suggests that tornado outbreaks aren’t independent of each other, which in turn means they’re a staggering 100 times more likely than we thought. But that stormy grey cloud may just have a silver lining.


Report: Mt Gox Gives Up And Files For Liquidation

The failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has given up on its plan to rise from the ashes under bankruptcy protection. Instead, according to the Wall Street Journal, it has asked a Tokyo court for permission to be liquidated.


How To Check If Your Android Device Could Be Hacked Via Heartbleed

Heartbleed is causing heartache on hundreds of servers all over the internet, but security researchers have also warned that the bug could allow direct hacks of Android too. Here’s how to check if your device is at risk.


10-Gigabit Wi-Fi Is Promised By 2015

Think your 802.11ac Wi-Fi is fast? Think again: Quantenna Communications has announced that it’s working on a chipset due 2015 that will supports speeds of up to a staggering 10Gbps.


Try The Super-Secure USB Drive OS That Edward Snowden Insists On Using

We all know that Edward Snowden insists on secure email, but he’s also very picky about his operating systems too. In fact, he uses a free, super-secure version of Linux — called Tails — that fits on a USB stick and can be used on any computer without leaving a trace.


Was This The World's First Emoticon?

The emoticon might be older than we thought. This passage of text, which includes a cheeky smiley, is taken from Robert Herrick’s 1648 poem To Fortune — and it might be the first ever use of an emoticon.


This Side Table Gobbles Up Your Clutter Like A Hungry Animal

We all have a surface somewhere in our home that is covered in clutter: phones, wallets, coins, keys, pens, cables, tickets and all other kinds of crap. But this neat console table gobbles it all up to keep it out of sight.


Can You Create A Perfectly Silent Space?

Imagine a place with no noise whatsoever: no sound, no light, no radio — hell, no Wi-Fi. How on Earth would you go about creating it?


Glow-In-The-Dark Roads Finally Exist Outside Of Hot Wheels

The concept of glow-in-the-dark roads is an incredibly simple piece of safety infrastructure that feels like it should have been implemented years ago. Finally, it has been — on the roads of the Netherlands.


Before The iPhone Launched, Android Didn't Support Touchscreens

It’s virtually impossible to imagine now, but back when the iPhone was launched in 2007, Google wasn’t planning to make Android for touchscreen devices. Revealed in court documents that form part of the current Apple-Samsung legal argument, a Google report explains that Android “was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.