Damian Torrens

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Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

Pluto mission: NASA's New Horizons 'phones home' after blackout

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind's first flyby of Pluto.<p>Mission managers who were packed into the New Horizons "mission control" room anxiously waiting to hear from the …

Solar System

Facebook Moments Uses Facial Recognition To Send Friends Your Photos They’re In

Frustrated with friends who take photos of you, say they’ll pass them on, but never do? Facebook’s newest companion app Moments could retrieve your memories trapped on other people’s phones through facial recognition.<p>Moments scans your Camera Roll for the all the photos featuring a friend’s face, …

Apps

Apple won't pay royalties during Music's trial period

A leaked Apple Music contract surfaced last week containing details about how it plans to compensate indie labels for music streamed during the trial period. According to the document Apple won't pay royalties to independent music labels -- or unsigned artists, we'd imagine -- while users test …

Jurassic World

It’s not the cynical, cash-in cheesefest you feared. OK, <i>Jurassic World</i> is a little of that. But this state-of-the-art dino epic is also more than a …

Over the limit: how cars could soon prevent drink-driving

US traffic safety agency developing technology to disable cars if excess blood alcohol levels detected in drivers<p>Smart cars of the near future could refuse to start if the driver exceeds the drink-drive limit.<p>The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), working with a consortium …

DUI

Firefox OS in flux as Mozilla loses technology chief to startup

Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser and operating system, has lost the man responsible for the core technologies of both products.<p>Chief Technology Officer Andreas Gal has left Mozilla after nearly seven years to launch a startup that hopes to provide the computing brains for the Internet of …

Review: Griffin iTrip AUX is the 3-in-1 car audio, power, and remote control for Lightning devices

Given the widespread adoption of Bluetooth wireless for in-car telephone calling and music streaming, it would be easy to write off Lightning connector-equipped car accessories as… decreasingly important. Any recent car with Bluetooth audio probably also has a USB port built in for Apple device …

Remote Controls

The robots are here — and you should be worried

Anxiety has been building around the second machine age and its implications for our economic future, and it may have reached a tipping point.<p>Just last week, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and executives published an open letter on the digital economy, calling for public-policy changes and new …

Oxford University

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain