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Space Pictures This Week: Mars Mini-Eclipse, Cosmic Crash

Universe

How CERN’s Grid may place the power of the world’s computers in your hands

The combined power of the world’s computers could soon be placed in the palm of your hand thanks to technology that is partly being developed at the home of the Large Hadron Collider.<p>Scientists at CERN in Switzerland and in the US have been developing a new kind of computer system that is already …

Battery-free wireless could send text messages after your phone dies

Whenever you send a text message, upload a photo, or check your news feed, your phone or computer directs a small amount of power to its radio, and uses that power to beam out a signal. Finding power usually isn't a huge issue, but if no direct power source were necessary at all, it would be …

NASA Has Stopped Trying To Fix The Kepler Space Telescope

But they won't put the hobbling two-wheeled spacecraft out to pasture yet.<p>Well, NASA's crippled Kepler space telescope, launched in 2009, is officially beyond repair. Two of the four wheels used to align the telescope have failed over the past year, and NASA engineers haven't been able to get …

You can help name newly discovered planets, if you follow the rules

For decades, the names given to newly discovered planets have almost always failed to live up to the excitement these celestial finds represent. (Take for example forgettable monikers such as CFBDSIR2149, HD 189733b, 55 Cancri e, and Kepler-69c.) The organization that oversee's the naming of new …

Is Voyager 1 still in our solar system? NASA doesn't know

In March, more than 35 years after leaving Earth, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft traveled beyond our solar system and into a new frontier — interstellar space. Or well, maybe not. Shortly after NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that Voyager 1 had broken into uncharted territory, the original …

The 10 Weirdest Robots At This Year's Drone Show

A $38,000 piece of Styrofoam, a pop-up drone-in-a-can, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a trade organization for the drone industry, is hosting a convention this week in Washington, DC. The show is a place for law …

How researchers captured the first images of atoms making and breaking molecular bonds - ExtremeTech

By on August 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>There’s something about pictures. …

The first 4G car, the Audi S3, debuts in Europe; U.S. must wait until spring

Audi turns to sequential lighting indicators

An obvious improvement on the retractable semaphore devices used on some cars in the first half of last century, turn signals have remained largely …

Mercedes Is Testing Google Glass Integration, and It Actually Works

I put the car in park, unplug the phone, and put Google Glass on my face. Within seconds, I've got step-by-step directions to a coffee shop down the …

Peer toward the mysterious center of the Milky Way tonight

On August 6, 2014, the moon shines by the Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius. The Teapot lies in the general direction of the galactic …

Astronomy

India's elephant culture and the brutality that fuels it

"That is how you train an elephant, with beatings."<p>In the Indian state of Kerala, elephants are more than just animals — they're bona fide celebrities. As Rollo Romig writes this week in a piece for the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>, privately-owned pachyderms play a prominent role during Kerala's …

Element of the week: einsteinium | video

What do Ivy Mike, plutonium and Gabon, Africa share in common?<p>This week, we meet the element einsteinium, which has the atomic symbol <b>Es</b> and the atomic number <b>99</b>. The atomic symbol was originally <b>E</b> but was later changed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to conform to …

NASA will separate twin brothers for a year: one on Earth, one in space

Of all the members of NASA's current crop of distinguished astronauts, only two have the unique distinction of being identical twin brothers. And now NASA is using an idea proposed by the brothers, Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly, to perform a study that's been confined to sci-fi up until now. Beginning …

What We Can Expect From The Next Decade Of Technology

While these things are always hard to predict with any specificity, much of the writing is already on the wall. Humanlike, no-touch interfaces will combine with a pervasive array of sensors and intelligent back-end systems to form a new Web of Things. Computing will become truly ubiquitous.<p>This new …

One year on from the Higgs boson find, has physics hit the buffers?

A little over a year ago, physicists put the finishing touches to the most successful scientific theory of all time: the Standard Model of particle physics. When the Higgs boson was found at the Large Hadron Collider in July 2012, it was the final piece in our picture of the universe at the …