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Why Household Gadgets Are Using Less Power

New research shows a decline in the electricity used by all the electronic devices in U.S. homes.

Computing

LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.

Materials

Cheap and Nearly Unbreakable Sapphire Screens Come into View

If Apple is indeed going to make scratch-proof iPhones and iPads with sapphire screens, here’s how it could be done.

Other

A Q&A with Gene Wolfe

A Twelve Tomorrows exclusive: Science fiction legend Gene Wolfe looks back on his career.

Computing

Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars

It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.

Materials

Super-Dense Computer Memory

Researchers have discovered a new way to make chips that could pack terabytes into smartphones.

Computing

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

Researchers are developing technology that can adjust an image on a display so you can see it clearly without corrective lenses.

Biomedicine

What Else Could Smart Contact Lenses Do?

Besides health tracking, contact lens technology under development could enable drug delivery, night vision, and augmented reality.

Computing

No Man’s Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

A new computer game, No Man’s Sky, demonstrates a new way to build computer games filled with diverse flora and fauna.

Computing

Could "Force Illusions" Help Wearables Catch On?

Researchers have made haptic interfaces that create the sensation of being pushed or pulled by an invisible force.