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Another “missing” component could revolutionize electronics - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1971, Leon Chua, a young electronics engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, began working on a fundamental mathematical …

Nanotech

Early results from NASA’s twin study show differences between astronaut brothers

Scott and Mark Kelly have diverged in unexpected ways<p>NASA has yet to release the official result of its Twins study — a genetic experiment involving twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to better understand the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body. But early findings are already …

Jarvis is real! Mark Zuckerberg has spent 2016 building an Iron Man-style AI that controls his life

Mark Zuckerberg has ended 2016 having completed his personal challenge to build a Jarvis-style AI to run his home.<p>He announced at the start of the …

Elon Musk's Idea for a 'Boring Company' to Prevent Traffic Jams Is Anything But | Inc.com

We've all been frustrated with slow traffic -- but few have the power of Elon Musk to actually do something about it.<p>Stuck in traffic Sunday morning, the Tesla creator fired off a series of tweets with a solution to the bane of commuters worldwide -- boring tunnels underneath roadways to circumvent …

This Typhoon-Proof Wind Turbine Can Produce Power In A Storm

A Japanese startup wants its renewable energy to thrive in strong winds, not be destroyed by them.<p>When a typhoon hit Japan in September, it was the perfect test for a new wind turbine prototype. The hundred-mile-an-hour winds that can shut down most wind farms–or even sometimes destroy blades and …

NASA plans to start a garbage fire in space … on purpose

Stop, drop, and roll may be good advice for us mere mortals here on Earth, but when the fire in question is extraterrestrial (and purposeful), all …

Space Exploration

AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

<b>An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed.</b><p>The AI predicted the verdicts to an accuracy of 79%, according to the scientists involved.<p>AI is increasingly being used in fields such as …

Eve-Tech's crowdsourced computer: the laptop designed by its users

When Finnish startup Eve-Tech launched its first device, the T1 tablet computer, it received positive reviews for its premium feel and budget price.<p>However, there was also a lot of feedback from reviewers and users about how it could have been better, including criticism about the quality of the …

Gear & Gadgets

Adolf Hitler's first home set to be demolished for new building

The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be torn down and replaced with a new building that has no association with Hitler, Austria’s government has announced, as it moves to eliminate the property’s significance for neo-Nazis as a place of pilgrimage.<p>The plan still has to be formalised in …

Democratic Party

Apple v. Samsung heads to Supreme Court: What you need to know

FAQ: Remember that tiff about how Galaxy phones look like iPhones? The highest court in the land hears arguments Tuesday.<p>The biggest patent case to hit the modern tech world is back again.<p>Apple and Samsung will appear before the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to argue why their opponent was wrong when …

How to Get Lost in Augmented Reality

There are no laws against projecting misinformation. That's good news for pranksters, criminals, and advertisers.<p>For several weeks this summer, the …

A Technical Follow-Up: How We Built the World’s Prettiest Auto-Generated Transit Maps

by Anton Dubrau<p><i>Six weeks ago, we launched Transit Maps, and wrote</i> <i>this blog post</i> <i>about why we took on the mammoth task of creating</i> …

Maps

Abrams tanks are being outfitted with high-tech systems that can destroy incoming enemy fire

Called Active Protection Systems, or APS, the technology uses sensors and radar, computer processing, fire control technology and interceptors to find, target and knock down or intercept incoming enemy fire such as RPGs and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, or ATGMs. Systems of this kind have been in …

This Rocket Failed to Put Soviets on the Moon

It was so cold on February 20, 1969, that the launch was delayed; even the biggest of all Soviet rockets wasn’t immune to the frigid winters in Kazakstan. Conditions had warmed enough the next day, and at 3:18pm the mammoth N-1 rocket left the Earth for the first time. The combined thrust of the 30 …

How redesigning crosswalks could make cities safer

One San Francisco firm thinks of crosswalks as parks<p>Think about driving in a city park. Trees quaver overhead, flowers push toward car windows, the air smells fresher. The surrounding cityscape feels more remote. You might push down on the gas a little more softly, whether because, with all the …

