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New super-heavy Element 117 confirmed by scientists

Atoms of a new super-heavy element the as-yet-unnamed element 117 have reportedly been created by scientists in Germany, moving it closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table.<p>Researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, an accelerator laboratory …

A Groundbreaking Mini-Satellite Project May Be Doomed - The Atlantic

The plan was to launch a cloud of tiny satellites into space, each one no bigger than a quarter, and scatter them like spare change in the orbital dusk.<p>But two weeks after a successful launch, there are concerns that the larger satellite carrying all those tiny ones—known as sprites—will burn up …

The New "One Microsoft" Is—Finally—Poised For The Future

Microsoft has completely overhauled its corporate kernel.<p>The stodgy old enterprise company whose former CEO once called open source Linux a “cancer” is gone. So is its notorious tendency to keep developers and consumers within its walled gardens. The “One Microsoft” goal that looked like more …

The South Pole Is a Great Place to View Space

The Big Bang radiation discovery happened there—and when you look at Antarctic conditions, you can understand why.<p>The South Pole in winter is a far from ideal spot for humans. The temperature averages -72 degrees Fahrenheit (-58 degrees Celsius), it's dark for six months, and it's as bone dry as …

Zombie moss: Plant revives after 1,500 frozen years

Scientists pull a sample of moss out of an ancient deep-freeze and discover it was just waiting for a chance to grow again.<p>It sounds like the next purposefully bad SyFy channel production: "Zombie moss! It came from beneath the Antarctic!" Researchers pulled up a sample of moss that had been …

Ice Age

Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

Ian Sample explains the importance of the discovery of primordial gravitational waves, dating back to the big bang, while eminent physicists and astronomers react to the news<p>The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the …

A Chimera Apple And Other Amazing Images From This Week

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Honda builds a Batbike

Honda has revealed a new motorcycle called the NM4 Vultus. While not the most inspiring name, it does at least look really stealth. Cool stealth. Batbike-level stealth.<p>It's not a Batbike, of course, but is instead inspired by ‘Japanimation' - that's anime and manga - both genres long interwoven …

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Fast & Furious 7 to use CGI Paul Walker

Digital effects will keep deceased actor in film.<p>The show must go on, and in the case of <i>Fast & Furious 7</i>, it will do so <i>with</i> Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident on November 30, 2013. At the time of his death, Walker had already begin filming the seventh installment in the career-defining …

4chan user devises a way to bank through GameStop

Forget Bitcoin banking. One intrepid 4chan user has found a newer, cooler way to bank: spending his entire paycheck on pre-ordering games from GameStop, and then "withdrawing" money when he needs to by canceling one of his pre-orders.<p>"GameStops are just as prevalent as banks in my town and I work …

Xbox? Playstation? Wii? A Cheaper Way To Join The Console Wars

<i>In our</i> Getting Back In The Game <i>series, we're helping would-be gamers navigate the wide world of video games — whether you're new to the hobby or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while.</i><p>If you've been out of the game, all the hype over the latest consoles may leave you too …

GDC: PlayStation Free-to-Play Revenue Up 50%

Free-to-play business across PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 flourishing, Sony reveals.<p>Sony’s free-to-play business across PlayStation 3 and …

Stick of Truth Developer Announces New Tank MMO Armored Warfare

A modern approach to the MMO tank warfare game.<p>Obsidian Entertainment, developer of South Park: The Stick of Truth and Fallout: New Vegas, has …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Sony Announces Project Morpheus, A Virtual Reality Headset For The PS4

And just like that, the Virtual Reality wars have begun.<p>Firing a shot across the bow of Oculus (the company responsible for getting many people excited about virtual reality again, after the myriad flops of the 90s), Sony has just announced that they’re building a VR headset for the PS4.<p>Sony is …

Confessions of a 13-year-old Mario fansite creator

As the Web turns 25, I remember my misspent youth.<p>According to a whole lot of media sources, the World Wide Web is turning 25 today. That's not …

Apple Said To Be Launching An 8GB iPhone 5c Tomorrow

Apple is preparing an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c for launch, according to a series of new rumors today. There’s a reported leak of a document from German carrier O2 alerting its staff to the new phone (received via our Tips line from Caschys Blog), and an apparent image of a barcode identifying …

China's Xiaomi Announces Its Phablet, The Redmi Note

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has taken the wraps off its next upcoming product — the Redmi Note.<p>Previously, signs pointed to a second generation of its budget Android smartphone, the Redmi (previously known as the Hongmi in China), being released in April. However, Xiaomi has now …

Beware this big iOS flaw -- and it's not alone

Mobile security remains a struggle: CanSecWest calls attention to flaws in Android and BlackBerry 10, while a newly discovered encryption weakness in iOS 7 could put iPad and iPhone owners at risk.<p>"In terms of security, [Apple's iOS 7 is] much worse than iOS 6." <br />--Tarjei Mandet, Azimuth …

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