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Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

RINGS Propulsion Tech Uses Magnetic Fields to Move Spacecraft

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Researchers at the Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Maryland have developed a solution called the Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System, or RINGS for short. This is an electromagnetic propulsion technology that doesn't require any of those individual satellites to carry around or use any sort of propellant.

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CIA Confirms Existence of Area 51, Documents Released to Public

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We knew it was there. It had to be there. And now, the United States government is finally lifting the veil and officially telling us that Area 51 does indeed exist. Some CIA documents have now been officially released to the public and they fully acknowledge the existence of the site.

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Daily Deals: Nano Arcade Pocket Genesis Consoles for 23% Off

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If you want to relive the 90s with a real controller at a killer price, ThinkGeek has an awesome deal on the Nano Arcade Pocket Genesis.

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Hang Your Unused Power Cords with DCI Plug Out Plug Organizer

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We all have a habit of leaving things plugged into the wall, even when we don't want to use them. I know this is the case with my phone charger. I just leave it there, so it's really fast when I want to grab the other end of the USB cable for a top-up. But this creates the problem of vampire power and the wasting of electricity.

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Daily Deals: Castiv Guitar Sidekick Smartphone Mount

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Musicians know that there are tons of useful apps that can be used in tandem with their musical instruments, but it's always a challenge referring to these smartphone apps when you're actively trying to play said instruments. Coming to the rescue is the Castiv Guitar Sidekick.

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Say Hello to One of the Strongest Magnetic Fields in the Universe

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There's a particular kind of neutron star that's called a magnetar. It's basically a dead star that has collapsed on itself and the one of current interest is being called SGR 0418+5729 (memorable, I know). Since it's a dead star that collapsed on itself, it's very dense, having more mass than our sun, but only being about 20km across.

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Leaked: White Sony Honami Smartphone Pics

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After hearing quite a few rumors, we now get a look at pictures that depict exactly what the Sony Honami look like. Isn't it stunning?

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Daily Deals: HTC One for $30, Plus Bonus $50 GC and Dr. Dre Earphones

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When it comes to Android smartphones, easily one of the best options on the market today is the HTC One. And now you can not only score a killer deal on it, but you can land yourself $150 worth of bonuses too.

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Teen Uses 3D Printer to Make Robotic Prosthetic Arms for $500

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And 3D printers could be the solution for amputees in developing countries too, thanks to the work of 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle from Colorado.

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Daily Deals: PowerGen 3.1A Dual USB Car Charger for 73% Off

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That's why you should charge them up every chance you get and this dual USB car charger from PowerGen looks like it's the perfect solution for all you road warriors out there.

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Over 100,000 People Sign Up for One-Way Trip to Mars

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Right now we have a space station, and could soon have a space hotel. But what about an actual space colony? That could be soon happening - on Mars.

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“Hand of Thief” Trojan Invades Linux Computers, Steals Bannking Info

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A team of cyber-criminals from Russia have developed a Trojan for Linux and they're calling it the "Hand of Thief." As explained by security company RSA, the "Hand of Thief" malware is currently able to grab data from forms (both HTTP and HTTPS in a range of browsers) and it offers some backdoor capabilities

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Google Tests Project Loon Internet Balloons in California

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Earlier this year, Google took to the air in New Zealand to test its Project Loon balloons, blanketing remote rural areas with Internet access. The testing continues this month as Google's Project Loon expands to California.

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Coming to Moto X “Soon” Via Carriers

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As you know, the Moto X should become available toward the end of this month, but it will ship initially with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. That being said, the Motorola Mobility CEO says that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is almost ready for primetime and it should be pushed out soon.

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Video: Sun’s Magnetic Field to Reverse Polarity, Not Cause End of World

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We survived Y2K largely unscathed. We survived the so-called Mayan Apocalypse of 2012. We survived the doomsday predictions of Nostradamus. And we will also survive the cosmic phenomenon of our sun reversing the polarity of its magnetic field in a few months.

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