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Creative's new Super X-Fi audio tech is frigging mind-blowing

The company known for Soundblaster finally has a new killer product, and you'll probably want one too.<p>When Creative called me up to ask if I was interested in hearing something incredible, I was skeptical but curious.<p>After all, this was Creative we were talking about, the creator of the …

Consumer Tech

You Can Find the Gravitational Constant with String and a Mountain

There are quite a few fundamental constants. These are things like the speed of light (<i>c</i>) the charge on an electron (<i>e</i>), and the Planck constant (<i>h</i>). …

White House furious at embarrassing stories about HUD, Secretary Ben Carson

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senior White House aides are furious about a series of negative stories about frivolous spending at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and have taken a more hands-on role in trying to stem the tide of negative news, sources with knowledge of the situation tell …

Donald Trump

Pagedraw UI builder turns your website design mockup into code automatically

For years, one of the holy grails of web design has been trying to automate turning front-end design into clean code. Early attempts included tools like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Pagedraw, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, has developed a tool to fulfill that vision in a modern …

Computer Science

Robert Mueller Is Going Way Beyond Trump’s Red Line

The special counsel is digging deeper into Trump’s business ties to Russia—including how his financial interests might intersect with the origins of his presidential campaign.<p>Last summer, <b>Donald Trump</b> cautioned that <b>Robert Mueller</b> would be crossing a red line if he began digging into his family’s …

Could a Russian Call Girl Be the Straw That Breaks This Joe Camel-Colored President’s Back?

Nastya Rybka claims to have been the mistress of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Why should you care about this? Well, Rybka also claims to be …

Donald Trump

Cocaine Bust Is the Latest Sign of Putin's Weakness

A foiled cocaine shipment from Argentina helps build Russia's reputation as a mob state.<p>The mind-boggling news story of cocaine-filled suitcases at the Russian embassy school in Buenos Aires demonstrates that the tolerance President Vladimir Putin's regime has shown for all kinds of moonlighting …

Russia

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

Where U.S. income inequality is the most severe

A new study of income inequality could be bad news for those expecting the GOP's tax cut to trickle down to the middle class. The report by the …

Demographics

We Just Got More Details on How The Moon Left Earth 4 Billion Years Ago

It was a crazy breakup.<p>That orbiting lump of rock we call the Moon is thought to have been formed by a giant object smashing into Earth's crust, and …

Cheddar Man changes the way we think about our ancestors

The study of a 10,000-year-old man surprised people when it revealed his blue eyes and dark skin – and few predicted he would reshape our view of our genetic heritage<p>In 1903 workmen digging a drainage trench in Gough’s Cave in the Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset, uncovered the remains of a young man, …

Anthropology

Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.<p>On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.<p>In …

Gone With A Shot? Hopeful New Signs Of Relief For Migraine Sufferers

Humans have suffered from migraines for millennia. Yet, despite decades of research, there isn't a drug on the market today that prevents them by targeting the underlying cause. All of that could change in a few months when the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce its decision about …

Prosthetics

Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows

New science sheds more light on recent controversy over how much the large carnivores are being impacted by melting sea ice.<p>Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina …

European Union

The Controversial VASIMR Engine Could Get Us to Mars in a Matter of Weeks

There are a lot of hurdles to jump before we send the first human crew to Mars. Fuel for such a long mission adds a lot of weight and expense, and …

Space Travel

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

Rwanda Accuses France of Complicity in 1994 Genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda — The Rwandan government released an independent report on Wednesday accusing French officials of complicity in the 1994 genocide, risking further strains to already icy relations between the two countries.<p>The report, commissioned by the Rwandan government and conducted by a …

Africa

A newly-unearthed, Clinton-era memo suggests a sitting president could be indicted — here's what it could mean for Trump

A legal memo recently unearthed by The New York Times argues that it is permissible to indict a sitting president.<p>The memo was written in 1998 by the office of special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who spearheaded the Whitewater investigation that eventually led to former President Bill Clinton's …

Donald Trump

This ‘grilloven’ is on another level

The creators are touting it as the “world’s first two-in-one outdoor grill and oven”<p>Hate it when you’re grilling but want to bake a pizza crust? Or when you’re baking up a storm and get a sudden craving for BBQ ribs? Well, Italian pizza-oven company Alfa 1977 have got your back with their Toto …

Chris Widman is Equal Parts DJ and Electronic Music Encyclopedia

The Last Record: The Chicago-based DJ celebrates 20 years of his legendary radio program, Abstract Science, with some of his favorite new and old cuts.<p><i>Whether it's for playing out at a club or listening at home, DJs and producers typically have an encyclopedic hoard of music, new and old. In The</i> …

Bristol, UK

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Artificial Intelligence

New startup trend: sell one digital currency for another

Entrepreneurs have a new trick to raise money quickly, and it all takes place online, free from the constraints of banks and regulators. Since the …

Cryptocurrency

Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines' base extension: Russian embassy | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway’s decision to extend the presence of U.S. Marines on its soil will worsen relations with neighboring Russia and could escalate tensions on NATO’s northern flank, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters on Saturday.<p>FILE PHOTO: U.S. Marines, who are to attend a six-month …

North Africa

Scientists Capture DNA Replication On Video for the First Time. Here's What it Revealed.

First Look: DNA Replication<p>For the first time ever, scientists have captured a single DNA molecule replicating on video — and it’s changing the way …

Biochemistry

Distant black hole collision deletes two suns’ worth of mass from the universe

The gravitational wave observatory LIGO picked up on the reverberation from 3 billion light years away<p>Did you feel the universe shake on January 4, 2017? That was just two suns’ worth of mass being converted into gravitational waves, the shockwave from which vibrated everything on the planet by …

Black Holes

Bald men killed for witchcraft, say Mozambique police

Police in Mozambique Tuesday warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks, after the brutal killing of two men whose body parts were to be used in witchcraft.<p>The two bald men, one of whom was found with his head cut off and organs removed, were killed in a part of the country …

The mysterious disappearance of Sean Spicer

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday night, the White House sent out its daily schedule -- as it does every day. Except, one thing was different: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, rather than her ostensible boss, Sean Spicer, would be giving the daily press briefing on Monday.<p>The White House sought to play the substitution as …

Donald Trump

Ask Ethan: How Many Black Holes Are There In The Universe?

For the third time in history, we’ve directly detected an unmistakable signature of black holes: gravitational waves resulting from their merger. Combine that with what we know from stellar orbits around the galactic center, X-ray and radio observations of other galaxies, and gas infall/velocity …

Black Holes