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Mini's weird-looking AR goggles are actually useful

Augmented reality is supposed to be the future, but its current usefulness is pretty fuzzy. Sony's SmartEyeglass is reminiscent of your old monochrome monitors, Microsoft's HoloLens' games look intriguing, but who knows when that's coming out and Google Glass, well, we're not sure what the future …

The Nasa team keeping tabs on intergalactic death rays

A space mission tracking the most violent explosions in the Universe has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Richard Hollingham discovers how Swift has changed our view of the cosmos.<p>You do not want to get in the way of a gamma ray burst.<p>“They’re the most luminous, high energy explosions that …

Universe

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

Harry Reid to retire, endorses Schumer to replace him

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won't seek reelection in 2016, and endorsed New York Sen. Charles Schumer as his successor for his leadership post.<p>The fifth-term Nevada Democrat has spent months denying retirement rumors, which grew louder after he suffered …

U.N. Set To Vote On Russian Proposal To Strip LGBT Benefits

The vote is currently "too close to call," according to one Western diplomat.<p>WASHINGTON — Russia is bringing its domestic crackdown on LGBT rights to an unlikely forum: the Fifth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.<p>Western governments are trying to defeat a measure presented by Russia …

Google Glass eyewear isn't dead, Eric Schmidt confirms

The Google Glass smart eyewear might no longer be available, but it will be making a triumphant return, according to the search giant's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt.<p>Glass is "a big and very fundamental platform for Google," Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday. …

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via …

Ted Cruz 'imagines' 2016 presidency in Liberty speech

<b>Lynchburg, Virginia (CNN) —</b> Sen. Ted Cruz, the conservative firebrand from Texas, became the first Republican to announce his campaign for the presidency, and he spent Monday morning telling a crowd at the largest Christian university in the world to imagine what the country will be like when he …

Republicans

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Google's internet balloons have stopped falling out the sky and suddenly look like they're going to be a huge business

Project Loon could be a $10 billion (£6.5 billion) per-year enterprise, the Verge writes. The balloons are an alternative to cell towers and other infrastructure that telecommunication companies would normally have to build to provide internet to remote segments of the planet. According to the …

Telecoms

Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on comparison (Video)

Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…<p>…

The Mars One plan is totally delusional

Indeed, temperatures around minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit, a near total lack of atmosphere to protect from deadly radiation, and regular violent dust storms lead most experts to believe that a human colony on the red planet in the foreseeable future would be very difficult and extremely expensive.<p>And …

Space Science

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Physics

Obama Criticizes China's Proposed New Rules for U.S. Tech Firms

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States. In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing's plans for a …

Barack Obama

Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?Google wants more people to …

T-Mobile

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

Jet Lag

Net Neutrality day is here: a guide to today’s vote

What is the right way to run the internet? After months of pitched debate over so-called net neutrality, the FCC will finally vote on a proposal that …

Al-Assad: I receive info on US-led ISIS hits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his regime is apprised of U.S.-led coalition efforts against ISIS in his country -- not by the Americans, but through third parties such as Iraq.<p>"Sometimes, they convey a message, a general message, but there's nothing tactical," he told the BBC. "There …

20,000 foreign fighters flock to Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other extremist groups, …

Terrorism

Could driverless cars own themselves?

<b>Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber - the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves.</b><p>Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they'll have …

Idealism

Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine ahead of peace talks

SARTANA, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting intensified Tuesday in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian troops sought to extend their gains ahead …

Russia

US creates centralized cybersecurity agency following Sony attack

Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will be tasked with sharing intelligence and coordinating responses to major attacks<p>The White House today will announce the creation of a new agency tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a …

Microsoft researchers say their newest deep learning system beats humans — and Google

Microsoft Research has outdone itself again when it comes to a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning.<p>In a new academic paper, employees in the Asian office of the tech giant’s research arm say their latest deep learning system can outperform humans by one metric.<p>The Microsoft …

Artificial Intelligence

Samsung creates drone, robotics and virtual reality lab

Research group will be part of South Korean company’s drive to make Internet of Things a reality

Virtual Reality

Uber introduces 'panic button' in India

San Fransisco-based taxi firm’s app will allow riders to notify police in case of emergency, and users to share location details with up to five people<p>Uber is introducing two new safety features for riders in India in response to concerns about safety that followed a passenger reporting she had …

Samsung rejects concern over 'Orwellian' privacy policy

Smart TV voice recognition software could transmit ‘personal or other sensitive information’ to a third party, Samsung’s policy warns<p>Users of Samsung’s Smart TV devices have raised concerns over the device’s privacy policy, which seems to suggest that they should not discuss any sensitive topics in …

SpaceX getting ready for weather satellite launch

The launch of a satellite dreamed up 17 years ago by former Vice President Al Gore to provide continuous views of Earth via the Internet and now repurposed to serve as a space weather station will have to wait at least until Tuesday to get into space, after problems with Air Force radar derailed a …