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Procrastinating? Chrome extension replaces online ads with study notes

You're meant to be studying aren't you? Never fear though, this could be a solution.<p>A Chrome extension called V Energy Adnotes wants to replace …

David Attenborough Narrating PokéMon Go Is Everything You Dreamed And More

"It is, of course, a bird."<p>Just when you thought your favourite childhood science hero, Sir David Attenborough, couldn't get any more awesome, some …

12 incredible women you've never heard of who changed science forever

ShutterstockSure, most people have heard of Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin, Jane Goodall and Sally Ride.But for every female scientist whose work …

Nobel Prize

Who does Melbourne's best late-night dining?

Not knocking the halal snack packs and pizze that have served generations of Melburnians well after decent restaurant hours, but there are options …

Boaty McBoatface runaway winner of online poll to name polar research vessel

It's Bloody Cold Here came fourth, with 10,679 votes, Usain Boat came sixth, with 8710 votes, while others to feature in the top 20 included I Like …

Apollo 10 astronauts reported hearing odd 'music' on far side of moon

The astronauts who flew the dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing reported hearing mysterious “outer space-type music” while flying behind the moon in May 1969.<p>The case of the odd, unexplained whistling noise is uncovered during an upcoming episode of the Science Channel series, “NASA’s …

Here’s what playing Halo 5 on HoloLens looks like

You may not need a television to play Halo 6 — you may end up playing it as a hologram.<p>YouTube user Varun Mani has uploaded a video of him streaming the Xbox One exclusive Halo 5: Guardians from his Xbox One to his HoloLens head-mounted display. This enables him to put a floating hologram-like …

Augmented Reality

These bladeless wind turbines shake to generate electricity

Farms dotted with the gigantic spinning blades of wind turbines have become a standard sight on long-distance road trips, but what if there was another way to capture energy from the wind? A startup out of Spain is working on that very idea. The company's called Vortex Bladeless, and its turbines …

Oculus Rift vs. Morpheus vs. Vive VR

Virtual reality gaming has gained momentum in the last few years, with the Oculus Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus, and Valve's HTC Vive each pitching forward their own take on the virtual space. As VR hardware draws closer to a consumer launch, which are you most interested in picking up? To help …

Ready Player One

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Knox Grammar teacher suspected of hiding under boy's bed with balaclava, sexually assaulting him

A former teacher at the prestigious Knox Grammar School in Sydney was suspected of hiding under a boy's bed and inappropriately touching him, the …

Crime

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Black Holes

Demand for Apple Watch could use up third of world’s gold

We’re still waiting for the final pricing details on the Apple Watch, but if recent reports that Apple plans to sell one million gold Edition units a month are true, Apple Watch could wreak havoc on gold prices and do who knows what to the global economy.<p>Josh Center at TidBits has done some math on …

Smartwatches

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions?

As we journey around the galaxy, our solar system might regularly interact with dark matter, which might dislodge Oort cloud comets and boost heat in …

Dark Matter

The science of murder: how do professionals cope with gruesome deaths?

As the Wellcome Collection devotes an exhibition to forensic science, what happens to our bodies after death?<p>Murder may be grisly and unpleasant, but it’s often unavoidably interesting – and the subject of rigorous scientific scrutiny.<p>And morbid curiosity is certainly satisfied to the full at the …

Turn Your Old iPhone Into A New, Braun-Inspired Radio

Your old iPhone might not run the latest apps or hold a charge all day, but it’s still an amazing little machine, capable of upgrading almost any appliance in your home, if only there was a way to make that happen.<p>The iReadyO radio ($83), a new Kickstarter project by the Korean design studio PlusD, …

Hydrogen Highways Are Becoming Realities In California

Fuel cell fill-ups aren't just California dreams anymore<p>In 2003 <i>Popular Science</i> asked readers: "Will most Americans be driving hydrogen-powered cars by 2015?" The results to that poll are lost to time, but we already know the answer, even if 2015 isn't over yet. Unfortunately, the green technology …

Revolutionary Australian beehive invention raises millions

<i>Two New South Wales beekeepers have raised over a million dollars and attracted the attention of world's beekeeping community with a breakthrough</i> …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …