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They're No Google Glass, But These Epson Specs Offer A New Look At Smart Eyewear

Smart glasses are a peculiar segment of wearable tech. Unlike other slightly more established niches—wristbands that support fitness or health; smartwatches that channel smartphone notifications to the wrist—connected eyewear hasn’t quite found its killer feature yet.<p>Not that companies aren’t …

At Harvard, swarming robots that mimic termites

Ask 100 robotics scientists why they're inspired to create modern-day automatons and you may get 100 different answers.<p>For a team at Harvard University, it's termites.<p>"Not the ones around here that destroy buildings, but the ones on other continents that build ... mounds more than 40 feet tall," …

A 12,000-Mile, 24-Day, Cross-Country, All-Electric Road Trip

For now, this is only possible in a Tesla. In the future, who knows?<p>At the end of his road trip on Monday, Norman Hajjar had used a little more than 4,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. He drove a Tesla Model S sedan for 12,000 miles over 24 days, crossing 27 states along the way.<p>The trip was a bid for …

How Google's Self-Driving Car Doesn't Run You Over

The company's cars have logged 700,000 miles, and now they're focusing on more complicated city streets.<p>Google's self-driving cars are zipping right along, with 700,000 miles logged. In a new blog post, the company announced that it's been shifting its attention toward city driving, attempting to …

Autonomous Cars

Small Mite Is World's Fastest Land Animal, Size-For-Size

This is one fast invertebrate<p>A small mite native to Southern Californian is the world's fastest animal, at least relative to its body size, researchers announced on Sunday (April 28). Known as <i>Paratarsotomus macropalpis</i>, it can travel 322 body lengths in a second. That is one mighty mite.<p>Here is how …

The Talking Germs: Deciphering Microbial Linguistics and Cognition

Language is a hallmark of higher ordered creatures. Humans have developed a highly complex process involving the organization of thousands of words, each of which comprises a meaning. Yet, we are not alone in the ability to talk to one another. Over the last few decades, researchers have shown …

Biochemistry

FYI: Could Climate Change Cause More (And Bigger) Tornadoes?

A warming world pulls the two factors of tornado formation in opposite directions.<p>Scientists generally agree that climate change will increase the likelihood of extreme weather events, but the jury is still out on how tornadoes will fare in a warming world. Tornadoes are fickle beasts, and it …

Chinese Drones Soon Flying Over Saudi Arabia

On April 19, 2104, Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz meet with People's Liberation Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. General Wang Guanzhong to sign a contract for an unspecified amount of Pterodactyl unmanned aerial systems ( aka drones). Also referred to as Wing Loong, the Chinese Mandarin word …

Invention Awards 2014: Charge Gadgets With Your Footsteps

Take a hike, earn an iPhone battery's worth of energy<p>Each thud of a hiker’s heel releases enough energy to illuminate a light bulb. Rather than waste that power, Matt Stanton, an engineer and avid backpacker, created a shoe insole that stores it as electricity. The device promises to be an …

The States People Want To Get The Hell Out Of [Infographic]

Survey says: people want to leave Illinois.<p>Gallup is out with a new poll and accompanying map measuring responses to this question: "Regardless of whether you <i>will</i> move, if you had the opportunity, would you <i>like</i> to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"<p>Big insights …

Polling

Learning More About China’s New Massive Warship Plan (055 Cruiser)

Just as the US did with the AEGIS and Zumwalt class cruisers and destroyers, modern naval engineering in China starts by first building full scale, land based mock ups of advanced warships. The rationale is that they provide a cheaper and less risky alternative to rushing directly into ship …

Military

We Might Never Find Alien Life With Current Technology

The search for aliens could remain fruitless, a new study finds.<p>Given that we are unlikely to be visiting an exoplanet any time soon, astronomers have been contemplating whether it might be possible to detect indications of simple life – a biosignature – from a distance. Many think that the …

Planetary Habitability

Lynchburg Train Derailment Lit James River On Fire [Video]

An estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil are "missing."<p>Above: Drone-captured video of the April 30, 2014 train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia. Via WSET.com - ABC13.<p>Yesterday's multi-car train derailment in Lynchburg underscores what Dan Baum wrote last year in Popular Science: The railroad that …

Volvo Puts Autonomous Cars In The Hands Of Consumers

Volvo has started testing self-driving cars on public roads, making it one of the first automakers to put fully autonomous vehicles in the hands of consumers.<p>The Swedish company is selecting people to participate in a new project called Drive Me, which is endorsed by the Swedish government. …

Invention Awards 2014: Stash Your Bike Helmet In A Briefcase

Biking to work has never been more convenient.<p>Jeff Woolf was riding down a narrow London street when an irate driver clipped his bike. The car’s fender snagged Woolf’s pedal, flinging him headlong into a curb. As ambulance workers triaged Woolf’s broken body, they marveled that his skull had …

Bicycle Helmets

Now You Can Get Your Own Fish-Driven Car

Hit the road, fish.<p>Behold: an aquarium than can be driven by a fish. In February, we saw "Fish on Wheels," a water-filled vehicle that allows our finned friends to move about on dry land. Digital cameras on the device sense which direction the fish is swimming in, and a tiny onboard computer moves …

Designing Sound Effects To Gently Warn Pedestrians Of Silent Vehicles

Sound stylings for electric cars<p><i>Above: Acoustic engineers tested alert sounds for EVs against more common street sounds like a “big truck” or a common automobile (“Mitsu 1156 rpm”), to learn which were most effective and audible without being irritating. Credit: Quartz/Delta</i><p>We rely heavily upon our …

Electric Vehicles

Invention Awards 2014: A Cryogenic Engine Powered By Heat

Chilling the need for diesel-powered refrigeration<p>Right now, as many as 250,000 semi-trucks are hauling refrigerated trailers full of frozen foods, fresh vegetables, and other perishable goods along U.S. roads. Yet such vehicles burn about 25 percent more fuel than unrefrigerated trucks.<p>At fault is …