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New map tracks the boiling hot rock feeding Earth's volcanoes

Plumes of scalding rock in the Earth's mantle are found to come from two gigantic blobs of hot rock deep inside our planet, thanks to an innovative simulation technique.

By September 11, 2015


Boiling water in 90 seconds? Yes!

Fast, safe and easy to clean. Find out how induction stovetops work and why you might want one.

By June 11, 2015


Unboiled eggs and mammal bladders: The Ig Nobel Prize goes to...

This year's winners include an experiment that unboiled an egg, a study that tested how long it takes mammals to empty their bladders and other strange breakthroughs that sound like bar bets.

By September 19, 2015


Ad blockers get ad-group exec's blood boiling (Q&A)

The Interactive Advertising Bureau doesn't like how tens of millions of people use ad-blocking software. IAB's general counsel has a counterattack: block the blockers.

By April 4, 2014


These gadgets let you tell your smart home what to do

Voice control looks to be the next big thing in the connected home -- here are the devices that want to make it a reality.

By August 19, 2015


Twitter wants a CEO who can make a 'full-time commitment'

The microblogging site is proceeding with a "sense of urgency" as interim CEO Jack Dorsey says he's going to remain chief exec of mobile-payments company Square.

By June 22, 2015


Frozen iPad Mini, boiled Samsung Active, another CES live torture test!

Brian Tong and Sharon Vaknin and TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler perform a series of torture tests live on and near the CNET stage, from freezing an iPad Mini in a block of ice to running over an Acer Chromebook with a bus. Plus, Jeff Bakalar visits the High Roller, the largest observation wheel in the world, to see if the iPhone 5S can withstand crushing force inside its drivetrain.

By January 7, 2014


Yes, tossing boiling water in cold air makes snow (but it also burns you)

In the freezing parts of America, some are entertaining themselves with a snow-making scientific experiment. Oh, they're burning themselves too.

By January 7, 2014


Twitter's exiting CEO says successor needs to be resilient, self-aware

At Bloomberg's tech conference, Dick Costolo discusses his future, which doesn't include returning to standup comedy. He also avoids naming names in regard to a possible replacement.

By June 16, 2015


Watch a $10,000 Apple Watch get crushed by powerful magnets

A couple of fist-sized neodymium magnets put the squeeze on an expensive Apple Watch for a memorable torture-test video.

By June 15, 2015