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This little machine can clean your clothes with 10 liters of water and no power

Update: The Drumi is finally in production as of late September, but without an exact ship date. Yirego, the company behind the electricity-free …

Athletic Apparel

Google blurs the line between websites and Android apps

With its latest Chrome Beta release, Google has given app-like websites called "Progressive Web Apps" a higher status on Android. If you launch a site like Flipkart Lite in the latest Android Chrome beta, you'll now get the option "add to home screen," where it'll appear like any other app on your …

The story of how Steve Jobs saved Apple from disaster and led it to rule the world, in 39 photos

Nowadays, Apple is the most valuable company in the world, thanks in huge part to the Jobs' vision.<p>But if you only saw the movie, you got less than half of the story.<p>Once upon a time, Apple was a disaster, chewing through CEOs and delivering one bad quarter of financial results after another.<p>In …

Toy Story

Elon Musk says the future of AI is in linking it to our brains

Following the accidental explosion at SpaceX on Sept. 1, company founder Elon Musk has been relatively quiet. But an interview posted this week gives …

Preparing for our Posthuman Future of Artificial Intelligence

<i>“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”</i> <i>– George …

Daimler will fight Tesla with 'at least' six electric cars

It looks like Daimler's plans to fight Tesla are even more ambitious than first thought. <i>Reuters</i> sources understand that the German automaker is working on "at least" six electric cars, and might introduce as many as nine. The exact roster isn't public, but Daimler's central Mercedes-Benz brand had …

Tesla is experiencing its first major identity crisis

But Tesla has never experienced a true <i>identity</i> crisis.<p>It is now.<p>The question for Elon Musk and his team to ask isn't, "Will we make it?" but rather, "What are we all about?"<p>Driving this identity crisis is the recent news that a driver was killed in May when his Tesla Model S running the Autopilot …

Tesla

Sweden creates world's first 'electric road'

Sometimes vehicles will be too big and heavy to make them ideal candidates for full electrification. That doesn't mean, though, they can't be powered …

Europe will make publicly funded scientific research public

European Union (EU) ministers have agreed to make a huge amount of scientific research in the region available free of charge by 2020. The move will open up publicly funded papers and articles to a wide audience, helping individuals and businesses to make use of scientific insight. It'll also make …

Here’s how we could build a colony on an alien world

If the human race is to survive in the long-run, we will probably have to colonise other planets. Whether we make the Earth uninhabitable ourselves …

Elon Musk's SpaceX lands reusable rocket on barge for second time

Falcon first-stage booster touches down vertically off Florida coast Company had played down hopes of a successful landing<p>SpaceX landed a rocket on a robotic ocean barge on Friday, the second marine landing for the private aerospace company and the third successful use of a reusable rocket.<p>A live …

Space Travel

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Comparing Rogue One to the Original Star Wars Trilogy

From Mon Mothma to Yavin base to Gonk droids and beyond, here are some comparisons between new and old imagery.<p>One of the most striking aspects of …

Star Wars

SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

After four failed attempts at sea, SpaceX shows it can stick an ocean landing as well as one on solid ground.<p>SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It’s the first time the company has been able to pull off an …

Space Travel

The Singularity and the Neural Code

<i>The following is an edited, updated version of an article originally written for</i> IEEE Spectrum.<p>I’m 62, with all that entails. Grey hair, trick knee, …

Singularity

Scientists Grow A Human Heart From Stem Cells

The breakthrough could pave the way for lab-grown organs that won’t be rejected by the recipient.<p>Scientists have successfully grown a human heart in the lab. Or rather, they’ve regrown an existing donor heart, using stem cells to replace any cells that might cause the recipient to reject it. This …

What Google's grand Go victory means: Technology is about to get a lot smarter

On Wednesday afternoon in Seoul, two players faced off in a game of Go - one of civilisation’s oldest board games. But this game was different to the billions played in the game’s 3,000-year history.<p>For the first time ever, a computer program beat the world champion at the strategy game at which …

Oracle is ready to reveal 'bombshell' details about Google's Android business

Oracle is hoping to convince a jury to make Google pay Oracle billions of dollars in damages.<p>On the other hand, Google may be able to convince the jury that the Oracle Java software it used in Android falls within the "fair use" provision of copyright law.<p>And that would mean Google has the right to …

Oracle

New Nuclear Engine Takes 6 Weeks To Get To Mars

Spaaaaaace!<p>Russian company Rosatom has developed a nuclear power propulsion system that could get a spacecraft to Mars in just over a month. The trip …

Engines

Virgin Galactic rolls out 'Unity,' its first new space plane since 2014 crash

MOJAVE, California — Virgin Galactic is getting ready to fly again.<p>Sixteen months after a fatal accident sidelined the private spaceflight company, …

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

A new video released by the space agency discusses the possibility of speeding up our missions to other worlds by harnessing the power of lasers.<p>Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has …

Space Travel

The first discovery of 2 colliding black holes just fundamentally changed our perception of the universe

On Thursday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, made up of more than 1,000 scientists worldwide, publicly released results that had been secretly circulating among the scientific community for the past few weeks: the first detection of a phenomenon called …

Physics

A new Star Trek TV show produced by Hannibal's Bryan Fuller? Make it so

A new Star Trek TV show is currently in production at CBS. The classic sci-fi series will return sometime in 2017, with <i>Hannibal</i> producer Bryan Fuller …

Star Trek

Evolving Our Way to Artificial Intelligence

Arend Hintze, <i>Michigan State University</i><p>Researcher David Silver and colleagues designed a computer program capable of beating a top-level Go player -- a marvelous technological feat and important threshold in the development of artificial intelligence, or A.I. It stresses once more that humans aren't …

Artificial Intelligence

Legendary futurist explains how he plans to live forever

Google's leading engineer and prominent futurist Ray Kurzweil says humans just a few scientific breakthroughs away from achieving eternal life. The first step — watching what we eat.<p>Kurzweil — one of the world's leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism — has a strategy on …

Singularity

Margaret Morris Becoming the First Transhuman: A Call For The Right Stuff

Who will officially be the first transhuman? Will it be you? Why wait decades? This article explains one approach to speeding up the process and also …

Nanotech

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

Why Not: A Sorting Algorithm Based on the Fake-Theory of Intelligent Design

What computer science textbooks don't want you to know.<p>Sorting algorithms are among the most fundamental algorithms in computer science. Sorting is at the very heart of data or even just information in general. Search algorithms usually grow from sorting algorithms, for one thing, and that's about …

Algorithms

SpaceX landing hailed as giant leap for space travel

When<p>Elon Musk'sSpaceXrocket nailed its historic landing at Florida's Cape Canaveral on Monday night and the enormous dust cloud settled, it was more than an engineering feat hailed around the world.<p>The Falcon 9's landing made deep space travel seem attainable again — not just to aerospace engineers …

Are we surrounded by Dyson Spheres?

In this week's "Ask a Physicist," we'll explore an awesome mash-up of exoplanets, supercivilizations, and dark matter, and try to figure out whether …