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IBM Just Put A Quantum Computer On The Cloud For Anyone To Use

As IBM’s research division pursues a multi-year quest to build a universal quantum computer more powerful than any supercomputer in the world, it’s sharing its latest progress with smaller quantum processors on the cloud for the world to join in.<p>Tucked off a nondescript hallway in IBM’s sprawling …

Quantum Computing

Powerful #OscarsSoWhite Street Art by Plastic Jesus

The ongoing controversy over the Academy Awards' lack of diversity was realized in a street art installation piece left on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood by Plastic Jesus, known for past attention-getting art critical of the Oscars. The artwork is a powerful re-imagining of Elliott Erwitt's famous photo …

Stereotypes

MIT Researchers Say Their Drones Can Safely Navigate Forests At 30 MPH

An MIT researcher says he’s developed a system for flying drones safely around areas thick with trees, and to do so at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour.<p>The development is key, given that most commercial drones are incapable of safely navigating most obstacles. Stories of drones crashing into trees …

Robotics

NASA confirms that the ‘impossible’ EmDrive thruster really works, after new tests

Engineer Roger Shawyer’s controversial EmDrive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA’s Eagleworks …

Physics

Apple shoots down ‘Chipgate’ claims that its new iPhones have huge differences in battery life

The Cupertino company is now shooting back at the tests used. It said in a statement to TechCrunch that the tests are "not representative of real-world usage."<p>"The actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% …

Mobile Technology

Eternal bonfire on the River Thames wins satirical contest to rival Heatherwick's Garden Bridge

A vision of a blazing bridge has won a tongue-in-cheek competition seeking "alternative but equally ridiculous" design proposals that could replace …

Whoa, This Full-Frame Camera Shoots at ISO 4,000,000

Would you pay $30 grand for a two-megapixel camera? Not in 1972; like right now. Before you strain your superior rectus rolling your eyeballs, …

This Clock Doesn’t Just Tell You The Time, It Makes You Work For It

The Albert Clock, now raising funds on Kickstarter, gives you mathematical equations and lets you calculate the time.<p>The clock that just won’t move fast enough is a mandatory opening scene in any high school sitcom, but it’s also the inspiration behind the Albert Clock, designed by product designer …

Smartwatches

Sleep On The Side Of A Mountain In These Vertigo-Inducing Pods

We all know traveling can be a hassle, but usually it doesn’t involve a harness. Inconvenience is the appeal in at the Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites in Cuzco, Peru, where guests must literally climb a mountain to their accommodations. Their rooms are transparent pods, which they reach after …

Luxury Lifestyle

This Immense Russian Rocket Was Abandoned For Decades

The Energia M was developed in the 1980s, but never launched.<p>While the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan is still in use, it's apparent that large swaths of the structure are all but abandoned—and home to some amazing pieces of Russian and Soviet Space history. That's the case with …

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

Product Design

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

Police Will Throw This Camera Ball Into Rooms

“Tactical spheres”<p>“Camera in the hole!" police officers soon shout, as they toss the new Explorer camera orb into a dangerous room before entering. Made by MIT alumnus at Bounce Imaging, the Explorer is a small, grenade-sized sphere full of cameras that first responders can throw into a space ahead …

This Robot Can 3-D Print A Steel Bridge In Mid-Air

Autodesk and MX3D have teamed up on a robot that can actually “draw” city infrastructure, on location and without human intervention.<p>In 2017, Dutch designer Joris Laarman will wheel a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He’ll hit an “on” button. He’ll walk away. And when he comes back two …

3D Printing

I had a two-hour lunch with Elon Musk at the SpaceX factory, and it was just as surreal as you'd expect

Last month, I got a surprising phone call.<p>Elon Musk, for those unfamiliar, is the world's raddest man.<p>I'll use this post to explore how he became a self-made billionaire and the real-life inspiration for <i>Iron Man's</i> Tony Stark, but for the moment, I'll let Richard Branson explain things briefly:<p>So …

