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Gamma-Ray Flash Sets Astronomers All Atwitter

<b>Update for 2:30 p.m. ET May 28:</b> After the buzz broke, astronomers figured out that the flash was a false alarm. Check out the update.<p><b>Earlier:</b> A powerful flash of gamma rays, apparently coming from the Andromeda Galaxy, has set astronomers abuzz over the possibility that a clashing pair of neutron …

Andromeda Galaxy

Humans Evolved Weak Muscles to Feed Brain's Growth, Study Suggests

Weak muscles evolved even faster than smart brains in people.<p>We humans may be weaklings by nature.<p><b>Humans appear to have evolved puny muscles even faster than they grew big brains, according to a new metabolic study that pitted people against chimps and monkeys in contests of strength.</b><p>The upshot, …

Evolution

'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die - CNN.com

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><i>25 years since Poland's first partly free elections, CNN's On the Road series visits the country looking at how it has been transformed since the fall of communism while taking a deeper look at its customs and</i> …

Your hybrid cloud: Not if, but when, and how

We hate to break up the party, but for those who haven’t yet noticed, the great debate between private vs. public cloud deployments is drawing to an end. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Here’s why hybrid cloud deployments …

APOD: The Cone Nebula from Hubble (2014 May 28) Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA - Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140528.html Explanation: Stars are forming in the gigantic dust pillar called the Cone Nebula. Cones, pillars, and majestic flowing shapes abound in stellar nurseries where natal clouds of gas and dust are buffeted by energetic winds from newborn stars. The Cone Nebula, a well-known example, lies within the bright galactic star-forming region NGC 2264. The Cone was captured in unprecedented detail in this close-up composite of several observations from the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. While the Cone Nebula, about 2,500 light-years away in Monoceros, is around 7 light-years long, the region pictured here surrounding the cone's blunted head is a mere 2.5 light-years across. In our neck of the galaxy that distance is just over half way from the Sun to its nearest stellar neighbor, the Alpha Centauri star system. The massive star NGC 2264 IRS, seen by Hubble's infrared camera in 1997, is the likely source of the wind sculpting the Cone Nebula and lies off the top of the image. The Cone Nebula's reddish veil is produced by glowing hydrogen gas. http://hla.stsci.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://geckzilla.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140528 #APOD

Bogus User-Generated CNN Asteroid Apocalypse Article Goes Viral

So don't panic. Or maybe do panic, but about science news? I don't know.<p>If you've watched CNN for a moderate amount of time, you've likely seen an ad for iReport, the network's user-generated news hub. Civilians suggest stories, and CNN publishes them, on the web or on the air. Not a bad way to get …

Restoring Science’s Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Jawaharlal Nehru

We May One Day Go Viral For That Perfect Smile

A healthy mouth is obsession in America and people are willing to spend to get it. In a 2009 report on oral health suggested close to 11 billion dollars will be spent on keeping those pearly whites bright. Yet there may be a less expensive route to help maintain dental hygiene across the globe …

The 6 Characters Who Could Join Apocalypse in the Next X-Men Movie

As with so many Marvel-related movies, the post-credits scene of <i>X-Men: Days of Future Past</i> gave us a tantalizing glimpse of the franchise's plans. …

Comics

A Marvelous Little Wearable That Tracks Your Activity and Vitals

You know what's great to have on your wrist? A watch. It is, you might even say, wearable. You know what else is Wearable? This activity tracker from …

Wearable Tech

Netflix Roulette Takes the Tedium Out of Finding New TV and Movies

Netflix's library of movies and TV shows is massive. So massive that it can take the length of the average TV show just to find something, <i>anything</i>, …

Netflix

Google pushes for pixel-perfect logo

The search firm has made the smallest update to its logo yet, but the reason behind the tiny change has not been revealed<p>Without fanfare, Google has changed its logo for only the third time in a decade – by just two pixels.<p>The search firm updated the logo on its front page at some point over the …

If Darth Vader had a car, it would be this killer Cadillac concept

I don't like Cadillacs but I'd drive the hell out of this concept by Ondrej Jirec, a Czech student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, …

Another Awesome Apple iWatch Concept

We have featured various Apple iWatch concepts on Geeky Gadgets, the latest one was created by Mindspi Vision, and it comes with an interesting …

Gear & Gadgets

Reeder for iOS updated with background app refresh, improved navigation & multiple bug fixes

The popular newsreader app Reeder has been updated to version 2.2 with a fairly lengthy list of new features and bug fixes.<p>Notably, navigation has been improved, with the ability to pan left and right to toolbars and empty spaces in list views, as well as adding a drag handle to the toolbar to make …

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know the apparatus of repression has been covertly attached to the democratic state. However, our struggle to retain privacy is far from hopeless<p>In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google Drive

Google Drive Tips and Tricks<p>1. Crop photos<p>2. Experiment with add-ons<p>3. Check out your Drive activity<p>4. Look at your revision history<p>5. Use …

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

Best in Show

Inside Flipboard / May 27, 2014<p>“We have too many choices and too little time,” wrote Entertainment Weekly founder Jeff Jarvis in a memo nearly 26 …

The True Origins of 'X-Men'

How a second-tier comic inspired a legion of misfits and changed Hollywood<p>It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, …

Comics

Google's New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel

Steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedal, mirrors -- all gone.<p>Google has finally built its own car from scratch. And it looks like a gondola with wheels.<p>The two-seater prototype vehicle is Google’s reimagination of what the modern automobile should look and feel like if you took the human out of …

Donetsk pro-Russian rebels reeling after airport defeat

DONETSK, Ukraine — The masked separatist fighter standing outside the morgue of Kalinina hospital was visibly agitated as he clutched his automatic rifle and recalled how 30 of his colleagues died earlier on Tuesday morning after hours of battling the Ukrainian military.<p>“They were the wounded being …

Viral Video of the Day: Charlie Day's Graduation Speech

'It's Always Sunny' actor gives hilarious, heartfelt address<p>“You will get to receive wisdom, life lessons, knowledge… from a man who has made a …

Wavii Founder Leaves Google

Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week. But at least one of them won’t be a Google executive for very much longer.<p>Wavii founder Adrian Aoun is leaving the search company, a little more than a year after the $30 million acquisition of his …

Skype to get 'real-time' translator

<b>Microsoft has unveiled a "real-time" language translation feature for its internet phone service Skype.</b><p>Chief executive Satya Nadella said the firm would launch a test version of the service, dubbed Skype Translator, for Windows 8 later this year.<p>The move comes as competition in the internet-based …

Satya Nadella

Microsoft readies real-time language translator for Skype

Skype Translator currently supports about 40 languages and is expected to roll out later this year as a Windows 8 beta.<p>Microsoft plans to roll out a real-time language translation feature for its popular Internet phone service by the end of the year, the company announced Tuesday.<p>The feature, …

Amazon confirms its fight with publishing giant Hachette is real, and it's far from over

The war for ebooks rages on<p>Amazon's spat with publishing conglomerate Hachette has been unofficial but well-documented, as the retail giant uses its considerable muscle to gain more favorable terms in a deal with one of its largest book partners. On Tuesday it swung its biggest hammer yet, saying …

Amazon

Edward Snowden: I was a high-tech spy for the CIA and NSA

<b>Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has described himself as a trained spy specialising in electronic surveillance, dismissing claims he was a mere low-level analyst.</b><p>In an interview with NBC, he reiterated that he had worked undercover overseas for the CIA and NSA.<p>He said the US got …

Surveillance