cryptocurrency
What Are ICOs and Why Are They Getting Banned in China? 

Over the weekend, China banned initial coin offerings (ICO) and briefly paused the seemingly unstoppable price increase of bitcoin. But the cryptocurrency has already bounced back. With the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Dotcom, and John McAfee all jumping into the ICO world in one way or another, it seems worth asking what the hell this whole thing is about. Read More >>

drones
UK Government Says All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

The government of the UK said on Saturday all drones larger than 250 grams will need to be registered with the Department of Transport following a report by aviation authorities drones as small as 400 grams could damage helicopter windshields. Drone owners will also be required to pass a “safety awareness test” demonstrating they understand UK rules on safety and privacy. Read More >>

science
Do We Need an International Body to Regulate Genetic Engineering?

Imagine a scenario, perhaps a few years from now, in which Canada decides to release thousands of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight the spread of a devastating mosquito-borne illness. While Canada has deemed these lab-made mosquitoes ethical, legal and safe for both humans and the environment, the US has not. Months later, by accident and circumstance, the engineered skeeters show up across the border. The laws of one land, suddenly, have become the rule of another. Read More >>

health
Health Authorities Call Bullshit on Whole Body Cryotherapy

A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it’s actually quite dangerous. Read More >>

drones
IATA Says Drones Pose a “Growing Threat” to Passenger Planes

The boss of the trade body that represents the aviation authority is getting seriously worried about the threat of drones interfering with passenger planes, saying the novelty gifts of the super-rich and flight hobbyists are frequently seen buzzing airports and giving pilots cause for concern. Read More >>

space
The Guy Who Thinks He Owns the Moon is So Screwed

Yesterday, we learned that the United States is gearing up to start licensing business on the moon. And while this can mean any number of things for the aerospace community at-large, for Dennis M. Hope of Gardnerville, Nevada, it means one thing and one thing alone: Dennis is screwed. Read More >>

drones
Hollywood is Now Allowed to Use Commercial Drones to Shoot Movies

The US Federal Aviation Administration just granted its approval for six film and TV production companies to use drones on set. This is just the second time the agency's approved the use of commercial UAVs, it's no surprise Hollywood was first in line. Read More >>

transport
Rail Regulator Says Train Companies are Hiding Refund Clauses — and Keeping £100m Compo Kitty to Themselves

The Office of Rail Regulation is looking into forcing train companies to be more open about their refund policies for delays and cancellations, suggesting that current rail franchises try to hide refunds terms from travellers -- saving them from paying out up to £100m in compensation. Read More >>

money
What Will Kill Bitcoin First?

Almost exactly two years ago, Wired published a feature about Bitcoin, comparing the cryptocurrency to "overhyped Silicon Valley IPOs." The headline read, matter of factly, "The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin." While the magazine was right about the rise, the fall is still to come. Read More >>

networks
Ofcom’s Looking at Letting All the Networks Broadcast 4G on Existing 2 and 3G Spectrum

Following EE's 1800MHz 2G to 4G licence swap, Ofcom's been reviewing current mobile network licensing. It seems the UK mobile regulator has come to the conclusion there's no reason other network providers can't do the same. Could we suddenly see a load more 4G networks before the official 4G auction finishes? Read More >>

internet
Calm Down: Nobody Is Taking Over the Internet

For the next two weeks, the ITU—a United Nations agency that was formed to regulate telegraph lines in the 19th century—will try to make new rules for the Internet. This makes some people worried, but nobody should be. The entire conference is pointless. Read More >>