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Scientists want you to find cosmic rays using your phone's camera

Cosmic ray particles hit Earth's atmosphere all the time, but finding them is tough; even the most sophisticated detectors can only cover so much ground. Scientists at University of California might just have discovered an easy way to pinpoint these exotic elements, however: the camera on your …

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Design

NASA's prettiest spaceship yet will take actual photos of alien worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA's effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They're doing some really cool …

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5s

Until Apple takes the stage to unveil the iPhone 6, this is probably going to be the biggest rivalry in smartphones: the iPhone 5s vs. the Samsung …

Phones

The YotaPhone for 2014 gets sleeker, sharper e-ink display (pictures)

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'The internet mystery that has the world baffled' For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world's finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolveable problems. But to what end? Welcome to the world of Cicada 3301... http://fw.to/2zIWJkg

MIT's Dynamic Shape Display is Like a Sandbox in California that You Can Manipulate from New York

Those of you who've seen <i>The Wolverine</i>, remember that crazy self-adjusting gurney thing that Master Yashida was lying on? That might not be as far off …

Woz: If I were at Apple, we'd be partners with Google

Parallel universes are always fun to contemplate.<p>So please mount the No. 42 bus with me to a world in which Tim Cook is still COO of Apple and Steve Wozniak is calling the shots.<p>Here's what would be happening: Apple and Google would be deep and loving partners and would share all their knowledge in …

Motorola reveals ambitious plan to build modular smartphones

Motorola has unveiled Project Ara, an open-source initiative for modular smartphones with the goal to "do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software." The company plans to create an ecosystem that can support third-party hardware development for individual phone components — in …

Spaceflight experts work on alternate vision for Mars trips

While NASA works on a multibillion-dollar, decades-long space exploration plan that relies on monster rockets, an informal cadre of engineers is laying out a different vision that would take advantage of cheaper, smaller spacecraft that can fuel up at "truck stops" along the way.<p>Right now, the …

Space Exploration

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? http://gu.com/p/3jtcn/fb Japan's under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren't dating, and increasing numbers can't be bothered with sex. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is a looming national catastrophe. Many are turning to what sex and relationship counsellor Aoyama terms "Pot Noodle love" – easy or instant gratification. Photograph: Eric Rechsteiner/Panos Pictures

Virgin Galactic Wants To Do Moon Cruises, Replace The Concorde For Terrestrial Travel

Virgin Galactic is starting off sending a small group of billionaires into space, which is pretty cool… if you’re a billionaire. But the startup’s (yes, it’s a startup, even with Richard Branson at the helm) Commercial Director Stephen Attenborough took the stage at Wired 2013 in London today to …

Zeno's paradoxes

"Arrow paradox" redirects here. For other uses, see Arrow paradox (disambiguation).<p><b>Zeno's paradoxes</b> are a set of philosophical problems generally …

Artificial Photosynthesis

As concerns about energy supply emerge in the mainstream, alternatives to fossil fuels are becoming more and more sought after technologies. One of …

The National Ignition Facility Just Got Way Closer To Fusion Power

In a major first, an experiment in the California lab got more energy out of its fuel than went into the fuel. We're one step closer to ignition, when the reaction becomes self-sustaining.<p>Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California …

Energy

Report: Nexus 5 to start at $299, battery size will increase with storage

One of the best features of Google’s(s goog) Nexus line of smartphones has been the price, and it looks like the upcoming Nexus 5 could be a better …

This could be the clearest image yet of the Nexus 5

A forum post on <i>MacRumors</i> offers what could be the clearest glimpse yet of the next Nexus phone. Nearly a month after a Google employee appeared in a promotional video for Android Kit Kat holding what appeared to be a new Nexus, a single close-up image of a slate-gray phone has emerged. In response …

SpaceX launches new Falcon 9 rocket with 60 percent stronger engines (video)

While most of the news about SpaceX has surrounded the Grasshopper lately, the firm has been plugging away at its Falcon rocket, too. This just-launched Falcon 9 (dubbed version 1.1) boasts 60 percent more powerful engines, longer fuel tanks and according to the <i>Global Post</i>, other new features that …

Every second on the internet, these things happen

Every second, an incredible number of interactions take place on the internet, and "One Second on the Internet" gives you a real sense of their scale. It's a website which displays an icon for every single Facebook like, Google search, YouTube video watched, email sent, and so on, over the course …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Archaeologists find 'Chactun,' a long lost Mayan city in eastern Mexico

A team of archaeologists have found a long lost Mayan city in the rainforests of eastern Mexico, and they're hoping the discovery will help them figure out what led to the ancient civilization's rise and fall centuries ago. The city, which archaeologists have dubbed Chactun or Red Rock, was in its …

How to prevent an astronaut bloodbath on Mars

To protect the psyches of future space travelers, NASA might deck them out in wearable sensors that spot meltdowns before they happen<p>Sometime within the next two decades, a select cadre of men and women will likely embark on a trailblazing adventure: the first manned mission to Mars. Several …

The Space City That Could Have Been, If Not For Wernher Von Braun

During the 1950s, Darrell C. Romick, a Goodyear Aircraft engineer and an early member of the American Rocket Society's spaceflight committee, …

Space Exploration

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

If you combine all our current knowledge of statistics and astronomy, it's nearly comical to believe we're the only intelligent life in the universe. …

Learn How Richard Feynman Cracked the Safes with Atomic Secrets at Los Alamos

The story has become part of physics lore: A young Richard Feynman, future Nobel winner, was bored with life in the remote New Mexico desert while …