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NASA's next Mars rover to make oxygen

For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.<p>Footprints are to follow someday.<p>The last three rovers -- Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity -- confirmed the Red …

3D printers could revolutionize how the US military feeds its soldiers

A mere six months after civilian manufacturer 3D Systems debuted the world’s first 3D printer that prints food at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the US Army is making progress adapting food-printing technology for use by troops on deployment. Research teams at several Army …

CES

Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

“I would not feel so alone,” sang Bob Dylan back in 1966, “everybody must get stoned.” It would seem lots of people have obliged: cannabis is now far and away the world’s favourite illicit drug, with approximately 180 million people having taken it in the past year. In England and Wales about 13.5% …

This Xbox Controller Can Sense Your Boredom, Make A Game More Violent

Through nothing more than your hands, a modified Xbox controller can tailor games to your physiological state.<p>Heart rate, temperature, respiration, and perspiration: These are our autonomous functions–our core physiological processes–that signal stress or arousal and can betray our otherwise cool …

Tiny Gold Motors You Can Drive Inside Cells

They're a step toward motors doctors could one day use to deliver targeted medicine to cells in the body.<p>Do you think they'll meet Ms. Frizzle in there? A team of scientists has built nano-size motors, partly out of gold, that they then coaxed into cells and drove around. You can see the motors …

Cancer Cells

Impress your Valentine with these February full moon names

Wolf Moon, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon and more names for February’s full moon in this post. Star near the moon is Regulus.<p>The moon turns full today – …

Astronomy

Master Chief voice actor says Halo 2 anniversary edition coming this year (update)

A <i>Halo 2</i> anniversary edition will release this year to coincide with the game's tenth anniversary, according to Master Chief voice actor Steve Downes, who added that <i>Halo 5</i> won't launch until 2015.<p>"I think you may be ahead of yourself on <i>Halo 5</i>," Downes told GameZone, who was unable to share the …

How to Optimize Your PC Games' Graphics Settings in One Click

Most PC games have a plethora of graphics settings that let you strike the perfect balance between quality and performance. If you don't enjoy …

Chew This: What Does Science Tell Us About Teething?

“Why wasn't some more humane and less grisly teething process naturally selected for our species a few million years ago?” a friend asked on an email list recently.<p>And he had a point: teething, from what I’ve heard, is the pits. Babies start cutting their first teeth around 6 months, and gain one …

Pregnancy

Samsung-backed Android alarm app helps researchers fight disease while you sleep

Our smartphones don't do much when they're sitting there charging overnight, something Samsung and the University of Vienna want to take advantage of to cure diseases. A new app called Power Sleep uses your phone's downtime to crunch protein calculations. That data's used to research cures for …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Microsoft’s ambition is to make TV more interactive and entertaining (interview)

<i>Disclaimer: The organizers of Power of Play paid my way to Seattle, where I moderated a talk. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>Elan Lee wants to remake entertainment by blending the interactivity of games and the passive viewing experience of TV. And he’ll get that chance by creating new interactive …

To the Mun and back: Kerbal Space Program

How a Mexico City marketing company turned one employee's dream into a reality, and why NASA is teeming with little green men.<p><i>Kerbal Space Program</i> is, at its core, a rocketry simulation. When it first became available for download it had a limited scope. There was a large hangar full of parts and …

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate headed to 3DS in early 2015

<i>Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</i> will arrive on Nintendo 3DS in "early 2015," Capcom series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto announced today in a video.<p>Like previous Ultimate entries, the Western version of Japan's <i>Monster Hunter 4G</i> "will be built on the foundations of <i>Monster Hunter 4</i> but have way more content," …

Rumor: 'District 9' Director To Direct 'Halo' TV Series Pilot

Direct Neill Blomkamp, the man behind the camera for the excellent sci-fi film <i>District 9</i>, may be returning to the ‘Halo’ universe.<p>Blomkamp, along with producer Peter Jackson, was previously slated to direct a <i>Halo</i> motion picture until that project disintegrated. The director went on to make <i>District …

Which superhero has the best look?

Any self-respecting superhero needs a suitable costume. When film-makers get it wrong the results can be disastrous (see Batman and Robin's infamous Bat-nipples) – but get it right and you can create something truly iconic.<p>When Ben Affleck dons the Batsuit in the forthcoming Batman vs Superman, …

The Big 'Batman Vs. Superman' Movie Is Delayed Until 2016

The "Man of Steel" sequel is being pushed back from its July 17, 2015 release date to summer 2016.<p>That's an entire 10 months you'll have to wait to see Batman and the son of Krypton on screen together for the first time.<p>CNN reports the "Batman / Superman" movie was pushed back in order to provide …

Box Office

The next DIY tech revolution

Build-it-yourself computer kits spawned PCs and Bill Gates. With a new wave that encompasses 3D printers, drones and even biotech, what will be possible?<p>In early December last year, first-time entrepreneur Alex Klein found himself stunned. After designing a $100 build-it-yourself computer kit …

One million players tackled Don't Starve before the end of last year

One million players entered the unforgiving wilderness of Klei Entertainment's <i>Don't Starve</i> "well before" 2013 came to a close, the developer told Edge Online.<p>The adventure survival title, which launched for Windows PC, Mac and Linux last April, hit PlayStation 4 as a free PlayStation Plus title …

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 demo hits PSN, Xbox Live today

The demo for <i>Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13</i> is now up on Xbox Live and will be available later today on PlayStation Network, publisher Square Enix announced today.<p>It originally went up on the Xbox Games Store last week, but according to Square Enix, that was because of a "technical glitch," and …

The artists who own the moon

With as much land as Africa, the moon is a new frontier. Lured by its natural resources, China sent the Jade Rabbit rover there last month. Meanwhile, Google is sponsoring a competition to spur private companies into landing similar vehicles by 31 December 2015. Yet the question of who owns the …

A Year of Adventure #1: King’s Quest I

We begin our journey to relive the most seminal adventure games.<p><i>Join Kosta Andreadis as he plays through some of the most seminal adventure games of</i> …

Everquest designer Brad McQuaid announces Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen MMO

Massively multiplayer design veteran Brad McQuaid, known for his work on <i>Everquest</i> and <i>Vanguard: Saga of Heroes</i>, officially announced to Twitter followers the development of his latest MMO project <i>Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen</i>.<p>This follows the game's initial reveal after fans unearthed the game's …

Keecker: A real-life R2D2 for home entertainment and more

We love our screens. Many people have TVs in multiple rooms in their homes, prop their tablet up in the kitchen when they cook and tap away at their …

Game of Thrones game coming in 2014 from Telltale

Telltale Games is working on a <i>Game of Thrones</i> game for 2014 based on the HBO television series inspired by George R.R. Martin's <i>Song of Ice and Fire</i> series of fantasy novels, the studio announced today during VGX 2013.<p>The news confirms a report from IGN last month. Telltale did not specify any …

NASA's E.T. smartphone satellite has phoned home

NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home.<p>The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced last week.<p>As the …

San Francisco Turns Into Gotham To Make A 5-Year-Old's Dream Come True And It's The Most Heartwarming Thing You'll See All Year

Last week, we wrote about the Make-A-Wish foundation giving 5-year-old Miles, who is battling Leukemia, the chance to fight crime as his favorite superhero. Friday, Nov. 15, San Francisco was transformed into Batman's hometown of Gotham where Miles has been taking down some of the Bat's biggest …