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Astronauts Levitate Molten Orb Of Metal In Space

A ball of fire in the sky may answer a very terrestrial mystery<p>Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still. Aboard the International Space Station, scientists have an electromagnetic levitator that lets them …

Space Station

11 really cool space missions

It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.<p>That's what space lovers and other curious types got on Wednesday, when the European Space Agency's probe Philae touched down on Comet 67P.<p>It was high drama that continued into the afternoon as questions …

Samsung Introduces Virtual Reality Smartphone You Wear On Your Head

Little style, less substance<p>Virtual reality—almost as good as actual reality, but without those pesky smells. Okay, that may not be quite Samsung's message, but the company is making a hard push for VR with two announcements out of its 2014 developer conference.<p>The first is that its Gear VR …

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We Might Totally Misunderstand Galaxies, NASA Experiment Finds

The dark spaces in between the massive but often far-flung galaxies of the universe are not as dark as they seem, and that has scientists redefining what a galaxy actually is.<p>An experiment involving NASA sounding rockets has detected an unexpected amount of infrared light in those dark spaces, …

The world's most advanced particle accelerator is just 12 inches long and sits on a lab bench in the US - ExtremeTech

The world’s most advanced particle accelerator is just 12 inches long and sits on a lab bench in the US<p>By on November 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm<p>This site may …

Physics

Astrophysicists Claim They've Proven That Black Holes Don't Exist — Here's Why They're Wrong

One of the most difficult challenges of studying this giant star collapse is recreating the point where it forms a black hole. They've been working on this for decades and are still sorting out the details. The latest paper on this topic, by lead author Laura Mersini-Houghton from the University of …

First Privately Funded Moon Mission Launched Today

The 4M spacecraft, launched aboard a Chinese rocket, will be sending signals to anyone willing to listen.<p>The first privately funded lunar mission launched today. The mission involves sending a 31-pound spacecraft called 4M, fitted with an antenna, small computer, and radiation sensor, on a Chinese …

Hubble Just Found One Of The Faintest, Smallest, And Oldest Galaxies We've Ever Seen

The galaxy's light took 13 billion light years to reach Earth, and astronomers estimate that it formed when our universe was only 500 million years old. Although 500 million years is long time for us, it is miniscule compared to the age of our universe, 13.8 billion years.<p>Astronomers know of only …

Universe

FBI director demands access to private cell phone data

To stop terrorists and other criminals, cell phones should have encryption backdoors to enable US government surveillance, argues FBI Director James Comey.<p>Cell phone encryption will prevent the federal government from stopping terrorists and child molesters unless the government is given special …

Privacy

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.<p>The first astronauts who head off to Mars might make the entire 180-day journey while they’re fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found …

Space Travel

Lockheed Martin Announces a Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, with secret laboratories and futuristic technologies, but it’s real – Lockheed Martin’s …

Lockheed figures out fusion (maybe)

Lockheed Martin claims to have had a breakthrough in fusion technology, promising clean energy to power a small city, from something that could fit on the back of a truck. So that might be cool...<p>Lockheed Martin's Compact Fusion technology has the potential to revolutionize life as we know it. …

Nuclear Energy

10 best Android Wear apps (Wear OS apps)

Android Wear may not be turning the heads that many of us envisioned that it would, but it’s still probably the best smartwatch platform out there. The update to Android Wear 2.0 added a bunch of really nice features, like standalone apps. It still has a lot of work ahead of it, but there are some …

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Washington D.C. Is Littered With Phony Cell Towers

The Russian Embassy, White House, Supreme Court, and other landmarks have some nosy neighbors, claims the maker of an ultrasecure mobile phone.<p>Continuing a sort of cross-country tour to detect phony cell towers, also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers, researchers associated with the security …

Surveillance

The future of warfare: Why we should all be very afraid

Imagine an army of robots with the power to decide whom and when to kill. Brace yourself, because it’s happening<p>It is said that in 16th-century Prague, a giant made of clay stalked the slums from moonrise till sunbreak. He kept a vigil, this earthen colossus, and guarded the Jews of the ghettos in …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and …

Three new software freebies worth checking out

For a total cost of zero, you can score basic tools for editing video, ripping DVDs, and migrating to a new PC. Plus: two bonus deals!<p>When it comes to free software, you probably know the old favorites: OpenOffice, GIMP, CCleaner, Avast Free Antivirus, and so on.<p>But let's not overlook the new. …

Software

Parrot puts the camera first in its new Bebop drone

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Parrot<p>You might pick up a drone for a lot of reasons, from monitoring crops to catching rhino poachers to just having …

Sony built the PlayStation 4's controller with VR in mind

You may think that Sony built its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to accommodate the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller, but it turns out that the opposite is true -- the gamepad was designed for VR from the start. The company's Jed Ashforth tells <i>TechRadar</i> that the Morpheus team …

CM11 M6 out now for 50 devices; Milestone releases to replace Stable

On Sunday, the CyanogenMod team began pushing out the M6 release of CyanogenMod 11, based on Android 4.4. Moving forward, the plan is to release milestone versions of CyanogenMod every two weeks, replacing the old Stable/Release Candidate system.<p>At the time of this writing, CM11 M6 builds are …

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App users opening the gates to data mining: McAfee

At the launch of Privacy Awareness Week, new research shows that a large proportion of Australian Android users are allowing apps to access their …

Apps

Google gives its DIY smartphone, Ara, a developers’ bible

Get ready for the module ecosystem.<p>Today, Google released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) in advance of next week’s first Ara Developers Conference. This is the first detailed look at the do-it-yourself smartphones’ containers of features, the modules.<p>Last week, a video posted online showed the …

£120 Micro 3D printer raises $1m in 24 hours

The Micro, a 3D printer that costs $199 (£120), has raised more than $1 million (£600,000) on Kickstarter in just 24 hours.<p>The Micro -- created by a …

Oculus VR's John Carmack sees bright future in Facebook deal

When Facebook said it would buy Oculus VR, many eyes turned to Oculus CTO John Carmack. Would <i>Quake</i>'s co-creator be happy with the deal when Facebook sees virtual reality gaming as just the beginning? Thankfully, it looks like he's staying put. In a response to jitters about the acquisition, Carmack …

Vapor Madness

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

Sony Announces Project Morpheus, A Virtual Reality Headset For The PS4

And just like that, the Virtual Reality wars have begun.<p>Firing a shot across the bow of Oculus (the company responsible for getting many people excited about virtual reality again, after the myriad flops of the 90s), Sony has just announced that they’re building a VR headset for the PS4.<p>Sony is …

Who is winning the 'crypto-war'?

<b>In the war over encryption between the NSA and privacy activists, who is winning?</b><p>Ladar Levison sits exhausted, slumped on a sofa with his dog Princess on his lap. He is surrounded by boxes after he moved into a new house in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, the previous day.<p>He describes his new home as …

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