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Space Chicks review

Space Chicks sends you on an endless adventure through outer space, where your goal is to rescue all of the chicks you find while avoiding hazards and monsters. As you navigate the various levels ahead of you, you'll learn to use the planets' gravitational pull to aid you on your journey, while also discovering new vehicles and other items along the way.

Pros

Variation: While many endless flying games don't come with much variation in terms of obstacle placement or mechanics, this one has plenty of both. To maneuver through space, you have to jump from one planet … Read more

Paragon Partition Manager 2014 Free review

Paragon Partition Manager 2014 Free aims to make it easy to create, resize, reformat, and delete hard disk partitions, but its wizard-based processes compromise flexibility. Advanced users may need more control than this software's algorithms permit.

Pros

Mostly automated: Paragon Partition Manager scans your disks to identify existing partitions and available free space. All you have to do is check some basic options and let the software do the rest.

Mac and back: A built-in NTSF/HFS+ Conversion Wizard can make your Windows disks accessible to your Mac and your Mac disks accessible in Windows.

It's free: Users … Read more

MOUSE-Space GOLauncherEX Theme review

MOUSE-Space GOLauncherEX Theme makes your home screen cuter by adding an astronautical mouse with a precious face. While the theme moves smoothly, the lack of contrast between the dock bar and the moonscape behind it makes the gray launcher buttons rather awkward. Also, because it uses plenty of gray, this theme can feel drab at times.

To use MOUSE-Space GOLauncherEX Theme, you need to have GOLauncher, the most popular Android launcher. After you select the new theme as the default in GOLauncher, you'll make the acquaintance of a spectacled space mouse with an oversized head, dressed in an astronaut'… Read more

Tour the Milky Way in 20 billion pixels

Most of us will never leave the Earth -- but that doesn't stop us dreaming of the stars. There are a few tools that let you explore, though -- and NASA has just launched a killer.

Created from the Galactic Legacy Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse) project, it's the most comprehensive visual map of the Milky Way Galaxy released to date -- and yet it only shows just over half of the galaxy's stars. Stitched together from more than 2 million images taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope over the course of a decade, the zoomable, 360-degree image comes in at 20 gigapixels.… Read more

Space Patrol review

Space Patrol will satisfy all your yearnings for an old school-style space shooting game with its straightforward controls and a familiar interface. If you want to take a quick break from work or have a few minutes to kill, you can play a few rounds of this game and take a trip down memory lane at the same time.

The game, itself, is pretty basic. You control a spaceship that can move left or right along the bottom of the screen and shoot at aliens advancing from the top. The aliens are also shooting, so to avoid getting hit, you … Read more

Our doom will come sci-fi-style, NASA-funded study says

We've all seen movies depicting a dystopian future. Usually they envision a small group of elites living in sleekly designed homes wearing clean gray clothes, sipping pure water, and enjoying generally dust-free living while the rest of us schlubs reside in cardboard boxes beneath bridges. Now, a NASA-funded study is saying the collapse of civilization as we know it might not be all that different from what happens in movies like "Blade Runner," "Elysium," and "The Hunger Games."

The study, sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and first reported on in The Guardian, examined five key factors that led to the collapse of civilizations such the Roman Empire and Han Dynasty: population, climate, water, agriculture, and energy. It found that civilizations collapse when these factors coalesce in such a way that natural resources are stretched at the same time the gap between the rich (termed "Elites" in the study) and the poor (dubbed "Commoners") increases. Sound familiar? … Read more

Stephen Hawking: In 50 years, we'll be living on the moon

I can just imagine the ads.

One-hundred-twenty-year-old Richard Branson would like you to be one of the first to live in the Virgin Moon Residences.

There will be three Virgin Galactic (or perhaps Virgin Lunartic) flights there daily and the residences will be all-inclusive properties with the option of timeshares. They will even have their own mayor: a still-gray Newt Gingrich.

Is my brain suddenly marble-free? No, I've been reading the latest predictions from Stephen Hawking.

As the Daily Mail reports, the famed physicist was speaking Sunday night on UK TV in a program called "Live From Space."Read more

Stunning star factory captured by Hubble telescope

Stars are being mined in our backyard.

That may be a bit of a stretch for something that's 6,400 light years away, but given the infinite reaches of outer space, the star factory that NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured in action is relatively nearby.

To celebrate Hubble's 24th anniversary, the space agency today released a series of stunning images of the "churning" star factory, known as NGC 2174, which was found inside the Monkey Head Nebula. And while these pictures are awe-inspiring, NASA said they are just a taste of what it expects to … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

It's Friddday! Which means it's time to roundup the best of the week in CNET video.

In our latest installment of our new How-To, DIY-tech series, The Fix, our resident how-to guru's offer up expert advice on building the ultimate home theater. They'll show you how to easily and affordably install a TV, give you tips on choosing the right screen size, as well as our top three ways to add audio to your home theater. You'll be your own home theater specialist by episode's end.

Earlier this week, Amazon revealed that it would … Read more

Mophie Space Pack, hands-on: An iPhone case with battery and extra storage, too

The two biggest problems plaguing most iPhone owners are the twin desires for more battery life and more storage space -- at least, those are my top two. What if you could kill both birds with one not-too-heavy accessory?

The Mophie Space Pack does, indeed, offer up both: a full-charge battery case, with 16 or 32GB of extra flash storage thrown right in. Sound like the best iPhone-as-camera accessory ever made? It very nearly is, if you can accept a high price and some limitations.

The Space Pack looks and performs like Mophie's other iPhone 5/5S battery-pack cases: … Read more