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Tired? Wired? This Bulb Can Help.

Light it up<p>The Promise<p>It might shine like any other bulb, but the Rhythm Downlight LED from Lighting Science (price not set; available summer) can make users feel energized or sleepy on cue. NASA plans to deploy similar technology on the International Space Station to help astronauts regulate their …

Space

How One Little Yellow-Shouldered Bat Became Seven Different Species

The perils of taxonomy in the age of genetics<p>Deep within the labyrinthine interior of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, at the end of a cluster of corridors and stairwells, Bruce Patterson stands amid a collection of more than 58,000 bat specimens. The collection at the Field is a …

Biology

Dramatic dinosaur chase scene reconstructed from old photos

Over 110 million years ago, a compelling scene played out between two dinosaurs. A digital reconstruction tells the story.<p>Over 70 years ago, excavators uncovered two sets of dinosaur tracks by the Paluxy River in Texas. Photographs were taken and the surface of the actual trackway was divided up …

Paleontology

What's living with you?

An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

Hubble spots comet heading toward Mars, spewing space dust

Hubble has spotted a comet named Sliding Spring spewing gas and dust into space as it zooms to a close encounter with Mars in October.<p>Researchers working with the Hubble Space Telescope recently released two images of the comet. The image on the left, captured March 11, shows what the Hubble saw. …

Surgeons to Put Gunshot Victims Into Suspended Animation

Study will see if supercooling allows wounds to be repaired quickly enough to preserve brain function.<p>Surgeons at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will soon try to save the life of a gunshot victim by killing him first—or almost.<p><b>When a shooting or stabbing victim goes into cardiac arrest due</b> …

Small microbes almost killed all life on Earth, study suggests

Tiny microbes on the bottom of the ocean floor may have been responsible for the largest extinction event our planet has ever seen, according to a new study.<p>These microbes of death were so small, that 1 billion of them could fit in a thimble-full of ocean sediment, and yet, they were almost …

Discovery Of Underground Water Means Saturn's Moon Could Hold Life

Enceladus, a small moon orbiting the planet Saturn, is likely filled with liquid water under an icy crust. Giant oceans of salty water mean the moon could contain alien microbial life.<p>We know Mars was once flowing with water and there's currently frozen water in the shadowed craters on Mercury. Two …

Astronomy

Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life

Evidence from Cassini spacecraft suggests a large body of liquid water beneath the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus<p>• Interactive: the discovery explained<p>Researchers have discovered a deep saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn, leading scientists to conclude it is the …

Physicists are building an NSA-proof Internet

The next generation web — far more secure than today’s — is on the way. Here’s how it works<p>BOSTON — It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message had been intercepted or copied.<p>The quest began in antiquity, with …

BMW Planning New Range-Topping Sedan Based on Gran Lusso Coupé

According to German publication <i>Auto Motor und Sport</i>, BMW will preview an upcoming range-topping sedan to be known as 9-series with a concept that will bow at the Beijing auto show later this month. The 9-series would target customers who find the Bavarians’ traditional 7-series to be a bit too …

Hot Rods

The Elder Scrolls Online had more than 5 million beta registrants and other fun facts

<i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i>, Zenimax Online Studios' nearly released massively multiplayer online role-playing game, had more than 5 million people register for its beta, publisher Bethesda Softworks revealed today in a blog post.<p>The news that twice as many players registered for the beta as eat …

GameSpy Technology shutting down May 31 (update)

GameSpy Technology, the Glu Mobile-owned service that provides multiplayer functionality for dozens of games on consoles, computers and mobile devices, will shut down as of May 31, according to the company's website.<p>"Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosting services for all …

Fire TV 'isn't trying' to be a game console, but is Amazon's first real investment in gaming

What is Fire TV? Well, it's Amazon's set-top box. Er, at least it has that functionality. But Fire TV does more than just stream media, thankfully; we've got plenty of devices that do <i>that stuff</i>. The $99 tiny black box that Amazon unveiled this morning in New York City streams media (video and music …

EverQuest Dev: Gamers Should Want All MMOs to be Free-to-Play

"With free-to-play you get to go in, take a look."<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Gamers should want all MMOs to be free-to-play, according the development director …

OUYA Responds To Amazon 'Borrowing Their Model' With FireTV

A small, inexpensive box that runs Android and plays games. That was OUYA’s dream when it was Kickstarted years ago, and now it seems it’s Amazon’s as well with their reveal of FireTV. While Amazon is looking to take on Roku and Apple TV with their new streaming box, there’s a fair amount of the …

'Mario Kart 8' Looks Fantastic, Now Nintendo Just Needs To Market The Game

Could <i>Mario Kart 8</i> be the game that finally gets Nintendo's Wii U back in the race?<p>Will the beloved kart racer inspire potential consumers to take their eyes off of the shiny PS4 and Xbox One and take a second look at what Nintendo has to offer?<p>It’s possible, though a great deal hinges on how …

Amy Hennig Joins EA To Work On Next-Gen 'Star Wars' Video Game

Long-time game developer and <i>Uncharted</i> veteran, Amy Hennig, has joined Visceral Games, a subsidiary of EA, the publisher announced today.<p>Hennig will join the Visceral team as Creative Director on their upcoming <i>Star Wars</i> IP.<p>“As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her approach to creative …

Steam Family Sharing exits beta, lets you borrow all of your friends' games

One of the inherent drawbacks of digitally distributed games is that you can't loan them out to friends, but Steam has rewritten the rules a bit. Now that Valve's Family Sharing feature is out of beta, pretty much anyone can authorize another user -- that they trust with their account and its …

Type Machine for Android Remembers Everything You Type

It’s a problem we’ve probably all encountered at some point. You enter a chunk of text on your phone, but your fat-fingeredness leads you to accidentally delete it. Or perhaps you jotted something down in one of your apps, but can’t recall where? This is where Type Machine for Android wants to help.<p>…

Comcast really, really doesn't care about you (allegedly)

Funny Or Die decides it must express its truth about the potential Comcast-Time Warner merger. The new Comcast tagline? "We don't give a f***."<p>Comcast has often managed to be the target of abuse and, on a good day, gallows humor.<p>It regularly features in the Consumerist's list of worst American …

Inventions

UK Spies Considered Using Kinect, Microsoft 'Concerned'

The Guardian reported this morning on details of Optic Nerve, a secret British spying program in which the government reportedly targeted as many as 1.8 million Yahoo users, collecting millions of webcam images–-including a number with nudity.<p>It turns out that the GCHQ—the British surveillance …

Netflix test feature 'Sleep Tracker' can detect when users fall asleep

The good news is<p>Netflixhas built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out.<p>The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous …

New 'Exosuit' To Take Ocean Divers To Stupendous Depths (PHOTO, VIDEO, INFOGRAPHIC)

Talk about taking the plunge. A new submersible body suit will take ocean divers to a depth of 1,000 feet and let them spend hours there observing and collecting marine species that are hard to get at with conventional diving gear or submersibles.<p>If all goes according to plan, the metal Exosuit …