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Dark side of the moon: The grim history of NASA's space race

The Saturn V rocket was a remarkable achievement of human engineering. The man-rated rocket carried most of the Apollo missions into space, and won the Space Race for America.<p>It was also based on Nazi technology.<p>Wernher von Braun was an aerospace engineer and member of the Nazi Party during World …

Tiny Origami Robot That Can Unfold Itself From a Swallowed Capsule

It is possible to have a small robot that can unfold itself and move around the stomach to collect mistakenly swallowed items and also work on …

Elon Musk cheers as Norway moves toward ban on petroleum-powered cars

Norway’s top political parties have reportedly reached a tentative deal that would ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars within the …

A four-armed robot can now improvise music as well as human bandmates

He bobbed his head with the groove, and leaned way in when he wanted to play more complicated melodies, rocking and rolling with the beat of the jam. This wasn’t a your average jazz band member, though—this was Shimon, a four-armed robot marimba player built by the Georgia Institute of Technology …

This self-healing material could solve many wearable woes

The experimental electronics material works in high humidity and even after being cut in half - once it heals itself.<p>The physical limitations of existing materials are one of main problems when it comes to flexible electronics, be it wearables, medical or sports tech. If a flexible material breaks, …

Self-Healing

Now you can create Windows 10 apps without writing a line of code

The Windows Store isn't exactly known for being a robust app marketplace, and Microsoft knows it. The company is always looking for new ways to attract developers to the platform. In the past, Microsoft made tools designed to port iOS and Android apps to Windows, and created the Universal app …

Windows 10

Tesla Model 3 To Be Mostly New Technology (JB Straubel Presentation)

<b>Published on</b> November 1st, 2015 | <i>by James Ayre</i><p>10<p>November 1st, 2015 by <b>James Ayre</b><p>Originally published on <i>EV Obsession</i>.<p>Tesla’s Chief Technology Officer, …

Tesla

How Amazon took control of the cloud | John Naughton

Amazon’s fast-growing web services have become a critical component in our computing universe<p>The internet, in just two decades, has gone from something that seemed exotic to most people to a utility that is taken for granted – like electricity. Just as most people – at least in industrial societies …

A Brief History Of The Individual And Corporate Income Tax

The U.S. government has been taxing its citizens for most of its history. However, during the early years, the tax was minimal and applied only to the affluent. Beginning with the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal, the government has been growing larger and requiring more and more revenue. Where …

Microsoft has trapped its biggest partners between a rock and a hard place

Sales in the PC industry are declining at around 11% per quarter, according to IDC, causing drops in profits for PC makers. Microsoft is somewhat insulated from this decline thanks to big enterprise sales, but the company's increased focus on hardware with the new Surface Book Pro — a high-end …

Windows 10 -- Coming Soon To A TV Near You, If You Live In India

Over the last couple of years, Microsoft has streamlined and optimized Windows in an effort to make the OS run on smaller, less powerful devices. Whereas older versions of Windows, in the pre-Windows 7 era, usually required more robust hardware than earlier versions to run well, Windows 10 can run …

5 Astronauts Told Us Their Most Terrifying Moments In Space

During Chris Hadfield’s first flight, he and his fellow astronauts had to navigate a quarter-million-pound shuttle toward a target the size of a coffee cup saucer on the Russian Mir Space Station.<p>Hadfield’s job was to relay the speed and range information to the pilot as they were docking. This was …

Space Exploration

Microsoft Edge can beam videos to your TV, Chromecast-style

Although fans of Microsoft’s Edge browser may have recently been saddened to hear that it won’t support extensions until some time next year, here’s some good news: it will allow you to cast videos, photos and music to your TV with just a click.<p>Already available to early adopters as part of the …

Microsoft Band 2.0: Big steps forward mean you just might ditch your trainer

Review: Better than the original, but not perfect.<p>The original Microsoft Band was impressive when it debuted last year. It had a colorful touchscreen …

Mysterious new Times Square benches hide a "powerful" secret

1/7<p>Snøhetta Times Square Renovation<p>Although Snøhetta Architects' revamp of New York's Time Square may not transform the iconic landmark completely, …

Samsung unveils new ‘Stripe’ batteries, representing a major breakthrough for mobile devices

As advances continue in the realm of mobile devices and wearable gadgets, we always come back to the same handful of barriers that impede progress. …

Mobile

Amazon may be secretly building a team that will help it replace FedEx and UPS

The report said that Amazon plans to launch its own shipping network "sometime in 2016," under the goal of doing "whatever it takes to serve every community" in the US.<p>As evidence, the report cited an anonymous source who said that Amazon has already hired "one of the world's leading recruiting …

This is the wireless router for people who hate wireless routers

The router provided by your ISP is likely to be terrible.<p>If you're unhappy with your speeds and range, you can go straight to the nuclear option if you'd like, but the $199.99 High Power Touch Screen AC1750 Wi-Fi Router is an interesting middle ground between power and accessibility.<p>The hardware …

God Over Everything: Black Spirituality and the Paradox of Religion

During his powerful eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the former South Carolina State Senator and beloved Reverend of Emmanuel A.M.E. Church who was tragically murdered in a vicious mass shooting, President Obama spoke passionately to Pinckney's embodiment of spiritual principles.<p>"We are here today to …

Announcements: News comments: Solu is new Kickstarter project that aims to revolutionize computing

Latest post to a thread "Solu is new Kickstarter project that aims to revolutionize computing" has been made by magictown at 21 October 2015 10:05

Remember that laser razor? Yeah, it got kicked off Kickstarter

Last month, the laser razor from Skarp Technologies amassed over $750,000 in funding during the first week of its Kickstarter campaign.<p>But on …

Crowd Funding

The Laser Razor: The awesome project Kickstarter took down (because it doesn't exist)

After raising over $4 million on Kickstarter, the Skarp Laser Razor looked set to change the way we remove hair from our bodies. There was just one …

Crowd Funding

Man Makes 'Coolest' Update To This Plain Cooler - Watch It Transform

Gathering friends and family outdoors for some summer fun should be a pleasurable experience, but sometimes the labor involved with lugging food, …

Microsoft will publish an original sci-fi short story anthology to promote its research projects

Microsoft is promoting its advanced research efforts in a rather unique way. The company has announced plans to release an original ebook science …

Science Fiction

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …