People used a journalism database to search for drugs

Journalism non-profit ProPublica built a website meant to cast light on doctors taking drug company money. But about a quarter of its users appear to be looking for ways to find more narcotic painkillers, anti-anxiety medication, and amphetamines. In a letter from ProPublica editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg posted online today, the organization says it …

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ABC cancels Marvel spinoff Agent Carter

ABC has decided to put an end to Agent Carter, the Captain America spinoff series set in the 1940s and featuring star Hayley Atwell, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show served as a way to explore the backstories of Marvel Universe characters like Howard Stark and supervillain Madame Masque (known …

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This battery makes the Amazon Echo portable

The Amazon Echo has to be constantly plugged into a wall outlet to receive power and turn on. But what if it didn’t? Mission Cables has built a small stand that you can place the Echo on, called the Battery Base, that plugs into the speaker and gives it enough power …

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Check out this VR robot tank that makes fart noises

Finally, everything that I’ve ever wanted out of DIY engineering culture, virtual reality, and the internet have been delivered with the VR Robot Tank, which makes fart noises and quotes the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Kindergarten Cop. “I feel like my body is inside the ground.” Freddy Kilo breaks down …

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Carl Burton’s beautiful sci-fi GIFs are from another world

Carl Burton’s oddly hypnotic animated GIFs depict a range of monochromatic scenes: a strange, pulsating cylinder or mysterious beams of light in a lush forest. No matter the subject matter, though, the style remains the same. It’s a look the New York-based artist came up with while experimenting on his …

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Disney Research uses RFID tags to make ordinary objects smart

Researchers from Disney Research, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT have figured out a way to increase the speed and accuracy of tracking wireless, battery-less RFID tags. They’ve used the discovery to create a bunch of cool, interactive objects that don’t need a power source, including wireless pong controllers, an interactive wood-block tic-tac-toe …

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