Science and Technology

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

Story highlights Latest craze in Moscow is war game in which players race to find nuclear codes Russian officials are playing on fears, staging a mass nuclear drill (CNN)“Attention! Attention!” blares the Russian voice from a loudspeaker. “The nuclear bombs will be launched in one hour.” Inside a room styled as a Soviet-era nuclear bunker, a couple of Russians race ...

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Going to space is a real pain in the back

Story highlights Astronauts can temporarily gain 2 inches in height but suffer muscle loss and back pain More countermeasures involving exercise may help mitigate pain and muscle loss (CNN)A six-month stay on the International Space Station can be a pain in the back for astronauts. While they may gain up to 2 inches in height temporarily, that effect is accompanied ...

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This NASA astronaut voted from space

Story highlights Shane Kimbrough is a NASA astronaut He voted in the 2016 election (CNN)From infinity and beyond, he found a way to vote. Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut currently living on board the International Space Station, filed his ballot in Tuesday’s presidential election, according to a Tumblr post by NASA. NASA told Yahoo News that Kimbrough filed his ballot ...

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Japan's boom in weird wearable tech

Story highlights Japan’s innovative wearable devices includes Archelis, a “standing” chair designed for surgeons. Tokyo’s first Wearable Expo debuted in 2015 and was largest in the world. Japan’s wearable tech market is predicted to grow from 530,000 in 2013 to 13.1 million units in 2017. (CNN)What do Discman, Tamagotchi, and Game Boy have in common? They’re all landmark Japanese inventions ...

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Cell phones, screens are keeping your kid awake

Story highlights Devices in the bedroom are associated with children losing sleep time and quality, new research says Even children and teens who don’t stay up late online are losing sleep (CNN)These days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games. For children and teens, using cell phones, tablets and ...

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Teen girls prepare for space launch

Story highlights Africa will launch its first private satellite into space It’s been built by schoolgirls (CNN)They may be teenagers, but 17-year-old Brittany Bull and 16-year-old Sesam Mngqengqiswa have grand ambitions — to launch Africa’s first private satellite into space. They are part of a team of high school girls from Cape Town, South Africa, who have designed and built ...

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What parents should know about the VR gear kids want

Story highlights Virtual reality headsets range from inexpensive Cardboard to pricey PlayStation Here are your options if you want to dip your toe in or really swim with the VR big fish Thinking about treating your family to a little virtual reality this holiday? Have no idea where to start? Don’t worry. From Google’s inexpensive Cardboard VR viewer to Sony’s ...

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Indian lunar orbiter hit by heat rise

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — Scientists have switched off several on-board instruments to halt rising temperatures inside India’s first unmanned lunar spacecraft. The spacecraft carrying India’s first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, lifts off from Sriharikota. Mylswamy Annadurai, the project director for the lunar mission, told CNN that temperatures onboard Chandrayaan-1 had risen to 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). The increase ...

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Flying a sports car with wings

Story highlights The intuitive amphibious ICON A5 looks like a sports car It does require a sports pilot license to fly it Tampa, Florida (CNN)When it comes to piloting a plane, I have zero experience. In fact, I’ve never even considered attempting it. Nevertheless, as we swoop over Florida’s Tampa Bay on a gorgeous November morning, I enthusiastically take over ...

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