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At Facebook and Google, Highly Successful Teams Use This 3-Word Question to Spark Creativity (With Incredible Results) | Inc.com

Imagine you're a leader, and you want your team to accomplish ambitious goals. (Maybe you don't have to imagine.) There are three basic questions you can ask at the outset.<p>All three questions seem very similar at first. But, the most innovative teams at some of the world's most successful companies …

Creativity

'Bionic spinal cord' aims to move robotic limbs with power of thought

Australian scientists hope a device about the size of a matchstick will one day help people with spinal cord injuries get back on their feet.<p>The …

3D Fashion Technology Brings Sci-Fi to the Runways

<b>An Eagle Borg costume made of leatherette and plastic turned fashion designer Monica Vaverová into a 3D printing pioneer in the Czech Republic.</b><p>Once …

3D Printing

Physicists Figure Out A New Property Of Superconductivity

ALIGNING ELECTRONS<p>Physicists at the University of Waterloo have found evidence that could help unravel the mystery of how superconductivity …

Google reportedly building Cardboard v2

It’s been a year and a half since Google first introduced the world to VR with its low-cost Cardboard headset that worked with almost any smartphone. The Financial Times reports that the company is now working on the next iteration of its VR viewing device, slated for release later this …

How game devs will soon build VR worlds in VR

Epic Games, which makes the Unreal Engine that powers major titles like Rocket League, Mortal Kombat X, Borderlands and the upcoming Gears of War 4, has been excited about VR for a while now.<p>Last September, it created a demo showing what it’d be like playing a two-handed first-person shooter in VR …

Apple has started selling the View-Master virtual-reality headset

Shoppers can pick up a View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack on Apple's online store for $30, although it's not available in Apple's physical retail stores. It's the first VR product that Apple has sold in recent memory.<p>Yes, it's the same View-Master that made the famous red goggles we all …

Virtual Reality

It looks like Google wants to charge its self-driving cars wirelessly

FCC filings spotted by <i>IEEE Spectrum</i> suggest that Google is in the process of installing wireless charging systems at its headquarters campus and the nearby Castle facility — a former Air Force base where the company tests its self-driving cars.<p>The documents point to installations from Hevo Power …

Wireless Charging

Watch A Robot Sink A Hole-In-One

As long as he wields his club for good<p>Hitting a hole-in-one in golf is a feat that doesn't happen every day. According to <i>Golf Digest</i> an amateur's odds of hitting that shot are about 12,500 to 1.<p>But yesterday at the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona had an even more unique hole-in-one: …

Golf
Warner Music

NJ Man Arrested After Crashing Drone Into Empire State Building

A New Jersey man was arrested after a drone he was remotely piloting crashed into the Empire State Building. Authorities told NBC New York that the craft struck the 40th floor of the building, then fell to a landing on the 35th floor.<p>No one was hurt in the Thursday evening incident. The drone was …

Drones

Watch An Artificial Chameleon Change Color

Key step toward active shade-changing camouflage<p>Chameleons are masters at rapidly changing the color of their skin to camouflage themselves or communicate with others. Scientists worldwide have long sought to mimic the skins of these reptiles to render people effectively invisible with chameleon …

The long-awaited tech correction is here

But in 2015 the talk peaked, as private company valuations grew to the point where Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of 13-person company Instagram in 2012 now looks cheap, and privately held Uber with no published financial returns and massive losses is supposedly worth more than Ford and GM.<p>On …

Venture Capital

The first Ultra HD Blu-ray players are already on sale

I wasn't expecting to see Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player on sale until the end of the month, but it's already available at a few stores. <i>USA Today</i> points out that Video and Audio Center in Santa Monica is kicking off sales today, and the store's Facebook page indicates that there are …

Uber now lets tourists in Rio find English-speaking drivers just in time for Carnival

Right in time for Carnival and the upcoming Olympics Games, Uber and Duolingo have announced that UberEnglish is expanding to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil just before the heavy tourist season.<p>The service offers users the ability to request drivers who are Duolingo-certified English speakers. Currently, …

The 'Invisible' Truck That You Can See Right Through

If you’ve ever driven behind a tractor-trailer on a two-lane road, you may be familiar with the feelings of frustration and terror when trying to …

Autonomous Cars

LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Bringing Home The Game Category

Virtual reality, body cameras, and the Internet Of Things are poised to change the way we watch sports. Today we saw how at TechCrunch’s 1st And Future startup competition held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual …

Virtual Reality

France Wants To Install 1,000 Km Of Solar Roadways Over The Next Five Years

In 2014, the Netherlands built the world’s first solar bike path, a 70-metre stretch named SolaRoad. The proof of concept performed even better than expected, generating, after six months, enough electricity to power a small household for a year.<p>Successful and fascinating as it is, the project is …

Roads

New York's itBit is trying to bring the tech behind bitcoin to Wall Street — here's why

itBit CEO Chad Cascarilla. itBit The world of finance is going nuts for blockchain, the technology first invented to underpin bitcoin.<p>Blockchain uses decentralized record keeping and the scrutiny of the "crowd" to allow people to trade bitcoin over a public network without working through a trusted …

Blockchain

5 reasons it's time we stop sacrificing battery life for skinny phones

No other device category is subject to the same pace of relentless innovation as smartphones. Every spec is improved with each new release, meaning better photos, performance and software for users.<p>That is, every spec except battery life.<p>While that’s largely because battery technology has been …

Your ability to read this message reveals something incredible about the mind

Can you read the message below?<p>That's not exactly true — just about everybody can read the message with ease. But according to one scientist, our ability to read such messages reveals something pretty incredible about the brain.<p>Interpreting passages like this hardly activates the section of the …

Engines

Before iRobot conquered the living room, its bots roamed the battlefield

iRobot may be best known for its cute cleaning bots, but the company's origins are as much about military hardware as home helpers. It won its first major contract with DARPA in 1998, and in 2002 deployed its robots with American troops — the same year, coincidentally, that the Roomba went on sale. …

Robotics

Graphene Shows Promise For Brain Implants

Graphene, the super thin carbon material that’s been exciting scientists in the decade+ since single-atom thick graphene crystallites were successfully extracted from the bulk material, continues to give hints of a promising future blending electronics and biology.<p>In a new study, conducted by …

Graphene

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

Chip promises brain-like AI in your mobile devices

There's one big, glaring reason why you don't see neural networks in mobile devices right now: power. Many of these brain-like artificial intelligence systems depend on large, many-core graphics processors to work, which just isn't practical for a device meant for your hand or wrist. MIT has a …

Smallest-ever optical switch revolves around one atom

We've seen some ridiculously tiny electronics in our day, but this might take the cake. Swiss researchers have built an optical networking switch so small that it's measured on the atomic scale -- in fact, it's smaller than the wavelength of light it needs to transmit data. The system can use just …

NASA Created A Material That Can Heal Itself In Less Than A Second From Hurtling Space Debris

Scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Center are studying new materials that can self-heal in seconds under extreme temperatures and from flying space junk.<p>The research is a combination of work from a student on fellowship at NASA from the University of Michigan and nearly a decade-and-a-half of …

University of Michigan

When the restaurant you Googled Googles you back | Ars Technica

It's not the thought that counts; unexpected in-person customization feels icky.<p>A restaurant with three Michelin stars is now trying to up its …