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Weird 'Island' on Saturn Moon Titan Puzzles Scientists (Video, Photos)

Saturn's huge moon Titan just got a little more mysterious.<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an odd islandlike feature in Ligeia Mare, one of …

Astronomy

The Week In Numbers: How Cats See The World, The Speed Of Elephant Pee, And More

200 degrees: the visual field of a cat (humans see just 180 degrees)<p>42.3 gallons: the volume an elephant can urinate in a single go<p>20 seconds: about how long it takes nearly all mammals to empty their bladders, according to the Law of Urination<p>$600: the price of a set of 3-D printed titanium …

GPS Tracking

The Week In Numbers: The First Lab-Grown Burger, 3-D Printed Body Parts, And More

<b>$600,000</b>: the funding the National Institutes of Health has awarded to bioprinting projects since 2007. See how 3-D printed body parts will revolutionize medicine.<p><b>20,000</b>: the number of cow cells used to make the first lab-grown beef patty<p><b>$15,000</b>: the money this team hopes to raise for a campaign to …

Video: Curiosity’s first year on Mars in two minutes

Cool rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity rover’s first year on Mars.<p>NASA’s Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars …

Social Media

Big Pic: Goodnight Moons

Cassini snaps two of Saturn's moons through the rings<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out near Saturn since 2004, studying the planet's icy moons. In this image taken in mid-May, Mimas and Pandora, two of Saturn's 62 confirmed moons, hang out around 730,000 miles away from Cassini's …

Talking Robot Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

HAL 9000 he's not. But Kirobo, the first-ever talking robot in space is heading to the International Space Station this week ahead of his human companion, Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata, who takes over as ISS commander in November.<p>The robot, whose outward appearance was inspired by the cartoon …

How Tom West Built A Pirate-Proof Yacht

The 30-ton vessel, Faith, is armored to keep out unwanted guests.<p>Tom West has tackled some impressive builds over the years, including telescopes, a sawmill, and his house in Poland, Indiana. But West, a retired teacher, recently completed his swan song: a 30-ton, 56-foot-long sailboat named <i>Faith</i>. …

Why People Love Tipping Waiters

As an economic phenomenon, tipping is really weird. As a psychological phenomenon, it's something else entirely.<p>When the Linkery, a small San Diego restaurant, shuttered its doors this summer, it ended a fascinating social experiment. The Linkery had instituted a standard 18 percent service charge …

Kirobo the talking robot blasts into space on historic mission | Reuters

(Reuters) - Kirobo, a knee-high talking robot with red boots and a black and white body, has blasted off from Japan for the International Space Station to test how machines can help astronauts with their work.<p>The Japanese-speaking robot, equipped with voice- and facial-recognition technology, was …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

The Week In Numbers: Humanity's Last Common Ancestor, The Birth Of NASA, And More

<b>180,000-200,000 years ago</b>: the time when humanity's last common male ancestor likely walked Earth<p><b>28.3 mph</b>: the speed at which Boston Dynamics' Cheetah Robot can sprint (it is one of our 10 favorite athletic robots)<p><b>$300-$2,000</b>: the money a 3-D printer could save you per year by printing household …

Lowest thunderstorm in North America

Thunderstorms in the desert are beautiful. Chris Tinker captured this one at North America’s lowest point in elevation, Badwater Basin in Death …

North America

How Realistic Is The Sci-Fi Space Thriller 'Europa Report'?

We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.<p>It's rare that a great space movie breaks the Hollywood traditions of big budgets, blatant abuse of physics, over-the-top special effects, factitious …

Motorola now exclusive Droid partner to Verizon

There won't be any other smartphone manufacturers making Droid phones. Verizon has locked Motorola in an exclusive relationship.<p>Verizon Wireless and Motorola are getting exclusive with their relationship.<p>Starting with the Droid Ultra lineup, Motorola will be the only smartphone manufacturer to …

Mobile Technology

Samsung reveals new Exynos smartphone and tablet chip

<b>Samsung has unveiled its latest top-of-the-range smart device processor saying it offers more than twice the 3D graphics power of its predecessor.</b><p>The Exynos 5 Octa is the first production-ready chip to include ARM Holding's latest GPU (graphics processing unit) architecture.<p>Samsung's move to …

Verizon Wireless Teams Up With Motorola to Revive Droid Brand With Trio of New Devices

Verizon is updating its Droid line with three new devices, the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini, all made by Google’s Motorola unit.<p>The launch …

Mobile Technology

Google Launches Cloud Printer Driver and Service for Windows

Google today announced it is bringing its Cloud Print project to Windows. The company has launched both a driver and a service, both of which are available for download now from Google Tools.<p>For those who don’t know, Google Cloud Print connects Cloud Print-aware applications (across the Web, …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

Batman v Superman: who would be the best superhero?

