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The biggest thermal power plant in the world experienced a literal meltdown last Thursday. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California set fire to itself after misaligned mirrors directed beams of molten sunlight at its own infrastructure.
When it comes to mobile phones of the new millennium, none can match the nostalgic power of Nokia. Legendary the world over for being indestructible, and for bringing us the best mobile games of all time. Now, at long last, Nokia is coming back, by popular demand, with its own range of smart phones.
Remember TeslaCrypt? That incredibly scary virus floating around that would encrypt your files and demand payment to get them back. After being the terror of the malware world for quite some time, things have taken a shocking turn of events. The makers of the ransomware have seemingly given up their evil deeds, and handed over the master key to ESET.
James Brady of The Creative Assembly (makers of the excellent Alien: Isolation) has shown off his artistic talents by remaking the classic Midwich Elementary School from Silent Hill in Unreal Engine 4. Clearly a common trend among artists, EA DICE's Simon Barle has used the engine to remake Hunter's Dream from Bloodborne.
An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were all using their mobile phones. And the Irishman swallowed his. No, really. As detailed in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, a 29-year-old Irish prisoner did indeed swallow his phone. This, it turns out, is pretty bad for you.
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Robots walked among us in 1928. Well, one of them, anyway. Eric, created by British roboticists almost 90 years ago, wowed audiences the world over before his mysterious disappearance some time later. Now, curator Ben Russell is on a mission to rebuild Eric and restore a fascinating piece of cultural history. But he needs your help on Kickstarter to do it.
Humans, by and large, are pretty good at walking. It's our thing. We can go for hours and hours without getting tired. Add heavy lifting to the mix, however, and we risk fatigue and even injury. So what better way to solve this problem than a pair of robot trousers? Ones that can even help those with physical disabilities to walk with ease.
Health is a thoroughly explored area for the gadget industry. Nowadays it seems like everything has a heart monitor bolted onto it. Azoi has entered the fray with something different - the Kito+ - an iPhone case with the ability to measure heart rate, ECG, blood oxygen, respiration rate and skin temperature.
Several months ago Pokémon Sun and Moon were announced. And then nothing was heard about them again... until now. A minute-and-a-half trailer has arrived on YouTube, finally giving us some sweet sweet details. Most importantly, the release date of 23th of November for Europe. As well as a look at some brand new Pokémon.
As you’ve probably seen, NASA has been exploring Mars for years now. But now in a potentially groundbreaking discovery, they’ve detected atomic oxygen in the Red Planet’s atmosphere for the first time in 40 years.
People love the idea of smartwatches, but hate the interface - tiny touchscreens with fiddly controls make for a less-than-enjoyable experience. So a lab at Carnegie Mellon University has fixed the problem with a device that turns the wearer’s skin into a touch interface.
Humans have dabbled with flexible displays for a while now, but this is the first time it has translated into an awesome concept that could be a reality. Named the HoloFlex, Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have constructed a holographic 3D smartphone with a flexible body.
You've probably heard the line "get off your phone, it'll give you brain damage" from your angry mum at one point or another. Well now, you have all the scientific ammo you need to laugh wildly in her face as you do a little dance and foam at the mouth. 30 years of study has finally shown that there is no link at all between mobile phone use and brain cancer.
If you thought therapy was the only treatment for paranoia, think again. An Oxford University study has found that use virtual reality to put patients in situations they fear is a far more effective solution.
A pair of tech geeks, Allen Pan and Grant Imahara have created two of Marvel's iconic superhero gadgets. Captain America's shield (with working boomerang-ness) and Iron Man's gauntlet (with working balloon-melting lasers). And the best part is? You can build them too. Well, in theory.
Last December, the Large Hadron Collider detected a massive spike of energy. The same blip has been observed several times since, making it far less likely that this is a fluke. It is possible we’re dealing with a particle the likes of which we have never seen. It is several times more powerful than the Higgs Boson. And it has the potential to shatter everything we know about the universe into tiny little pieces.
WWE set the stage to usher in a new era of wrestling with Payback. Instead, we got some sensational wrestling paired with underwhelming storylines, to make for an unfortunately mediocre show.
Smart mirrors are not a new thing, but they always seem like a glimpse into the future. Engineer Ryan Nelwan has unveiled his own project, and we kind of love it!
Science fiction and reality are basically the same thing these days. Space travel? Decades ago. Holograms? Coming on nicely. Electronic implants injected directly into your eyeballs? Google’s just filed a patent for it.
A team at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light have managed to make two beams of light "touch" each other. Not only is this a breakthrough for physics, but it's a dream come true for many Star Wars fans out there...
For years, the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering has allowed players become powerful wizards. These mighty Planeswalkers have duelled one another throughout the decades for fame and glory. But now, they have turned against their own creator. Wizards of the Coast, the game’s publisher, is under attack from pro players and tournament judges alike. And like all wars, it all comes down to money.
On Sunday 24th April 2016, two HBO TV show seasons premiered. One is Game of Thrones and of course you've all heard about that. But there was another that very few people have actually heard of - Silicon Valley. Little do you know, dear reader, that you should actually be more excited for the latter, and here's why.
For as long as we’ve searched the stars for alien life, we’ve received strange radio signals of unknown origin. Researchers from the University of St Andrews have found the cause. The bad news: it’s probably not aliens. The good news: it’s still awesome. The cause of extraterrestrial radio signals may in fact be lightning storms on other planets - millions of times more powerful than those on Earth.
A new billboard has been created in Brazil to attract and kill mosquitoes by mimicking human sweat. Logically called the "Mosquito Killer," this has been launched by two advertising agencies to raise awareness about the Zika virus and help combat the spread.
Before plummeting beneath the clouds forever, the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Venus Express unearthed a few more secrets about our sister planet. Its final months in low orbit revealed the planet to be much colder and far less dense than expected.
Family relationships are enhanced by gaming, and there is no better story told to show this than short film 'Player Two.'
The smell of a rogue fart in an elevator is unbearable! Luckily this app and robot combination can help you find the culprit. Taking the popular science prize in China, this technology detects air dynamics to figure out who cut the cheese.
Playlists are created to match every tempo of our lives, but what if the pace of music could be directly controlled by our pulse? Jonathan "j.viewz" Dagan has been working on this with an interactive music video for his song Almost Forgot, which scans your heartbeat and matches the song's tempo to suit.
The UK government has backed the first ever eGames in Rio, which they hope will "shape the future of competitive gaming." Players, or eAthletes as they're called, will fly their respective country's flag and fight for supremacy. This is a huge move forward foreSports.