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Star Wars planets like Tatooine could be common in universe

Previously scientists believed that only gas-giants could circle binary star systems but a new study suggests that many Earth-like planets could have two Suns<p>The image of Luke Skywalker staring at the double sunset of Tatooine captured the imagination of millions of cinemagoers.<p>But astrophysicists …

NASA is working with Russia on a new space station (update: not quite)

Russia is teaming up with the USA to build ISS 2.0 once the current one's funding runs out in 2024 -- at least according to <i>Russia Today</i> and state news agency <i>TASS</i>. The country's space agency, Roscosmos threatened in February to use the Russian ISS modules as a platform for a new base of its own …

Space Science

Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies

Social network prepares to use solar-powered drones with wingspan of a commercial airliner to beam internet access to rural areas<p>Facebook has been testing large, solar-powered drones in the skies over the UK, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced.<p>The drones use lasers to beam internet …

Unmanned Aircraft

Samsung's Gear VR makes its retail debut on Friday

Starting on Friday (or March 27, if you prefer) you'll be able to stroll into one of about a hundred Best Buys and walk out with a Gear VR Innovator Edition to combine with your Galaxy Note 4. This isn't the first time Samsung and Best Buy have tied up to promote one particular vision of VR; after …

Virtual Reality

Watch SpaceX test its amazing SuperDraco rockets from a few feet away

The Space Shuttle was cool in action, but on paper it sounded like a particularly capacious way to get to work in the mornings. Spaceships should really have cooler names. Elon Musk's SpaceX understands this — the private company's newest Dragon craft is equipped with four SuperDraco pods, each …

Space Exploration

Huge asteroid capable of wiping out entire country is on near-collision course with Earth

A mammoth asteroid measuring 1,000-metre wide in on course to narrowly miss Earth within days, NASA predicts.<p>The object called ‘2014-YB35’ is …

NASA's Curiosity rover finds fresh signs of ingredients for life on Mars

Mars's life-friendly past just got friendlier. Using samples previously collected by the<p>NASAroverCuriosity, scientists have discovered evidence of nitrates in Martian rock: nitrogen compounds that on Earth are a crucial source of nutrients for living things.<p>The findings, published in the journal …

Did Jupiter Smash Solar System’s First Earthlike Planets?

Jupiter may have acted like a giant wrecking ball in the newborn solar system, roaming in to destroy an early generation of inner planets before retreating to its current orbit, researchers say.<p>The typical planetary system is made up of a few super-Earths — rocky planets up to 10 times the mass of …

Astronomy

Ruins found in remote Argentinian jungle 'may be secret Nazi hideout'

German coins and fragment of plate found in ruined buildings believed to be shelter for leaders in event of defeat, say University of Buenos Aires researchers<p>Archaeologists believe ruins found in a remote jungle region may be the remains of a hideout built by Nazis to flee to in the event of defeat …

Buenos Aires

Amazon delivery drone wins FAA approval for testing in rural Washington

Company must fly below 400ft in ‘visual meterological conditions’ Amazon will need to obtain new certification if it modifies drone design<p>Amazon.com Inc has won US federal regulators’ approval to test a delivery drone, as the e-commerce giant pursues a vision of speeding packages to customers …

Jeff Bezos

Quantum revolution: UK strategy outlines research into 6G smartphones and quantum computers

A new £270m strategy into quantum technology growth has been established, designed to guide research into everything from 6G smartphones to quantum …

Rainbow Six: Siege multiplayer video surfaces; see it here (Update)

Get a good look at this video because there's no telling when this might be taken down. It's footage of the closed alpha for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Someone uploaded it to YouTube yesterday.<p>The video, assuming it's still viewable, depicts a hostage rescue mission aboard an airline, similar …

Gaming

'Life Is Strange' Blends Teen Angst And Time Travel

Life is Strange is an episodic video-game starring a teenage girl called Max living in rural Pacific Northwest. It’s a reminder of the difficulties of growing up, both for ourselves and for our children.<p>As is the way of video-games she discovers strange powers that function as a central play …

FDA says genetically modified, bruise-resistant apples and potatoes are safe to eat

The produce is not yet available in stores<p>The FDA said this week that new varieties of genetically modified fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. The safety review covered six varieties of potatoes engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and two varieties of apples …

Look At This Ridiculous Russian Supersonic Cargo Plane Concept

Just, why?<p>Never mind the fact that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine are struggling to win a civil war--the Kremlin wants to wow the Future with a gigantic supersonic cargo plane. Named the PAK TA, the concept from Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission will be a supersonic transport than can …

Ganymede's Liquid Ocean is Really, Really Deep

Last year, NASA announced that Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, <i>may</i> have water underneath the surface. Last week, Hubble scientists essentially …

Giant walking crocodile terrorised Earth before dinosaurs

A terrifying walking crocodile which stood 9ft tall and has been dubbed the 'Carolina Butcher' preyed on mammals before the rise of the dinosaurs<p>A terrifying crocodile which walked on its hind legs may have been the most deadly creature on Earth before the evolution of the biggest dinosaurs.<p>The …

Dinosaurs

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan civilization, according to new research.<p>Scientists from Rice University and Louisiana State University found evidence in Belize’s Great Blue Hole, a …

Archaeology

How we'll live in space, according to people in the 1970s

Concept art for<br>NASA space stations<p>Imagining life on the high frontier<p>In the 1970s, NASA held a series of summer schools to explore practical designs …

Space Science

Archaeologists find two 'lost cities' deep in Honduras jungle

Archaeological team say they have set foot in a place untouched by humans for at least 600 years in a site that may be the ‘lost city of the monkey god’<p>Archaeologists have discovered two lost cities in the deep jungle of Honduras, emerging from the forest with evidence of a pyramid, plazas and …

Archaeology

Minecraft's Markus Persson Tells All On His Sale To Microsoft, His $70 Million Home And What's Next

Life seems so much easier now for Markus Persson. At 35, one of the most famous computer game developers of all time is semi-retired after selling his company Mojang and its hit title Minecraft to Microsoft last year for $2.5 billion. These days, Persson doesn’t have much to do, pondering his next …

HoloLens: The hands on experience

Let’s get this out of the way: Microsoft HoloLens is not exactly a holographic system, but don’t hold that against it. The reality of Microsoft’s …

Augmented Reality

21 Earbuds That Can Handle the Bass

When your earbuds aren’t busy getting tangled in your pockets and purse, they’re probably helping you drown out the noise on your commute to work or they’re letting you quietly watch your Netflix shows during your lunch break. Despite our frustrations with untangling the darn things, we feel like …

Consumer Tech

These headphones are packing a hidden pair of VR goggles

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Avegant<p>At first glance, the Glyph headphones from Redwood City-based startup Avegant look chunky, but there’s a good …

The Top Video Games Of 2015

It’s very difficult to pick a top 10 list for upcoming video games.<p>2015 is filled with interesting and exciting titles, from PC and new-gen exclusives, to cross-platform entries, and from sequels to brand-new IPs.<p>In this post we’ll take a look at a bunch of these, and we’ll do so in alphabetical …