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Our Universe Just May Exist In A Multiverse After All, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.<p>On Monday (March 17), scientists announced new findings that mark the …

Earth has a secret reservoir of water, scientists say

The evidence comes from a water-loving mineral called ringwoodite that came from the so-called transition zone sandwiched between the upper and lower …

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WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

Gigabyte gets hilariously serious about an impressively thin gaming laptop

Razer pioneered the idea of squeezing a gaming laptop into a tiny space, but Gigabyte is about to take it to the next level. The company just announced a new PC gaming hardware brand — Aorus — whose flagship product will put more power into a 0.9-inch thick gaming laptop than we frankly thought was …

Razer reveals Project Christine, a modular concept PC focused on easy upgrades

Razer has a history of bringing wild-eyed concepts to CES, only to brand them and release them the following year. In 2010, it announced a motion controller in partnership with Sixense; in 2011, it brought the newly named Razer Hydra to the show. The next year it announced Project Fiona, a rather …

Australian journalist Adrian Crawford tells of extreme colds brought on by US polar vortex

Former ABC Grandstand journalist Adrian Crawford moved from Brisbane to the USA in November. Used to the sub-tropical climate, he found he was just …

Space's 10 Most Amazing Alien Planets

Billion Star Sky Surveyor Launches

Changing Planet<p>Europe’s Gaia Space Telescope promises to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way galaxy ever attempted. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier<p><b>Astronomers plan on rewriting the star-charts with the latest space telescope, which aims at unlocking the secrets behind</b> …

Heating Water To 600 Degrees Celsius In One Trillionth Of A Second

A new trick of science could trigger some interesting chemical reactions.<p>It may only work on tiny amounts of water, but it should be the fastest transfer of energy to water on Earth. Scientists have figured out how to heat about one billionth of a liter of water 600 degrees Celsius in one …

Steam Machine test units rolling out this week

Valve will begin shipping Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to beta testers this Friday, Dec. 13, according to a post on the Steam Community site.<p>Valve announced in September that it would send prototypes to 300 testers, and those receiving Steam Machines will hear from Valve today.<p>"The 300 …

Pro Drivers, Jay Leno Also Struggled With The Porsche That Killed Paul Walker

But what the speed freaks and pro drivers have known for years is that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that killed Walker is notoriously difficult to drive—“dangerous” even, according to some higher-ups who work at the German automaker.<p>It’s “the first car in my life that I drive and I feel scared,” …

Amazon reveals "octocopter" drone delivery system

Online retail giant Amazon wants to deliver packages to your door via a new helicopter drone delivery service the company is calling Prime Air. The service, first announced on <i>60 Minutes</i> last night, is a product of Amazon's R&D department and is years away from becoming a commercial reality, CEO …

Steam Machine prototype from iBuyPower for revealed, runs at 1080p and 60fps

UPDATE: The prototype from iBuyPower will reportedly only cost $499 and comes with a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card.<p>The additional details come from a report on the Verge, and reiterates that "existing Steam for Linux games should run quite well, at full 1080p …

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NASA releases new mosaic of Earthlings waving at Saturn

Though there's at least one person flashing the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" hand signal, if you look closely at this image of Saturn, the creatures you'll see waving are not extra-terrestrials but Earthlings. That's because when the Cassini orbiter positioned itself to take a picture of the …

Australia's Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Lunar Flight is now out with Oculus Rift support

The Oculus Rift supported version of Shovsoft's lunar module simulator <i>Lunar Flight</i> is finally out of beta and available on Steam half-price for a limited time.<p><i>Lunar Flight</i> is a modern interpretation on the arcade title <i>Lunar Lander</i> using realistic physics and low-gravity flight experiences.<p>The game …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Makeup Artist Transforms Women in Stunning Before and After Photos

Russian hair and makeup artist Vadim Andreev shows what a little (ok, maybe a lot) of hair and makeup can do. While we've featured our fair share of artists on My Modern Met, this is one of the few times where we've shined the spotlight on a makeup artist. Using only cosmetics, and not any post …

The Best Way to Quickly & Safely Thaw Frozen Meat

I do my best to plan ahead and let meat thaw slowly in the fridge, but sometimes the mood for a certain dish strikes or company drops by and I just …

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The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

Stunning Macro Photographs of Animal Eyes

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in the case of Suren Manvelyan‘s macro photography, it’s just in the eye. After his extreme …

KaleidoCamera brings Lytro-like refocusing to your SLR

<b>Light-field technology has grown in popularity since the arrival of the Lytro camera, which allows photographers to refocus images after they have</b> …

14 Gorgeous Structures In The Running For The 'Building Of The Year' Award

This year's festival will be held from October 2nd - 4th in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands, a building which was itself once a WAF Award winner.<p>More than 300 projects from 50 countries made the official 2013 shortlist, and the architects responsible will each have a chance to make their case to …

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