Happy World Book Night! If someone thrusted a book upon you today, they were probably, most likely not crazy. But wait—before you get to reading all that free literature, here’s some news you might have missed.
Mars One opens applications for a one-way trip to Mars with no possibility of return.
Samsung adds mind-controlled app selection to a Galaxy Note 10.1 in an experiment with the University of Texas.
IBM improves solar energy tech with a new solar collector captures the power of 2,000 suns.
University of Illinois researchers develop a new microbattery that could be 2000 times more powerful—and may recharge 1000 times faster—than traditional batteries.
A NASA-funded asteroid tracking sensor successfully passes a key test.
Touch Bionics creates the first robotic hand controlled by an iPhone app.
A fully modeled Enterprise-D in Minecraft, transparent brains, and more stuff you might have missed.
Pinball enthusiast hack a pinball machine into a controller that plays Duck Hunt.
Canon introduces a digital camera simulator to teach you about shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.
Hardware hacker Bacteria completes his epic Unity project, crams 15 retro consoles in one system.
DARPA’s new navigation tool is smaller than a penny, helps you get around with indoor GPS.
On the hunt for better, similar, and cooler 3D printing applications. MakerBot hosts it’s first ever hackathon.
Hyperlapse is a Web app that turns Google Street View trips into moving time-lapse videos.
UK scientists make a laser-based scanner that works more half a mile away from an object and creates high-definition 3D models.