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Dual-lens smartphone cameras are coming, and this is why we want one

One camera. Two separate lenses. That's the conundrum raised by leaked images of HTC's forthcoming M8 smartphone, which is rumored to bring some interesting new imaging features that go far beyond mere 3D. But what could those features be? For an answer, we turned to a startup called Corephotonics, …

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

A core reason why recent hits like Flappy Bird and Threes found success -- and are massively addictive -- lies in the way they put us in a unique zen-like state known as flow.<p>There's nothing the same between Minecraft and Flappy Bird, The Sims and WoW [World of Warcraft]. These are fundamentally …

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Japan considers constitutional changes to enhance defence capacity

Tokyo wants to play greater role in international peacekeeping and step up defence posture<p>A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defence under its pacifist constitution.<p>The panel on …

Google's Game Of Moneyball In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Over the past couple of months, Google has been playing its own peculiar game of Moneyball. It may not make a ton of sense right now, but Google is setting itself up to leave its competitors in the lurch as it moves into the next generation of computing.<p>Google has been snatching up basically every …

Inside the CIA's Secret Polish Torture Site

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new report by <i>The Washington Post</i> digs deep into one of the CIA's most important "black sites," a …

PlayStation Vita TV review: Sony's first mini-console has some growing pains

Sony had a tiny surprise to share just ahead of the Tokyo Games Show: the PS Vita TV, appearing from inside SCE President Andrew House's jacket pocket. Having already announced a new, slender PS Vita handheld less than an hour earlier, Sony showed off this minute console -- roughly the same …

Ouch: HP is now promoting PCs running Windows 7 (because Windows 8 isn’t doing so hot)

HP’s new Windows 7 promotion should tell you all you need to know about the state of its Windows 8 hardware.<p>With its latest promotion, HP is heavily pushing PCs running Windows 7, which it says it’s bringing back “by popular demand.”<p>While the move can’t possibly make Microsoft too happy, it …

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

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20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

A Point of View: The man who dreamed of the atom bomb

<b>Leo Szilard was the man who first realised that nuclear power could be used to build a bomb of terrifying proportions. Lisa Jardine considers what his story has to say about the responsibilities of science.</b><p>The figure of Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard loomed large in our house when I was a child. …

Clever chemistry improves a new class of antibiotics

(Phys.org) —A new class of molecules called acyldepsipeptides—ADEPs—may provide a new way to attack bacteria that have developed resistance to …

Silver nanowire sensors hold promise for prosthetics, robotics

(Phys.org) —North Carolina State University researchers have used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that could be used in …

Triple-threat method sparks hope for fusion

The secrets to its success are lasers, magnets and a big pinch.<p>The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico discharges the most …

Is our Sun falling silent?

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Meta wants to augment your world with the 'Iron Man' interface

When someone tells you they have a pair of augmented reality glasses with an interface designed by the same Hollywood staple who created the Iron Man suit's UI, you listen. Then, you ask if you can put them on.<p>The glasses come from Meta, a small company with huge dreams that's already comparing …

CES robots take on cleaning, fun and personal assistance

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: EcoVacs<p>After a visit from home entertainment robot Keecker last week, it was obvious that CES 2014 would host some …

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

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Microsoft's Twitter account: Don't use our e-mail

In an apparent hacking of the Microsoft News Twitter account, a tweet emerges saying the company sells customer data to the government. The Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility.<p>Sometimes, irony adorns Twitter like the sugar on a doughnut.<p>On Saturday morning, however, the Microsoft News …

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Hubble captures Horsehead nebula in stunning infrared

This new image puts the famous hydrogen-dust cloud in an ethereal light, revealing the horse rearing its head above cosmic whitecaps.<p>I just rewatched Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," and I think the soundtrack's opening horn melody would go perfectly with this NASA pic.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope has …

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A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Everything you need to know about the YouTube copyright crisis and why you should care

At the center of this week's confusing thicket of news and outrage surrounding YouTube video game copyright sweep is a very simple issue.<p>It's about freedom-of expression and the ability of critics, commentators and journalists to speak to large numbers of people without fear of reprisals or …

Dangerous MRSA bacteria expand into communities

A USA TODAY investigation shows MRSA bacteria, once confined to hospitals, are emerging in communities to strike an increasing number of children, as well as schools, prisons, even NFL locker rooms.<p>Eric Allen went to bed March 1, thinking he had a light flu. By the time he staggered into the …

Bread, Beef and Other Foods That Will Cost Way More Next Year

Got milk? You probably will next year — reports of $8-a-gallon milk are overblown, but there are some food items that will have you digging deeper in …

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

PS4 And Xbox One Pose Major Problems For Internet Providers

As the Sony's Playstation 4 launched midnight today in the UK, there are some potential pitfalls that mean consumers might not get the most out of their systems unless they carefully consider their home network.<p>Consoles used to be the easy option. They were plug and play devices that worked …

60 years in an iron lung: US polio survivor worries about new global threat

It’s a long way from central Oklahoma to Syria, but one of America’s last iron lung survivors says she’s a living reminder that an outbreak of polio anywhere in the world is a danger everywhere.<p>Martha Ann Lillard, now 65, has spent most of the past six decades inside an 800-pound machine that helps …

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