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A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a …

16 Optical Illusions Your Brain Will Refuse To See Correctly

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

Bigger, faster, stronger: China’s ever-evolving military tech

Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be …

The best gaming headphones

The best headsets for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch<p>I’ll never forget my first pair of dedicated gaming headphones, the venerable Triton AX360. They completely changed my perception of playing games on a console.<p>At the time, I was hooked on <i>Gears of War</i>. Every Friday …

Audiophile

The Best (Overlooked) Games of 2017

10<p>By<p>It has been a banner year for video games. In a year that gave us exceptional new <i>Mario</i> and <i>Zelda</i> titles, quality new franchises like <i>Horizon: Zero</i> …

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

What may have started as science fiction – that perhaps the universe as we know it is a computer simulation – has become a serious line of inquiry …

Physics

Here's How And When NASA Will Finally Destroy Cassini

Thank you, little spacecraft.<p>For nearly three decades, researchers have worked to design, build, launch, and operate an unprecedented mission to …

Astronomy

Yuval Harari on why humans won’t dominate Earth in 300 years

“It's not because I overestimate the AI. It's because most people tend to overestimate human beings.”<p>Yuval Noah Harari’s first book, <i>Sapiens</i>, was an international sensation. The Israeli historian’s mind-bending tour through the triumph of <i>Homo sapiens</i>is a favorite of, among others, Bill Gates, Mark …

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Singularity

The White House Wants To Use Science Fiction To Settle The Solar System

Earlier this month, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology assembled a strange gathering: scientists, artists, engineers, and …

14 incredible discoveries travellers should be grateful for

Archaeology

'Hedgehog' Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity

09-08-2015<br>Hedgehog is a new concept for a robot that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of traversing small solar system bodies.

Hedgehogs

Official Fallout Monopoly Board Game Revealed

A special Fallout themed Monopoly set has been officially announced by Bethesda, and its release is expected to coincide with the Fallout 4 launch date in November.<p>Details of the board game first emerged when a Shacknews journalist published on Instagram a picture of its contents box. In the …

20 kilometer high space elevator tower planned

Ambitious plans to build a twenty kilometer (12.4 miles) tall space elevator tower have been announced by a Canadian space technology firm.<p>Although this distance is a mere fraction of that reached in space missions, Thoth Technology says its ThothX Tower will make a major cost reduction in space …

Space Travel

Deceptively small home in Denmark hides spacious living quarters at the forest edge

A newly completed Villa by CF Møller maximizes living space and minimizes building footprint, allowing the inhabitants to enjoy it's enviable forest …

Kepler-452b: How long would it take humans to reach 'Earth 2' and could we live there?

NASAIf it would take 33,000 years to get there will we ever reach it?<p>The US space agency announced last Thursday that after 20 years of searching the …

Universe

Daily Overview: Fascinating satellite photographs of Earth show man's impact on the planet

A series of fascinating satellite photos aims to show how man has affected Earth. Daily Overview publishes one image of an area where human activity …

Europe just invested over $380 million in an alien-hunting space mission to Jupiter

On July 17, the European Space Agency — Europe's version of NASA — announced that they were issuing a contract to award the U.S.-equivalent of $384 million to the European-based company Airbus Defense and Space.<p>Jupiter has become one of the most likely neighborhoods in our solar system with the …

Astronomy

How Sci-fi Ships...

<b>The Fastest Ship in the Universe: How Sci-fi Ships Stack Up</b><p>From the Millennium Falcon to the USS Enterprise, science fiction has shown us a vast …

Science Fiction

Big Bang Nixed --"Our Universe Evolved from the Black Hole of a Collapsed 4-D Star" (Today's Most Popular)

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

Discovery Brightens Solar’s Future, Energy Costs to Be Cut

Scientists in Switzerland announced a clean-energy breakthrough on Wednesday; a cheaper, solar technology that splits water molecules to create clean-burning hydrogen fuel.<p>The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won't be available for average citizens …

Nature Communications

How Physics Will Change—and Change the World—in 100 Years — NOVA Next

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein had only just published his revolutionary new theory of gravity, atomic nuclei were entirely mysterious, and …

NASA disconnects feed showing presence of 3 UFOs on earth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have come under the scanner of conspiracy theorists who claim that the live feed showing the …

Paranormal

How NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” Will Search For Life On Europa

Europa mission planner Bobak Ferdowsi on Star Trek, haircuts, and NASA’s search for life.<p>On August 6, 2012, NASA’s control room was gripped by seven minutes of terror as the Curiosity Rover descended through the Martian atmosphere. In the midst of all the excitement, one young staffer sporting a …

Space

Mysterious 150,000 Year-Old Pipework Discovered Under Chinese Pyramid

Who could have built such a complex structure 150,000 years ago, at a time when man had barely started using fire? The Baigong pipes are one of the …

NASA Working With National Nuclear Security Administration On Plan To Use Nukes On Doomsday Asteroid

If NASA has its way, the human race won't be going the way of the dinosaurs anytime soon.<p>The space agency is teaming up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to work on a planetary defense plan to deflect a potential doomsday asteroid so it doesn't strike Earth, according to The New …

Asteroids

Lexus just unveiled a working hoverboard!

The hoverboard is one of those keen technologies promised to us by Hollywood that simply hasn’t become part of our every day world. We’re still …

Horizon Zero Dawn aims to fill the open-world gap between GTA and Skyrim | Polygon

NASA: "Black Holes are Dark Matter Concentrators"

"While we don't yet know what dark matter is, we do know it interacts with the rest of the universe through gravity, which means it must accumulate …