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Real-Life 'Breaking Bad' Kingpin Captured In The Deep Web Running eBay Of Vice

Life became stranger than fiction when federal authorities arrested the notorious hacker Ross Ulbricht [aka 'Dread Pirate Roberts'] for crimes mirroring the fictional character of Walter White in the award-winning TV drama, "Breaking Bad." Drug trafficking, money-laundering and cold-blooded murder transformed a mild-mannered physics student into an underworld kingpin, just as it had for a chemistry teacher in that five-season AMC thriller.

One-Way Sound Device: It Is (Finally) Real

We all know that one-way glass exists - a glass where you can see for the other side, but not the other way around. A similar mechanism has been applied to glass for other purposes, like one-way bulletproof glass, but until now a one-way sound device was not invented. However, quite recently scientists have created such a machine: people can hear someone talking, but they themselves cannot be heard.

Believe If You Want: Light Can Do Math

It is not as simple as that, but close. A new study has introduced the concept of "metamaterial analog computing", where metamaterial blocks that can perform mathematical operations (such as spatial differentiation, integration, or convolution) by propagating light waves into them. This discovery is important as it can provide new computing systems much thinner than the conventional lens-based optical signal and data processors.

3 Exciting Environmentally-Friendly Cars of the (Near) Future

Automotive technology is rapidly changing, and who hasn't looked around at the cars on the streets and wondered: what will they think of next? Of course, the wish is that the next generation of cars will be fuel-efficient, low emissions, and fun to drive. Here are a few environmentally friendly cars of the near future that just might fit those parameters.

Nissan and FedEx Will Test e-NV200 In Brazil

Nissan and FedEx are keeping their tests of the new e-NV200 van and the next stage is Brazil. e-NV200 is 100% electric and will be delivering FedEx packages for a month. The obtained results will then be analyzed by the two companies and used to perfect e-NV200 plans, which production will start latter this year in Spain.

Google Diversifies From Androids Phones To Android Armies

Over the last ten years, Google's foray into the smartphone market has established its Android phones as a viable competitor to Apple's iPhones. However, in the years to come, mobile revenues will be more or less chump change in comparison to the returns Google will be able to derive from robots and artificial intelligence.

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Robot For Space Exploration

Many of the distant planets researchers want to know more about aren't really great for wheeled probes. In order to pore over the surface of thes worlds, scientists have to get a little creative. Take researchers in London, for example, who just developed a robot based on the superhero Spider-Man.

Confide, The Grownup Version Of Snapchat For Governor Christie's Inner Circle

What comes to mind when one talks about disappearing text messaging? You know, the "now you see it, now you don't" type of communique that might have saved the career of one "what was he thinking" politician with the unfortunate name of Weiner.

Have Diabetes? Save Your Eyes With New Smart Lenses

Diabetes affects 1 in 19 people, that's 26 million people in the US, and patients need to be in constant control of their blood sugar levels, otherwise they risk damage to their eyes, kidneys or heart. Methods to measure blood glucose are painful (finger pricking and Ditto or Glooko), or invasive (constant glucose monitors, CGMs). Hopefully they will soon be replaced by Google's Smart Lens.

Always Tired? Innovative Withings Aura Smart Sleep System Can Help You Sleep

Unveiled at the Spring 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System has all the indications of a gadget that might actually help consumers. The Smart Sleep System monitors your sleep experience and actively works to improve it using light and sound.