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Today in science: An island is born

On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island, Surtsey, was …

Observations From an Amazing Weekend of Vintage Racing at COTA

We go inside the vintage races at the Circuit of the Americas armed with a camera and a desire to see everything.<p>"It's nature's softbox."<p>That's how some people describe photographing during a grey, overcast day. They say it positively; it's a <i>good</i> thing. Presumably, these are people who like …

Physicists discover a weird new form of matter - Futurity

New research uncovers an unusual form of matter—not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different.

Physics

Move Over, Yellow 6. More Natural Colors From Plants Are Coming

Not long ago, I tried a new kind of Doritos tinted a shade of orange that I'll wager does not exist in the vegetable world. These JACKED Ranch Dipped Hot Wings Flavored chips were so intensely tinted that after four chips, I had to stop eating them. My mind simply wouldn't accept them as food.<p>What …

Agriculture

Google is merging Chrome OS and Android

Google's two operating systems will soon be one. Chrome OS is going to be combined with Android, and the combined OS could be revealed as soon as next year, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The <i>Journal</i> reports that Chrome is essentially being folded into Android, because Android has emerged as …

Google

LOOK: Fan says Rams accidentally sent him $25K worth of tickets

What would you do if the Rams accidentally sent you $25,000 in tickets? That actually happened to a guy in St. Louis.<p>Apparently, the Rams are so …

NFL

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Drops $3.5M on 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Car

Just another day in the life of Floyd Mayweather Jr.<p>The now-retired ring king is obviously not strapped for cash post-career, spending $3,498,000 (£2,280,000) on the new 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.<p>According to the official Bugatti website, the car goes from 0-100 kilometers per hour in …

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

You'll Finally Be Able to Buy Nissan's Nurburgring Aero Kit for the Nismo GT-R

Plus it's called N-Attack, and that's badass.<p>Nissan is quite proud of the fact that its GT-R managed to lap the Nürburgring in with a time of 7:08.679, setting a record for the fastest recorded lap by a volume production car. Considering the challenges of setting such a record, the company has …

Green Manalishi: Neil Tjin Builds a Genesis Coupe For SEMA – Feature

For about a decade now, Neil Tjin has maintained his position as one of handful of go-to tuner/customizer/visionary types that manufacturers call when they are looking to infuse a product with some custom aftermarket sizzle. So when Hyundai wanted to remind the public that the Genesis coupe was …

Fabrication

American Accents: Chevrolet to Show Red Accent and Black Accent 2016 Camaros at SEMA

Sports Cars

Electric Motorcycle Maker Mission Motors Runs Out Of Juice

Mission Motorcycles, a small company that generated a lot of excitement for its incredible electric motorcycle prototype, has just filed for …

Droid Turbo 2 announced with shatterproof display, 48-hour battery

Motorola and Verizon Wireless have just unveiled the Droid Turbo 2, the latest flagship smartphone in the long-running "Droid" partnership between both companies. It's set to launch just two days from now on October 29th for $26 per month (32GB) or $30 per month (64GB) on Verizon's 24-month payment …

Mobile Technology

The force awakens: tractor beam becomes a reality

Science fiction becomes fact as scientists develop an acoustic hologram which can hold and move objects, but its uses will be more surgical than Star Wars<p>A sonic tractor beam that can grab tiny objects and move them around has been created by scientists in Spain.<p>They used the same technology to …

Nature Communications

Kentucky used a formation even worse than that time it had 8 men on the field

The Wildcats had three entire defenders in the box against a 230-pound dual-threat quarterback.<p>Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott is good at running. Saturday, Kentucky ended up showing him a front with three defensive linemen and ... let me count ... zero linebackers in the box?<p>Let's …

NFL

The NBA Player Whose One True Passion (Outside of Basketball) Is Video Games

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward made headlines recently, but not for anything he did on the court.<p>The 25-year-old came to gaming's defense when former ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd criticized competitive gaming and the people who play during a recent segment of his show. The fiery and outspoken …

Basketball

Brandon Marshall on Malcolm Butler: 'This kid can be special'

Malcolm Butler was a no-name cornerback for the New England Patriots last season, as not many really knew who he was until one of the final plays of the season. Of course, that play was his Super Bowl-saving interception in February, which put his name on the map for the future.<p>Now in his second …

