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'Star Wars' fans think they've found a secret about Rey's identity hidden in the music for 'The Force Awakens'

<b>Warning: There are spoilers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" below.</b><p>"The Force Awakens" left us with a lot of questions about Rey and her mysterious past. Who are her parents? Is she really Luke's daughter?<p>Attentive "Star Wars" fans on YouTube and Reddit may have found a clue about Rey's …

Gaming platform Steam confirms it was attacked by hackers on Christmas

On Wednesday the company confirmed that the outage was initially caused by hackers, but its other security problems were caused by its attempts to thwart the hackers.<p>It was offline for hours on Christmas day, just as people were unwrapping their new gadgets and wanting to play games, people noticed.<p>…

To Mars and boldly beyond: space missions to look out for

Photograph: Graham Turner<p>Lester Waugh, engineering manager at Eads Astrium space agency. with the ExoMars Rover, which will be sent to Mars to explore the planet’s …

Asteroids

Bad hair day: How to avoid humidity frizz

Hot, humid weather means one thing for one’s barnet: humidity frizz. Here, Peter Lux, who works with celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Naomie Harris and Emma Watson, explains how to keep things smooth.<p><b>Avoiding frizz starts the moment you’ve washed your hair</b><br>Hair has lots of tiny strands coming …

Hair Care

Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream'

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?<p>Have you ever wondered how your computer sees the world? Spoiler alert: it's the stuff of psychedelic nightmares, as the internet found out last month when Google revealed that in order to sort and categorize images online, it uses an artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Interconnected rats' brains create organic computer

Scientists have been experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces for years. Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center, in particular, has been making strides with his research on the subject. His team recently created a "Brainet" or a network of interconnected brains …

Therapists Struggle To Treat Vampires And Other People With Alternate Identities

Vampires need family and relationship advice, too<p>There are people out there who are certain that they are vampires. No, they’re not kids who saw <i>Twilight</i> too many times and can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction—human vampires are people who truly believe that they gain energy by …

Simple Steps for Focus Stacking in Photoshop

Focus stacking is an effective way to achieve deep depth of field; it’s a technique that’s especially used in macro photography. The idea is to make …

Doppler Labs just raised $17 million to create earbuds that don't play music but let you customize how the world sounds around you — and we gave them a listen

Doppler Labs isn't interested in blocking out all natural noise and pumping prerecorded sound into your ears. The team wants to <i>change</i> the sounds that are coming in. It wants you to customize your sonic world in exactly the way you want.<p>Imagine being able to turn up the bass at a concert, or reduce …

Beauty Pageant Contestants Stand Up to Cyberbullying with #NoMakeupSelfie Movement

This is so inspiring, you'll probably wipe all the makeup off your face by the time you're done reading.<p>When Isabella Gaines received a notification that she had been tagged on Twitter by someone who showed two photos of her, one with makeup and one without, she was initially hurt. But she decided …

The other Avatar: The Last Airbender creator reveals his next project, Geniuses

Michael DiMartino's next project will be <i>Geniuses</i>, a series of illustrated novels for young adults, about a world where artists are literally magical, reports io9.<p>DiMartino and collaborator Bryan Konietzko's first big project was <i>Avatar: The Last Airbender</i>, followed by <i>The Legend of Korra</i>, set in the …

Genius

'Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2' Won't Impress Xbox 360 Or PS3 Families

<i>Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2</i> expands the game on all fronts, apart from the number of platforms it supports. At launch it will disappoint not a few families, only coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.<p>Getting hands on with the new Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 it’s hard not to be …

Call of Duty

Using the gravity of the universe to peer into a black hole

The inner regions of a black hole have been observed by a team of scientists, but not through the power of telescopes alone. Researchers at the European Space Agency have tapped into gravitational lensing to learn more about these mysterious objects -- in particular, a supermassive black hole by …

Black Holes