Elon Musk

How Distributed Electric Propulsion Will Change the Way We Design Flying Vehicles

Lots of little motors, rather than two big ones, means designers are no longer beholden to mechanical complexity<p>NASA is not known for taking risks. …

Tethered Drones Spin In Extreme Tests

How do little quadcopters fare at very high speeds?<p>We don’t know happens when quadcopters go really, really fast, but thanks to a tether system inside a padded room at a university in Switzerland, researchers are going to find out. With the quadcopters range of movement confined to a sphere 11 feet …

Amazon's Delivery Drones Might Stalk You to Make a Drop-off

Talk of Amazon’s delivery drones scarcely goes off the boil for more than a few weeks before some new bit of news or development brings them right back into the headlines.<p>The problem with the whole scheme, however, is while the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is slowly making changes to rules …

Zero Energy Furniture stores heat to regulate room temperature

<b>Milan 2015:</b> this table by designers Raphaël Ménard and Jean-Sébastien Lagrange absorbs and releases thermal energy depending on the temperature of …

Nikola Labs' case uses stray radio waves to charge your iPhone

To hear Nikola Labs co-founder Dr. Rob Lee tell the tale, some 97 percent of the energy a smartphone expends to forge data and voice connections using radio frequencies is lost to the ether. Rather than let it all go to waste, this Ohio-based startup claims to have cooked up a way to harness that …

This robotic chimp could one day roam the moon

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could the next moon mission involve a small step for an ape, but a giant leap for all robots?<p>With renewed interest in moon exploration -- in particular the remote possibility that deposits of helium-3, believed to be in greater concentration on the moon, could one day power nuclear fusion …

Robotics

The Best Way To Recycle Old Tech Gear? Decorate With It

Worldwide, consumers toss 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronics each year. That’s more than 5% of all municipal waste. In the U.S. alone, we generate 3.41 million tons of e-waste a year, only about 30% of which gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfill and incinerators.<p>One clever way to …

Recycling

Audi just invented fuel made from CO2 and water

This article is published in partnership with Time.com. The original version can be found here.<p>By Kevin McSpadden @KevinMcspadden<p>An Audi research …

Natural Gas

Quiksilver designed a wetsuit that looks like an actual suit

For when you need to combine business and surfing<p>If you're a surfer, and you love the feel of salty sea mist on your skin, and the threatening billow of a forming wave, and the rush of gliding on water, but your preferred look is business formal, I've got good news for you. Quiksilver in Japan and …

Wetsuits

Projection Mapping Turns These Wood Block Prints Into Modern Magic

Long before the advent of the printing press, woodblocks were used to reproduced detailed images onto paper. The tradition began in China as early as 220 A.D., and eventually spread to Europe, where woodcuts were a popular addition to 16th century manuscripts. After the advent of more efficient …

Art

Smartphone eye-exam 'Blink' is coming to New York

New Yorkers in need of an eye exam could soon get their check up from a smartphone.<p>According to the <i>Technology Review</i>, a new service called Blink is launching in the Big Apple that will make getting an eye exam easier than ever -- with less equipment and cost.<p>Blink is a return to the house …

New York City

Capable of Printing Advanced Materials Using New Pressurized Spray Technology

This has already been a big year within the 3D printing industry. We’ve seen numerous new technologies as well as materials emerge as print speeds …

Progress Eagle: The plane of tomorrow | CNN Travel

CNN

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

Living up to his billing as an inventor/visionary, Ray Kurzweil kicked off an engineering conference in Detroit this week by imagining what might power cars of the future. Sure, he mentioned the self-driving cars his employer Google is working on, but a more interesting response was to a question …

Robotic kitchen will be your own personal chef

A robotic kitchen stocked with a database of 2,000 recipes becomes a high-tech personal chef.<p>Experimenting with different flavours and techniques to produce something delicious can be as satisfying as sitting down and eating it -- but if you don't have the time to cook every night, it can quickly …

Robotics