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Nexus 6 owners facing Android 7.1.1 to 7.0 downgrade

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Nexus 6 hasn't gone entirely smoothly so far, with the most recent March 2017 security patch breaking Android …

We Now Know Exactly How Much Smoking Screws Up Your Lungs

We already knew smoking was bad for our lungs, but a new study shows exactly how many DNA mutations per cell are caused by sucking on those nicotine …

NASA gets better look at Mars lander crash site

European Space Agency's Schiaparelli didn't make a soft landing on the Red Planet. Now, a Mars orbiter has the first color images of the wreckage.<p>The European Space Agency had hoped to put its Schiaparelli lander on Mars last month to gather data on the planet's huge dust storms and test …

Space

NASA is firing lasers on Mars — here’s why

NASA's Curiosity rover spotted a strange rock on Mars, so of course, it shot it with a laser.<p>The intrepid, car-sized robot found an egg-shaped, golf …

LastPass might now be the best free thing on the internet

Finally, you don't have to pay extra for your own passwords.<p>LastPass, the password manager, is now free to access on mobile and multiple …

More Than a Year Later, We Finally Have All the Data From the Pluto Flyby

It takes a long time to get 6.25 gigabytes of data back from 3 billion miles away.<p>On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft captured the world's attention with the photograph above—an instantly iconic image of the Tombaugh Regio, or as it has become more commonly known, Pluto's heart.<p>Just after …

Lithium battery failure wipes out DARPA robot at NASA

It's not just Samsung that has problems with combusting batteries, as NASA's office of Safety and Mission Assurance has just revealed. The body has announced that NASA centers have seen at least four major explosions and a number of close calls over the last decade. The latest crisis was a fire at …

The northern lights might put on a serious show tonight

Right now, the Earth is being slammed by fast-particles shot out by the sun, and that means tonight the northern lights could put on quite a show for …

Apple just accidentally confirmed a major new MacBook Pro feature

Well, it's just about official: A new MacBook Pro is coming. And it will contain a Touch ID fingerprint sensor packed into a "Magic Toolbar" that's …

These students’ animated short film about a sad robot who washes dishes will leave you breathless

Chapman film school over-achiever Tom Teller is the director behind <i>Hum</i>, a stunning and award-winning short film. Here, a sad robot relegated to a …

NASA's Juno spacecraft went into safe mode last night

And its engine still isn’t working as it should<p>NASA’s Juno spacecraft went into safe mode last night, 13 hours before it swung close by the surface of Jupiter. Since July 4th, Juno has been in a highly elliptical orbit around the gas giant, swinging close by Jupiter every 53 days to take scientific …

Silkworms were fed graphene to produce 'super silk' and it could be the future of wearables

Graphene just keeps getting better and better. The so-called super material – a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has proven to be incredibly …

Apple Releases Experimental Safari Browser 15 For macOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan

Apple is giving Safari users a sneak peek at the upcoming web technologies for its browser in macOS and iOS. Just this Wednesday, the Cupertino giant …

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet …

Astronomy

Breakthrough in search for life on Europa as Hubble spots water

Breakthrough in search for life on Europa as Hubble spots gigantic plumes of water 125 miles high that confirm hidden ocean engulfs Jupiter's</b> …

Astronomy

Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life

SpaceX no doubt has some brilliant ideas about Mars. But who will pay?<p>Elon Musk will deliver this year’s most anticipated aerospace speech on Tuesday …

Elon Musk

Nasa announcement about Jupiter’s moon Europa won’t be to say that the moon has aliens, agency clarifies

Nasa has poured cold, salty water on excitement that it could be about to announce it had found aliens.<p>The agency has looked to calm speculation on …

Everyone is still using their Galaxy Note 7 as Samsung fumbles its global recall

Not even explosions will stop you using your smartphone<p>Nearly two weeks after Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 due to the risk of explosion, the device is still being used just as frequently by its owners. This is according to data from Apteligent, a mobile analytics company that claims "usage …

Bezos to donate Heinlein Prize winnings to student group

WASHINGTON – Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said he would donate his $250,000 winnings from the Heinlein Prize for commercial space achievements to …

Competing with the iPhone's specs is harder than it seems

It’s a common fallacy, convenient to Apple, to think that the iPhone maker doesn’t care about specs. Oh, they’re too busy sticking cigarette stubs into people’s ears, those Cupertino types, to mind the nerdy feeds and speeds of their phones. The iPhone is behind the Android curve on almost every …

U.S. Army switching from Android to the iPhone 6s due to poor performance

According to Military.com, the United States Army’s Special Operations Command will switch from Android to the iPhone. In the past, the Army has given soldiers an Android Tactical Assault Kit, equipped with what was believed to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The new iPhone Tactical …

U.S. Army

Curiosity rover sends back striking images of Mars rock formations

NASA has released new color images taken by the Curiosity Mars rover, which it says will help increase understanding of the red planet's landscape.<p>The pictures, taken on Thursday, were taken in the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount Sharp, an 18,000ft mountain, where the Rover has been based …

With its new Surface Pro 4 vs MacBook Air ad, Microsoft just looks pathetic

For a little while now Microsoft's ad campaigns have been less about highlighting its own products, but a vehicle for knocking others'. It's …

Remember When People Laughed at the ATLAS Robot When It Fell Over? WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?!

Watching ATLAS evolve and master new skills is as fascinating as watching a child develop. Except the humanoid robot, seen here in the lab at …

Blue Origin may destroy its historic New Shepard rocket next month

Escape test should bring New Shepard capsule closer to passenger flights.<p>In a new e-mail update from company founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday morning, …

Space Travel

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 because they're catching fire

CNN reports that Samsung is set to recall an unspecified number of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones across the globe, following reports that some of the handsets are catching fire.<p>Samsung told CNN that it believed that problematic batteries were to blame, but its sister company Samsung SDI, which …

What Happened to SpaceX's Falcon 9?

The rocket, which was meant to launch a satellite this weekend, exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.<p>What we know:<p>—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded Thursday in Cape Canaveral, Florida, days before a scheduled launch. The spaceflight company said in a statement the explosion was …

Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ is getting a new Netflix show. This is not a drill.

Bill Nye, known as "The Science Guy" ever since a TV show of the same name basically owned the mid-1990s, will soon return to our screens. IndieWire reports that the veteran science communicator will star in a new Netflix series called "Bill Nye Saves the World," set to premier next spring.<p>For …

Bill Nye

Oh my, HTC’s new iPhone sure looks familiar

It’s sad that we’ve got to this point, but HTC, a company that used to make the most exciting smartphones in the world, is now pumping out mid-level …