Anthony Weldon

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Watch a Black Hole Get Evicted From a Galaxy

A couple of years ago, astronomer Michael Koss was searching the heavens for active galactic nuclei (AGN). In plain English, those are giant black …

Bizarre dinosaur reconstructed after 50 years of wild speculation

Deinocheirus mirificus, or ‘unusual horrible hand’, had long, clawed forearms, a sail on its back and a duck-like bill<p>Nearly 50 years after researchers uncovered the gigantic arms of a mysterious dinosaur in the Gobi desert, the true nature of the beast has finally been established.<p>Since its …

Alienware shows off its new Area-51 gaming desktop

Alienware makes PCs for serious gamers. That’s evident in a demo I saw of the Alienware Area-51 gaming desktop, which ships to retail Tuesday morning.<p>The first thing you notice about it is its “Triad” triangular design. The shape means it is really easy to access both the front and rear ports, but …

Here's the first trailer for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The first trailer for next year's sequel to <i>Marvel's The Avengers</i> leaked today, earlier than Marvel Studios was obviously planning. The mega studio originally planned to show the new trailer publicly next week during an episode of television show <i>Agents of SHIELD</i>.<p>But here it is, the first look at</i> …

2015 BMW M4 Manual

We drop the clutch in BMW's latest hot-rod coupe.<p>The high-tech <i>tour de force</i> that is the new BMW M4 is packed with enough bits and bytes for the M faithful to seriously question what the Ultimate Driving Machine has become. Since the coupe shares its new-age guts with the equally fresh M3 sedan, we …

German Tourist: The Porsche 911 meets the South's best roads

Finery abounds.<p>I almost beat the sun to the North Carolina line. The day's first light is up over the hills as I cross Douglas Lake on I-40, painting the 2014 Carrera's outstretched fenders orange and gold against the gray morning. Just south of Newport, the interstate grabs ahold of the Pigeon …

Water discovered in a small, warm exoplanet’s atmosphere for first time

The planet is a ball of gas with surface temperatures of 600C, but future studies of alien atmospheres may reveal signs of life<p>Astronomers have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of a planet that orbits a star far beyond our solar system.<p>Observations of the Neptune-sized planet, which lies 120 …

4 years and 50M downloads after its debut, the Infinity Blade mobile game comes to its conclusion

Chair Entertainment is launching its final content update for Infinity Blade III today. The conclusion of the series that has been downloaded more than 50 million times is a milestone in the Infinity Blade trilogy and a landmark in the history of mobile games.<p>Chair’s Infinity Blade series grew up …

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari says expensive human enhancements will lead to a society more unequal than ever<p>Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious …

Review: Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch

The Samsung Gear 2 Neo is almost exactly the same watch as the Gear 2. The only differences? The Neo is missing a camera, has a plastic body (in …

2015 Dodge Viper gets power bump, lineup tweaks

GT model added, TA gets enhanced.<p>It's been a rough year for the Viper, for whom slow sales have led to extended production shutdowns in 2014. The 2015 model year ushes in a number of changes, modest though they may be. First, the SRT brand experiment is officially over. The car's name is now the …

Chasing Purple in Rocky Mountain National Park

I came to Estes Park, Colorado, to see purple mountain majesties, blue hollows, and flaming red alpenglow. Maybe get some taffy and a T-shirt.<p>My guide is a marked-up copy of Isabella Bird’s <i>A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains</i><i>,</i> a remarkable travelogue spun from letters the British writer wrote …

National Parks

Iceland tremors raise fears of new volcanic ash cloud

Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting<p><b>Iceland's</b> Met Office raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an <b>eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange</b> yesterday, which is the fourth level on a …

A beautiful shot of lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean on the Hawaiian islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @extremenature

Four-Seat Volkswagen 'XL2' Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Coming?

For a two-seat car priced at more than $100,000, not sold in North America, and with just 250 built, the Volkswagen XL1 gets an extraordinary amount …

Amazon may be flying to India to test drone deliveries

Amazon (AMZN) is reportedly ready to test drone deliveries in India where there are fewer regulations on the unmanned aerial devices.<p>The online …

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird that has inadvertently strayed into the white-hot heat above the plant's many …

Here's 6 minutes of Bloodborne gameplay

For the best look yet at From Software's <i>Bloodborne</i> for PlayStation 4, watch this 6-minute direct feed video of the game's demo from Gamescom. In it, you'll get a look at the city of Yarnham, from its streets to some select interiors, a peek at two-handed combat and an encounter with a big boss …

National Geographic Travel

The McLaren P1 GTR makes the base P1 look tame

The wickedest booty in supercardom.<p>The McLaren P1 GTR doesn't officially arrive for another year or so, but the car's design was revealed last night in Monterey. It's wicked.<p>The track only-behemoth's V8+electric IPAS powertrain makes a combined 986 hp in GTR trim—an 82-hp leap over the road car. …

World of Warcraft saw a drop of nearly 1M players in three months, says Activision Blizzard

Blizzard continues to see a slow decline in <i>World of Warcraft</i> subscribers, confirming a drop of 800,000 subscribers since March 31, publisher Activision Blizzard said during the latest earnings call for the April-June quarter last night.<p>According to the company, the massively multiplayer game has …

Pricing announced for midsize Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks

General Motors' all-new midsize trucks will roll into dealerships this fall carrying a midsize price, the automaker announced Tuesday.<p>The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will start at $20,995, while its more upmarket cousin, the GMC Canyon, will start at $21,880. The trucks mark the return of GM to the …

Chevrolet

50 States of Speeding: Know the Law in Every State

What you need to know about speeding laws across America.<p>Everyone, with the exception of the Buick driver parked in the left lane, exceeds the speed limit once in a while. You generally know how much law-breaking you can get away with where you live—a few over on the highway is flow-of-traffic …

Xbox One secures its first MMO — and it's coming to free-to-play-crazy China (update)

The Xbox One is finally breaking into the massively multiplayer online gaming universe.<p>Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Cryptic Studios announced today that the free-to-play MMO Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter will hit the Xbox One in North America and Europe sometime in the …

Which Honeymoon Spot Is Your Perfect Match?

You've searched the world and managed to find the perfect person with whom to spend the rest of your life. But now you're faced with searching for another ideal match -- your ultimate honeymoon destination. Rather than compound any decision-making-induced stress, use what you already know about …

TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into …

Mars rover's long-distance running hailed by Nasa

Solar-powered robot Opportunity beats Soviet record to go further than any other man-made vehicle on another world<p>The US space agency's Opportunity rover has clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, according to Nasa.<p>Since arriving on the red planet in …