French scientists crack secrets of Mona Lisa

PARIS – The enigmatic smile remains a mystery, but French scientists say they have cracked a few secrets of the “Mona Lisa.” French researchers studied seven of the Louvre Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci paintings, including the “Mona Lisa,” to analyze the master’s use of successive ultrathin layers of paint and glaze – a technique that gaveRead More

PlayStation 3 Slim

If you’ve been holding off on buying a PlayStation 3 (PS3) for one of many reasons — it’s too expensive, it’s too big, it looks too much like a George Foreman Grill — then you may have run out of excuses with the PS3 Slim. This smaller, lighter, quieter, and more energy-efficient hardware comes inRead More

The Vision One Computer Workstation

There are desks, and then there’s the V1 ($1,700 starting price), an uncompromising workstation aimed squarely at appeasing the ergonomic needs of the seasoned PC gamer. The standard and corner-room configurations come in 35 colors like solid blue, metallic silver, and “rainbo” — yep, you read right — with finishes that include racing stripesRead More

Nvidia GeForce GTX 460

It’s been three and a half months sinceNvidia released its first GF100 “Fermi”DirectX 11 video card, the high-end GeForce GTX 480, and its lower-priced, lower-power siblings, the GTX 470 and the GTX 465. The cards have been the top performers of their price ranges ($500, $350, and $270), but only just—AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 5000 serieshave offeredRead More