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Facebook: Get Messenger app or else updated 2 days ago

For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability.

NASA maps out geysers, finds evidence of liquid water on surface of Saturn moon updated 2 days ago

On the surface of one of Saturn's icy moons, scientists have discovered the possible existence of a very important, life-sustaining element: liquid water.

Apparently This Matters: French Girls gone wild updated 5 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at why the French Girls app has gone wild.

That was a close one! Study: Massive solar storm barely missed us in 2012 updated 6 days ago

Nearly two years ago, modern infrastructure came very close to a serious disruption. The culprit? One of the largest solar storms in recorded history.

Repairing yourself: Self-healing buildings, bodies, and machines updated 6 days ago

Crumbling buildings, burnt-out PCs, potholes, and cracked smartphone screens -- all these damaged goods could soon be distant memories, as a new generation of "self-healing" technologies emerge.

Robot furniture that builds itself updated 7 days ago

Researchers are creating robots that are building blocks for furniture that moves and assembles itself.

Now you feel it, now you don't: Nanomaterial cloaks the sense of touch updated 8 days ago

A real invisibility cloak may still be the stuff of fantasy, but scientists have figured out a way to hide objects from touch.

Out of this world: The best selfies from space updated 9 days ago

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin says he took the first "space selfie" in 1966 -- and in doing so, he started a space selfie trend.

Apparently This Matters: Facebook bracelets at Tomorrowland updated 13 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini explains the Facebook bracelets being worn by sexy people at Tomorrowland.

12 more real people who appeared in video games updated 13 days ago

Real people in video games have always been around, long before Manuel Noriega sued "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."

Here's what you learn when you put a baby mammoth in a 3-D scanner updated 13 days ago

Newly released 3-D images of two mummified baby mammoths provide a window into the lives of creatures that roamed Siberia 40,000 years ago.

After Apollo: Do we need to go back to the moon? updated 14 days ago

45 years ago man first walked on the moon. Is it time to go back?

Marines test new beach assault vehicle updated 14 days ago

The Marine Corps showed off a prototype of its Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) last week in Hawaii.

Manuel Noriega sues over 'Call of Duty' video game updated 14 days ago

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has a message for publishers of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," which has a mission to catch him: You owe me money

Space weather: Fine, with a chance of solar flares updated 15 days ago

Solar flares and eruptions create dazzling visuals in space, but each burst of energy can also disrupt systems we rely on every day.

Electronic noses sniff out cancer updated 15 days ago

Scientists are developing "electronic noses" to detect deadly diseases.

We're genetically linked to our friends updated 16 days ago

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "You've got a friend in me."

Apparently This Matters: Six Californias updated 16 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at a bold plan to split California into six separate states.

Sonar sticks use ultrasound to guide blind people updated 16 days ago

High-tech walking canes use ultrasound to let blind people know about their surroundings.

Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth updated 16 days ago

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe, as well as another planet like our own, say they are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.

World Cup walloped social-media records updated 17 days ago

In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.

Astronaut tells kid, 'You'd love it' up here updated 17 days ago

CNN held its first iReport interview from outer space with astronaut Steve Swanson of NASA.

Apparently This Matters: Death metal without oxygen updated 20 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at a death metal band playing in an air tight, sound proof cube.

Elon Musk promises $1 million for Tesla museum updated 20 days ago

On Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday, it was the effort to build a museum in the influential scientist's honor that got the gift.

The most brutal (and funny) Germany vs. Brazil tweets updated 22 days ago

Twitter reaction to the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup final was brutal. Here are our favorite funny tweets.

12 wacky smartphone cases updated 22 days ago

From cute rubber animals to models that include pepper spray and stun guns, here's a look at wacky smartphone cases.

Kill switch: breeding kamikaze mosquitoes updated 23 days ago

How scientists are using genetic modification to eradicate mosquitoes and wipe out disease.

Potato-salad rookie raises thousands on Kickstarter updated 24 days ago

Zack Brown posted a Kickstarter project with a goal of $10 and a desire to make potato salad. As of Monday, more than 800 backers had pledged $8,000.

Reservation-selling startup angers tech world updated 24 days ago

There's a website that lies to restaurants, making reservations under fake names, and then sells them to you.

Truck of the future aims to drive itself updated 26 days ago

Tractor-trailer drivers, if you're texting while driving in the middle of the freeway, then the future belongs to you.

This robot valet will park your car updated 28 days ago

In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.

Forget selfies -- make way for 'dronies' updated 28 days ago

Forget selfies. Those are so 2013.

Hot-car death highlights key role of digital evidence updated 28 days ago

Your computer and social media accounts can land you in hot water. A look at just some of the ways it can happen.

Happy 35th birthday, Walkman updated 29 days ago

It was 35 years ago Tuesday that Sony, not Apple, revolutionized the way we listen to music with the Walkman.

Get to know your unconscious: Dream-reading technology that actually works? updated 29 days ago

Shadow app seeks to connect users with their dreams by waking the user during their sleep and inviting them to record their memories.

