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A disc-free, hard-drive-only Xbox One could be on the cards

A disc-free, hard-drive-only Xbox One could be on the cards

The months leading up to the Xbox One launch were fraught with indecision and poor choices. We were originally supposed to get an always-online console with very minimal disc support. As late as the summer of 2013, Microsoft was still toying with the idea of releasing an Xbox One model completely lacking an optical drive. That would have been a ...

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Smoother-than-expected electrons could mean rethinking particle physics

Smoother-than-expected electrons could mean rethinking particle physics

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have been exploring the limits of physics by smashing particles together, but a team from Yale and Harvard has taken a different approach. The so-called ACME collaboration is taking a closer look at the electron as a way to uncover new exotic particles, but it also has the potential to upend some popular ideas ...

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Super-material could create robot muscles with 1000x human strength

Super-material could create robot muscles with 1000x human strength

When you flex a muscle in your arm, it’s not the muscle that’s shrinking, but the cells that comprise it. Each cell lining the muscle’s length has its own limited contractile ability, one driven by tiny motor and ratchet proteins that crumple up a cell and refuse to let it relax. Rather than being a single continuous muscular action, your ...

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Could aspirin help with anger management?

Could aspirin help with anger management?

BrandlMichaela/Getty Images/iStockphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto Angry outbursts caused by intermittent explosive disorder are associated with higher levels of inflammation, a U.S. research team found. Aspirin could help people with rage issues chill out, a new study suggests. Scientists from the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado have found evidence linking angry outbursts caused by the psychiatric condition intermittent explosive disorder ...

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How playing video games could be deadly

How playing video games could be deadly

James Woodson/Getty Images Playing video games could have real world health consequences, according to a recent case study. Video games can be deadly. An unidentified 31-year-old man developed a dangerous and potentially fatal condition after spending eight hours a day for four consecutive days playing video games, according to a case study published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. ...

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NASA’s Valkyrie is a ‘superhero’ robot that could lead us to Mars

NASA’s Valkyrie is a ‘superhero’ robot that could lead us to Mars

NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) has finally unveiled Valkyrie, its “superhero robot” entry to the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials, which take place on December 20 in Florida. Valkyrie will compete against fellow humanoid robots, such as Atlas, on a series of eight physical tasks to test the dexterity and autonomy of the robots, with the chance of going forward ...

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Stanene is ’100% efficient’, could finally replace copper wires in silicon chips

Stanene is ’100% efficient’, could finally replace copper wires in silicon chips

Move over, graphene and carbyne — stanene, with 100% electrical efficiency at temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius (212F), is here, and it wants to replace the crummy, high-resistance copper wires that are a big limiting factor in current computer chips. Where graphene is a single-atom-thick layer of carbon, stanene is a single-atom-thick layer of tin. Modern computer chips, such ...

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Nanoparticle-infused speaker could mean better sound in a smaller package

Nanotechnology has contributed to all sorts of important medical and scientific breakthroughs, but when is it going to make speakers sound better? It’s a question we all ask ourselves every hour of every day, of course, but your nanotech speakers are almost ready. A team of researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a new kind of ...

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