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Jocketty not fielding calls yet about trades

DENVER -- The Reds made efforts to trade veteran players for prospects to rebuild throughout the offseason, but they didn't move everybody. Right …

How Big is Venus?

Often called Earth's sister planet, Venus is the closest in size, with a mass of more than 80 percent that of our planet and a diameter of only a few …

Astronomy

Dodgers' Corey Seager compared to Cal Ripken Jr., John Olerud

Manager Don Mattingly lavished praise on 20-year-old Corey Seager, comparing the infield prospect to Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and former batting champion John Olerud.<p>"Without a putting a giant X on his back, he's more like a Ripken to me, as far as being the big shortstop that doesn't really …

LG's new curved device is a 34-inch ultrawide display

Does anybody know if LG and Samsung are looking for a new tagline? Because we'd like to suggest "Real manufacturers have curves," if so. LG, for one, is slated to unveil a 21:9 ultrawide IPS monitor (model 34UC97) at IFA 2014, which (unlike the flatter 21:9 screen the company released a year ago) …

LEGO Fusion arrives for Android devices, merges physical and virtual bricks

LEGO Fusion is the company’s way of bringing its beloved bricks to mobile devices. A LEGO Fusion set is paired with the corresponding application to …

Cincinnati residents will have access to gigabit internet

Gigabit internet is still pretty hard to come by -- Google's Fiber widening rollout is ironically slow, and mainstream providers just don't offer it universally. Folks in southeast Ohio, at least, can rest easy: their own Cincinnati Bell is now offering fiber optic services to consumers. The …

NASA's RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from …

Space Telescopes Reveal New Clues in Star's Supernova Death (Video)

When a supernova suddenly appeared in the night sky earlier this year, astronomers scrambled to study the bright new object before it faded away.<p>Now, …

Sixense Releases Tech Demos And Hardware Specs To Show Us What The STEM Can Do

A little under a year ago, I wrote about a product known as the Sixense STEM. It seemed like a pretty exciting concept - wireless motion control …

Why It's Time Your Company Went Virtual

Currently, 34 million Americans work remotely, and this number is expected to grow to 63 million by 2016.<p>The virtual workplace is growing, and companies are taking notice. Currently, 34 million Americans work remotely at least partially, and this number is expected to grow to 63 million by 2016.<p>The …

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa

<b>Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study says.</b><p>Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent.<p>They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could …

YouTube Music Key is what we've long waited for

A new leak has revealed Google’s plan to offer a YouTube music streaming service. <i>Android Police</i> has details on YouTube’s long-rumored subscription …

Roku TVs From TCL And Hisense Start Shipping Soon

For the last several years, Roku has sold a series of devices that you connect to your TV to stream a wide range of content from thousands of different apps. Roku is getting embedded directly into TVs that will go on sale in the coming months from consumer electronics manufacturers Hisense and …

Images: Black Holes of the Universe

X-Ray Spex<p>Credit: NASA Marshall Center<p>Black holes are some of the universe's most enigmatic and mysterious objects. Take a tour of some of the most …

How To Scratch a Sapphire Smartphone Screen

Autonomous X-47B Flies In Formation With Fighter Aircraft

In future wars, robots and humans will fly together.<p>If the latest tests are any indication, humans and robots will soon fight alongside one another, against other humans and maybe other robots. Yesterday, the U.S. Navy announced the first "successful manned & unmanned aircraft flight operations" of …

Scientists uncover key clue for protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia

Previous research has shown carbon monoxide, which is produced naturally in heart cells, can guard against ventricular fibrillation, however the …

Steve Ballmer's introduction as the LA Clippers' new owner is perfect

BASKETBALL BASKETBALL BASKETBALL<p>Today is the Clippers Fan Festival in Los Angeles, which means it's the first chance fans have to welcome former Microsoft CEO and all-around super excitable guy Steve Ballmer as their new owner. Ballmer made, well, quite an entrance.<p>Eminem's "Lose Yourself" seems …

Thousands of birds are igniting mid-air. What’s solar got to do with it?

At the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar installation in California’s Mojave Desert, telltale plumes of smoke curl above the plant’s hyper-concentrated …

Renewable Energy

Researcher Grows Durable "Bio Bricks" From Sand, Bacteria, and Urea

<i>Photos by Siddharth Siva</i><p>Assistant architecture professor Ginger Krieg Dosier recently unveiled a new breed of biologically “grown” bricks that are …

Ignore No More lets parents lock a child’s device if they refuse to respond to calls and texts

For many parents, it is a challenge to get in touch with a child by contacting their smartphone. In most cases, they ignore their parents’ calls and …

Activision wants its own movie studio to turn games into big-screen blockbusters

Activision games like the <i>Call of Duty</i> series are practically movies between their big-name actors and Michael Bay-like action scenes, so this begs a question: why doesn't the company actually <i>make</i> movies? Apparently, it may do just that. <i>The Information</i> hears from sources that the developer is …

The 10 Best Things From September 2014

Some things are just... better.<p>Each month at Popular Science, we sift through a mountain of new products—everything from gadgets and tools to books and movies—so that you don't have to.<p>View the gallery below to see 10 of our favorite things hitting the shelves (or are already on them) this …

What Are These Mysterious Green Lights Photographed From the Space Station?

“Bangkok is the bright city. The green lights outside the city? No idea…” This was the description accompanying the photo above, perplexingly Tweeted …

Amazing microscopic slow-motion video shows you exactly why jellyfish hurt so much

Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish and wondered to yourself how a mindless blob of tentacled sea goo possibly hurt you that much? A new video …

Oil and Gas Sonic Cannons Murder Millions of Sea Creatures

Millions of Americans are furious because the rights to the Western Atlantic Ocean have been handed over to Big Oil.<p><i>Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles as he explains the awful ecocide along the Western Atlantic Ocean as Big Oil blasts the seafloor in search of more gas.</i><p>On July 16, the …

The spooky sounds of space

There is no sound in space. Sound is produced by the vibration of molecules; any time something moves, it causes a corresponding vibration in its medium -- whether water or air -- which, in turn, vibrates the eardrum of any nearby listeners and is perceived as sound. In the vacuum of space, there …

Black Holes