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How to prove dark matter particles? Catch one!

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:44pm
By Tia GhoseLiveSciencePhysicists announced Wednesday that a particle detector on the International Space Station has possibly detected signals of dark matter.Though exciting, the new results are still uncertain, and scientists can't be sure they actually indicate dark matter, as opposed to some more mundane cosmic phenomenon.To definitively expose dark matter, physicists must look deep beneath th...

'Aliens: Colonial Marines' doesn't live up to promises, Sega admits

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:28pm
Following a disastrous launch and overwhelmingly negative reviews of its new first-person shooter “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” Sega has formally admitted that its pre-release advertisements didn’t accurately represent the final game's quality.Sega Europe said this week that it has added disclaimers trailers for "Aliens: Colonial Marines" in the United Kingdom to acknowledge the differences between ...

NASA asks coders to make robot astronaut more helpful

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:00pm
By Miriam Kramer Space.comNASA is asking software coders on Earth to help a robotic astronaut helper on the International Space Station use its cold mechanical eyes to see better.Robonaut 2 — a humanoid robot being tested by astronauts on the space station — is designed to perform mundane and complex tasks to help make life on the orbiting lab easier for human crew members. So far, the robot (whic...

iOS 7 wishlist: What we want on our iPhones

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 12:21pm
People have been complaining for some time that iOS is getting a little long in the tooth. That same snappy grid of icons has been around since the Dark Ages (2007!), while Android has evolved apace and upstart systems like Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 have gone in new (and more practical) directions. Upon hearing that iOS 7 may well be a major overhaul, we brainstormed what we really want to s...

PlayStation 4 set for global launch this year, GameStop executive says

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:19am
While Sony has remained deliberately vague about the pricing and availability of its upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, video game industry insiders may have revealed more about the next-generation device than its actual developer is willing to.Speaking in a fourth quarter earnings call last week, GameStop executive vice president Michael Hogan said that the PS4 is primed for a global launch i...

PlayStation 4 set for global launch this year

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:13am
While Sony has remained deliberately vague about the pricing and availability of its upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, video game industry insiders may have revealed more about the next-generation device than its actual developer is willing to.Speaking in a fourth quarter earnings call last week, GameStop executive vice president Michael Hogan said that the PS4 is primed for a global launch i...

So that's what human cells look like in space!

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:02am
By Tariq MalikSpace.comAstronaut photos of Earth from space are undeniably amazing, but snapshots of inner space — particularly human cells — can be spectacular, too.A new photo of human cells in space taken on the International Space Station looks more like art than science. The image, titled "Goldfinger" by scientists, reveals a monocyte immune cell as a hauntingly translucent, reddish-orange ob...

Recipe for vivid Maya Blue paint deciphered

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:28am
By Megan GannonLiveScienceThe ancient Maya used a vivid, remarkably durable blue paint to cover their palace walls, codices, pottery and maybe even the bodies of human sacrifices who were thrown to their deaths down sacred wells. Now a group of chemists claim to have cracked the recipe of Maya Blue.Scientists have long known the two chief ingredients of the intense blue pigment: indigo, a plant dy...

Space station's antimatter detector finds its first evidence of dark matter

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:28am
Scientists say a $2 billion antimatter-hunting experiment on the International Space Station has detected its first hints of dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up almost a quarter of the universe.The evidence from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, revealed Wednesday at Europe's CERN particle physics lab, is based on an excess in the cosmic production of anti-electrons, also known as posit...

Google to sell second-gen Nexus 7 tablet in July, say sources

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:43am
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market. Google is aiming to ship as many as eight million of the Asustek-made tablets in the second half of the year, throwing down the gauntlet to other low-end tab...

Pre-caffeine tech: Bank hacks, cool cows!

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:25am
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.Yoinks! Bank website attacks have reached new high: 249 hours offline in past six weeks!Anonymous claims it stole 15,000 user records from this North Korea website.Meanwhile, the U.S. Army does not have an "effective" cybersecurity program for mobile devices, says the Department of Defense's...

Bank website attacks reach new high: 249 hours offline in past six weeks

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:08am
Major U.S. bank websites have been offline a total of 249 hours in the past six weeks, perhaps the clearest indication yet that American companies are prime targets in an unrelenting, global cyber conflict. The heavier-than-usual outages are the result of a remarkable, sustained attack that began seven months ago and repeatedly knocks banks offline for hours at a time, frustrating consumers and ba...

China's Google is building Glass-like goggles

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 8:50am
Baidu Inc , China's largest search engine, is developing prototype digital eyewear similar to Google Inc's Google Glass that will leverage Baidu's strengths in image search and facial recognition, a Baidu spokesman said on Wednesday. Internally known as project "Baidu Eye," the glasses are being tested internally and it is not clear whether the product will ever be commercialized, said Kaiser Kuo,...