Kenneth Heermann

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Elon Musk's New Project: Iron Man's Gesture-Based Interface

Tuck away inside the SpaceX labs, Elon Musk has been building his version of Tony Stark's design tech.<p>Elon Musk is just toying with us now. The geek superstar already has his hands and calendar full running a private space company that's traveling to the International Space Station and a car …

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How to back up your Android phone

Android doesn't offer a native backup service, so it's easy to ignore the need to do so. But don't wait until it's too late to start thinking about backing up your phone. Many of us rely on our phone cameras to snap day-to-day photos of our lives and save text messages to have some of the most …

The antimatter factory: inside the project that could power fusion and annihilation lasers

Physicists have been chasing antimatter technology for more than 80 years now — driven by the promise of oppositely oriented particles that explode in a burst of energy whenever they make contact with their more common counterpart. If we could tame antimatter, those explosions could be used to …

One-way Mars trip attracts 165,000 would-be astronauts ... and counting

The Dutch-based Mars One venture says more than 165,000 people around the world have voiced interest in a one-way trip to the Red Planet — and there's still more than a week left for more would-be astronauts to join in.<p>"The response to the first round of the astronaut selection program has been …

Infographic: The Greatest Security Breaches In Internet History

Hundreds of millions of people have lost their data to hackers, and it’s all big business’s fault.<p>Living Social gets hacked, and 50 million people have their name, address, and date of birth stolen. Credit-card information is safe, we’re assured, but it’s of little comfort. Plastic can be replaced. …

Watch The Earth’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” From Outer Space

This simple animated GIF captures the seasonal cycle of snow and grass, death, and rebirth.<p><i>John Nelson is known for building extremely complex visualizations of weather patterns. But his latest creation is a simple animated GIF of 15 frames from NASA’s cloudless satellite photography collection.</i> …

Scientists Are Scary Close To Controlling Our Memories And Brains With Computers

There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level.<p>While they weren't able to create memories from scratch, they were able to associate different feelings to neutral memories in mice. In …

Nokia developing phone that recharges itself without mains electricity

Standby mode is often accused of being the scourge of the planet, insidiously draining resources while offering little benefit other than a small red light and extra convenience for couch potatos. But now Nokia reckons a mobile phone that is always left in standby mode could be just what the …

Students hijack US$80m yacht with GPS spoofing - Roadshow

<b>Students from the University of Texas created a custom GPS spoofing device that allowed them to take over a superyacht's navigation system, changing</b> …

Super Yachts

The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

Nanotech

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Samsung caught being ‘creative’ on Galaxy S4 benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs an Exynos 5 Octa central processing unit with multiple cores and a GPU, or graphical processing unit, that hums along at 480 MHz GPU.<p>Unless, of course, you’re running benchmarking applications.<p>In February a forum member at Beyond3D suggested that Samsung overclocks the …

Why Hackers and Makers Latest Toy is Puerto Rican

As we noted in a previous post on Puerto Rico’s nascent tech ecosystem, launching startups after or before graduating is still new on the island, where computer science graduates often take job offers from large corporations in the continental U.S.<p>However, Kytelabs’ story shows that things have …

Plastic skin lights up on contact, may lead to touchscreens everywhere (video)

Flexible circuitry is frequently a one-way affair -- we've seen bendy displays and touch layers, but rarely both in one surface. UC Berkeley is at last merging those two technologies through a plastic skin whose display reacts to touch. By curing a polymer on top of a silicon wafer, the school's …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>This is what great architecture looks like today.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>Natural light was harnessed for these spectacular A+Award-winning projects.<p>Renowned architects have now …

Architecture

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

Photos of New York City Inside the Grand Canyon Contrast Emptiness and Density

At the end of 2012, Swiss photographer Gus Petro took a trip to the United States, and was met with a sharp dichotomy. When he visited New York City, …

If Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Like Something Out Of Science Fiction, That's Because It Is

Musk describes the hyperloop as something that is a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table," and that it could go from San Francisco to New York City in 30 minutes.<p>Sounds like something straight out of a science fiction story right? Well, that's because it is. Even before Rand …

Science Fiction

What is graphene? Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon

Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance continue to grow, is …

Your App Is Slow Because Our World Is Ending

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece <i>Why mobile web apps are slow</i>. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.<p>Its upshot: …

Bill Gates-Backed Antenna Tech Firm Kymeta Raises $50M

Redmond, Washington-based Kymeta, a spin-out from Intellectual Ventures, the giant patent holding company co-founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has raised $50 million in Series C financing.<p>Kymeta, which aims to vastly improve satellite communications through new antenna technology, is …

Ford's F3T rapid prototyping technology could let you print your own car

Ford has pioneered a new manufacturing technology that it believes will slash the development time of new design prototypes to days instead of months. The Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology (F3T) uses two "stylus-type tools" that work together on opposite sides to transform a thin sheet of metal …

LightZone Photo Editing Software is Now Open Source and Completely Free

Photographers still irked about about Adobe’s decision to make Photoshop rental-only have a new alternative with the re-release of the pioneering …

Google to profit from self-driving cars by decade's end -- analyst

Google stands to rev up substantial revenue from self-driving cars.<p>The search giant is likely to gain whether it creates the hardware for self-driving cars or simply license the necessary software to automakers, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster said in an investors note released Tuesday. Either way, …

Google hosts fundraiser for climate change denying US senator

Google, which prides itself on building a "better web that is better for the environment", is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate …

Kymeta picks up $50M to develop its morphing satellite antennas

Less than a year since it was spun off from Intellectual Ventures, metamaterials startup Kymeta has closed a $50 million funding round. The company …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new treatment from glass manufacturer …

The Only Smartphones Worth Buying Right Now [RANKED]

Plus, there are a bunch of relatively new devices that have launched in recent months from just about every big name in the smartphone business.<p>Here's what you should be looking at.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design,</i> …

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Time To Get A New Clock? This One Slows Down And Messes With Your Head

For those who are always wanting more hours in the day, this wall clock may make you careful what you wish for.<p>A long weekend is a precious thing. Looking back on it now–from the unpopular Monday after July 4–you’re probably wondering how it all went by so quickly. The Slow Clock won’t stop time, …