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The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

United Nations

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Ben Carson

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

New Hubble image: Spiral galaxy M96

In this image, the galaxy resembles a whirlpool of glowing gas, rippled with dark dust that swirls inwards towards the galactic nucleus or core.<p>NASA …

Cosmology

Twitter publishes targets for a 'more diverse' workforce in 2016

Aims to increase proportion of women and underrepresented minorities, with no African American or Hispanic staff currently in US leadership positions<p>Twitter has outlined its ambitions to boost the proportion of women and underrepresented minorities in its workforce, publishing targets for “a more …

App suggestions in Google's mobile search results get a makeover

It looks like Google has debuted a new look for app suggestions in Google search results on mobile. Now, when searching for a specific category of …

The dark side of drones

Drones can let us see things we otherwise could not view and deliver goods to remote or dangerous areas. They can fight fires. That’s all well and …

China's Xiaomi Building Patent 'War Chest' in Preparation for U.S. Launch

The Chinese phone maker's top international executive also downplays the notion that the company is an Apple copycat.<p>Xiaomi international head Hugo Barra said on Thursday that the Chinese electronics company is looking to file more patents and strike more deals ahead of a launch into the U.S. …

Microsoft to buy Israeli cyber security firm Adallom: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp plans to acquire Israeli cyber security company Adallom for $320 million, the Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Monday.<p>A Microsoft sign is pictured at its Finnish headquarters in Espoo, Finland July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva<p>Adallom, which …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Analysts are disappointed by low Apple Watch sales.</b> One study shows that orders have plunged by 90% since it was released.<p><b>2. It would be a huge and expensive task to reclassify all Uber contractors as employees.</b>The company is estimated to have 45,000 drivers in California alone.<p><b>3. Samsung has</b> …

20 best new Android apps and games this week

Microsoft Hyperlapse, WifiMapper, Booking Now, Musical.ly, This War of Mine, Mission Impossible, Warhammer 40,000 and more<p>Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, covering smartphones and tablets.<p>All these apps have been released for the first time – ie not …

Best smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy today - Top 21

We continually update this best smartphones feature to reflect recent launches, recognise price changes, and ensure 2015's latest devices appear …

Report: New Samsung Galaxy Note Launching in August

Details of Samsung's upcoming phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, have also leaked.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

When Will Microsoft Dump Windows Phone for Android?

Nokia—in the process of being acquired by Microsoft—is now releasing Android phones. Finally, Microsoft can stop panicking itself into competition …

NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field

“Star Trek” introduced the world outside of rocket science circles to the concept of warp drive – the propulsion system that allowed the starship …

Echoes of the Big Bang Revealed by European Spacecraft

The first scientific results from the European Space Agency's Planck mission reveal new clues about how the universe began – including …

Obama Hid North Korea Rocket Component Transfer to Iran

US intelligence officials revealed that during the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, North Korea has provided several shipments of advanced missile …

Scientists crack the code of the 4,000 year old Ancient 'Phaistos Disk'

Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk, which is 16 centimeters in diameter, …

25 Heartbreakingly Hilarious Parent Reactions To Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction

Parents just don't understand.<p>We all know how Directioners reacted to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction (endless tears streaming eternally down our …

Zayn Malik

Cities: Skylines mod lets you fly planes over your cities

The community around <i>Cities: Skylines</i> is developing some impressive additions to the city-building game from Colossal Order, with the latest mod, "Flight Cimulator," bringing pilotable planes into the world.<p>Created by a Netherlands-based player who goes by the moniker Ulysius, Flight Cimulator is …

U.S. West's Marine Life Is Literally in Hot Water

This year’s slew of hungry pups washing ashore in California, which has generated a slew of media coverage replete with heart-tugging images, has …

Razer's handing open-source VR kits to more than 20 education labs

Razer's entry into virtual reality may not be as ballsy as HTC's or Samsung's, but it could be just as important. Back in January the gaming manufacturer revealed Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a project that offers a hardware design and software framework that anyone can build VR devices and …

The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe

Photo Credit: Alain R. | Wikimedia Commons<p>Slide 1 of 22<p>Introduction<p>Black holes are gigantic cosmic monsters, exotic objects whose gravity is so …

What Elephants and Whales Look Like From Space

Only two creatures—both mammals—have been seen by private orbiting cameras.<p>When satellite companies talk about the imagery they capture, they play up how you can see big, human-made things: planes and trains and parking lots. Sometimes they might mention, too, how important sky pictures are to …

National Parks

Google taking augmented reality game 'Ingress' to TV

Google and its video game studio, Niantic Labs, are adding another layer to their augmented reality app, <i>Ingress</i>, by bringing it to TV, <i>The Informatio</i>n reports. In <i>Ingress</i>, players travel -- in physical reality -- to marked locations called "portals," and they hack and defend those positions using iOS …

Augmented Reality

New Evidence May Identify Mystery Object at Milky Way Galaxy's Core

New observations may finally reveal the identity of a mystery object circling around the monster black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy — …

Apple plans TV service with around 25 channels after falling out with Comcast: WSJ

<b>Read next:</b> The new Apple TV review.<p>Apple's long-rumored online TV service could be announced as soon as June, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The company is reportedly preparing to offer a service with around 25 channels from broadcasters like ABC, CBS, Viacom, Discovery, and Fox and launch it …

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