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City of the future sinks into the ocean

Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed<p>With dry land increasingly at a premium, a Japanese construction company has come up with a plan to sink a spiralling city into the depths of our oceans.<p>Each Ocean Spiral will be home to about 5,000 …

Rare Earth

It’s Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA

The benefits of mindfulness meditation just keep piling up.<p>Meditation is good for you. We don’t need to tell you that. The chorus of voices extolling the virtues of mindfulness is never-ending: It decreases stress. It helps you focus. It can even rewire your mental circuitry. But it’s not just your …

The year in ideas: TED Talks of 2014

Rainbow world: the most colourful places on Earth – in pictures

The world is full of landscapes that are so surreal, and so intensely coloured, that it’s hard to believe they really exist. Take a look at some of the strangest, and most vibrant, views in the world, from a pink lake in Senegal to striped rock formations in China

The best photography magazines on Flipboard

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Floating 3D video shows 'Star Wars' holograms are closer than we think

Thanks to Princess Leia's famous Star Wars plea, true holograms rank just behind flying cars as tech we want, nay <i>deserve</i> to have in our lifetimes -- and Tupac-style flimflam won't cut it. Now, an exhibition from artists Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets whimsically called "Help Me Obi" projects …

Teen's Smartphone Catches Fire Under Pillow As She Sleeps

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com<p>A 13-year-old Texas girl recently woke up to a nightmare. Her cell phone had ignited under her pillow, and the fire melted the handset and burned the pillow, bedsheet and mattress.<p>Ariel Tolfree told Fox 4 in Dallas-Forth Worth that her Samsung Galaxy S4 slipped under her …

No thanks to Apple, iPhones and iPads can finally stream DRM videos from your iTunes library

<b>Updated Wednesday, July 2, at 5:37 AM PT to highlight the difference between Younity’s iTunes media streaming and Apple’s “Home Sharing” feature</b><p>iTunes shows and movies are protected by digital rights management (DRM) software, which limits how people can share and view them. But thanks to a …

Robotic furniture brings the dinner table to you

Lamps that follow you around. Tables that bring you your dinner. They might one day be coming to a room near you.<p>Robotic arms and other mechanisms have long been used to make or assemble furniture, but I'm not quite sure I've ever seen robots that <i>become</i> furniture. That is, until today.<p>Scientists …

Furniture

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Google has been building self-driving cars for years, but what we've seen so far has always been retrofits of existing …

Full Speech: Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation (EN, FR, ES, RU, GR,...)

Weave, A New Kind Of Telco For SMBs, Rings Up $5M Led By Ronny Conway

Weave, a startup out of Utah that has developed a unique VoIP-based unified communications service for small and medium businesses that it is selling first targeting dentists (more on that below), is today announcing that it has raised a Series A of $5 million.<p>The round of funding is notable in …

Intel's cable-free future will use WiTricity's advanced wireless charging

The wireless charging space recently expanded with the introduction of A4WP's Rezence brand, followed by the participation of PC giants, Lenovo and Dell. Now, things are about to get even more interesting as WiTricity and Intel -- both being A4WP board members -- today announced their technology …

Carma offers up $2.5M in prizes to developers who can help grow the carpooling service

German Researchers Build A Plane Controlled By Your Brain

While the more pedantic among us would argue that every plane is controlled by our brains, German researchers at the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have created a plane that eschews all the messy, meaty bits (your head, your hands) that sit between the brain and the plane.<p>Called …

Are You Ready? Here Are The Top 10 Skills For The Future

As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind. If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is …

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 …

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.

Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

At its WWDC conference this week, Apple unveiled a scaffolding of sorts that allows developers to control smart home devices like light switches, thermostats, garage doors and more. This is called HomeKit, and it promises to be flexible and powerful — but its success will lie in hardware …

Swift is great, but you should still know Objective-C first

Apple sent waves through the developer community on Monday when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac OS X apps that’s designed to be fast, modern, and easy to learn by limiting the amount of boilerplate code needed to solve and debug common problems.<p>With the growing …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Singularity

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

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Army’s new training shooter makes out of shape soldiers look fat

Virtual Battlespace 3 applies real-world fitness scores to avatars' performance.<p>The US Army has been an early adopter of using video game technology …

Download 400,000 high-res images from Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection

Art enthusiasts, rejoice: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s preeminent cultural institutions, has released 400,000 digital images of …

'World's First' Braille Phone Is Now on Sale

UK-based OwnFone, a company that lets users design their own mobile devices, introduced what it's calling the world's first Braille phone.<p>OwnFone …

Scientists make deep-brain implants possible through wireless charging

Stanford researchers have figured out a way to wirelessly charge electronic devices that are <i>deep inside</i> your body. Currently pacemakers and nerve transmitters need to have large receiving coils near the top of your skin to charge up (limiting where you can put them), or periodically have their …

This treadmill lets you walk in any direction

No, that's not a detached tank tread you're looking at, it's a treadmill -- and it doesn't care which direction you're walking. It's called the Infinadeck, and we found it hiding in a dark corner of the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo. Each of its tank-like treads is covered in a moving belt …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …