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Lego Space flight jacket makes you look like a toy astronaut

When I was a kid, Lego Space kits were some of the best, because they had astronaut minifigs and colored translucent pieces. Double win. Those tiny explorers usually had the classic Lego Space logo emblazoned on their chests, a red arrow zipping across a gold planet.

Evil Mad Scientist, a small company that offers hardware for maker projects, has created the ultimate Lego Space fashion statement for adults who wish to honor all that time spent tinkering with Lego Space creations. The jacket is a classic leather flight jacket, a la "Top Gun." Other necessary materials include leather paints and a deglazer to strip off the shiny top of the leather and make it suitable for painting.… Read more

Google celebrates 15 years of its biggest product: You

When it was just 2 years old, Google kicked off its annual tradition of pranking the Internet on April Fool's Day with a doozy.

The Google MentalPlex was supposed to read your mind as you visualized the search term you wanted.

Google.com instructed you to remove your hat and glasses, stare into a swirling blue-and-red spiral below the search box, and to not move your head as you projected in your mind's eye what you wanted to search for. When you clicked the spiral, search results for "April Fool's" would appear with a fake … Read more

3D is evil for September's DC Comics

Somewhere in China, an entire province recently went without plastic cups for a month, according to DC Comics' co-publisher Jim Lee, in the service of the nefarious needs of DC Comics' "Villains Month."

The comics publisher bought the equivalent of a month's worth of plastic production from a factory in China to produce the unusual 3D covers that will be invading comics shops starting on Wednesday, throughout the month of September.

The cover art showcases 3D motion without the use of 3D glasses by printing the artwork directly in the plastic, said Lee's publishing partner Dan DiDio. … Read more

WaterColorBot gives you a robotic brush-off

Some painters are born talented, others are manufactured that way. The WaterColorBot is a painting robot that handles all the brushwork for you. Its creators are raising funds on Kickstarter to offer the kit to the masses.

The bot doesn't have a creative mind of its own. It can either take vector artwork and paint it, or follow along as you sketch in real time. It uses regular watercolor paints, the kind you probably remember from childhood, and regular paper.… Read more

Crave Ep. 127: Robot battles human for golf supremacy

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This week on Crave, a robot named Jeff challenges golf pro Rory McIlroy to a game of golf on the driving range. We look at 3D-printed casts meant to counter itchiness, and researchers drive cockroaches with electrical signals in hopes of using the bugs for search-and-rescue missions. All that and more on this week's show. … Read more

3D-printed cast is made to scratch

It usually goes like this. You break your arm. You get a big plaster cast. Your friends sign it and draw on it. You invest in chopsticks in an attempt to get at the never-ending itches hiding beneath. Designer Jake Evill has a better idea. His Cortex exoskeletal cast concept uses 3D printing to create a custom cast that is strong, lightweight, and full of sweet, sweet air holes.

"After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century," writes Evill, who just graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. … Read more

Crave Ep. 110: Prevent a hangover with the world's first 'sober pill'?

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Cheers! Scientists have created what may be the world's first pill that can make you sober if you've gone a little too far with the booze. Russian meteorite fragments go up for sale online, as do Milla Jovovich's shorts. And later this year a man will have surgery to attach a bionic hand that can feel touch sensations. … Read more

Amazon opens celebrity memorabilia store

Here's one way to get into Milla Jovovich's shorts. Amazon launched its Entertainment Collectibles store today, selling celebrity memorabilia just in time to capitalize on the frenzy created by the Grammys and the Oscars.

One item for sale is the stained pair of shorts worn by Jovovich in "Resident Evil: Extinction." They can be yours for the low, low price of $2,999.99.

They're just one of more than 350,000 collectibles featured at the new store, according to a press release from Amazon. … Read more

The 404 1,187: Where we bully the bullies (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- One way or another, Danny DeVito will join us on the CNET stage at CES 2013.

- Here's hoping this doesn't happen to us on tomorrow's CES flight.

- How blind people use Instagram.

- Lego is officially producing the "Back to the Future" DeLorean time machine.

- Streetlight Manifesto trombonist thwarts phone theft with OKCupid trolling.… Read more

'Human meat' butcher shop gets gamers hungry for Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil has always been heavy on the removal of parts from bodies. A recent PR stunt just makes it all a little more real. To hype the release of Resident Evil 6, Capcom briefly opened a human butcher shop in London called Wesker & Son.

The edible meats, shaped by a food artist, took the forms of all sorts of people parts, ranging from torsos to hands to naughtier bits that will make guys cringe. It's as if Lorena Bobbitt was called in for a consultation.… Read more