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The village that just wants to share
An abandoned military village in Germany is getting a new lease of life as a hippy commune fit for the 21st Century. Patrick Henry Village, near the German city of Heidelberg, was not born to hippy ideals. It was closed in 2013, and since then the German government has pondered what to do with it. If the vision becomes reality, residents will share accommodation and workspace and produce their own food and goods.
The invention bringing a terminally ill man happiness
Twenty-two-year old James is terminally ill. The BBC introduced him to designer Jude Pullen who has come up with a clever solution. The source code, design files and build notes for some of the devices on the programme are available here.
Trump's team pushes back against Russia hacking reports
Donald Trump's presidential transition team pushed back Saturday against reports that Russia was caught trying to tip the November election to the Republican and challenged the veracity of US intelligence agencies investigating the campaign-season cyberattacks. Spicer also denied a report in The New York Times that Republican National Committee systems had been breached during the election. He said the RNC has worked with intelligence agencies that have told it with certainty that we haven't been hacked.
France gives boost to electric vehicles amid pollution peaks
The French government has announced an anti-pollution plan, including a financial boost to buy electric vehicles, as Paris and other cities in the country are emerging from a particularly severe episode of air pollution. Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Saturday professionals will get a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($10,600) if they scrap their old diesel light commercial vehicles or taxis for electric ones, starting next month. Royal also said she will ask to exempt electric vehicles from highway tolls.
15 shopping days left, but will it be delivered in time?
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. You'd better get moving, because shipping times are starting to shrink if you need it delivered by December 24th. If you are a Prime member, the calendar is still on your side, but only by another week or so. This popular robot vacuum is finally back in stock, and we think it's worth snapping up before it sells out again.
Proof that you've been mispronouncing Porsche all along
Porsche is a two syllable word that is often made into one. I have heard many a Porsh argument by people who know much more about cars than they know about languages. American ignorance on this topic is understandable, even from people who own a Porsche or 911, and still say Porsh. Porsche doesn't suffer from a lack of confidence in expressing its clear brand identity.
The best gadget gifts for women
Columnist Jennifer Jolly talks about all the great tech gifts you can purchase for the ladies for this holiday season. When it comes to picking the perfect gadget gift for women, it's time to think beyond pink. Here are some of the top gadget gift picks for all kinds of gals, in every price range. Ringly is a gorgeous little piece of smart jewelry that she'll love to wear for its looks and powerful features.
Dating apps have made saving phone numbers complicated
Yes, a guy I dated last summer saved me in his phone as a fishcake emoji. Online dating has created a strange predicament where daters know a person's first name but often little else. A phone book can only store so many Jeremy's and Tom's before it becomes an absurdist critique of the rotating door that is dating in the 21st century.
These were the best video games of 2016
Tech columnist Marc Saltzman talks about this years 'Best of 2016' game picks. Whether you're into sci-fi shooters, role-playing games, and sports sims, 2016 served up a ton of selection and quality for the discerning gamer. This time you can create your very own in-game Skylanders by selecting their in-game appearance, abilities, catchphrases, and more. One of the highest rated sports games of the year, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 , is as real as it gets.
Spider-man: Homecoming's sequel gets a 2019 release date
Deadline revealed the date last night, noting that the date was a response to the success of the trailer launch on Thursday. The film bumps Sony's other big summer blockbuster, Bad Boys 4 to Memorial Day 2019. The move signals Sony and Marvel's confidence in rebooting the Spider-man film series under the Marvel Cinematic Universe umbrella.
Jeff Bezos received a letter from John Glenn the day he died
On Thursday, Smithsonian Magazine held its annual American Ingenuity Awards, in which Amazon.com and Blue Origins founder Jeff Bezos received the Technology Award for Breakthroughs for his work creating a reusable rocket. During the ceremony, he received a letter from astronaut John Glenn, who died earlier that day. In his letter, dated November 28th, Glenn praised Bezos for the award and noted that he was deeply touched that the next generation of Blue Origin rockets would be named after him.
There's now a NASA GIF for every feel you ever have
This week, NASA continued its spread into the social media sphere by announcing two new accounts - one on Giphy and one on Pinterest. Seeing as how I had forgotten of Pinterest's existence, half of this announcement matters very little to me. As someone who writes about space and who communicates primarily with moving images that last just a few seconds in length, a NASA Giphy account is basically an entire dictionary for me.

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