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You can now view your entire contact list on Android Auto

When Android Auto was first released, Google made sure that it included just enough functionality to let drivers use the infotainment system while keeping their eyes on the road. Now, though, the company is adding more features that could easily distract you.<p>Last month, Android Auto was updated …

Android News

NASA’s new Galactic Positioning System could lead to truly autonomous spacecraft

Humans have navigated by starlight for thousands of years, but NASA has a new appreciation for the twinkling bodies in our night sky. Using perfectly timed X-ray flashes from pulsars, scientists are building a Galactic Position System that will work quite similar to the global one here on …

Space Exploration

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Microbiology

Beyond the Milky Way: The sublime beauty of our galactic neighbors

In 1888 an amateur astronomer in England named Isaac Roberts captured a groundbreaking image. This long-exposure photograph taken at Roberts' home …

Universe

Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.<p>Researchers at Germany's Neumayer Station III say they've picked 3.6 kilograms (8 …

Antarctica

This guy fixed his teeth by 3D printing his own plastic braces for $60

Amos Dudley had braces in middle school, but he didn't wear a retainer like he was supposed to, so his teeth slowly shifted back.<p>He didn't want to shell out thousands of dollars for a whole new round of braces, so the digital-design major decided to make his own.<p>On his blog, Dudley wrote that he …

3D Printing

First Hybrid, xDrive BMW Motorcycle Revealed

BMW has, today, revealed a groundbreaking production motorcycle. Thankfully, for BMW Motorrad die-hards, the new vehicle I speak of is both …

A year later, scientists keep listening to gravitational waves, the soundtrack of the cosmos

LIVINGSTON, La. — The speed limit on the LIGO access road is 10 mph, which is preposterously slow, particularly after you’ve spent the last hour hurtling across the bayou country on elevated freeways. You have to creep toward the guard booth. The scientists and engineers don’t actually care how …

LIGO

The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Quantum Mechanics

This New Drawing App Shows How Digital Software Will Save Sketching, Not Destroy It

Mental Canvas is not the first software that attempts to save the act of sketching--we have seen 3D "sketching" tools such as SketchUp, as well as …

Frank Gehry

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive With Only $100 at IKEA

Since our eyes naturally gravitate toward those high-end pieces (call it a girl's prerogative), we've had to master the art of crafting a luxe look …

Leaked NASA Paper Shows The 'Impossible' EM Drive Really Does Work

Did we just achieve fuel-less propulsion?<p>The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the …

Space Travel

US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills

Study paves way for personnel such as drone operators to have electrical pulses sent into their brains to improve effectiveness in high pressure situations<p>US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance …

The Brain

Starbreeze deal gives you more freedom to move in VR

If Starbreeze is going to get you wearing VR headsets in IMAX theaters and pods, it'll have to create a wow-inducing experience... and it might have taken one step closer toward that goal. The company has bought Nozon, a visual effects house whose recent breakthrough is an interactive parallax …

Cozmo is what happens when AI meets mischievous child

I’ve reviewed a robot or two in my time. I’ve played with many more that I didn’t deem worthy of writing about. Cozmo is, as consumer robots go, easily the best I’ve seen. In fact, even before Anki released its new robot toy, we were smitten.<p>When unpacking Cozmo, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. The …

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Government to expand DigiLocker through licensed service providers

The government today started public consultation on expansion of Digital Locker system with an aim to relieve people from tedious process of physical …

Cybersecurity

To Help Dying Bees, MIT Built A Fake World Where It’s Always Spring

Inside this artificial environment, it’s eternally May.<p>It looks like the interior of any new, still-empty condo development. The ceiling is white. The walls are a neutral gray. It has yet to be staged, save for a lone Dyson fan that whirs in the middle of the room.<p>You’re looking at a home designed …

Ecology

Google releases massive visual databases for machine learning

It seems like we hear about a new breakthrough using machine learning nearly every day, but it's not easy. In order to fine-tune algorithms that recognize and predict patterns in data, you need to feed them massive amounts of already-tagged information to test and learn from. For researchers, …

Iraqi transport minister claims first airport was built 7,000 years ago in Iraq by ancient Sumerians

An Iraqi minister has claimed that the ancient Sumerians travelled to Pluto in spaceships thousands of years ago.<p>Kazem Finjan, Iraq’s Transport …

Archaeology

8 Things to consider: dos and don'ts for decorating your home with Ganesha idols

A Ganesha idol is something that one finds in most Indian homes. Using a statue or idol of the elephant god, who is believed to remove obstacles, for …

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The Tool That Inflates Your Tires to the Perfect PSI Every Time

No need to worry about over or under inflating your car or bicycle tires with this digital air-inflator.<p>Whether you're inflating tires or basketballs, every home has a need for an air pump. But while a simple bicycle pump works great for smaller tires and sporting equipment, it isn't strong enough …

Handy

Things you should keep away from home

Isn’t being an adult fun? No bedtime, eating ice cream whenever you want, and no more having to ask parents’ permission if you want a friend to sleep …

Home Decorating

Look at This Gorgeous Xbox One S Lamborghini Custom Console

Microsoft's new racing game Forza Horizon 3 is out today. To celebrate, Microsoft and Lamborghini have teamed up to create a stunning-looking custom Xbox One S themed around the famous car brand.<p>As reported by wccftech, the console is inspired by the $2 million Lamborghini Centario car, which is on …

Forza Horizon

Google Maps getting improved location analytics thanks to Urban Engines acquisition

Google is no stranger to acquisitions, and their latest purchase makes company Urban Engines part of the Maps team. But what is the purpose of this merger?<p>Urban Engines has been collecting location-based analytics data since 2014. They then use this information to help governments and organizations …

Engines

Pardon Edward Snowden, now

His whistleblowing was among the most important in US history. I would publicly acknowledge his heroism, as Barack Obama should, without delay<p>On 6 June 2013, the Guardian broke the news National Security Agency (NSA) had ordered Verizon to provide it with the phone records of its customers. As the …

Surveillance

Here's why we forget things, no matter how hard we try not to

The brain, with its 100 billion neurons, allows us to do amazing things like learn multiple languages, or build things that send people into outer space. Yet despite this astonishing capacity, we routinely can't remember where we put our keys, we forget why we went to the grocery store, and we fail …

The Brain

Groundbreaking fertilisation technique could allow gay couples to have babies with each other

A new experiment defies nature and might one day let two males have babies with each other.<p>The shocking new study overthrows the idea that it is only …