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Google reveals its most-searched ‘How To’ tips

It's easy to forget how difficult DIY repairs were just a couple of decades ago, considering how easy the internet makes it to fix very specific product problems. (My biggest personal victory was fixing a 50-inch LG plasma display that borked a week after the warranty expired, following some …

SpaceX may be about to drastically cut the cost of launching stuff into orbit

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, is poised to make good on its promise to slash the cost of launching things into space.<p>In December 2015, SpaceX did something no commercial aerospace company had done before: It launched a satellite into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, …

Space Travel

Does Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past

When we look out at the luminous matter in the Universe — stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the hot gas in and between them — it tells a couple of different stories. One is the story of how normal matter (based on atomic nuclei and electrons) comes together to emit, absorb and otherwise …

Dark Matter

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

Training neural networks to identify galaxies could forever change humanity’s perspective of the universe.<p>The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally solve the riddle of the …

Machine Learning

This May Be Our Best Idea of What a Dinosaur Really Looked Like

By lighting up Jurassic-era bones with lasers, researchers have added even more detail to our picture of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis.<p>Picture a red-headed woodpecker crossed with a tiny velociraptor, and you have a good mental image of <i>Anchiornis,</i> a foot-high dinosaur that hails from the Late …

This animation shows how fast a rocket must go to leave every planet

Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX announced Monday that it plans to launch two paying customers around the moon in late 2018.<p>How hard will that be to accomplish, exactly?<p>Gravity makes it possible for us to live on Earth, but it also makes it pretty hard to leave.<p>Satellites fight gravity by …

Space

Google and Amazon race to fix the biggest problem with voice assistants

Current-gen voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, – which you can interact with by speaking commands to connected speakers from the respective companies – have a major drawback: They can only be connected to a single user account at a time.<p>That means that your partner can’t …

Netflix's CEO plans on putting buffering to bed

It's no secret that video streaming is king right now and that the binge-watching craze Netflix helped establish is making other TV providers rethink how they offer content to customers. Here at Mobile World Congress, the company's CEO, Reed Hastings, was on hand to discuss global expansion, the …

NASA Just Discovered Seven New Exoplanets... So What?

On Wednesday, the scientists at NASA <i>kind of</i> freaked out. They announced the discovery of some seemingly Earth-like planets outside of our solar system, a group of rocky globes they’re calling ‘TRAPPIST-1.’<p>How far away are these newly-discovered worlds? They’re about 40 light years from Earth. That …

To Battle Fake News, Ukrainian Show Features Nothing but Lies

KIEV, Ukraine — The studio lights dim, and the anchor taps a stack of papers on her desk and directs a steely gaze toward the television cameras.<p>What appears to be a nightly newscast is about to begin, only with a very Ukrainian twist: Everything is a lie, from start to finish.<p>“Welcome to …

Ask Ethan: Does Dark Energy Mean We're Losing Information About The Universe?

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all about the Universe came at the very end of the 20th century: the discovery of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Rather than being pulled towards us gravitationally, the most distant galaxies in the Universe are speeding away from us at …

Universe

Scientists hold the first quantum computer face-off

For the first time ever, two quantum computers have faced off against each other in a series of experiments to determine which technology reigns supreme. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland have pitted their own quantum computer against IBM's creation, running the same algorithms …

President Trump Wants a Wall? Mexico Is It

Just over 10 years ago, United States Border Patrol agents were startled by an unexpected new development in their rear-guard battle to stop illegal immigration: Brazilians.<p>In 2005 thousands of them started streaming across the southwestern border. More than 31,000 were apprehended by the Border …

Filter bubbles are a serious problem with news, says Bill Gates

It’s easy for people to live in a “filter bubble” of media that reinforces their worldview and excludes other views, whether they consume it via Facebook, favorite news websites, or preferred TV channels.<p>Technology such as social media <b></b>“lets you go off with like-minded people, so you’re not mixing …

Social Media

Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may only need six human employees

From three to a max of 10 employees<p>Amazon’s bold checkout-free convenience store concept has only one location today, but if the company’s expansion plans pan out, we could start seeing a radical rethinking of physical retail nationwide. According to the <i>New York Post</i>, Amazon plans to mandate that …

