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Elon Musk's new idea: Nuke Mars

<b>(CNN) —</b> Never let it be said that Elon Musk isn't full of ideas.<p>The man who gave us the Tesla electric car, who has big plans for his SpaceX rocket company and who has proposed the tantalizing Hyperloop dropped another bomb during his appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on …

Planetary Habitability

Send aliens modern messages of Earth's equality and diversity, say scientists

The UK entrants to a Breakthrough Initiative competition agree on one thing: any missive to extraterrestrials must be an up-to-date portrayal of humankind<p>Messages sent into space to tell extraterrestrials about the nature of humankind should be updated to reflect gender equality and the diversity …

Aliens

Homo naledi: new species of ancient human discovered, claim scientists

Bones found in South African cave are <i>Homo naledi</i>, a new species of ancient human relative, say researchers, but some experts are sceptical of find<p>A huge haul of bones found in a small, dark chamber at the back of a cave in South Africa may be the remnants of a new species of ancient human …

Evolution

Satellite Company Joins Project To Create Unmanned Robot Ships

Unmanned ships navigating by artificial stars<p>In ancient times, sailors navigated as much by the position of the stars at night as they did by familiar landscapes during the day. Now, in a twist on centuries of astronomical navigation, a satellite navigation company is joining with a robotic …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

What is dark energy?

We need dark energy to explain why gravity seems to be driving galaxies in our universe apart instead of pulling them together.<p>The nature of dark …

Are Our Devices Turning Us Into A New Kind Of Human?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Screen Time - Part I.<p><b>About Amber Case's TED Talk</b><p>Anthropologist Amber Case says our technology is changing us into cyborgs. She argues we have become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of <i>Homo sapiens.</i><p><b>About Amber Case</b><p>Cyborg anthropologist Amber Case …

Your tongue reveals when you’re impatient to talk

Someone’s asked you a question, and halfway through it, you already know the answer. While you think you’re politely waiting for your chance to …

We use less slang after a hashtag on Twitter

Twitter is full of shorthand and slang, but a new study suggests that people follow many of the same kinds of etiquette on social media as they do in …

New Pluto images confirm it as a world of mysteries

Photograph: Nasa/Rex Shutterstock<p>This image of Pluto is derived from data sent back from Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft. The image is dominated by the informally named icy plain Sputnik Planum but also features a tremendous variety of other …

Solar System

HandyCase adds touch controls to the back of your iPhone or iPad

It can be tough playing games on a tablet, since you can't hold 'em up comfortably like a controller or a phone. Silicon Valley startup HandScape believes their iPhone and iPad "HandyCase" is the answer to that problem. HandyCase might look just like any other protective shell, you see, but it …

IPad Air

Google officially rolling out Android Pay starting today (Update: Grab the APK now)

21<p><b>Update:</b> We told you we’d update the post as soon as the app is available. Well, technically it has started to hit devices, but in Google’s customary fashion, the rollout is a gradual one. For those that don’t like waiting, you can now grab the APK and manually load it on your device.<p>Keep in mind …

Android Pay

Apple is not following Jobs' script and that's OK

“Who wants a stylus? You have to get them and put them away, you lose them. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.”<p>It was 2007 and a still-robust Steve Jobs …

Samsung announces Galaxy J2 in India for Rs. 8,490

Samsung is very keen to secure a major share of the booming Indian smartphone market and so has just announced its new affordable Galaxy J2 handset in the country. The tech giant developed the Galaxy J2 specifically for this market at its research and development centre located in India.<p>The Galaxy …

Microsoft is inviting users to test its new Xbox One dashboard ahead of the official release

The redesigned Xbox One dashboard is set to drop in November, but Microsoft is letting loyal users test it and provide feedback before the launch.<p>The company announced today that members of its Preview program will be given a chance to test the new dashboard before it’s released, and their feedback …

Xbox

Qualcomm has a plan to make drones smaller, better and cheaper

Drones may still have some legal hurdles to fly over before they truly arrive, but as a consumer technology, they’ve shown remarkable progress. We’ve …

Salesforce Launches App Cloud, Integrated Mobile Development Platform

Salesforce, which will have a flurry of announcements in the coming days with its annual Dreamforce user conference coming up next week, gave us a teaser ahead of the show, launching the Salesforce App Cloud today.<p>The App cloud is an offshoot of the company’s Salesforce 1 platform, designed …

Apple didn't "blow it" with the stylus, it did what was right

Apple announced a giant new iPad Pro yesterday that comes in at a gargantuan 12.9 inches along with a new accessory called the Apple Pencil which just happens to be a stylus made for graphic designers or document editing.<p>Naturally, the world went crazy citing the two times Steve Jobs famously said …

Google to Start Rolling Out Android Pay Today

This is the company's second attempt -- remember Google Wallet? -- but the first since Apple Pay rolled out.<p>Google will start making its Android Pay service available today, according to multiple sources, as the search giant prepares to take another stab at mobile payments. The company plans to …