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Stars can turn into black holes without a supernova

29 May, by Jon Fingas[ —]
As a rule, astronomers believe that stars have to explode in a supernova before they collapse into black holes. That violent death is always the cue, right? Not necessarily. Researchers have spotted a massive star 22 million light years away, N69...

Nintendo might not be done boosting Switch production

28 May, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Its no secret that Nintendo is facing a ton of demand for the Switch, to the point where it reportedly doubled production to keep up. Even that figure might be a tad conservative, however. The Financial Times supply chain sources claim that Nintend...

USB-powered Sega Nomad gives you near-endless game time

28 May, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Segas Genesis Nomad was always something of a compromise (it was running 16-bit console games on mid-1990s handheld tech), but the battery life was a particularly sore point: it took six AA batteries just to get 3 hours of play time. Wouldnt it be...

Conch shells hold the secret to impact-resistant armor

28 May, by Mariella Moon[ —]
The conch shell is made of the same material as chalk, but unlike the crumbly rock, its one of the toughest materials out there. If we can understand why its so tough, we can mimic it to create nearly unbreakable materials that can be used for safe...

Sony's latest E Ink tablet comes to the US in June

28 May, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Did you see Sonys second-generation Digital Paper and realize you found your dream e-reader? If so, youll get to do something about it very soon. Sony has announced that its latest 13.3-inch E Ink tablet (the DPT-RP1) will reach the US sometime in...

The best bike lock

28 May, by The Sweethome[ —]
By Duncan Niederlitz This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyers guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethomes independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

After Math: That took long enough

28 May, by Andrew Tarantola[ —]
Its been a big week of things finally happening. Ubers making good on the backpay it owes its drivers, Target settled its data breach lawsuits and some semen that spent nearly a year in space proves to still be viable. Numbers, because how else wil...

Sana's smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

28 May, by Mariella Moon[ —]
These sleep googles by a company called Sana Health cost a lot more than your typical mask, but it promises peaceful sleep 10 minutes after you put them on. Thats because they more than just block the light: they have mechanisms inside that chunky,...

Researchers find a more effective way to test self-driving cars

28 May, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Its tricky to test self-driving cars. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of miles under your belt, its still difficult to account for every possible real-world peril. Researchers think they can fast-track that experience, however. Theyve devel...

Mind-controlled bionic hand can help stroke patients move again

28 May, by Mariella Moon[ —]
A team of scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have proven that the mind-controlled device they developed can help stroke survivors regain control of their hands. Stroke typically causes paralysis on one side of t...

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