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Chinese moon rover Yutu is in trouble

The little robotic explorer is China’s first on the moon. The Chang’e 3 that carried it set down in December. The rover might not survive the lunar …

Bugs in Space! 5 Unusual Astronauts

NASA has a penchant for sending some strange stuff into orbit. But for scientific experiments in microgravity, nothing beats bugs.<p>NASA has a penchant for sending some strange stuff into orbit. But for scientific experiments in microgravity, nothing beats bugs.

These 1,500-Year-Old Teeth Prove the Bubonic Plague Isn’t Dead Yet

Researchers studying the teeth of two 1,500-year-old German victims of the Justinian plague have uncovered tiny bits of DNA that link the ancient …

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and how it spread.<br>The Plague of Justinian occurred in the sixth century AD and resulted in more than 100 million deaths by some …

PS4 Backwards Compatibility Bringing PS1 & PS2 Emulation To PS4

We already know that Sony is planning to support backwards compatibility using its streaming PS Now service, but Sony could also be planning to add …

iPad Numbers: New Record 26 Million Sold Last Quarter

Apple revealed some impressive iPad numbers during their Q1 2014 financial call yesterday afternoon. For the quarter that ended on December 28, 2013 the company set an all time record for iPads sold in a quarter.<p>Here’s the record-breaking total and some other notable iPad numbers from the Apple …

Nintendo denies smartphone software rumor, says it has 'no plans' to offer mini-games on rival hardware

Nintendo? Making games for other hardware? Not <i>so</i> fast. Nikkei's widely reported tale of Mario et al. coming to a smartphone near you is unlikely to happen -- at least in the way we were all half-hoping for. The company has told Engadget that it has no plans to offer "mini-games" on smartphone …

Sources: Coin Is Raising More Cash

Coin, a YC-backed company looking to thin down your wallet, is currently in the process of raising around $15 million in Series A funding, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.<p>Led by Kanishk Parashar and K9 investor/board member Manu Kumar, Coin offers a replacement for every …

Ahead of possible revamp, Apple TV gets listed as full product line on Apple’s website

As rumors of a big upgrade to Apple TV continue to swirl, 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple(s aapl) has added a section dedicated to the device in its …

The Best and Worst Fighting Games for Newbs

Where to start in the world of fighting games.<p><i>“Fighting games look fun, but man do I suck at them!”</i><p>It’s the single most common phrase I hear when …

A Chinese electronics company is getting into the console business

TCL Corp., a Chinese electronic manufacturer, is getting in to the video game business later this year, China Daily reports.<p>The multinational company, whose name is an acronym for The Creative Life, was founded in 1981 and sells electronics equipment including appliances, mobile phones and …

Game Scoop!: Discussing Vita's New Censored Game - IGN Video

Card battle game Monster Monpiece is having certain cards removed from the Western release. Here's why.

Frowning In Bright Sunlight Can Make You Angry

A study on an Italian beach turns up interesting results<p>Way back in 1872, Charles Darwin noted that when people look into bright sunshine they often frown, assuming a facial expression similar to that of anger. And indeed, when people look into bright light without sunglasses, they contract many of …

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Day of remembrance: Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

Because shuttle launches had become routine after 24 successful missions, those watching found the explosion difficult to believe until NASA …

Rebuilding Noah's Ark Following 4,000-Year-Old Instructions

Following newly discovered, detailed instructions written on a 4,000-year-old Babylonian tablet, a team is rebuilding Noah’s Ark.<p>The instructions …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

7,000-year-old hunter-gatherer had dark skin, blue eyes

Researchers analyzed the DNA from a tooth belonging to the 7,000-year-old remains of European hunter-gatherer to determine his appearance.<p>They say …

What happens if you get too close to a black hole? Ask the experts - video

Professor Robert Winston is joined by Dr Shini Somara and Dr Lewis Dartnell to tackle some questions put to them by inquiring young minds. What happens if you get too close to a black hole? Will there ever be a cure for colds and flu? And what is it like to be a woman in the world of engineering?

Scientific American wants to end the ban on psychoactive drug research

<i>Scientific American</i> recently published a spirited editorial calling for the US government to end the ban on psychoactive drug research. After the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, drugs like marijuana, MDMA, and LSD were put on the Schedule I drug list, deemed to have no accepted …

How Can Death Be So Beautiful?

Several billion years after it’s born, a star dies. It’s death takes another few billion years. Our middle-aged sun is expected to die in some 5 …

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