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Look out, mall cops: This 300-pound security robot might be your replacement

Ever since <i>RoboCop</i> and <i>Terminator 2: Judgment Day</i> hit our screens a quarter century ago, people have dreaming about the use of robots to stop making …

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Clean Rusty Grill Grates With Some Oil, Salt, and a Potato

If you don’t grill very often that probably means you don’t clean your grill regularly either. If your grill grates are covered in burnt food and …

Cleaning

Scientists are building an enormous telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean

Formed in the first seconds of the universe, before even atoms, they are also continually created by nuclear reactions, such as those which take place in the sun.<p>But while neutrinos have been hypothesized about since 1930, very little is known for sure about them — despite their being thought to be …

Particles

Wot I Think: Crytek’s VR Game The Climb

Three fallacies I’m occasionally guilty of believing:<p>1) The Oculus Rift does not involve any of the physicality of the HTC Vive<br>2) VR gaming is riding …

This robot-powered restaurant could put fast food workers out of a job

A robot-powered burger joint is coming to San Francisco.<p>In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It's fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger …

San Francisco

One Step Closer To The Hydrogen Economy Dream

<b>Published on</b> June 30th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>82<p>June 30th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The term hydrogen economy was coined back in 1970 by the noted and …

Energy

Watch a tiny SpaceX rocket land in a backyard pool

No, Elon Musk isn’t on a serious budget. This is one very dedicated fan’s re-enactment of SpaceX landing its Falcon 9 rockets, using a very small …

It's Asteroid Day

Today, June 30, is Asteroid Day, an event organized by astronomers, planetary scientists, astrophysicists, and others to raise awareness of our …

Lab-Grown Leather Gets A Boost

No cows required<p>Imagine that all the cows on Earth gathered to form their own country. The newly created Republic of Cowtania would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, just behind the United States and China.<p>That’s because cows fart and poop. A lot. And bovine waste is rich …

Cows

Do you need your next phone to be VR capable?

There's a bifurcation coming. I know, because I just Googled "bifurcation" to see if I was using the right word, and I saw this huge headline:<p>GOOGLE HAS THIS THING WHERE SOME PHONES ARE GOING TO BE COOL FOR DAYDREAM VR AND THE OTHER PHONES ARE JUST PHONES HOW BORING<p>Weird, right?<p>Anyway, it got me …

Going green: Morocco bans use of plastic bags

<b>Rabat, Morocco</b> – As a ban on the production and use of plastic bags comes into effect across Morocco on Friday, green campaigners say that the country's consumers may need years to fully comply with the new law.<p>A landmark bill passed by the Moroccan parliament last October banned the production, …

BlackBerry is reportedly going to release three new Android phones

BlackBerry isn’t ready to give up on Android. The company is reportedly planning to release three new Android phones this year, which will come out one per quarter for the next three quarters, according to <i>VentureBeat</i>. That’s a lot of Android on BlackBerry, especially considering the company’s first …

Here's how to get rid of your old electronics responsibly — without creating e-waste

There's a tiny bit of hazardous material in every smartphone. And at the end of a phone's life, it has to go somewhere.<p>But it's not always clear how to recycle your electronics responsibly, without contributing to the world's growing e-waste problem. There was a total of 41.8 million metric tons of …

E-waste

Are We Headed For 'Automated Luxury Communism'?

As someone who watches technology trends closely as part of my business, I have been thinking about the future impact of all the technology innovations and automation we are currently experiencing and on the cusp of achieving. Many of the headlines I read about these trends — and even some I write …

Artificial Intelligence

Here Is Why Google Is Buying a Crazy Amount of Clean Energy

Google just closed on a deal to buy a significant amount of clean energy from two new wind farms that will be built in Norway and Sweden to help …

NASA Is Putting SpaceX's Crew Dragon Through The Wringer

Making sure the capsule performs well under pressure<p>In a spacecraft that's built to carry humans, the "pressure vessel" is the part of the structure the astronauts inhabit on their way to the International Space Station. The pressure vessel keeps air in and the vacuum of space out, and maintains a …

Space Exploration

These Wireless Earbuds Bring Augmented Reality to Your Ears

One step closer to the future of ‘Her.’<p>Traditional earphones are inherently flawed in that they only work at their best when they completely block …

Computer coughs up passwords, encryption keys through its cooling fans - ExtremeTech

By on June 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Here’s a security update to haunt …

Information Systems

To Be The Very Best: Pokémon Enters Into Augmented Reality

Halfway through your walk to school, a wild Charmander appears. Just a few throws of a Pokéball, and it could be yours. Will you stop to catch it?<p>Nintendo is betting you will. Not just that, they're betting that you've waited most of your life to see a Pokémon in the real world.<p>Pokémon Go <i>—</i> the …

Submarines Beware: Here Come Tiny Robot Boats Armed With Torpedoes

Israel's Seagull drone ship can clear mines without putting sailors in danger. Someday it will hunt submarines.<p>The Seagull, an Israeli unmanned boat, just successfully fired a torpedo. This may seem like a small step, but naval warfare may never be the same.<p>Launched earlier this year by Elbit …

Opinion: The big reason women drop out of engineering isn’t in class

The number of women enrolling in engineering school has increased steadily over the past four decades but the number of women working as engineers …

Floating solar is a win-win energy solution for drought-stricken US lakes

Sunbaked southwest US is a prime spot for floatovoltaic projects, where they could produce clean energy and prevent evaporation in major man-made reservoirs, reports Environment 360<p>The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic …

Renewable Energy

Jupiter's Northern Lights Look Absolutely Incredible

If you want to see beautiful auroras, forget Alaska, Canada, and Iceland—check out Jupiter. At the gas giant’s north pole, the most powerful and …