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Ask Anything: Is It Worse To Be Licked Or Sneezed On?

Either way, both are gross.<p>Different diseases affect different fluids in the body, so it’s hard to give a simple answer to this question. HIV, for example, shows up at infectious levels in blood, semen, vaginal and rectal secretions, and breast milk. But an HIV-infected patient’s sneeze or spit …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

At the Diamond particle accelerator in Oxfordshire, experiments using beams of light 10,000 times brighter than the sun have implications for the fight against cancer, improved air safety and energy efficiency<p>The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a …

How To Set Up Your Raspberry Pi For The First Time

My Raspberry Pi arrived with the evening mail—by midnight, my husband and I had turned it into a working print server. And neither of us had any background in computer science.<p>Raspberry Pi is a computer the size of a credit card that’s so simple, anyone can program it. Designed as an introduction …

Whirlpool imagines a kitchen of the future with a touchscreen stovetop

Whirlpool is showing off a couple of its ideas for the kitchen of the future here at CES 2014, including an interactive touchscreen cooktop that can display recipes, Twitter and Facebook updates, news, weather, and more. If it ever becomes a reality, it could change the kitchen.<p>A simple mockup …

Touchscreens

Razer reveals Project Christine, the concept gaming PC even a toddler could upgrade

Gaming hardware maker Razer has been working on this for two years: an easy-to-modify, powerful, quiet PC that will appeal both to the hardcore gamers who build their own machines as well as people who love to play, but don't know how to put together a computer.<p>The company introduced the prototype …

Plugging into Crystal Cove, the new high-resolution, position-tracking Oculus Rift

My first time using the Oculus Rift was almost exactly one year ago, when I spent a couple of minutes walking around an <i>Alien</i>-inspired spaceship. Since then, a lot has happened. Oculus has shipped its first version of the Rift to developers, who have taken their first steps towards making a real …

Japan offers to lend US half the cost of 'Super Maglev' train between Washington and Baltimore

Japan has promised to provide the United States with loans to cover half the cost of a high-speed Maglev train link between Washington DC and Baltimore<p>The <b>Japanese</b> government has promised to lend the <b>United States</b> half of the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time …

Japan

League of Legends fans invited to compete for $100,000 in university scholarship prizes

<i>League of Legends</i> developer Riot Games is inviting university students across both Canada and the U.S. to compete for a prize pool of $100,000 in scholarships.<p>Starting this year, Riot will bring together the top four North American collegiate teams to battle live on the LCS stage for the North …

Fan-made Morrowind mod project releases its first dev diary

Developers behind the <i>Skywind</i> project, a fan-made remake of <i>The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind</i> with built within the Creation Engine powering <i>Skyrim</i>, released their first developer diary today showing off the project.<p>The video above details some of the creative processes behind the enormous mod and …

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio may spacewalk to repair ISS cooling system

One of two cooling loops, which required three spacewalks to install in 2010, shut down Wednesday after it got too cold<p>Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system.<p>Mastracchio, an experienced spacewalker, said he's …

Device uses iPhone camera to test cholesterol - Futurity

An iPhone app and an accessory that looks like a smartphone credit card reader can test your cholesterol in about a minute.

Teachers start 25 state petitions to add computer science to grad requirements

Only 14 states in the U.S. currently permit tough computer science courses to count toward graduation requirements for math and science. Meanwhile, some surveys say that 570,000 jobs are going unfilled in computing — and that the demand for software engineers is four times higher than the national …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

Fez reaches 1 million sales

<i>Fez</i>, Polytron's dimension-warping platformer, sold its millionth copy across all platforms, according to a post today on the developer's official website.<p>The post thanks players of all sorts for several reasons.<p><i>Fez</i> has now sold over a million unit across all platforms.That's right, a cool mil!And …

Limited edition Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod to ship in December

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Mobile Technology

Oppo’s First Cyanogen-Modded Smartphone Will Launch In December

As much as I love stock Android sometimes you just need something <i>different</i>, and that’s essentially been the guiding mission of the folks over at Cyanogen Inc.<p>They’ve made plenty of strides with their customized version of Android over the past few months, but now they’re on the verge of a big …

Nvidia Launches GTX 780 Ti -- Faster Than Titan For $300 Less

The vicious tug of war for dominance between graphics card manufacturers AMD and Nvidia continues today with the launch of Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti, a $699 card billed as “the best gaming GPU on the planet.” Thus begins a series of articles determining if enthusiast gamers can put their faith in that …

Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head

A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up.<p>They wanted an industrial-strength blindfold to make sure volunteers for their work wouldn't be able to see a thing. "We basically got the best …

Lefties more likely to have schizophrenia - Futurity

People who are left-handed are more likely to develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, than mood disorders such as depression, new research …

Schizophrenia

Android snags record 81 percent of smartphone market

More than 204 million Android phones shipped around the world during the third quarter, says Strategy Analytics.<p>Android continues to gobble up more of the smartphone market.<p>Google's mobile OS won a global market share of 81.3 percent last quarter, up from 75 percent in the prior year's quarter, …

3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson is raising $50,000 for an anarchist Bitcoin wallet

<i>Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, in the crowdfunding campaign video for a new Bitcoin wallet.</i><p>Cody Wilson, creator of the 3D-printed gun, is raising $50,000 on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to develop a service aimed at returning the digital currency Bitcoin to its anarchist roots.<p>Dark …

Google Glass Accessory Store Quietly Comes Online

Google has updating Google Glass before the release of the device to its Explorer program later this year, and now an official accessory store has quietly come online, Marketing Land reports.<p>There is now a section labeled ‘Accessories’ under the Google Glass help site, listing items including …

Google's Quantum AI Lab adds quantum physics to Minecraft

There is seemingly no end to the number of things you can do in <i>Minecraft</i> — and the latest thing is experimenting with quantum physics. A new mod called <i>qCraft,</i> built by none other than Google's Quantum AI Lab Team, adds blocks that exhibit quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer-dependency …

GTA 5 stunt bike video defies the laws of gravity

YouTube user "Daffmeister187" proves that <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> players can take their bikes just about anywhere — whether it be land or sky — in his latest video compilation for the title.<p>The stunt video, which was posted as part of the GTA fan group Nomad Union, shows four minutes of the game's …

Apogee: Where Wolfenstein got its start

One man revolutionized the way we buy games online — before many of us were born.<p><i>[This story originally ran on on Feb. 27, 2013. We’re republishing it today to provide background on the Wolfenstein franchise prior to the release of</i> <i>Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus</i><i>.]</i><p>In the late 1980s, a Texan …

Ban on game consoles appears to be overturned in China

China appears to have lifted a long-lived ban on selling video game consoles. If upheld in the initial region of Shanghai and carried out through the rest of the country, the move could remake the balance of power between the PC and game consoles in one of the world’s biggest markets.<p>The Shanghai …

Valve's Final Announcement Is A Controller, Not Half-Life 3

Valve has made its third and final announcement about its big push into living room PC gaming, and it’s not the much awaited Half-Life 3. It’s a controller designed to work with all PC games, past and present, from the comfort of your own couch. And it is a curious beast indeed.<p>Right away, the …