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Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked photo hints at 5 different versions

It's been rumored there could be more than one version of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, but now it looks like we could see as many as …

The Artist Behind The "Sexist" Newsweek Cover Speaks: "I Wanted To Depict The Harassment That Women Suffer"

On Friday I interviewed Edel Rodriguez, the artist behind the Newsweek cover that has people tweeting in shock and exclaiming their outrage on the nation's morning shows. As the cofounder of PowerToFly, the first platform that places women in tech positions they can do in offices or from home, I'm …

This artificially intelligent Mario learns how to chase coins and navigate the Mushroom Kingdom

Anybody can make Mario, Nintendo’s world-famous little plumber, race through the Mushroom Kingdom, chasing coins. But what if Mario could do it on his own?<p>That’s the goal of the Mario A.I. Project: to develop an artificially intelligent Mario agent that becomes aware of himself and his environment, …

Project Anywhere: digital route to an out-of-body experience

It might look like a scene from <i>Minority Report</i>, but Constantinos Miltiadis’s hi-tech gear is science fact, not fiction. Created for a postgraduate thesis at ETH university, Zurich, and dubbed Project Anywhere, his proof-of-concept kit conjures a truly immersive digital experience using a …

Virtual Reality

Man uses mind to control his two new robot arms

Les Baugh has robot arms he controls with his mind.<p>In a historic research project at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory over the summer, Baugh became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and control two robotic arms simultaneously.<p>Baugh, who lost both arms in an …

Gear VR is an amazing virtual reality device that you should not buy (yet)

The Samsung Gear VR is a self-contained, portable, high-quality virtual reality gaming headset. It's available now. You shouldn't buy one.<p>The $200 piece of hardware is a shell with optics and more advanced sensors than standard smartphones. It's a simple system to set up: You just attach your …

Oculus just bought two very interesting VR tech companies

Oculus VR, the developer of the Rift virtual reality headset, made two acquisitions this week with the aim of improving its immersive technology. One is a company that specializes in hand tracking while the other develops tech that can create 3D models from real-world objects.<p>The first of those …

Is Lego about creative freedom or kit-building?

The BBC ran a story yesterday, asking if Lego is becoming less about freedom and creativity and more about following instructions and constructing single-use kits.<p>The story was timed for the beginning of Brick 2014, a huge live event in London dedicated to all things Lego. The debate about Lego's …

Tiny robotic scallops can swim through blood and eyeball fluid to fix you up

For years now, scientists have been trying to develop microscopic robots that can swim through bodily fluids and repair damaged cells or deliver medicine. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany believe they've got the perfect design -- in the form of …

Six of the best noise-cancelling headphones to silence the commute

Travellers know that when it comes to making journeys more bearable, good noise-cancelling headphones can make the difference.<p>Active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones use microphones located on the ear cups to detect incoming unwanted sound and blast the inverse of that sound out of the earphones. …

China executed 2,400 people in 2013: report

The world's top executioner China put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing tries to keep a state secret.<p>The Dui Hua Foundation said on Tuesday that the figure had gone down by 20 percent since 2012, but China is so sensitive about …

A Team Of Kids From Korea Just Won $1 Million For Playing A Video Game

That's where people watched two teams face off in the finals of the "League of Legends" World Championships.<p>It was held in a stadium in Seoul that was built for the 2002 World Cup.<p>The guys who took home the $1 million prize, as well as a 70-pound trophy (called the Summoner's Cup), is Korean team …

These Time-Lapse Maps That Show How Much The World Has Changed In The Last 30 Years Are Completely Jarring

Earth Engine brings together trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years, and Google gives researchers, scientists, and nations the tools to analyze this data to detect changes and trends.<p>Using Landsat satellite imagery from 1984 to 2012, the team was able to create half a dozen …

A student spent two years building this breathtaking Minecraft city using an Xbox 360

Two years and 4.5 million blocks: That’s what a 19-year-old art student at the University of Delaware needed to build a massive <i>Minecraft</i> metropolis …

South Korea concert planner found dead in Seongnam

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1116000/1116869_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1530515408_e3f1f31eb1b2c365d6f1511129af842d<p><b>A man involved in planning a concert that ended in tragedy in South Korea on Friday has been found dead in an apparent suicide, police say.</b><p>Sixteen …

South Korea

U.S. Thinks North Korea Leader Still in Power

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday that the U.S. was closely monitoring the situation in North Korea, following a week of rumors …

North Korea

Can California Make It Rain With Drones?

