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The Higgs boson particle – digested

In the aftermath of the big bang that flung the universe into existence 13.82bn years ago, the forces of nature were one. But as the universe expanded and cooled, they separated out into the four seen today. The electromagnetic force, which is carried by photons, allows you to see, and stops you …

Sony HMZ-T3W wearable display is up for pre-order in the US, costs $999

US buyers who want to swap large displays for wearable screens might want to check out Sony's online store, where the HMZ-T3W is now available for pre-order for $999. Hirai and Co. claim this third iteration of the head-mounted display comes with dual OLED monitors that simulate sitting 65 feet …

UltraHaptics uses the magic of sound waves to create touch feedback in mid-air

UltraHaptics is creating a new way to touch and feel devices — by removing touch from the equation entirely.<p>The system, created by researchers at the University of Bristol, creates a series of high-frequency sound waves that exert force on whatever they’re pointed at — including the human …

16 Smartwatches You Should Know About

With confirmation from a company exec that Samsung will formally unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in just a few days time, the tech world is whipping itself into a fervor at the thought of what the South Korean electronics giant will unveil.<p>Likewise, Apple’s much-rumored and never-spotted ‘iWatch’ …

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Monoprice's Stealthy Transition Into PC Gaming Peripherals Is Worth Paying Attention To

It wasn’t long ago that when a friend asked where to purchase audio or video cables online at a <i>reasonable</i> price (I’m looking at you, Monster Cable), my answer was always Monoprice. That response remains, but the online retailer has stealthily expanded into several new product categories including …

Samsung’s Gear Smartwatch Is A Strange Hybrid

The folks over at GigaOm have heard from reliable sources everything we need to know about Samsung’s Gear smartwatch, a device rumored to hit the headlines about a week before Apple’s big new iPhone event. It’s complex, and confusing data for sure.<p>The Gear is going to have a touch-sensitive OLED …

Apple's cheaper and not so cheap iPhone explained (FAQ)

For all its talk of doubling down on secrecy, Apple's efforts to keep its upcoming iPhones under wraps seems all for naught. Over the past few weeks there have been a flurry of photos of both plastic and metal iPhones that may or may not be (but probably are) its next-generation devices.<p>Most …

What happens to your Macbook Air battery in a year

I love my 2010 Macbook, but lately she’s become less of a workhorse and more of a gentle farm pony you feed carrots to at the barn. She tires easily …

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges

If it’s built, the Hyperloop may feel more like a roller coaster than a train<p>It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. And while …

Elon Musk Is Dead Wrong About The Cost Of The Hyperloop: In Reality It Would Be $100 Billion

That seems absurdly cheap for the most ambitious public transport infrastructure investment since the national highway system.<p>But the New York Times did us all a favor by calculating the true cost of the Hyperloop: It's going to be ~$100 billion.<p>The Hyperloop is a pressurized tube system in which …

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Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

New immunity-boosting drug helps body kill cancer

A new type of drug that “revs up” the immune system to destroy cancer is being tested on humans for the first time.<p>Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed the treatment in an attempt to tackle cancers, such as those of the pancreas, head and neck, that are particularly hard to …

A look at what an iOS 7-inspired OS X could look like [Gallery]

In light of the upcoming launch of iOS 7, designer Stu Crew and other designers have imagined what a version of the OS X operating system with iOS 7 design principles could look like. Crew’s design matches iOS 7 by removing the heavy, metaphoric textures from OS X. The image above showcases a look …