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How Sapphire, The Nearly Indestructible Material Now Being Used For Smartphones, Is Made

There's been a lot of buzz around sapphire, an extremely hard material that smartphone makers are using to produce scratch-proof screen displays. Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone maker, unveiled the Ascend P7 with a sapphire display on Friday. The announcement follows rumors that …

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Study Shows 'Megadrought' May Soon Hit Southwestern U.S.

Arizona and California are in the 15th year of the worst drought on record. But the next one could reach as far as Texas and last 35 years.<p>The American Southwest may be headed for a “megadrought,” an arid period longer than any in recent memory.<p>A megadrought is the name for a decades-long dry …

New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo …

“Why I Want to Switch to Nikon, But Can’t”: Tony Northrup Throws Gas on the Canikon Debate

Photographer and educator Tony Northrop is stirring the pot again, offering a bit of education on a hotly debated topic. Don’t worry though, this …

In Hawaii, emergency declared as lava approaches subdivisions

Hawaiian officials called a state of emergency Thursday for portions of the Big Island after advancing lava from the Kilauea volcano came within a mile of a subdivision and threatened to cut off the major road serving the area.<p>“We are taking this step to ensure our residents have time to prepare …

Withings Activité smartwatch lasts 'a full year' between charges

The Withings Activité is a classic French-designed and Swiss-made smartwatch with a battery life of "a full year" according to the manufacturer. Its …

Battleship beast: colossal dinosaur skeleton found in southern Patagonia

Dreadnoughtus schrani unearthed in Argentina is most complete skeleton of plant-eating titanosaur recovered anywhere in world<p>The spectacular remains of one of the largest beasts ever to walk the planet have been unearthed by fossil hunters in southern Patagonia.<p>The unique haul of bones includes a …