Bill Shannon

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Cold War

The Legacy Of Hard Science Fiction

Hard science fiction may not be the galactic core of sci-fi, but its pull can be felt across the spectrum of cosmic novels.Hard-science fiction …

Science Fiction

7 Great Science Fiction Movies That Deserved Best Picture Nominations

When something’s great, you just know it. It’s indisputable (well, almost). In film, there’s the convergence of great writing, a stellar cast, pitch …

Science Fiction

This Robot Reminds Us What's Weird About 'Destiny'

“The grind” has always been a curious term to me. I suppose it probably comes from people talking about work, not play — the daily grind — and it occupies a similar place in the world of video games. For people not entirely familiar, “the grind” is present in nearly any RPG or game with progression …

Rubber Bands

Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy

Extreme energy efficiency is target of more buildings, even low-budget Habitat for Humanity homes.<p>Three miles northeast of the White House, now topped with solar panels, six modest new rowhouses are expected to deliver world-class savings in energy.<p>The reason's simple: They're so well sealed and …

Panasonic's latest Toughpad has the strength, thickness of 10 smartphones (hands-on)

Panasonic may have bowed out of the consumer smartphone game, but gadgets for businesses are a completely different story. That's why the Japanese company came to Mobile World Congress with a new pair of rugged Toughpad smartphones in tow. You can't mistake them, despite their identical looks, …

The killer voice feature Google Now needs next

Using the Nexus 5's touch-free audio controls to instigate search is cool. But there's even more Google can do to turn up the volume on voice.<p>One of the Nexus 5 smartphone's best new features is the always-listening, touchless control over Google Now, the name by which the platform's personal …

Android News

Details of Android Kitkat Leaked

A leak published today suggests the next version of Android — named ‘KitKat’ — will focus on catering for low-end smartphones, while also supporting wearable devices (including that rumored smartwatch) and Google-powered TVs.<p>The author, ex-WSJ reporter Amir Efrati, suggests that — in addition to …

V-Tex could be the "microwave cooler" that you wish existed

The technology is being developed by a consortium of companies, via the European Union-funded RapidCool project.<p>Prototype V-Tex machines are already …