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Ground-based telescopes could join hunt for habitable planets

Astronomers have detected the silhouette of a planet just twice the diameter of Earth using ground-based telescopes. This is the smallest planet detected with this technique and raises hopes that it could be used to search for Earth-sized worlds capable of supporting life.<p>The “super-Earth”, known …

What's wrong with the science of "Interstellar"?

The Race to 5G Is On

If we want our wireless future to be bold, we need to do more than rest on our 4G laurels.<p>If you are reading this in the U.S., there is a good chance you are looking at a smartphone or tablet. Moreover, if you are reading this on a smartphone or tablet, the odds are that you downloaded it over a …

Scientist slammed for killing puppy-sized spider

When scientist Piotr Naskrecki encountered a puppy-sized spider in Guyana, his photos of the giant arachnid quickly became an Internet sensation.<p>While the huge spider generated massive buzz, however, the Harvard researcher has come in for a firestorm of criticism for killing the creature and …

Alienware 13 laptop aims for no-compromise PC gaming

Dell’s Alienware gaming division is launching its Alienware 13 laptop for no-compromise laptop gaming.<p>The machine has a 13.3-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen with Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It also has 16 gigabytes of DDR3 main memory, supports up to two solid-state drives (SSDs), …

Consumer Reports Says Infotainment Systems Are Ruining Car Reliability

"Multi-function, cross-linked infotainment systems and the associated in-car electronics are a growing reliability plague for many brands," the publication said in a statement.<p>"Of the 17 problem areas CR asks about in its survey, the category including in-car electronics generated more complaints …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Galaxy Note Edge's screen seems to go on forever<p>Most importantly, the Galaxy Note Edge is just a really solid smartphone<p>The Galaxy Note Edge is a great phone because the Galaxy Note 4 is a great phone

Alienware shows off its new Area-51 gaming desktop

Alienware makes PCs for serious gamers. That’s evident in a demo I saw of the Alienware Area-51 gaming desktop, which ships to retail Tuesday morning.<p>The first thing you notice about it is its “Triad” triangular design. The shape means it is really easy to access both the front and rear ports, but …

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look …

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Instapaper's Redesign and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps Instapaper's Redesign and More<p>Instapaper<p>oSnap<p>The Timeliner<p>'Lost Civilization'<p>Fever<p>Between the massive Google Maps update and rumors …