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How to fix common sleep problems with science

There are so many barriers to a good night's sleep these days. Phones, TVs, kids, work — the list goes on and on.<p>We all know we need more sleep. Many Americans don't get the recommended seven to nine hours of shut eye they're supposed to.<p>Sleep can provide incredible health benefits. It can help us …

Sleep

Eight Cool Things In Diablo III's New Patch

<i>Diablo III</i>’s long awaited patch 2.4 is now live both in the US and in the EU. It’s quite a big update with new zones, items, game mechanics and small …

Diablo

Neil deGrasse Tyson calls out Star Wars fans for being 'prickly'

Neil deGrasse Tyson used his spot on Conan O'Brien's late night show to take a few shots at Star Wars fans who antagonized him for his tweets about <i>The Force Awakens</i>.<p>Talking to O'Brien, the renowned astrophysicist said that Star Wars fans were "prickly" and argued that even though they were the ones …

Tomb Raider

What is MU-MIMO?

Does the term MU-MIMO ring any bells? If it doesn’t, it soon will. Ready or not, this new Wi-Fi standard update is set to revolutionize the wireless …

Wi-Fi

Seeed’s RePhone modular phone hits Kickstarter goal in two days

Shenzhen, China-based Seeed has nailed its Kickstarter goal for its RePhone open source modular smartphone in just two days.<p>The smartphone kit consists of 11 individual modules, which contain various parts of the phone, such as the display, GPS radio, and cellular radio.<p>The company started the …

NASA to reveal 'Mars mystery solved'

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA is tantalizing the world with big Mars news.<p>It says a mystery enshrouding the Red Planet has been solved.<p>The space agency is scheduled to announce a "major science finding" on Monday.<p>A special news conference is slated for 11:30 a.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on NASA Television as …

Mars Rover

9 Ways Stress Messes With Your Body

The side effects of stress might be scarier than whatever you're worried about.<p>Stress really sucks. It sucks up your energy, your desire to get to the gym, and even your libido. And while some stress can help you kick butt when your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, daily stress can mess with …

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Open to All

Publisher Electronic Arts is pledging to provide enough server capacity so that anyone who wants to play the Star Wars Battlefront beta will be able to do so.<p>Mathew Everett, a Battlefront community manager, confirmed on EA's Star Wars blog that the beta would remain open once it is deployed. He …

Gaming

Warcraft Director Defends Film After It Is Described as a "Problem"

The forthcoming film <i>Warcraft</i> is one of the most hotly anticipated video game adaptations on the movie calendar. Directed by <i>Source Code</i>'s Duncan Jones, the lavish action fantasy has been in production for several years, and is one of next summer's key blockbuster releases.<p>However, a story in <i>The</i> …

Film Industry

Why the Best War Reporter in a Generation Had to Suddenly Stop

After fourteen years of being immersed in the bloody wars of our era, C.J. Chivers came home.<p>The forces of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi had been firing high-explosive ordnance into the city of Misurata for weeks—they'd been shooting tank rounds and they'd been firing rockets. Barrage after …

War

OpenROV Trident underwater drone blows up on Kickstarter

OpenROV's Kickstarter campaign for the Trident drone still has 45 days left, but it has already raised six times its $50,000 goal. It's not another quadcopter or glider, though, it's a remote-controlled, camera-equipped underwater UAV. The Trident isn't OpenROV's first underwater drone -- in fact, …

Drones

Fallout 4 Gun Gameplay Built With Doom Dev's Help

Doom and Rage developer Id Software is said to have helped Bethesda to improve gunplay for its upcoming open-world RPG Fallout 4.<p>In a video recorded at E3 2015, but only recently published, game director Todd Howard discussed the evolution of the game's shooting.<p>"If you were to pick it up and play …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple's rumored car project is having a "big impact" on Tesla.</b> Apple has reportedly hired many employees from Tesla.<p><b>2. HP intends to cut between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs.</b> It has already let around 51,000 people go.<p><b>3. Google says that it does not want to start producing cars.</b> The company's managing …

