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Our Best Indian Dessert Recipes For Your Next Feast

Just in time for Diwali, here are the sweetest bites to help you celebrate the Festival of Light<p>Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, is just around …

Another for the 'it's-not-real-but-we-wish-it-was' pile: a completely fictional but entirely excellent Mercedes AMG GT 'Black Series' http://www.TOPGEAR.com/uk/car-news/mercedes-amg-gt-black-series-rendered-2014-09-11

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Everything You Need to Know – IGN First

Bookmark this page!<p>This month's IGN First showcases Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer's next-gen-first breath of fresh air for the …

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious Denisovans in the Ural mountains.<p>But our time alone may be nearing its end. Through the power of technology, humans …

Death of Yoda the 650-Year-Old Tree Tells Tale of Southwest Drought

A Douglas fir affectionately named Yoda survived many a drought in its six-plus centuries of existence in a rugged lava flow in the El Malpais National Monument area near Grants, New Mexico, but it couldn’t weather the current extreme drought in the parched Southwest.<p>The recent death of the …

Exclusive: Belkin, Osram Sylvania ink deal for connected lighting

Until they’re no longer functioning, the light bulbs in your home are probably close to the last thing on your priority list. But the lowly bit of …

'Destiny' Fans Taking Friends-Only Raid Matchmaking Into Their Own Hands

One of Destiny’s more controversial policies ahead of release is that its 6-man raids, which feature the toughest content and dole out the best loot in the game, will not allow for randomized matchmaking. Instead, Bungie wants players only to take them on with five other friends, as the level of …

U.S. Will 'Degrade and Destroy' ISIS Militants, Obama Says

President Barack Obama vowed to "degrade and destroy" the Islamist militant group behind the beheading of a second American journalist. "We will not be intimidated," Obama told reporters during a visit to Estonia on Wednesday. "Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will …

How North Korea may be using U.S. detainees as 'bargaining chips'

The setup was bizarre.<p>North Korean officials whisked a CNN team away in a van, purportedly to go meet with a high-ranking government official.<p>Hours later, they arrived in the capital and were presented with three Americans held captive in the reclusive country.<p>Like virtually everything in …

Pentagon Wants Artificial Intelligence In Future Fighters

Consider it artificial military intelligence.<p>The Department of Defense wants future generations of fighter aircraft to come with copilots already installed. According to the U.S. Naval Institute, both the Navy and the Air Force want their next generation air superiority fighter to have Artificial …

PlayStation 4 is Finally Getting Theme Support

Vita isn't the only one copying PS3's style.<p>Are you bored looking at your PlayStation 4's blue background? Well, you're in luck. When firmware 2.0 …

Tattoos for Time Travellers at the British Science Festival 2014

This year I am hosting an event at the British Science Festival called “Tattoos for Time Travellers”. It’s a thought experiment, which poses the following scenario:<p>Imagine that we’re about to send you back in time. You can’t take anything with you (not even your clothes!), but we do have an amazing …

Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

U.S. Copyright Office Denies Monkeys Rights To Their Selfies

That means no more business for this monkey.<p>In 2011, British wildlife photographer David Slater was traveling through the jungle in Indonesian when a crested black macaque grabbed his camera and started snapping selfies. Somebody posted the images in Wikipedia Commons, meaning anybody could use …

When NASA Launched Stardust, They Had No Way To Retrieve Its Samples

This space probe has a dirty little secret.<p>On August 14, researchers from University California, Berkeley, announced an amazing discovery from NASA’s Stardust probe: During its deep space voyage, the ship had captured seven tiny pieces of interstellar rocks, making them the first confirmed samples …

Found: Traces of Some of the Oldest Stars in the Universe

Japanese scientists have discovered a star they believe to be made from the remnants of one of the oldest stars in the universe—and one that was more than 100 times more massive than the sun.<p><b>Astronomers have found evidence</b> of one of the very first stars. Not only that, but this star also had a …

To win this board game you must become an anime character

One of the most popular games on the floor of this year's GenCon was a Japanese import called Tragedy Looper. First published by BakaFire Party in 2011, the English language version made its U.S. debut at the Z-Man Games booth last week in Indianapolis, Indiana.<p><i>Tragedy Looper</i> is a deduction game …

Nyko Unveils White Modular Charge Station for PS4

Its sheen is white as snow.<p>Gaming accessories manufacturer Nyko has unveiled a new white edition of its modular charge station for the PlayStation …

Discarded car batteries could become low-cost solar cells

It's great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we're starting to), over 200 million old batteries could …

This Week on the PSN (August 19, 2014)

Lots of choices.<p>Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or …

Old body, new heart: meet Renovo's Shelby Daytona-based super-EV, 500bhp of all-electric insanity http://www.TOPGEAR.com/uk/car-news/renovo-coupe-revealed-electric-supercar-shelby-daytona-2014-08-18

Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome

Tiny skeleton from Indonesia's Flores island is unique ancient species, insist researchers<p>A furious international dispute has erupted over the publication of a paper that claims the hobbit man of Flores was a modern human who had Down's syndrome. Published in the <i>Proceedings of the</i> <i>National Academy</i> …

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

There are technologists who specialize in “scanning the Internet.” They are like a search team making its way through a neighborhood, but instead of checking the knob of every door, they check Internet entrances to online devices to see which ones are open. These people have been screaming for some …

Picture of the week: the Woodland Hills High School Prom, by Mark Neville

The British photographer spent four months in Pittsburgh, commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum<p>British photographer Mark Neville watched as the students of Woodland Hills high school in Pittsburgh finished dinner at their prom. There was a strong African-American demographic of students but as …

Motorola's Road to Irrelevancy - Focusing on Its Core

<b>Remember the RAZR phone?</b> Whatever happened to that company?<p>Motorola has a great tradition. Motorola pioneered the development of wireless communications, and was once a leader in all things radio. In an earlier era Motorola was the company that provided 2-way radios (and walkie-talkies for those …

Squishy Lego-like bricks emerge from scientists' robot lab

Even fully grown scientists can't resist the siren call of Lego. A group of researchers from Harvard University has developed a building block called Click-e-Bricks, inspired by the iconic plastic toy. These bricks, however, are very different from the hard plastic blocks Lego uses. Click-e-Bricks …

What to do if you think Russian hackers stole your login, password

A ring of Russian hackers have allegedly stolen more than a billion online user names and passwords, including more than 500 million email addresses. They are believed to be using that data to spam Internet users.<p>It's unclear which websites the Russian hackers hit, but with so much stolen data, …