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White House embarks on climate change mapping project

NOAA’s real-time nowCoast mapping portal is available on the White House’s Climate Data Initiative. (Credit: NOAA) The White House wants people and communities to be prepared for extreme weather events spurred by climate change, like coastal flooding,

Rocksteady Studios to complete Batman: Arkham series on next-gen consoles

(Credit: Game Informer) Rocksteady Studios, the development house responsible for Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is deep into production on what it’s calling the finale to the Arkham series. Just announced as a reveal of

Tesla Model S wins ‘best overall’ car by Consumer Reports

Tesla’s Model S sedan. (Credit: Tesla) The story of Tesla is a bit like that of “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s a smaller company, which makes a product different than the rest, that’s been working to

Tesla raising nearly $2B for battery-building ‘gigafactory’

(Credit: Tesla) Tesla is raising up to $1.84 billion dollars to realize its plans of a massive, lithium-ion battery-producing plant — dubbed the “gigafactory” by CEO Elon Musk — that will, among other things, help it more

World’s largest solar thermal plant is on the grid

Construction started on the Ivanpah solar plant in October 2010. (Credit: BrightSource) While the East Coast feels the brunt of yet another winter storm, Southern California’s abundant sunshine is getting put to good use. On Thursday, the

Google to buy Nest for $3.2B in quest for the ‘conscious home’

Among other smart-home devices, Nest Labs makes the Learning Thermostat. (Credit: Nest) Google said Monday it will acquire Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. In a statement by Nest, the maker of the Learning Thermostat and

‘Star Wars,’ Nintendo collide: ‘Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back’

(Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET) Luke Skywalker isn’t the only one who knows how to wave around a lightsaber. Link, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, Toad, Yoshi, and more beloved Nintendo video game characters are transformed as

Teeny tiny windmills could recharge phones

One of the tiny windmills. (Credit: University of Texas, Arlington) A microscopic windmill could one day provide a portable method of charging devices. The tiny machines, just 1.8 millimeters at their widest point (10 can fit on

How Google and Nest could get the smart home all wrong

The Nest Protect. (Credit: CNET) Welcome to the Google smart home: You walk up your steps and use your Android device (or iOS app) to open your smart lock and signal to the network that you’ve arrived,

Glow-in-the-dark plants could soon light up your home

You light up my life (with a dim glow). The plant in regular light and in darkness. (Credit: Bioglow) When it comes to living things that glow, a plant is probably your best bet for a low-maintenance