Urban Design

Mansplaining: how not to talk to female Nasa astronauts

When Nasa astronaut and comparative physiologist Jessica Meir tweeted about entering the “space equivalent zone, where water spontaneously boils” last week, one man, whose Twitter bio said he had once been to space camp, responded as follows: “Wouldn’t say it’s spontaneous. The pressure in the room …

Feminism

Obama and Putin's icy death stare gets a presidential Photoshop battle

United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a tense moment at the G-20 summit in China on Monday. Cameras …

The Apple engineer who moved Mac to Intel applied to work at the Genius Bar in an Apple store and was rejected

JK Scheinberg, the engineer who spent 21 years working at Apple and is best known for persuading Steve Jobs to move the Mac from PowerPC to Intel in 2005, was rejected from a job at an Apple store a few years later.<p>He had applied to work at a Genius Bar, according to The New York Times.<p>The Times …

This new drone has a ton of useful features, and it looks like a blast to use

Flying an airplane drone.<p>Parrot's Disco FPV drone lets you soar the skies and fly a drone-style remote-controlled airplane from the comfort of terra firma, and it looks like an absolute blast.<p>Check it out:

Drones

15 ways your child's name sets them up for success -- or failure

What's in a name? Potentially your child's future.<p>A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.<p>So it comes as little surprise then that there is a growing trend among parents called "namer's remorse" — one in five …

Walmart’s Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy

The retailer’s aggressive cost cutting has unintended consequences.<p>By Shannon Pettypiece and David Voreacos | August 17, 2016<p>Photographs by Johnathon …

Sorry China, the future of next-generation manufacturing is in the US

After three decades of dramatic growth, China’s manufacturing engine has largely stalled. With rising salaries, labor unrest, environmental devastation and intellectual property theft, China is no longer an attractive place for Western companies to move their manufacturing. Technology has also …

Manufacturing

The internet's gone wild about a SETI signal from aliens. Scientists aren’t convinced.

Yesterday, the internet lost its mind over the news that Russian astronomers had detected a spike in radio signals, apparently from the vicinity of a sunlike star known as HD 164595. The star is just 94 light years away and is known to have one Neptune-like planet.<p>The media quickly speculated about …

Aliens

10 must-have travel tech accessories

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Vacations are fun (hopefully), but getting to the destination and losing out on some of the creature comforts of home is kind of a drag. …

3tags.org

NASA Has Successfully Test-Fired The Engine For The Most Powerful Rocket Ever

This is how we get to Mars.<p>NASA has successfully tested the engine that will power its new, massive Space Launch System (SLS) deep-space rocket, …

Review: Anker's Powerhouse is 120k mAh of battery power

You may not think you need 120,000mAh of battery power, and that might be accurate. Anker’s massive new Powerhouse proved to me that I don’t really need it, but it’s better than the alternative in some cases.<p>The device itself is — day to day — totally unnecessary. When I think about a battery pack, …

A security expert who in his spare time discovers data breaches affecting millions explains why he does it

Then in December that year, 191 million US voters' records were found easily accessible online, again due to a misconfigured database. Later that month, 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans' data was also exposed— including info on nearly 200,000 minors.<p>In April 2016, there was a second voter database …

Security

Meet Kripa Krishnan, Google's queen of chaos

That's because a group of 10 Google engineers go around purposely breaking things at the company, under the most dire circumstances they can imagine, just to see what happens.<p>Through this process, the team makes sure that Google can keep itself running no matter what happens.<p>Sometimes this team …

44 pictures of the incredible bromance between President Obama and Vice President Biden

On August 23, 2008, then Sen. Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate for the 2008 presidential election.<p>On Election Day, more than 69.4 million Americans voted for Obama to become the 44th president of the US — and the first African-American to hold the position.<p>It's …