Billowy and filled with life-sustaining water vapor, the cloud passes overhead without emitting a drop of rain. In times of severe drought, that …

South Korea ferry trial: Sewol Capt Lee was 'confused'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1114000/1114120_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1530515404_f7c4857c1751fddc4761fcb17996548b<p><b>The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April has said he was in a very "confused" state during the incident, as he started giving evidence</b> …

South Korea

8 Places That Showcase Atomic Age Archaeology for Tourists

Eight places tell the story of the nuclear era.<p>By some reckonings, the Cold War began in 1945 at Trinity Site, New Mexico, with the explosion of the first atomic bomb, and ended 41 years later at Chernobyl, where the meltdown of a nuclear reactor became a precipitating event of the Soviet Union's …

APOD: Two Black Holes Dancing in 3C 75 (2014 Sep 28) Image Credit: X-Ray: NASA/CXC/D.Hudson, T.Reiprich et al. (AIfA); Radio: NRAO/VLA/NRL http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140928.html Explanation: What's happening at the center of active galaxy 3C 75? The two bright sources at the center of this composite x-ray (blue)/ radio (pink) image are co-orbiting supermassive black holes powering the giant radio source 3C 75. Surrounded by multimillion degree x-ray emitting gas, and blasting out jets of relativistic particles the supermassive black holes are separated by 25,000 light-years. At the cores of two merging galaxies in the Abell 400 galaxy cluster they are some 300 million light-years away. Astronomers conclude that these two supermassive black holes are bound together by gravity in a binary system in part because the jets' consistent swept back appearance is most likely due to their common motion as they speed through the hot cluster gas at 1200 kilometers per second. Such spectacular cosmic mergers are thought to be common in crowded galaxy cluster environments in the distant universe. In their final stages the mergers are expected to be intense sources of gravitational waves. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://chandra.harvard.edu/ http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0603272 http://www.astro.uni-bonn.de/ http://www.vla.nrao.edu/ http://www.nrl.navy.mil/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140928 #APOD

Rescuers rush to reach dozens trapped on erupting Japan volcano

Columns of thick white steam were rising from the 3,067-metre (10,121-foot) Mount Ontake, which erupted around noon on Saturday, spewing ash, rocks and steam on otherwise a sunny autumn weekend busy with tourists and hikers.<p>Seven people were unconscious and buried under ash, national broadcaster …

In a Planet-or-Not Debate, Some Astronomers Say "Long Live Planet Pluto"

Disagreements continue over Pluto's planetary status, with a recent debate held at Harvard for scientists to weigh the pros and cons.<p><b>Pluto is a planet.</b><p><b>No, it's not.</b><p><b>It depends what you mean by "planet."</b><p>Last week, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics revisited the perennial debate over how …

The Bendable iPhone 6 Plus May Be Too Thin For Its Own Good

Fear not! The iPhone 6 (regular edition) does not appear to bend appreciably. Sorry #bentgate enthusiasts. See update video at bottom of post.<p>The iPhone 6 Plus is by all accounts a beautiful piece of technology. It is large but delicately thin with smooth curves of machined aluminum. It is a …

Iraq crisis: Acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale - UN

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1105000/1105121_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1531835526_9bab10bb49bad0647c0d7d4bed2d0910<p><b>The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale".</b><p>Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia …

Human Rights

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact …

Robin Williams, An Avid Gamer, To Be Remembered In World Of Warcraft

Robin Williams, the late comedic actor who died earlier this week, was well-known for his offbeat characters and devotion to acting on stage, screen and TV. But to the video game community, he was also known as an obsessive fan and shameless advocate of video games.<p>Among the games he played was …

Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe Voluntarily Contacts Scientists, Catches Flu

The flu can be deadly to populations that have never encountered influenza viruses.<p>Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe voluntarily approached scientists from the Brazilian government, <i>Science</i> …