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Man Caught Smuggling 13 Pounds of Meth Into US Via Drone

Drones generally haven't appealed to smugglers because their noise attracts attention.<p>A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring …

The world’s largest floating solar farm is producing energy atop a former coal mine

The Chinese city of Huainan is rich in coal—very rich. By one 2008 estimate, it has nearly a fifth of all of China’s coal reserves.<p>Now the city has become home to the world’s largest floating solar farm. Appropriately, it has been built atop a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being …

Renewable Energy

Dubai deploys tiny robot cars to police city streets

Police in Dubai have unveiled a small autonomous car that will patrol the streets in the Gulf city.<p>The miniature vehicles, which measure up to around waist height, come just weeks after the city recruited its first robotic officer.<p>The first patrol cars are set to report for duty before the end of …

India’s dreadful pollution is blocking sunlight and threatening its booming solar sector

Dirty air is choking India’s quest for clean energy.<p>High levels of environmental pollutants and dust in northern India are expected to reduce the region’s solar power generation capacity by around 17%, a new study published in the Environmental Science & Technology Letters journal says. India’s …

Solar Power

The cryptocurrency universe keeps expanding

Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency, and its meteoric rise has made it a mainstay of conversation for investors, media, and technologists alike.<p>In fact, the innovation of the blockchain is changing entire markets, while causing ripples with central banks and the financial industry. At time of …

Cryptocurrency

Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade

Shipbuilders and shipping firms believe autonomous ships will reduce accidents by removing potential for human error<p>Commercial drones and self-driving cars will soon be joined by fleets of autonomous cargo ships that navigate the world’s oceans using artificial intelligence.<p>Several shipbuilders and …

Uber maybe just lost a major executive. Here's what that means.

<b>UPDATE: June 11, 2017, 11:48 p.m. EDT</b> Uber's board has unanimously voted to adopt the recommendations of the forthcoming report about the company's …

Linux worm turns Raspberry Pis into cryptocurrency mining bots

Linux.MulDrop.14 is a Linux worm that seeks out networked Raspberry Pi systems with default root passwords; after taking them over and ZMap and …

Experts predict when AI will exceed human performance

Rightly or wrongly, one industry after another is falling under its spell, even though few have benefited significantly so far.<p>And that raises an interesting question: when will artificial intelligence exceed human performance? More specifically, when will a machine do your job better than …

Artificial Intelligence

The 25 coolest tech companies in Israel

The Middle Eastern country is sometimes referred to as "Startup Nation" thanks to the sheer number of entrepreneurs building businesses there, particularly in cities like Tel Aviv.<p>Multinational tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft all have research centres in Israel but some …

Ridesharing

There Will Be 30 Technology Companies In 2030, 10 in 2050, And Then There Will Be None

Two things are happening simultaneously. First, the old “technology industry” – hardware, software, communications and services companies – is rapidly consolidating. Second, “technology companies” and other vertical companies are morphing into entities that leverage technology for multiple consumer …

Media Industry

8 Things Successful People Do When They Don't Like Someone

Tip #6. Pick your battles.<p>Unless you’re a genetic anomaly, it’s likely you will meet people you don’t like throughout your lifetime. Whether it’s …

A Sensor That Could Soon Make Homes Scary-Smart

If you want to set up a connected home, you’ve got two options. You can buy a bunch of smart gadgets that may or may not communicate with other smart …

Machine Learning

This Israeli startup has a battery that can charge an electric car in 5 minutes

Israel’s StoreDot has done a lot of interesting stuff with battery technology, but what it’s demonstrating today at CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin is for the history books.<p>The company is launching its new FlashBattery technology, which promises to allow you to charge an electric car in just five …

Electric Vehicles

Submersible drone gives us a peek at what’s hiding under the sea

A drone-sailboat-submarine-Bond villain’s wet dream could be the key to getting an unprecedented look at the world’s oceans — and all it needs is sun and water.<p>The Submaran 10 is a hybrid device created by marine tech company Ocean Aero. It can function both as a sailboat-like water done and as a …

