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Apple's mojo on the line at unveiling

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple's big event Tuesday is being called a lot of things by consumers and industry wags alike. Coming out party. Inflection point. Critical moment.<p>But the best analogy perhaps comes from the world of music, which the Cupertino-based iTunes-and-Beats-proud company considers integral …

Mars rover Opportunity breaks record for miles roamed

The Mars rover Opportunity has outdone itself by driving further than any other off-Earth vehicle in history. NASA announced Monday that the 10-year-old rover hit 25 miles, which breaks the previous record set by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.<p>"Opportunity has driven farther than any other …

Mars Rover

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

NASA's laser-powered drilling robot can search for life on Jupiter's ice moon (video)

While NASA is constantly thinking of ways to discover life beyond our solar system, there’s plenty of reason to believe we might not need to look that far.<p>One of Jupiter’s moons, Europa, is covered with a thick sheet of ice, and could be made up primarily of water. And since most large planetary …

The contents of the internet, via satellite

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Solve Airport Security Lines, Win $5,000

The Transportation Security Administration is taking suggestions for how to improve airport security lines, and they're even offering a reward.<p>The …

Good news for electric cars: New battery tech uses peroxide to boost energy density by 7X

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important — the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer …

How solar energy storage could make Tesla much more than an automaker

How lucrative could the solar energy storage business be for Tesla? Almost as lucrative as selling cars.<p>That’s according to Morgan Stanley, which this week placed a figure—$2 billion—on how much it thinks Tesla could make in annual revenue from solar energy storage. That’s assuming that its …

Tesla

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain.<p>Those shining attributes have earned them plenty of nods from doctors and environmentalists alike, as we've reported. They're not among the most popular seafoods in the U.S., …

Polymer Filter Quickly Makes Water Safe To Drink

It’s a thirsty world out there. But with much of the globe’s drinking supply unimproved by treatment systems that can remove animal waste, bacteria, …

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.<p>They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi …

Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they're going to be called: the Touchscreen …

People Flock To Put Deposits Down For A Three-Wheeled, $6,800 Vehicle

The Elio, an incredibly strange and incredibly fuel-efficient vehicle, has 25,000 reservations so far. It’s supposed to hit the road in 2015.<p>The Elio may look strange. But take a good look and get used to it, because if reservations are any indication, the oddball vehicle is going to be a fixture …

The Next Mars Rover Will Have Better Lasers and X-Ray Vision

NASA announced today that its next Mars rover will have advanced cameras, more sophisticated lasers, and the ability to see underground as it …

Battery Life 'Holy Grail' Discovered. Phones May Last 300% Longer

It comes top of almost all ‘most wanted’ polls, but manufacturers rarely listen. <i>Battery life</i> has become the great unloved element of the modern smartphone and it has built an entire industry of spares, charge cases, mini power cables and much more as a consequence. But that could all change after …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength

AT A sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they …

Robotics

These Cycling Desks Charge Your Phone–And Your Muscles–While You Work

At the office or airport, 30 minutes of easy pedaling on a WeBike will get you a full iPhone charge and keep you fit.<p>If you need to charge your phone while you’re waiting for a flight at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, or while sitting at the train station in Lyon, you can get a little exercise at …

Tiny Ants Might Be Helping Cool Earth's Climate

Ants may be some of Earth's most powerful biological climate brokers, a provocative new study claims.<p>The average ant lives and dies in less than a …

Extracting audio from visual information

Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects …

How Solar-Powered Recycled Smartphones Could Save the Rainforest

With short, incessant upgrade cycles and a reliance on rare earth elements and low-wage labor, smartphones often get pegged as a problem, both for …

Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen

Here’s an idea for energy sustainability that’s not mere quackery: A team of British designers and artists have proposed a floating tourist …

Green Energy

First Comet Close-Ups from Rosetta Spacecraft Reveal a 'Scientific Disneyland' (Photos)

It's only been a few hours since Europe's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at a comet in deep space, but the robotic probe is already beaming incredible …

Space

China says mining on the moon may help solve the world's energy crisis

Could the moon fuel Earth for 10,000 years? China says mining helium from our satellite may help solve the world's energy crisis<p><b>Helium 3 in dumped on</b> …

You can't smoke on planes, but Boeing's burning tobacco to fly

Lighting up a cigarette whilst in flight has been banned for quite a long time, but that doesn't mean Boeing won't be burning tobacco on its planes in the future. The company has teamed up with South African Airways and aviation innovation outfit SkyNRG to create biofuel from tobacco plants. …

Photos could replace passwords

An Australian teen thinks he's got a solution to the world's password problems: Use pictures instead.<p>Currently, most people make easy-to-guess passwords -- and they use the same one across several services. It's stupidly irresponsible, but the only alternative is remembering dozens of complex …

Experts weigh in on the coming robot takeover

Will a robot take your job? Yes. Yes it will<p>If you're reading this, you're probably familiar with the debate over whether a robot will take your job. Will manufacturing ever provide a stable income again? Will robot nurses replace human nurses? Would this article be better if it were written by an …

UK to Launch Commercial Spaceport by 2018

The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane …

The last man to walk on the Moon

In an exclusive interview, Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan – the last man on the lunar surface – discusses what it is like to be part of history and why he became unhappy about the American space programme.<p>Captain Gene Cernan was the third man to walk in space, one of only three people to go to the …