The City Of Sydney's LED Lights Saved $370,000 And Cut Power Usage By 34 Per Cent

LED lights are great. They’re more energy efficient than incandescents, they provide better quality light than sodium and tungsten lamps and they’re less prone to failure than fluorescents. (Although Hollywood movies will never look the same.) The City Of Sydney has installed over 4000 LED globes in city street lights so far, and the results speak for themselves.


3D-Printable Cookie Monster And Grover Figures Hit The MakerBot Store

The first series of Sesame Street characters to hit the MakerBot Digital Store weren’t exactly its A-list residents. We all love Snuffleupagus, but he can’t hold a candle to Big Bird. So thankfully Series 2 is finally here, just in time for Halloween, bringing with it some bigger Sesame Street stars you can 3D print at home including Grover and Cookie Monster.


Monster Machines: NASA's High Altitude Glider Can Fire Rockets Into Space From The Air

It still costs an arm and a leg (and sometimes an entire Antares rocket) to lift crews and cargo into space. So until we get around to building that space elevator we’ve always wanted, NASA will just have to use this drone-towed, pilot-less, rocket-launching glider.


Microsoft Band Hands-On: An Activity Tracker That's Actually Smart

The new Microsoft Band is probably the most ambitious activity tracker I’ve ever seen: It jams 10 sensors into one slim wristable. But after strapping it on for the first time, I really feel that it’s more than just another handsome little metrics bracelet; it actually has the brains to tell me what to do with them.


Fly A Drone Over Big Sports Events In The US And You'll Face Prison

The Federal Aviation Administration in the US has issued a warning that warns of large fines or imprisonment if your UAV strays too close to large sports venues.


This Documentary Explains The Crazy Reality Of Living On Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can — if you have lots of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it’s entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don’t want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet.


The Birth Of The Internet Troll

Trolls are shitting all over our internet. You can hardly search for something as innocuous as “dog” on Google without coming across inflammatory attacks on every possible dog-related opinion under the sun. All horrible things have to crawl before they can walk/crush spirits though. Even trolls.


This Handsome Brick Facade Is Insulation That Snaps On Like Lego

We all like the idea of saving energy, but actually retrofitting an old house is a loud, messy and expensive headache. So the Dutch company Energiesprond has come up with a way to make houses carbon neutral with easy, snap-on insulation and solar panels. It doesn’t hurt that houses come out looking quite handsome too.


Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard: Australian Review

Hardcore gamers. Full-time typists. People with a fair bit of disposable income. These are the target markets for Roccat’s high-end gaming peripherals, including the $229 Ryos MK Pro, an incredibly well constructed and fully featured mechanical keyboard. It’s ridiculously customisable, too, if you’re the kind of gamer that needs to set up 50 different macros for your weeknight WoW raids.


Pirate Bay Founder Guilty Of Hacking In Danish Trial

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the Swedish cofounder of The Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking by a Danish court in the latest of a fairly long line of legal problems for him.


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