It is surely the ultimate superhero question, the last Top Trump smackdown.<p>Godzilla and King Kong had their face-off; so did Alien and Predator. Now …

Google's Chrome App Launcher is Now Live For Windows Users

Windows users can now download and enable the Chrome App Launcher, giving them instant access to common Web-based Google services such as the Chrome browser, Gmail, Google Drive and the Chrome store.<p>It’s essentially a shortcut to the landing page on the Chrome browser, which shows a horizontal grid …

After 69 years, 'pitch drop' experiment finally caught on video

In 1927, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia began what's widely recognized as the longest-running experiment ever, the so-called "pitch drop." It's a simple set up: fill a flask with tar pitch and let it ooze out the bottom to see how quickly it flows, and eventually it makes …

Google Glass enters a casino: Watch what happens (or doesn't)

Chris Barrett, the same intrepid Google Glass explorer who recently filmed an arrest with his device, decides to probe the sensitivities of Glass action in a casino. The results are instructive.<p>I was waiting to hear about a large security guard grabbing our hero by the lapels and reading him his …

Google Glass

After Mobile: Smarter TVs

This week, Microsoft took a $900 million charge against its Surface effort, showing that the idea of merging PCs and tablets has not resonated with consumers. At the same time, growth in mobile phones and tablets is still increasing while PC sales are dwindling. The PC has now moved to a work tool; …

Plastic skin lights up on contact, may lead to touchscreens everywhere (video)

Flexible circuitry is frequently a one-way affair -- we've seen bendy displays and touch layers, but rarely both in one surface. UC Berkeley is at last merging those two technologies through a plastic skin whose display reacts to touch. By curing a polymer on top of a silicon wafer, the school's …

Touch: Where Microsoft Went Wrong

Microsoft had a pretty bad week. The software giant announced disastrous earnings, which prompted its stock to tank more than 11 percent the next day. One reason for the bad quarter was the $900 million charge it took against “Surface RT” inventory adjustments, but even without this writedown, its …

Landing on asteroids could cause a zero-gravity avalanche

Asteroids may not be as stable as scientists thought. A recent experiment shows that the force from a landing spacecraft might easily cause an avalanche or something resembling an extraterrestrial mudslide, as a result of shifts in the dust on the asteroid's granular surface.<p>Researchers compare the …

Big Pic: So Long, Herschel!

The retired space telescope is taking a trip around the Sun.<p>That little dot, the tiny one abutted by the two black lines? That's the Herschel space observatory, the European Space Agency telescope that ceased scientific operations back in April.<p>After more than three years of imaging beautiful views …

UK astronomers plan to join search for alien intelligence

British astronomers have drawn up plans to scour the heavens for signs of alien life using a network of telescopes that can detect broadcasts from …

APOD: NGC 6384: Spiral Beyond the Stars (2013 Jul 06) Credit: ESA, Hubble, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130706.html Explanation: The universe is filled with galaxies. But to see them astronomers must look out beyond the stars of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This colorful Hubble Space Telescopic portrait features spiral galaxy NGC 6384, about 80 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. At that distance, NGC 6384 spans an estimated 150,000 light-years, while the Hubble close-up of the galaxy's central region is about 70,000 light-years wide. The sharp image shows details in the distant galaxy's blue star clusters and dust lanes along magnificent spiral arms, and a bright core dominated by yellowish starlight. Still, the individual stars seen in the picture are all in the relatively close foreground, well within our own galaxy. The brighter Milky Way stars show noticeable crosses, or diffraction spikes, caused by the telescope itself. http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1108a/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130706 #APOD