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Build Your Own Cellphone Using An Arduino GSM Shield

If you can’t find a phone to suit your style and needs, have you ever considered building your very own? If you fancy a challenge and have a a few …

Arduino

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Xbox One and PS4: Why The Best Choice Might Be Neither

<i>It’s November, and that means that next -gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or</i> …

Speaking a second language delays dementias, even in the illiterate, study finds

There’s more evidence that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia later in life — this time in a population where even illiterate people reaped the benefits of being bilingual.<p>Conducted in Hyderabad, India, the largest study of its kind so far found that speaking two languages …

Massive chart compares more than 200 sci-fi spaceships

How does the Serenity stack up against a Bothan assault cruise? Or a Turian corvette against a D'Kora-class marauder?<p>These questions -- and more! -- can be answered by spending some quality time with a piece created by sci-fi fan and DeviantArtist Dirk Loechel. His science-fiction-spaceships …

Science Fiction

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>Each suit …

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

Internet of Things

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Is Here And Better Than Expected

The first time I caught wind of the Galaxy Gear, I laughed heartily. Of course Samsung was trying to make a smartwatch — what haven’t they tried to make over the past few years? It didn’t help that some preliminary reports may have done more harm than good for the Gear’s early reputation. Needless …

Hardware Is Eating The World

It’s clear more than ever that hardware is in vogue. The rise of crowdfunding graciously coincided with the shrinking of processors and sensors. It’s never been easier to create a smart device. And on Wednesday, September 11, hardware companies will fill the halls of The Concourse at San Francisco …

Kapture Aims To Build A Wearable Mic That Can Always Capture Up To The Last 60 Seconds Of Conversation

This embed is invalid<p>A Kickstarter project that launched this week wants to put a mic on your wrist, for constant audio monitoring, in a twist on the wearable tech and quantified self movement. The Kapture, as it’s called, pairs with an iOS and Android smartphone app that allows for quick sharing …

The Good And Bad Of GTA 5's Three Man Narrative

While I’ve put just over a dozen hours into Grand Theft Auto 5 the last two days, I still feel like that’s nowhere near enough time in order to be able to write a fully-fledged review of the game. I’m finding I like it more as time goes on, and perhaps I’ll be outright head over heels with it by …

Ace Combat Infinity TGS trailer shows the aftermath of an asteroid apocalypse

A new trailer for flight combat game <i>Ace Combat Infinity</i> focuses on the game's backstory.<p>In 1994, an asteroid cluster called Ulysses was discovered to be on a long collision course with Earth, with thousands of fragments estimated to make landfall. Though a railgun network was able to prevent total …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

The Greatest Nuclear-Powered Space Missions of All Time | WIRED

Most spacecraft power themselves by absorbing the sun's energy with solar panels. Beyond Earth’s comfortable, brightly lit cradle, however, outer …

Titanium Bullets, Rocket Sleds, and C-4: How the U.S. Tested the Safety of Nuclear Batteries | WIRED

To explore the solar system’s darkest, deepest, and most frigid territories, nuclear batteries are the best power sources available. There is, …

NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is …

A Few Tricks All The New iOS 7 Users Should Know

At long last, iOS 7 has arrived. That is, it arrived for everyone who didn’t say “Developer? Oh, yeah, I’m totally a developer. Cough” and wiggle into the Beta months ago.<p>iOS 7 is a strange new land, especially on day one. Out with the gradients, in with the trippy fluorescents. Your favorite app? …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

News Corp

5 Go-Anywhere Gadgets for the Techy Traveler

When it's time to hit the road, these gadgets will help make the trip easier and a lot more fun.<p>When it's time to hit the road, these gadgets will help make the trip easier and a lot more fun.

Gear & Gadgets

Star Wars spinoff films to feature 'origins movies' alongside new trilogy

Disney has confirmed that its planned spin-off Star Wars movies will be origins stories.<p>The studio, which bought all rights to the long-running space opera saga last October with its purchase of LucasFilm for $4.05bn, has long said it plans a new film each year from 2015. These will consist of a …

All you need to know: September equinox

2018’s September equinox arrives in a few days. Happy autumn (or spring)!<p>The September equinox arrives on September 23, 2018 at 1:54 UTC. Although …

Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …

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Garmin's new Forerunner watches can predict your endurance and race times

Many running watches aren't very interesting to... well, watch. You can't say that for Garmin's new Forerunner 220 and 620, both of which carry one-inch color screens that provide clearer visual cues and new run / walk alerts. Either device will sync data to a PC or phone through Bluetooth, and the …

Grand Theft Auto developers reveal how it almost never saw the light of day

Before Rockstar and <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, DMA Design's first top-down <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> release was nearly cancelled multiple times as the studio attempted to bring its open-world game to life, according to a new video published by The Guardian.<p>Problems throughout the development of the game stemmed …

Video isn’t breaking the internet: The industry giants are

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>The web can’t handle video, goes the common refrain. For example, Comcast (S CMCSK) estimates that if …

NASA using surplus military drones to investigate hurricanes

NASA is now utilizing surplus military drones to investigate hurricanes from Maine to the Caribbean.<p>WJZ 13 in Baltimore reports the space agency launched a drone from its Wallops Island facility in Virginia on Wednesday in order to get a close-up look at Hurricane Humberto, still lingering off the …