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Planet-naming contest launched by IAU
While Mars and Jupiter are named after gods, planets outside our solar system are stuck with ugly names like HD 108874 b. Luckily for them, you'll soon get a chance to give them names they deserve.
Bigfoot hair samples discounted by DNA testing
Scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, and found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and racoons.
Analysis suggests that solar thermal can provide baseline power
With the cost of photovoltaic devices and wind power dropping dramatically, the economics of some forms of renewable power are becoming increasingly compelling. But these sources of power come with a significant limitation: intermittency. Solar can't gene
San Francisco parking space auction app ordered to shut down
San Francisco's new crackdown on a mobile app that allows people to auction off their public parking spots marks yet another clash between innovative technologies and regulators trying to maintain law and order, public safety and a sense of social decorum
Eerily lifelike androids join staff at Tokyo tech museum
They might not be your idea of the ideal museum guide, but two androids designed to be lifelike have landed “jobs” at a prestigious Japanese technology center. Named Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, the droids are designed as hyper-realistic androids that look l
Sharper satellite images allowed, as U.S. loosen rules
Satellite images sharp enough to show details such as manhole covers, stop signs and lamp posts will soon be available in Canada and around the world, after the U.S. loosened limits put in place years ago due to national security concerns.
SpaceX unveils Dragon V2 spacecraft
SpaceX unveiled its Dragon V2 spacecraft Thursday night, promising it will be able to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station and back to Earth again
EBay 'cyberattack' prompts password change warning
E-commerce giant eBay Inc. is asking customers to change their passwords after a recent hack that the company says exposed customer names and passwords, but didn't manage to steal any financial information.
Tricorder X Prize eyed by Toronto-based Biosign
A Canadian company is trying to make a real version of the gadget on the series Star Trek that could read a patient's vital signs and diagnose diseases with a mere swipe over the patient's body.
Aerofex hover bike goes on sale in 2017
A futuristic hovercraft that lets you zip smoothly over rough terrain by flying up to three metres above the ground could be yours in just three years, its maker says.
Thorium: the wonder fuel that wasn't
“Thorium-Fueled Automobile Engine Needs Refueling Once a Century,” reads the headline of an October 2013 story in an online trade publication. This fantastic promise is just one part of a modern boomlet in enthusiasm about the energy potential of thorium,
Finnish man invents a better wood-splitting axe
What makes Heikki Karnä's axe better? ‘Everything,’ he says. ‘Stone Age man created this axe that we get today from the hardware store. It’s still the same tool, with the same difficulties.’
Malaysia Airlines mystery giving rise to hacker attacks
The story of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has preoccupied people around the world for more than a month. It also looks to have inspired online scammers who exploit people's interest in trending news topics to install malware on their computers, in
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