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5 Things That Are Almost as Deadly as Smoking, According to Science

And sometimes harder to avoid.<p>Cigarette smoking, one of the least healthy habits out there, is quickly disappearing in the United States. The rate of …

Forecast for Mercury: Morning micro-meteor showers

Mercury – with only the thinnest of atmospheres – has a continuous rain of micro-meteors wherever on the planet dawn is breaking.<p>Scientists have shed …

Astronomy

Farthest active inbound comet yet

Most comets become active only when near the sun. This one is active, but distant, between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, where sunlight is 1/225th …

Energy wonks have a meltdown over the US going 100 percent renewable. Why?

Science is messy, but it doesn’t have to be dirty.<p>On June 19, a group of respected energy researchers released a paper in the journal Proceedings of …

Solar Thermal

Mysterious eclipses may be caused by giant ringed planet

Scientists may have just discovered what's behind the mysterious eclipses happening around a young star 1,000 light years away from Earth.<p>Researchers lead by the University of Warwick say that a ringed planet more than 50 times the size of Jupiter is blocking the star PDS 110.<p>Scientists found that …

These wireless buds put a computer in your ears

Next up for your ears: mini-computers.<p>Truly wireless earbuds are all the rage in the audio scene these days, as Apple's AirPods have been more widely …

Consumer Tech

Following Apple, Google is exploring differential privacy in Gboard for Android

Google today talked about new research it has been doing to power search query suggestions in its Gboard virtual keyboard app for Android. This will involve training artificial neural networks on data that’s stored locally on mobile devices, instead of sending it all to Google’s fleet of servers.<p>In …

Strange behavior of light particles challenges quantum theory

At the super-small level of all things quantum, most bets are off in terms of the rules of normal physics. Still, there are some behaviors in this …

Quantum Physics

This app lets you instantly turn your DVD collection into your own personal Netflix for $2 per title

On Thursday, Vudu announced that its app will now let you create your own personal Netflix, instantly, for $2 per title (with the first movie free).<p>The main purpose of Vudu is to let you rent or buy movies digitally on "smart" devices — TV, smartphone, tablet, and so on. But now you'll be able to …

Earth's Inner Radiation Belt Is Far Weaker Than We Thought, And It's Got NASA Very Excited

"Impossible" science just got within reach.<p>More than five decades ago, scientists discovered that our planet is surrounded by two doughnut-shaped …

Physics

Bill Nye Answers: If Humans Colonize Mars, How Will We Evolve?

Bill Nye doesn’t believe we’ll ever colonize Mars, but if we do, he has an idea of how our bodies might adapt to survive on the Red Planet. He …

Bill Nye

Astronomers just found a star orbiting a black hole at 1% the speed of light

Astronomers have just spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit.<p>To put that into perspective, it takes roughly 28 days for our Moon to do a single lap around our relatively tiny …

​Elanation tackling childhood 'digital addiction' with fitness play

The Sydney-based startup has developed an Internet of Things platform that integrates with the virtual world to tackle childhood obesity and digital …

CES

NVIDIA and Bosch team up for AI-powered autonomous cars

NVIDIA lined up quite a few partners at CES this year, including Audi and Mercedes, to use its powerful upcoming Xavier chip in autonomous vehicles. But days ago, Intel bought MobilEye for $15 billion to develop self-driving software and hardware to use across auto brands. To compete, automotive …

Exoplanets named after beer

In the "Golden Age" of finding planets where life may exist, scientists have named newly-discovered exoplanets after beer. CNN"s Erin McLaughlin reports.

Planets

An MIT professor explains why we are still a long ways off from solving one of the biggest problems with self-driving cars

The Trolley problem goes like this: a runaway trolley is barreling toward five people on a track who cannot move. But you have the option to pull a lever and send it to a side track where you see one person standing. What would you do?<p>But as Rahwan puts it, the Trolley problem gets thornier when …

'Physics-Defying' Gravity Hills Are One of The Strangest Natural Phenomena We've Seen

Where cars drift uphill.<p>Scattered across the world are a number of bewildering 'mystery spots' that appear to defy gravity - places where cars seem …

An energy manager from Google could be in your future if this patent takes off

Your home could soon be getting a healthy dose of intuition. On Thursday, Google filed a patent for a system that would provide “intelligent …

Best science apps for kids

Children are like little sponges that can soak up the world around them. While that includes the mannerisms of their parents and their environment, …

First photo of Magic Leap prototype leaks

And it looks very much like a prototype<p>Magic Leap, a secretive augmented reality startup, is not so secretive these days. An image of a prototype device was just leaked to <i>Business Insider</i>, which says the source referred to the device as "PEQ0,” a stand-in derived from an internal prototype naming …

Augmented Reality

A Conservative Answer to Climate Change

Enacting a carbon tax would free up private firms to find the most efficient ways to cut emissions.<p>Thirty years ago, as the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer was dwindling at alarming rates, we were serving proudly under President Ronald Reagan. We remember his leading role in negotiating the …

Climate

Why Is It Taking So Long To Figure Out Planet Nine?

<i>We have the mass and orbital parameters of a large planet in the outer solar system. Astronomers don’t seem to care?</i><p>Nothing short of caring deeply can cause astronomers to publish such a burst of papers on an as-yet theoretical planet, too distant to have already been captured by our numerous …

A discovery about the movement of tectonic plates will have scientists rewriting textbooks

Plate tectonics is the widely accepted theory that the Earth's crust is divided into several sections that float around on the mantle — the mostly solid layer between the core and the crust. But how they move around has been a subject of much debate among scientists since the theory was first …

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

All the car tech we can't wait to see at CES 2017

Automakers will once again be making a big splash at CES this year.<p>Companies like Ford, Mercedes, BMW, and more are all planning to show off new automotive tech ranging from self-driving systems and electric cars to new user interfaces inside the vehicles.<p>In total, some nine automotive …

SRI spinoff SuperFlex raises $9.6M to pursue ‘powered clothing’

A spinoff from the robot veterans at SRI is making a big bet on ubiquitous soft robotics: SuperFlex aims to establish a new product category with what it calls “powered clothing.” The company, which initially split off in April, hopes to have a product to show in a few months, and has raised nearly …

Robotics

LG combines webOS, lasers, and lumens into another reason to replace your TV

Say hello to the ProBeam projector<p>Today LG launched another salvo in the war against giant ugly televisions with the announcement of the ProBeam laser projector. It's rare to find a projector this bright that's small enough to hold in one hand — and this one runs webOS. Unlike most projectors, LG's …

Yamaha YAS-106 review: Yamaha's budget bar is a cinema star - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Yamaha offers a wide-open sound that is great for movies and surprisingly good with music. The connectivity is up there with some of the best sound bars, regardless of price.<p><b>The Bad</b> The YAS-106 doesn't include a subwoofer. Even better sound can be had for an extra $100 or so.<p><b>The Bottom</b> …

Who said what inside the Trump tech meeting: Immigration, paid maternity leave and becoming the ‘software president’

It’s almost like Recode was in the air duct at Trump Tower.<p>The leaders of tech were closemouthed about their meeting with President-elect Donald Trump yesterday in New York, saying little about it — before and after, in public and online. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called the confab “very productive” — …

Donald Trump

Modular sidewalk paving system harvests solar & kinetic energy, and is made from recycled plastic

<b>Move over, solar freakin' roadways. A Hungarian startup is generating energy from sidewalks with its pavers.</b><p>Although conventional wisdom has it that …