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Uh Oh, Silk Road Users Are Starting to Get Arrested

Welp, that settles that. Anybody who was wondering if authorities were going to keep going after the arrest of Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht and …

Quantum black hole study opens bridge to another universe

Physicists have long thought that the singularities associated with gravity (like the inside of a black hole) should vanish in a quantum theory of …

Black Holes

It's bigger on the inside: Tardis regions in spacetime and the expanding universe

Fans of <i>Doctor Who</i> will be very familiar with the stupefied phrase uttered by all new visitors to his Tardis: "It's...bigger...on the inside." As it …

Physics

Observing Alert: Rare Triple Transit Of Jupiter's Moons Happens Friday Night (Oct. 11-12)

Talk about a great fall lineup. Three of Jupiter’s four brightest moons plan a rare show for telescopic observers on Friday night – Saturday morning …

Higgs Boson Physicists Receive 2013 Nobel Prize

That was fast! Just one year after a Higgs Boson-like particle was found at the Large Hadron Collider, the two physicists who first proposed its …

Physics

Intel Bay Trail benchmarks show big boost for Windows 8.1 and Android tablets

Things are changing at Intel. In the desktop world, the company is used to staggering its efforts with a "tick-tock" product cycle. First it manufactures an existing chip design at a smaller size of transistor ("tick") and then, usually a year later, it improves the architecture while sticking to …

The science and innovation challenge for China's new leaders

On 10 May 2012, in his testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Professor Denis Simon, Vice-Provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University, and a long-time collaborator of mine, made this observation:<p>"In the 1980s, when China S&T specialists …

Neptune’s innermost moon Naiad: Lost and found!

Voyager spacecraft discovered this moon in 1989, but since then it’s been an elusive target. With new techniques to suppress Neptune’s glare, Naiad …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Physics

4 Big Reasons Why People Are Giving Up Cars

Ever since the end of World War II, Americans shared a similar aspiration: to own an automobile. But shifts in demographics and lifestyles mean that for the first time in 50 years, the number of families without a car has gone up.<p>The development comes from a study called Commuting in America 2013: …

Here's the 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Better in every way, except it has CUE.<p>You knew it was coming, and here it is: the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. It is the Caddyfication of all the good stuff that was introduced a few weeks ago when GM unveiled the new Tahoe, Suburban, and Yukon lineups. What's that mean? Crisp, sharp-edged lines, a …

The Best Luxury Car Buys Of The Year

Here’s some good news for eco-minded SUV lovers: Executives at Audi confirmed today that they will begin selling the tiny Q3 SUV in the United States within the next year.<p>The announcement comes two years since Audi first promised its Q3 for showrooms here, but the turbocharged, 310-horsepower five …

U.S. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network

The National Security Agency may have attempted to penetrate and compromise a widely used network designed to protect the anonymity of its users, but …

Surveillance

The NSA’s Massive Computer Clusters In Utah Are Failing Due To “Arc” Explosions

The super-secret NSA Utah Data Center is suffering from a number of massive electrical jolts which, in turn, have melted hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment. According to a WSJ report, the explosions, called “arc failures,” are like “lightning” inside a computer case.<p>The systems, built in …

The NSA's Hugely Expensive Utah Data Center Has Major Electrical Problems And Basically Isn't Working

Well, this is good news for those with privacy concerns about the NSA and terrible news for those concerned about government spending. The National Security Agency’s new billion-dollar-plus data center in Bluffdale, Utah was supposed to go online in September, but the Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan …

Jeff Gordon's Dad: How To Make Your Kid A Star Racecar Driver

Jeff Gordon’s 87 Sprint Cup wins place him third among the ranks of the greatest racecar drivers in history. Last year alone he earned $12.7 million for his skill behind the wheel, plus another $5.5 million for endorsements with companies like DuPont and DVX. And in 2009 he became the first NASCAR …

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What Would Happen If You Just Stopped Sleeping Forever

It's a lazy Sunday. Maybe you slept in <i>super</i> late; that's kinda what Sundays are for. But what good is all that comatose-time doing you anyway? What …

NYPD to iPhone owners: Hurry up and download iOS 7

When a policeman asks me to do something, I can be overcome with suspicion.<p>For example, when a policeman asked me to pull over at the next exit on the freeway, I had a feeling it was for his benefit, rather than mine.<p>So when the New York Police Department started handing out flyers outside the …

Corvette Stingray: The rocket scientist’s ride

The original American astronauts were celebrities who drove Corvettes. Today’s astronauts are just about as anonymous as accountants, and no one really notices what they drive.<p>Is the Corvette too smart for its own good? Hardly.<p>Time passes. Astronauts and their machines surrender some stardust. But …

With its Black Label Collection, Lincoln gets personal

When an automaker steps into the limelight during the high-profile automotive festivities on California’s Monterey peninsula, greatness is expected.<p>Each theme offers a range of exclusive, and occasionally dramatic, colours, as well as upgraded materials – finer hides, supple Alcantara and natural …

Jag, the giant killer

It is not every day – or every decade, for that matter – that an entirely new sports car debuts, particularly one that picks up where a very famous forefather left off nearly 40 years before. For Jaguar, the British motor industry and fans of the marque all over the world, the F-type is a genuine …

Week in pictures

With i8, BMW finally plugs in

The BMW i8 made its international motor show debut as a concept in Frankfurt in 2011. As such, the public has had plenty of time to ogle the coupe’s low-slung lines and try to reconcile its high-minded ecological attributes with its potential for hooliganism.<p>By the time the i8 hits showrooms in …

Audi Sport Quattro Concept: A hybrid homage

At the Frankfurt motor show, Audi brought two distinct styling approaches to essentially the same problem: creating high performance on- and off-road.<p>While the Nanuk is the nostalgist-baiting wedge design, the Sport Quattro strikes a more future-forward pose, even as it pays homage to the original …

Opel Monza, on a wing and a prayer

Opel, General Motors’ German division, has struggled with a stodgy, workaday image – and years of losses – but the slinky Monza concept should help push perception of the company towards the more contemporary end of the spectrum.<p>The primary way to shift perceptions, of course, is through styling, …

Range Rovers that sip, rather than slurp

Land Rovers are rightly lauded for their ability to claw their way past almost any obstacle – except for maybe a gas pump.<p>That changes with the introduction at the Frankfurt motor show of hybrid-electric versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The company has made huge strides in the …

Infiniti explains Q naming scheme in new video

What's in a name? When it comes to cars, it can be a lot more than you think. Infiniti caused quite a bit of hubbub late last year when it announced it would be changing its vehicle names so that all of its cars start with Q and all of its crossovers and SUVs start with QX. Now, the luxury division …