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MIT engineers have invented a JARVIS-style home automation system

The home automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire …

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How to Take a Self Portrait

Although you might think that a photographer would love taking a self portrait, it’s actually one of the most difficult pictures to take. With self …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

Mars Curiosity rover to continue roving after technical glitch

Nasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.<p>The $2.5bn rover went into a precautionary "safe mode" on Sunday, when a command file failed a check by protective software on board the mobile science …

Volcano discovery hints at fire below ice in Antarctica

A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate.<p>Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude …

Today in science: 1st intentional radio message to space

What do you think? Should we be advertising our presence in space?<p><b>November 16, 1974.</b> This is the anniversary of the most powerful broadcast ever …

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Every Juicy Thing We Know About the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie

Get out the whips and paddles, the ‘Fifty Shades’ flick will be rated NC-17. But there won't be Anastasia’s ‘Inner Goddess’ monologue. You know you …

Steve Ballmer: Here's The Real Reason I'm Leaving Microsoft

In it, he gives his fullest explanation for why he's stepping down as CEO of Microsoft.<p>It sounds like Ballmer decided it was time to leave after getting a certain amount of nudging from his board members.<p>In January, Ballmer was laying out his plan to combat the rise of the iPhone and Android to his …

Pictures of the week: 40 Weeks And A mirror, by Sophie Starzenski

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Sophie Starzenski's 40 weeks and a mirror.

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

Take a peek inside the PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 is set to be released on Nov. 15, just over a week from today, and Wired got a look at the internal components that will power Sony's next-gen console.<p>Yasuhiro Ootori, director of the PS4's mechanical engineering team, showed off the hardware recently at Sony's Japanese …

Three teenagers want to put a Google campus in every school

Thinkspace is an ambitious new project to make coding cool<p>James Anderson, aged 16, wants to make coding cool. The teenager, along with a pair of students from his school in South West England, has created Thinkspace, an organization that wants to put a space for kids to learn coding in every school …

Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

Mirroring summer blockbusters, military creating gadget-draped future fighters

In "Elysium, Matt Damon's character sports a black-metal exoskeleton plugged into his mind and spine, boosting his strength and allowing him to download others' thoughts. That technology may only exist on the Silver Screen, but the military is working on real, high-tech upgrades to improve the …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

Yelp’s Dev Team Beats NASA, Sends First 3D Printer to the Edge of Space

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>Gathering in a gravel lot alongside the train tracks and Delta waterway of Antioch, Calif., 45 miles east of San Francisco, a scrappy team of web engineers from Yelp spent the early part of this past Sunday morning organizing supplies to attempt to trump NASA’s …

Kepler Spacecraft Disabled; "Exciting Discoveries" Still to Come

NASA officials announce that the Kepler spacecraft is damaged beyond repair.<p><b>The Kepler spacecraft, which has revolutionized our understanding of the vast number of exoplanets beyond our solar system, has been damaged beyond repair, NASA officials said today.</b><p>The space agency reported the end of the …

Starved polar bear perished due to record sea-ice melt, says expert

A starved polar bear found found dead in Svalbard as "little more than skin and bones" perished due to a lack of sea ice on which to hunt seals, according to a renowned polar bear expert.<p>Climate change has reduced sea ice in the Arctic to record lows in the last year and Dr Ian Stirling, who has …

How the ouija board really moves

The mystery isn’t a connection to the spirit world, but why we can make movements and yet not realise that we're making them.<p>Ouija board cups and dowsing wands – just two examples of mystical items that seem to move of their own accord, when they are really being moved by the people holding them. …

2018’s 2nd Blue Moon on March 31

The March 31 Blue Moon is the 2nd Blue Moon of 2018. We haven’t had 2 Blue Moons in a year since 1999 and won’t again until 2037.<p>We had a Blue Moon …

NASA Flooded with Asteroid Exploration Ideas

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A NASA call for novel ideas on how to tackle its ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon has paid off …

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Horatio McCallister Would Approve of These Fiat 500s

Horatio McCallister is from Springfield, Oregon, where he captains a number of ships and owns his own seafood restaurant, The Frying Dutchman. In his free time, he teaches sailing and operates the projector on movie nights at a local summer camp, runs “a small academy for lobsters,” and once …

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

A fast way to move a lot of metal.<p>TESTED<p>Logic goes right out the window with a vehicle like the Grand Cherokee SRT. You start with a fairly capable off-road family vehicle and then slap on huge tires and slam the suspension. You take a 470-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that should be in a lake roadster, …

8 Essentials for Your Summer Beach Outing

<b>Beach Ready</b> – If you haven’t got a chance to go to the beach yet this summer, there is still time. Before you go though, make sure that you are …

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New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

American Bra Size Average Increases From 34B to 34DD In Just 20 Years, Survey Says

America's cup runneth over. The average bra size has jumped from a 34B 20 years ago to a 34DD in 2013, according to a new survey by lingerie retailer Intimacy.<p>Weight gain and breast implants have played a role in the increase, Intimacy spokeswoman Kate Terhune explained to The Huffington Post, but …

Black Magic Revealed in Two Ancient Curses

At a time when black magic was relatively common, two curses involving snakes were cast, one targeting a senator and the other an animal doctor, says …

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