NASA launches satellite to study carbon pollution in the atmosphere updated 29 days ago

NASA launched a satellite to study climate change on Wednesday, shooting the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) into space.

Launch of satellite to study carbon pollution delayed updated 29 days ago

A NASA mission to study climate change was scrubbed Tuesday because of water flow issue in the launch pad.

FIFA: U.S. World Cup fans most active online updated 30 days ago

They came up just short in their knockout-round match with Belgium on Tuesday. But online, Team USA is already a World Cup winner.

Mars Curiosity: Take a look under the hood updated 30 days ago

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Scientists create a mini Mars on Earth updated 31 days ago

If you want to drive on Mars, you are going to need a very large sand pit to prepare.

Film offers portrait of the 'Internet's Own Boy' updated 34 days ago

Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide facing federal hacking charges, is subject of "The Internet's Own Boy" documentary.

Super choppers confront California's weird wildfire season updated 34 days ago

A Los Angeles County flying firefighter reveals the battle tactics behind the Firehawk super chopper, as California braces for wildfires.

NASA's deep-space craft readying for launch updated 35 days ago

Orion, NASA's newest manned spaceship, is readying for its first mission in December.

Mobile apps transforming the future of parking updated 35 days ago

A new wave of mobile apps are simplifying the parking process by letting drivers rent spaces from their phones.

Futuristic drive: Step inside a 3D printed car updated 35 days ago

Italian designer Michele Anoe has won the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge with his Strati concept.

What will Aereo's TV watchers do now? updated 36 days ago

Aereo, the Web startup that captured shows from broadcast airwaves, is essentially dead after a Supreme Court ruling Wednesday.

Preserving 120 years of U.S. cultural history updated 36 days ago

When the Library of Congress comes to mind, most of us don't think of movies, TV shows or old-school vinyl.

Happy anniversary! On Mars, Curiosity rover has done a lot in a long year updated 37 days ago

A year is a very long time on Mars -- 687 days. NASA's Curiosity rover can attest that it's plenty enough time for some unexpected life changes.

Report: Bigger iPhones coming this fall updated 37 days ago

iPhone screens are about to get a lot bigger, if a new report is to be believed.

Google wants to sell domain names updated 37 days ago

Google already is a major player in search, online mapping, social networking and other key functions of the Web. Now it wants to sell domain names, too., Mensa create dating site for geniuses updated 37 days ago

It takes a special person to join Mensa.

'Bionic eye' lets blind man 'see' again updated 37 days ago

An eye implant is restoring vision in blind people. But what do they see?

Lighting on the wall: World's most spectacular video projections updated 37 days ago

Sydney Opera house dressed in snakeskin? Projection mapping makes any part of the environment a living canvas.

Hackers show how to protect your iPhone updated 38 days ago

Here's one way to make your iPhone hacker-proof: Ask hackers for advice.

World Cup becoming biggest social-media event ever updated 38 days ago

World Cup 2014 on Facebook and Twitter is the most popular social-media event ever.

Apparently This Matters: My Kids Suck updated 38 days ago

There are two good reasons to own a giant trampoline.

Cheating death through 'suspended animation' updated 38 days ago

Doctors are cooling trauma patients' bodies to ward off the potential damage caused by loss of blood and oxygen.

5 things we'd like to see from the Apple smartwatch updated 41 days ago

Rumored for years, the long-awaited smartwatch from Apple may finally become reality in a few months.

T-Mobile wants to give you an iPhone updated 42 days ago

You can only keep them for a week. But T-Mobile is handing out free iPhones, along with a trial run of its service, in its latest unorthodox promotion.

#WhenFacebookWasDown: Widespread outage reported updated 42 days ago

Those early birds who start their day with a visit to Facebook were met Thursday morning with a rare error message: The social media giant appeared to be down.

New Amazon phone makes it easy to buy stuff ... from Amazon updated 42 days ago

An Amazon Fire phone feature, Firefly, identifies QR codes, bar codes and other ways to shop in Amazon's online store.

New Facebook app forces you to trade messages updated 43 days ago

As expected, Facebook has launched Slingshot, a Snapchat-like mobile app that lets users trade ephemeral video- and photo-based messages.

Social media battle augments Iraq bloodshed updated 43 days ago

As we're seeing with ISIS in Iraq, bullets and bombs in the digital age often are augmented by tweets.

What Clinton says, Clinton memes updated 44 days ago

The Internet has taken advantage of every opportunity to turn Hillary Clinton's words and actions into memes.

Virtual reality: The next frontier in gaming updated 44 days ago

Makers of virtual-reality headsets such as Oculus Rift say that games, not consoles, will drive the VR experience.

Can Amazon help 3-D finally catch on? updated 44 days ago

Despite a long history of 3-D entertainment failures, Amazon is rumored to be unveiling a 3-D phone.

Share your feelings! How emotion maps will transform your daily journey updated 45 days ago

We're often told that sharing our feelings could save us from emotional breakdowns -- perhaps talking it out could also shield us from the traveling blues too.

