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Circuit Scribe: Instantly Draw Functional Electrical Circuits on a Piece of Paper | Colossal

<p>The folks over at Urbana-based Electroninks Incorporated just launched a Kickstarter project for a new kind of pen that draws fuctional electronic …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

Android News

Test drive the Galaxy S4 with Samsung's online simulator

Samsung's latest flagship smartphone is out and ready for your consideration. If you can't get to your local retailer to take a look in person, check out Samsung's Galaxy S4 online simulator.<p>Samsung has been good about providing online simulators for its smartphones, like the Galaxy Nexus and the …

Galaxy S4

International Trade Commission Bans Certain Samsung Products, Saying Some Apple Patents Were Violated

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that certain Samsung products do infringe on two Apple patents and should be barred from …

Will Samsung rush GS5 out the door in January?

A Korean site founded by former Samsung staffers says the next Galaxy smartphone could just be a couple months away and pegs it to a recent slowdown in GS4 sales.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 could be just a couple of months away, as a new report suggests that the sequel to the Galaxy S4 will be rushed out …

Mobile

Samsung plans to release smartphone with wraparound display next year: Bloomberg

Samsung has led the curved display "movement" with the introduction of its Galaxy Round smartphone, but apparently the company isn't satisfied stopping there. Bloomberg today claims that Samsung will release a handset featuring a wraparound display at some point next year. According to the report, …

AT&T puts Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update on hold

Just last week, Android 4.3 started rolling out to Galaxy S4 handsets on AT&T’s network. If you’ve yet to receive the update, you might be in for a bit longer of a wait than previously expected.<p>AT&T and Samsung have pulled the Android 4.3 update and are now investigating some potential issues with …

Android News

RadioShack deals: $49.99 Galaxy S4, $39.99 LG G2, $19.99 Moto X and free Galaxy S3 with contracts

RadioShack has a few interesting deals on top Android handsets, provided that you’re looking to buy subsidized new devices.<p>The company has special prices for several 2013 handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S4, the LG G2 and the Motorola Moto X, but also on last year’s Galaxy S3, as …

Mobile

Samsung’s upcoming device with three-sided display to be part of Galaxy line, says Bloomberg

As we reported yesterday, Samsung is planning on manufacturing a new device with a three-sided display. Today, Bloomberg said that this device would …

Samsung and Apple make up two thirds of smartphone market

New research shows that the two big companies dominate smartphone sales in the US.<p><b>New research data from the NPD Group shows that Samsung and Apple</b> …

Sprint might launch free WiFi calling for select Android devices

Upgrading your plan may be a good way to avoid overage charges, but Sprint might have another option: WiFi calling. According to documents obtained by <i>Android Central</i>, the carrier is poised to give select Android phones the ability to call and text over a local connection, similar to T-Mobile's …

Thinnest (and lightest) large tablets

How thin can tablets get? CNET looks at the thinnest large tablets.<p>Even if you only want your tablet to be powerful and pragmatic, you have to admit that a thin tablet has its advantages. Thin tablets, after all, are slimmer, sexier and easier to handle. Also, their sleek profiles don't necessarily …

Gear & Gadgets

China Mobile iPhone launch could lead to subsidy wars, say analysts

Analysts say that the official launch of the iPhone on China Mobile could lead to subsidy wars as Chinese carriers compete to attract buyers. The predictions, quoted by <i>Business Insider</i>, follow price cuts by rival carriers China Unicom and China Telecom as China Mobile reports 1.2 million pre-orders.<p>…

LG's curved smartphone is coming to Sprint January 31st for $299.99

LG's curved smartphone, the G Flex, is launching on Sprint this January 31st for $299.99. Earlier this month, the Korean company announced that the phone, which can be bent and flexed, would be coming to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile "this winter," and Sprint is the first of the carriers to announce a …

HTC Said To Be Planning Larger Screen Version Of HTC One Flagship Smartphone For March

HTC is said to be readying the next generation of the HTC One, which will keep the same simple moniker but offer up a larger display and a camera with a so-called “twin-sensor” rear-facing camera, according to Bloomberg (via Verge). The screen will be at least 5-inches diagonally, which is slightly …

Apple Reportedly Targeting Late Q3 2014 for 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Launch

As outlined in our feature highlighting Apple's possible product plans for 2014, a number of rumors have suggested Apple may be working on a 12.9-inch iPad model that could launch later this year. The company is allegedly accelerating development on this device in response to Samsung's introduction …

Animation brings classical paintings to stunning life

Artist and animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro uses CGI techniques to create an animated love letter to classical art.<p>Beauty, asserts Italian artist and animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, is fleeting. And although the art of yesteryear certainly captures it, it's of moments frozen in time, lacking …

Animation

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

Don't Just Shiver, Here Are 3 Cold-Weather Experiments To Try

In case you haven't heard, it's (really, <i>really</i>) cold outside for most of us living in the lower 48.<p>Chicago, which is already known for its biting cold, hit 16 below zero this morning, setting a new record low for a Jan. 6. (The coldest day in recorded history for the city is 27 below zero set on …

Mysteries of the Unseen World

The current René Magritte exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (which concludes on 12 January), titled "The Mystery of the Ordinary," showcased surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist that challenged the way the viewer would perceive the "ordinary." In a similar—and more …

Time-lapse Photography

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Space 2013: a year in the life of the universe - in pictures

From powerful solar flares erupting on the surface of the Sun, to spectacular storms on Saturn, exquisite new pictures of distant galaxies, and the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor that streaked across Russia, Robin McKie charts the course of a year in the life of the cosmos in a series of spectacular …

The last place on Earth without human noise

Is there anywhere left utterly free of man-made sound? In the first of a series for BBC Future called Last Place on Earth, Rachel Nuwer sets out to find havens where silence still rules – but discovers that avoiding civilisation’s clatter is harder than it seems. In fact, there’s one human noise …

National Parks

Photoshop Now Supports 3-D Printing

3-D printing, getting more mainstream all the time<p>Good news, 3-D printing enthusiasts: Adobe thinks your weird little hobby could actually be a thing! The company's adding support for 3-D modeling files to its Photoshop software, letting users manipulate objects, then send them off to a home 3-D …

How electricity helps spider webs snatch prey

Spider webs actively spring towards prey, thanks to electrically conductive glue spread across their surface, Oxford University scientists have …

Bethesda and Irrational, Arkane and Gearbox teaming up for game bundles

Two sets of studios are teaming up to create game bundles featuring some of their most popular recent titles, according to a post on Bethesda's Blog.<p>Arkane Studios is partnering with Gearbox Software to create a two-game bundle featuring <i>Dishonored</i> and <i>Borderlands 2</i>, and Bethesda is teaming up with …