The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


Here's An Idea To Make Sure Your Rent Stays Low: Haunt The Building

The downside to gentrification is cheap apartments suddenly becoming more expensive and “affluent”. This obviously sucks for the people who lived there previously. One way to prevent your landlord from jacking up the rent and squeezing you out is to invent ghosts — which is exactly what some tenants in America did.


Boondoggle HQ: The $US25 Million Building In Afghanistan Nobody Needed

This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $US25 million.


Pebble Might Have Money Woes Despite Demolishing Kickstarter

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at what might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store.


Margaret Atwood Will Periscope Her Secret Time Capsule Book

Author Margaret Atwood’s new book is going in a time capsule. And you won’t be able to read it for nearly 100 years. But wait! There’s a consolation prize for us mere mortals who won’t be around in 2114! Atwood will be livestreaming the encapsuling ceremony on Periscope next week.


Boy Scouts Will Permit Gay Adults

Speaking at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Meeting today, the organisation’s President, Robert M. Gates, stated that he will not revoke the charters of local councils which permit gay adult leaders. The move stops short of calling the nationwide acceptance of gay adults to a vote, but opens the door for more local councils and troops to act as they see fit.


The FBI Has Finally Released Its Files On Radical Designer Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, maths-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.


The Air Force's Secretive Space Plane Just Launched Again

The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B shot off into space for the fourth time today. The extreme secrecy shrouding all three previous missions have fuelled plenty of conspiracy theories. But for once, we actually have some inkling of what the X-37B will do.


KFC Launches 'Keyboard Trays' For A Grease-Free Smartphone Experience

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Germany just cooked up the weirdest fast-food techno-marketing stunt. For a week, restaurants lined their serving trays with disposable Bluetooth keyboards instead of paper liners. Grease-free texting is the future of fast food. Maybe.


The Apple Television That Never Was

The fabled Apple TV may be the most on-again, off-again gizmo to ever exist, seeming every sixth months a rumour would surface about its impending existence. Now, despite the protestations of billionaire Carl Icahn, Apple has reportedly quietly shelved the idea of making an Apple-branded television.