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Why physicists really, really want to find a new subatomic particle

The latest search for a new particle has fizzled. Scientists are excited, and a bit scared.<p>Particle physicists are rather philosophical when describing their work.<p>“Whatever we find out, that is what nature chose,” Kyle Cranmer, a physics professor at New York University, tells me. It’s a good …

Physics

Six alternative web browsers you should know about

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / tovovan<p>Most people are only familiar with the “big five” web browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet …

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …

The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Yahoo<p>At one point not so long ago, Yahoo (s yhoo) was one of the top technology companies in the world. “The …

Mozilla coder: Chrome violates Google's own Blink principles

Programmer Robert O'Callahan says Google's Native Client technology contradicts laudable Web standards principles the Net giant laid out for Blink, its new browser engine project.<p>With a project called Portable Native Client now making its way into Chrome and potentially onto the Web itself, Google …

Software

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

MacBook Air