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Wireless electricity? It's here

Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.<p>Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils -- the kind you'd see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.<p>She …

Charge your cell phone in 30 seconds

Managing battery power can be the most frustrating part of owning a smartphone. Phone batteries typically last less than a day, and charging them back up can take a full hour.<p>That might change in the coming years. An Israeli company has posted a video to YouTube with the prototype for technology …

Astronomers find 'diamond engagement ring' in space

Planetary nebula Abell 33 has taken on romantic proportions.<p>The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has captured a spectacular image of a planetary nebula aligned with a star in such a way that it looks like a diamond engagement ring.<p>Abell 33 came from a star that's going to become …

Navy's future: Electric guns, lasers, water as fuel

Imagine ships that fire missiles at seven times the speed of sound without using explosives, or that use lasers to destroy threats at the cost of about a dollar a shot, and vessels making fuel from the very seawater in which they're floating.<p>That's the glimpse of the high-tech future the U.S. Navy …

Land Rover unveils disappearing hood - CNN Video

Listen for a ping, and the water may play tricks on you

Put an ear to the ocean and listen carefully, but beware. The water may play tricks on you.<p>Are you sure you heard a ping from a black box, and if so, where did it coming from?<p>If you're searching for a locator pinger from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the answers to those questions are …

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

Get ready for Google drones.<p>The technology company announced Monday that it has acquired Titan Aerospace, a start-up founded in 2012 that makes high-altitude, solar-powered drones.<p>The purchase is part of the new push in Silicon Valley to find ways of delivering Internet service to underserved …

How phones work in flight

The lack of phone calls, texts or social media postings from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has raised a number of questions about how cell phones work on airplanes. A U.S. official told CNN a cell tower in Penang, Malaysia, detected the co-pilot's cell phone searching for service before the …

'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.<p>Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are …

Drone finds 1,000-year-old village - CNN Video

Inside the Aereo antenna farm - CNN Video

This machine makes drinking water from thin air

Water. A vital nutrient, yet one that is inaccessible to many worldwide.<p>The World Health Organization reports that 780 million people don't have access to clean water, and 3.4 million die each year due to water-borne diseases. But an Israeli company thinks it can play a part in alleviating the …

See the U.S. military's stealth dirt bike - CNN Video

'Electronic blood' could power computers

Engineers at some of the world's biggest tech companies are facing a problem: supercomputers are becoming so powerful that they're in danger of outpacing our ability to power them.<p>To address the problem, IBM (IBM) researchers are taking inspiration from a machine that's been around for thousands of …

Workplace wearables: Your boss knows when you've had a good night's sleep?

We know how wearable tech can enhance our fitness lives; some of us use it to track our diets and even record our daily entertainment choices; but there's evidence that its most significant application is yet to come: the workplace.<p>The Human Cloud at Work is an experimental design research …

A bug repellent that could save lives

When is bug spray more than just bug spray? When it's a compound that, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University, is thousands of times stronger than DEET, works on many different insects and could very well save lives.<p>Scientists at the school say they've developed just such a repellent. …

New cassette tape could hold 47 million songs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget the cloud, and rework your mental image of those mysterious data centers. Sony has reinvented a tool for storing a mind-numbing amount of data:<p>A cassette tape.<p>But this isn't one of those rattling plastic tapes you used to compile your ultimate summer road-trip jams and, too often, …

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine

The first time you see this bizarre aircraft floating high above the horizon, you may be confused. It looks kind of like a giant, winged doughnut.<p>It's 35 feet wide, and inventors call it the BAT.<p>It's an unmanned, helium-filled, cylindrical blimp wrapped around three spinning blades that turn wind …

Teen breaks record for fastest text

A 16-year-old from Brazil can dash off a wordy, complicated, text message in the time most of us can thumb "Where R U?" And the folks with Guinness World Records have noticed.<p>Marcel Fernandes typed a 25-word pre-selected paragraph into his touchscreen phone in 18.19 seconds, just enough to break …

Apparently This Matters: World's oldest sperm is huge

Brace yourselves, because this week's story is about sperm and poop.<p>Specifically, though, it's about how scientists recently discovered the world's <i>oldest</i> sperm, which had been almost perfectly preserved for 17 million years under tons of <i>bat</i> poop.<p>And you thought putting all your old baseball cards …

How to shoot amazing video from drones

A bird's eye camera sweeps over the green fields of Ireland, flies over the towering Cliffs of Moher and pans the ocean hundreds of feet below.<p>It's just like a scene in a movie. But this is not Hollywood magic. The spectacular footage was shot, not by a film crew in a helicopter, but with an …

How oceans can solve our freshwater crisis

It's been a cruel irony for ancient mariners and any thirsty person who has ever gazed upon a sparkling blue ocean: Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.<p>But imagine a coastal city of the future, say in 2035. Along with basic infrastructure such as a port, roads, sewer lines and an …

Data surveillance centers: Crime fighters or 'spy machines?'

Some residents of Oakland, California, fear their community is creating a monster.<p>The city calls it the Domain Awareness Center, but opponents call it a "spy machine" and a potential "tool of injustice."<p>Known as "the DAC," it's a proposed central surveillance facility where authorities can monitor …

Police embracing tech that predicts crimes

For something that predicts the future, the software is deceptively simple looking.<p>A map of a city is marked up with small red squares, each indicating a 500-by-500-foot zone where crimes are likely to take place next. A heat-map mode shows even more precisely where cars may be stolen, houses …

Invention seals gunshot wound in seconds - CNN Video

Tool can plug gunshot wounds in seconds

You can find many things in Williams-Sonoma, the kitchenware retailer.<p>Cookie sheets. Spatulas. And, oh yeah, an idea for treating gunshot wounds.<p>At least, that's what RevMedx found.<p>The U.S. military had asked the medical technology company to come up with a solution for stopping gunshot and …

Airbus electric aircraft takes to the skies

Imagine taking a peaceful flight, gliding along without much noise or any fuel, effortlessly descending into the airport without a trace of emissions.<p>Sounds like a dream? It is. But one we can imagine in the not-so-distant future.<p>E-Fan, the brainchild of parent Airbus Group, is a prototype hybrid …

Super radio gets 16,000+ stations - CNN Video

Hubble's 4-year exploding star timelapse - CNN Video

World Cup survival glass tells you when to stop drinking - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Imagine you are welded to the sofa at home about to watch a third match in a row. You have been drinking throughout the day, but reach for another can of cold beer and fill your glass.<p>But the vessel you are drinking from says that your alcohol intake has exceeded safe levels and urges you …