Chris Curran

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Cell jamming gives science teacher an important legal lesson

A high-school science teacher has received a five-day suspension without pay for using a jammer in his classroom to block students’ cell-phone signals.<p>He can consider himself lucky, however, because he had actually violated federal law.<p>Dean Liptak was fed up with his students’ phone activities …

High School

SpaceX made some awesome travel posters for Mars

With all the recent news about International Space Station resupply missions, reusable rockets, and drone barges, it's easy to forget that reason Elon Musk created SpaceX in the first place is to help land humans on Mars. In a way, it's great that we're so familiar with the private space company's …

Peter Diamandis: Blockchain Technology Will Enable Extraordinary Transformation

Renowned futurist Peter Diamandis, the author of “<i>Abundance – the Future is Better Than You Think</i>” and “<i>Bold – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and</i> …

Craig Stronberg

For hacking the security game.<p>Website <br>Twitter<p>As a result of increasing incidents of hacker breaches, from JPMorgan Chase to Slack, business has become a battlefield. It’s no surprise, then, that it took Craig Stronberg–a director at PwC who spent 20 years working in the U.S. intelligence …

The World’s First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do

Chip can do anything that you might want from a normal computer, albeit a little slower. It runs a fully-functional desktop operating system, along …

Raspberry Pi

How your iPhone could start your car before you get in it

Apple already has its in-dash operating system CarPlay, which it hopes will make its way into more than 24 million vehicles over the next five years. But if a new patent published today is anything to go by, that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Apple’s hopes for the car-world.<p>What Apple …

Engines

The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more …

Software Bot Produces Up To 10,000 Wikipedia Entries Per Day

While Internet trolls and members of Congress wage war over edits on Wikipedia, Swedish university administrator Sverker Johansson has spent the last …

Cybersecurity: Can US defend itself?

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"The World in 2025" Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies

In a recently released vision of the future, Thomson Reuters analysts predict solar power will be the dominant form of energy by 2025.<p>Further, the …

Possible aircraft technologies of 2040 | Kurzweil

A rescue UAV custom-printed on-the-fly by an aircraft’s on-board 3D printer (credit: BAE Systems)<p>Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have …

Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display

We are surrounded by imperfect screens. Our smartphones, laptops, televisions, watches, billboards, thermostats and even glasses all have screens …

The 'maker movement' creates D.I.Y. revolution

Detroit<p>Think of the colorful Mt. Elliott Makerspace as a playroom where tools – such as soldering irons and electronics – are the toys.<p>A bank of Macs …

Signals from Foo Camp 2014

Foo Camp, our annual gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., brings together people we know and admire, and those we’d like to know better. It’s also a way …

There are many use cases for graph databases and analytics

The rise of sensors and connected devices will lead to applications that draw from network/graph data management and analytics. As the number of …

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 12, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on <i>MIT Technology Review</i>.