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Nvidia's Shield Tablet wants to be the ultimate gaming device

Nvidia wasn't able to get its graphics chips into either the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, so it's doing the next best thing by trying to obviate home consoles altogether. Today the company introduces its new $299 Shield Tablet: an 8-inch Android device designed to sate all your gaming needs at …

5 TV Shows We're Excited For at Comic-Con

Except there's so much good stuff, we totally cheat and sneak in more than five.<p>With dozens and dozens of panels devoted to TV shows at San Diego …

Here's Hoping No Man's Sky Isn't the Next Elder Scrolls: Arena

I want to think well of <i>No Many’s Sky</i>, a game — at least I think it’s a game — about ripping off into an infinitely big, infinitely procedural, …

SpaceX Unveils Manned Spacecraft Dragon V2

SpaceX founder Elon Musk took the wraps off its next-generation spacecraft today, called Dragon V2. The key improvements are that Dragon V2 will be able to land “anywhere on Earth” with its propulsion system and the accuracy of a helicopter. It will also be capable of carrying seven astronauts for …

Tales from the Borderlands first details revealed

Tales from the Borderlands will follow the events of Borderlands 2, will feature two main characters, and Telltale’s spin on shooting gameplay, the developer announced today during a SXSW panel.<p>The panel included Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch, Franchise Director Matthew Armstrong, Telltale’s …

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Israel mounts missile-destroying lasers to commercial jets

Israel is finally ready to combat shoulder-launched missiles and they're going to do it with lasers.<p>Israel's Ministry of Defense announced that …

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Amazon drones won’t replace the mailman or FedEx woman any time soon

Amazon’s new “delivery system,” Amazon Prime Air, promises to get packages to customers “in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles,” and could be in commercial use soon as 2015, the company said Dec. 1.<p>Skeptics have quickly gathered, questioning everything from the project’s safety to …

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Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination<p>Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of …

Oldest Javelins Predate Modern Humans, Raise Questions on Evolution

The oldest stone-tipped projectile weapons date to 280,000 years, study says.<p><b>The oldest known stone-tipped projectiles have been discovered in Ethiopia. The javelins are roughly 280,000 years old and predate the earliest known fossils of our species, Homo sapiens, by about 80,000 years.</b><p>These …

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro review: a high-end Ultrabook that's actually affordable

With enough time, even the best products start to feel stale. Take the original Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13: Thanks to a unique hinge that allowed the screen to fold all the way backward, it was the most versatile Windows 8 convertible on the market (and it had lots of competition, too). But as other PC …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

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From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

It's 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesise ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet<p>Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "A …

This Portable Blowtorch Uses Only Water As Fuel

UK-based researchers say their new system is safer and cooler than other gas-fueled metal-melters.<p>Researchers from ITM Power, a UK-based clean energy company, say their new blowtorch prototype produces fire using only water as fuel. The electrolyser system turns hydrogen and oxygen gases from water …

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Windows 8.1 review

A year ago, Microsoft "reimagined" the look and feel of Windows, and placed a risky bet on the future of computing. Touch is everything, it said, and nearly everything about Windows 8 was designed to be used in a world without laptops and desktop PCs. But most people still use laptops and desktops, …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

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Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …