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Scientists made an unprecedented map of the night sky — and the results are alarming

Astronomers loathe light pollution, also called skyglow: a dim yet pervasive orange light that obscures a crisp view of the night sky.<p>But as a new study called "The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness," published in the journal Science Advances shows, there's a shocking amount of …

Astronomy

NASA Just Released One of the Sharpest Images of Pluto Ever

NASA has released one of the best images of Pluto yet. This one shows the dwarf planet's rougher side.<p>Right at the southern tip of Pluto's "heart," …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Physics

Google's crazy smartphone project is finally becoming a reality

The search and mobile giant is teaming up with Lenovo to realize a monster smartphone— the 6.4-inch Phab2 — which is scheduled to go on sale in September.<p>Augmented reality (AR) is the sister technology of virtual reality (VR) — and is arguably much cooler.<p>VR cuts you off from the world around you: …

Augmented Reality

Meet Mycroft, the open source AI who wants to rival Siri, Cortana, and Alexa

Could it be that when it comes to AI, Holmes is where the smart is?<p>It might bear a passing resemblance to ET, but Mycroft's smart home system is more …

Now you can post 360-degree photos on Facebook straight from iOS camera app

It wasn’t that long ago when creating 360-degree photos that you could share with others online required special camera kit, and you had to post them on websites that supported the feature. It’s since got much easier, and as of the latest update to the iOS Facebook app, you don’t need anything more …

Apps

Apple’s New Falling-Cat Patent to Keep Dropped iPhones Safe

Most of us have dropped our mobile phone at some point, and while some phones survive the fall with very little damage, others do not. Mobile phones …

Electronics

Get dizzy in zero gravity with Space Station's 360-degree Facebook feature

Space tourism isn't affordable yet, but that doesn't mean you can't catch a glimpse of what it's like to be aboard the International Space Station …

How the Amazon Echo won me over and became the center of my smart home

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>Despite the fact that I've only had an Amazon Echo for three and a half months, I already consider it to be one of the best tech …

Smart Homes

Lenovo, Google unveil phone that knows its way around a room

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room's size and the presence of other people — and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.<p>Today's smartphones track location …

Augmented Reality

Siri will get a big makeover at Apple’s WWDC show

We’re just a few days away from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, better known as WWDC. Each year, Apple packs developers (and the …

This AI company is teaching computers to read like humans do

The AI company's results beat Google's and Facebook's<p>Today, Canadian artificial intelligence company Maluuba released impressive results for a type of machine learning focused on teaching computers to read like humans do. Companies like Google, Facebook, and IBM have actively been working on this …

NASA gives sneak peak at impressive frosted dunes on Mars

Using enhanced coloring techniques, the image, which was captured in March over the planet’s southern hemisphere, highlights how sand dunes cover …

Mars Mission

5 Of The Best Home Automation Products - Sublime Technologies

The Internet of Things appears to be growing at a rapid rate, with many tech analysts speculating a 15-20% growth in the industry this year, with a …