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Devialet's $2,000 Phantom speaker lands with a boom in the US

There always seems to be a gap between what's described as "good sound" and "great sound" for home audio systems, one that's usually bridged in dollar signs. Serious audiophiles with a discerning ear, lots of cash and enough square footage can always find a unique and powerful setup that will …

The Surprising Reason Dinosaurs Avoided One Area for Over 30 Million Years

Scientists have long wondered why the dinosaurs that spread across the globe 230 million years ago largely avoided living near the equator—and now …

Paleontology

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

Inside The Bizarre World Of Scientific Research

Not all brilliant discoveries happen in MIT’s cutting-edge labs or Google’s over-the-top offices. In his new series <i>Ways of Knowing</i>, photographer Daniel Stier documents a less-glamorous setting for innovation: the scientific research institute. What he found tucked away in basement laboratories and …

Science

FCC head says all phones should come with theft-prevention features

Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler has called for all smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers to make it harder for thieves to steal smartphones and other mobile devices. In a statement made yesterday, the FCC chairperson called on the wireless industry to act on advice from …

Mobile

NASA to try again to get saucer flying

<b>(CNN) —</b> This one is for the UFO lovers. If all goes according to plan -- after a series of delays -- NASA will test a saucer-shaped craft that could hold the key to a future human mission to Mars.<p>The test flight has been delayed several times by weather at the test site at the U.S. Navy's Pacific …

Space Science

Here's another sign that Russia's military policies are getting more provocative

Russia's Airborne Troops alone are scheduled to conduct more than 1,000 exercises in the summer months. This represents a 20% increase in operations over summer 2014.<p>Russian paratroopers will also be deployed to the Arctic for exercises over the summer, according to the deputy head commander of the …

Military

Google Atap: touch-sensitive jeans, tiny radar and the death of the password

Google’s advanced research arm shows off new projects at I/O developer conference in San Francisco<p>What do smart jeans that let you make a call, a small dot that allows people to control a computer or phone without touching anything and a project to make passwords history have in common? They’re all …

Wearable Tech

Rand Paul’s civil rights fiasco: How Jon Stewart just unmasked him — and exposed libertarians’ perverted view of freedom

Rand Paul talks a good game about rights and liberty. What he’s actually promising is oppression of the worst kind<p>In addition to serially changing positions on several key issue areas, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a slippery operator when it comes to LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tuesday night, on …

Rand Paul

China begins charm offensive in South America amid controversy over Amazonian railway

Beijing denies that Li Keqiang's eight-day visit to South America, which begins in Brazil, means China is muscling in on the United States "backyard"<p>Plans for a controversial 3,300-mile railroad linking the continent's Atlantic and Pacific coasts are expected to be announced by Li Keqiang, the …

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A senior Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over Iran’s reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.<p>Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi …

South Asia

Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

Gold has been a blessing and a curse for Peru for centuries. In the 16th century, one of the first Spanish explorers to arrive, Francisco Pizarro, was so enthralled by the mineral riches that he took the Inca king hostage.<p>Pizarro demanded a room filled with gold for the release of the Atahualpa. …

South America

Never mind the Apple Car, Woz is backing Cadillac

Steve Wozniak thinks the future is all about self-driving cars, but don’t expect him to be putting his money on the rumored Apple Car.<p>That’s because the Apple co-founder has signed a deal with Cadillac which will see him not only appear in marketing for the firm, but also offering his thoughts in a …

The Netherlands' Solar Bike Path Is a Shining Success

The 230-foot test path covered in discreet solar panels is producing more energy than they expected<p>It's been only six months since the Netherlands made headlines with the world's first bike path covered in solar panels. But already the green idea is reaping higher-than-expected energy dividends, …

Clean Energy

FTC Officials Back Tesla’s Right To Sell Cars Direct To Consumers

Key officials at the FTC aren’t mincing words in a new post defending the right of manufacturers to sell directly to consumers: Part of the U.S. regulatory trade organization’s executive team detailed its wider position following the publication of a letter of comment specific to new legislation in …

New Jersey

A Medical Lab In A Music Box

One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards<p>2015 Invention Award Winner<p>Category: Health<p><b>Inventors:</b><p>Manu Prakash and George Korir<p><b>Company:</b><p>Stanford University<p><b>Invention:</b><p>Punchcard Programmable Microfluidics<p><b>Development Cost To Date:</b><p>$50,000<p><b>Maturity:</b><p>4/5<p>One night in 2011, as Manu Prakash …

Engineering

U.S. companies are making a killing on foreign military sales

With violent conflict and geopolitical tension rampant across the globe, U.S. military contractors are finding willing buyers for their wares across …

Military

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

Morgan Stanley analyst calls Tesla's first-quarter cash burn 'eye watering'

But 2015 is going to be a big, high-pressure year for the electric car maker and CEO Elon Musk, as the company rolls out a new vehicle, the Model X SUV.<p>Morgan Stanley lead auto analyst Adam Jonas is among the Tesla bulls on Wall Street, but he knows that there are plenty of challenges for the …

Tesla

PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit

Banks and financial institutions have not created products that serve younger generations in the most efficient way, according to Max Levchin, the …

FinTech

This 66-Year-Old Woman Is Suing All Gay People—Yes, All of Them

Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty …

LGBTQI

Short flight is a big deal for SpaceX

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a very short flight, but it made history.<p>SpaceX successfully tested its Crew Dragon spacecraft in a flight that lasted less than 2 minutes.<p>The flight took off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early Wednesday. It did not have crew members on …

Space Exploration

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Tesla

New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

Tesla's big battery announcement is today — here's what we know

Now that the big event is near, we can pretty accurately predict what to expect when Musk takes to the stage: a battery.<p>Actually, two batteries. Tesla investor relations head Jeffrey Evanson revealed on Wednesday that the company would reveal a home battery and a "utility scale" battery — a battery …

Tesla
Surveillance

White House spokesman on Texas governor's military drills: 'I have no idea what he's thinking'

"I have no idea what he's thinking," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a news conference. The eight-week training known as "Jade Helm 15" is a multi-state exercise with members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.<p>"The thing that I can say without having a lot of detailed knowledge …

U.S. Army

No more dodging a bullet, as U.S. develops self-guided ammunition

<b>(CNN) —</b> You know the phrase "dodging a bullet"? Forget about it. Probably not going to happen anymore.<p>The U.S. military said this week it has made great progress in its effort to develop a self-steering bullet.<p>In February, the "smart bullets" -- .50-caliber projectiles equipped with optical sensors …

DARPA

Why the Cheryl birthday problem turned into the maths version of #TheDress

Confused by Albert, Bernard and Cheryl? This is why mathematicians were too<p>Can you solve the maths question for Singapore schoolkids that went viral?<p>How to solve Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s birthday maths problem<p>Like most mathematicians I love a logic puzzle. When I saw the Cheryl birthday problem …

Mathematics