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Make Your Own Portable USB Solar Charger Using The SolarBoost Board (video)

Electronics enthusiasts, makers and hobbyists that would like to construct their very own portable USB solar charger, may be interested in a new …

The Great Filter theory suggests humans have already conquered the threat of extinction

It's difficult to not be pessimistic when considering humanity's future prospects. Many people would agree that it's more likely than not that we'll …

Google says it has now proven that D-Wave’s quantum computer really works

Last month we reported on Google planning a “watershed” quantum computing announcement, which the company and NASA delivered jointly today. Google’s Quantum AI team announced the results of its latest test in understanding the physics governing quantum annealers, which shows that quantum annealing …

Femtosecond Lasers Allow Physicists to Directly Observe Zero-Point Energy

All the way at the bottom of reality, there is still more than nothing. Physics requires it.<p>This was a good week for nothing. That is to say that it was a good week for research into the vast strangeness that is zero-point energy—or vacuum fluctuations, the small quantum twitches of standard …

10 Proposed Solutions To The Problems Of Interstellar Travel

Right now, interstellar travel and colonization is pretty unlikely. Basic laws of physics suggest that it just can’t be done, and for many people, …

On-Demand Moving App Dolly Raises $8M Series A, Expands Services To Seattle

When it comes to transporting that new couch you bought from the storeroom to your living room, Dolly wants you to stop mooching off your friend with the truck.<p>Dolly is basically an Uber for furniture and other large items. The service isn’t meant to help you move all of your stuff into a new place …

Minecraft is being used to seek out cybersecurity talent

The UK government and Cyber Security Challenge UK have launched a new 3D video game platform that’s aiming to seek out the next generation of cybersecurity geniuses.<p>Funded by the Cabinet Office, the browser-based MMO game asks anyone who’s interested to participate by cracking codes and completing …

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Conquer robotics with the complete Raspberry Pi 2 starter kit

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new and improved model of its iconic microcomputer – the kit that’s taught countless curious minds the fundamentals of electronics and robotics. Whether you’re upgrading or trying Raspberry Pi for the first time, you’re going to want to do a lot more than …

New Stagefright attack targets Android phones with phony audio files

Stagefright is quickly becoming the bug that wouldn't die. First discovered in July, the vulnerability allowed attackers to target Android phones over text or MMS, exploiting a weakness in Android's multimedia preview function. Google, manufacturers and carriers scrambled to patch the bug, only to …

PSA: Stable release of Android Studio 1.4 now available

Google has today released Android Studio 1.4 in the stable update channel. As has been the case since the software was first released in beta just about a month ago, the update features new design tools such as vector assets, a theme editor, new project template features, new performance monitors, …

Android Development

Skype's Star Trek-style translator is now available to all Windows users

Microsoft has today added its Star Trek-style translator to Skype for Windows.<p>With live translation available for six voice languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish) and 50 messaging languages, it’s a big step in breaking down barriers in communication.<p>Released for preview …

Every Android device is vulnerable to newly discovered bugs

Two major vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google's Android mobile software by the same security company that found a whole series of dangerous bugs earlier this year. Several of the bugs discovered by the security researchers pose a danger to every active Android device out there.<p>The two …

10 Demolition Fails That Will Leave You Chuckling

How hard can it be to blow something up?<p>The best controlled demolitions are spectacular, and make the whole process look very simple. In reality, it's not quite as straightforward as it looks. Here are 10 examples of controlled demolitions that did not go exactly the way that engineers expected, to …

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A living thing in two places at once? This quantum quandary test is limited

A recent proposed microbe experiment based on Schrödinger’s counter-intuitive theory would have a scale so small as to be almost meaningless, and other challenges such as consciousness also come into play<p>I had to travel to a conference on quantum physics yesterday. After arriving at the airport I …

Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

To better understand how life might have started on Earth<p>Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able …

How can some stars be older than the universe itself?

The Night Sky, October 2015: the majestic M13 cluster in the constellation of Hercules seems to defy common sense<p>People who glance casually up at the stars seldom think of them as they appear in this picture: vast and tightly packed profusions of red, green, blue, purple and gold.<p>This tremendous …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than an Uzbek in 3D?

This geometric woodblock puzzle will twist and draw your brain into another dimension – but in a good way!<p>Hello guzzlers!<p>I do my best to bring you the best puzzles I can source from around the world. So far I have brought you puzzles from Japan, Vietnam, Israel and the US.

How to Make a Tripwire

A tripwire is a mechanical or electrical device. Generally, it's used in weaponry. Soldiers use them in war to cause an enemy to fall, and sometimes, …