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Apple, The Hyperion Ion Cannon And Why Future iPhones Could Have A Sapphire Screen

Late last week we published a piece about why Apple would want to build a factory to manufacture sapphire crystal, and why it might want to own over $570M worth of that production up front. Today, by connecting a few more dots, we can piece together how it could overcome the pricing and production …

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."<p>But he knows <i>a lot</i> about it from his work for the Assassination Records Review Board, established by Congress in 1992, …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

22 Quotes From Kanye’s BBC Interview To Make You Think About Race, Culture, And Creativity

Here's why we should actually be talking about the interview. CC: Jimmy Kimmel, the world.<p>I'm gonna take music and I'm gonna to try to make it three-dimensional, like in Star Wars, and the hologram'll pop up out of R2-D2. I'ma try to make something that jumps up, and affects you, in a good or bad …

Xiaomi To Open Flagship Retail Store

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi’s mobile devices are wildly popular — but they’re only sold via online channels or operator partnerships as the company seeks to keep distribution costs down.<p>That will change soon, however, since Xiaomi is to open its first-ever retail store, which will be …

8 Of The Prettiest Space Photos Of The Year

The Royal Greenwich Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners are on display now in London. Time to drop whatever it was you were doing and look at some star porn.<p>The winners of the fifth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards from the Royal Observatory Greenwich have just …

Scientists Estimate How Much Longer The Earth Can Support Life

The end of the world is near! Well, relatively near, geologically speaking. Okay, even geologically speaking, it’s pretty far off.<p>But scientists at the University of East Anglia have made their best estimate for how much longer the Earth will be habitable for human life, barring nuclear war, rogue …

Articles about top 10 houses dwell week on Dwell.com - Dwell

Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.<p>From a home designed by David Chipperfield in London to WORKac's New York duplex, here is what caught our eye over the last few...<p>From floating student dorms to concrete homes, catch up from …

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

Grand Theft Auto 5 cheats and guides: everything you need to beat GTA on PS4, Xbox One and PC

We all know Grand Theft Auto 5 is huge, and even though it's been around since 2013 (what?!) there are still plenty of players out there who haven't …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

How our galaxy might look from outside

This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy might look seen from the outside, from an almost edge-on perspective.<p>New research suggests …

Scientists Find Life Buried Under An Antarctic Lake

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey have announced that they’ve confirmed the presence of life in samples of mud from the bottom of a subglacial lake in Antarctica. The team’s findings have been published in the journal <i>Diversity</i>.<p>The research team conducted their work at Lake Hodgson, on the …

NASA Scientists Answer Your Burning Questions About Voyager 1

Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space. How long will the spacecraft have power? When might it reach another star? The NASA team answered these questions and more on Reddit.<p>NASA announced yesterday that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, which blasted off in 1977 and is the farthest human-made …

The Week In Numbers: A One-Way Trip To Mars, The Next Space Shuttle, And More

<b>$3.6 billion</b>: the funding a team of engineers needs to complete development of the Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, a new type of engine that could make runway-to-orbit space missions a reality<p><b>2,656</b>: the number of times these three astronauts orbited Earth during their 166 days aboard the …

APOD: M2-9: Wings of a Butterfly Nebula (2013 Sep 15) Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA - Processing: Judy Schmidt http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130915.html Explanation: Are stars better appreciated for their art after they die? Actually, stars usually create their most artistic displays as they die. In the case of low-mass stars like our Sun and M2-9 pictured above, the stars transform themselves from normal stars to white dwarfs by casting off their outer gaseous envelopes. The expended gas frequently forms an impressive display called a planetary nebula that fades gradually over thousand of years. M2-9, a butterfly planetary nebula 2100 light-years away shown in representative colors, has wings that tell a strange but incomplete tale. In the center, two stars orbit inside a gaseous disk 10 times the orbit of Pluto. The expelled envelope of the dying star breaks out from the disk creating the bipolar appearance. Much remains unknown about the physical processes that cause planetary nebulae. http://hla.stsci.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://www.geckzilla.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130915 #APOD

Latest from the tech labs: insects with gears and electric spider silk

<b>Top gear for bugs</b><p>Engineers taking their ideas from nature is nothing new – from early attempts at flight, to adhesives based on mussels and communications networks that act like hives – but sometimes scientists are surprised to find humans have created concepts, when nature got there first.<p>The …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Visit A Stunning Salt Mine In Google Street View

The Polish Wieliczka Salt Mine comes to Google Street View<p>The Wieliczka Salt Mine, with its pure-salt chandeliers, began operations in the 13th century, drew tourists as early as the 15th century, and became a United Nations World Heritage site in 1978. This year, it got yet another tourist …

The Future is Now: 9 Unbelievable (Real) Technologies That Exist Today (PHOTOS)

According to Moore’s Law, it is generally held that the processing power in our computing technology is destined to double every two years. With respect to the trend first recognized in 1965, it only takes a glance at the headlines covering the high-concept gadgets and gizmos of today to notice …

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …

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The top 6 MMOs you should be playing this year

Massively multiplayer online games have long suffered from a nauseating lack of originality, smothered in an endless monotony of grinding away on dire rabbits for experience points and completing a never-ending strings of cookie-cutter, carrot-on-a-stick fetch quests. That trend continues even to …