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Scientists create matter from light, give hope for a future with lightsabers

Scientists create matter from light, give hope for a future with lightsabers

A future with lightsabers just got a little more promising, according to a scientific breakthrough by MIT and Harvard scientists. For the first time, scientists have managed to create matter out of light, something that has been theoretically possible but never before accomplished. Furthermore, this discovery flips long-accepted understanding about light and photons on its head, and results in lasers that interact with each other in a manner similar to lightsabers.

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SlashDeals: Thursday, Week 26 – Alienware, Note 3, and big LG TV

SlashDeals: Thursday, Week 26 – Alienware, Note 3, and big LG TV

Desktop getting you down, laptop lagging, or tablet tiresome? We've got you covered on all basis in today's SlashDeals, with everything from a potent Core i7 Alienware Aurora r4 desktop gaming rig for with $275 off, through to a beefy HP ENVY laptop good enough for mobile and desktop use down to under $900. Those looking to treat their PC or Mac to an upgrade get a choice of speedy SSD storage not to mention a skinny ASUS IPS LCD ideal for gaming or watching videos. That's not all, so read on for the deals.

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Virtual simulation and robotic butt named Patrick offers med students hands-on practice

Virtual simulation and robotic butt named Patrick offers med students hands-on practice

Earlier this month, comedian Rob Delaney caught attention after tweeting an image of a man performing an, shall we say, invasive exam on a robotic butt positioned in front of a large monitor displaying a virtual doctor's examination room. The tweet provided no details about the image, and not being content with making ample backside jokes, some industrious folks have hunted down the story behind the intriguing image.

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Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame is known for his ideas and ambitions and the successes that have largely resulted from both. Blending the two companies' focus into another idea, Musk spoke last year of an electric supersonic aircraft that could take off and land vertically, something that is no small goal. Fast forward a year, and Musk has talked about this again, this time at the DealBook's Opportunities for Tomorrow conference.

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iRobot Roomba 800 Series vacuum introduced with AeroForce

iRobot Roomba 800 Series vacuum introduced with AeroForce

iRobot has introduced its latest Roomba vacuum, the Roomba 800 Series. With this latest iteration of the cordless, self-operating vacuum, the company has elected to get rid of bristles in favor of AeroForce technology, which is said to pick up 50-percent more dirt and other trappings than previous Roomba models. There are two rotors in place, each made of rubber with treads, that spins to break up and grab debris. We've got a video of the system in action after the jump.

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SlashDeals: Monday, Week 46 – Jumpstart your desk

SlashDeals: Monday, Week 46 – Jumpstart your desk

Laptop looking tired? Desktop feeling left out when it comes to Windows 8.1's finger-friendliness? Time for a refresh with the best deals around in tech. Whether you're updating your home office or looking for a new laptop for school, we've got you covered, complete with a bonus for those wanting to supercharge their downtime instead.

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Google barge tipped to feature “fish fins” sails in documents describing plans

Google barge tipped to feature “fish fins” sails in documents describing plans

Speculation has abounded about what Google's mysterious barges will be for, something that was partially put to rest earlier this week in a statement from the Internet giant. The company plans to use these as an interactive space for learning about tech, and now an artist's rendering shows what is said to be an "unprecedented artistic structure" with fish fin-like sails.

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First two airlines allowing electronics use during takeoff announced

First two airlines allowing electronics use during takeoff announced

It was way back in March when word surfaced that the FAA was holding a study into the safety of allowing electronics use during takeoff on flights, and not too long ago that a decision was finally made, granting the freedom to do so with some contingencies on board. Fortunately for frequent fliers, it didn't take long for a couple airlines to get their ducks in order, with both Delta and JetBlue becoming the first to allow use.

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