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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless review: A top-notch on-ear headphone cuts the cord -- but raises the price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones have excellent build quality and deliver rich, well-balanced sound for Bluetooth headphones (they perform even better in wired mode). The earpads are removable, and a cable is included for wired listening along with a nice carrying case. The …

Audiophile

CleanMyMac 3 Frees Up Valuable Space On Your Mac

There are plenty of apps out there that claim to clean your computer and get rid of the junk, but the latest release of CleanMyMac does that in a quick, attractive looking package.<p>The new version, released today, sports an attractive user interface and has been optimized for OS X …

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Scientists in California are hoping to use your smart phone to solve a cosmic mystery. They're developing an app to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. If enough people install the app, the scientists think they'll be able to figure out once and for all what's producing the very energetic …

Particles

Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

Almost nothing like it has ever been observed on the red planet before<p>On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars' southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into the Martian sky. Clouds, aurora, and other Martian …

Astronomy

A Mysterious Plume Over Mars Confounds Scientists

A strange cloud or haze rising extremely high above the surface of Mars has astronomers struggling to come up with an explanation for the phenomena that fits with the existing scientific understanding of the Martian atmosphere.<p>A paper examining a pair of 2012 observations of the large, bright plume …

Hubble Telescope Spots an Emoticon in Outer Space

In the center of this Hubble Telescope image is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it appears to be smiling back at you.<p>The two orange eyes of …

The Oldest Stars Are a Lot Younger Than We Thought

Astronomers say the very first stars in the universe burst into existence more than 100 million years later than they previously thought.<p>A few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the light from some of the very first stars and galaxies lit up the universe and ended a period known as the "dark …

Hubble captures triple solar eclipse on Jupiter

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Hubble space telescope peers hundreds, thousands, millions of light-years into the universe to study novas, quasars and nebulas.<p>But weeks ago, it pulled its focus way in close -- to just light-minutes away -- to view a rare and beautiful spectacle at the planet Jupiter.<p>Three big moons …

NASA wants to send an orbiter to Jupiter's moon Europa in a decade

NASA's scientists have been conjuring up mission concepts to Europa for more than a decade, but now they're absolutely sure that the Clipper concept is <i>the one.</i>So, they're asking $30 million from the government for a year of preliminary studies starting on October 1st, on top of the $100 million the …

Astronomy

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomy

7 Science-Based Reasons to Use Emoticons at Work

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

Close encounter with distant Pluto getting under way

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world.<p>"The pictures are what we're all waiting for," Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, told CNN.<p>Up until now, …

Solar System

Ceres in sight: NASA's Dawn spacecraft eyes mysterious dwarf planet

It's the home stretch for NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which after a 3-billion-mile journey has finally got the dwarf planet Ceres in its sights. Now, Dawn's newest images reveal fascinating features on Ceres' surface that will only grow clearer in the run-up to the spacecraft's arrival March 6.<p>Dawn's …

Mysterious Radio Burst Captured In Real-Time For First Time Ever

Ever since astronomers first detected a strange flash of radio waves in 2007, they have been scratching their heads over what these so-called "fast radio bursts" might be and where they come from.<p>Now, an international team of researchers say they're one step closer to solving the mystery, after …

Super-dense pulsing star ducks behind invisibility cloak

The pulsar is now all but invisible to even the largest telescopes on Earth.<p>Joeri van Leeuwen, astrophysicist

Stream TV audio to your smartphone with Tunity

One big reason the Roku 3 is my favorite streaming box: the remote. It has a headphone jack you can plug into when you want to watch TV without disturbing others. Wireless TV audio streamed right to the clicker: genius!<p>Turns out there's also an app for that. Tunity streams TV audio to your …

Grocery delivery giant Instacart raises $220M at a rumored $2B valuation

Instacart, the grocery delivery startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, has reportedly raised a massive $220 million funding round.<p>The round, according to Recode, may value the company at a jaw-dropping $2 billion. Reached by VentureBeat, Instacart declined to comment on the rumored valuation. The …