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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 …

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two computer screens are squeezed on to his corner desk along with family photos, a tissue box and tins of Altoids Curiously Strong Peppermints. The office is in a quiet business …

Video Games Are Better Without Characters

The real legacy of SimCity is its attempt—and failure—to make complex systems the protagonists instead of people.<p>In the mid-1980s, the easiest way to check out the latest computer games was to go to a bookstore in the mall. Past the John Grisham and the bargain history books in the B. Dalton …

SimCity

This nebula is filled with baby stars like our sun

A new survey of one of the most active star-forming regions in the galactic neighborhood is helping astronomers better understand the processes that …

Wikimedia Foundation Sues NSA Over Mass Surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia — is suing the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Department of Justice over the NSA’s mass surveillance program.<p>It’s teaming up with eight other organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA, …

Solar-powered plane begins first round-the-world flight

Swiss plane Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Muscat, Oman, the first stopover in the attempt to fly around the world powered by the sun alone. Follow …

Security flaw from the '90s leaves Apple and Android users vulnerable

A team of cryptographers have discovered that a security flaw from way back in the '90s still leaves users today vulnerable to cyberattacks. They've dubbed it "Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Key" or FREAK, and it renders everyone who uses Safari on Mac and iOS devices or Android's stock browser …

25 Dumplings for Chinese New Year and Beyond

Whether we’re talking gnocchi or dim sum, we’ve yet to meet a dumpling we haven’t liked. By design, they know how to deliver pure comfort in just a bite or three, and this collection of 25 parcels all bundled up in a thin wrap is no exception. You’ll find an assortment of traditional Chinese …

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE? Interstellar-style 'space time tunnel' may exist in the Milky Way

A giant doorway to another universe may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, and it could be large enough to swallow spaceships whole.<p>This is …

Wormholes

The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs.<p>Teixobactin has been found to treat many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicaemia and C. diff, and could be available within …

Russia wants to collect the DNA of every creature

Institutions have already been amassing huge DNA collections to catalog the world's creatures, but Moscow State University might just top them all. It's planning to build "Noah's Ark," a repository for the genes of every creature, living or extinct -- as long as the genes are readable, they'll …

Blast Through 2014's Most Awesome (and Awful) Space Pictures

Programming languages and Frameworks to learn in 2015

I can't make a poll on HN, but I would like everyone to contribute with an opinion. Which languages are worth to devote learning in 2015? and what …

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

National Parks

A 25-Year-Old Coding Genius Was Making $500,000 A Year In College, And He Just Raised $10 Million For A Startup

He launched his first tech startup when he was 12. "I wanted to cheat video games," he laughs. "I did Cheat Neopets, web game cheats. For $25/month you got whatever cheats I found. It did well until Neopets sent me a cease and desist letter."<p>"I was 13. I thought I was screwed," he told us. "I …

Startups

US reportedly asks China to help curb North Korea's cyberattack abilities

The Obama administration has asked China for help with curbing North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks like the one federal officials say crippled Sony Pictures, according to a published report.<p>The New York Times reports that the White House requested help from Beijing in recent days, but the …

Alien Life on Mars? NASA Rover Spots Methane, a Possible Sign of Microbes

Unexpected geology, or perhaps even alien life, may explain intriguing gas plumes.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—NASA's Curiosity rover team reported on Tuesday surprising spikes in methane gas, raising the possibility of microbial alien life on the red planet.<p>On Earth, most methane, better known as natural gas, is …

Birth Mystery of Stellar Snow Globe Deepens

Astronomers thought they'd figured out where giant clusters of old stars come from. Hubble images have sent them back to the drawing board.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope's recent images of giant balls of stars in a nearby galaxy, reported on Thursday, have astronomers puzzled as to the star balls' …

Scientists Listen In To The Seismic Soundscapes Of Human Activity

What's shaking? Human transportation networks<p>Planes, trains and automobiles create the noisy background to our lives--especially in urban areas. In addition to getting us from point A to point wherever-we're-headed, the swift movement of transportation creates plenty of noise and vibrations. But …

Signal Processing

Red Hat releases Cloud Infrastructure version 5, expands Wipro partnership

Red Hat has launched version 5 of its Cloud Infrastructure package, which is intended for organizations that want to dabble in both OpenStack and …

Windows 10: Touch ado about apps

The past year has been a tough one for Microsoft in terms of scaling back and reversals. There have been layoffs and the shutting down of its Silicon …

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth.<p>The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday.<p>Where do the oceans …

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

For five years physicists have been tantalized by possible evidence of dark matter in the Milky Way's center.<p>Once again, a shadow of a signal that scientists hoped would amplify into conclusive evidence of dark matter has instead flatlined, repeating a maddening refrain in the search for the …

40-Year-Old Russian Engine at Heart of Rocket Investigation

Refurbished Soviet rocket engines involved in the accident will draw the attention of investigators.<p>The fiery destruction of an Antares rocket left behind a launch pad covered in debris and questions about the rocket's use of refurbished Soviet-era engines.<p>Investigators combed through the wreckage …

See an Astronaut's Minimalist Photo of a Sunrise

NASA/JPL-Caltech<p>NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)<p>NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisc.<p>NASA/ESA/P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley, …

This Robot Pierces Your Cheek To Reach Your Brain

Sounds painful, but it might be better than drilling.<p>In the future, some forms of brain surgery may not require surgeons to drill through your skull.<p>Researchers from Vanderbilt University have announced a robot, still under development, that can target precise spots in the brain through the …

The Brain