Flying Cars Take Off And Are Set For Sale For Up To $1.6 Million

They can roll on the road or unfurl their wings like an insect and fly. Their price tags range from $399,000 to $1.6 million. The only hindrance to buying a flying car is that you’ll need to show both your driver’s license – and your pilot’s license.<p>Two very different models created by Dutch and …

How Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Is Funding Blue Origin

<i>"My business model right now ... is I sell about $1 billion of Amazon stock a year and I use it to invest in Blue Origin."</i> -- Amazon.com CEO (and Blue Origin founder) Jeff Bezos<p>Up 46% in 52 weeks, <b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN) stock is one of the best performers on the stock market. That's good news for …

Discussing the limits of artificial intelligence

It’s hard to visit a tech site these days without seeing a headline about deep learning for X, and that AI is on the verge of solving all our problems. Gary Marcus remains skeptical.<p>Marcus, a best-selling author, entrepreneur and professor of psychology at NYU, has spent decades studying how …

Artificial Intelligence

Science Says Happier People Are Raised by Parents Who Do This 1 Thing

Here's a hint: It's all about a lack of (a certain type of) control.<p>Want your kids to be happier kids? More important, want your children to grow up to be happier and more satisfied for the rest of their lives?<p>A study from University College London found that people who perceived their parents as …

Psychology

5 research-backed secrets for making friends as an adult

When you were a kid it was a lot easier. In college you almost had to be trying not to make friends. But then you're an adult.<p>You get busy with work. Your friends get busy with work. People get married. Have kids. And pretty soon being "close" means a text message twice a year.<p>You're not alone … …

Happiness

World’s first rideable hoverbike looks cool as hell but will probably kill you

Or at least amputate your legs<p>Hoversurf, a Russian company that builds drones, posted a video last week showing off its latest prototype: the Scorpion-3, a single-seat, electric-powered hoverbike that looks cool as hell but probably won’t be ready for the X Games anytime soon.<p>The manufacturers say …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

​SK Telecom signs IoT network rollout deal with Thailand

SK Telecom and Thailand's CAT Telecom have signed an MOU to deploy a LoRa pilot network in Bangkok and Phuket and launch IoT pilot services in …

Hologram technology gives a modern twist to French elections

It has been a weekend for rallies for most of the candidates with an eye on the French presidency. On the far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon surprised his supporters by appearing live in Lyon while materialising at the same time in Paris in the form of a hologram.<p>It was a modern twist as Melenchon tries …

Google just sold Terra Bella, its eye in the sky

Back in 2014, Google acquired the satellite imaging company Terra Bella, then known as Skybox Imaging, for around $500 million. The company is in the business of manufacturing small satellites that are used to capture high-quality images of Earth and provide data for Google Maps, among others. …

The makers of Vespa designed a cute robot to carry your stuff

Grocery runs never looked so futuristic<p>Robots are coming! Especially robots that carry and deliver stuff, like the Starship delivery bot or these ridiculous motorized suitcases. A new bot is about to join those aspirational ranks, and it’s made by Piaggio — the same company that created the Vespa …

Why Segwit is Important For Trezor & Other Hardware Bitcoin Wallets

Advertisement<p>Segregated Witness (Segwit) is a scalability solution introduced to scale the bitcoin network and to eliminate transaction malleability. …

SolarEdge sets inverter efficiency record with new technology platform

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter has broken the California Energy Commission’s record for inverter efficiency.<p>The inverter, which was announced in September 2015 but is only now seeing wide-scale rollout, tested at 99% weighted efficiency while the competition clocks in between 96-98%. Arguably more …

China’s energy strategy: power and independence

What are the implications of China’s announcement last week that it will be spending $360m over the next four years to build up its renewable energy …

As Self-Driving Cars Approach, the Auto Industry Races to Rebuild

When Ford executives started dropping in on Silicon Valley startups a couple of years ago, they were met with less than warm receptions. The stalwart …

NuScale First To Submit SMR Nuclear Application to NRC

NuScale Power is a company with a mission – to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America. As of now, they are certainly on track.<p>Last week, NuScale announced their submission of the first design certification application for any SMR in the United States to the Nuclear Regulatory …