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Why you think your phone is vibrating when it is not

Most of us experience false alarms with phones, and as Tom Stafford explains this happens because it is a common and unavoidable part of healthy brain function.<p>Sensing phantom phone vibrations is a strangely common experience. Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating in our pockets when …

Psychology

Stealth clothing is the Google Glass defense we’ve been waiting for

The surveillance age is here, and it’s tough not to feel a bit helpless about it.<p>With cameras pinned to buildings, embedded in smartphones, and floating in the sky, it’s impossible to imagine going outside and not being photographed at every turn. And the rise of Google Glass will only make it …

Flexible Glass Could Make Tablets Lighter and Solar Power Cheaper - MIT Technology Review

Researchers at the U.S. government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have built flexible solar cells using a thin and pliable kind of glass from …

Tatooine-Like Alien Planets Could Host Life

Luke Skywalker would be proud. Planets like Skywalker's fictional home of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" movie series might have more potential for …

Toxic Mars: Astronauts Must Deal with Perchlorate on the Red Planet

The pervading carpet of perchlorate chemicals found on Mars may boost the chances that microbial life exists on the Red Planet — but perchlorates are …

Johnson Space Center

Controlling a flying robot with only the mind | Kurzweil

A remote controlled helicopter has been flown through a series of hoops around a college gymnasium in Minnesota (credit: University of …

The Trailblazer: Meet The Brit Behind Sundance Channel’s Push Into Scripted Series

With the Jane Campion mini-series Top of the Lake and Rectify, the network’s first wholly owned scripted series, debuting in the coming months, Sundance Channel’s EVP/GM Sarah Barnett is well on her way to making a network once known for indie film a destination for original television …

Skinner Marketing: We're the Rats, and Facebook Likes Are the Reward

Our Internet handlers are using operant conditioning to modify our behavior.<p>Alexis C. Madrigal<p>One of the most popular announcements at Google's recent developers conference was the new version of Google Maps, which has a lot of spiffy new bells and whistles, to be sure.<p>But there's an ominous side …

The RoboRoach: control a living insect from your smartphone | Kurzweil

RoboRoach<p>The RoboRoach, a Kickstarter project, is the “world’s first commercially available cyborg” — part cockroach and part machine.<p>The backpack …

More Large-Scale Invisibility Cloaks, This Time From China and Beyond - MIT Technology Review

Last week, we looked at an invisibility cloak large enough to hide a human and that works across all optical frequencies. This cloak was simple in …

Microsoft's Robot Touch Screen Lets You Palpate a Brain

Touch screens are nothing new, but this prototype from Microsoft uses a robot-mounted display to do something surprising: touch back.<p>Early this year …

Touchscreens

A low-cost, implantable electronic biosensor | Kurzweil

Field effect transistor protein biosensor schematic. A sensing channel connects the source (S) and drain (D) with a reference electrode (RE). When a …

The Network | The Network

<b>JAKARTA, Indonesia – 13 June, 2013</b> — Cisco today announced an industry-academia collaboration in Indonesia, where students will have the opportunity to learn on the job through an internship with business leaders in the country. The Cisco® Internship Training Program (CiTP) aims to develop a …

Cisco Systems

An Unexpected Highlight Of A CES Lacking Soul

Y&R’s Rick Liebling looks beyond the phablets at CES and sees few products with humanity (but tons of cases for products). One land-line-based gadget stood out.<p>The marriage of the Consumer Electronics Show and Las Vegas is a fitting one: Both present, and are reliant upon, the consumer’s desire for …

Nanofiber sensor instantly detects diabetes or lung cancer in breath | Kurzweil

The research is described in a recently published cover paper in <i>Advanced Functional Materials</i> (credit: Wiley)<p>Researchers at the Korea Advanced …

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Are Jupiter’s moons our best chance to find alien life?

We have good reason to believe that some of Jupiter’s moons could have life. A new probe mission aims to head there and find out.<p>Opportunity, the older (and smaller) rover cousin of Curiosity made the headlines last week when it discovered more conditions that could have supported life on Mars in …

Life in 2050: How much space will you have to live in?

We know our cities are getting crowded, but exactly how much? Find out how urban living will change over the next few decades in our infographic.<p>The cities of the future are going to be crowded places.<p>Already there are more than 3.5bn people living in cities and by 2050 that figure is expected to …

Have mechanical clocks' time passed?

In an age of multifunctional phones, wristwatches are evolving to do more than tell the time – they now come equipped with a music player or even a personal locator beacon.<p>It was not long ago that inventors were borrowing inspiration from science fiction for the mobile phone. It soon became …

Watches

Can city farms feed a hungry world?

There will be billions more hungry people in 2050. Growing our food on vertical farms or under radical new lighting systems may be key to ensuring they have enough to eat.<p>What’s for dinner? For that matter, what’s to eat, full stop? In a few decades time, that second question may become pressing. …

The thinking, breathing buildings on the horizon

Our cities of smooth stone and steel may become more like floating forests – with buildings that can think and breathe and cool themselves, says architect Philip Beesley.<p>Mankind is rethinking how we build the structures we live and work in – and that, in turn, is changing the way our cities look …

The mind-bending mysteries of multiple universes

There’s a vast amount of fun to be had with the possibilities that other universes exist, so how should we react to claims that some of these might be real?<p>Stand by for something fascinating about mitochondria. Or perhaps the strange properties of molybdenum? Or, better yet, why don’t we dive into …

The rising and sinking threats to our cities

Sea-level rise due to climate change has already raised the risk of extreme floods in major coastal cities around the world, and many are slowly sinking into the oceans.<p>Half of us now live in cities - the concrete, steel and glass landscapes that make up the world’s great urban sprawls. Our cities …

Climate Change

NSA chief says surveillance has stopped 'dozens' of potential terrorist attacks

The head of the country’s National Security Agency testified Wednesday that surveillance has stopped “dozens” of potential terrorist attacks by looking at the phone records, emails and other Internet searches of people suspected of terrorism-related incidents.<p>Army Gen. Keith Alexander told a Senate …