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Fossils dug up at airport may be largest flying bird ever found

Prehistoric creature flew 25m years ago and had a wingspan twice that of the royal albatross, the largest bird alive<p>A clutch of fossilised bones uncovered during the expansion of an airport terminal in the US may belong to the largest flying bird ever found.<p>The prehistoric creature had a wingspan …

Scientists Have Discovered A Planet They Thought Was Impossible

Scientists say the new planet may have "profound implications for the possibility of life" on extra-solar planets, according to a press release from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. They announced the finding in a talk at the American Astronomical Society meeting in …

Universe

Hospitals In The Future Will Look Totally Different

The text on the cornerstone of Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital, can still be viewed under its plexiglass cover. "This building," Benjamin Franklin wrote in the inscription, "was piously founded for the relief of the sick and miserable."<p>The hospital was created in 1751 by …

Health Care

Nail Polish Is the Next Wearable Tech

The best manicure of your life may be just around the corner. From a sensor that helps you quit smoking to an LED light that reminds you to take …

The High-Tech Headband That Can Make Your Stressed Brain Happy Again

Muse is wearable technology, but it doesn’t create mind-blowing experiences. Just the opposite. Muse is a brain sensing headband that measures how overwhelmed your brain is from everything life throws at it — and it helps calm your mind and rid yourself of unproductive and unhealthy stress. This is …

The Solar-Powered Airplane That Can Fly Forever Makes Its First Flight

The Solar Impulse 2 took 50 engineers, 80 technological partners, and 100 technical advisors 12 years to conceptualize, design, and build. All of their work culminated in this week's two hour-long test flight.

Solar Impulse

A Guy With No Engineering Experience Invented A Wheel Chair That Can Go Anywhere, Even Through Water

Brad Soden makes go-anywhere, do-anything wheelchairs under the well-chosen company name of Tankchair, and we learned all about his business in this excellent write-up on Bloomberg Businessweek.<p>Tankchairs sit on treads, enabling them to cross all kinds of terrain that would leave a conventional …

College & University

This necklace is also a panic button for bad dates

The Guardian Angel looks like a rather cumbersome silver pendant, but it doubles as a panic alarm for times when dates are going downhill.<p>By pressing …

Wearable sensor can tell you when you're dehydrated

Summer is the ideal time to frolic out in the sun, but there's always the risk that you'll neglect the amount of water that you're taking in. Sandia National Laboratories is hoping to put an end to that, after designing a wrist-worn sensor that lets you know when you're dehydrated. An array of …

How to convert a used SodaStream into an ocean acidification simulator, for science

Ocean scientist Andrew David Thaler reveals his new DIY science education project: "Bad Gas."<p>In this video, he explains how to turn a SodaStream …

Singapore Is Planning The World's Largest Floating Solar Farm

A tiny country with little space to spare looks to its water reservoirs to expand its use of renewable energy.<p>There isn’t much extra space in Singapore, since the entire country is smaller than New York City and fully developed. So when the government decided to install more solar power to help …

A Second Life for Wasted Soda Bottles: High-Tech Roofing

Engineers have figured out how to turn plastic trash into a material that keeps rain and heat out while letting sunlight in.<p>Perhaps the iconic image of developing-world poverty is a small collection of huts with thatched roofs. Unfortunately for those living in such places, these roofs are …

Vibrating clothes could help blind people navigate

Today's prosthetic limbs restore many of the functions of missing limbs, but technology for overcoming blindness remains limited. Now, a team of researchers hopes to change that, by developing high-tech clothing that could help visually impaired people navigate.<p>The New York-based company Tactile …

This Magical Smart Cup Automatically Knows What You're Drinking

Well, that's about to become a reality.<p>Vessyl, which is launching a pre-sales campaign today, automatically knows what you're drinking.<p>The idea is to help you make smarter, healthier choices in real time. That's because beverages are the number one source of calories, according to the National …

Beverages

Samsung Is Creating A Smart Bike That Projects Laser Beams

The Samsung Smart Bike was shown off at a design trade show in Milan, according to a report from DesignBoom first spotted by Gizmodo.<p>The bicycle works in conjunction with a Samsung smartphone, which a rider would mount between the bike's handle bars.<p>Through the phone, a user could control the …

Gear & Gadgets

Plan X will let soldiers fight cyberwars without a keyboard in 2017

DARPA is using the Oculus Rift to send troops into cyberspace<p>Plan X is an ambitious scheme, designed by DARPA, to allow all branches of the US military to fight back against electronic attacks. Now DARPA has announced the plan, which aims to allow soldiers to enter a visualized version of …

Evidence Of Hidden Ocean Found Deep Below Earth's Mantle

The results of the study will help scientists understand Earth's water cycle, and how plate tectonics moves water between the surface of the planet and interior reservoirs, researchers say.<p>The Earth's mantle is the hot, rocky layer between the planet's core and crust. Scientists have long suspected …

Geology

Thought-controlled planes are in our future

Why pilot a plane with your hands and feet when you can do it with your brain? Thought-controlled flight could be arriving soon, according to the EU-funded “BrainFlight” project.<p>A team of scientists from the Institute for Flight System Dynamics and the Berlin Institute of Technology says it …

Banking

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education.<p>It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition.<p>And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an …

The United States Is Experimenting With Drones To Control The Weather

Though it might sound like the type of exaggerated conversation piece reserved for 4Chan or niche forums, weather control processes are very real.<p>For example, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics China shot thousands of rockets into the sky that deployed silver iodide and dry ice into the clouds, …

Remote Controls

This purple, talking box can save you from an accidental prescription overdose

How's this for a crazy statistic: according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die each year from drug overdoses than car accidents -- and 70 percent of <i>those</i> deaths are caused by legally prescribed medication. Kaleo, a pharmaceutical firm, hopes it can change that. It's …

A Clever System To Ensure That Kids Only Use Their Cell Phones In School To Do Work

With new technology under development at Qualcomm, kids wouldn’t be able to Candy Crush while in math class, but they could look up a problem sheet.<p>If you catch a kid using a cell phone in school, chances are they’re not doing class-related research. But what if instead of having access to Angry …

China's Plan For The Tallest Building Ever Is Going To Save The World

While the architectures of yesteryear are often blamed for urban decay, today's buildings could be responsible for its renewal.<p>Jutting from the ground like two giant stalagmites, the latest design from UK architecture firm Chetwoods is going to blow the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, …

Skyscrapers

This robot guard keeps an unblinking eye on suspicious activities

If ever Pepper gains sentience and starts looking for a boyfriend, Bob sounds like the perfect candidate. Just like Pepper, Bob takes on a legless, rather funny appearance (as opposed to South Korea's intimidating robotic prison guards) and serves a specific purpose: to assist human security …

Broccoli-Sprout Beverage Can Detoxify Pollutants

China has a serious pollution problem and it’s harming the health of people who live there—even those living outside of the biggest cities.<p>But …

Los Angeles

Build Your Own Full-Scale Rooftop Farming Operation, With This Easy Kit

Urban Farmers’ modular system, complete with greenhouses and retrofitted shipping containers, can create a commercial-sized aquaponics farm anywhere there’s a bit of flat roof space.<p>“We sell farms, not tomatoes.” So say the founders of a Switzerland-based company that specializes in urban farms. If …