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Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, following prior experiments from other researchers. Now, for the first time, a handheld extinguisher exists that …

Ancient miniature solar system hints at existence of alien life

A miniature version of solar system with planets like Earth existed 11 billion years ago and could have held ancient life, say scientists<p>A miniature solar system with five Earth-sized planets existed 11 billion years ago, at the dawn of the universe, scientists have discovered.<p>The planets clustered …

Dear Google Glass, bye for now (and maybe forever)

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Some revolutions fizzle.<p>They begin with declarations and fanfares. They end in being mere bunions on the world's foot.<p>This may well be the fate of Google Glass.<p>Yes, Google tried this week to make it seem as …

Motorola now selling four new DODO leather watch bands for Moto 360

Motorola has just added four new leather watchbands to their online store for the Moto 360. The bands are made by popular leather accessory maker, DODOcase. The new band options are available in Blue, Green, Red and Tan, and are being sold for $59.99. This might seem a little pricey, but …

Facebook Messenger adds voice transcription (for some)

Google Voice's transcription feature really comes in handy when when you're not in the position to listen to spoken messages. This news isn't about Google Voice, though -- it's about a similar (but experimental) transcription feature that has just arrived to select Facebook Messenger accounts. If …

Video: Superstar Eta Carinae

Eta Carinae is a double system containing the most luminous and massive star within 10,000 light-years.<p>Located about 7,500 light-years away in the …

Life without any chance of death is hardly worth living

Health breakthroughs seem like great news, but we all need mortality as motivation<p>Ambitions may vary, but we all hope for the same death: lying in bed as old and wise as we’d ever wished to be, propped up on pillows, and surrounded by loving family. But I reckon the perfect death will lose its …

Snake beats lizard in sand swimming contest

Scientists pitted a slender snake against a stubby lizard to find out which animal could swim faster through sand.<p>Using X-ray technology to watch …

The CPU from the original PlayStation is guiding a probe to Pluto

You probably already know that your smartphone is more powerful than the computers used to land astronauts on the Moon. But did you know that the processor used in the original Sony PlayStation is currently guiding a space probe the size of a grand piano towards Pluto? Yep, the same MIPS R3000 CPU …

The Future Is Here: You Can 3-D Print A Daft Punk Helmet

The task your MakerBot was born for<p>It was 18 years ago this month that Daft Punk released their first studio album, <i>Homework</i>. The electronic-music duo’s robotic persona recently inspired Pedro Ruiz, creative technologist at Adafruit, to do a little homework of his own. It took Ruiz three days, and …

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Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

Fleksy keyboard for iOS updated with GIF support, extensions, and new themes

A major update to the Fleksy keyboard for iOS was released today, adding several big new features and a handful of new themes to the popular app. Most of the new features are added through a framework called Extensions.<p>Extensions allow the user to specify certain optional features to be included on …