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New upgrades make Asimo even more human

July 23, 2014 - 9:18 am in Science

You’ve probably seen Honda’s Asimo in action before, but he’s learned a few new tricks since you saw him last. For starters, Asimo’s legs are stronger than ever and have an increased range of motion. He’s now capable of walking and even running backwards…

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Interview with Jimmy Jay of Amazing Comic Conventions

July 15, 2014 - 12:07 pm in People

Plus photo gallery of Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2014 Song River: Jimmy, thank you for taking time to chat a bit with me today about the Comic Con industry,…

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Astronauts in space will get a full health checkup with a single drop of blood

July 1, 2014 - 5:26 pm in Science

The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a prototype device that will be able to screen astronauts on the International Space Station for multiple…

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Sea salt can replace solar panel component for 0.3% the cost

June 29, 2014 - 12:22 pm in Science

One of the most dangerous and expensive parts of making photovoltaic cells (solar panels) involves a substance called cadmium chloride. This toxic substance is not just expensive when bought in bulk, but carries with it loads of associated costs in handling…

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Microsoft emulates Star Trek, turns Skype into a Universal Translator

June 14, 2014 - 2:38 am in Apps

It’s been three years since Microsoft acquired Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion, but the investment didn’t end there. Microsoft isn’t just pushing Skype as the text, voice, and video communication service to use, it has set its sights on emulating…

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Comics Reviews for May 28, 2014

June 6, 2014 - 9:54 am in What's hot

Please note, all the comics that are reviewed below represent those books that I am actually purchasing. What this means is while I would love to review every book that comes out in a given week, comic collecting can get expensive and I can only buy so many.…

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Facebook, Oculus hit with legal challenge over rights to Rift tech

May 12, 2014 - 12:38 pm in Gadgets

Josh Miller/CNET The deal that would officially bring Oculus VR under the helm of Facebook after a $2 billion acquisition last month has yet to close. But both the virtual reality headset maker and its soon-to-be owner are facing a complicated legal challenge…

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Graphene speakers can already outperform regular ones

April 16, 2014 - 6:26 pm in Science

No matter how awesome you think graphene is, it’s actually more awesome than that. Researchers at UC Berkeley are working on using graphene as a replacement for a standard speaker diaphragm in earbuds. Without any acoustic tuning or development, this slapdash…

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Buy Your Cable Modem Instead of Renting It to Save $4-8 Per Month

April 16, 2014 - 6:22 pm in Articles

When you sign up for cable Internet service, you need a modem. You’re often asked to choose between renting the modem from your Internet service provider for a monthly fee or buying it outright. If you’re already signed up for cable Internet service, you…

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Ride a ‘Tron’-style light cycle via Oculus Rift

April 16, 2014 - 9:44 am in News

The light cycle simulator's 3D environment is Oculus Rift-compatible. Luis Sobral Even with that weird Disney reboot/sequel of a few years ago, the computer-based universe-within-a-universe of "Tron" has always seemed to me like one of the more underrated…