Smart watches: They aren’t just for geeks anymore

Ballooning across the ocean like camping in the sky An international team is piloting the helium-filled, Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records. Balloon pilots Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev), of Russia, launched from Saga... - Posted on January 30, 2015
Teen uses Legos to build braille printer In California's Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print braille. That is the writing system for the visually impaired. With braille, ... - Posted on January 30, 2015
Have drones gone too far? A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say he was responsible and didn't mean to fly it over the complex.... - Posted on January 29, 2015
Bikes can make your home look wheely cool Bicycles have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York. The rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky seats and vintage baskets. But there are al... - Posted on January 29, 2015
What makes the Super Bowl so super? The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship. It has become so much more since the first game was played in 1967. Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in the United States. It's a day when families and friends g... - Posted on January 28, 2015
Teen creates business out of used shoes A 16-year-old sneaker-loving teen is using the footwear to get a different kind of kick. He's opened a pawnshop that uses athletic shoes as collateral. Chase Reed and his father, Troy Reed, opened Sneaker Pawn on Lenox Avenue in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, looking t... - Posted on January 28, 2015
Pooches prepare for top dog show Eleven-year-old Emma Rogers is only six years older than her great Dane and half the size. But she's set to squire her dog in the ring at this year's Westminster Kennel Club show. At 80, Marge Yonda is looking forward to leading her standard poodle through the fast-paced agi... - Posted on January 27, 2015
Movie about civil rights will draw visitors to Selma The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the movie that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to the historic Alabama city this year. Visitors can still walk across the bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965. Visito... - Posted on January 27, 2015
What if your playground was made of ice? Workers are building an ice playground in a city in Alaska. It will include a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice, and even mazes. The work began at the George Horner Ice Park in Fairbanks ahead of the annual world ice sculpture championships, the... - Posted on January 26, 2015
Bullet train could bring LA and San Francisco closer California has broken ground for its $68 billion high-speed rail system. The train promises to whisk travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. The bullet train project is the first in the nation to get underway. The project faces challenges fr... - Posted on January 26, 2015
Why aren’t there more female engineers? In U.S. universities, women make up just 12 percent of engineering professors. Likewise, just 11 percent of working engineers are female. Yet women represent 20 percent of the engineering degrees awarded each year, as the Washington Post points out. Researchers have long que... - Posted on January 23, 2015
Is it a bird? A snowboarder? No, it's a drone. If Lindsey Jacobellis, Nate Holland or those other snowboarders feel like something is following them at the Winter X Games, they'll be right. ESPN is adding camera-carrying drones to its coverage of the Winter X Games. The network is using the cutting-edge technology to cov... - Posted on January 22, 2015
What? Another country has run out of fries? Forget the French fries. How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes. Now they are serving alternatives like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca. That's a starchy staple of traditional South American co... - Posted on January 21, 2015
Mass. time capsule contains coin older than America Early residents of Boston valued a robust press as much as their history and currency. That is, if the contents of a time capsule dating back to the years just after the Revolutionary War are any guide. When conservators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston recently removed it... - Posted on January 21, 2015
Christmas comes late to International Space Station A shipment of much-needed groceries and belated Christmas presents has reached the International Space Station. The SpaceX company's supply ship, Dragon, pulled up Monday at the orbiting lab two days after its liftoff. Station commander Butch Wilmore used a robot arm to grab... - Posted on January 20, 2015
Scientists will use football fans to simulate quake The jumps, stomps and roars of fans cheering on the Seattle Seahawks have been known to shake the ground around CenturyLink Field. Now scientists will use expected fan quakes during a game to experiment with an earthquake early warning system. Scientists first noticed the ea... - Posted on January 20, 2015
You can see tomorrow's cars today – in Detroit The North American International Auto Show is going on in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 17. Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles unveiled at the show: — HYUNDAI SANTA CRUZ CONCEPT: It's a c... - Posted on January 16, 2015
Commuter bus runs on human waste On November 20, 2014, at the Bristol Airport, tourists boarded a bus bound for Bath in England. The markings on the bus, however, might have alerted them that something was different. One side of the vehicle pictured people dumping food scraps into food-recycling bins (standard was... - Posted on January 16, 2015
Two men close to completing world's toughest climb Two men are attempting what has been called the most difficult rock climb in the world, a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park. Kevin Jorgeson, 30, of Santa Rosa, California, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, of Estes Park, Colora... - Posted on January 15, 2015
Smart watches: They aren’t just for geeks anymore Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches. The designers hope people will want to wear them all day and night. Apple is preparing to release a watch line tha... - Posted on January 15, 2015