Jason KennedyContributor, TechHive

Jason is a systems administrator living in Seattle. When he's not up to his elbows in a server, he's up to his elbows in the latest electronics or technology news, or trying out languages like Dart and Ruby.

Mystery radio bursts may signal that we aren't alone in the universe...maybe

All signs point to the possibility of the existence of life outside of our solar system (or even in it), and while not actually proof, CSIRO’s (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) discovery of a “single-burst of radio emission of unknown origin” made me sit up and pay attention.

Forget Skynet, enter Seanet? Autonomous sea-faring robots are here

Liquid Robotics’s newest future human nemesis is 114 inches long, and it looks like a small submarine attached to a surface-floating solar array. And really, that’s what it is.

Who would win if Starcraft were real? (and other stuff you missed)

In today's edition of GeekBytes, we look at a giant light show, some new Google+ goodness, and some serious research into gaming.

Giant telescope takes pretty space photos (and other things we didn't cover)

This end-of-the-week edition of GeekBytes is all about awesome things. That’s not to say that it isn’t always about awesome things, mind you; just that today there’s almost too much awesome to contain.

Is China building an interdimensional portal? (and other things we didn’t cover)

Happy Friday! Here are some apocalyptic bits of news we didn't cover that are sure to cheer you up (maybe).

Planetary Annihilation will make you excited about RTS games again

This new game in the works could satisfy your need to obliterate your opponents.

New service makes it easier to update Android ROMs

Want to update the firmware on your Android phone, but lack the expertise? The OTA Update Center service and app make it easy.

Valve makes Left 4 Dead 2 faster on Linux than on Windows

In a blog post, Valve details how it made Left 4 Dead 2 run faster on Linux than on Windows.

Google Fiber challenges big cable in Kansas City

How does free broadband sound to you? Google is offering some fairly insane bundles as part of its Google Fiber program in Kansas City.

Tablet Encryption 101

Thinking about encrypting your Apple or Android tablet? The process can be daunting, but here's how to do it.

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Want 'Google Now' Now? Here’s How

No Jelly Bean? No problem. Modders over at the XDA-Developers forum figured out how to get Google Now to run on Ice Cream Sandwich.

A dive into Google+ Events

Should you use Google+ Events to plan your next get-togehter? We take a closer look at Google's new party-planning tool.

Solar Storms: Reseachers See the Sun in a New Light

An international group of researchers hope to better understand how solar storms work, and help keep them from causing widespread damage on Earth.

NASA’s NuSTAR Conference: Why It Matters

Earlier this week, NASA held a news conference. No big deal, right? But NASA’s decision to livestream the event--as well as field questions from Twitter--made this an important event to pay attention to.

Liquid Solar Cells: An Innovative Hazard

Researchers at USC develop "liquid" printable solar cells, but some of the materials used can be highly toxic.