The most basic physical laws you've learned — those drafted up by Isaac Newton in the 17th century — don't work for everything. Once you try to applying them to really fast things moving nearly at the speed of light or things heavier than stars, they start to fall apart. That's where Albert Einstein's expanded theory of motion and gravity, the theory of general relativity, comes in.
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Of all the things your smartphone can do, playing music is one of the least demanding. Listening to a song puts very little strain on the CPU, doesn't require GPS and often doesn't require Wi-Fi (so long as the music files are stored on your phone). Simple physics says that listening to louder music should use up battery faster, but I still wanted to know exactly how much.
A group of Twitter users have spotted a "payment and shipping" option within their Android apps. As The Next Web pointed out, this is just one in a series of tests that suggest Jack Dorsey might be able to buy his latest monochromatic designer suit from within the platform he helped build.
Nobody who owns a Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 or an iPhone 5 would really look at their camera in disgust and throw it away after a 30-second television commercial, would they? That's what Nokia's banking on with its new Lumia 928 ads, directly calling out Apple and Samsung for their rubbish low-light photography abilities.
Nikon's latest camera gimmick is actually pretty clever. As smartphone manufacturers race to beef up their built-in cameras from five-megapixels to eight, to twelve and so-on, Nikon thought it prudent to flip the game on its head: it already has a 16-megapixel compact camera, so why not put Android on it and beat phone makers to the punch? Introducing, the Android-powered, Nikon S800c digital camera. Is it nifty or just plain bad?
A new test set to hit the market in Britain in the next year aims to tell patients how long they have to live, and naturally that's not happening without controversy. The test measures a person's telomeres, those structures found on the tips of chromosomes. The length of telomeres apparently correlates with how fast a person is aging biologically, and hence researchers want to offer individuals some insight into just how much longer their bodies can hold up.
Earlier this month it was the Internet making people into Satanists. This week it's technology in general that's the problem. We're becoming too god-like, see, and the Pope has predicted eternal damnation for the lot of us if we continue.
Scientists, already adept at using magnets to screw with the brain's ability to generate speech, are now sending direct current into people's brain matter to help them master video games.