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Here is the first look at Samsung's new Gear smartwatch, coming next month

<b>Read next:</b> The Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch review.<p>Samsung's big news today was two big phones, but it has even more tech to come shortly: a new smartwatch that's going to be unveiled next month. At the end of its presentation today, Samsung teased the Gear S2, a circular smartwatch with an …

This Inflatable Space Elevator Could House Hotels and Airports High In The Sky

The logistics of launching into orbit might be very difficult but at least if you build it, tourists will come.<p>Thoth is a Canadian company that makes miniaturized, lightweight gadgets to be taken into space, and now it has just patented an insane, sci-fi technology that could make getting them into …

How Microsoft built, and is still building, Windows 10

Windows 10 for PCs arrived two weeks ago. Thankfully, we don’t need to wait years to say this will be a Microsoft operating system release like no other.<p>The most obvious clue is not the fact that Windows 10 was installed on more than 14 million devices in 24 hours, that you can get it for cheap or …

Two days hiking on Hinchinbrook Island: the trek that nearly (sort of) killed me

Before I started my first proper hike, I practised for several weeks walking with a small pack and new boots on the stretch of car-heavy road that took me from Bellevue Hill to my office in Surry Hills in Sydney.<p>The main thoroughfare I walked down was flat and covered in bitumen. Bus fumes hung in …

Travel (Australia)

Emmy Noether, hero of symmetry and conservation

The first of two Perimeter Institute public lectures this week. Emmy Noether was a giant of mathematics, whose work tied together two fundamental concepts: conservation laws and symmetries in nature. But who was she, and why does her work still have such impact?<p>When I gave a public lecture at the …

Physics

The Moon has a big, weirdly shaped dust cloud on its surface

It changes in size when meteors pass by<p>While traipsing about the Moon during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions, NASA astronauts noticed an unexplained "horizon glow" on the lunar surface just before sunrise. The sight led them to suspect that a dust cloud might be percolating miles above them — but no …

Microsoft patents a method for generating 3D models from objects

Microsoft has patented a method for quickly generating 3D models of physical objects for use in games, animation, 3D printing and more. PatentYogi breaks down the technology in the video above.<p>The patent describes the use of a single depth camera to capture images of an object from various angles, …

Google Must Expand Privacy Delistings, Says French Watchdog

The French data protection watchdog has ordered Google to widen its implementation of the so-called European ‘right to be forgotten‘ so that links are also delisted from all Google domains, including google.com, not just (as is currently the case) from the .fr French subdomain.<p>Quick backgrounder …

Privacy

Ancient DNA sheds light on how language, cultures evolved in Bronze Age Europe

It's tricky studying the history of a time when no one wrote things down. Archaeology pieces together how people lived in the past by studying artifacts they left behind; linguistics by analyzing newer languages to reconstruct the old.<p>This week, another branch of science -- genetics -- gave the …

At DARPA challenge, rescue robots show future of disaster relief

In a narrow parking lot, Brett Kennedy and Sisir Karumanchi stand around what looks like a suitcase. But then four limbs extend from its sides, bending and clicking into position. Two spread out like legs and two rise up like arms as the robot goes through several poses, looking for all the world …

8 ways to totally humiliate yourself in Miami

Undervalue the perfect Cuban sandwich.<p>There’s a reason every person who has ever set foot in this city chomps on a Cuban ASAP. We could argue all day …

Art Basel

5 things no one tells you about quitting your job to travel the world, from someone who's done it

And last November, that's exactly what I did: After years of disciplined saving, I quit my job as an editor at a respected magazine in New York, bid adieu to my bargain apartment, sold my furniture, dropped off my beloved Chihuahuas at Chez Parents, packed our bags, and set off with the boyfriend …

Apple chief Tim Cook criticises Google and Facebook over privacy

Web rivals’ business models undermine users’ privacy, says Tim Cook, who also warns governments on pursuing ‘dangerous’ encryption policies<p>Apple chief executive Tim Cook has delivered his sharpest attack yet on rivals Google and Facebook, with a speech criticising their advertising-supported …

Large Hadron Collider boots back up with supercharged energy levels

Scientists hope restart of particle accelerator at 13 tera-electronvolts will reveal new particles and possibly shed light on dark matter<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is expected on Wednesday to start delivering physics data on its experiments for the first time in 27 months.<p>After nearly two …

Physics

Are we products of nature or nurture? Science answers age-old question

The age-old question of whether human traits are determined by nature or nurture has been answered, a team of researchers say. Their conclusion? It’s a draw.<p>By collating almost every twin study across the world from the past 50 years, researchers determined that the average variation for human …

Genetics

Apple and Google push Obama to prevent encryption backdoors

Apple, Google and other major tech companies have urged President Obama not to give the FBI backdoor access to smartphone data, according to the <i>Washington Post</i>. The publication obtained a letter signed by no less than 140 major tech players, security specialists and privacy groups stating that …

Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment?

Now that Obamacare has removed healthcare from employment, people can leave their cubicles and pursue part-time labor. With apps like Uber, that …

Study: Facebook Tracks Users in ‘Violation’ of EU Law

A study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC) has found that Facebook is tracking all users of its social networking site, even if they’ve opted out of tracking.<p>The research also found that logged out users, and people who don’t have an account at all, were having their Web movements …

Apple CEO Tim Cook promises to give away all his wealth in new interview

Stephen Lam/Getty Images<p>Tim Cook intends to "give away all his wealth" after providing for his 10-year-old nephew, according to a new profile of the Apple CEO in Fortune.<p>Cook spoke to Adam Lashinsky extensively on a range of issues, including his outspoken support for a number of social issues. …

What’s behind the spike in IQ scores?

More schooling and harder problems may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores—often referred to as the Flynn Effect—during the …

Education

Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own toys

3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to move further away from the reach of children. …

Windows 10 gets serious about biometric log-ins with face, iris and fingerprint scans

Passwords are so old-school. Microsoft seems to think so at least, with the annoncement of a new sign-in system for Windows 10 called Windows Hello.<p>Hello lets you sign in by scanning your face, iris or fingerprint instead of an old-school password or PIN system.<p>If your device already has a …

The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

People across the world are eating pies and celebrating the circle this Saturday — and this year's Pi Day is particularly special. The full date, 3/14/15, is pi to the first four places. At 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds, you can even celebrate pi to <i>nine</i> places: 3.141592653.<p>NPR's Math Guy, Keith Devlin …

Mathematics

Solar eclipse: Will Friday's astronomical event be ruined by cloudy weather?

The most spectacular solar eclipse to be visible from Britain since 1999 is in danger of being hidden by cloud<p>The most spectacular solar eclipse to be visible from Britain for 15 years <b>takes place this week</b>.<p>But like the disappointing <b>1999 total eclipse</b>, when thousands travelled to western Cornwall, …

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two computer screens are squeezed on to his corner desk along with family photos, a tissue box and tins of Altoids Curiously Strong Peppermints. The office is in a quiet business …

Space

A Hundred Million Stars in 3 Minutes

Elon Musk says he's going to 'end' one of Tesla owners' biggest problems this week

Range anxiety is a common fear among electric car owners that their car won't be able to last until the next charge.<p>Drivers end up playing it safe and recharging before they hit the upper limit of their battery's range, or simply choosing to take gas-powered cars on longer journeys instead of their …

AeroMobil flying car set to take off in 2017, autonomous version to follow

AeroMobil has been around for five years, pursuing the dream of building a functional and (somewhat) practical flying car. Its third-gen prototype was revealed last October, and today at SXSW, AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik revealed a bit more about the company's past and future and the challenges …