Darren Stephenson

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NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored, …

DARPA's New Biotech Unit Will Try to Create New Life Forms

Also: disease detectors and brain-controlled drones.<p>Artist concept of the inside of a cell. Image: DARPA<p>Ye sci-fi writers hard up for new material should spend an hour or so perusing the Defense Department's 2015 budget proposal, especially the section covering the far-out research projects …

Biotechnology

UFO Or Pickup Truck?

What were the strange lights that appeared on camera the night of Feb. 16 at the home of Mississippi residents Rainer and Edith Shattles?<p>The Shattles enjoy looking at wildlife on their 150-acre property in Jackson County's Cumbest Bluff. For that purpose, they installed trail cameras to record and …

Decorating 101 from a Venice Walk Street Craftsman Home

747 Marco Place, Venice<p><b>Open House</b>: Sunday, October 27, between 1 PM - 5 PM<p><b>747 Marco Place</b>, Venice<b><br>Price</b>: $2,395,000<b><br>Beds, Bath</b>: 3 beds, 3 baths<b><br>Floor Area</b>: 2,138 sq. ft.<b><br>Per the Listing</b>: "Picturesque Craftsman home on the sought-after walk streets of Venice Beach. A romantic front yard features an …

Sustainable Home Brightly Decorated: The Net Zero Energy Modern House

Sustainability is a major issue these days. I have noticed lately how people have started to pay more attention to the environment. The idea of …

Google Makes Glass Available To Anyone (Who Can Afford it) (For A Few Days)

Part of the cachet, and the stigma, around Google Glass derives from how hard it is to get your hands on a pair: You have to be a member of the Glass Explorer beta tester program — or, like infamous Glasshole Sarah Slocum, at least have a friend who is and doesn’t mind letting you borrow them.<p>Until …