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This Robotic Barnacle Scans Ships’ Hulls Looking for Contraband

Big ports have always struggled to keep an eye on every single ship that passes through their waters—especially the part of the boat that's underwater. Now, there's a new sort of robotic barnacle that can stealthily slide along the hulls of incoming ships and scan for hidden compartments where smugglers hide their loot. And it's only the size of a football. Read More >>

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How To Make a Book Into an Incognito Stash Box

What's the one thing you never hear from people who have just been burgled? "Those rotten sons of bitches stole all my books." Nobody's going to lift your Encyclopaedia Britannicas when there are OLEDs to be had. That's why you should hide your precious valuables in the last place thieves think to look—the bookshelf. Read More >>

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Deep Inside Prison’s Dark and Tangled Economy

A movie-goer's concept of prison economy is likely that it's a cigarette-fueled barter system. That may be part of it, but it only scratches the surface. The truth is a violent world of sex, drugs and... postage stamps? Read More >>