Claudio Albuquerque

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Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

More Evidence of a Ninth Planet in Our Solar System Emerges

Come into the light.<p>Further evidence suggesting a "hidden" ninth planet in our Solar System has emerged, according to planetary astronomer and "Pluto …

Science

'Uncharted 4' shows what its devs learned from 'The Last of Us'

Nathan Drake thought he was out of the treasure hunting business, but the return of his long-lost brother pulls him back in. That's the basic setup for <i>Uncharted 4: A Thief's End</i>, developer Naughty Dog's final entry in its long-running adventure franchise. After several delays, the game is finally …

How a distant planet might have caused mass extinctions on Earth

The theory might seem like science fiction, but a study by astrophysicist Daniel Whitmire offers scientific data to back up the claim.<p>Dr. Whitmire, who now teaches math at the University of Arkansas, says the mysterious planet has been causing extinction events at regular intervals - every 27 …

This is what Microsoft HoloLens is really like

There was a fish in the bathtub. That was one of the first things we saw in the hotel room after we put on Microsoft’s developer-ready version of HoloLens, the augmented reality headset it believes will transform the way we learn, work, and play.<p>We had the chance to use HoloLens for a couple of …

Newly Discovered Star Has an Almost Pure Oxygen Atmosphere

But good luck breathing in the bone-crushing gravity.<p>A newly discovered star is unlike any ever found. With an outermost layer of 99.9 percent pure oxygen, its atmosphere is the most oxygen-rich in the known universe. Heck, it makes Earth's meager 21 percent look downright suffocating.<p>The strange …

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This Insightful Video Is All About One of PlayStation's Best Games

Whether you like Journey or not, there's no denying that the game and its spiritual atmosphere has had a big impact on many a player. …

The Windows Phone upgrade model is so broken, even Android makes it look bad

While Microsoft once again breaks promises made to Windows Phone users, Apple manages to support iOS devices that are five years old. Even Android …

Windows Phone

Steve Wozniak and Palmer Luckey: Virtual Reality, Yes. Augmented Reality, Not Yet.

"Some of us just like to be early adopters and play with what the future could be."<p>Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey <i>looooovvvve</i> virtual reality, they told <b>Re/code</b> Executive Editor Kara Swisher today at Silicon Valley Comic Con — but it’s going to stay in the home and …

Most of The Witcher 3's dialogue scenes were animated by an algorithm

The Witcher 3 is a massive game. It packs in 35 hours of dialogue, each line of which was voice acted and motion captured. If I had been in charge of …

PC Gaming

New Horizons data shows Pluto's surface is amazingly diverse

A package of five new studies published Thursday in the journal Science reveal a rich view of the dwarf planet's rich terrain.<p>Despite its now …

How a Father’s Grief Over His Dying Son Became a Video Game

A new documentary, Thank You for Playing, shows how the heartbroken father of a boy with terminal cancer channeled his grief into art.<p>A door opens …

Documentaries

Extra Bright Supernova Could Change the Way We Measure the Universe

This could change the way we view standard candles.<p>The discovery of an extra bright supernova has baffled researchers. The research, available on the arXiv pre-print server, could change the way we view these cosmic explosions.<p>When stars die, they produce some of the most violent explosions in the …

Pluto's Moon Charon Is Bursting at The Seams, Astronomers Find

Moons can get stretch marks, too.<p>Charon, one of Pluto's moons, is known primarily for its odd landscape full of valleys and ridges that make it look …

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Here's the one scientific fact that blows my mind

The world's leading futurist Ray Kurzweil isn't shocked by much. Except for this one thing.<p>Kurzweil — one of the world's leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism — has a strategy on how to prolong his own life until science figures out how to make us immortal.<p>The futurist …

The science of magic: how tricks are changing real-life research

The small yellow ball disappears from the magician's left hand, reappearing moments later, plucked out of thin air, by his right.<p>Hardly a …

Mathematical advance in describing waves

Two mathematicians have published a new paper that advances the art -- or shall we say, the math -- of describing a wave. The study explores what …

Mathematics

Pluto's Moon May Have Had an Ocean That Ripped It Apart

A ridge that runs across the entire surface of Charon could be the ancient ocean having one last "Hulk out."<p>It's not every day that NASA invokes Marvel Comics to describe a planetary science phenomena, but it's not every day that you find a place whose ocean ripped its surface apart.<p>Ever since New …

Year in review: Pluto unveiled as a world like no other

Mountains of water ice tower thousands of meters over fields of frozen nitrogen and methane. Glaciers etched with channels hint at heat bubbling up …

Polar Obsession Photos

See images of Arctic and Antarctic landscapes and wildlife, like polar bears, penguins, leopard seals, and more, and buy prints, from National Geographic.

Wildlife

Video game developers are making a 3D virtual tour of the ghost town around Chernobyl

A Polish video game developer is creating a virtual reality experience where people can explore the nooks and crannies of the deserted nuclear city of Pripyat and other features of interest in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.<p>The Farm 51, based in Gliwice, Poland, is currently working on the video game …

NASA just released incredible new images of Pluto — the best we'll see in decades

NASA just released the first batch of the closest images of Pluto that we'll see from the New Horizons flyby in July.<p>These images were taken from …

Solar System

A full work day on Pluto would be a killer

The next time you experience the day that just won't end, be thankful you're not experiencing it on Pluto. One day on the dwarf planet takes 6.4 Earth days, and its largest moon Charon also does a full rotation in the same amount of time. This week, NASA released collages showing the full rotations …

How Xbox 360 Dominated a Decade

<i>This article was originally published on GameSpot on November 22 to mark the Xbox 360's ten-year anniversary. Here we have republished it in light of Microsoft's decision to cease production of its longstanding console.</i><p><i>The Xbox team had bold ambitions, but few within the company would have expected</i> …

Red Dead Redemption

Maxwell's equations: 150 years of light

A century and a half ago, James Clerk Maxwell submitted a long paper to the Royal Society containing his famous equations. Inspired by Michael Faraday’s experiments and insights, the equations unified electricity, magnetism and optics. Their far-reaching consequences for our civilisation, and our …

Physics

Newest Pluto pics show day in life of dwarf planet

NASA's newest Pluto pictures depict an entire day on the dwarf planet.<p>The space agency released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world Friday, representing one full rotation, or Pluto day. A Pluto day is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft snapped the pictures as …

Solar System

The Big Picture: A psychedelic portrait of Pluto by New Horizons

No, you're not tripping. This is really Pluto -- it's just dressed in hues much more exciting than its usual cream, white, gray and copper. Think of this color scheme as the dwarf planet's mardi gras outfit, and the tamer ones as its office suits and classic dresses. The New Horizons team used a …

The 22 unhealthiest, unhappiest, poorest, and most unsafe countries on Earth

Prosperity may mostly be used to talk about money, but the Legatum Institute thinks there is more to it than that.<p>It takes into account 89 different variables, ranging from indicators like a country's unemployment rate to asking citizens about how much political freedom they feel they have.<p>The data …

Notes from a 7-Day Water Fast

This article is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any medical condition. Consult with your doctor before making changes to your existing …

Stunning Photos of Underwater Life You Need to See

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