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Sun’s magnetic field about to flip

This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Google ready to charge into smartwatch fray, Journal says

Google has a smartwatch and it could go into mass production within months, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The Internet search giant is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production of a potential smartwatch that would run Android and Google Now, the company's voice-assistant feature …

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Modular smartphones aren’t so crazy now: Motorola gets in on the action with Project Ara

Like the highest tech Lego blocks you’ve ever seen, Motorola last night unveiled Project Ara, a bold plan to build smartphones with modular hardware.<p>It starts with an endoskeleton frame (which Motorola calls the endo), and from there you’ll be able to attach different hardware modules to create a …

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MIT has built a dark-matter hunter out of a modified particle accelerator

Dark matter is estimated to make up a vast majority of the universe's mass, yet no one has ever definitively detected it before. Now researchers from MIT are working to modify a particle accelerator to allow it to test select theories on what dark matter could actually be like. The work, described …

Apple discovers 'manufacturing defect' causing iPhone 5S battery woes for some customers

New hardware always seems to have its share of problems, and Apple has confirmed to <i>The New York Times</i> that this time around some iPhone 5S owners are experiencing poor battery performance. "We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could …

Comet ISON Photo Contest for Amateur Astronomers Launched by National Science Foundation

The much-anticipated Comet ISON is now within sight of amateur astronomers as it plunges toward the sun. And the National Science Foundation (NSF) is …

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ChronicleLive-6 hours ago<p>“I reported it to the UK <i>Meteor</i> Observation Network (UKMON) and gave all the details, like the speed and size,” he said. …

Space-based solar power: How close to reality?

In space, dust comes from comets and exploding stars. It can form planetary rings, drive global weather patterns and even form the seeds of new …

Video of US Airways descent into Hudson River released

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The Panama Canal will float your boat

PANAMA CANAL, Panama -- It's barely an hour after daybreak when the Celebrity Millennium enters Balboa Harbor near Panama City, leaving the Pacific Ocean behind, but already the ship's outer decks are lined with passengers.<p>Dead ahead is Miraflores Locks, one of three sets of giant rectangular …

Cruise lines tackle Web woes

Print<p>Related<p>While most cruisers are positive, ask them what bugs them most about cruising and one of the answers will be “the Internet.”<p>On ships, …

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NCL Shore Excursions - Historic Kona

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Hawaii Plane Makes Extraordinary Emergency Landing On Maui Highway

Two pilots of a Mokulele Airlines flight between Maui and the Big Island made a heroic and impressive emergency landing on Monday night, saving all 8 passengers on board.<p>The plane apparently lost all power shortly into its flight. One passenger, who wished to remain anonymous, told Hawaii News Now …

How to train your cruise ship captain

There are two ways to let sailors learn to manoeuvre a 113,000-tonne, 290m-long cruise ship into port. Watch nervously as they take the controls of a $500m investment with 3,000 passengers on board, edging into the busy shipping lanes of a cruise terminal. Or take them to a Dutch industrial estate …

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Cruise Line Shorts: Carnival Passengers Speak Up, Royal Adds 3G and More Cruise News

<i>(12:46 p.m.) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch</i> …

Princess' Newest Cruise Ship Loses Power in the Mediterranean - Princess Cruises

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Cruise lines struggle against strong tides | Financial Times

Cruise operators are forever battling negative public attitudes. Among commonly held views, a cruise trip is either boring or for retirees only, and …