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'Star Trek' Borg cube mini-fridge: Refrigeration isn't futile

Few enemies from the "Star Trek" universe have been quite so relentless and frightening as the Borg. It's time to embrace the Collective in a better light and to accept its offering of technology in the service of keeping your beer chilled out. The Borg Cube Fridge from ThinkGeek is a mini-fridge …

Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp

<b>Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called "neurons".</b><p>They describe it as a supercomputer the size of a postage stamp.<p>Each neuron on the chip connects to 256 others, and together they can pick out the …

NASA's Mars 2020 rover will make oxygen, peek underground

Humans aren't listed on NASA's Mars 2020 rover payload, but the new mission will get us as close to being on the Red Planet as possible without actually sending a person along for the ride. The space agency has its hands full with trying to one-up the Curiosity rover's considerable accomplishments. …

We Just Found the Most Distant Lensing Galaxy Ever

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has just found the most distant lensing galaxy (which are massive enough to act as their own intergalactic microscopes) …

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Flux Capacitor charger turns any ride into a DeLorean time machine

Every "Back to the Future" fan wants a DeLorean. But you can't have a DeLorean because they're rare and expensive. The next best thing is to outfit your Prius, Pinto, or Le Car with a Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger so a little bit of that time-traveling DeLorean glory rubs off on your humble …

You can't get this Bluetooth speaker yet, but it's pretty awesome

Some products that get started on Kickstarter never actually materialize, so I was a bit surprised when a review unit of the NudeAudio Super-M Bluetooth speaker showed up on my doorstep on Wednesday, its delivery precisely coordinated with the launch of its crowdfunding campaign.<p>While I spent the …

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera now half price

Blackmagic Design, the makers of high-end professional video cameras, has cut the price of its Pocket Cinema Camera .<p>The video camera offers a Super 16 sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, CinemaDNG raw and ProRes 422 recording. Normally retailing in the US for $995 (AU$1239/£635), it's now available …

Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe -- as well as another planet like our own -- are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.<p>That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not …

LG Builds a TV That You Can Roll Up Like a Poster

Pretty soon setting up a TV will be as easy as unrolling a poster, if LG has anything to say about it.<p>The Korean electronics manufacturer unveiled a …

Get a 14-inch HP Chromebook and free 4G for $179.99

Netbooks sucked. I never liked them. They were cramped, clunky, underpowered, and overpriced. But Chromebooks? Different story.<p>Today only, and while supplies last (big caveat, here -- I fear these will sell out rapidly), Woot has the refurbished HP Chromebook 14 for $179.99, plus $5 for shipping. …

NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan

NASA wants to search Saturn's moon Titan for life but they're having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory <i>and</i> obtain samples. …

Formlabs Just Made One Of The Best 3D Printers Better

The Formlabs Form 1 just got better. The new model, called the Form 1+ (note that this isn’t the Form 2 because then it would be called the Form 1++ (heh, nerd humor)), is a tweaked Form 1 with a faster build time, nicer styling, and a better control system to ensure smoother prints.<p>The new system …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

Scientists achieve reliable quantum teleportation for first time

Albert Einstein once told a friend that quantum mechanics doesn't hold water in his scientific world view because "physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance." That spooky action at a distance is entanglement, a quantum phenomenon in which two …

A Camera That Covers Every Angle

No blind spot for this one<p>For 16 years, EyeSee360 has made panoramic cameras for the military and other industries. Now the company has adapted its technology for the 360Fly, a consumer video camera that allows anyone to record a whole scene—360 degrees around and 240 vertically—without moving. …

Is Graphene the New 'Wonder' Material?

Will NASA Ignore Arthur C. Clarke's Europa Warning? --"Attempt No Landing There" (Weekend Feature)

Outside of Earth, Europa may be the most hospitable home for life inside the Solar System. Four billion years of tidal heating and a liquid ocean may …

Glasses-free 3D TV debuts on Kickstarter

While many may have already written about 3D TV, if you've been hanging out for glasses-free models your perseverance might be rewarded very soon. Dutch company Dimenco has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its 4k glasses-free television which it plans to sell this year for €899 (US$1,244).<p>The …

Curiosity Bores into Kimberley rock after Inspection Unveils Enticing Bumpy Textures

Curiosity snaps selfie at Kimberley waypoint with towering Mount Sharp backdrop on April 27, 2014 (Sol 613). Inset shows MAHLI camera image of rovers …

Nasa says new spacesuit one small step towards sending mankind to Mars

Nasa unveiled its latest prototype spacesuit on Tuesday, after opening the decision to an online vote.<p>The “Technology” design accrued just over 63% of the vote to overtake the competing designs, “Trends in Society” and “Biomimicry,” to become the newest Z-series suit.<p>More than 230,000 votes were …

The intergalactic medium unveiled: Cosmic Web Imager directly observes 'dim matter'

Astronomers have taken unprecedented images of the intergalactic medium -- the diffuse gas that connects galaxies throughout the universe -- with the …

What Are the Odds of Finding Intelligent Life in Our Galaxy?

<i>"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." -- Arthur C. Clarke</i><p>* * * * *<p>The universe …

"The Great Dying" --Was Earth's Colossal Extinction Event Caused by Microbes?

The end-Permian (or PT) extinction event occurred 252 million years ago. It is often called the Great Dying because around 90 percent of marine …

Orbnext review: Orbnext offers color-coded smart-home ambience - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Orbnext is an attractive desk ornament, and -- thanks to its IFTTT channel -- it's more practical than you might think.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Orbnext app is pretty sparse, lacking features like a music sync mode or custom color cycles. We also struggled to come up with IFTTT recipes that felt truly …