Shrimp-based invention new step in plastic updated 45 days ago

Harvard researchers combined material from shrimp shells and silk at nano level. Result: strong form of plastic.

Navy's stealth destroyer designed for the video gamer generation updated 46 days ago

The super high-tech operations center aboard the Navy's new stealth destroyer was designed for the video-game generation.

Apparently This Matters: Service dog has his day in school yearbook updated 48 days ago

A service dog named Taxi has been honored with a class picture in a San Antonio middle-school yearbook.

Solar storms! Full moon! Must be Friday the 13th updated 48 days ago

Friday the 13th is bringing a full moon and solar storms that could disrupt Earth's atmosphere.

World Cup survival glass tells you when to stop drinking updated 48 days ago

"Survival cup" Vessyl can tell what you're drinking, and display selected nutritional information such as alcohol content on the side of your cup.

Inside Virgin Galactic's newest passenger spaceship updated 48 days ago

Virgin Galactic allowed CNN unprecedented access to its spacecraft at a secretive facility in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

Vanishing spray makes World Cup debut updated 49 days ago

Now you see it, now you don't. That's the logic behind the vanishing spray being used at this year's World Cup in Brazil.

What an Enterprise! NASA physicist, artist unveil warp-speed craft design updated 49 days ago

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the idea of "warp-speed" might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.

E3 2014: The top 9 games to watch updated 49 days ago

The top video games from E3 2014, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, include "Destiny," "Assassin's Creed: Unity" and "Super Smash Bros."

New technology aims to rid World Cup of 'ghost goals' updated 50 days ago

In 1966, British soccer legend Geoff Hurst booted a right-foot shot against Germany in the World Cup championship game. The ball struck the top crossbar and rifled down near the goal line before spinning out.

10 gadget gifts for Father's Day updated 50 days ago

Here are 10 gadget-gift suggestions for tech-savvy dads, from phone chargers to fitness bands.

NASA: Space Station crew never in danger during smoke incident updated 50 days ago

The crew of the International Space Station was not in danger while a small amount of smoke came from a vent Tuesday in a service module, NASA said

Airbus electric aircraft takes to the skies updated 50 days ago

The Airbus E-Fan is quiet, and it doesn't belch emissions into the sky.

NASA cameras capture huge solar flares updated 51 days ago

NASA cameras captured images Tuesday of what the agency is calling at least two "significant" solar flares.

Sony presses console lead with exclusives, extras updated 51 days ago

Sony looked to capitalize on its early sales lead in the console wars at its Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing on Monday, repeating the mantras of "first," "better" and "only on" as selling points for its PlayStation 4.

At E3, all games, no Kinect for Microsoft updated 52 days ago

At Microsoft's E3 presentation, it was all about games like "Halo 5: Guardians," with no talk of the Kinect.

Facebook pressed to return money from ads promoting Syrian president updated 52 days ago

Facebook is facing pressure to return money it accepted to run ads promoting its page for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's presidential campaign.

'Smart' football helmet may help detect concussions updated 52 days ago

"Smart" football helmet can send alerts to the sidelines when a player sustains a hard hit to help detect concussions.

Apparently This Matters: Vincent van Gogh's 3-D printed ear updated 53 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at a 3D printed re-growth of Vincent van Gogh's legendary severed ear.

Meet Pepper, the emotional robot updated 55 days ago

Pepper, a humanoid robot from Japan's Softbank, can read your emotions.

The CIA sends its first tweet (or not) updated 55 days ago

They're late to the party, but the spooks at the CIA have finally joined Twitter. And -- who knew? -- they have a sense of humor.

At E3 2014, the games are the thing updated 55 days ago

E3 2014 promises new games for Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U as well as PC gaming innovations.

Ghoulish stabbing raises question: Who is Slenderman? updated 56 days ago

Who is the "Slenderman" character that allegedly inspired 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate near Milwaukee?

Can 'Mario Kart 8' save the Wii U? updated 56 days ago

Nintendo hopes strong early sales of "Mario Kart 8" will help spur sales of the floundering Wii U gaming console.

Bitcoin ATMs coming to the U.S. updated 56 days ago

Bitcoin, the emerging if still somewhat mysterious digital currency, may be coming soon to a high-tech ATM near you.

Hollywood to feds: Let us use drones updated 57 days ago

It's almost entirely illegal to use drones for money-making purposes in the United States. But a little Hollywood magic could change that.

One month under the sea with a Cousteau updated 57 days ago

Could we one day live underwater? Ask Fabien Cousteau -- a month from now.

Apparently This Matters: Weed Fairy leaves free pot updated 57 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini profiles the self-proclaimed Weed Fairy who shares free marijuana.

Big changes coming to iPhone messaging updated 58 days ago

It didn't get a ton of attention Monday, but Apple's next mobile operating system means big changes for how iPhone users send and receive messages.

Eight key features of iOS 8 updated 59 days ago

Apple previewed iOS 8, the newest version of its mobile operating system, on Monday.

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