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Space Pictures This Week: Starburst Aurora, Milky Way Portraits

A galaxy hunter takes a last look, the Milky Way shines, and auroras shimmer in this week's best space pictures.

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Watches of Distinction: A 2012 Timepiece Guide

<i>Published in the November issue of Esquire</i><p><b>The Rolodex Datejust II</b><p>A watch needs to do more for a man than tell him the time. It was true in 1945, when Rolex made history with the Datejust, the first wristwatch to display the date in a window on the dial, and it's true in 2012, with this new Datejust …

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Choir singers 'synchronise their heartbeats'

<b>Choir singers not only harmonise their voices, they also synchronise their heartbeats, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers in Sweden monitored the heart rates of singers as they performed a variety of choral works.<p>They found that as the members sang in unison, their pulses began to speed up and slow down …

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Why deaf people sneeze silently

<b>An online magazine for the deaf community, Limping Chicken, recently ran an item on how deaf and hearing people sneeze differently.</b><p>The article by partially deaf journalist Charlie Swinbourne got readers talking - and the cogs started turning at Ouch too.<p>Swinbourne observes that deaf people don't …

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LG Optimus G Pro for AT&T: what's different?

Two Galaxy Notes and two Optimus Vus later, LG's ready to tackle the giant-sized smartphone niche, this time <i>without</i> the category's defining accessory: a stylus. The Optimus G Pro, part of the company's <i>performance</i> line, was a surprise when we first laid eyes and hands on it: it's a 5.5-inch …

ASUS PadFone Infinity review: the convertible phone goes full HD and beyond

Almost exactly two years ago, Motorola's Android-in-Webtop-OS solution was kicked off the stage by ASUS' PadFone, the world's first phone that could fully power a tablet module from its own OS. The original concept took a while to materialize, but since then the company has kept up with a …

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android 4.2

Despite being officially unveiled at Google I/O, the stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has remained the unicorn of the show, seldom seen by anyone not closely associated with the company's top brass. We ran into Android VP Hugo Barra at the show, who was happy to give us a few brief …

Sony Xperia Tablet Z review: the company's best Android tablet yet

It wasn't all that long ago that every month offered up yet another Android tablet for review. While Samsung is still producing plenty, the output of Google-powered slabs has generally slowed, replaced by a steady stream of Windows 8 / RT hardware often from the very same manufacturers that were …

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Will Launch “This Holiday Season” For $399, $100 Less Than Xbox One

Following up on their oddly detail-light press conference a few months back, Sony used their E3 press conference this evening to finally disclose a bunch of important details: the price, a launch window, and, at long last, what the PlayStation 4 will look like.<p>The PlayStation 4 will launch in the …

Apple announces iOS 7, 'biggest change' since the introduction of the iPhone, coming this fall

Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference today. iOS 7 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the …

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