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Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Albert Einstein

From Mercury to Pluto: the year ahead in planetary exploration

By Donna Burton<i>, University of Southern Queensland</i><p>2015 is already shaping up to be a big year in astronomy and planetary exploration, with the best …

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

<b>A photo of the author</b><p>Don’t make the mistake of thinking the hit movie captures the truth of the Iraq conflict. I should know. I lived it<p>Garett Reppenhagen<p>February 1, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>I spent nights in Iraq lying prone and looking through a 12-power sniper scope. You only see a limited view between …

Clint Eastwood

The ugly truth about “American Sniper”

It’s not as apolitical as critics make it out to be. Clint Eastwood’s film offers a warped vision of Iraq and Islam<p>Zaid Jilani<p>January 25, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>As controversy rages over <i>American Sniper</i>, many supporters of the movie have suggested that it's …

American Sniper

8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making …

Scientific Method

Neil deGrasse Tyson Ponders the Big Question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose” in a Simple Animation

The Templeton Foundation asked some heavy-hitter thinkers to answer the question, "Does the Universe Have a Purpose". Some said "Yes" and …

Remembering '2001: A Space Odyssey'

We talked to the lead actors from Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece—the greatest sci-fi movie of all time.<p><b>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</b><p>That moment when a recently enlightened monkey tosses a bone into the air and it transforms into a shimmering nuclear weapon, orbiting earth. That …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Impressed by Science of Interstellar

Last fall, following the release of <b>Alfonso Cuarón’</b>s <i>Gravity</i>, astrophysicist and <i>Cosmos</i>-host <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> delivered an epic Twitter rant against …

Ask an Expert: All About Learning to Code

Some folks say that we should all know a bit about coding regardless of what field you work in, at least to help us understand the ubiquitous …

Toshiba's first 4K laptop arrives next week for $1,500

After launching its first 4K laptop in the UK, Toshiba has just announced US availability. Stateside, it'll be called the P55T, but as before, it's a 15.6-inch laptop with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. That's a staggering 282 ppi, if you're scoring at home -- compared to, say 220 ppi for Apple's …

MSI gaming laptop packs next-gen NVIDIA graphics and '3K' display into Ultrabook thickness

A nice little surprise here at CeBIT: A 15.6-inch laptop from MSI that gave us an early look at one of NVIDIA's unannounced 2014 laptop GPUs. MSI's reps at the event wouldn't reveal anything about the new graphics chip (which we guess is based on NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture) except that it should …

Xbox One update arriving in March, white console later this year

Microsoft is preparing to release its first major Xbox One dashboard update in March. Sources familiar with the plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the update will focus on fixing a number of issues with the Xbox Live service on the console, alongside other system fixes. Party-chat problems and …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

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Download: Android 4.4 KitKat Google Search 3.1.8 app update rolling out, helps with Google Experience Launcher unofficial installation

Google is rolling out an update for its Android search app, bringing it to version 3.1.8, (the KitKat Google Search app version,) thus indirectly helping users enjoy a better experience when unofficially installing the Nexus 5-exclusive Google Experience Launcher.<p>Google Search 3.1.8 brings several …

Android News

Why you should wait before buying an Xbox One or PS4

Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be here in a matter of days -- November 15 for the PS4 and a week later for the Xbox.<p>But that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy one.<p>Even if you're excited about the next wave of console games, signs are pointing in flashing red neon to wait. You could …

Xbox One's DRM policy reversal: an oral history

The Xbox One's DRM policy reversal was unprecedented, and will have lasting impacts for the lifespan of Microsoft's next game console. When the console was originally announced on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus back in May, conflicting reports from Microsoft execs during interviews throughout …

When should you buy a next-gen console?

Though there's very little that could dissuade the most hardcore tech enthusiasts from picking up a next-gen console later this month, there's plenty of precedent to support the practice of patience.<p>The abnormally long lifespan of the current console generation has made the arrival of the next one …

The Xbox One Resolution Saga Showcases An Underlying Next-Gen Frustration

Another day, another announcement that the resolution of an upcoming Xbox One launch title isn’t what everyone was hoping it would be. Dead Rising 3 has been revealed to be native 720p and locked at 30 FPS.<p>The game can now be added to the list many of Microsoft's launch games that are some mixture …

The 5 Best Reasons For Buying The PS4 Instead Of An Xbox One

<i>It’s November, and that means that next-gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or neither.</i> …

Infinity Ward talks Call of Duty: Ghosts 720p Xbox One resolution

Last week, Infinity Ward confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at a native resolution of 1080p on PlayStation 4, but the Xbox One version of the next-gen launch title renders at 720p and then upscales to 1080p. The news came as a shock to many, as players tend to link the Call of Duty series …

Why is Call of Duty: Ghosts 720p on Xbox One and 1080p on PlayStation 4? - IGN Video

Infinity Ward's executive producer Mark Rubin briefly explained last week why there was a disparity in the resolution of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox …

Waiting to buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One could be the smartest thing you do

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The gaming industry is going to enter the eighth generation of consoles this month, but it may be better to wait before wasting your hard-earned money on a …

The 5 Best Reasons For Buying The Xbox One Instead Of A PS4

<i>It’s November, and that means that next-gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or neither.</i> …

Xbox One: Microsoft should have stuck to its guns

Should Microsoft have stayed firm on the Xbox One?<i><br>(Credit: James Martin/CNET)</i><p><b>George Bernard Shaw famously said, "those that cannot change their minds</b> …