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Stephen Hawking Envisions the Worker Robot Apocalypse

In his Reddit AMA, the scientist forecasts potential doom and admits he missed Wayne's World 2.<p><i>Theory of Everything</i>, the Academy Award-winning biopic about Stephen Hawking, took an elegant look at the life of the world-renowned genius. But it left a few things on the cutting room floor about …

Comcast's home automation app links with Nest, Lutron and more

Earlier this year Comcast said its Xfinity Home service would start connecting to more automation gadgets you probably already own, and now it does. Right now, its app (iOS, Android) connects to Nest thermostats, August Smart Locks, Chamberlain MyQ garage controllers, and Lutron's Caseta light …

NASA is recycling Space Shuttle engines for a very important purpose

When finished, this rocket will be able to launch up to 2.16 million pounds into space. That kind of weight requires a powerful engine — four of them, to be precise.<p>NASA will use four RS-25 engines — along with two rocket boosters — to get the SLS from ground to space and on its way to Mars. …

Hex FRVR is set to become the latest gaming craze

It's been a while since we've had a surprise viral game. 2048 (a copy of Threes!, it ought to be noted) and Flappy Bird were hugely popular for their 15 minutes, spawning countless clones.<p>The next big thing is Hex FRVR, created by indie developer Chris Benjaminsen. According to a post on Reddit, …

Qualcomm gives up on its augmented reality business

There's a renewed excitement around Augmented Reality (AR), driven largely by Microsoft's HoloLens headset. Not everyone is so enthused, though, most notably Qualcomm, which is selling its AR business to the Internet of Things (IoT) company PTC for an undisclosed sum. The unfortunately named …

Don't Even Think About Riding Your 'Hoverboard' Around London

‘Hoverboards’ are now illegal to ride in public in Britain, according to Metropolitan Police. The wheeled Segway-esque vehicles have become wildly …

Ancestry is talking to the FDA about using DNA to estimate people's risk of disease

CEO Tim Sullivan says Ancestry's genomic database is bigger than that of 23andMe<p>Ancestry.com, a company that's all about the past, wants to tell you about your medical future. The amateur genealogy company is seeking permission to use its DNA kit to tell people about everything from their disease …

Pepsi is launching an Android phone in China

A brand-new brand phone<p>If I told you that there was a new Android phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz processor, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera, would any of that information turn your head? Possibly. But what if it only cost $200, and it was being sold by Pepsi?<p>…

TV Review: 'Seconds from Disaster: Columbia's Last Flight'

The National Geographic Channel will pick apart the steps and missteps that led up to the NASA's Columbia tragedy, which killed seven astronauts and …

NASA's rocket launch to paint the night sky with colorful vapor clouds

If you live in a mid-Atlantic state and see an aircraft leaving trails in the sky on October 7th, don't panic: those aren't chemtrails. NASA's just testing a handful of new spacecraft technologies by launching a suborbital or "sounding" rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia between 7 …

These Guys Are Trying to Crash a Rocket into the Moon and It Just Might Work

"Life without having your own space programme is not really as exciting as it could be."<p>It started with a Reddit link. Entrepreneur Chris Larmour was browsing the site one night when he saw a venture that sent a balloon up into the stratosphere with a camera on it. "It's a nice project," he said. …

The First Privately Funded Lunar Mission Is Set to Launch in 2017

It will be Israel's first mission to the moon, too.<p>If all goes according to plan, the world's first private lunar mission will be launched just two years from now. SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, has secured a launch contract with California-based Spaceflight Industries, and will aim to land a rover …

Huge Announcement From SpaceX Coming Soon, Possibly Regarding A Future Mars Mission

In just over a decade, SpaceX has established itself as one of the most exciting and innovative private spaceflight companies. It has developed the …

The Ten Most Insane Space Programs That Never Happened

There’s a lot of batshit crazy technology in the field of aerospace research, and not all of it sees the green light. These are the ten most insane …

Space Exploration

NASA spacecraft discovers blue sky, red ice on Pluto

The sky over Pluto may not be sunny, but it's undoubtedly blue.<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft discovered Pluto's blue sky during the historic flyby of the icy dwarf planet in July. The images of Pluto's atmospheric haze were beamed down last week and released by NASA on Thursday.<p>The particles in …

NASA’s Plan to Save the World: Let’s Slam a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid

Let’s face it: the biggest threat to civilization (besides civilization) is asteroids. Ever since the summer of 1998, America and filmgoers the world …

Asteroids

30 chords acoustic guitar players need to know

Introduction<p>Open chords<p>If you’ve got the basics covered, the variations shown here should inspire you with some new sounds without being too much of …

5 Robert Johnson Style Blues Turnarounds

Robert Johnson died at the age of 27 and today known as the Master of the Delta Blues (one of the earliest styles of blues music). His music has been …

Shemekia Copeland Still Loves, And Lives, The Blues

Shemekia Copeland has blues in her blood: She is the daughter of the late great Texas blues musician Johnny Clyde Copeland, and a lot of her early music sounded like it. Now, at 36, she's doing things a little differently. Her latest record, <i>Outskirts of Love</i>, carries the weight of her experiences …

The Top 5 Guitar Solos Of 2015 So Far

Where have all the solos gone? It seems that after the '80s, the extravagance of guitar solos were so resented that they went from the raw sloppy …

Joe Bonamassa: 10 guitarists that blew my mind

Introduction<p>“She didn’t really know what she had agreed to, so me and my father conspired to get her up on stage to wish her happy birthday! I think …

Not Sucking in Their Seventies: Rock Lifers Go the Distance

We’ve reached a strange and wondrous moment where if you’re in the mood for some Seventies guitar rock, you might end up listening to a new album …

Real Lies – Real Life: Exclusive album stream and track by track

The London band talk us through their exciting debut album. You can listen to it here too, so let us know what you think<p>Real Lies tell stories of London life over smart, electronic pop that recalls New Order, the Streets and modern UK dance culture. Here, the band’s Kev Kharas and Tom Watson talk …

20-something small, portable campers for backwoods living

Perhaps it's just that we've been paying closer attention to the segment lately, but we've seen a surge of innovative, small camper hardware over the …