NFL

New iPhone 6s Ads Tout New Camera And “Hey Siri” Tech, Boast Jamie Foxx And Steph Curry Cameos

Apple just unveiled three new ads showing off a few of the new features on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Unlike past ads focusing exclusively on the aggressively hipster everyman, these ads feature some major star power.<p>The first ad focuses entirely on the new iPhone 6s camera, as well as the 4k video …

Watch this dreamy animation of a black hole tearing apart a passing star

Animation

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

Earth’s final days are in the distant future, but the the death of a far-off solar system revealed in images from Kepler 2 shows how the world might end<p>The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s …

Universe

The Little-Known, Disfiguring Disease That’s Coming Our Way

I tell a story over on the news side of <i>National Geographic</i> today, about an intrepid team of explorers who plunged into nearly impenetrable Honduran rainforest in order to groundtruth the legend that it concealed a fabled “white city.” They succeeded (and you can read that story in the October issue …

Public Health

A Human Driver Vs. Robby The Autonomous Racecar

Taking humans out of the equation will transform the car of the future<p>It’s a sunny morning at Sonoma Raceway, north of San Francisco—a great day for a race. My driver, Robby, pulls up to greet me. Robby is not a person. It’s a car—an autonomous racecar, to be precise—and it’s ready for a fight. …

Roads

Nexus 6P Review: This Is The Android Device That You’ve Been Waiting For

/* */<p>Sundar Pichai made his first public presentation as Google’s CEO last month and showed off a slew of new hardware devices. One of the two phones announced was the Nexus 6P by Huawei. For the flagship Nexus phones, is bigger necessarily better? Let’s find out.<p><p>Facebook<p>Nexus 6P | Review | …

Android News

Nebraska WR made a sweet TD catch, but the amazing part was his tip right before

De'Mornay Pierson-El makes one of the catches of the season.<p>Nebraska receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El took college football by storm last year as an electrifying return man. On Saturday, he showed everyone his pass-catching credentials aren't so bad, either.<p>That's an absolutely outrageous catch, …

College Football

Nintendo NX Is a Console/Mobile Hybrid, Has "Industry-Leading" Tech - Report

<b>[UPDATE]</b> A Nintendo representative tells GameSpot, “As we previously announced, we will not comment further on NX until 2016."<p><i>The original story is below.</i><p>According to a new report today from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Nintendo has started to send out software development kits for its upcoming gaming …

Retrogaming

New Hubble Images Show Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Still Shrinking

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter continues to shrink, spectacular new images from the Hubble Space Telescope show. (See big versions of the pictures here and here.)<p>But, scientists say, the big storm, which has been swirling around the planet for hundreds of years, will likely put up a fight before it …

Astronomy

Microsoft's PC partners are rallying for an ad blitz against Apple

The advertising campaign, which will involve TV commercials, print ads, and online ads, will ask a simple question: "PC Does What?"<p>It sounds a lot like the PC industry's belated answer to Apple's famous "Get a Mac" ads than ran from 2006 to 2009. In those ads, John Hodgman and Justin Long played a …

NFL fines Cameron Heyward for honoring his father Ironhead, who died from cancer

Heyward was fined for message supporting his late father's fight with bone cancer.<p>October is the month where the NFL shows how much it cares by having players wear pink to show their support for breast cancer. But the NFL won't allow Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward to honor his …

Cancer

Climate Change Means Spring Could Come Three Weeks Earlier Across U.S.

Spring flowers may arrive as much as three weeks faster over the next century as climate change drives an earlier end to winters in areas of the United States, researchers say in a new report.<p>Warmer weather sooner in the year might have consequences for farmers as well as wildlife, said the …

Climate Change

Have We Detected Megastructures Built By Aliens Around A Distant Star?

Or just a cloud of comets? Scientists want to investigate further<p>The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more …

Universe

Apple launches new Retina 4K 21.5-inch iMac, all 27-inch iMacs now feature Retina 5K displays

Apple has today announced updates to the entire iMac family. Most notably, the company has brought Retina to the 21.5 inch iMac range, with 4K resolution displays. Apple has also dropped the non-Retina 27 inch iMacs, so they feature 5K displays across the board. The new iMac displays include faster …

iMac