Device lulls you to sleep with relaxing scents

LAS VEGAS — Sleep is a precious commodity that every human needs, and a new device promises to help you get it through the power of smell.<p>Sensorwake …

China Claims It Has Done the "Impossible" with EmDrive

The EmDrive — an “impossible” propulsion technology due to the fact that it defies the laws of physics — has been in something of technological …

Mark Carney: 'Every technological revolution mercilessly destroys jobs well before the new ones emerge'

In a wide-ranging speech on the economy in Liverpool on Monday, the governor said the world is "in the midst of a technological revolution that is once again changing the nature of work." He highlighted a past speech from the Bank of England's Andy Haldane in which he said 15 million British jobs …

Mark Carney

Leaked NASA Paper Shows The 'Impossible' EM Drive Really Does Work

Did we just achieve fuel-less propulsion?<p>The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the …

This Classic Physics Experiment Could Finally Reveal The Long-Awaited 'Theory of Everything'

New physics is on the horizon.<p>An iconic physics experiment used to demonstrate the strange properties of the quantum world is now even stranger than …

NASA’s Juno spacecraft may have a malfunctioning engine

By Rachel Feltman<p>, Freelancer, Editor at Popular Science Magazine<p>NASA's Juno spacecraft slipped into orbit around Jupiter to much acclaim in July, but there may be trouble brewing: On Friday, NASA announced that the orbiter's engines seem to be on the fritz. It's not as if Juno is in grave danger, …

Facebook partners with Google, others to launch a new JavaScript package manager

Facebook today launched Yarn, a new package manager for JavaScript. If you’ve every worked with JavaScript and Node.js, chances are that you’ve used the npm package manager to find and reuse existing code (or maybe publish your own libraries, too). At Facebook’s scale, though, npm didn’t quite work …

Stack Overflow puts a new spin on resumes for developers

Stack Overflow, the community site best known for providing answers for all of your random coding questions, also has a thriving jobs board and provides services to employers looking to hire developers. Today, the team is expanding the jobs side of its business with the launch of Developer Story, a …

Employment

US to give up control of the internet's 'address book' after years of debate

Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has moved from the US government to an international group, but not everyone is happy about it<p>As of Saturday morning the internet – or at least the bit of it that manages the network’s “address book” – is no longer controlled by an American …

Our part of the Milky Way is 30% larger than we thought

A study, published in Science Advances, contain new models of the Milky Way that suggest our galaxy may not be a perfect spiral. The research team of international scientists wanted to figure out if the Milky Way matches the spiral shape observed in other galaxies, as part of a larger study that …

Universe

Researchers use the human body to transfer wireless passwords

Sending data over wireless formats like WiFi and Bluetooth is very convenient, but not necessarily secure. A Princeton report back in January revealed that some smart home devices unwittingly broadcast location information while others didn't encrypt their data streams at all. To get around the …

University of Washington

EarDial wants you to rave without the hearing loss

It is common knowledge that we lose our hearing with age. It's also common knowledge that attending all your favorite shows speeds up this process …

Ghost Drivers Are Just One Of Uber China's Problems Following Didi Takeover

Uber’s China operations have had its share of problems recently, and with its latest “ghost driver” scam getting widespread media attention, it appears the company will only continue down its turbulent track.<p>In the past week, it was widely reported that Chinese passengers were encountering “ghost …

Bold New Move To Rescue Faltering Taiwan High-Tech And Why It Might Work

Few conversations about high-tech go by in Taipei without a reference to Silicon Valley. A Taiwanese startup founder might have just visited the fabled California tech hub or a venture capital firm there is traveling to Taiwan to spread its wealth. You hear about how startups in Silicon Valley, …

Silicon Valley

Moscow will replace Microsoft's products with local offerings

Microsoft might lose a whole city of customers in Russia. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, Moscow will begin replacing Redmond's products with homegrown software as a result of Vladimir Putin's urging to stop depending on foreign tech. Artem Yermolaev, the city's head of information technology, told …