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Google talks up Chromecast in 2014

In the coming year, Google wants to take Chromecast around the world, make its Google Cast an open standard, and possibly debut new Chromecast devices.<p>Google has big plans for its surprise hit Chromecast to take it far beyond its status as a low-cost, limited-function dongle for streaming media.<p>The …

Android News

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Engineering

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

RT @SmoshGames: Raichu used quick attack! But it failed! http://t.co/023Qr8nNau

Nearly a fifth of scientists are considering abandoning the U.S.

Yep, the research funding climate is that bad<p>At a time when the U.S. arguably needs its scientists more than ever, federal research funding is way down. According to data collected by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups, the majority are spending more time writing grants for …

Bradley Manning trial and WikiLeaks: The government’s charge that he aided the enemy is wrong and dangerous.

Must the government take every possible ounce of flesh from Pfc. Bradley Manning in punishing him for his massive data dump to WikiLeaks? The woeful …

Elon Musk Thinks He Can Get You From NY to LA in 45 Minutes

Author: Damon Lavrinc. Damon Lavrinc Gear<p>Date of Publication: 07.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 4:06 pm. 4:06 pm<p>Elon Musk wants to revolutionize …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

Chrome update adds pop-up notifications, replaces WebKit rendering with Blink

After months of rumors, and weeks being refined in a beta channel, Google's Chrome notification center is now live and available to the public on Chrome for Windows and in Chrome OS. The addition of notifications comes in Chrome 28, an update that moves both the browser and Chrome OS over to Blink, …

NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar

Author: James Bamford. James Bamford Security<p>Date of Publication: 06.12.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm<p>Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a …

Why violence is good for games — and storytelling

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>When video game violence makes headlines, it’s usually at the expense of geekdom. Such was the case with Vice President Joe Biden’s recent comments that he …

England, Meet Your New Giant Sheep-Eating Plant

It's huge and spiky and about to bloom in Surrey.<p><i>Puya chilensis</i> is a very large bromeliad, native to the mountains of Chile. Bromeliads are spiky, mostly tropical, mostly New-World plants, the best-known of which is probably the pineapple. But while the pineapple is delicious, <i>Puya chilensis</i> is a …

The Science Of How Applause Spreads In An Audience

Clapping is just as infectious as a disease, according to a new study.<p>Sorry, Toastmasters. When people clap at a performance, they're not really driven by how much they enjoyed what they saw, according to a new study. Instead, they decide how long to applaud based on the applause they hear around …

Drink A Photo Of Your Face On Top Of Your Latte

Do it, weirdo.<p>At what appear to be the Taiwanese equivalent of the coffee kiosk at a 7/11, coffee drinkers can get something they can't get at any of the finest third-wave coffee shops in all of Seattle, Brooklyn, Chicago, or Portland. The mini-chain, called Let's Cafe, lets you print your own face …

REVEALED: The Top Secret Rule That Lets The NSA Use US Data Without A Warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.<p>The Guardian is publishing in …

Surveillance

Elon Musk Confirms Battery Swapping For Tesla Model S

Two months ago, we brought you early reports that indicated Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] would be bringing battery-swapping technology to the Model S …

A Great Way to Digitize Your Library, Mostly

My partner gives me the stink-eye every time I attempt to jam another new paperback into our already overflowing bookshelves.<p>Buying e-books instead …

Mysterious Subatomic Particle May Represent Exotic New Form of Matter

In the course of exploring the properties of a strange subatomic particle, physicists may have stumbled upon something even stranger: a mysterious …

Exclusive: How Google Will Use Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands | WIRED

Author: Steven Levy. Steven Levy Business<p>Date of Publication: 06.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 11:08 pm. 11:08 pm<p>How Google Will Use High-Flying …

Sorry, Dr. Oz, Green Coffee Can't Even Slim Down Chubby Mice

The diet world has a new golden child: green coffee extract.<p>A "miracle fat burner!" "One of the most important discoveries made" in weight loss science, the heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz said about the little pills — which are produced by grinding up raw, unroasted coffee, and then soaking the result …

Spy America and Its Willing Victims

The latest exposure of the Obama administration's cavalier violation of Americans' civil liberties underscores the audacious challenge that confronts us. That audacity is matched by our leaders' pattern of deceit and dishonesty. The nation has been repeatedly lied to by high officials who do not …

Surveillance

Could cocoa tame obesity's inflammation - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Feeding mice cocoa powder lowers inflammation, a condition linked to obesity …

FYI: What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

And how does tattoo removal work?<p>It's all about the particles in the tattoo ink's pigment says Dr. Anne Laumann, MBChB, a professor of dermatology at Northwestern University.<p>Tattoo application uses a mechanized needle to puncture the skin and inject ink into the dermis or second layer of skin just …

Tweaking songs can warp 'perfect' pitch - Futurity

U. CHICAGO (US) — People who think they have perfect pitch may not be as …

Green Coffee Bean Extract Probably Won't Help You Lose Weight

And, according to this new mouse study, the common diet supplement might make you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.<p>While drinking coffee has been shown to have health benefits, a trendy extract of unroasted coffee beans used in weight-loss supplements is not as promising. In a new mouse …