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The roots of language: what makes us different from other animals?

The natural world is full of wondrous adaptations such as camouflage, migration and echolocation. In one sense, the quintessentially human ability to use language is no more remarkable than these other talents. However, unlike these other adaptations, language seems to have evolved just once, in …

Linguistics

Self-Driving Cars More Prone to Accidents, But It's Not Their Fault

Self-driving cars like those being tested by Google have been more prone to get into accidents than conventional vehicles, but that doesn’t mean they’re less safe, according to a new report from transportation researchers.<p>Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan's …

Autonomous Cars

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

‘The Other Side of the American Dream’: Powerful Portraits Document the Abuse of Migrants Passing Through Mexico

For <i>Al Otro Lado del Sueño</i>, or <i>The Other Side of the American Dream</i>, photographer Nicola “Ókin” Frioli catalogues the heartbreak and devastation …

Big Wind Is The Most Powerful Fire Truck In The World With Jet Engines Mounted On A Tank

Jason Lazarus September 5, 2015 897<p>When you’re a kid, fire trucks are amazing and most kids wanted to be firemen and women when they grew up. As …

Engines

Samsung is said to be working on a monster-sized Android tablet

The company is said to be working on a huge Android tablet with an 18.4-inch screen, according to blog Sam Mobile, which has leaked reliable information about new Samsung products in the past.<p>The tablet is said to have a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, and it's being called "Tahoe" internally. …

8 Hugely Successful People Who Didn't Graduate College

Founder of FE International<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is formal education a necessity? Do you need to go to school if you want to build a successful business?<p>Most people are brought up to believe that going to school, getting good grades, working really hard and …

Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors will simultaneously support three 4K monitors at 60Hz

After a pair of leaks revealed most of the details about Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor lineup, the company today itself has teased a few of the features of the upcoming processors. While Intel says launch details will be revealed in a couple of weeks, some information was teased during an …

Computer Hardware

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 display is the best in any smartphone

We can complain about many Samsung shortcomings, but there is one thing the Korean manufacturer will never fail at. Their displays are stunning, and they keep getting better every single time (twice a year, to be exact)! In fact, multiple DisplayMate studies show Samsung has been offering the top …

Phones

Is Space Case 1 the world's most hi-tech suitcase?

Its makers claim it is the “ultimate travel companion” , making best use of “technology, style and function”, with a range of features such as a digital scale built into its 360-degree rotating wheels.<p>Welcome Space Case 1.<p>Available as a carry on bag (21.5in x13.5in x7.5in; weighing 3.6kg) and …

Virgin Atlantic

2018 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman: 21-Plus-Feet of the Best Money Can Buy

Money

15 Ideas That Will Make You Reconsider Virtual Reality

What can virtual reality be when you forget about video game cliches? These experimental apps ponder that question.<p>We’ve heard a lot of talk about virtual reality, but what will people actually do with it, other than make a more immersive <i>Call of Duty</i> sequel? Right now, Oculus and Samsung are …

BMW's Mini Demos Augmented Reality Glasses for Drivers

The Mini Augmented Vision prototype allows drivers to get a heads-up display of directions, speed limits and other information, while offering hands-free texting and music control.<p>Where Google Glass managed to just drive people away, BMW thinks augmented reality could really help drivers.<p>The …

Self-driving vehicles and robotic clerks could take your job in 20 years

It's no secret that computers and robots have been putting people out of work in recent years, but that trend is about to accelerate... at least, if you ask the computers themselves. A machine learning algorithm from Oxford University has sifted through US Bureau of Statistics data and believes …

Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes

image via lucidenergy.comYou’d be forgiven if the phrase “Portland goes green with innovative water pipes” doesn’t immediately call to mind thoughts …

Clean Energy

How Do Chameleons Change Color?

This factory robot is small, precise and human-friendly

Picture a typical factory robot in your head and you'll probably see a cold, unsympathetic arm performing relatively simple tasks. You may want to shake that image soon, though. Rethink Robotics has taken the wraps off of Sawyer, a smaller sibling to its earlier Baxter model that's built for …

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

IBM gets serious about Internet of Things with $3 billion investment

If you're driving home from work and an unexpected storm is headed your way, consider how helpful it would be to get a digital notification pushed to …

Your car is a giant computer - and it can be hacked

Imagine driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour, when suddenly the wheel turns hard right. You crash. And it was because someone hacked your car.<p>It's not far-fetched science fiction. It's the near-term future today's hackers are warning about.<p>Most people aren't aware their cars are already …

Animaker Removes the Barriers to Creating Pro-Level Animated Videos

<i>Each week we’re profiling one company that has been selected for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person</i> at <i>The Next Web Conference Europe on April 23 & 24.</i><p>When it comes to online visual content, either on the Web or via mobile, some elements are no …

Résumés

How your 'healthy' flavoured water contains more sugar than cola

Consumers are ditching fizzy drinks for flavoured waters, but many don't realise how full of sugar these drinks are - shockingly, some contain up to 13g per serving<p>The good news is we’re drinking fewer fizzy drinks. The bad news is we’re drinking sugary water instead.<p>Figures from consumer research …

Nutrition

Amazon is testing its Prime Air drone in Canada, just 2,000 feet from U.S. border

Ever since Amazon announced its ambitious Prime Air drone delivery project at the end of 2013, the company has been complaining to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about its apparent lack of flexibility when it comes to green-lighting tests of the flying machine.<p>So upset was Amazon by the …

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Home Networking

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Dyson powers $20M investment into solid-state battery company Sakti3

Dyson may be more famous for vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, and bladeless fans, but the British electronics giant is spreading its wings with the news that it’s investing $15 million in Michigan-based solid-state battery company Sakti3. Existing investors General Motors, Khosla Ventures, Beringea, …

Windows 10 will deliver updates through your fellow PC users

Not fond of having to wait (and wait, and wait) while you download Windows updates from Microsoft's servers? You might not have to when Windows 10 arrives. <i>The Verge</i> has noticed that a leaked version of the operating system lets you grab updates from other computers, whether they're on your local …

AeroMobil flying car set to take off in 2017, autonomous version to follow

AeroMobil has been around for five years, pursuing the dream of building a functional and (somewhat) practical flying car. Its third-gen prototype was revealed last October, and today at SXSW, AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik revealed a bit more about the company's past and future and the challenges …

Apple may buy 746 tonnes of gold for its smartwatches

Apple could soon be a major buyer of gold, according to estimates of how much of the precious metal will be required to produce the 18-carat version …