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New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

Velociraptor robot nearly as fast as Cheetah

A newly created running robot based on the Velociraptor is faster than Usain Bolt, and closing in on the first robot that broke Bolt's record.<p>It won't be the cheetahs that kill us after all, but, apparently, the robotic dinosaurs. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and …

Robotics

Learn To Be A Roboticist—In Your Undies

You don't even have to get out of bed.<p>Mastering robots in the company of professors doesn’t require a classroom. Or even pants. EdX, a remote-learning site run by Harvard and MIT, offers dozens of free online courses, including one called Autonomous Mobile Robots. We audited a class to see what it …

MOOCs

SpaceX's first manned spacecraft can carry seven passengers to the ISS and back

Elon Musk thinks the vessel will be ready by 2016<p>Elon Musk's SpaceX has revealed its first manned spacecraft at a live launch event in California. The Dragon V2 is capable of carrying seven astronauts for several days to and from the International Space Station, docking automatically with the …

SpaceX Just Released Video Of A New Engine That Could Land Humans On Another Planet

The SuperDraco is a "launch escape system," or a system used to separate the crew capsule from the main rocket blasting them up to space if something goes wrong (like an explosion) during launch or the early stages of ascent.<p>Traditionally, launch escape systems have been "jettisoned after the first …

SpaceX Unveils First Manned Spacecraft

Watch the Dragon V2 live<p>SpaceX will reveal its first manned spacecraft at 7pm PDT/10pm EDT tonight. The Dragon V2 capsule is designed to carry humans to the International Space Station, and may eventually free NASA from its reliance on the Russian space program.<p>An earlier version of the Dragon …

Space Exploration

After Decades Of Silent Wandering, NASA Probe Phones Home

You might call it the ultimate long shot — a group of space enthusiasts trying to re-establish contact with a wayward satellite launched in 1978. Figuratively speaking, it's been off the radar for decades.<p>No more.<p>"The initial contact was a tone followed by specific commands," project organizer …

Richard III: Team rebuilds 'most famous spine'

<b>Richard III's bent spine would have left him inches shorter, but able to function well, researchers have found.</b><p>Shakespeare depicted Richard as physically and mentally grotesque, a view rejected by modern supporters.<p>When his skeleton was found under a Leicester car park in 2012, the marked curve in …

Archaeology

Physicists Say New World Cup Soccer Ball Design Has Big Impact

With just six panels and a rough surface, the new Brazuca ball seems to move more predictably than previous World Cup balls.<p>Every year the newest version of the World Cup soccer ball causes a stir. Now physicists have put those balls to the test, to see just how well they fly.<p>World Cup soccer balls …