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US Navy puts its first laser weapon into service

It's official: the US Navy has entered the future. Vice Admiral John Miller tells <i>Bloomberg</i> that the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport, has been using the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) in the Persian Gulf since late August. The high-tech arsenal is no threat to larger vessels, but it's …

Philae dies, but Rosetta continues to search – Ireland’s Technology Blog

Unless you have been on an comet you most likely have heard about the somewhat successful landing of Rosetta’s Philae lander on comet 67P. …

Asteroid strike: 7 ways the world could end

As a mountain-sized asteroid is detected heading towards Earth, what is the likeliest 'extinction-level' scenario for mankind?<p>Our solar system is littered with billions of pieces of debris, from the size of large boulders to objects hundreds of miles across. We know that from time to time these hit …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is awake and cruising toward Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is awake and doing fine.<p>The spacecraft bound for Pluto roused itself from its latest hibernation on Saturday at noon PST. One and a half hours later, it sent a radio signal to Earth to confirm it had successfully turned itself back on.<p>The spacecraft is currently 2.9 …

Science still learning how to limit tsunami misery

<b>The modern world has never been hit in a single blow by a natural disaster as far reaching as the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004.</b><p>It was not just the violence of the event - one estimate given to the BBC shortly after was that the energy released was the equivalent of more than 10,000 …

The Science of Dealing With People You Hate

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Six science stories we can't wait to follow in 2015

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.<p>From solar system exploration to new adventures in particle physics to the possible defeat of a microscopic foe, …

10 Space Science Stories to Watch in 2015

A new <i>Avengers</i> movie. A reboot of the <i>Star Wars</i> franchise. The final installment of the <i>Hunger Games</i>. <i>The Martian</i> makes it to the big screen. Yup, even …

The Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

This year brought us comet landings, disease outbreaks, new dinosaurs, and cyberterrorism. Here are the most important science stories of 2014.<p>This year brought us comet landings, disease outbreaks, new dinosaurs, and cyberterrorism. Here are the most important science stories of 2014.

Samsung announces a curved-screen all-in-one and its thinnest laptop yet

We hope you like super skinny laptops, because you're going to be seeing a hell of a lot more of them in 2015. Samsung just took the veil off its new ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook, which comes in at just 0.45 inch thick and 2.09 pounds. That's insanely compact for a 12.2-inch machine and indeed, it's the …

Apple patents a smart pen that could copy your handwriting onto an iPad

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent on Tuesday for a "communicating stylus" that would capture digital copies of handwritten …

5 big data trends to watch out for in 2015

What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2013, the industry was still debating whether Hadoop and related big data technologies were going to become mainstream or were just niche technologies for Internet companies.<p>A year later, the answer is clear — Hadoop is without question the foundation …

Technology in 2015 - the new gadgets coming your way

Smarter appliances, cars, watches and virtual reality. All paid for with a swipe of your smartphone? 2015 may make it a reality<p><b>The smart-home</b><p>The Internet of Things (IoT) has, for some time, suggested the interconnectivity of otherwise separate devices and ecosystems; connected devices improving the …

Mighty Mite: New Three-Cylinder Engine Has Big Role In Volvo's Future

It is genuinely surprising, a car with such a small engine feeling so powerful. Pressing the throttle brings a shove in the back and a satisfying snarl. Even steep inclines couldn’t slow down Volvo’s new three-cylinder engine.<p>Though just a prototype at this point, the pint-sized engine is critical …

Quantum dots, a Ghostbuster backpack & the future of solar technology

Sometimes, it just takes a Google search to overcome a big technical hurdle in a lab. OK, so it didn’t quite happen that way, but for Illan Kramer, a …

The Message In Messaging Apps

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Owen Andrew is a journalist based in Southern California.</i><p>Text messaging is on a decline in favor of a new kind of social networking app seeing an increase in relevancy that is expected to continue. From Kik to Line to Viber to WhatsApp, social messaging apps could come to define …

Airbnb to use scanning technology to make listing photos prettier

Think of it as Tinder for lodging.<p>Noting that photos of homes' interiors have a large influence on bookings, Airbnb plans to implement an automated …

Tesla Developing Robotic Snake Car Charger, 'For Realz'

Tesla is building a charger that automatically connects to its cars like a “solid metal snake,” chief executive Elon Musk said Wednesday.<p>In a tweet, Musk explained that the device will move out from the wall robotically and insert itself into the charging port of the Model S, the sole sedan in …

Tech To Save You From Your Drunk Self On New Year’s Eve

The safest thing you could possibly do on New Year’s Eve is not drink, not go out, not do anything. You’re probably going to go out, anyway. You’re probably going to go to some party and you’re probably going to drink. A lot. You’ll dance terribly. You’ll tell someone that you love them. This …

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

39 blogging tools to help you work faster, better and land more readers

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>When you’re finding amazing content to share on social media—the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and comment—one of the most valuable, most original places to turn is your own blog and the content you personally …

What's Coming From Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, 12-Inch MacBook and More

Thanks to the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8, 2014 was a major year for Apple. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus brought new screen sizes and a radical redesign, while iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite introduced deep integration between Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems.<p>…