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Border Patrol Agents Detain 2 'Pokemon Go' Players

The teens from Canada illegally crossed into the U.S. while playing the game.<p>Pokemon Go continues to hit the headlines.<p>Border Patrol agents detained two teenagers from Canada on Thursday after they illegally crossed the border into the U.S. while playing the game.<p>The duo, who have not been …

Android phones can be hacked with a simple text

Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published Monday.<p>This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide -- about 95% of the Androids in use today.<p>The problem stems from …

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It Looks Like Someone Drew On Saturn’s Moon Tethys With A Red Crayon

Like, a miles-wide crayon<p>Enhanced-color images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have revealed long, reddish streaks across one of Saturn’s moons.<p>Tethys, a 660-mile-wide ball of ice, has a dull whitish-gray surface to the naked eye. But when it’s viewed through different filters, the surface comes …

Obama Calls For U.S. To Build World’s Fastest Supercomputer

To compete with China, and use in almost any field of research you can think of<p>Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order to establish the National Strategic Computing Initiative, intended to advance American research efforts that require high-capacity computing (HCC). The main thrust of …

50-Million-Year-Old Worm Sperm Found Preserved In Antarctica

Old things come in small packages<p>We all know about how mosquitos trapped in amber:<p>Can lead to dinosaur biker gangs:<p>(Or, at the very least, awesome memes) But what about worm sperm trapped in a cocoon? It probably won't lead to insane theme parks with a death wish, but it could change our …

YouTube up to 240bn monthly video views, with top 100 MCNs worth $10bn

Report claims that more than 22 multi-channel networks reaching 1bn monthly views, as top star PewDiePie’s earnings are revealed<p>The 100 largest multi-channel networks (MCNs) on YouTube may have a collective valuation of nearly $10bn, and account for 42% of the online video service’s monthly …

Does Sugar Make Kids Hyper?

Short answer: Only if you believe it does<p>The image of a kid on a sugar high bouncing off the walls gained credence in the 1970s and ’80s, when several studies linked sugar intake to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity.<p>But in 1995, Vanderbilt University pediatrician Mark Wolraich reviewed 23 …

Do you see it? Optical illusion makes pretty woman appear on blank canvas

An optical illusion makes participants see a woman with brunette hair after simply staring at a person’s nose for 15 seconds<p>A new optical illusion has surfaced online and it’s much creepier than ‘the dress’.<p>A negative image of a woman’s face appears on one side of the image and an off-white blank …

An eerie drone flight under London’s streets

Sit back and watch mesmerising footage of a drone flying through the Crossrail tunnels under London.<p>The view begins high above the London rooftops, the kind of eye-view usually seen only by crane operators working in cramped cabins. You descend at a gentle rate, dropping down until you’re at the …

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Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, …

Unexplained Aurora And Dust Clouds Spotted Above Mars

The red planet is literally shrouded in mystery<p>Our planetary neighbor just got a little more mysterious. In September, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars to study the planet’s upper atmosphere, and since its arrival, the orbiter has picked up two unusual readings: 1) There’s a giant dust cloud …

Where's the best place to see Friday's solar eclipse? Probably the internet

Americans will not see the rare solar event at all, but stargazers across Europe and the UK will be able to catch a view<p>Stargazers around the world will be greeted with a breathtaking solar eclipse on Friday – though it won’t be visible to all. Unless you’re Danish or had the foresight to make …

Solar eclipse 2015: highlights

Watch highlights from the solar eclipse as seen from Newquay in Cornwall, from Svalbard in Norway and the Faroe Islands<p>Millions have turned out to witness Britain enter the twilight zone of a near-total solar eclipse, despite much of the country being covered by cloud.<p>For much of the UK, the …

Android customization – how to factory reset your Android device, and a few things you should do first

Last week on our Android customization series, we helped out the beginning Android users in the crowd, showing off how to install a new icon pack on your Android device. This week is still a somewhat beginners task, we’ll look at performing a factory reset on your Android device.<p>More than just a …

The most expensive Apple Watch is diamond-studded and costs $115,000

Behold, the only thing greater than the Apple Watch Edition, the $114,995 diamond-studded Lux Watch Omni, an 18-karat gold customized version of …

Watch a new 3D printing technique create intricate objects from a pool of goo

3D printing is stuck in a bit of a rut. There are companies trying to push the technology beyond the trinket market, but many of the existing printers are slow, jam often, and don’t always make perfect copies. One new printer introduced at the TED conference may have the answer.<p>Most existing …

Behind the NSA's mysterious coded tweet

When the National Security Agency sent a tweet Monday filled with garbled nonwords like "tpfccdlfdtte," the Internet was confused, and intrigued.<p>Was the NSA drunk? Had a cat skittered across someone's keyboard?<p>Or maybe the spy agency, under fire for eavesdropping on Americans, had accidentally …

Meet the guy who just broke TweetDeck

TweetDeck, a popular Twitter app for desktops, has been hacked -- because a 19-year-old computer geek in Austria wanted to use cute, little hearts.<p>On Wednesday, something like an Internet worm quickly spread across the Twitter (TWTR) social media network. It came from a tweet of a "♥" symbol that …

Poodles are attacking the Internet

There's yet another Internet bug that threatens to make your private conversations public. The new enemy: "Poodle" attacks.<p>Google (GOOG) security researchers have discovered a weakness in a method for securing Internet communication. As it turns out, our Web browsers are susceptible to a …

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.<p>Editor of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Pamela Paul’s recent column “How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by …

Extremely Rare Fox Seen in Yosemite—First Time in 100 Years

Weird & Wild<p>It's too early to say if the Sierra Nevada red fox is rebounding, experts say.<p>One of the rarest animals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, has been caught on camera in California's Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century.<p>Motion-sensitive cameras stationed …

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Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, …

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Scientists make an invisibility cloak using off-the-shelf optical lenses

Most invisibility cloaks require fairly exotic technology to work, such as fiber optics or light-altering metamaterials. That's not very practical, especially since the illusion still tends to break when you move. The University of Rochester may have a far more realistic solution, however -- it has …

Google Glass wearers can steal your password

Remember the kid who tried to cheat off you by looking over your shoulder to copy your test answers? He's baaaack.<p>But this time he's wearing Google Glass -- and he's after your iPad PIN.<p>Cyber forensics experts at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell have developed a way to steal passwords …

Scientists Find That Martian Soil Is Actually Pretty Good For Growing Stuff

The mustard plant hadn’t exactly flowered in Martian soil <i>from Mars</i>. Instead, NASA provided Wamelink with substitute Martian soil–stuff collected from …

Researchers create a headset to turn your jaw into a tiny power plant

We're no strangers to projects that try to capture the power of the human body, but here's one with a peculiar twist. A pair of researchers from Montreal's École de Technologie Supérieure have cooked up a headset that, while extremely goofy-looking, can harness the power of your mighty jaw muscles …