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What an Enterprise! NASA physicist, artist unveil warp-speed craft design

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.<p>NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light -- 186,000 miles per second.<p>White, who heads NASA's …

Could World Cup football be played on other planets?

In his address to the Fifa Congress the day before the Brazil World Cup kicks off, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said: “We shall wonder if one day our game is played on another planet? Why not? Then we will have not only a World Cup we will have inter-planetary competitions. Why not?”<p>Why not? Let me …

What Are the Best Phone Apps for My Summer Camping Trip?

<i>A:</i><p>Before you go off the grid camping and hiking, tap the latest apps that will help you plan your trip, your trails, and where to pitch your tent. Even if you don’t have service, many of these apps will remain handy.<p>AllTrails<p>(AllTrails, Inc.)<p>A catalog of hiking routes in the U.S. and Canada, …

Epic 360-degree selfie will give you wanderlust

By attaching a GoPro camera to a long stick, extreme adventurer Alex Chacón documented himself in an astonishing 360-degree video selfie that spans more than 36 countries. In it, he features himself around an impressive list of exotic sites, including the Taj Mahal and the Maya Pyramids of Chichen …

Taj Mahal

Whoa! Spectacular Supercell Storm Takes Shape in Time-Lapse Video

You don't see clouds like this very often.<p>A group of storm chasers captured this video of a surreal, monstrous-looking thunderstorm cloud that spun menacingly over eastern Wyoming on Sunday.<p>The dramatic time-lapse video taken by Basehunters shows the eerie formation and dissipation of a rare kind …

Weather

How to master Android Voice Commands, beyond Google Now

When Apple first introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, it was not the first time the world had seen voice control, but it did mark the first time a major company was releasing it to the world simultaneously on millions of mobile devices as their most prominent feature.<p>Despite its innumerable flaws …

Super Time Force Review

Whatever happened to the run-and-gun genre? The Contras, the Probotectors, the Gunstars and the Metal Slugs? They were bloody great if you wanted to …

The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Science Is Finally Making Glass That Birds Won't Fly Into

Birds flying into window panes might be the stuff of cartoon comic fodder, but the reality is bleak: Hundreds of millions of birds die from flying …

Birds

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. …

Ask Anything: What Would People Eat In A Permanent Space Colony?

Once settled on another planet, colonists would likely start with hydroponic farming, using small-stature or dwarf cultivars that can be tightly packed together. It would make the most sense to plant fast-cycle salad crops first, says Jean Hunter, a professor at Cornell who studies food-processing …

Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old …

A Brief History of the Chocolate Chip

Celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day—not a federal holiday, at least not <i>yet</i>—should be easy enough for all the classic dessert lovers and cookie …

Hubble catches Jupiter's Great Red Spot in the act of shrinking

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a little less great than it used to be.<p>New images of the spot taken in April by the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that it's about 10,250 miles across, according to Amy Simon, an expert on Jupiter's atmosphere at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. …

Get to Mars by Selling All Your Earthly Possessions

Elon Musk wants a ticket to Mars to cost $500,000. For those left behind, he'll have a cheap electric car for you.<p>You and I aren’t going to Mars anytime soon, but if and when a base is established on the Red Planet one day, Elon Musk wants a ticket there to cost about what you’d pay for a …

Why Transparency Is The Next Killer Feature In Mobile

<i>Ted Muething is a PR and marketing consultant at</i> <i>Jones-Dilworth Inc.</i><i>, a boutique agency in Austin focused on bringing early-stage technologies to market.</i><p>Every day we vote with our dollars how we want the world to be. By deciding what to buy, and what not to by, we shape strategies in the boardroom …

This is what a clouded leopard looks like! http://t.co/YVaHLiAuBk

This is your brain on meditation

The brain processes more thoughts, feelings during meditation than when you are just relaxing, study shows.<p>Mindfulness. Zen. Acem. Meditation …

The camera on your phone might be the best defense you have

Could random data from your smartphone save you from hackers?<p>Could your cellphone camera give a boost to cryptography programs that help protect your data? That was the pitch that surfaced in a paper this week from a group of researchers at the University of Geneva. The paper studied the visual …

Ancient teen's DNA may solve human migration mystery - Futurity

Found in an underwater cave, the remains of a teen girl from 12,000 years ago link today's Native Americans with the first people in the Americas.

This week is maths week at the New Books Party, so I tell you about three incredibly fun and unusual maths books that will feed your mind.<p>Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or books that I purchased. These are the …

Man makes home-made X-Men Wolverine claws in garage

Plumber and garage inventor Colin Furze shows off his latest, terrifying, invention - home-made Wolverine claws<p>Colin Furze is a plumber by day and garage inventor by night.<p>And with his latest invention, you certainly wouldn't want to cross him in a dark alleyway.<p>Furze, 32, has come up with …

Homemade

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Electrons' split 'personalities' help solve physics mystery

Electrons, the negatively charged particles around atoms, have split "personalities," and act one way or the other depending on how many of them are around, new research suggests.<p>The finding could help to solve a long-standing mystery about electrical currents in superconductors, which carry such …

10 Amazing Ways People Are Using The Oculus Rift Today

Now, two years and a $2 billion acquisition later, the device is being used for much more than video games.<p>The Oculus Rift, created by Oculus VR, is a virtual reality 3-D headset that uses 360-degree head tracking to make it feel like you're inside a different world.<p>For example, looking to the left …