San Francisco

7 things I learned about Gmail working at Google

My first day at Google in 2011 felt a bit like joining Hogwarts: you’re excited and not entirely sure what you’ll be doing!<p>I was happy to do anything and learn in the process! For the next two years, I was lucky enough to train Google employees on Gmail and to pitch Gmail to companies of all …

An Internet Map To Rule Them All

It's detailed, open to the public, and still not a series of tubes<p>Despite the fact that we use it every day, most of us don't really know where the Internet comes from or how it works. Hint: it's not magic, and it's not exactly a 'series of tubes'.<p>In a paper that was presented at the Sigcomm …

Microsoft celebrates Super Mario Bros. with a ninja cat Easter egg

Yesterday marked 30 years since the release of <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> on the NES, a milestone that led to the 13th of September being marked as "8-bit Day." Nintendo celebrated the event in its own fashion, but the Japanese company wasn't the only console creator to celebrate the occasion. Microsoft …

Retrogaming

Amazon Expands Dash Buttons To More Brands, Effectively Makes The Buttons Free

Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons program, as well as incentives to encourage more Amazon Prime members to bring these new hardware devices into their home. Amazon’s Dash Buttons, the small Wi-Fi connected hardware devices that let you order products from Amazon with …

eCommerce

Amazon expands Dash buttons program, says the future of commerce may be preemptive purchases

And in the future, Amazon will know when your lightbulb is about to die<p>Five months after it first revealed its one-click buy-me buttons that you stick around the house, Amazon is bringing the Dash buttons out of beta and formally rolling the program out to all Amazon Prime subscribers.<p>Eleven new …

Smart Homes
Google Play

Mark Hamill signed these real Star Wars trading cards in very inappropriate ways

The cast of Star Wars has undoubtedly signed a lot of Star Wars trading cards over the years. But as Raggedrabbit's Imgur gallery shows, Mark Hamill may have signed them in the most entertaining way.<p>You might say he's quite the jok — no, you know what, I'm better than that gag. Ever so slightly …

How Trevor Noah plans to shake up The Daily Show

Comedy Central’s nighttime lineup is in the midst of a transformation. First Stephen Colbert left for the bright lights of CBS, and now Jon Stewart, …

Comedy

A mission almost 30 years in the making has just profoundly changed what we know about comets

We know that because spacecraft observing comets from afar helped us discover that they are primarily made of ice, but are also sprinkled with organic compounds — the building blocks of life as we know it.<p>But we needed a closer look at those compounds to test the theory. So in November last year, …

Space

Watch NASA Destroy A Plane For Science

Only crash test dummies were harmed in the making of this video<p>Yesterday, in Hampton, Virginia, about three hours south of Washington, DC, NASA researchers slung a plane into a harness and then sent it crashing into the ground. The researchers were specifically testing Emergency Locator …

Diablo 3 Update Pays Tribute to Blizzard Employee Who Died of Cancer

"We miss you, Kevin. This Cube is for you."<p>Blizzard has revealed a key feature of Diablo III's upcoming patch 2.3.0 was created to honour a former …

Diablo

Make Chrome and Firefox faster with just one click

Has your browser turned to molasses? You probably have too many tabs open. Here's a one-click fix.<p>If you're anything like me, you keep a lot of browser tabs open. And unless your PC is a serious powerhouse, that can choke performance across the whole system.<p>In my case, trying to run more than 8-10 …

Software

Chill Out: 7 High-Tech Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

This week was a scorcher in much of the United States as a heat wave hit the East Coast and Deep South ... and it's not even August.<p>Luckily, we live an age where smart people are constantly inventing new gadgets to keep us cool. Put away that old, rusted fan and get ready to chill in the 21st …

Inventions

The Art of Video Game Photography

Meet the “in-game photographers” and “screenshotters” who run the virtual frontline.<p>Mortar strikes are falling behind our unit, dust from the bleached earth thrown above our heads. The attack chopper that had been providing our team covering support was now a charred and scorched shell in front of …

Landscape Photography

Hankook's high-speed tests inch airless tires closer to production

Airless tires are one step closer to becoming a production reality, after Hankook successfully put its iFlex tire through a series of high speed …

Senior Citizen