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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 …

Android TV

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 …

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. <b>Filippa Lentzos</b>, <b>Koos van der Bruggen</b>and <b>Kathryn Nixdorff</b> argue that the US should lead the way.<p>There is a growing …

Self Control

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 …

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 …

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

Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea of an Earth-orbiting broadcast satellite, he neglected to patent it: he couldn’t imagine one being built in his lifetime. He wasn’t the only one caught off guard when the Soviet Union sprung a satellite on the world just …

Space Exploration

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

That’s why the concept of the smart wheel–essentially, a wheel that converts a regular bike into an electric one–is so exciting. Smart wheels are …

Electric Vehicles

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?

By Thor Benson7 minute Read<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported …

Water

Warning over experimental brain boost

Electrical brain stimulation equipment – which can boost cognitive performance and is easy to buy online – can have bad effects, impairing brain functioning, research from scientists at Oxford University has shown.<p>A steady stream of reports of stimulators being able to boost brain performance, …

Australian and UK alcohol industry lobbyists are hijacking policy – study

Industry lobbyists are hijacking government alcohol policy reform discussions and hampering efforts in Australia and the UK to curb drinking rates, health experts say.<p>Despite alcohol consumption being the leading cause of death and disability globally, the alcohol industry wields a significant …

New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto mission

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 planet Pluto and sibling worlds in its Kuiper Belt home.<p>A pre-set alarm clock roused New Horizons from its electronic slumber at …

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’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

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

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 Scottish MEP, said on Tuesday that the @Trumpton_UKIP account was “fake”, asking his 9,000 followers to “please …

Meet the new Bond car

The gloves don't work | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

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 …