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Nintendo is releasing a miniature NES with 30 built-in games

Launches in November for $59.99<p>Nintendo is bringing back the NES — only a little smaller.<p>Today the company announced what it's calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your …

NASA's Juno space probe is now orbiting Jupiter! Here are 10 facts about the planet that will blow your mind

NASA's Juno probe successfully went into orbit around Jupiter July 4, and we'll get to see incredible close-up images of the planet just like with Pluto's flyby last year.<p>Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system, and its size gives it some pretty amazing properties.<p>Here are 10 crazy facts …

Astronomy

NASA finds a mineral on Mars that could rewrite its entire history

There’s a bit of a mystery unfolding on Mars. Late last year, Curiosity drilled into the surface of the Red Planet and unearthed something …

National Academy of Sciences

Supreme Court Deals Blow To Puerto Rican Government -- And Gives Hope To Puerto Rico

The commonwealth is "sovereign," sure, but still highly dependent on Congress.<p>In a case that is widely seen as critical for the political fate of 3.5 million Puerto Ricans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday avoided grand pronouncements about Puerto Rico's constitutional status, but made it clear …

Caribbean

Meet NGC 4889, The Galaxy With A Black Hole The Size Of Our Solar System

It’s common for galaxies to have black holes at their center. In fact, our own galaxy has a pretty big one at the center. But nothing will quite prepare you for the size of NGC 4889, a galaxy with a black hole at the center nearly the size of our solar system.<p>Recently photographed by the Hubble, …

The biggest thing preventing humans from interstellar space travel

She sees something far more fallible getting in the way: humanity itself.<p>Jemison is the lead researcher on the 100 Year Starship project, a US government-funded study whose main task is drawing up the blueprint for the next 100 years of interstellar travel. It asks tomorrow's most pressing …

20. The Rover (2014)

There's something about Australia that sits well with the apocalypse. A large number of post-apocalyptic films are set there, after all. Maybe it's …

Puerto Rico senate approves bill to restructure utility PREPA | Reuters

(Reuters) - The Puerto Rico senate has approved the PREPA Revitalization Act, intended to restructure the country’s debt-laden power utility, a spokesman for PREPA said.<p>The power station Central San Juan of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 30, …

Caribbean

Is there life on Mars? It's not likely, say scientists, after four-year experiment in Earth's coldest place

Scientists use drill designed for Red Planet's permafrost to discover 'cold and arid threshold' at which even primitive organisms cannot exist<p>The chances of finding life on Mars are much less likely after experiments showed microbes cannot survive in Antarctica, the coldest place on …

McGill University

Milky Way’s second-largest black hole?

Astronomers are calling it a possible first detection of an intermediate-mass black hole, a missing link in black hole evolution.<p>Astronomers in Japan …

Watch a Star Disappear Behind the Moon on Tuesday

As the moon orbits the Earth on Tuesday evening, it will pass in front of a bright star and block its light, an event known as a lunar …

iPhone users now have a better option than the Apple Watch, and it comes from Samsung

Antonio Villas-Boas/Tech Insider<p>There was an audible gasp when Samsung announced Tuesday that it would make its latest smartwatch compatible with the …

Mobile

Samsung Electronics to expand mobile payments to new countries, smartwatches | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will launch its mobile payments service in three additional countries, as well as introducing the system on its Gear S2 smartwatches.<p>A woman takes a "selfie" with a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ near the …

IT

Can You Spot All the Moons in This Picture?

NASA is playing a game of Where's Waldo with an image from the Cassini spacecraft.<p>Here you can see two of Saturn's moons, Enceladus and Rhea, above and below the planet's rings, respectively. But what about a third moon, Atlas?<p>Atlas is a mere 19 miles (30 km) across, compared to Enceladus, which is …

Astronomy

Kepler Has Uncovered a Trove of New Planets in Our Cosmic Backyard

If you thought the Kepler spacecraft’s glory days were over, think again. Today at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, …

2 galaxies merge as 1 in remarkable Hubble Telescope photo

You can ring in the new year with some celestial fireworks, courtesy of the iconic Hubble Space Telescope.<p>Hubble has taken a colorful photo of the …

Hasbro: Rey Token Left Out of 'Star Wars' Monopoly to Avoid Spoilers

Toy giant responds to growing criticism over heroine's absence from 'Force Awakens' merchandise<p><b>UPDATE:</b> After much criticism, Hasbro revealed that it …

Star Wars

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 may have the one feature iPhone users have always wanted

Given that the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge didn’t exactly become the runaway hits that Samsung executives initially envisioned, the pressure is on for …

The truth about asteroid mining

Could the untold riches in asteroids and other planets be the key to exploring the wider Universe?<p>As our Earth orbits lazily around the Sun, some 13,000 asteroids pass close by. Known as Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), these asteroids are more than just a heavenly curiosity; they are treasures. The …

Space Exploration

Why ‘Revenge Of The Sith’ Is The Worst ‘Star Wars’ Movie

It certainly wasn’t my plan to write about the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels twice in two days. That also means, in all of 2016 so far, I’ve <i>only</i> written about the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels. Maybe this is all I will write about for the entire year? I’m on pace! What a terrible pace to be on. Fun fact, though: I’ve seen …

Samsung CEO says profit woes will continue in 2016

Samsung in 2015 didn’t have the best of years, due in large part to a sputtering mobile division that struggled to maintain previous levels of …

What Movie Will Finally Top ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ At The Weekly Box Office?

Some time this week, <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> will overtake <i>Avatar</i> as the highest grossing domestic movie of all-time. In under 20 days, <i>Episode VII</i> has earned $740 million, only $20 million behind <i>Avatar</i>‘s $760 million. (James Cameron can sleep easy knowing he still has the record for …

Giant Comets Could Collide With Earth, Research Shows

While the movie <i>Armageddon</i> taught us to be afraid of doomsday asteroids, it’s actually comets that may pose a bigger threat, according to new research …

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image

The universe is so vast it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like crammed into one field of view.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi …

Space fuel: Plutonium-238 created after 30-Year wait

Scientists have produced a powder of plutonium-238 for the first time in nearly 30 years in the United States, a milestone that they say sets the country on a path toward powering NASA's deep-space exploration and other missions.<p>Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) is a radioactive element, and as it decays, or …

37 Science Facts We Didn't Know At The Start Of This Year

About dinosaurs, supernovas, and limpets' teeth.<p>1. Pluto is actually red.<p>2. There is probably water on Mars.<p>3. NASA confirmed the existence of the 1,000th planet to be found outside our solar system.<p>4. There's a four-mile-high mountain on dwarf planet Ceres.<p>5. Scientists found the first known …

UC Berkeley

Puerto Rico will default on a piece of its $1 billion debt payment due Jan. 1

Puerto Rico governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has warned for weeks that the ailing island is out of cash, and would put its residents first if forced to choose between paying creditors and paying for basic services like health, education, and public safety.<p>Now, for the second time since August, a …

Caribbean

Sphero BB-8 Star Wars robot: "the drone you were looking for", but tiny

Sphero just revealed their brand new BB-8 robot, a tiny replica of the droid being used in the next Star Wars movie. It is truly the cutest little tech gadget we have seen in a long time, and it will drive fans of the franchise completely nuts. I have personally never been so eager to spend $149 on …

Robotics

The Brightest Planets in September’s Night Sky: How to See Them (and When)

Eye-popping Venus, low-riding Mercury and stealthy Saturn will all make appearances among the bright objects in September's night sky, and this …

Astronomy