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I Used Windows 10 And Survived, And You Can Too

A big step in the right direction<p>Ever since the bug-riddled Windows Vista release in 2006, Microsoft has been dodging stones from the tech world about botching their operating systems. Purists want their Windows XP back—and luddites hearken back to Windows 95. But now, Windows 10 is here.<p>Some …

5 Sky Events This Week: Comet Brightens, Mercury Meets Venus

As a new year dawns, watch a comet burn and the stars turn.<p>Happy New Year! As a bright comet blazes across the sky, familiar friends from mythology parade for sky-watchers this week, making stately strides among the stars.<p><b>Gemini's arc.</b> As darkness falls on Monday, January 5, look for the waning …

Watch the New Year's Skies for a Green Comet

Comet Lovejoy is brightening faster than expected, putting on a show you can see for yourself this holiday season.<p>Just in time for the holidays, the skies are serving up a special cosmic gift: a brightening comet that may not have been in our part of the solar system for nearly 12,000 …

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

The Worst Video Games of 2014

Video game developers reached spectacular heights in 2014, creating games that entertained, enlightened, and elevated the medium.<p>These are not those games.<p>These are the losers, the stinkers, the games that wasted the time and money of everyone involved. These games aren’t just boring or buggy, but …

Ask Anything: Can Plants Get STDs?

Short answer: Sure, it happens all the time<p>Researchers have long known that certain fungal parasites can spread from one flower to another through their pollen. And like most animal STDs, plant STDs aren’t usually fatal for the individual host plant. Still, the concept of “sexually transmitted …