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Liveblog: Google’s annual hardware launch event
Join us October 9, at 11am ET, when Google will take the wraps off its 2018 hardware lineup. We'll have boots on the ground in New York City to bring you the latest from Google's big event. As usual, we are expecting around five or so Google products at this event.

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Echo Show 2018 review: More to tap, more to see, more to do
Lost among the slew of Amazon's recent device announcements was an update to the Echo Show. While Amazon absolutely mentioned the second-generation smart display, you may have overlooked it completely amidst all the other devices that debuted: a new Echo Dot, the Chromecast-like Echo Input, that infamous smart microwave, etc. But while it may not have grabbed as many headlines,…

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Physics holds the key to performing the flipping water bottle trick
The water bottle flipping craze, in which a partially filled bottle of water is flipped and magically lands upright, swept the globe a couple of years ago. Now a group of Dutch scientists has designed a classroom demo version of the feat, described in a recent paper in the . It's designed to illustrate the principle of conservation of angular…

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SpaceX has landed on the West Coast for the first time [Updated]
The US Air Force has a message for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties—do not be alarmed on Sunday night around 7:30pm local time if you hear a loud noise. That's just the sonic boom of a rocket's first stage, returning from space, and landing for the first time ever at site along the West Coast…

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SpaceX readying for Sunday night launch, with a historic West Coast landing
The US Air Force has a message for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties—do not be alarmed on Sunday night around 7:30pm local time if you hear a loud noise. That's just the sonic boom of a rocket's first stage, returning from space, and landing for the first time ever at site along the West Coast…

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SpaceX has a launch Sunday night, and it may make some noise
The US Air Force has a message for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties—do not be alarmed on Sunday night around 7:30pm local time if you hear a loud noise. That's just the sonic boom of a rocket's first stage, returning from space, and landing for the first time ever at site along the West Coast…

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Coming soon from Google: The Pixel 3, Google Home Hub, Pixel Slate, and more
The third annual Google hardware extravaganza is kicking off in just a few days. On October 9 at 11am, Google will show off its next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 3, along with a few other products. The new Pixel phone is usually the headline launch at these hardware events, but Google often announces four or five other products alongside the…

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The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”
AUSTIN, Texas—As much as subscription services want you to believe it, not can be found on Amazon or Netflix. Want to read Brett Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge’s old book, for instance (or their now infamous yearbook even)? Curious to watch a bunch of vintage smoking ads? How about perusing the largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature in the world? There’s…

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Wind power makes the ground warmer even as it cools the planet
The solution to climate change is, at least conceptually, simple. Activities that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—chiefly the use of fossil fuels—need to be changed or eliminated. Of course, not every alternative to fossil fuels will be equally beneficial. Technologies have to be evaluated for costs and benefits. One thing we know about wind turbines, for example, is that…