Smart speakers could be the tipping point for home automation

One of the biggest trends of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year was companies taking digital smart assistants – think Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa – and incorporating them ...

How quantum materials may soon make Star Trek technology reality

If you think technologies from Star Trek seem far-fetched, think again. Many of the devices from the acclaimed television series are slowly becoming a reality. While we may not be teleporting people from starships to a planet's ...

A holodeck for flies, fish and mice

How do people orient themselves when they are in a new area? How do we use street signs or houses, for instance, to estimate the distance we have traveled? Put simply: how do we update our mental map? Neuroscientists have ...

New wave of TV cartoons urge children to save seas

Coral reefs may be dying off at an alarming rate and pollution and overfishing emptying the seas. But fear not. Help is at hand in the form of a new wave of cartoon superheroes determined to save the oceans.

Review: 'Star Ocean' never achieves liftoff

What would you expect from a role-playing game called "Star Ocean"? Interstellar exploration? Thrilling outer space combat? Encounters with weird aliens from across the universe?

A look at the winners and losers of E3

With some publishers splitting from the show floor and more gamers sliding on virtual reality headsets than ever before, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo moved the video game industry in decidedly different directions ...

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