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Born Again: The Return of Indian Motorcycles

With a new engine, a new motorcycle, and a new owner, Indian is ready for a comeback.<p><b>When Steve Menneto</b>, vice president of motorcycles at Polaris Industries, unveiled Indian's all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine at Daytona Bike Week in March, motorcycle enthusiasts were giddy with anticipation. …

Motorcycles

New light cast on dark matter

Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, perhaps the most pressing problem in particle physics is to determine the nature of dark matter. The …

What goes on when lightning strikes?

A new theory from Russian researchers suggests that lightning may be a by-product of cosmic rays. Surprisingly, despite studying lightning for …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

George Gray obituary

The public gauges scientists by how their research affects everyday lives. The legacy of Professor George Gray, the world's leading authority on the …

Decode Darwin's Handwriting To Help Science

A citizen science project is transcribing handwritten field notes for more than a million insect specimens.<p>Do you have a special talent for reading scribbled handwriting and an interest in looking at dead bugs?<p>Rather than setting a handful of bleary-eyed undergrads with the task of transcribing …

Microsoft aiming for 1bn next-gen console sales

The company also plans to sell another 25 million units of the Xbox 360 over the next five years.<p><b>It might be a little early for Microsoft to call the</b> …

Nextgen

Google's 'last step' in Buzz shutdown: moving all data to Google Drive

Google's social networking effort Buzz shut its doors last year but has popped up yet again, for what may be the last time. In an email that just went out to former users, Google noted it's packaging Buzz data into two files which will be stored on their Drive accounts. One is private, which will …

A new app lets users explore Mount Everest in lifelike detail without ever having to leave the couch. http://on.mash.to/17dSDv1

Google Glass gets a one-stop shop for downloads, including a rooted image

Early Google Glass owners are dominated by developers and tinkerers, so it's only fair that they get easy access to the downloads they need. Appropriately, Google has quietly set up a page that centralizes both Glass images and kernel source code. The company has even saved owners from having to …

Video games can help improve mental cognition in the elderly, study says

A recent study suggests that video games can help improve the cognitive abilities of elderly patients, WebMD reports.<p>The study, published in journal PLoS ONE earlier this month, analyzed 681 patients ages 50 and up. Participants were required to identify vehicles in a "Road Tour" video game. The …