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18 quintillion planets: The video game that imagines an entire galaxy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sean Murray's brow furrows in concentration. He's trying to remember just how many planets players can explore in his latest game.<p>Finally satisfied, the founder of UK-based games maker Hello Games walks to a whiteboard to write out the number:<p>18,446,744,073,709,551,616.<p>That's 18 quintillion …

The future: Airplanes that fix themselves? | CNN Travel

Joyride on a jetpack: Taking to the 'skies' over Paris | CNN Travel

'Emotional' robot sells out in a minute

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pepper the humanoid robot is so hot that he sold out within a minute, according to his Japanese creator, SoftBank Robotics Corp.<p>Only 1,000 models were available for the consumer launch on Saturday in Japan<b>.</b> The base price was set at ¥198,000 ($1,600) with an additional ¥24,600 ($200) …

New self-healing plastic could make cracked phones a thing of the past

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of us know all too well the frustration that comes of buying a shiny new gadget, only to see it smashed into a thousand pieces soon after.<p>But a new family of plastics offer insurance against these disasters, through unique properties that allow them to be reformed after being broken …

Movie buff creates real-life, laser-firing Iron Man glove

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've seen the films — now you can have the gadgets.<p>A lab technician from Germany has replicated the Iron Man glove, complete with laser firing capabilities — and he did it all from the comfort of his own home.<p>What started out as a hobby has turned into a full time job for Patrick Priebe, …

Solar plane ends most dangerous leg in Hawaii | CNN Travel

USA vs. Japan Part II: Giant robots set to duel

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Suidobashi, you have a giant robot, we have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen."<p>With these fighting words, a new, robo-martial space race era was born. U.S.-based robotics company MegaBots issued the challenge late last month, as it put the finishing touches to its Mark 2 model, …

NASA probe set to make history at Pluto

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's traveled more than 3.6 billion miles to get there, and it will only stay a few hours, but a small space probe is expected to revolutionize the way we look at Pluto.<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will be within 6,200 miles (9,978 kilometers) of Pluto's surface at 7:49 a.m. ET on July …

NASA probe set to make history at Pluto

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's traveled more than nine years to get there and it will only stay a few hours, but a small space probe already is revolutionizing the way we look at Pluto.<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will be approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) from Pluto's surface at 7:49 a.m. ET on July 14 …

The holy grill: A guilt-free superfood that tastes like bacon

<b>(CNN) —</b> Food lovers might no longer have to choose between tastiness and healthiness.<p>As will be familiar to anyone miserably chewing through leaf after leaf of kale in a beleaguered attempt to shed a few pounds, it's hard to banish thoughts of cheeseburgers, pizza or -- many a dieter's Achilles' …

Super-charge the solar power boom

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a solar power boom in America.<p>But so far, not enough Americans are seeing the benefits of clean energy.<p>Fortunately, the Obama administration is doing something about it. The solar industry and other government leaders have joined in, but they need to step up even more. And the big …

Can future-proof cities survive the rising tide?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was heralded as a wake-up call for the U.S., a catastrophe that illustrated the scale of the threat from natural disasters, and the inadequacy of preparations.<p>But for all the earnest talk of 'learning lessons' that followed, no grand …

Imagine life without Internet

<b>(CNN) —</b> Can you imagine a life without electricity? For most people, the answer is probably no.<p>What about a life without broadband Internet?<p>It would mean: no emails; no ability to quickly look up health information for managing your diabetes or helping your sick child; no way to pay bills, search …

Cell phones and risk of brain tumors: What's the real science?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The city of Berkeley, California, passed a law that goes into effect next month requiring cell phone stores to inform customers about safety recommendations. The move reopened a decades-old debate about whether mobile phones cause brain tumors.<p>The ordinance, called the Right to Know law, …

Cancer

Skeletons of early elite settlers found at historic Jamestown site

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists digging beneath the ruins of a historic church at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia have discovered the remains of four leaders from the earliest days of the British New World.<p>The first Anglican minister of the outpost, an explorer who rivaled John Smith, and relatives of the …

Rare blue moon rises Friday

<b>(CNN) —</b> If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you'll be right to say it was "once in a blue moon."<p>The July 31 appearance of the month's second full moon will be the first such occurrence in the Americas since August 2012. Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the …

Drone zooms through humpback whale breath

<b>(CNN) —</b> The remote-controlled drone whirs through a whale's spout at 10 feet above the sea to capture exactly what it exhales.<p>Researchers are using a remote-controlled hexacopter to study endangered humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off New England, according to a …

The 'world's first unstealable bike' goes into production

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three young entrepreneurs claim to have solved a problem that makes every cyclist's blood boil -- they have invented the world's first "unstealable" bike.<p>The theft of two bikes from one of the inventors pushed the former engineering students from Chile to tackle the exasperating crime. …

Where cell phone service is the fastest -- and slowest

Location, location, location -- It's the No. 1 factor in getting the best real estate, and increasingly, Internet and wireless service too.<p>Chances are, if you live in or around one of the major cities in the U.S., you have high expectations for good wireless service. After all, that's what you're …

New galaxy is 4 times bigger than Milky Way - CNN Video

Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology believe they now know how galaxies are formed.

NASA camera shows moon crossing Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> You can't call it "the dark side of the moon" based on a new NASA picture.<p>A camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite shot an arresting view of the moon crossing in front of the Earth. The image clearly shows the moon's far side lit up by the sun -- though even in full …

'The Universe is slowly dying,' study shows with unprecedented precision

<b>(CNN) —</b> Goodbye, universe. You came in with the biggest bang ever, but now, you're on your way out with a drooping fizzle.<p>The conclusion of a new astronomical study pulls no punches on this. "The Universe is slowly dying," it reads.<p>Astronomers have believed as much for years, but the new findings …

Out on a limb: Pioneering scientists grow monkey arms in the lab

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a U.S. laboratory, a monkey arm is stripped down as far as its individual cells. All that's left behind is a bare, frail scaffold.<p>But that's not the end of the road for this arm. The scaffold is rebuilt with infusions of cells from another being -- be it a monkey, or a human -- which …

Here's your chance to name a planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> Move over Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn and Venus.<p>The next named planets could include Paramour, Trivia, Poltergeist and even Jane if the world's space enthusiasts have any say -- and this time around, they actually do.<p>The International Astronomical Union is offering the public a chance to …

Baked by the sun, Rosetta snaps dramatic comet outburst

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Comet 67P is getting hot and bothered. Dramatic pictures from outbursts on the increasingly active comet are being returned by the chasing probe Rosetta as it hurtles round the sun.<p>Thursday marks perihelion -- the point where the comes closest to our star during it's 6.5-year orbit …

Space

Perseid meteor shower expected to be stellar

<b>(CNN) —</b> A moonless evening gave stargazers a fantastic light show this week.<p>The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is known for being among the brightest of meteor showers, happened near the tail end of summer.<p>The major meteor shower was visible in the Northern Hemisphere.<p>"If you see one meteor …

Astronomy

The 21 coolest inventions of 2015

Imagine taking any 3-D object and using it to control a virtual bat, a pool cue, a bowling ball -- anything -- on your PlayStation.<p>That's what Sony could be cooking up, according to a patent that the company filed earlier this year. The patent was initially discovered by technology firm SmartUp …

Inventions

Little girl with robotic hand throws first pitch at Orioles game

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hailey Dawson, 5, has quite an arm -- and attached at the end -- is a "special hand."<p>She was born with Poland Syndrome, a rare birth defect, causing her right hand to not fully develop.<p>But through some research, professors and a team of whizzes at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Hailey …