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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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First Galaxy Alpha review is already out, here are the key findings

Hi-tech.mail.ru<p>The Galaxy Alpha just launched today, and while Samsung shared many details about the device, there’s nothing like real hands-on impressions to get to know a smartphone.<p>Fortunately, Russian website <i>Hi-tech.mail.ru</i> managed to obtain a Galaxy Alpha in advance and put out a good hands-on …

TS Bertha aims for Bahamas, Turks and Caicos

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

Changing Planet<p>Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice and vapor from many locations along the famed “tiger stripes” near the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Courtesy NASA/JPL<p>Erupting from fractures, 101 geysers dot the surface of Saturn’s frozen moon, Enceladus, report NASA …

Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

Traditional Chinese medicine holds that the scales of a pangolin, a small ant-eating mammal, are "cool" and "salty." Eating those scales, the TCM thinking goes, may help expel wind, reduce swelling and boost lactation. But pangolin scales also seem to induce something far less beneficial: …

Watch online as the moon sweeps in front of Saturn

Online coverage of the moon photobombing Saturn – seen from Australia – will begin on Monday, August 4, starting at 4 a.m. PDT / 7 a.m. EDT / 11:00 …

Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen

Here’s an idea for energy sustainability that’s not mere quackery: A team of British designers and artists have proposed a floating tourist …

Mankind Is Getting Ready To Turn Over Most Decisions To Robots

"In such a future —perhaps a mere fifty years from now — the planet will be completely filled with cognitive and intelligent systems, which will intervene in all aspects of biological life, and humans will be influenced every moment by the decisions these machines make automatically," Alexandre …

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Spray-painted solar cells promise cheap power on seemingly any surface

Scientists have dreamed of painting solar cells to generate energy on just about any surface, but efficiency has been a problem; researchers were happy to get one percent just a couple of years ago. At last, though, it looks like viable paint-on power is close at hand. A team at the University of …

Europe's Rosetta Probe Reaches Climax of Its Comet-Chasing Mission

After a 10-year, 4 billion-mile journey through deep space, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe is finally arriving at its comet destination.<p>The Rosetta spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday. If all goes according to plan, Rosetta will become …

Wildfires prompt state of emergency in California

SACRAMENTO — A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term …

Farming practices and climate change at root of Toledo water pollution

The toxins that contaminated the water supply of the city of Toledo – leaving 400,000 people without access to safe drinking water for two days – were produced by a massive algae boom. But this is not a natural disaster.<p>Water problems in the Great Lakes – the world’s largest freshwater system – …