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'Game of Thrones' in epic piracy battle

April 7, 2014 9:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Television's most ambitious show ever, "Game of Thrones," returned to the small screen this week and with it, no doubt, millions who will be looking to illegally download the latest episode from file sharing sites across the world. Besides the...

Photos of the Day: The Pentagon's secret orbital spacecraft

April 7, 2014 8:48 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

In December 2012, the Pentagon, in conjunction with NASA and Boeing, launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than a year – 469 days, to be exact – breaking its own longevity record. The spacecraft, measuring over 29 feet in length, is designed to be reusable....


Why we can’t just adapt to climate change

April 7, 2014 8:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

The difficulty of predicting local effects of climate change makes a compelling case for preventing it. This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a major report focused on what actions might or could be taken to adapt to climate change....


Self-assembled silver superlattices create molecular machines with hydrogen-bond “hinges” and moving “gears”

April 6, 2014 11:13 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A combined computational and experimental study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unusual and unexpected behavior: arrays of gear-like molecular-scale machines that rotate in unison when pressure is applied to them....

What can you do after Windows XP loses support?

April 5, 2014 12:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or automatic updates that help protect your computer that runs Windows XP. You will still be able to run your computer on the Internet, but it will be less secure. Windows...

Salty sea beneath Saturn moon signals possible life beyond Earth

April 4, 2014 8:10 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

"Follow the water." That has been the watch-phrase and standing order of stargazers, including astrophysicists and astrobiologists, for decades as they search for life beyond Earth. That's because liquid water is considered the key ingredient and essential elixir for all...

5-year-old hacks Xbox One security flaw, adorableness ensues

April 4, 2014 7:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Hell hacks no fury like a 5-year-old who is denied his "M for Mature" games on the Xbox One because of password protection. And so little Kristoffer Von Hassel, a 5-year-old from a beachfront neighborhood of San Diego, successfully hacked...

A way to make stretchable medical electronics practical

April 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

The latest stretchable electronics need to make a faster transition to patients, and this new work could help.Stretchable electronics have been in development for years. For example, prototype skin patches with coiled wiring and flexible sensors are fast advancing to do things like sense...


Turkish court overturns Twitter ban

April 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Just two weeks after Turkey's controversial banning of Twitter, the nation's Constitutional Court has overturned the ruling. The move to ban Twitter was originally taken after the government took umbrage to allegations of corruption that included voice recordings that apparently...

Piecing together a time capsule to Mars

April 4, 2014 2:39 pm | by Duke University | Comments

  Growing up, Emily Briere didn’t have an adequate outlet to pour her enthusiasm for space exploration into. That’s a problem she intends to fix for the generation growing up behind her. “I am currently one of the leaders of a space endeavor that we believe could refocus the space race....

Photos of the Day — BAT: The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

April 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) integrates a shell, turbine, tethers, and a ground station to combine aerospace and wind turbine technology and solve many of the problems associated with wind energy. Floating at a height of 1,000 feet...


Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat

April 4, 2014 3:09 am | by Hyung-jin Kim - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North amid rising military tensions were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken...

Cheaper joints and digits bring the robot revolution closer

April 4, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel. It can clamber over rubble and operate power tools....


Dirty secrets of the new Facebook news feed and how to solve them

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

You've probably heard that Facebook has changed the algorithm of what shows up in your news feed but you don't know exactly how. That's because Facebook isn't telling you exactly how. The Facebook news feed algorithm, the complicated formula that...

All new cars to have backup cameras by 2018

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Cameras are coming to your new car. According to new guidelines published Monday, the government is requiring all new cars to come equipped with rear visibility technology by 2018. The ruling comes from the United States Department of Transportation's National...


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