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Solar System's Next Close Encounter Will Be With Gliese 710, Say Astronomers

New data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia mission has given astronomers unprecedented accuracy in predicting that Gliese 710, a K-spectral type star a little more than half the size of our Sun, will cross into our solar system’s Oort Cloud of comets some 1.35 million years from …

Universe

Czechs open production of batteries based on nanotechnology

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech company opened on Monday a production line for batteries based on nanotechnology, which uses tiny parts invisible to human eyes. The batteries are touted as potentially more efficient, longer-lasting, cheaper, lighter and above all safer.<p>The automatic line will operate for …

Clean Energy

Physicists Pin Down Antimatter in Milestone Laser Test

In a technical tour-de-force, physicists have made of the first measurements of how antimatter atoms absorb light.<p>Researchers at CERN, the European …

Physics

Former Fermilab Physicist Aims To Build A 'Star Trek'-Style Antimatter Engine

Gerald Jackson and his partner are starting a Kickstarter to raise funds<p>Humankind may dream of one day traveling to other star systems like Captain Kirk, but in reality we can barely figure out how to make it to the next planet over. The fastest we've ever flown in space was during Apollo 10 at …

Physics

Kickstarter could make this antimatter propulsion system a reality

In Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe, the mostly fictional antimatter engines aboard Federation starships served as a critical element to the …

Physics

TalkTalk internet taken down as company hit by same cyber attack that broke connections across the world

TalkTalk and other internet providers stopped providing connections to users after they were hit by a huge cyber attack.<p>The troubled internet …

Cybersecurity

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Apple Don’t Rule Out Helping Track Muslims

In a new report from The Intercept, 8 out of 9 major technology firms either gave no reply or took no position when asked if they would cooperate …

Social Media

Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education

A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of …

Virtual Reality

Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were affected by the attack, the second such offensive in two months.<p>A failed attempt to hijack consumer routers is being blamed for network outages that left hundreds of thousands of people in Germany without internet service this weekend.<p>Around 900,000 of …

Routers

The Cold of Deep Space Will Be No Match for NASA's Robots

Robots are expensive. The materials used to create humanoid robots in particular make them challenging to mass-produce, and even if a company builds …

Robotics

Scientists just made the world’s best clock even better to test Einstein’s theory of relativity

All scientists like precision and accuracy, but the ones at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are even more particular than most.<p>On Nov. 28, researchers from NIST in Boulder, Colorado published work in Nature Photonics describing a timepiece that keeps time more reliably …

Physics

NASA X-ray tech could enable superfast communication in deep space

New technology could use X-rays to transmit data at high rates over vast distances in outer space, as well as enable communications with hypersonic vehicles during re-entry, when radio communications are impossible, NASA scientists say.<p>The technology would combine multiple NASA projects currently …

Firefox 0-day in the wild is being used to attack Tor users | Ars Technica

Publicly released exploit works reliably against a wide range of Firefox versions.<p><b>Update on 11/30/2016 2:20 PM California time:</b> Firefox developer …

Information Security

German intelligence officer 'arrested over Islamist plot' raising fears the spy agency has been infiltrated

A German intelligence officer has reportedly been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency's headquarters in Cologne.<p>The 51-year-old official was said to have made a "partial confession" to the plot, according to Der Spiegel.<p>The suspect attempted to pass on "sensitive information …

There's E Ink everything now, even wallets

I could live with e-paper everything. I’m talking billboards, monitors, keyboards, remotes, watches, phones, and wallets. Yes, we now have an e-paper wallet called the Wonder Wallet. It just launched on Kickstarter. Why an e-paper wallet, you ask? Because e-paper looks cool and because on …

Gear & Gadgets

Brexit is going to be really bad for the Scotch whisky industry

Companies such as Diageo, which owns the Johnnie Walker whisky brand, will experience a rapid increase customs tariffs, Macquarie said in a note to clients.<p>Leaving the EU would mean falling out of the 27-nation bloc's free trade agreements with other countries, hiking tariffs from 0% to 30% in …

Whiskey

Malware uses Facebook and LinkedIn images to hijack your PC (updated)

Malware doesn't always have to attack your computer through browser- or OS-based exploits. Sometimes, it's the social networks themselves that can be the problem. Researchers at Check Point have discovered that a variant of known ransomware, Locky, is taking advantage of flaws in the way Facebook …

Google launches its own festival to bring together music and technology

Later this month, Google is launching its own “first-of-its-kind livestream festival” called GOODFest.<p>Aimed at bringing together “music, community and technology,” the initiative will raise money for non-profits through ticket sales and online donations.<p>Here’s how Google describes the motivation …

California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients

The nation's largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some lawyers are not happy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients.<p>California currently bars attorneys from coercing a client into sex …

Someone Has Beaten 'Pokémon Sun And Moon' Using Just A Magikarp

It seems that a resourceful Japanese gamer has managed to beat <i>Pokémon Sun and Moon</i> by using only a Magikarp.<p>A gamer on Twitter, posted a series of images showing that their Magikarp had made it to the hall of fame in the game saying, “I made it to the hall of fame in <i>Pokémon Sun and Moon</i> just using …

Pokémon

Meet ALVINN, the self-driving car from 1989

This ain’t no chipmunk<p>In 1989, the Berlin Wall began to fall, the World Wide Web made its debut, Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” topped the charts, and in Pittsburgh, a retrofitted Army ambulance called ALVINN was driving around Carnegie Mellon University without any human intervention.<p>Self-driving cars …

Autonomous Cars

People Knowingly Donated $100,000 To Dig A Big, Pointless Hole In The Ground

When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.<p>Cards Against Humanity, the maker of the game of the same name, announced last week it would be celebrating Black Friday by digging a giant, pointless hole in the ground. The company named it the Holiday Hole, and said it would dig the …

Cards Against Humanity

TIM the robot inspects the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider so you don’t have to

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider holds the title as the world’s largest particle accelerator, boasting an underground circular tunnel that’s 17 miles long. It’s ideal for smashing particles into each other at nearly the speed of light, but making sure such a gigantic structure is up-to-date and working …

Physics

Bizarre Horror Board Game on Track To Become Biggest Kickstarter of All Time

A Kickstarter for the reprint of a fantasy-horror board game called <i>Kingdom Death: Monster</i> has raised nearly $5 million dollars since launching …

Kickstarter

Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a …

Artificial Intelligence

Video of Black Friday brawl in California goes viral

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Video of a brawl among deal-hunting shoppers at a crowded Northern California mall has been getting nationwide attention.<p>The Modesto Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2fFCMhD ) that the video shows a fight among about six men at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto on the night of …

Northern California

Canadian officials say recently discovered object is not a lost bomb

<b>(CNN) —</b> People living near Canada's Pacific coast can breathe a sigh of relief -- the Royal Canadian Navy said that an object found recently in the ocean is not a lost bomb or nuclear weapon.<p>The navy said in a statement that the device was "a metal part of a larger machine assembly and appears to …

British Columbia