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11 Movies to Watch Out for in 2015

The non-blockbuster must-see features of the year.<p><b>Hey, did you know that a brand-new Star Wars film</b> is coming out in December? And an <i>Avengers</i> sequel is on the way in May? And yet another <i>Jurassic Park</i> adventure arrives in June? Oh, wait—of course you did, because even at this early stage of 2015, …

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The mystery of Chopin's death

<b>When Polish composer Frederic Chopin died in 1849 he seemed to have suffered a classic Romantic death from tuberculosis. But doubts soon arose about the diagnosis, and a scientific examination of the heart earlier this year, while at first appearing to confirm the TB theory, left the mystery</b> …

Piano

King and Maxwell

• <b>Author:</b> David Baldacci<p>David Baldacci brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell--former Secret Service agents turned private investigators--in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever . . . KING AND MAXWELL It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, …

MaddAddam

• <b>Author:</b> Margaret Atwood<p><b>Bringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love.</b><p>Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby …

The Circle

• <b>Author:</b> Dave Eggers<p><b>Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives.</b><p>When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, …

Dave Eggers' new novel asks what would happen if Google was truly evil

Dave Eggers, the acclaimed author behind <i>A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius</i> and <i>A Hologram for the King</i>, will release his latest novel, <i>The Circle</i>, this fall. The book will revolve around a fictional, but eerily familiar entity, "the Circle," which is described as "the world's most powerful …

YA You Can Watch (on Netflix!)

Since everyone loves Veronica Mars, we decided to peek into the depths of Netflix and see if they had anything else in the same vein. You know, other …

WB Announces ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off Feature Film Series

With a collective worldwide box-office of nearly $8 billion, there was no doubt in our mind that Warner Bros. would find a way to return to the <i>Harry</i> …

CHAOS WALKING....Into a Movie Theater Near You?

I just read Patrick Ness’ <i>Chaos Walking</i> trilogy this summer, and I have to admit I spent a lot of time imagining how it would be made into a movie. It …

Dear Tech: Stop Chasing Dystopia

People read dystopian sci-fi for fun. The tech industry seems to be reading it for ideas.<p>Tell me if this sounds familiar:<p>This is from E.M. Forster's <i>The Machine Stops</i>, a gut-wrenchingly lucid prediction of the Internet age. (Throw it in your Instapaper queue, it's fantastic.)<p>Now, consider tech's Big …

Click, Print, Gun: The Inside Story of the 3D-Printed Gun Movement

A week with Cody R. Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student working to build semiautomatic weapons using 3D printers.<p>Being a 3D-printing novice, I was once somewhat skeptical of the promise behind what's being billed as a truly game-changing technology. I saw Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis …

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No Hands, No Feet: My Unnerving Ride In Google's Driverless Car

There’s something unnerving about going for a drive on a crowded freeway with a guy who talks with his hands. But Chris Urmson didn’t seem the least bit fazed about taking his hands off the wheel (or his feet off the pedals) as we motored south on Silicon Valley’s Highway 101 at 65 miles per hour, …

Google has a single towering obsession: It wants to build the Star Trek computer.

I first came across Google’s interest in <i>Star Trek</i> back in the summer of 2010. A company spokesman wanted to show me the firm’s rapidly improving …

How the Crowd Is Solving an 800-Year-Old Mystery

Indiana Jones, the great (fictional) archaeologist, used his own brains and creativity to tackle the toughest intellectual puzzles in his quest for the Holy Grail. Indy’s self-reliance represents the dominant approach to tough problems, i.e. individuals and organizations look to themselves for the …

Your Body Does Not Want to Be an Interface - MIT Technology Review

The first real-world demo of Google Glass’s user interface made me laugh out loud. Forget the tiny touchpad on your temples you’ll be fussing with, …

Google Glass

How the Large Hadron Collider Will Bring the Internet to Everything | WIRED

THE INTERNET OF THINGS<p>Open Garden<p>When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to …

DARPA’s Robot Challenge

What can a robot do if it needs to get inside an A.T.V.? How about a Fosbury flop?<p>The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or <i>DARPA</i>, is currently holding a kind of robot triathlon to encourage researchers to build humanoid robots that can work in disaster zones. The first round had …

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

<i>Pavan Mathew is Global Head of Connected Car for Telefonica Digital.</i><p>Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B. A recent …

Google is preparing for screenless computers

The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn’t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small—it also means we’ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. “It’s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my car or lapel, that if you …

Artificial Intelligence

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The Open Hand Project is an open source initiative with the goal of making robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. | Check out 'The …

Pasona Urban Farm by Kono Designs

Tomato vines suspended over conference tables and broccoli fields in the reception are part of working life at this Japan office by Kono Designs (+ …

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

How To 3-D Print Your Own Invisibility Cloak

Now you see it...<p>The invisibility cloak Harry Potter brandishes against dark lords and nosy professors is now a reality—at least in microwave light. Duke University engineer Yaroslav Urzhumov has designed a plastic disk that makes a small object placed in its hollow center invisible to frequencies …

Researchers harness the fire of 70,000 suns using stacked solar cells

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple fix to increase the efficiency of stacked solar cells dramatically. This new, …

4 Ways That Quantum Technology Could Transform Health Care

You probably don’t grasp the finer points of how quantum mechanics works, but scientists are using its tricky rules to make medicine faster, less painful, and more personalized.<p>In July, the International Conference on Quantum Technologies brought together the leading minds in physics to discuss the …

This Factory In A Box Picks Up Where 3-D Printing Leaves Off

It’s easy to print silly toys on a 3-D printer. But to make and assemble real products, other machines and components are usually necessary. That’s where this “multi-tool” for makers comes in.<p>3-D printers may revolutionize the way we make things, but they’ll never be capable of producing …