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Wake up early to see 5 planets align for the first time since 2005

Early morning risers will be treated to a celestial surprise for the next couple weeks, weather permitting.<p>Starting on Jan. 20, five bright planets — …

Astronomy
Mario Kart

WFIRST: Work On NASA's 'Spy Telescope' Begins

Next month, NASA will begin work on its next major space observatory after the James Webb Space Telescope, which is finishing construction for launch …

Nintendo's next game console might have one incredibly unique feature

The latest rumor about the "Nintendo NX," the project name for Nintendo's next game console, is that it's not just a game console, but a game console <i>plus</i> a handheld device of some form.<p>"Gameplay flows between Nintendo NX console and Nintendo NX handheld device," a survey from market research firm …

Retrogaming
Brazil

Rumored Nintendo NX specs leak points to 4K streaming

4K video streaming and 900p gameplay may be two of the new features you can expect from the Nintendo NX when it's announced this year. At least, if …

Nintendo

DNA Reveals Far-Off Origins of Ancient 'Gladiators'

DNA testing is telling scientists more about the origins of a group of headless Romans.<p>People in the Roman Empire really got around.<p>Evidence from a Roman-era cemetery in York, England shows that the city—once a major outpost on Rome’s distant frontier—was home to both locals and to immigrants from …

What markets are really worried about

<b>It has been a dismal start to the year for global stock markets.</b><p>For Wall Street the first week has been described as the worst start ever.<p>In the first two weeks of 2016, Frankfurt and Tokyo fell by double-digit percentages. In New York the fall was 9%, in London 8%.<p>But the eye of the storm was …

Stock Markets

Scientists Find Hints Of A Giant, Hidden Planet In Our Solar System

The astronomer whose work helped kick Pluto out of the pantheon of planets says he has good reason to believe there's an undiscovered planet bigger than Earth lurking in the distant reaches of our solar system.<p>That's quite a claim, because Mike Brown of Caltech is no stranger to this part of our …

Universe

Scientists create innovative hydrogen fuel "nano-reactor" that could make hydrogen cars much cheaper

Hydrogen fuel cells may have just taken a giant leap forward. Indiana University scientists just announced they’ve managed to create a highly …

Fuel Cell

Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow Won't Use Restore Points on 3DS

When playing older games on Virtual Console or emulators, it's not an uncommon practice to save your state in the middle of a difficult section--it helps to get through them more easily. However, players hoping to do this in the classic Pokemon games when they release on 3DS are going to be out of …

Pokémon

6 Classic Nintendo Gameworlds, Redrawn As Subway Maps

Metros go Metroid.<p>Video games and subway maps don’t seem to have much in common, but for Washington, D.C.-based graphic designer Matthew Stevenson, the connection between the two is obvious: both are ways to explore other worlds. That’s why, in his art, Stevenson mashes both up. As part of his NES …

Retrogaming

Video Game Designers Say Virtual Reality Is Here to Stay

If you think virtual reality is doomed to fizzle, don’t tell the software artisans currently building those future theme parks of the mind.<p>Of more …

Virtual Reality

Ambien is a wonder drug that's killing my gaming habit

How a busy father of five is sleeping better, and why that sucks<p>I have five kids.<p>I put this in articles sometimes, and there are always people in the comments who are surprised. It's a fact that flavors every aspect of my life, from work to play. It's not so much a detail about my family, it's who …

North Koreans celebrate supposed hydrogen bomb test with bizarrely choreographed celebration in the streets

After the country's alleged successful hydrogen bomb detonation, North Koreans gathered for celebrate. The festivities included fireworks, a mass rally and a choreographed dance.<p>Thousands gathered Friday — which was also North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's birthday — in Kim Il Sung Square in …

North Korea

ICYMI: Delivery drone for humans, VR gaming and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: The <i>Ehang 184</i> is a Personal Flying Vehicle (PFV) that promises to deliver human cargo to its commuting destination in a way that has us intrigued and also, of course, mildly terrified. It can hold one person and fly anywhere within a 23-minute flight time radius. The …

Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones

Sampriti Bhattacharyya Contributor<p>Sampriti Bhattacharyya is a PhD candidate in robotics at MIT and founder of Hydroswarm.<p>One of the biggest technology trends of 2015 was virtual reality (VR), from Oculus Rift to Google’s cardboard headsets.<p>TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 saw a lot of VR experiences …

Virtual Reality

Saudi Arabia's Aramco considering share sale

<b>Saudi Aramco, the giant oil company owned by the Saudi Arabian state, has confirmed that it is considering a share sale.</b><p>The move would make Aramco - already the largest oil producer - the world's most valuable listed company.<p>In an interview in the Economist, deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman …

Oil

Finnish police tipped off about New Year harrassment by asylum seekers

Police in Finland have announced that New Year celebrations in Helsinki were marred by “widespread sexual harrassment” as women were targeted by asylum seekers.<p>— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) January 8, 2016<p>Officials say they were tipped off by staff at reception centres.<p>Two Iraqis have been …

Here's the Best View of the Most Powerful Light in the Known Universe

Gamma rays are what happens when the universe says "fus ro dah."<p>Gamma rays are the universe's big guns. Produced by pyrotechnic events like exploding stars, pulsar bursts, or galactic cores, these rays represent light at its most energetic and powerful, and are capable of ravaging wide swaths of …

Universe

Half-Life series writer no longer at Valve

After 18 years, he's now a retiree<p>Marc Laidlaw, the Valve Software veteran who wrote <i>Half-Life</i>, its expansions and its sequel, is no longer employed at the company. In an email to Polygon, Laidlaw said that he has left Valve after 18 years.<p>"I retired very recently," he wrote, before confirming that …

A map for everyone who didn't realize just how huge the Milky Way galaxy is

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Milky Way "formed from the inside out," according to Melissa Ness, a researcher who helped produce the largest growth map of …

Strange New State of Hydrogen Created

By crushing Earth's lightest element with mind-boggling pressures, scientists have revealed an entirely new state of matter: phase V hydrogen.<p>The …

Hydrogen

Where many of our electronic goods go to die

<b>At a vast dumpsite in the west of Ghana's capital Accra, small fires burn among piles of old computers, television screens and laptops, throwing plumes of thick black smoke into the air.</b><p>Around them workers pick out motherboards, valuable metals and copper wires, burning away the plastic casings as …

Pollution

Best PC games for new owners

From shooters to strategy and everything in between<p>You just got a new PC, packed full with terabytes of storage space, a top-of-the-line graphics card and more RAM than is legal in most countries. Congratulations, and welcome to the gaming platform that has the most choices across the widest …

New Horizon's latest photos of Pluto: 'This part acts like a lava lamp'

The historic mission sent Nasa its highest-resolution images Thursday of dwarf planet’s Sputnik Planum, a region of pitted plains and a strange ‘X’ formation<p>Icy, pitted plains and craters full of a red soot dot the landscapes of Nasa’s newest photos of Pluto, released late on Thursday.<p>New Horizons, …

Solar System

The gut bacteria from a 5,300-year-old iceman is helping to reveal clues on human migration

It took days for a recovery team to hack him out of the ice and haul him by helicopter and truck to a lab in Austria.<p>There, scientists determined the man had died 5,300 years ago.<p>Ötzi, as the man was nicknamed (after the nearby Ötztal Valley), has kept scientists very busy for the past 24 years. …

Anthropology

A promising new material can convert a major greenhouse gas into clean energy

Developed by a team of researchers in China, the material could be one way to deal with the 36 gigatonnes of CO2 we release into the atmosphere each year due to fossil fuel use.<p>Scientists have been struggling for decades to come up with an energy-efficient way to transform CO2 into something …

Fossil Fuels