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Did the Kepler telescope just find the first signs of alien life?

A recent paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society describes a star more than 1,400 light years away that dims and glows in a strange flickering pattern. A number of theories have been suggested to explain why this might be happening, but one of them has gained outsized …

Aliens

Wolfram has created a website that will identify any image you throw at it

And it's learning as you do it<p>One of the most amazing things you can do with Wolfram Alpha is ask it what planes are overhead. If you're on your phone, it will pull your location, then cross reference that with a database of flights, including their altitude, angle, and even their flight number and …

National Parks

Guy Hollaway Architects Presents Plans for the World's First Multi-Storey Skatepark

Britain-based Guy Hollaway Architects has unveiled plans for the world’s first multi-storey<p>Britain-based Guy Hollaway Architects has unveiled plans for the world’s first multi-storey skatepark which will be located in the proposed “Folkestone Sports Park.” As part of Kent’s ongoing urban …

Why Elon Musk's space rockets are so much more promising than Jeff Bezos' right now

Blue Origin, which was founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2000, successfully launched its "New Shepard" space vehicle for the first time on April 29. The vehicle was named after Alan Shepard, who became the second human and first American to enter space 44 years ago. It is designed to eventually …

Space Travel

Hello Al Gore: Low Sun Spot Cycle Could Mean another 'Little Ice Age'

The sun is known to be the main driver of all weather and climate. With 99.86% of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of violent fire in the …

Free Android apps connect to thousands of tracking and ad URLs, research shows

Worst offenders include volume-control app that connects to 2,000 websites for advertising and tracking websites, according to France’s Eurecom<p>The average free Android app silently connects to more than 100 different web addresses to serve adverts and track users, according to a paper from French …

Apps

Google Launches Cloud Bigtable, A Highly Scalable And Performant NoSQL Database

With Cloud Bigtable, Google is launching a new NoSQL database offering today that, as the name implies, is powered by the company’s Bigtable data storage system, but with the added twist that it’s compatible with the Apache HBase API — which itself is based on Google’s Bigtable project. Bigtable …

Databases

‘Albert Einstein Font’ Lets You Write Like a Physics Genius

Few people can hope to achieve the feats of genius Albert Einstein, but now, there may at least be a way to write like the famous physicist, thanks to a font styled after his handwriting.<p>The "Albert Einstein Font," which is based on hundreds of letters written by Einstein himself, lets you "write …

Physics

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Tesla

This Scary Time Lapse From Space Reveal's Humanity's Global Footprint

The deforestation, water use, urban sprawl, and climate change is out of control.

Make it so!: NASA engineers say they successfully tested a real 'warp drive'

NASA has successfully tested a type of drive that could eventually take the concept of “warp drive” from science-fiction to reality, <i>CNET</i> reported.<p>The …

Space Travel

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Google Analytics

IBM Scientists Achieve Critical Steps to Building First Practical Quantum Computer

IBM scientists today unveiled two critical advances towards the realization of a practical quantum computer. For the first time, they showed the …

On-the-Deck Video Shows SpaceX’s Rocket Landing Try

Space Travel

Bill Nye Wins Nerd Fight With Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter

Yesterday <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b>, the scientist who enjoys ruining things like Pluto for us, took aim at the common phrase "meteoric rise." We were just …

Bill Nye

This Self-Powered Camera Can Shoot Forever Using Only the Light It Captures

Scientists have created a self-powered camera that can take pictures indefinitely without any external power. Instead, it generates its own power</i> …

Clean Energy

SpaceX Launches Cargo Into Orbit, Then Falcon 9 Rocket Hits the Deck

Space Travel

Finally, the space station will have an Italian espresso machine

<i>UPDATED 4:40 pm ET</i>: The launch on Monday was scrubbed due to thunderstorms in the vicinity of the launch site, and has been rescheduled for Tuesday …

Star Trek and Star Wars: The Battle For Technological Supremacy

One of the coolest things about science fiction 3 Examples of Amazing Science Fiction Tech That Became Reality 3 Examples of Amazing Science Fiction …

Japanese Star Wars toys make Darth Vader and Boba Fett look fiercer than ever

Square Enix, the Japanese video game publisher behind the <i>Final Fantasy</i> series, has developed a range of <i>Star Wars</i> toys. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the generic Imperial stormtrooper have all been given a miniature makeover by the Japanese company, shrunk down to action figure size and released as …

Darth Vader

IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM scientists have set three new records in the realm of quantum computing, the company announced today at the Annual Physical Society meeting in …

Pope Francis Warns Large Hadron Collider Could 'Open Gates of Hell'

Pope Francis pleaded the scientific community to halt operations on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this morning in an official Vatican release as …

First-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors

Before the dream of quantum computing is realized, a number of inherent problems must first be solved. One of these is the ability to maintain a …

5 Legendary TV Spaceships, Ranked By Which We'd Most Like To Live In

The annals of television science fiction history is riddled with famous spaceships. Whether we are talking about the various ships that exhibited the …

Science Fiction

Japan can now beam solar energy from space

If you think the idea of powering the whole world with solar power is still many years away, prepare to be amazed. The inspired minds at Mitsubishi …

2015 March 15 - A Total Eclipse at the End of the World

<b>A Total Eclipse at the End of the World</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Fred Bruenjes (moonglow.net)<p><b>Explanation:</b> Would you go to the end of the world to see …

Astronomy

NASA Tests Engine That Violates The Laws of Physics

NASA has tested an engine that does not use propellant – which violates the laws of physics.<p>Inventor Guiddo Fetta independently created the engine, …

NASA Can Make 3 More Nuclear Batteries, And That's It

Plutonium-238 is still in really short supply<p>Few materials in the universe are in as short supply as plutonium-238--the hot, radioactive material NASA uses to power its pluckiest spacecraft. It's estimated only 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of the stuff remains available to NASA, yet only 37 pounds (17 …

Nuclear Energy