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Month in Space Pictures: Falling stars and rising rockets

Hubble anniversary<p>For 28 years, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been delivering breathtaking views of the universe. Although the telescope has made more than 1.5 million observations of over 40,000 space objects, it is still uncovering stunning celestial gems.<p>The latest offering is this image of …

Hubble Just Blew Our Minds Yet Again With These New Photos Of A Nebula

Feeling small yet?<p>After 28 years in space, you'd think the Hubble Telescope would have exhausted its ability to completely blindside us with stunning photographs. And then <i>bam</i>, you get this picture.<p>Hubble hitched a ride into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on 24 April, 1990. Now, every …

You Are Here: Scientists Unveil Precise Map Of More Than A Billion Stars

Wednesday was the day astronomers said goodbye to the old Milky Way they had known and loved and hello to a new view of our home galaxy.<p>A European Space Agency mission called Gaia just released a long-awaited treasure trove of data: precise measurements of 1.7 billion stars.<p>It's unprecedented for …

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In a Slack world, Microsoft bets on Teams and Yammer

The growth of Windows has slowed as Microsoft’s mobile platform goals have faded and the PC market matured. As a result, Microsoft has had to seek new revenue outside of its operating system.<p>In 2017, as part of that effort to grow, Microsoft announced a new subscription product called Microsoft …

11 Games You Didn't Know About (But Should)

We've got something for everyone.<p>We cover a <i>lot</i> of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative …

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The Six Best Science Fiction Novels Of 2018 (According To The Hugo Awards)

Image: Tor Books<p>Over the weekend, the premiere award in science fiction and fantasy writing - the Hugo Awards - announced their six finalists for …

A 'Worm Moon' is coming this weekend — here's what to expect

Look up this weekend, and you'll see a rare sight: a "Worm Moon."<p>It's happening only twice this year. The first was on Thursday, March 1 at 7:51 p.m. ET and the second is on March 31 at 8:36 a.m. ET.<p>Yes, those dates line up perfectly with the full moons this month. That's because a Worm Moon is …

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11 gadgets and apps to speed up your morning routine

Get out the door faster.<p>We could all—early birds and night owls, single folks and families—use a little more time in the mornings. So harness the power of tech to carve out those minutes and get out the door on schedule. From gadgets that whip up breakfast in seconds to apps that wake you at …

This Pocket PC Could Replace Your Desktop

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can have the most significant impact. A tiny chip can support everything from high-quality radio and video …

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The best recent science fiction – reviews roundup

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds, Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, Spring Tide by Chris Beckett, The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander, The Feed by Nick Clark Windo<p>Alastair Reynolds excels at world building – his impressive backlist attests to that – but he’s also a master at …

The security gadgets and apps you need to keep your information safe

Protect your information.<p>With new data breaches constantly making headlines, you know about the need to secure your online accounts. But hackers aren't the only threat to your personal information. Burglars could steal sensitive papers from your home, snoopers could raid your trash, and companies …

Saturn's Biggest Moon is Surprisingly Earth-Like — And Scary As Hell

Though NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere back in September (RIP), it’s still revealing fascinating insights about the …

CES Opens with Hot, New Gadgets: Pictures

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All the science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that everyone will be talking about in 2018

Bookshelf goals<p>With a new year comes the promise of new books hitting bookstores. 2018 is shaping up to have plenty of adventures to delve into — taking readers to distant planets, fantastical realms, and beyond. We’ll meet some authors publishing their first-ever novels, and we’ll become …

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn't it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.<p>There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my breath in winter, why does being …

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

The best smart home products of 2017

It’s been a banner year for the smart home, with new players and new products flooding the market. It’s never been easier or less expensive to …

Huge Upcoming Open World Video Games That You Can’t Miss (2018)

Yesterday we listed down upcoming games that you guys probably forgot about. That video got an amazing response and today we have another one. But …

Red Dead Redemption

How humans might outlive Earth, the sun...and even the universe

Space<p>It all starts with a little planet-hopping!<p>Nuclear war. Runaway climate change. A global pandemic. Today our world faces all manner of existential threats. But scary possibilities like these are nothing compared to what astronomers say lies in store for Earth. Our planet’s ultimate destiny is …

6 Best RPG Video Games Of Last 2 Years That I Personally Adore

Love RPGs? Don’t worry we got you covered. These are some of the best RPG video games you can find online. These games have in-depth RPG elements …

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Skyrim VR is fun, until you end up in jail

Not even the Dragonborn is above the law<p>Six years after its initial release, <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>’s ridges and valleys have become as familiar to me as the back of my hand. Seeing familiar the familiar sights with the depth and scale afforded by its new PlayStation VR version is a treat ... …

iPhone X review: Apple finally knocks it out of the park

The company’s most important smartphone in years does not disappoint, with Face ID and an all-screen design that spells the end of the home button<p>The iPhone X is Apple’s most important – and most expensive – new smartphone in four years, bringing with it a significant change to the design, dumping …

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Sony Sent Out 1 Tweet as Microsoft Launched the Xbox One X (and It Was Super Classy)

When something is fantastic, acknowledge it, even if it isn't yours.<p>Earlier this week, Microsoft officially launched its highly anticipated Xbox One X gaming console. Understandably, Sony, maker of the popular PlayStation series, was watching. But the company's reaction to the launch wasn't …

Video game developers confess their hidden tricks at last

First shots from an enemy in BioShock always miss<p>Jennifer Scheurle opened up a can of game-design whoopass on Thursday.<p>Scheurle, a designer with Opaque Space (whose current project is the virtual reality game <i>Earthlight</i>) tossed out an open question on Twitter that will make you question what really …

Juno Sent Back the First Stunning Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

The spacecraft passed over the storm for 12 scintillating minutes.<p>On Tuesday, NASA’s Juno spacecraft zipped by Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and, for 12 …

Getting started in Elite: Dangerous

A beginner’s guide to the biggest MMO around<p><i>Elite: Dangerous</i>, the spacefaring game from Frontier Developments, is disgustingly big. It’s a massively multiplayer online game that takes place in a realistic model of our Milky Way galaxy. It contains more than 400 billion star <i>systems</i>, many with dozens …

These Are The Best Steam Summer Sale Deals For Under Ten Bucks

The Steam Summer Sale is upon us, which means it’s that time of year for us to spend money on games that we will likely install, but never play. Such is the life of a PC gamer. These sales are just too enticing to pass up. Some sales, of course, are better than others, and if you already have a …

Sega Forever makes Genesis classics free on mobile

The games are free-to-play, though you can pay $2 for an ad-free experience.<p>We have no shortage of shiny, life-like HD games these days, but if you'd like to revisit older titles from a bygone era, Sega has got your back. The video game company has just officially launched the first wave of the …

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Video game releases for June 2017

Highlights include Tekken 7, Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, Arms and Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood<p>Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of June 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel …

Mind-blowing images of Saturn from the Cassini orbiter