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NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful rocket ever

NASA has reached a milestone in its development of the Space Launch System, or SLS, which is set to be the most powerful rocket ever and may one day take astronauts to Mars.<p>After completing a critical design review, Boeing Co. has finalized a $2.8-billion contract with the space agency. The deal …

One of the Most Earthlike Exoplanets Might Just Be an Illusion

Scientists say that a proposed extrasolar planet, which was hailed as the first known potentially habitable planet outside our own solar system …

110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years

It's never easy to predict the future. But as PM's 110th anniversary celebration draws to a close, we've decided to try. Here are 110 ambitious ideas for the decades ahead.<p><b>2012—2022</b><p><b>· People will be fluent in every language.</b> With DARPA and Google racing to perfect instant translation, it won't be …

Could Google Glass Make Football Safer? Chris Kluwe Thinks So

Reducing the frequency and severity of injuries, particularly concussions, is priority No. 1 for the NFL right now. Punter Chris Kluwe, who in his playing days was never hesitant to say what he thought the league ought to be doing differently, thinks he might have a solution.<p>At the TED conference …

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

This Is How Google Can Dominate The Smartwatch Industry For Years To Come

This week’s announcement of Android Wear by Google has felt like a shot in the arm for the smartwatch industry. Short of Apple’s mythical iWatch appearing on a wrist near you, the entrance of Google into the wearable space with a clear focus on the smartwatch as a platform is the move that everyone …

HBO's Game of Thrones Teams Up With League of Legends

The advertising campaign precedes GoT's season four premiere in April.<p>Riot Games and HBO have started up an advertising campaign, pairing up League …

The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

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A New Material For Night-Vision Contact Lenses

The material is based on graphene.<p>Nobody has made night-vision contact lenses yet… but here's a glimpse at how that technology might work, if it ever comes to be.<p>University researchers have created a super-light, super-thin material that detects infrared light. Infrared includes the wavelengths of …

You Don't Really Want Online Multiplayer Videogames

At least, you don't want online multiplayability shoehorned in.<p>In the age of _Call of Duty _and _Halo _and every other massively popular videogame, an idea has formed: if you can't play the game online, with the option to duke it out with or against friends or strangers, it's missing a fundamental …

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Our Universe Just May Exist In A Multiverse After All, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.<p>On Monday (March 17), scientists announced new findings that mark the …