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Microwave/laser weapon takes out multiple drone swarms

An energy weapon system built by Raytheon has clocked up an impressive score by taking out 45 drones during a recent US Army exercise. Part of this …

The Enigmatic, Celestial Steve Makes an Appearance in Scotland

Thanks to citizen scientists, this aurora is anthropomorphic.<p>There’s something about the name Steve. Variously a Flight of the Conchords punchline; a …

This New Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang

So... is physics broken or not?<p>According to a straightforward interpretation of general relativity, the Big Bang wasn't the start of …

Physics

To Understand the Universe, Physicists Are Building Their Own

Silke Weinfurtner is trying to build the universe from scratch. In a physics lab at the University of Nottingham—close to the Sherwood forest of …

Low Poly + High Power

Designed with an aesthetic that’s instantly memorable, the Karlmann King SUV is a “Ground Stealth Fighter” with a design that one could …

Industrial Design

Serengeti Leopard Portrait

Back to Wonderland

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe

Turn a Raspberry Pi 3 into a desktop PC | ZDNet

Building a Raspberry Pi 3 powered desktop PC<p>Assuming you have a Raspberry Pi 3 - and the new Model B+ is perfect for this - then what you need to …

Airbus Pop.Up Flying Vehicle Concept

Based around a passenger capsule that's adaptable to all sorts of transportation methods, the Airbus Pop.Up Flying Vehicle Concept is a bold …

Yuneec Typhoon H drone gets new obstacle-avoiding powers from Intel

The hexacopter will soon be available with an Intel RealSense camera for steering it around obstacles while flying and filming.<p>Yuneec's Typhoon H camera drone already had the ability to stop itself before colliding into large objects. But now with help from Intel RealSense technologies, it will …

Drones

DJI Phantom 3 review: the best drone you can buy just got even better

I spent some time at a drone conference hosted by NASA last week and it’s increasingly clear that in short order there will be tens of thousands of companies flying drones just in the US. Everyone from real estate and insurance agents to traffic cops and wedding photographers are applying for …

Windows 10 upgrade and installation: most common errors with and how to fix them

Within 24 hours of its public release the Windows 10 upgrade had hit more than 14 million devices, Microsoft announced. A new report suggests that …

6 Things To Consider Before Building Your Next Gaming PC

Believe it or not, the act of physically building your first PC is relatively simple. It’s the research beforehand and process of choosing your parts that can be daunting. Will X component be compatible with Y component? Is this case future proof? How large a power supply do I need? What should I …

Intel Corporation

Intel has put an entire PC onto a portable stick for you

Many gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are too impractical or expensive for the average global consumer to care about. Others are merely showy concepts that no one ever actually buys. But some, like Intel’s new “compute stick,” are cool, useful, and relatively affordable.<p>The …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung Gear S review: an ambitious and painfully flawed smartwatch

Samsung's wearables strategy seems to be: "Throw everything at a wall and see what sticks." In a little over 12 months, the electronics giant has launched six -- yes, <i>six</i> -- different smartwatches, each with its own unique personality. The latest is the Samsung Gear S, and its particular claim to …

PlexiDrone is a highly portable quadcopter for budding aerial photographers

If there was a list of features we wanted on a ready-to-fly drone, it might well read like PlexiDrone's spec-sheet. Unlike many off-the-shelf hobby quadcopters, this one comes in bits that you "snap" together when needed, making it more portable. Furthermore, it comes with a hard-shell backpack, …

Samsung Gear S preview: What's it like to type emails on a 2-inch screen?

Six. That's how many smartwatches Samsung has unveiled in the past 12 months. If these devices were <i>Friends</i> episodes, there'd be the original Galaxy Gear ("The one announced last year at this time"), the Gear 2 ("The one with fewer bugs"), the Gear Fit ("The one designed for fitness tracking"), the …

HEXO+, For All Your Flying Camera Drone Needs

Drones are cool. This is not so much a statement of opinion as a statement of fact. Who doesn’t want a robot flying around, doing stuff for us… in …

FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Accessory Available for Pre-Order!

We covered this thermal imaging camera accessory (a Best of CES 2014 award winner) early this year, and now it's finally available for pre-order ($349, ships in August).<p>If you wonder what in the world you might need an infrared camera on your iPhone for, besides maybe tracking a bigfoot, consider …

Imaging

Watch: This Optical Illusion Will Make You Hallucinate

A neurological principle first written about by Aristotle can make you trip.<p>Dropping a tab of acid is a surefire way to experience a hallucination, but for a less chemical-heavy trip, set aside two minutes and watch this video. Then immediately look away. Come back when you’re done.<p>Freaky, right? …

FlyPedals Make Your Clipless Pedal Platforms With A Click

“Clipless” pedals, so in quotes because they do actually feature clips, are great for long-range cycling. They keep your feet attached to the pedal …

Samsung Gear Fit Is Beautiful, Inside and Out

When Samsung announced its ultra-sleek Gear Fit device in February, tech journalists heralded the fitness tracker-smartwatch hybrid as the wearable …

5 Things Worth Knowing About The DJI Spreading Wings S1000 DSLR Ready Quadricopter (list)

DJI is rapidly becoming the biggest name in drone photography and videography, and they’ve just announced their next high-end photography drone. …