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NVIDIA Shield Android TV review

A plethora of set-top boxes has been introduced to the market, offering so many options we don’t even know how to handle them. Of course, here at Android Authority we have a very special spot in our hearts for Android TV devices, and today we are taking a look at what could be the best one.<p>We know …

Computer Science

Watch DARPA's 'Magic' Bullet Swerve To Correct Its Course

DARPA’s self-steering bullet is, if acronyms are enough to go by, supposed to have razor-fine precision. Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, …

European cars will automatically call emergency services after a crash

EU plans will make in-car emergency call systems mandatory from 2018<p>The European Union has approved plans to install an emergency call feature in all cars and light vans from March 31st, 2018. The system, known as eCall, automatically contacts emergency services in the event of a crash, as …

Conservative Ukip coalition: what have the parties said

A hung parliament is almost the only likely result of Election 2015. Will Conservatives form a coalition with Ukip? Read the facts and quotes yourself<p>Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that he would do a deal with the Conservatives in return for securing an earlier referendum on Britain's membership …

Hypernova: one direct hit of its deadly gamma rays and life on Earth will be obliterated

The Night Sky in May 2015: when black holes collide, they unleash a stellar fury<p>It is now 65 years since Enrico Fermi asked his famous question: "Where is everyone?" Yet still no trace of alien civilisations has been found.<p>They ought to exist. The Sun is an ordinary star and Earth an ordinary …

Universe

Audi Just Invented Fuel Made From CO₂ and Water

An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, has managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint — made from …

Can we trust scientists' self-control?

New biological techniques create the potential for catastrophe. The self-control of scientists is not enough to protect us, or to secure public trust. National governments must step in. Filippa Lentzos, Koos van der Bruggenand Kathryn Nixdorff argue that the US should lead the way.<p>There is a …

The most accurate clock ever built only loses one second every 15 billion years

Scientists have a set a new record in accurate timekeeping, creating an atomic clock that won't lose or gain a second in 15 billion years — a time span greater than the estimated age of the Universe. The clock measures the oscillation of strontium atoms to create its "tick," and could one day …

Physics

Bullet-proof Bloodhound car aims for 1,000mph record

Described as “part Formula 1 car, part space rocket and part supersonic jet”, the Bloodhound Supersonic Car is aiming to be the world’s first 1,000mph car when it attempts to set a new world record in 2016. The car’s British designers say they are pushing the limits of science, with the Bloodhound …

Aerospace

Houston, we have a lot of problems: is Mars One too good to be true?

The organisers claim everything is hunky dory with their plan to send 40 people to spend the rest of their days on the red planet, but sources suggest otherwise<p><b>Age:</b> Going since 2011, but probably best described as nascent.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Either a crazy, far-fetched story about a mission to Mars; or an …

Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world

Forget missions to Mars, satellite technology is the real space race, with the number in orbit set to double in the next decade. So what goes on behind the scenes?<p>Satellites as you’ve never seen them before – in pictures<p>Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea …

How Airplanes Are Made

Plans for a secure quantum internet take a leap forward

The ability to ‘sculpt’ individual photons is a crucial step towards a secure network of powerful quantum computers<p>Scientists have created a device that can release a single, precisely shaped photon of light, opening the way to a secure “quantum internet” that is incredibly powerful and …

A Detachable Wheel That Makes Your Bike Electric Is About To Hit The Market

Quickly change up the front wheel of your bike, and all of a sudden, you can zoom up hills and across town without breaking a sweat.<p>At a cost of about $2,000 to $4,000, electric bikes are an investment that most people aren’t willing to make. Sales doubled between 2012 and 2013, but they still …

Cycling

India to build nuclear reactors with Russia

India is to build at least ten more nuclear reactors with Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said after talks with President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi.<p>"We have outlined an ambitious vision for nuclear energy of at least 10 more reactors," Modi said at a press briefing on Thursday.<p>Russia's …

Can America's Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

Urban Planning

Warning over experimental brain boost

Equipment that can boost cognitive performance may also impair brain function, research from Oxford University has shown<p>Electrical brain stimulation equipment – which can boost cognitive performance and is easy to buy online – can have bad effects, impairing brain functioning, research from …

Australian and UK alcohol industry lobbyists are hijacking policy – study

Lobbyists are hampering attempts to curb drinking rates, despite alcohol consumption being the leading global cause of death, experts report<p>Industry lobbyists are hijacking government alcohol policy reform discussions and hampering efforts in Australia and the UK to curb drinking rates, health …

New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto mission

Scientific observation of Pluto and other bodies in the Kuiper Belt, solar system’s last unexplored region, begins next month<p>After nine years and a journey of 3bn miles, Nasa’s New Horizons robotic probe awoke from hibernation on Saturday to begin an unprecedented mission to study the icy dwarf …

Code of Ages

Go and Swift take another step up the programming-language ladder<p>If you are a very large, rich technology company today, it seems it is no longer …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

Ukip MEP ridiculed on Twitter after call for ban on spoof Trumpton account

David Coburn, the party’s sole Scottish MEP, said the account, based in Chippy Minton’s fictional hometown, was fake<p>A UK independence party (Ukip) MEP has been ridiculed on Twitter after calling for a spoof account based in the fictional town of Trumpton to be banned.<p>David Coburn, the party’s sole …

Meet the new Bond car

Revealed on the 007 stage at the historic Pinewood Studios, the first new member of the Bond 24 film cast is the "built for Bond" Aston Martin DB10. The aggressively styled new sports car has been designed in collaboration between Aston Martin and the film's producers. Director Sam Mendes pulled …

The gloves don't work

On the disadvantages of having a physicist for a parent<p>The first frosty morning of the year, around here. It is gloriously fresh and bright. Oblique sunshine, filtering through gaps in the curtains, picks out detail on the bookshelves opposite the bedroom window as we wake to the gentle sound of …