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A Working iPhone Built In Minecraft

This may not make it to real-world Apple stores.<p>Minecraft has become home to any number of experiments in the can-do spirit, everything from a huge model of the <i>U.S.S. Enterprise</i> to working hard drives and computers. The latest venture, created by a German man, is a massive working iPhone, which you …

14-Year-Old Who Built Low-Cost Battery Is Named 'Top Young Scientist'

A 14-year-old boy who developed an eco-friendly battery that harnesses carbon dioxide to generate electricity has been named "Top Young Scientist" in this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Sahil Doshi from Pittsburgh, a ninth-grader at Upper St. Clair High School, takes home …

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Apple’s iPad problem is a real one—here are four suggestions for fixing it

Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPads tomorrow at an event in California. According to leaks, the new tablets look almost identical to their predecessors. Barring any surprises, they’re not likely to relaunch iPad sales, which, after a huge start, have recently flattened.<p>The iPad—which …

Lenovo is building a new smartphone brand to compete with Xiaomi

Samsung and Apple may be the two biggest names in smartphones in the western world, but in China it's all about Lenovo and Xiaomi. The two companies are among the most recognizable brands in the region, but Lenovo wants more: it's about to create a new smartphone company for the Chinese market. …

Nexus 6 Vs Nexus 5: What's The Difference?

If you thought the difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5S was big, then Google has a surprise for you. The changes made between last year’s Nexus 5 and the new Nexus 6 are vast. In fact there has even been a change of device category: from smartphone to phablet.<p>Furthermore there’s a new …

Toshiba new Ultra HD L94 TV running Android launches in Asia

Toshiba will soon be selling its Ultra HD L9450 range in Singapore and the rest of Asia starting at the end of the month. The 4K TV can run Android 4.4.4 (though not upgradable to the Android 5.0), and comes in 50-, 65- and 84-inch sizes.<p>Features wise, it comes loaded with Toshiba's Cevo 4K image …

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Google introduces Android 5.0 Lollipop

After months of speculation on what dessert would take on the “L” name for Android 5.0, Google has announced it will be called Lollipop.<p>The latest version of Android has over 5,000 APIs and a new aesthetic style called Material Design that is supposed to create a consistent feel across multiple …

Plex is making waves, becomes a primary app on Nexus Player

Google isn’t the only one making news around their newly released Nexus Player. One of the top personal media software packages out there, Plex, is along for the ride.<p>When users eventually fire up their brand new Nexus Players, whenever that may be, they will notice that Plex has taken a prominent …

What Will It Be Like to Live in a Dome for 8 Months, Pretending It's Mars?

Martha Lenio, first woman to command a Mars simulation, describes the dome that will be her team's home as NASA studies the psychology of long-term missions.<p>On Wednesday, three men and three women will step inside a thousand-square-foot dome on the north side of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. For …

4 Scenarios For The Future Of Transportation

Self-driving cars manage to backfire on Los Angeles and cause even more traffic. Meanwhile, New Jersey has invested in public transit and become a commuters’ paradise.<p>It’s 2030. Google has taken over Atlanta’s transportation system. Automated cars have failed to solve Los Angeles’s traffic problems …

New Accuracy Leap Could Speed Arrival of Superfast Quantum Computers

Quantum qubits, now with fewer errors!<p>Research teams at the University of New South Wales claim to have developed two new types of “quantum bits” that process data with nearly 100 percent accuracy, addressing one of the key stumbling blocks in the promising realm of quantum computers.<p>These machines …

The greatest transitions in the geological timescale are marked by the flowering or decimation of life. With species extinction and global warming gaining speed, humanity’s impact on Earth is clear<p>The events marking a new geological chapter in the Earth’s history need to be epoch making – …

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This New Method of Farming Could Change Where Our Food Comes From

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How a century of infrastructure is holding back renewable energy supplies

Imagine a leaf — but not your standard, sugar maple variety. Instead, this leaf is a small wafer that generates energy by mimicking the process of photosynthesis.<p>This "artificial leaf" could create enough energy from the sun to run an entire household. And that's the dream of the leaf's inventor, …

New exotic particle could help explain what holds matter together

A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.<p>The new particle, called Ds3*, is a meson, a type of unstable particle made of one quark and one antiquark. Quarks are subatomic particles and are the most …

Scientists Are Bashing Lockheed Martin's Nuclear Fusion 'Breakthrough'

Researchers at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works, announced on Wednesday their ongoing work on a new technology that could bring about functional nuclear reactors powered by fusion in the next 10 years.<p>But most scientists and science communicators we talked to are skeptical of the claim.<p>"The …